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Gibson set for Ireland start

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First action for midfielder in 11 months
Darron Gibson is line to play his first competitive football in almost a year after being selected by Martin O'Neill for the Republic of Ireland's friendly against Oman tomorrow evening.

The midfielder ruptured a cruciate knee ligament on international duty for his country last October in a match against Kazakhstan, an injury that required surgery and 9 months on the sidelines until he was able to take part in Everton's friendly against Tranmere Rovers in July.

[The injury] made me realise that I'm not getting any younger, Gibson is quoted as saying. That it's now or never. I need to push on and play more games.

Now back to full fitness, O'Neill wants to assess his readiness for Ireland by starting him against Oman.

His Everton teammate, James McCarthy, won't play, though. He will be given an extra few days' rest to overcome early-season blisters in time for the Republic's first Euro 2016 qualifier against Georgia in Tbilisi.  

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Colin Glassar
1 Posted 02/09/2014 at 18:48:16
Bloody hell doesnÂ’t he ever learn? If I was EFC IÂ’d say no to this. WeÂ’ve been paying him his wages while he recovers and now he goes back to play in a meaningless friendly? If he breaks down again I hope we ship him out with no compo.
Brian Harrison
2 Posted 02/09/2014 at 18:57:42
Well lets face it he has to start somewhere and an easy game against Oman seems the perfect place to start. The added benefit is if he does break down on International call then we will get compensation. I am sure he is back training with the first team and we only have to see what happened to Barkley to realize injuries can happen at anytime.
Frank Wade
3 Posted 02/09/2014 at 18:58:59
Colin, Gibson was injured in a World Cup game v Kazakhstan, so the club would have qualified for compensation by FIFA and would not have been paying his wages. This is an opportunity for him to get some game time and is welcome in my opinion. As he says himself, he needs to push on now and play more games.
Christopher Kelly
4 Posted 02/09/2014 at 19:10:10
IÂ’m floored. ShouldnÂ’t Gibson look to settle in with us first? DoesnÂ’t he owe that to us as weÂ’ve been waiting almost a year for him to play...

Met him last summer. Seemed a wanker

Harold Matthews
5 Posted 02/09/2014 at 19:05:10
Pre-season he looked slimmer and fitter than IÂ’ve ever seen him.

I donÂ’t get the McCarthy blisters.

Phil Walling
6 Posted 02/09/2014 at 19:26:58
A sick-note, pure and simple !
Howard Meakin
7 Posted 02/09/2014 at 19:35:35
He should of retired from International football and just concentrated on trying to complete the odd game for his club.
Dave Pritchard
8 Posted 02/09/2014 at 19:30:57
Better for us if he gets game time while we have no game for a fortnight as long as he doesnÂ’t break down again. He could do so in a game for us just as easily and unfortunately probably will. At least heÂ’s saying the right things but actions speak etc

Harold, glad your feet are in good shape.

Chris, any elaboration on your judgement?

Ian McDowell
9 Posted 02/09/2014 at 19:41:25
Great news a slim fit Gibson will be a valuable player over the coming months particularly in the Europa League.
Shane Corcoran
10 Posted 02/09/2014 at 19:42:54
Spot on Brian Harrison. Do the rest of you not think that Martinez wants him to play to get some game time? When else is he going to get it?

Christopher, did he seem like a wanker because you told him not to play for his country?

Andrew Hawes
11 Posted 02/09/2014 at 19:32:20
People forget during his first season and subsequent pre-season before his injury he was our best player whenever he took the field. Agreed he now needs to prove himself in a meaningful run of games but in that context so does Barkley who is apparently our messiah even though heÂ’s just picked up his second serious injury on top of all the niggles that has kept him out of as many games as Gibson over the years!

Did Gibson enjoy sitting out all last season? I know itÂ’s a big if, but when fit Gibson is still our most creative, dangerous and forward-thinking midfielder we have, Barkley included! You only have to listen to Roberto when he speaks about Gibson to realise how highly he rates him.

Peter Bell
12 Posted 02/09/2014 at 19:57:24
Better than both Barry and McCarthy is Gibson when he is fit and playing
Mark Frere
13 Posted 02/09/2014 at 20:02:06
This is a great opportunity for Gibson to gain match fitness and get himself sharper for when Martinez decides to play him. DarronÂ’s hardly going to burn himself out playing in the odd International Friendly. Its silly worrying about him picking up an injury; we canÂ’t wrap him in cotton wool for the rest of his career. If he gets injured then tough shit.

For what its worth, I think GibsonÂ’s an excellent passer of the ball... and if he can stay fit, he will add quality options for Martinez.

Ian Bennett
14 Posted 02/09/2014 at 20:13:04
I would have preferred him to play some cup games first.
Steavey Buckley
15 Posted 02/09/2014 at 20:12:37
The Republic of Ireland donÂ’t care what they do with Gibson, because they donÂ’t have to buy another when he is injured or pay his wages. ThatÂ’s what happened last time when over played by some rookie Irish manager.
Mark Frere
16 Posted 02/09/2014 at 20:26:55
Steavey, what exactly are The Rebublic of Ireland going to do with Gibson? Let him train with Roy Keane, and let Roy kick lumps out of him?

He will be training with the other squad members and getting some valuable playing time. Simple as.

How exactly was Gibson over-played? He was in International exile for god knows how long.

Nick Armitage
17 Posted 02/09/2014 at 20:26:57
Oozes quality when fit. And therein lies the problem.
Peter Morris
18 Posted 02/09/2014 at 20:26:56
I’m pretty sure that there will have been a full discussion between RM and Martin O’Neill on this one,particularly with regard to game time etc. this game should be less competitive that an English U21 game or even an in-house training session, barring freak accidents, so if the lad is struck down again he is well and truly cursed. I wish him well though. Our beleaguered midfield needs all the reinforcements it can muster at the moment.
Harold Matthews
19 Posted 02/09/2014 at 20:38:34
Good one Dave. HaHa
Steavey Buckley
20 Posted 02/09/2014 at 20:37:44
Mark Frere: I don’t believe you have recognised that international teams play about 6 games a season. So they will use players from clubs as much as possible on the understanding if they get injured there is a good chance they will be fit for another around of international matches anything up to 4 months time.

For a team like Everton, who can’t afford injuries to their international stars with few in reserve to replace them, international matches should be a nervy time for Everton supporters not knowing who will be fit for their next league match; which is against WBA. And I suspect they will have few if any players away on international duty, when Everton will have had 8.

Raymond Fox
21 Posted 02/09/2014 at 20:48:42
Oh dear, I hope no injuries.
Christopher Kelly
22 Posted 02/09/2014 at 20:53:16
Met Gibson, Distin and Coleman at a meet and greet.

Distin was a class act. Distinguished, a real presence about him. Could see why heÂ’d be such a valuable asset.

Coleman was polte, full of life and a real sparkle in his eye. You could tell he was excited for the future and rightfully so.

Gibson seemed ill at ease with the fans. He was very cold. Barely wold take a pic. Often times throughout the night, as the beers were going down a little too easily, IÂ’d make eye contact with him across the room (IÂ’m a tall guy) and he would give me this screwed-face look. This happened a few times and his energy was just not right throughout the event... Granted I had tied one on as they say. The other two were thrilled to be there but Gibson just would give a half-hearted smile and clearly seemed none too interested... Obviously a very small sampling of his personality so I may be off, but usually interactions with the fans tell somewhat of a complete story.... Take from it what you will but I no longer give a shit about him unless heÂ’s wearing our jersey.

Bob Hannigan
23 Posted 02/09/2014 at 21:17:51
Someone please explain to me why there are International competitions a mere months after the WC. Shouldn’t there be a 1 year sabbatical ?
Andy Walker
24 Posted 02/09/2014 at 21:23:21
Good call let him break himself in on another teams watch not ours.
Mark Frere
25 Posted 02/09/2014 at 21:22:56
Steavey, International games are a worry for most clubs, all we can do is hope our players come back unscathed. I don’t expect Ireland to be reckless with Darron and it will be good fitness rehabilitation for the lad.
Sue Brown
26 Posted 02/09/2014 at 21:03:14
Well he certainly needs game time so this might just be useful from the clubs point of view. O’Neill will be fully aware of how much he can do, so hopefully it’s another step nearer to coming back into the first team for us.
Mark Andersson
27 Posted 02/09/2014 at 21:40:22
Chris 22 maybe Gibson is shy, or he felt that he has not merited such a occasion. I used to be a entertainer, and loved being on stage, but would feel out of sorts when in a crowd of people.
Steavey Buckley
28 Posted 02/09/2014 at 21:45:35
Mark Frere: The last time Gibson played for Ireland he had just came back from injuries but was used for both international games until he was injured, that injury lasted for 11 mths.

Everton play their next premier league against WBA, who may have just 1 player away on international duty, Everton will have had 9. So they can prepare to play Everton for 2 weeks with most of their squad. At Finch Farm, Everton will have about 3 players from their previous match available for training.

Andy Walker
29 Posted 02/09/2014 at 22:04:20
.....and your point is Steavey?
Mark Taylor
30 Posted 02/09/2014 at 21:40:12
I’ve no problem with Gibson playing this game and the next one. Better that than allegedly be fit, but have to wait till after the break when he probably won’t get a full game anyway.

If he breaks down for Ireland, then it will hardly be a shock and will just effectively be bringing forward the point when he would eventually be breaking down again for us.

As with Alcaraz and Kone, we could do with knowing if he’s ever going to be a player rather than a permanent sick note and this is as good a way to start finding out as any.

Steavey Buckley
31 Posted 02/09/2014 at 22:07:58
Andy Walker: International teams like Ireland will risky injury to players because they only play 6 games a season; while a club manager like Martinez who may have to prepare Everton teams to play 60 matches this season, so will be more cautious with players, especially, those who have come back from a long term injury.

So I was surprised to learn that Martinez allowed Gibson to join the Irish squad, even though he is not match fit after a long lay off; which proves that Martin O’Neil is happy to take risks with Gibson’s fitness.

Andy Walker
32 Posted 02/09/2014 at 22:28:28
Steavey, If there was a risk to his fitness do you think Martinez would have let him go on international duty?
Steavey Buckley
33 Posted 02/09/2014 at 22:42:31
Andy Walker: Ireland can demand the international services of Gibson, according to FIFA. So, I do believe that Martinez has reservations about Gibson joining up with the Irish squad because he is not match fit, and may have left the decision with Gibson to go or not.

Martin O’Neil should know better as a former premier league manager not to rush players back so quickly after a serious injury. Gibson should have remained on Merseyside to build up his fitness; and played for 20 minutes here and there in league matches to slowly recover match fitness.

Gavin Fennessy
34 Posted 02/09/2014 at 22:47:32
Steavey, what is the solution? Get rid of International football? Without the World Cup, and Ireland’s participation, a lot of lads like Gibson and Coleman would probably be playing Gaelic Football right now.

I lived through the times when football was marginalised in Ireland and up to the early 70s there was a general ban from Gaelic sports for lads that were ’caught’ playing the foreign game. Seems nuts cos it was. But you must understand that for Irish people and I’m sure a lot of other countries, the National team is one of the biggest deals for fans. Our national league is not full of stars and so when the lads who do make it with English clubs appear proud to pull on the Green jersey, be they born in Dublin or London, it still is a source of pride to people who remember football as a marginalised sport.

I have supported Everton since a boy and attend as many matches as I can but I try to hang onto a little of the dreams we all had as kids. Jeez it could be anyone but playing for your country should mean something. I’d be gutted with any player getting injured but these things can happen anywhere, anytime. Remember Dave Beasant and the jar of Mayo?

Anyway, just wanted to say that internationals even stupid friendlies are still necessary if we are to have a national team and a game that draws in more than just the glory hunters.

Steavey Buckley
35 Posted 02/09/2014 at 23:07:10
Gavin Fennessy: I can honestly tell there are groans from Everton fans when international matches come along, not because they don’t want them to play for their countries but the condition of them when they return.

Everton play WBA in their next league match, who have maybe 1 player on international duty, when Everton will have had 9. And while Everton will have 3 players from the last game to prepare for the next match, WBA will have a whole squad.

At a time when Everton are desperate for 3 points with a very suspect defence; that is getting worse by the game. So not a good time for Everton FC with so many players away on international duty.

John Daley
36 Posted 02/09/2014 at 23:59:10
"Better than both Barry and McCarthy is Gibson when he is fit"

.....said Yoda

John Daley
37 Posted 03/09/2014 at 00:13:57
"Coleman...a real sparkle in his could tell he was excited...Gibson seemed ill at ease...cold. Often times throughout the night, as the beers were going down a little too easily, I’d make eye contact with him across the room (I’m a tall guy) and he would give me this screwed-face look"

Shit. Sounds like a cut scene from ’Cruising’...minus the leather chaps and biker caps. No wonder he felt slightly uncomfortable. You don’t have a look of early eighties Pacino about you by any chance?

Andy Crooks
38 Posted 03/09/2014 at 01:13:22
John Daly, brilliant.
Ant Dwyer
39 Posted 03/09/2014 at 01:41:03
I like Gibo but IÂ’m always in fear of the worst, and always with reason!

Hopefully this friendly works well for all concerned and sets him up to get involved in some up-and-coming matches. When fit, I feel he would offer more than Barry – but there’s a constant worry about how long he stays fit for!

David Ellis
41 Posted 03/09/2014 at 03:21:59
He needs game time. I rather he run off his rust with Ireland than with us. If he reads ToffeeWeb his confidence will need a boost as well. He was our best midfielder for a couple of seasons, and although the squad is now stronger and we can survive without him, it would be good to have him back.
David Chait
42 Posted 03/09/2014 at 06:33:55
This is dumb as hell... Gibson needs to protect his career and the Irish management should also know better... This is a one way street to another injury.
Joe O'Brien
43 Posted 03/09/2014 at 07:26:01
Steavey would you much rather having 3 players away on international games than 9? Wouldn’t that mean that we’ve got a rubbish team? Gibson needs game under his belt. We can’t wrap him in cotton wool for ever. I think this match is perfect. It’s a friendly before we play a full blown prem match.
Every Everton player on international duty run the same risk of getting injured, it’s just that Darron gets injured more than most.
Tom Magill
44 Posted 03/09/2014 at 07:51:52
John Daley 37

You should be on the stage, hilarious!

Drew Shortis
45 Posted 03/09/2014 at 08:36:03
Better for Gibson to regain match sharpness, and make any errors, in an international friendly than in a League game for us. In my opinion an international match will be more valuable than playing for the U21s. His last injury was just bad luck and could have happened playing for us. At least we got compensated for it happening on international duty. I look forward to seeing Gibson back in our squad soon!
Jack Plant
46 Posted 03/09/2014 at 09:39:02
I think this is a great chance for him to get some match fitness. If he can stay fit, he’ll give us the creative option we were missing at times last season.
James Elworthy
47 Posted 03/09/2014 at 09:48:11
Ireland games are played on a terrible pitch, be it Lansdowne Road or Croke Park, and I hope he doesnÂ’t injure himself again.
David Graves
48 Posted 03/09/2014 at 10:49:53
"Roped in by the Gaffer to attend a meet and greet with Colley and Dizzy. Hated it. This big fell was staring at me all night and even my best screwed-face look didn’t put him off."
Nigel Gregson
49 Posted 03/09/2014 at 11:05:54
Drew - Or he could pick yet another year long knock like he did last time he was playing internationals.
Steavey Buckley
50 Posted 03/09/2014 at 11:28:13
Joe O’Brien: You seemed to have forgotten the last time Darron Gibson played for the Irish team non stop when he was not match fit, he returned back to Everton as a cripple.

The loss of Darron Gibson for most of last season helped to cost Everton 4th place in the Premier League, so the Irish tonight won’t be doing Everton any favours by playing him again, not match fit.

Andrew Ellams
51 Posted 03/09/2014 at 12:08:07
Steavey, the Irish FA were paying GibsonÂ’s wages for most of last season. ThatÂ’s how it works when players are injured on international duty.
Joe O'Brien
52 Posted 03/09/2014 at 11:57:01
Steavey I haven’t forgotten that match when he got injured. In fairness do you actually think he is going into these matches against the wishes of Martinez? He’s obviously going with his blessing. Everton can easily come up with a excuse for him being excused from these matches.

The only way you can get match fit is by playing matches. These friendly matches are frustrating because our players run the risk of injury.... All our players. This has nothing to do with Darron playing for Ireland. He has played a bit pre-season and made the bench a couple of times, it’s not like he’s just come off the treatment table.

Steavey Buckley
53 Posted 03/09/2014 at 12:27:04
It is wrong in principle for the Irish to use Gibson again without him first proving his match fitness with Everton. The Irish did the same last time and sent Gibson back to Everton as a cripple without even as much as a public apology.
Tony J Williams
54 Posted 03/09/2014 at 12:14:45
Steavey, he was on the bench for the Chelsea game ergo he is classed as being fully fit.

He has been in full training for weeks now so he is classed as being fully fit.

So we have a player, who is classed as being fully fit, going to play an international game, with other fully fit players.

What difference would it make if it be an international game or a premiership game? If he is going to break down again, far better it being in an international and that manager has to use up a sub early on then playing against West Brom and coming off after 10 minutes.

He is a professional footballer who plays football, that’s his job so he has to do it some time, an international friendly is as good a time as ever.

This wouldn’t be a thread if he had been injured last season in a league game.

Chris 22, I would screw my face up too if I was constantly being given the eyes by a tall stranger, this isn’t a Mills & Boon book type of scenario.

Dave Abrahams
55 Posted 03/09/2014 at 12:44:32
Why didnÂ’t Martinez give Gibson the five minutes on Saturday against Chelsea instead of Besic?.

I donÂ’t think Gibson is better than any of Evertons other midfielders and I would rather have any of the others to be honest.

Joe O'Brien
56 Posted 03/09/2014 at 12:38:01
Steavey, again do you not think he’s going with the wishes of Martinez? RM knows he needs matches, Darron knows he needs matches. If he got injured playing for the Under-21s or in pre-season, we can all come up with excuses for him not playing in these games, hindsight is great.

Why should Ireland have to make a public apology? They didn’t injure him on purpose. If they do, we should get Barry to apologise for taking Ross out for a couple of months. It’s football! — people get injured. It just so happened to be while playing for Ireland, it’s not Ireland’s fault. Again he’s obviously going with RM’s blessing.

Pete Edwards
57 Posted 03/09/2014 at 13:06:19
HasnÂ’t he been training since the end of last season? He should be "fit", just not "match fit", so can see the benefits of this. Also, wasnÂ’t the last injury totally unrelated to the one before, ie, the other knee, so just typically very Evertonly unlucky!

Good luck to him, hope he comes back healthy and raring to go for us!

Steavey Buckley
58 Posted 03/09/2014 at 14:19:38
Darron Gibson needs to get match fit first before starting matches for club and country. He is not called sick note for nothing, since he has not played much football for Everton for the past 3 seasons. He started games for Ireland last year without being match fit first and returned to Everton as a cripple.
Dean Adams
59 Posted 03/09/2014 at 14:29:25
Good luck Darron, hope you have a good game. Personally canÂ’t wait to see you back in EFC shirt bossing the midfield. I havenÂ’t forgotten what an amazing run of games we had with you in the team where we did not lose. I look forward to you showing us that in an even better side what an accomplished player you really are.

As I said, good luck with Ireland and hope you feel on top of the world after the game.

Tony Abrahams
60 Posted 03/09/2014 at 17:19:23
How do you actually get match fit, Steavey?
Jim Bennings
61 Posted 03/09/2014 at 17:16:23
What are the odds on Gibson going off at half time with another 6 month knee injury?

I’m not sure really where Gibson would fit in with the amount of midfield options we now have.

Martinez would not play him ahead of McCarthy, Barry, Barkley (when fit) he has just signed Besic so you’d think he’d be ahead of Gibson too.
And then there was the pursuit of Cleverley.

I understand people who say Gibson was a big player when he first came here but that was a good two years ago now, the playing staff, the ambitions and the manager have all changed since Gibson was last a influential player for Everton.

Gibson came in January 2012 ans at that time he was just what we needed.
I actually thought we were getting a mire attacking goalscoring midfielder though who had a decent shot on him, and he scored a winning goal at home to City two games in, it’s fair to say it was the kind of goal Gibson scored a few times at United, I was expecting more but his style really changed after that, becoming a defensive holding midfielder.

I wonder would or could Martinez ever re-create the old Darron Gibson that we first signed?

Perhaps then we would definitely have a different kind of option.

I just cannot see the point in having yet ANOTHER holding midfielder.

Tommy Campbell
62 Posted 03/09/2014 at 18:51:52
We played Wigan on Boxing Day 2012 and Gibson appeared to pull a thigh muscle. He played on and took a free kick where he visibly whinced, obviously having pulled his thigh.

I don’t think they treated that injury properly leading to his cruciate ligament being ruptured due to the problems with those quadriceps connecting to his femur via a tendon. The result was weakened ligament which essentially attaches the top half of the leg to the bottom half.

In short – this could have been avoided.

Harold Matthews
63 Posted 03/09/2014 at 18:50:45
Jim. Gibson might be able to hold his breath or a pint of stout but that’s it. From a schoolboy he has been trained to attack so forget him in the holding role.
Jim Bennings
64 Posted 03/09/2014 at 19:34:34

But thatÂ’s where he has basically been playing ever since the first few months of joining us.

Gibson was probably playing on memory in his first few Everton matches, hence the late run and shot for the winner against Man City on that cold January night, in front of just over 29,000 (times were bad watching the Blues then eh?)

Yes I have heard he likes a pint, and can come across as a bit of an arsehead but hey arenÂ’t loads of footballers??

I personally font think he will ever be the player he was in his first 12 months, right throughout the year of 2012 he was consistently good for us.

I just feel too many injuries, too long on the sidelines and a change in the landscape in terms of central midfield competition more than likely means this will be his last season at Everton.

If he gets fit, big big IF then he will a good job for a mid to bottom side like a Stoke or West Brom etc.

Peter Barnes
65 Posted 03/09/2014 at 19:03:44
I rate Gibson personally and think he will be am asset if fit. I don’t see playing for Ireland at this stage any different kind of a risk than playing for us.
Jim Bennings
66 Posted 03/09/2014 at 20:24:07
I rate him too Peter, just feel his body has been through so much in terms of injuries and he has lost out on an awful lot of football.

Its not easy getting back to where you used to be and will take serious commitment and fortune with injury for Gibson to stake a claim for a regular starting place again at Everton.

Charles McCann
67 Posted 03/09/2014 at 20:34:13
Gibson has looked a class act in the first half of Ireland’s match tonight. Great range of passing and has looked sharp. It will be great to have him back for the blues.
Steavey Buckley
68 Posted 03/09/2014 at 20:50:11
The Irish will probably play Gibson until he is injured like last time.
Gavin Johnson
69 Posted 03/09/2014 at 20:57:28
Hopefully we’ll get a viewing of an all Irish centre midfield with Gibson pairing up with McCarthy next blues game.
Andy Crooks
70 Posted 03/09/2014 at 20:56:20
Strategy, that is unfair. Sorry Mr Buckley, I am never posting on a Kindle again. I do know you are not called ’strategy’.
John Daley
71 Posted 03/09/2014 at 21:04:37
Never let it be said that Steavey Buckley bears a grudge.
Steavey Buckley
72 Posted 03/09/2014 at 21:41:47
Mr Buckley remembers last season when the same Darron Gibson was not match fit when called up by the Irish and played him in all their games till he was injured. That was not being fair either to Darron Gibson or the Everton fans, who wanted their team to finish 4th in the Premier League.
Joe O'Brien
73 Posted 03/09/2014 at 22:25:06
Just to let you know, Steavey, Darron came through 70 mins no problems, so you can sleep easy. Us Irish didn’t send him back a cripple this time.

It’ll be great to have him back playing for EFC. We look a far more dangerous team with him in the side.

Steavey Buckley
74 Posted 03/09/2014 at 22:33:21
Joe O’Brien: The last time Darron Gibson was really fit for Everton was 2 seasons ago, since then, he is never been out of the treatment room. When he was badly injured last time playing for Ireland a year ago, Everton fans called on him to retire from international football and concentrate on playing for Everton when eventually he recovers from injury, because without a club like Everton, who is going to pay his good salary when he is forced to retire or play for less teams with lesser good salaries, the Irish FA?
Joe O'Brien
75 Posted 03/09/2014 at 22:50:41
You have a serious chip on your shoulder. Relax a bit.
Steavey Buckley
76 Posted 03/09/2014 at 23:10:01
"You have a serious chip on your shoulder. " I hope it is thickly cut one, I am starving.
Ciaran Duff
77 Posted 03/09/2014 at 23:15:42
More like a deep fat fryer on his shoulder :-)

From reports on the game, it looks like MON was trying to give some fringe players (esp those not getting regular game time a run). No Coleman or McCarthy and McGeady came on as a sub later on. Here is the summary on DG -

"Darron Gibson looked like he might still have a way to go before he’s completely ready for a central role in a qualifying game. The Everton midfielder’s distribution here, albeit under almost no pressure, was good but he looked off the pace of things and was booked shortly before departing for a late challenge that, one hopes, owed a good deal to tiredness."

So, looks like he definitely needed the run, didn’t get injured and probably won’t start in the Georgia game. So, all round that is a good result for EFC.

Christopher Kelly
78 Posted 03/09/2014 at 23:46:08
John Daley, funny... except your played-out jokes reveal a lonely man more at home behind his laptop making jokes rather than actually making any money at it. A real ToffeeWeb Star you are!!!
Steavey Buckley
79 Posted 03/09/2014 at 23:44:51
"More like a deep fat fryer on his shoulder :-)" Where I come from in Liverpool it was not a deep fat fryer in every home, but the chip pan, filled with packets of lard; that made the finest chips, especially, when thickly cut. Yum, yum.
Craig Fletcher
80 Posted 04/09/2014 at 00:17:06
Another John Daley gem (37). This thread was worth it to read that alone.
John Daley
81 Posted 04/09/2014 at 00:30:39
"John Daley, funny... except your played-out jokes reveal a lonely man more at home behind his laptop making jokes rather than actually making any money at it. A real ToffeeWeb Star you are"


Accused of being lonely by the guy who takes extreme offence at an Everton player refusing to exchange erotically charged glances with a total fucking stranger across the room?

Also, there was no joke intended and no effort expended on my part. I merely repeated verbatim the nauseating drivel you yourself posted in a style reminiscent of a dime store ’romance’ novel of the sort normally read by sexually deprived dinner ladies and spinsters with sixteen cats.

Finally, for your information (even though it’s got less to do with anything than Darron Gibson giving dirty looks to some lanky fucker who’s sunk a few too many) that’s exactly how I make money. You should give it a try yourself. You certainly demonstrated a real flair for trotting out tightly scripted. overly romanticised, aimed squarely at the teen girl demographic, Twilightesque shite. Shame you chose to do it on a website devoted to football rather than ’dreamboats’ mind.
[Int] A sweaty nightclub full of swaying, shirtless beefcakes, stripped to their waists...waxed, clean, shiny chests glistening under scarlet strobe lights... bare, except for the secret tattoo all teen boy werewolves are required to wear under that little snail trail of hair leading from their belly button to their ’Bela Lugosi’.

It’s here we get out first glimpse of Darron Gibson (played by Robert Pattison) as he stands silently at the bar, minding his own fucking business and bothering no one at all.

Int: Extreme close up on Chris Kelly (played by the over-grown, gormless looking goon from the original The Hills Have Eyes). Wild eyed, clearly intoxicated and scanning the room in a ruthless, robotic manner, reminiscent of a tanked up T800.


"Gibson seemed ill at ease with the fans. He was very cold. Barely would take a pic. Often times throughout the night, as the beers were going down a little too easily, I’d make eye contact with him across the room. Gibson seemed ill at ease with the fans. He was very cold. Barely wold take a pic. Often times throughout the night, as the beers were going down a little too easily, I’d make eye contact with him across the room (I’m a tall guy) and he would give me this screwed-face look. This happened a few times and his energy was just not right"
See, doesn’t need my help to be ridiculously hilarious.

Eugene Ruane
82 Posted 04/09/2014 at 00:37:34
Christopher Kelly - "John Daley, funny... except your played-out jokes reveal a lonely man more at home behind his laptop making jokes rather than actually making any money at it. A real ToffeeWeb Star you are!!!"

The Charge Of The Light Brigade in TW post form.

Andy Crooks
83 Posted 04/09/2014 at 00:53:47
John D, I don’t know who I am plagiarizing but that was someone who thoroughly deserved a kicking getting a thoroughly more kicking than they deserved. This stuff is what makes this site so good.
Tony Abrahams
84 Posted 04/09/2014 at 11:50:02
"Carry On, Christopher" because you and John, make a cracking double act!
Eugene Ruane
85 Posted 04/09/2014 at 14:58:03
Tony - ""Carry On, Christopher" because you and John, make a cracking double act!"

Sounds like Hicks & Little (IÂ’ll let you figure it out who is who).

Gavin Ramejkis
88 Posted 04/09/2014 at 16:31:32
This was the foul that earned him a yellow card and substitution last night -
Alex Carry
91 Posted 06/09/2014 at 16:02:43
Steavey, even if Gibson played with Everton he still could get injured? Anybody could, itÂ’s just rotten luck. If you were called up for your country, I think it would be more so the pride you would play for rather than anything about the Irish manager being selfish?
Kieran Fitzgerald
92 Posted 07/09/2014 at 14:44:00
Ireland are playing their European Championship qualifier this evening against Georgia. It's a 5pm kick off and Gibson is in the squad. I'm hoping he gets some game time.

I'm hoping to get to watch some of the game. Coleman is a definite starter and McCarthy should start in midfield. James McClean, a Martin O'Neill favourite is out injured so it may also mean a start for McGeady on the left.

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