In a season in which the FA Cup is our only hope of glory, I report this with a heavy heart.
While lying in bed reading my Everton Miscellany (a sad life really), I noted an extraordinary relationship between the years in which the Blues won the cup.
Our first victory came in 1906. Adding together the individual digits, 1, 9, 0 and 6 makes 16.
We next won it in 1933. Hullo, what?s this? 1, 9, 3 and 3 makes 16 again!
Then the amazing 1966 victory over Sheffield Wednesday. 1 + 9 + 6 + 6 = 22.
Then the 1984 win, with the digits 1, 9, 8 and 4 again adding up to 22!!
Amazing or what?
So then comes 1995 and Manure. 1 and 9 and 9 and 5 add up to 24.
So of course I started to calculate when next the digits will add up to 24. With sinking heart I realised that I will never see Phil Neville lift the cup. In fact, I will never see an Everton captain lift it again. For the next year whose digits make 24 is 2499.
Perhaps I should take up time travel.
Philip Kolvin, Posted 09/10/2010 at 17:58:05
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1 Posted 10/10/2010 at 00:31:09
If you are a man 'living on your own' and over 16 I have no advice except a tight white tee-shirt and blue jeans with slip-on black shoes or white 'trainers' might 'give the wrong impression... unless that's the 'impression' you want to give!
2 Posted 10/10/2010 at 01:44:25
Mate, here's my prediction. We'll be drawn to play Shrewsbury Town at Goodison and play with a 4-5-1 formation. We win 1 nil with Hibbert scoring the winner.
Gotta say, it's not easy typing this post with this bloody straight-jacket on!!!
Mate, the rate we're going, I would take 2499.
3 Posted 10/10/2010 at 04:14:53
4 Posted 10/10/2010 at 04:07:16
Maybe the Department of Health needs to step in.
I'm not talking about anything intrusive, maybe just a small white patch on the bottom of every shirt sold that houses the words: 'Everton seriously harms you and others around you'.
And I thought I had it bad, looking at the league table for an hour every Sunday morning and doing my mental routine of: "If they lose to them and we beat them by three or more, then we win the next four and they all lose at least two..."
My mother was right ? there really IS someone worse off.
In it's own way, Philip's line: "Our first victory came in 1906. Adding together the individual digits, 1, 9, 0 and 6 makes 16" ? is the best summing up of being an Evertonian during 'the Sky years' I've ever read.
God help him... God help ALL of us!
5 Posted 10/10/2010 at 07:46:02
6 Posted 10/10/2010 at 08:51:59
7 Posted 10/10/2010 at 11:29:52
Maybe I'll follow your lead by studying the quatrains of Nostradamus to see if there's any hope for us..!
8 Posted 10/10/2010 at 11:47:06
9 Posted 10/10/2010 at 13:42:55
I am in my fifties, I am an Evertonian (fortunately I drive like a tortoise).
10 Posted 10/10/2010 at 18:32:48
Not read the small print on the contract yet, something about American owners, spend a fortune, go bust etc, but hey, it's a trophy!!
11 Posted 10/10/2010 at 19:01:45
12 Posted 11/10/2010 at 00:58:05
What am I doing?
13 Posted 11/10/2010 at 01:47:57
14 Posted 11/10/2010 at 13:38:32
Which is exactly what we'll win this year.
15 Posted 11/10/2010 at 20:24:54
16 Posted 12/10/2010 at 11:15:20
Has anyone seen that film 22 with Jim Carey? We should get him to walk out before the game lifting a scarf Sylvester Stallone style to help the cause....
17 Posted 12/10/2010 at 13:11:16
If you add all the above numbers together.. you need to seek professional help.
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