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20 years on, what’s gone wrong for the Toffees?

20/05/2015  Comments (13)  jump
Fresh from dealing with the topic on The Blue Room on CityTalk, Matt Jones looks at Everton's current trophy drought on the 20th anniversary of the club's last major piece silverware.

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Peter Mills
1 Posted 20/05/2015 at 19:43:33
The article has a YouTube link to the Â’95 Cup Final, so I couldnÂ’t stop myself from dipping into it. ThereÂ’s a great moment just after the final whistle, Barry Davies comments that the Manchester Utd fans are showing a good spirit singing "Always look on the bright side of life" just as the camera switches to 35,000 people dressed in blue deliriously singing "Always look on the bright side....."! Marvellous.
Patrick Murphy
2 Posted 20/05/2015 at 22:36:41
EvertonÂ’s record "All Together Now" entered the charts at Number 24 for the week of the Cup Final and Man UnitedÂ’s "WeÂ’re Gonna Do It again climbed to number six.

Other notable top 20 songs were Dreamer - LivinÂ’ Joy, Scatman - Scatman John and OasisÂ’s - Some Might Say. Robson and Jerome held the number one spot with Unchained Melody/White Cliffs of Dover. Not a classic period for the top 40 but my god it makes me feel old now and the weather was sunny so much has changed in those two decades and not all of it for the better.

Matt Traynor
3 Posted 21/05/2015 at 03:58:18
Patrick #2, I was living in Lewes at the time, and went to a record shop to buy the cup final cd single. The only copy they had was the display copy in the window where they displayed the top 20 - so IÂ’m guessing it did go up a bit?

As to the question of whatÂ’s gone wrong.... no question in my mind. BK and the Carpetbaggers... (also sounds like a chart entry from the mid 90s no?)

Eric Myles
4 Posted 21/05/2015 at 05:11:41
And has been continuously reprised during the noughties and mid way through the 10s, Matt.
Harold Matthews
5 Posted 21/05/2015 at 04:56:04
Despite stupidly smoking like a chimney pot, in 19 days I will be 80.

Buzzing like a 10 year old for the Summer Window, The Epsom Derby, Royal Ascot, the great American Pharaoh going for the Triple Crown at Belmont, The PGA golf, The Test series, the Champions League final, the prospect of finally getting my artwork on-line and a million other things. The past has gone. ItÂ’s all now and tomorrow.

A brief glance at the past can sometimes be uplifting but dwelling on it is like throwing down an anchor. ItÂ’s what the fans of Wolves, Preston, Blackburn, Portsmouth, Leeds, Villa and other former great clubs do.

Tim Cahill, Big Dunc, Big Nev, The Golden Vision, The Dogs of War, The Holy Trinity, The Cannonball Kid, The Boys Pen. We love them all but this is 2015 and weÂ’re moving on.

Thursday today. Wall-to-wall golf coverage on Sky, featuring Rory McIlroy and Phil Neville. No kiddinÂ’. IÂ’ll be having a bet. Hot transfer rumours on TW. Luv it. No time for nostalgia. Too much to do. Health pretty serious but going for a big year. Roll on.

Steve Brown
6 Posted 21/05/2015 at 06:22:51
Great attitude Harold, I thought you were not a day over 50... love your positivity.

It all went wrong in the nineties, with chronic mismanagement of the club onfield and off-field and under-investment at the very moment when the games was commercialising.

Peter Mills
7 Posted 21/05/2015 at 07:54:34
I quite agree that we mustnÂ’t dwell in the past H, but I do like to revisit it just to recall the sheer joy of being at great sporting events. IÂ’ve been fortunate enough to attend a few myself, like a Saturday at Lords, a Scottish Open, a World Cup in Germany, but nothing comes anywhere close to seeing an Everton player lifting a trophy.

Enjoy the golf, and early "Happy birthday".

Dave Abrahams
8 Posted 21/05/2015 at 09:14:24
Sorry Harold, but reading Paul Rideout talking about the FA cup win in 1995, he goes on to talk about the win against Wimbledon that kept us up, he credits that win purely on the Everton fans. He maintains that if we fans hadnÂ’t stayed with the team that day we would have lost.

He said the fans roared their way through that victory, and when we went two goals down the roars got louder and louder which kept the team going. Looking back I get just as emotional at that win as I do over any of our cup and league successes, sometimes Harold it is nice to revisit the past.

Roger Helm
9 Posted 21/05/2015 at 14:34:37
I agree with the article that we are sleepwalking with no investment, no business plan, no commercial development, an under performing academy. The board is responsible for all this.

It points out that we have no prospect of either relegation or a top four place, so our only chance of glory is a domestic cup, which surely has to be our main priority.

Happy birthday Harold for June. Does your artwork have a website?

Andrew Clare
10 Posted 21/05/2015 at 15:05:08
Harold (#5), I love your positive perspective on life. Reading your post has made my day. Happy birthday in June.
Harold Matthews
11 Posted 21/05/2015 at 16:50:12
Cheers lads.

Paul. I donÂ’t have any digital photos but the young photo geek next door says he will get me on-line. This week he is away doing the Triathlon somewhere down south. IÂ’ll let you know when things are sorted.

To the lads who enjoy looking back. Fair enough. Whatever makes you tick.

Paul Andrews
12 Posted 21/05/2015 at 17:42:34
Evening Harold,

Your continuing positive outlook and attitude is great to see.

YouÂ’re a credit to yourself, long may it continue.

Patrick Murphy
13 Posted 21/05/2015 at 19:18:39
Dave Prentice with a history lesson but not much in the way of explanations!

DP 20 Years

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