The Bard and the Blues

Kevin Crean 22/11/2017 10comments  |  Jump to last

It’s always a worry supporting the Blues, and is especially difficult in these managerless times. It really doesn’t help when the rumour machine goes into overdrive linking us with every footballing tom, dick and harry, or worse still combinations like Big Sam and, his preferred assistant, Craig Shakespeare.


Mr Allardyce, and his oppo are not two gentlemen from Verona, although most Blues would give serious consideration to any Italian coaching combo. No, that Middle England duo, if they’re given the Goodison helm, will likely compound the comedy of errors in which we find ourselves.


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Where did it all go wrong? A few months ago we were in a midsummers’ dream of joyful expectation, although we’d sold our Moorish prince, with the proceeds we’d filled an apple cart with good signing potential.

We just didn’t see the Koeman situation coming. It is fair to say that neither did our Dutch authoritarian; alas poor Ronald we knew him not. We thought him to be unfairly denied, and the injured party, when he cried “my kingdom for a centre forward (and cover on the left side of defence)”.

Of course everyone knows that good strikers don’t fall, like the gentle rains from heaven, so we missed out, but even then who’d have believed, back in July, that Koeman would be gone come St Crispian’s Day?

The question now is who might be in the hot seat at the end of this winter’s tale?

The name of Moyes brings the Goodison faithful together with one voice: had he been appointed, it truly would have been a season of discontent. The fans know, without consulting the three witches, that true to character, the Scot would likely have taken us deep into a Macbeth, as depressingly bleak as the Dutchman’s Hamlet.

There is hope that players, and fans, can be united by a David against the Goliath of challenges remaining this season, and therefore, measure for measure, Unsworth deserves his chance. Will he be the one to deliver us, in keeping with heroes in the great bard’s rousingly penned victories? Will he make sure, eventually, that all’s well that ends well?

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Rick Tarleton
1 Posted 24/11/2017 at 14:27:17
Is this the promised end or image of that horror?
Dave Abrahams
2 Posted 24/11/2017 at 15:41:25
Kevin, I post to bury your article not to praise it!!!
Dennis Stevens
3 Posted 24/11/2017 at 15:58:41
If we're going for the classics, I can do no better than to quote Milton: "Whence and what art thou, execrable shape" – inspired by Everton's forlorn attempts at some kind of formation perhaps?

Or any number of our players, especially those tasked with defensive duties! I'll diplomatically not mention any by name!

John McFarlane [Snr]
4 Posted 24/11/2017 at 16:44:12
Hi Dave [2],

I agree with your response to this post, we are in a serious position, which we should treat in a serious manner. I really enjoyed our little chat last night but I'm afraid that's where the enjoyment ended; you and I have experienced the joys of success and the bitter despair of relegation, and I must admit that this is as low as I have been since that awful day in 1951.

I sympathise with the younger generation, particularly those who are too young to remember the 1995 FA Cup win, and as things appear at the moment, it may be a long time before they enjoy the sweet taste of success.

I've done a bit of digging, and it appears that Mervyn Jones scored the winner for Liverpool in the 1952 final of the Liverpool Senior Cup, and Ronnie Moran likewise in the 1961 final. I'll continue to search for definite proof because, to tell you the truth, I thought the Mervyn Jones game was a little later, but I go along with the Ronnie Moran game, because I know it was after I left the army, which was 1959.

I trust that Josh and I can enjoy your company again, and that Everton can put us all in a better frame of mind.

John McFarlane [Snr]
5 Posted 24/11/2017 at 17:11:42
Hi Dave again, [Correction] The Ronnie Moran goal was scored in the 1962 game, still trying to find more information regarding the Mervyn Jones game...
Geoff Harrison
6 Posted 24/11/2017 at 22:41:46
Any more performances like last night and I'll be shoving my season ticket up my Coriolanus.
David Baxter
8 Posted 25/11/2017 at 09:18:06
Once more unto the breach, once more, or close the penalty area with our blue shirt defenders, on their last legs after a Herculean effort to keep the Saints at bay.
Terry Underwood
9 Posted 25/11/2017 at 11:25:39
To quote Romeo... "For fuck's sake, Everton!"
Dave Abrahams
10 Posted 27/11/2017 at 13:29:27
John (4), yes you said they were two different games, I thought Mervyn Jones got the foul which Moran scored from the free kick, I remember that free kick very well, I was at the game when Jones scored but don't remember how he scored it.

At the moment things are going from bad to worse and getting more worrying with each passing day with no news of a new permanent manager.

John McFarlane [Snr]
11 Posted 27/11/2017 at 13:42:42
Hi Dave 10] The only thing I remember about the Mervyn Jones goal is that it was scored at the Park End. I didn't realise that it was so long ago, my memory is not as good as I thought it was.

Yes Dave, it's a really worrying time, I honestly haven't been so concerned, so early into our previous brushes with the dreaded drop. I'll have to follow my own advice and "Keep the faith" regards john.

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