According to Sky Sports, football began 23 years ago with the start of the Premier league. Since it began, this league has been dominated by the clubs with the biggest wallets. The rest of the football clubs in the league have absolutely no chance.
It never used to be this way, every season would unearth a new contender that nobody would have expected. It made the league season unpredictable in some small way, but that has long since become an extinct distraction.
When I was a lad we were a giant in the football world. We actually were one of the big boys and nobody pushed us around. The likes of Chelsea and Man City were “wannabes”. Football was played by men who were happy to talk to the fans; they were down to earth and were paid well, but not the ridiculous wages of today. Fans could relate to their heroes. Today, the money that is paid to players is totally obscene. The league is full of prima donnas.
It has been so long since we were successful that my son who is 18 next month has never witnessed us winning a trophy. It is his generation who I pity because they have to contend with us “old buggars” constantly reminding them of the “glory days” when we were the biggest beasts strutting about as Champions and Cup winners. That of course was when dinosaurs walked the earth. That was a time when Preston North End were winning the league, even Sunderland, both Sheffield clubs and Villa.
Those days are long gone, but we are still clinging to our history, where others have lost their grip? It is over 100 years since both Sunderland and Villa won their 5th league title, something Chelsea have only just achieved and Man City have only 4 titles to their name.
Our chances of winning silverware have been extinct for years, just as many others from a bygone age. They are like the dodo, just some mythical thing from the past. We cling to our memories desperately, like alcoholics wanting just one more! We tell them that football was so much better before Sky came along and expect them to believe us without really showing them the “bigger picture”.
We are Everton, I hear from our fans. “If ya know yer history”. The problem is, with each passing year Sky are re-writing the history of football, to the point that many now believe that football actually did begin 23 years ago.
Well, if that is the new gospel I have good news for you all. That number is significant to Everton and some fans will already be reminiscing at the thought of what comes next. In my world, Everton win the league every 24 years, or at least we used to when it was the football league and I for one am hoping that the football gods haven’t gone senile watching this boring team in this boring league. ( I know that that all changed when in 2011 we did not manage to add to that run, but it is all becoming clear now. Counting stopped, re-configured, beginning again in 1992-3).
So cheer up fellow ToffeeWebbers, it is in the stars. We will win the league, not this season, but next. It is our destiny. I realise that for many of you out there it will be almost impossible to believe. Of course, it could mean that Roberto is one step ahead and is already planning for next season. It would explain our slow start again and the lack of transfer activity, simply because he is waiting for the stars to align. (Of course it would be useful if we had some!).
Our wonderful crop of youngsters will take the league by storm, Stones, Barkley, Lukaku, Mo Besic, Deulofeu, Browning, Garbutt, Galloway and McCarthy will be awesome! Some cry, “where’s the money gone” but Bill has been saving for our big push! The board have been saving for years to take us to the biggest and best stadium in the land (oh, that was Goodison!). We can all dream, it’s all we have left. Get your singing voices ready, we’re gonna win the league!
1890/91, 1914/15, 1927/28, 1931/32, 1938/39, 1962/63, 1969/70, 1984/85, 1986/87, 2016-17?