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Everton News, Season 2011-12

First two friendlies announced

01/06/2012 |  18 Comments: First  |  Last
Everton have confirmed the first two fixtures of their 2012 pre-season programme. The Blues will play Morecambe on Saturday, July 14, at the Globe Arena (2pm) in a testimonial for player/manager Jim Bentley. On Wednesday, July 18, Everton travel play Dundee United at Tannadice (7:45pm).

Another two friendlies, to open Rotherham's new stadium on Saturday 28th July, and at Tranmere are yet to be confirmed, as is a tour to Indonesia after Indonesian FA President, Djohar Arifin Husein, apparently confirmed [Google translate version] that Everton will play in Central Jakarta this summer.

Original Source: Official Everton Website


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Eric Myles
725   Posted 01/06/2012 at 14:31:10

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Quality opposition at last instead of the usual dross.
Mick Davies
775   Posted 01/06/2012 at 20:34:55

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Scotland? yes. England? yes, but all the way to Indonesia for a club that's supposed to be skint (unless Chang are paying) and to play against opposition that's inferior to Rotherham and Tranmere! If this happens, it looks like another 4 months before we adjust to playing against decent teams. Why not have the Xmas party in August?
Peter Laing
778   Posted 01/06/2012 at 20:44:05

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nice-one Eric !
Matt Traynor
789   Posted 01/06/2012 at 21:35:02

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Drenthe will be gutted at the prospect of missing out on a couple of nights at BATS or Dragonfly in Jakarta.
Alan Humphreys
806   Posted 01/06/2012 at 23:42:49

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I'm Wirral born and bred and can see no benefit of playing Tranmere, we used to always play them pre-season and they took it as let's kick 'em all over the park. Liverpool don't bother probably for that same reason.

That said we should develop the relationship of sending our younger players to them to not only toughen them up but to assist another local club - just don't play them and pick up stupid injuries to an already small squad.

Wonder which mid-table European team will be wheeled in for the final home friendly ? Why can't we get involved in one of these tournaments you see the better teams partaking in - I still remember the tournament at Goodison where Shearer did his knee ligament in.

Peter Thistle
808   Posted 02/06/2012 at 00:17:06

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It's looking like another bad pre-season if this is the quality of teams they will be playing against. Might as well play vs EFC reserves if ya want a mismatch. No wonder we start each season poorly when the players are used to such uninspiring matches. Woulda hoped Moyes had figured it out by now; seems not....
Peter Creer
814   Posted 02/06/2012 at 02:15:57

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Sick and tired of the comments about Moyes. Money rules the day and Moyes will move to a team that will give him the money he deserves. At that point we will ALL regret the day that he leaves.

Support your team.

Ronald Tuilan
816   Posted 02/06/2012 at 04:26:36

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Wow, I'm very excited!

Very good news, can not wait to watch Everton play here in Indonesia. Hopefully this becomes a reality. COYB

Peter Barry
821   Posted 02/06/2012 at 06:33:31

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Great news they are coming to Indonesia but I hope I am not as disappointed as I was when they visited Bangkok when I was there and we came BOTTOM of a group of four teams in a competition which included those football GIANTS the Thai national team.
Where are you in Indonesia Ronald , I live in Bali, perhaps we can meet in Jakarta before the match(es) for a pint or two somewhere.
Peter Barry
822   Posted 02/06/2012 at 06:41:29

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"Money rules the day and Moyes will move to a team that will give him the money HE DESERVES" says Peter Creer # 814.

How much more "ass lickingly" sycophantic could any comment be.

Ronald Tuilan
823   Posted 02/06/2012 at 06:47:54

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Hai Peter,

I live in Jakarta; we also have a group called #IndoEvertonian which is a collection of Everton fans throughout Indonesia, who are expecting this to be realized. Hopefully Everton management is really willing to do a tour here.

Stephen Kenny
824   Posted 02/06/2012 at 07:07:05

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Peter Barry,

Only you could find a way to grumble about the team you've supported all your life flying across the world to play in your back yard. Cheer up.

Peter Barry
828   Posted 02/06/2012 at 06:46:37

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@ Matt Traynor # 789 I used to love BATS the Bar At The Shangri-La it was especially good in the early 90's when Jakarta THROBBED with life and the Jaya Pub played good old Rock'n'Roll and "Tigah Puluh" at the Le Meridien and The Tavern at the Arayaduta and not forgetting the Hard Rock Cafe when it was at Sarinah and still good . Jalan Jalan memories so many hookers so little time LOL. All are now just pale imitations of what they used to be since the financial crash of 97/98.
Peter Barry
829   Posted 02/06/2012 at 07:32:45

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@ Stephen Kenny # 824 maybe only someone like you would fail to be embarrassed at the CRAP we played there and the slagging we had to take from all the other expats because of it.
John McLoughlin
890   Posted 02/06/2012 at 15:05:25

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I've heard the Indonesia trip will be confirmed once the cheque we are getting for going is cleared into our account. We need strong opposition in a couple of games before the big kick off or we'll suffer our usual slow start.
Kieran Kinsella
997   Posted 03/06/2012 at 05:29:11

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I remember the year we finished 4th and we lined up a bunch of quality opponents such as Fenerbahçe for pre-season. We lost just about all of the games and got off to our usual poor start the next season.

It doesn't seem to make much of a difference if we play good teams or bad ones pre-season, the issue must be with our training because it takes the team about 4 months to find their form. I refuse to believe that your choice of pre-season opponents could cause a team to be consistently rubbish every year from August until December.
Jimmy Sørheim
085   Posted 03/06/2012 at 17:19:47

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It is true, Kieran! We start rubbish because we play against rubbish teams during the pre-season. Our pre-pre-season starts when the season starts. Then we play teams who are quality and we take until December to get into form.

Chris Owens
120   Posted 03/06/2012 at 23:00:55

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Why wasn?t a pre-season tour sorted out months ago? Have we been waiting for last-minute discounts on travel and accommodation?

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