Let me set the scene. I shall achieve the age of 67 years in a month or so, the Great Spirit allowing. Age is, I think, important here...
An evening or two ago, drinking with a couple of chaps, one a kopite, in their 50s, I pointed out that the expression, now in common use: "A taxi for...", derived from the day that Everton Manager Johnny Carey got his P45 from Everton Chairman John Moores in the back of a taxi. I have always held this to be a universal truth, a bit like Kopites are Gobshites.
Imagine my incredulity when my fellow drinkers had no idea what I was on about.
Please reassure me that I haven't been rolling them too thick over the decades. I would value the views of the esteemed readership of these pages.
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1 Posted 07/03/2020 at 20:52:07
He then became manager at Everton but, despite leading them to fifth place in the 1960â€“61 season, their highest post-war position, he was sacked in the back of a taxi by director John Moores. As a result, the jibe, 'Taxi for... !' has become a staple insult offered to any manager facing the threat of the sack.
2 Posted 07/03/2020 at 21:19:35
I've read somewhere that the decision wasn't as cold-blooded as it is often recorded, the version I've got vague memories of is that Carey, when he suspected his fate, insisted that he be told immediately.
3 Posted 07/03/2020 at 21:25:58
I was astounded that many people didn't seem to know this. Then again, it was 60 years ago.
4 Posted 07/03/2020 at 21:34:35
Don't forget, if it didn't involve our lovable neighbours, it didn't happen, Hence Gobshites.
5 Posted 07/03/2020 at 21:37:07
To rub salt into the wound, Moores left Johnnie to pay for the cab!!!
[No, I made that part up.]
6 Posted 07/03/2020 at 21:43:30
Mind you, there were only the papers that gave us the low down then. I seem to remember lots of surprise when Harry Catterick was announced that next week.
Johnny Carey's sacking was well planned by Moores though I suspect not the way â€“ nor in the place â€“ it actually happened.
7 Posted 07/03/2020 at 21:49:51
It happened on a Friday, and Everton beat Cardiff City 5-1 the following day. I knew a lad whose wife worked at Goodison, and he told me that Harry Catterick was being made manager â€“ before the appointment was made public â€“ so it appears that 'skulduggery' isn't just a part of the modern game.
8 Posted 08/03/2020 at 09:00:02
9 Posted 08/03/2020 at 09:07:29
John Moores was no fool; if you didn't come up to his high standards, you went. Johnnie didn't... so he was sacked.
10 Posted 08/03/2020 at 09:26:09
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