Peter said it would be no problem, asked me how many would be coming? I said I had no idea, maybe between 6 to 20. He said that would be okay and he would ring me a week before the game to see how many would be coming.
Andy Crooks, from Belfast, is making another welcome return to see this game, so whoever comes will be welcome to say hello to Andy, a staunch Everton fan from across The Irish Sea.
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1 Posted 03/07/2019 at 21:25:58
2 Posted 03/07/2019 at 21:32:09
Come on the rest of you get yer names down and let's get the numbers up. Be good to see some who haven't been before as well!
3 Posted 03/07/2019 at 21:38:35
Hopefully for a bit longer than I managed for the last meeting.
4 Posted 03/07/2019 at 21:44:51
I will drop by if I'm in the country.
Might check out the new Dixie hotel
5 Posted 03/07/2019 at 22:04:03
6 Posted 03/07/2019 at 23:01:02
I know you cant please everyone! Hope its a great evening.
7 Posted 04/07/2019 at 00:55:22
8 Posted 04/07/2019 at 09:14:03
9 Posted 04/07/2019 at 14:47:00
10 Posted 04/07/2019 at 15:11:35
11 Posted 04/07/2019 at 15:23:48
Don't think I'd be too popular if I tried bagging off to come to the Excelsior.
Sure you will. Have a great time celebrating a victory by the Blues.
12 Posted 04/07/2019 at 15:29:48
13 Posted 04/07/2019 at 15:58:26
14 Posted 04/07/2019 at 16:35:45
They will be made up, especially your wife!!!
15 Posted 04/07/2019 at 21:39:44
Bill, thats 2 life sentences! Only kidding, congratulations.
17 Posted 04/07/2019 at 21:46:55
18 Posted 05/07/2019 at 09:23:37
These meetings were initially started by John McFarlane last year so thanks to John as well and to all those who come to the meetings.
19 Posted 05/07/2019 at 10:03:57
20 Posted 05/07/2019 at 10:12:32
Be great to put faces to the ToffeeWebbers names.
21 Posted 05/07/2019 at 10:57:18
22 Posted 05/07/2019 at 11:33:03
23 Posted 05/07/2019 at 13:00:51
Was it worth it? Definitely: until Tony came along in 1969!!!
24 Posted 05/07/2019 at 14:00:05
25 Posted 05/07/2019 at 15:22:16
26 Posted 05/07/2019 at 15:37:17
Should be a great day, hopefully after 3 points for the lads.
27 Posted 05/07/2019 at 16:05:50
This event will be the 4th gathering in 13 months, thanks to the sterling efforts of Peter Mills, Derek Knox, and on this occasion Dave Abrahams. Attendances have steadily increased and I hope that in time, such meetings will become an important part of the 'ToffeeWeb' experience. Best wishes John.
28 Posted 05/07/2019 at 18:08:12
29 Posted 05/07/2019 at 18:50:56
30 Posted 05/07/2019 at 19:27:11
Like you Dave, I too was guilty of bad planning back in 1974 and picked 17th August as our wedding day giving little thought to the footy thus missing the game.
Not as big a miss as yours though, we drew 0-0 with newly promoted Derby County.
31 Posted 05/07/2019 at 19:28:51
32 Posted 05/07/2019 at 19:32:29
33 Posted 05/07/2019 at 20:00:47
34 Posted 05/07/2019 at 20:02:43
35 Posted 05/07/2019 at 20:04:07
36 Posted 05/07/2019 at 20:10:59
Now I REALLY gotta get that air ticket.
37 Posted 05/07/2019 at 20:16:25
38 Posted 05/07/2019 at 20:21:06
Mike #13, check https://matrix.itasoftware.com it's what travel agents use and will give you the best prices.
39 Posted 05/07/2019 at 20:52:57
Anyway everyone had those portable wirelesses (it was the '60') with earpieces. Looked like the whole of the NSA were at the wedding, much less conspicuous now with bluetooth I guess.
The priest gave the game away though when we scored and he punched the air and screamed yessssssssss.
40 Posted 05/07/2019 at 21:07:37
41 Posted 05/07/2019 at 23:33:40
I was married in the close season so don't have any problem with clashing dates!!
42 Posted 05/07/2019 at 23:33:40
I was married in the close season so don't have any problem with clashing dates!!
43 Posted 05/07/2019 at 23:36:26
Apologies but I no longer have an edit facility.
44 Posted 05/07/2019 at 23:56:57
Thanks, Eric, will check it out.
45 Posted 06/07/2019 at 04:18:37
46 Posted 06/07/2019 at 09:10:00
Bill (42)it will be nice to see you again.
47 Posted 06/07/2019 at 09:25:07
Paul, checking ante post. Your lad got an entry in CH?
48 Posted 09/08/2019 at 15:36:31
Andy ( Crooks) your ticket will be waiting for you next week, have a safe journey getting here and a very happy journey going back to Belfast, best wishes.
Ps I hope you all read this thread. I VILL only say this once.
49 Posted 10/08/2019 at 14:47:05
50 Posted 10/08/2019 at 14:48:34
51 Posted 10/08/2019 at 14:57:28
52 Posted 10/08/2019 at 15:36:54
53 Posted 12/08/2019 at 21:19:22
54 Posted 13/08/2019 at 11:19:16
55 Posted 16/08/2019 at 20:38:37
56 Posted 16/08/2019 at 21:03:46
57 Posted 16/08/2019 at 21:28:45
58 Posted 18/08/2019 at 12:49:58
I picked Andy Crooks up from his hotel in Dale St. and we had bite to eat at the house, Andy phoned Peter Mills up and we arranged to meet him at the pub he uses before Everton games. We spent a nice pleasant hour with Peter, meeting his friends in the pub which quickly got packed as the time towards the match got nearer. We had a nice stroll up to Goodison in time for Andy to breathe in the pre-game atmosphere which Peter suggested.
Andy confessed to being nervous as a kitten with excitement waiting to relish Goodison Park and his team once again.
I met Andy after the game and he was made up with the win. I told him he had brought the sun with him from Belfast, along with another clean sheet and three points the same as the last time again, although the performance was nowhere as good.
After an eventful but very slow bus journey to town, we arrived at The Excelsior around 6-15 pm (shows you how slow the bus journey was)
We met John McFarlane, Derek Knox, John Rafferty, Ray Roche, Neil Copeland and Keith Berry and his son Sam, we had a good talk about the game, Andy was amazed by many in the ground, at half time, saying what a terrible game it was, he thought it was great and enjoyed it, maybe shows how demanding a lot of Everton fans are, including me. Neil said he was happy with the four points and two clean sheets up to now and thinks we will gradually improve, given time.
Time moves very quickly at these meetings but it was nice to meet up with all who came. Ray was driving a long way home to North Wales so he understandably got off early.
We discussed the City goal which was disallowed after bringing the packed Excelsior to a great roar initially, VAR being roundly cursed, except by one drinker, no prizes for guessing who he supported, but he turned out to be okay, just on the wind-up.
Eventually we finished by Keith insisting on getting the last round in before he got off with his son Sam, who is a vegan and insists on his dad eating with him in vegan restaurants (shame on you, Sam, but very sensible as well)
That last round was extended by Neil and Andy and we eventually finished up leaving at around 10:40 pm.
Thanks to all who came but I think a Saturday game is very awkward for many fans to get back into town for, along with a big match on TV, so I understand why many couldn't make it. I hope everyone got home safe and well.
Please forgive me if I got any names wrong, I've got a sneaky feeling I may have got one wrong.
59 Posted 18/08/2019 at 15:00:13
60 Posted 18/08/2019 at 19:04:35
You could be right with regards to meeting on a Saturday, (normal 3 o'clock KO) which most can't get to till about 6-ish, plus as you so rightly say many have to travel too. Having said that there will always be times that doesn't suit everybody for whatever reason.
I didn't expect the Irish style music either, which virtually drowned out any talk about Everton, but it did create a good atmosphere and most people seemed to enjoy it and some even tried to re-enact that scene from The 'Quiet' Man, though admittedly I wasn't aware of that till Ray Roche mentioned it.
I managed to just miss my train by a matter of seconds, so had to wait for nearly an hour till the next one. I was tempted to come back to the Excelsior, rather than wait in the station, but knowing my luck, I'd probably have ended up missing the last train as well.
We will check the calendar for appropriate dates, and hopefully have another meeting say October/November. I believe Mike Gaynes may be coming over sometime in January so we are sure to have one then too.
Thanks again Dave, and all who attended!
61 Posted 18/08/2019 at 19:10:15
Mate I'm sorry about yesterday. I've emailed Derek and explained and I hope he's got your details to pass on my apologies.
I won't miss the next one, or my free Desperado!
Important thing is we got three points and a clean sheet.
62 Posted 18/08/2019 at 19:23:10
63 Posted 18/08/2019 at 19:51:05
64 Posted 18/08/2019 at 20:26:48
I enjoyed the match more than most around me but I hope to write why soon.
65 Posted 18/08/2019 at 20:29:51
66 Posted 18/08/2019 at 20:45:26
The other alternative is an away match that we can watch in the Excelsior as a group, so everyone is there to watch the match, anyway food for thought!
67 Posted 18/08/2019 at 21:03:00
I do like the idea of a mid-week game. I would like to see Goodison under the floodlights and flights and hotel would be much cheaper
68 Posted 18/08/2019 at 21:09:00
Possibly under Peter, the manager, a genial Irishman it has flourished, so I suggest for any future meetings there it would be best, if possible to arrange a meeting there on a quiet night in the week, Tuesday or Wednesday, the weekend Friday to Sunday it would seem to be very busy and well attended, shows how many people now look upon Liverpool as a very nice place to have a good time in.
Maybe Mikes visit would be a good time to arrange a meeting.
69 Posted 18/08/2019 at 21:47:56
70 Posted 18/08/2019 at 22:32:45
I think the away match, whether it be a Saturday (early) or Sunday same, is a decent compromise, people will get to see the match, which they wouldn't have travelled to (I know some do) we can have a chat after well before the band strikes up, then people can choose to leave or stay at a reasonable time.
Give it a think over and let me know, but we still need to know which matches Sky/BT are covering in advance.
71 Posted 19/08/2019 at 14:47:40
I think it is great the distances some of the fans come from and find the time and effort to make it, brilliant.
72 Posted 19/08/2019 at 16:51:13
And I won't debate anybody about VAR!
73 Posted 19/08/2019 at 17:56:09
Dave, I have just been sent a copy of an email sent from Keith Berry and son Sam, who attended the gathering. They thoroughly enjoyed the match, the atmosphere (although the game was a bit of a damp squib, but 3 points) and the evening with all who were there.
Keith and Sam, were up on a multi-mission, they explained to me. They were supposed to play golf at Frodsham which Ray Roche had organised, but it was cancelled because of the horrendous weather, but Keith also had some business in Liverpool to attend to, so decided to combine the business, the golf, the match and TW get together in one package.
They were due to visit Bramley-Moore Dock on the Sunday, to see what the site looks like pre-development, and what this Heritage status is all about (there are some who are opposed to our plans) so it will be interesting to find out what their impression is/was.
Keith and Sam gave me their Mobile Numbers, so I will try to encourage them to compile a post, based on their visit on the whole, but with particular emphasis on their impressions of BMD. They have obviously seen the projected images and now have had the chance to see the site! (or should I say sight?)
74 Posted 19/08/2019 at 18:01:58
Please pass on our thanks to all the Twebbers present Saturday Evening at the Excelsior.
From a gentle introduction to the guys the evening developed into a proper session.
Great fun and if there was ever any doubt my lad Sam is now a lifer.
Amazed at Dave's Encyclopedic memory of all things Toffee and we were both lifted by the overall feel good vibe that emanates from EFC these days. Sad that we are we actually drove down to Bramley-Moore Dock on the Sunday morning and could envisage the brilliant future in store for us all.
Once again a great day / night / weekend
Kindest Regards To everyone
Keith and Sam''
75 Posted 19/08/2019 at 18:32:41
He could have been the same troublemaker that triggered the handbags fracas in the saloon, before being ejected through the batwing doors (Sombrero end first) I distinctly heard Peter (the Bar Manager) say "no more Desperadoes" I don't know if he meant the Bandito Mexican, or the bottled alcoholic beverage? 😂
76 Posted 19/08/2019 at 18:57:06
I'll keep ya posted.
77 Posted 19/08/2019 at 19:14:47
78 Posted 19/08/2019 at 21:13:05
I got to Lime Street at approx. 10:50 thinking the last train was at 11 pm but found out it actually went at 10 pm. So, I then decided to get something to eat while I decided what to do and ended up enjoying a Big Mac and fries.
After some deliberation and struggling to read the Sunday timetables I discovered that the first train didn't leave until 8:18 am which put me off my initial idea of 'resting' in the station. A taxi to Nantwich would probably bankrupt me and to make matters worse my mobile phone battery had died as well. Fortunately, the public phones in the station were working oka and amazingly my daughter answered the landline! She wasn't impressed having wasted an hour waiting at Crewe and only got home 10 mins ago, bear in mind it was now 11:45pm.
After promising to pay for fuel, bridge fees and a new pair of trainers (oka, I made up that bit), Hannah, my daughter, said she would come and collect me from Lime Street.
During the wait, I had an opportunity to enjoy the nightlife. A group of very nice young ladies out on a hen night offered to put me up for the night (perhaps I should rephrase that!) - where were they 15 mins ago, I thought but then realised I may not have made it through to the morning if I decided to take up their offer. There was a couple in the middle of a tiff with both gesturing and posturing a lot although all seemed to end well with a big hug. I must admit to being surprised that how well behaved everyone was at that time of the morning.
Just as I was starting to enjoy the entertainment, Hannah appeared at around 12:45 am – what a star!
Anyway, a very good night at The Excelsior and looking forward to the next one – although I will check the train times.
79 Posted 19/08/2019 at 22:27:23
You should have got the Wirral Line train to Chester from Lime Street, your daughter would have had less distance to travel, from Chester! Anyway one of life's lessons learnt there! Hope to see you again soon Neil, take care mate.
80 Posted 19/08/2019 at 22:32:51
Didn't think about the Wirral line, not used to using the train at all. As you say, lesson learnt and it was okay really, I had forgotten how entertaining the city centre can be.
81 Posted 19/08/2019 at 22:41:17
82 Posted 20/08/2019 at 12:30:56
Sorry about Derek and Neil missing their trains, with Neil nearly having to look for some accommodation!!
Thanks Ray for your Email off Keith Berry. Keith was a real gentleman who showed he was really into Everton and raised different aspects of following the Blues. I asked him how he had got involved in following our club. Keith is from Bedfordshire (I think) and he had no links to Everton, no family connection to the club but took up supporting the club many years ago. I think he is a season ticket holder along with his well-mannered son Sam, but Keith I forget the reason which made you a Blue. I would love for you to tell us on ToffeeWeb, it was really great to meet you and Sam along with everyone who came. Neil was a new face and very good company with lots of stories about following the Toffees around the country.
I've got to mention John McFarlane who loves coming to these meetings and for his age and health is amazing how gets to them and keeps the evening flowing with his knowledge and stories of games and years gone by.
I enjoyed the night and got my bus home without too much trouble, apart from a couple of headbangers at the bus stop, but no problem.–
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