Thanks to the kindness of Tony Abrahams, I got another chance to see the Blues live again. It was another wonderful experience. I heard a lot of lads at the ground complaining that we were shite. To me, it was magnificent: the siren, Z-Cars... all of it. When I watch Everton on TV, I can see when we are shite. On the rare occasion that I get to a game, we are never shite. It is just special.
Dave Abrahams and his lovely wife June picked me up and we went to Dave's house for breakfast. We sat in (June's) beautiful garden in the sun and talked about the new stadium, about what the team might be, and other Everton stuff. These are just wonderful people and the welcome the family gave me to the home was beyond words.
June gave us a lift to "The Stuart" in Bedford Road where we met up with Pete Mills and his pals for a few pints. Thanks, Pete.
A stroll to the ground, nervous but walking on air. I was sat behind Dave's grandson, Cameron, a top, top lad. There was a flag provided and, frankly, I would have waved it like a mad excited bastard had not Cameron not quite coolly desparaged it as a kind of Red thing (quite right, Cameron).
After the game, I was suffering a bit from the prolapsed disc so Dave and I got on the bus. Due to road works, the bus inched along and after an hour we were short of the city centre. The bus was driven by a probationary driver so there was an inspector on board. Dave asked that we be let off but it was more than his job was worth and way too dangerous.
Anyway, a girl was going to vomit due to the heat in the bus so they opened the door. Dave seized the opportunity and leapt off with her. I was too slow and the doors shut. I had no clue where I was going so Dave tried to get back on, but the inspector was having none of it. So, the bus edged into the town with Dave walking along side and me seated, exchanging the odd wave.
The night in the Excelsior was pretty special. Derek, John MacFarlane, John Rafferty, Keith and Sam and Neil, Ray and a few lads who joined us. Irish music and too much drink. The fact that Neil and Derek missed their trains kind of shows how it went. Really top guys and great company.
I enjoyed the match, live really does give a different perspective. I think Mina has a real presence. I think we look solid. Richarlison was poor, Calvert-Lewin works so hard. I thought it was a team with loads of potential.
Finally, Kean is going to be a star. I have been lucky enough to see his home debut. He will be magnificent.
Thanks to Dave, June and their family for a great time. Thanks to Michael and Lyndon, without this brilliant site I would never have met these good people.
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1 Posted 19/08/2019 at 00:05:11
Dave walking alongside the bus while you're stuck on it is just hilarious.
The fact Neil and Derek missed their trains is gold. Whenever there's Irish music and too much drink, there's no way on earth it wasn't a great time.
I keep looking for the thread to the Excelsior get together, and can't find it? Can anyone please provide a link so I can read about the evening?
Happy for you Andy. Get that disk healthy. Great piece, thanks for sharing. Great stuff.
And this no one can ever take from you, Andy - you saw, in the flesh, Moise Kean's debut at Goodison. Magic.
2 Posted 20/08/2019 at 05:42:24
Dave and I got in a transport van after the derby last December. It got stuck and didn't move for 15 minutes, so we hopped off and walked all the way to Lime Street.
I eventually missed my late night train in London and got stranded en route to Heathrow. Andy, sounds like you had better luck!
Congratulations, my friend, and I'm glad you had fun.
3 Posted 20/08/2019 at 06:06:21
You and your family are an absolute credit, not only to this club, but to the city itself.
Well done Andy lad, a great little piece. Hope your back gets better soon.
4 Posted 20/08/2019 at 06:31:40
Sorry I cant actually provide you with a link you can just press.
I will spend the day having an occasional chuckle at the thought of Dave walking beside the bus and Crooks sitting waving at him like Lord Shite.
5 Posted 20/08/2019 at 10:23:14
It can all get a bit heated at times on ToffeeWeb and it's occasions like this that really warm the heart, seeing guys getting together to welcome one of our own.
Glad you had such a great weekend, Andy, and respect to the Abraham's family – clearly top people!!
6 Posted 20/08/2019 at 15:28:04
Good to see a good time was had by all. Hopefully I will get to the next one.
7 Posted 20/08/2019 at 15:54:52
Mike (2), a transport van, that's American for taxi. I didn't know until now that you missed your train that night, sorry about that Mike.
Darren (3), yeh, I'm a bit of a jinx with buses and taxis. Going on holiday soon by plane, keep your fingers crossed!!!
8 Posted 20/08/2019 at 16:06:35
9 Posted 20/08/2019 at 16:10:09
And Dave, thanks for the translation!
10 Posted 20/08/2019 at 16:18:40
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12 Posted 21/08/2019 at 10:25:45
Don't know when the next meeting will be, but am working on it with Dave, or when you will be over again, but hoping it won't be too long. In the meantime, take care, top man!
13 Posted 22/08/2019 at 15:55:21
Top man, great company.
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16 Posted 22/08/2019 at 18:55:52
I'm so glad you got with proper lads and Evertonians to boot.
I'm out in Florida now and only get over once a year if I am lucky so I have to get my fix on ToffeeWeb.
I am really looking forward to Bramley-Moore Dock, if I live that long, and would hope we can get a ToffeeWeb mob together for the "Royal Blue opening".
18 Posted 22/08/2019 at 19:45:03
But, reading Paul the Esk's article and thoughts on Bramley-Moore Dock, I don't think he is.
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