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John Crook
1 Posted 29/03/2020 at 16:36:50
An absolute bell end of a human being and not much better in terms of a footballer. Of all the mediocre wingers we have had in the past, choose any of those (Arron Lennon, Landon Donovan as examples of players with good attitude and who always put a shift in but were not top class players). Maybe it is a Dutch thing? (Royston Drenthe??)

Van Der Meyde goes down on the ever-growing list of players who have robbed a living off the Everton payroll. I have seen several of his post-career interviews and he always slags of Everton. Absolute prick!!

Dennis Stevens
2 Posted 29/03/2020 at 16:37:20
I wonder who he considered to be the two players capable of playing football, Arteta & Osman??
Darren Hind
3 Posted 29/03/2020 at 17:10:54
"I trained too hard for the medical and it appeared my liver was not right" – Wonderful stuff!

After all these years I now know what my problem has been. I've simply been training too hard!

I'm enjoying this little series you've got going, Michael. Keep 'em coming!

Dave Abrahams
4 Posted 29/03/2020 at 17:26:50
He was a chancer and just loved the good life, ale and spirits were the reason he could never get fit. Kidded the plums of Dour Davie and Everton, an utter phoney of a man and consequently a player.
Paul Tran
5 Posted 29/03/2020 at 17:28:52
Yet another case of a footballer unable to bridge the gap between raw talent and effectiveness.

We've had plenty of them, haven't we?

Enjoying this series though, Michael. It's a bit like the end of Bullseye for the losing contestants. "Come and have a look at what you could have won."

Paul Tran
6 Posted 29/03/2020 at 17:32:57
So you liked him then, Dave?

How are you keeping, by the way?

Simon Smith
7 Posted 29/03/2020 at 17:38:41
I had very high hopes of Shandy, mainly due to his profile on Championship Manager. Very much like Ibrahima Bakayoko, he didn't live up to his computer game twin.
Dave Abrahams
8 Posted 29/03/2020 at 17:59:17
Paul (6), I'm fine thanks Paul, hope you are okay as well, it's going to be a long journey standing still.

As for Andy, Graeme Sharp knew the score on him after just a few months, he told me he was a playboy. Graeme was working for Everton at the time, so it must have been common knowledge around the club.

Give me an honest player who works for the team anyway rather than selfish people like the Dutchman who are only interested in their own well-being.

Kev Gibbs
9 Posted 29/03/2020 at 19:04:36
Did I read somewhere that he couldn't believe how much Everton were prepared to pay him. In excess of £30,000 pw I think, and that's what caused him to give it the full rock-and-roll lifestyle. Dickhead.

Great series, Michael.

Paul Tran
10 Posted 29/03/2020 at 19:12:42
I'm fine thanks, Dave. Had a cold last week that hasn't materialised into anything worse and we can take the dogs up the road to the beach every day, so things could be worse.

Completely with you on Andy. Nothing more frustrating than a talented person with a poor attitude.

Tony Everan
11 Posted 29/03/2020 at 19:26:49
I think there is an undercurrent of a theme that some overseas players see us as a soft touch for an easy paycheque. We get a few good games out of them then they moan about their teammates lack of quality and generally blame everyone else for their poor form instead of having a bit of grit and fighting for it, Calvert-Lewin style.

AvdM was no Arjen Robben but he had good talent and squandered it. It's a shame for him and unforgivable for any Evertonian who would always fantasise about having such a glorious opportunity.

Simon Smith
12 Posted 29/03/2020 at 20:00:44
Note for Micheal the link on the home page to this article isn’t working
Michael Kenrick
Editorial Team
13 Posted 29/03/2020 at 21:21:43
Thanks, Simon. Although I'm having trouble finding one that's broken. What browser are you using?
Chris Hockenhull
14 Posted 29/03/2020 at 21:29:43
He some years ago came out with it all about pole dancers, late-night lap dancing bars... strings of women in Liverpool, heavy cocaine use. All whilst playing the doting father/ sick child to anyone who would be sucked in by this waste of a skin (and I know a fair few who were).

It was good riddance to this waster and sadly we never seem to learn any lessons about these chancers to this day.

Jack Convery
15 Posted 30/03/2020 at 05:01:15
I could be the winger always in a hurry
I could be a player I needn't ever worry
I could be a legend in a team full of brothers
I could be the lynchpin in a squad besting others
What a waste
What a waste
What a waste
What a waste

Thanks To Ian Drury

Simon Smith
16 Posted 30/03/2020 at 09:25:38
Using an iPhone, Micheal. It works from the article list, but not from the main home page for some reason, comes up with the error “page not found”.
Michael Kenrick
17 Posted 30/03/2020 at 12:12:37
Thanks, Simon, Got it now. For some reason, the link created is to the News section and not the Editorial section. Strange, because the next article down the page, Paul's financial piece, goes to the right place.

I've been meaning to ask Lyndon about formating of the pages on the iPhone – it seems to be the same whether you are using Safari or Chrome. The cool dropdown menu of website sections Lyndon designed is somehow disconnected from the banner strip at the top of the page, and appears instead like a floating ghost part-way down the page, with white-on-white lettering making all but the current section (highlighted by a blue box) difficult to read.

One of the most daunting behind-the-scenes challenges of running a website like this includes trying to accommodate the foibles of each browser on each platform – a challenge way beyond my paygrade! Thankfully, Lyndon is an industry expert on such things.

Simon Smith
18 Posted 30/03/2020 at 20:54:25
Well you’re doing a grand job both of you. The community that you have built from ToffeeWeb is great at all times, but in times like now it is even better.
I’m sure I can speak for everyone on here by saying how much we appreciate all your work.
Andy Crooks
19 Posted 30/03/2020 at 21:11:50
This is a great series, Michael. I actually defended Van der Meyde on here long after most. Sometimes you get your views too entrenched.

I would like to echo Simon's views. You and Lyndon are providing a wonderful facility. Well done and thank you.

Dave Williams
20 Posted 30/03/2020 at 21:44:40
He looked a quality player in his first-half dozen games... then injury hit and his spiral began. His marital problems together with his daughter's illness whilst not playing proved too much for him to handle.

I did a lot of work for him a few years ago and, far from slagging EFC off, he was complimentary about the club and did not seek to blame anyone but himself for the way things turned out. I speak as I find and, over a period of two years, I found him to be a nice bloke who had made some bad decisions in his life (haven't most of us!!) but basically a decent person at least by the time I met him.

Could have been very good for us.

Chris Williams
21 Posted 30/03/2020 at 21:46:12
Didn’t someone pinch his dog?
Dave Williams
22 Posted 30/03/2020 at 22:15:18
Chris, yes, he suffered a couple of burglaries in which his dog was taken.
Brian Wilkinson
23 Posted 31/03/2020 at 01:18:20
Same here a big thank you to Michael and Lyndon, we have our moans, we have our magic moments.

But without the both of you and all the posters on here, I think I would have to suffer the other half’s fix of come dine with me and four in a bed.

So glad I have ToffeeWeb I can turn to.

Jack Convery
24 Posted 31/03/2020 at 23:58:11
Any chance the Live Forum can be put up with a topic for discussion, particularly on a Saturday afternoon?

Some suggestions I would put forward are:

VAR – Yes or No?
Premier League Refs – Good, Bad or Biased?
Best Everton Goalkeeper / Defender / Midfielder / Striker of the 21st Century?
Everton Team of the 21st Century so far.

I'm sure there are a million and one topics we could discuss whilst downing a pint or two in isolation and conversation. What say you?

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