'Once Everton's touched you...'

Tuesday 7 February 2017  34 Comments  [Jump to last]
...nothing will be the same.

SFR Sport in France follow long-time Evertonian George McKane from the Dark House to Goodison to sample the atmosphere and what it's like to be a Blue during the 4-0 win over Manchester City last month.

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Chris Williams
1 Posted 07/02/2017 at 08:26:21
Just watched this and loved it. Watched George McKane at Man City game and in his other spiritual home, The Dark House.

Great watch and nice to put a face to a contributor.

Cosmic grooves and Good Vibrations!

George McKane
2 Posted 07/02/2017 at 08:43:53
Thank you for posting and nice comments, Chris. I always do ٟ on Everton to win 4-0 – every game. The piece shows me like some super pundit who got it right on the day... no worries.

But it was a really nice day and the French guys were really lovely and picked up the special atmosphere of "going to the match". Great fun.

My wife mentioned on Facebook about my fashion sense – I look like a cross between Del Boy and John Motson... who cares!!!!

Cosmic grooves all the way.

Gary Russell
3 Posted 07/02/2017 at 08:46:16
Great stuff. I enjoyed that beaucoup!
Chris Williams
4 Posted 07/02/2017 at 09:13:08
I hope you spent your winnings wisely, George, and there's nothing wrong with our French cousins thinking you're a seer of visions.

As regards your sartorial taste, it looked fine to me, as a man of a certain age and experience . I don't look that dissimilar myself to be honest.

More like a cross between John Lennon and Doctor John.

As the good Doctor says, Have a blessed day.

Ken Buckley
5 Posted 07/02/2017 at 09:17:41
George, you passed your audition as a documentary front man and you walked right past the fat van and showed no temptation.

Great stuff, lar.

Tony Abrahams
6 Posted 07/02/2017 at 09:18:58
Cosmic Blues from The Dark House Blues! I've Never been one to give out faint praise George, but I really enjoy your posts before you make the trip across the water to Goodison.

I get on the ferry, can't wait to get the Pier Head, for my sugar ring donut, and then smile, because I can feel how much you love it! Tres bien, mate!

Dave Wilson
7 Posted 07/02/2017 at 09:21:12
What a wonderful ambassador you are for this club, George.

Do you still get to away matches?

George McKane
8 Posted 07/02/2017 at 09:43:12
Morning All... my goodness, what "posso waves" are coming through! I'm just on my way to St George's Hall, taking down an Exhibition of ours on The Holocaust.

I just spoke with FSF,the guy is Fabian – he is delighted with the reactions and I will send him TW Links tomorrow morning when I am less busy .As for winnings, my gag is that when I win (only putting a ٟ on) the round in the pub comes to about 𧹈! Thank you all for such lovely comments, I did a piece about 11 years ago called Its Great To Be An Evertonian, based in TDH and put it on at The BLUEcoat –you can see more info on my work at Link– but around the world I always get Everton into any media interviews.

I am always happy to meet friends, please call me via contact details on the website. Ken, "thank you" for lovely comments, and Tony, call in for a "cuppa" anytime.

Cosmic grooves all the way.

John Daley
9 Posted 07/02/2017 at 10:00:14
"My wife mentioned on Facebook about my fashion sense – I look like a cross between Del Boy and John Motson... who cares!!!!", he says.

Cut To:

The French camera crew's return visit and a dressed to the nines George walking through the Dark House doorway looking a dead ringer for Deadwood's Wild Bill Hickok:


Martin Nicholls
10 Posted 07/02/2017 at 10:08:46
Brilliant George. I'm same vintage (66) as you and whilst I am a season ticket holder of many years standing, have never been in The Dark House, the Saddle being our usual watering hole. Thanks for sharing the experience with us and thanks too, to Lyndon for posting the link. COYB
Dave Abrahams
11 Posted 07/02/2017 at 10:10:46
You did very well, George, by simply being yourself, I love Everton but not as much as you, George.

Cosmic grooves to you with a large dash of rainbow.

Jim Hourigan
12 Posted 07/02/2017 at 11:58:10
Great to watch. Well done, George, 'vous étiez magnifique'!
Peter Gorman
13 Posted 07/02/2017 at 12:34:22
I speak a bit of French and Kevin Mirallas was raving post-match about your dress sense.

Enjoyable stuff, George, start placing more bets like that.

Peter Mills
14 Posted 07/02/2017 at 18:44:20
George, I'm disappointed with you. We are going places at pace, we have to be setting our sights on the World Cup in 2018, don't be hitting us with your negative waves of "2 years".

Great stuff.

Gerry Quinn
15 Posted 07/02/2017 at 19:00:38
Me too, guys, damn good age that 66 is – for the majority of our childhood the Shite were in the 2nd division!

George, where did you get that Tom Davies wig from and how old is it?

Sam Barrett
16 Posted 07/02/2017 at 19:16:59
Great video, George. Have to agree with Tony @6, really like you're idyllic descriptions of your match day journeys over to Goodison. So enthusiastic, they take me back to my childhood, please keep 'em coming.
David Price
17 Posted 07/02/2017 at 19:21:09
Steve Ferns
18 Posted 07/02/2017 at 19:27:29
Enjoyable viewing. Well done, George.
Oliver Molloy
19 Posted 07/02/2017 at 19:58:17
It is very true: "Once Everton has touched you".

George – that was just a fantastic watch, fair play to you and the film crew.

George McKane
20 Posted 07/02/2017 at 22:15:00
Just got in from my work with Yellow House – exhausted 13 hours non stop.

A quick 'thank you' for your lovely comments. I will answer more in the morning. Good night, Blues, and cosmic dreams.

Jim Potter
21 Posted 07/02/2017 at 23:36:12
George you're a star! Loved it.

Sartorial elegance mixed with Jean Paul Sartre eloquence.

Vive la George!

Don Alexander
22 Posted 08/02/2017 at 01:52:29
And here's me wondering where the Scouse Fred Dibnah would be found! Well done George.
George McKane
23 Posted 08/02/2017 at 10:55:09
The French Reporter, Fabian, told me FSF Sports are delighted with the film and the response. He has asked for links to the comments so he can report to FSF. With your permission, I will send him later today The TW link so they can read your comments – is that OK with your gang? I really believe it is important to keep The Everton Word going around Europe.

Keep it cool but mainly keep it cosmic.

Chris Williams
24 Posted 08/02/2017 at 10:58:35
Go for it, George, and let's bring the good word to our French cousins so they may be amazed and delighted.
Tony Abrahams
25 Posted 08/02/2017 at 11:05:01
Don't forget to tell the French, that we didn't mind them robbing "OUR SONG" George!
Tony Ateman
26 Posted 08/02/2017 at 11:08:43
Fabulous film George. Proud to support the same team as you.
Trevor Lynes
27 Posted 08/02/2017 at 11:12:22
Great comments, don't forget though that we too were in the 2nd division, I remember it with not such fond memories !

I began going the match in 1948 so began in the real bad days when Catterick was our woeful striker or a rotund guy called Jock Dodds.

Anyway since we returned to the top division I have lived through without another relegation :)

Chris Williams
28 Posted 08/02/2017 at 19:29:50

My first game was February 1954 when my dad took me as a 6th birthday present when we were in Division 2, not that I knew or cared. I was 69 yesterday so by my reckoning the Bournemouth game was my 63rd anniversary and a great day out.

A happy anniversary !

Morgan Edwards
29 Posted 08/02/2017 at 19:51:11
Absolutely loved this! This club of ours really is special. Once Everton have touched you.

Well in with the bet, George.
Terry Underwood
30 Posted 13/02/2017 at 00:33:39
I was born in South London. I remember my dad taking me on the tube to watch Everton at Arsenal. I think we lost 2-1 or maybe 3-1. That day in 1958, at age 5, I was touched by Everton.

Not content with armchair or "plastic" support, I started going to games despite now living on the south coast. I joined ESCLA (London blues) and became a season ticket holder 䀆 to stand behind the St end goal.

I watched Every Saturday game, home and away for 5 years. Met my, now ex, wife on the train. Many years later, I took my daughter Emma Frances Catherine to Goodison. Although not a football fan, she always checks the result of the team that shares it's initials with her.

Although unable to get to games now, I still feel the joy and the hurt. I still start to get butterflies about Monday on derby week. OMG, I LOVE EVERTON

John Maxwell
31 Posted 18/02/2017 at 21:43:31
I'll get the crisps!

What a great video, well done George.

Tony Hill
33 Posted 18/02/2017 at 22:23:55
Yes, George, this was lovely to watch and will have done us some real good in the wider world. You and your film-making friends have captured something crucial about our club. Many thanks.
Dennis Stevens
34 Posted 18/02/2017 at 22:25:20
Where's the prawn sandwiches?!

Nice to put a face to the name, & an excellent piece to watch, George. You did all Evertonians proud!

Peter Murray
35 Posted 22/02/2017 at 08:51:30
Slight problem in a bit of the translation:

When George says "I'll get the crisps," this is interpreted as "Tu me dois un bisous". This actually means "You owe me a kiss"!

It should have been something like "A moi les chips" (Yes, in French "chips" = "crisps" but let's not go down that road.)

Salut SPA. A la prochaine.

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