Go easy on me — it’s the first time I’ve posted in the mailbag!
I’m sitting in the hospital with my Everton made 5-year-old son, decked out in his Everton kit! He fell off monkey bars and broke his arm...
I’m sitting reading ToffeeWeb and getting more and more depressed so we decided to cheer him (and me) up by listing all the things we love about Everton. Here’s what we came up with in 5 minutes:
The Everton Crest
Seeing Goodison Park on the horizon
Visiting St Luke’s Church before the game
Andy King's goal
Most games in top flight
Tim Cahill celebration
Big Duncan's headers vs Man Utd
Peter Reid (he sent him a good luck tweet!)
Rooney’s First goal
Rooney’s West-Ham goal
Singing at away games
It’s A Grand Old Team song
Amber away kit (I had to buy him one as he broke his arm!)
My 1990s Everton scrapbook
My Kevin Ratcliffe jersey on my living room wall
Seeing an Evertonian abroad
Asking any scouser we meet "Are you an Evertonian?"
Richarliason song (minus the f-word!)
Neville Southall – best keeper ever
Dixie Dean – best striker ever
Calling RS fans plastic
Best club in the world. My boy's words!
Add if I’ve missed anything!
Steve and Joseph Brown
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1 Posted 09/08/2020 at 20:40:36
Most of all, Joseph, I hope your arm mends quickly. Best of luck in the future.
2 Posted 11/08/2020 at 18:25:12
3 Posted 11/08/2020 at 18:54:48
4 Posted 11/08/2020 at 18:54:55
5 Posted 11/08/2020 at 19:12:58
So good that your first post is a positive one.
We certainly needed that on TW and we certainly need it at Goodison Park next season.
Hope your lad gets better soon and gets that rattle out or whatever the kids use now. LOL!
My favorite thing is a few pints before the game and watching the crowds making their way to the gates and feeling proud to be an Evertonian.
6 Posted 11/08/2020 at 19:16:22
Tim Cahill's headers
Rideout's Cup winner
Jags' extraordinary Anfield equalizer (I hurdled the couch)
Oviedo at the back post at Old Trafford (I sorta cried)
Kev Johnson's photos of me at Goodison
Shaking Bainesy's hand
Bainesy's last goal
My TW mob at the Midland - love ya all
Rooney against Arsenal
Tim Howard's class - declining to celebrate his goal
Sheedy's double free kick
Osman's goal against Larissa
Stones' top-corner penalty chip against Juventus
The Dixie Dean statue
7 Posted 11/08/2020 at 19:19:00
8 Posted 11/08/2020 at 19:29:50
Getting up the stairs in the stand and seeing the immaculate pitch. The heightened expectation around the new signings. The noise reaching a crescendo as the ref puts his whistle to his lips to blow for kick-off.
Seeing Bill with a tear in his eye as he looks to where the Boys Pen used to be.
9 Posted 11/08/2020 at 19:54:54
10 Posted 11/08/2020 at 20:00:37
11 Posted 11/08/2020 at 20:10:12
He also asked the nurse for a Royal Blue colour plaster!!
"Why's that?" she said!
"For Everton, of course"!!!!
12 Posted 11/08/2020 at 20:16:11
13 Posted 11/08/2020 at 20:58:55
I also loved the fact that it was late on in the game and both our full-backs are in their penalty area.
14 Posted 11/08/2020 at 21:03:45
Rooney showboating aged 16.
Gary Speed swashbuckling from centre-mid (oh to have him in his pomp now).
Agree on Hinchcliffe's corners.
Bringing on academy players for their debut.
James Vaughan against Palace.
Stuart McCall's cup final equaliser from 20 yards.
Last day of season relegation saviour.
Paul Rideout's header in the final.
Dogs of war.
André Gomes's hair and passing when on song.
Tommy Graveson's two-footed challenges.
Kanchelskis tearing down the wing.
Mikel vs Fiorentina (and for that matter any other time he touched the ball in our shirt, bloody loved him).
And the siren leading us into a Z-Cars charge.
15 Posted 11/08/2020 at 21:14:30
Your Z-Cars ring tone going off miles from Liverpool and some bloke you've never seen before looks up and you just know. He's a Blue.
17 Posted 11/08/2020 at 21:14:33
Ferguson's header vs Man Utd.
Phil Neville's tackle on Ronaldo.
Gosling's FA cup goal vs the shite.
Jagielka's screamer vs Utd.
Rooney vs Arsenal.
The sense of excitement over James Vaughan (such an unfortunate lad)
Those beautiful 18 months of Andrei Kanchelskis.
Ironically shouting 'Hit It' whenever Hibbo had the ball in the opposite half
Hibbo scoring in his testimonial.
Osman in Europe.
But more than anything, the atmosphere of walking up to the stadium after 4 pints in 50 minutes before the game.
18 Posted 11/08/2020 at 21:17:08
Also FA Cup Semi at Elland Rd v Spurs, what an atmosphere.
The 2 Andy Gray goals in the best Everton league performace I've seen: 4-1 vs Sunderland (a few mins late getting in and missed the Sunderland goal -– gotta laugh)
Joe Royle, 4-2-4 with Limpar and Kanchelskis on the wings, and winning ... YES, winning at Anfield.
Tim Howard's "Rocker" image
Pissed in the students union watching the 1995 FA Cup Final on a cinema screen, Red Stripe was 50p a can.
19 Posted 11/08/2020 at 21:19:00
20 Posted 11/08/2020 at 21:26:57
Our away support is the best in the land!
21 Posted 11/08/2020 at 22:00:53
22 Posted 11/08/2020 at 22:09:01
23 Posted 11/08/2020 at 22:46:17
2. First team to win a European Cup penalty shoot out vs Moenchengladbach at Goodison, going mad when Andy Rankin saved.
3. Wolfsburg away.
Not intentionally all German.
24 Posted 11/08/2020 at 22:54:44
How theire faces drop when they realise that the Liverpool legend is a sham and we are the creation of Jupiter and the Solar System whereas they are a mere thunderstorm during a heatwave.
Duncan's wristband with Howard's watch. You just don't get that anywhere else.
25 Posted 11/08/2020 at 23:04:25
Chris #13, I also loved Lukaku (with that hair) sprinting away to the opposite corner as if his scuffed shot had been a pass. I loved all those Man Utd fans looking like they'd sat on a barbed-wire suppository (I hate that club). But most of all, I loved that it was Oviedo, because deep down a small part of me still believes that Moyes was aware of Oviedo because of my posts about him here on TW the year before we signed him. I know it's not true (probably) but I loved that player anyway.
And, like the werewolf drinking the Piña Colada at Trader Vic's, his hair was perfect.
27 Posted 12/08/2020 at 00:47:46
28 Posted 12/08/2020 at 01:39:59
Mind you, the wasted seasons and false dawns we get now are only a pale shadow of the ones we had when the Main Stand had a gable on and the cushions would rain down, casting multiple shadows from the 4 floodlight pylons and the only gold was from the smoke of rolled Golden Virginia tobacco – not Gold Bentleys.
Or, besides all that good stuff above... and no doubt soon to be below my post – What have Everton ever done for us???
29 Posted 12/08/2020 at 01:49:05
I always wondered about your support for Oviedo. You never know... maybe Moyes or one of his surrogates read your posts.
I tell myself the same thing happens with me, only Howard Kendall realized I was an idiot so he never followed my advice on Tony Philliskirk etc, so all the crap players we never signed were thanks to me.
Sadly, I stopped making suggestions about signings just before Steve Walsh came along.
30 Posted 12/08/2020 at 03:59:53
31 Posted 12/08/2020 at 08:09:44
32 Posted 12/08/2020 at 08:22:38
Here's mine, though I could be here all day with this:
My first game. The sights, smells, language, noise and my first sight of the bright green pitch under the lights.
The raining cushions.
Davey Thomas flying down the left wing, knowing wherever he crossed it, Big Bob would shoot or head it home.
Mick Lyons's late equaliser against Aston Villa at Old Trafford.
Varadi scoring in that wonderful FA Cup derby, running to the Enclosure and getting a pie thrown in his face.
That wonderful film of the Holte End exploding with joy when Sheedy equalised against Luton.
The gallows humour. Best was on the way to the 2nd leg of the semi-final at Aston Villa. We were 2-0 up. In the car to Birmingham, I asked 'What do you think, boys?' '3-0 to Villa after extra time!' was the instant reply.
The memories of 1983-86, travelling from Portsmouth to watch a dreadful team transform to half-decent then great in what seemed like the blink of an eye.
33 Posted 12/08/2020 at 09:03:50
As with many have written already, but the rank stench and smells, especially in the days of Higsons; queuing up to be first in the Street as a kid; various League Cup and FA cup quarterfinals, semi-finals, Cup Winners Cup, and finals are eternal memories,
Mick Lyons, he set the bar for passion and commitment to the Everton cause; Bob Latchford's goals, Dave Thomas, Colin Todd and Mick Pejic. Dobbo's, screamer at Anfield, taking the game to the RS and beating them at their place,
Bunking into Highbury on several occasions, seeing us win there; Wayne Clarke's chip, Alan Harper's screamers at Chelsea, Big Neville's miracle saves in the great years, the sight of masses walking up to Goodison from Kirkdale and down County Road, and away days on the ordinary and seeing masses of Evertonians going the game.
So many great goals, preseason tours watching Everton, home and away, before I settled down.
Using my work pass to get into Old Nick's place, when I'd not been able to get a ticket (alas, I can't do it anymore), charity dos at The Adelphi, great nights, Echo Arena, and as many have said, your away somewhere, and you see another Evertonian with a shirt or ringtone going off, or driving and you see an EFC registration plate.
The most enduring is the resilient staunch belief of Evertonians, during the most barren and often lacklustre spells in the club's history. Christ must know, this must change soon.
You know you can have a few beers and healthy debate about all matters Everton and football. As we say, it's the hope, joyous hope of better days for EFC that kills you.
34 Posted 12/08/2020 at 11:27:37
I brought my son up the same way but, somehow, he ended up as a season ticket holder on the Kop. I obviously lack parenting skills!
There were positives, though, as I saved a fortune on replica kits and season tickets!
35 Posted 12/08/2020 at 12:12:53
36 Posted 12/08/2020 at 13:01:21
Everton is the story of our lives. I don't need diaries to remember what I did – I have 'Everton a complete record'.
But I just wanted to encourage young Joseph, my son, who is grown up now, but was born after the glory years of the 80s, is a passionate blue.
One of the best days ever, even though we lost, was the Chelsea cup final. I remember sitting next to my son at Wembley, watching the Blues walking out and thinking 'It doesn't get any better than this' and then going mad when Saha scored!
So Joseph, keep the faith you will have some amazing times and make many life long friends supporting EFC.
37 Posted 12/08/2020 at 13:30:03
38 Posted 12/08/2020 at 13:48:36
Its great having so many like minded Evertonians in one place! We all get it dont we!
Although they dont make it easy at times we will be behind the team to create many new memories when the new season starts!
Great to hear so many things you all love about our team!
39 Posted 12/08/2020 at 13:52:54
Alan Ball skipping over the turf in his white boots.
Hitching home after the Monchengladbach penalty win cos it was so late my last train had gone.
Big Nev sitting down against the goalpost, cos that's what Big Nev did and it was okay.
Having a player so good he was called “The Golden Vision”.
40 Posted 12/08/2020 at 15:13:46
41 Posted 12/08/2020 at 15:22:28
42 Posted 12/08/2020 at 15:49:51
43 Posted 12/08/2020 at 15:59:16
John McFarlane Senior and Dave Abrahams.
The privilege of spending just a bit of time with each of them and soaking up their wonderful memories.
44 Posted 12/08/2020 at 16:01:30
Well, as a first mailbag post, its resulted in a great thread. Good man, Stephen. Tell you what, how about getting young Master Brown to submit a piece for the mailbag. Say, about how he got into Everton, his thoughts about this thread, his likes and dislikes about football and Everton etc. A ToffeeWeb poster in the making maybe.
45 Posted 12/08/2020 at 16:04:18
No, Dave Abrahams, your “young” Tony doesnt qualify!
46 Posted 12/08/2020 at 16:06:45
A good idea. I'll get young Joseph onto it over the coming days/weeks! I'll have to give him a hand obviously!
I think a young bluenose splash of positivity would be a very welcome addition to this great site!
47 Posted 12/08/2020 at 16:14:42
Michael and Lyndon could institute a Young Poster of the Season award!
48 Posted 12/08/2020 at 16:15:44
49 Posted 12/08/2020 at 19:10:06
Emigrated to Canada in 1976 to Saskatchewan on the prairies, and to my disappointment there was no results in any of the newspapers. This resulted in heavy phone bills finding out what the results were.
Came back home in October for a month and while going to the home and away games contacted the Echo office and paid for the delivery of the Football Pink Echo expecting a weekly delivery, more disappointment it came once a month with 4 copies.
Not giving up I tried a short wave radio the only problem was finding a reception with the aerial, solved that problem in a steel building the farmers stored their equipment in.
Problem no heating and in the winter in Saskatchewan average of minus 30 meant huddled around a radio with a fire in a steel drum.
Wasn't all bad always still came home for a holiday every couple of years after checking the schedule for the end of Sept the beginning of October. Moved to the East Coast of Canada in 1985 got the results in the paper but no write up. Finally in 1995 Premier League games on TV – get to watch your team on TV as long as they were playing Man Utd. Now every game is available.
Highlights. 1966 final, plus the world cup games at Goodison Park. All the games I managed to see home and away up to 1976. 1988 30 October Everton v Man Utd. tour of the stadium, pass for the players lounge, after the game, talked to Tony Cottee, he scored the winning goal, I think it was his first goal at Goodison.
Talking to Harry Catterick on a couple of occasions when he presented trophies for the Liverpool Sunday League at the Grafton.
Still after the highs and lows cant wait to see Everton on TV, still get excited or pissed off, but would never miss a game if I can see it. I hope to get back next February for a wedding and see a couple of games but with this pandemic who knows what will happen. As they say, it doesn't matter how you get there, what matters is you were born to be there.
50 Posted 12/08/2020 at 20:33:25
Those games drew some good attendances, one match stood out, a fierce local derby game, St Anthony's versus St Sylvester's, with over 8,000 attending the game. Silly won and paraded the cup down Scotland Road right past St Anthony's church, it didn't go down too well with the parishioners of St Anthony's!!!
51 Posted 12/08/2020 at 20:40:06
52 Posted 12/08/2020 at 22:56:11
I played for Abbotsford Road at left-back even though I was right-footed. I remember we got a medal it was the size of a threepenny bit. I think all the spectators were in the Park End. What impressed me was we changed in the home dressing room, and that was a little different from changing in Walton Hall Park
Can't remember the team we played against and I think we won either 2-0 or 2-1.
53 Posted 12/08/2020 at 23:06:24
Everton supporters. Every man, woman and child of them.
54 Posted 13/08/2020 at 05:21:55
He would thrive in the modern game for sure.
55 Posted 13/08/2020 at 05:22:54
56 Posted 13/08/2020 at 07:43:39
"We're surrounded by football supporters."
My young son at the time: "No you're not, we support Everton."
57 Posted 13/08/2020 at 08:06:12
Being in such close proximity the payers on both sides knew each other very well. The rivalry was friendly, but as you say it was fierce.
Years later he got very sick and I went to see him in the Royal. One of the silly players was in the same ward as him. They had the nurses in stitches because they were still arguing about
58 Posted 13/08/2020 at 08:37:29
Hope the arm mends quickly, Joseph.
Really good article, Stephen, I enjoyed the read.
59 Posted 13/08/2020 at 08:56:10
60 Posted 13/08/2020 at 09:00:06
61 Posted 13/08/2020 at 09:21:54
62 Posted 13/08/2020 at 10:03:36
63 Posted 13/08/2020 at 10:23:53
Here you go Tony - 7:01 into the video. Scored one, made one!
64 Posted 13/08/2020 at 12:05:30
I think Goodison Park has been the biggest constant as to why I love Everton, there isn't any footballing place in the country that can match it for the atmosphere it can generate or the sense of belonging and history that it imbues, it will be a wrench when we eventually leave the old lady behind.
65 Posted 13/08/2020 at 16:07:32
Still rankles with Evertonians that game, and Lawson reminds me of Pickford. He made a great save to keep us in the game, but he looks to little in his goal, and making great saves is only a small percentage of being a good keeper.
Organising your defence, and remaining calm, helps defenders more, lets hope Pickford starts maturing?
66 Posted 13/08/2020 at 18:31:26
I finally got round to watching Howard's Way recently and it totally ignited my love for Everton again.
Being an eternal optimist
Definitley Andy King's goal
The 80s, an amazing time being an Evertonian
Being in the Gwladys Street End in a rearranged game against the RS after we had already won the title, singing "Hand it over, Liverpool"
Kevin Campbell's goal at the khazi across the park
Dan Gosling's goal
Many many other moments but as others have said, when Z-Cars comes on as the players take the field, hairs on the back of the neck standing up.
The atmosphere on big night games, nothing like it.
Hope Joseph heals soon.
67 Posted 13/08/2020 at 20:09:29
68 Posted 13/08/2020 at 21:01:55
They might well – but, as far as I'm concerned, they'd be wrong!
69 Posted 13/08/2020 at 23:52:07
I don't know how I ended up at Abbotsford Road as I lived in Scarisbrick Road and other kids around us including my younger brother went to Florence Melly.
The medal went missing when I moved to Canada along with other stuff. We had moved to Kirkby before we left and, like other mementos, it went missing during moving.
70 Posted 14/08/2020 at 10:48:11
71 Posted 14/08/2020 at 14:36:01
Surprisingly we didn't find Kirkby to bad, the problem was the high unemployment rate in 1976 and I couldn't see a future for the kids. I received a letter to go down to Canada house in London for an interview and I said to the wife, let's go down for the weekend, they never hire you as there are so many applicants.
To cut a long story short we went down I had a couple of interviews and wrote an exam, and we had 1 more interview with a personnel manager who just said when can you start.
That was near the end of April and by the end of June we were in Canada.
72 Posted 14/08/2020 at 20:24:36
73 Posted 14/08/2020 at 21:03:53
I still think that side was a good keeper short being serious challengers at least.
As for Pickford, if we can get a decent fee, I'd sell.
74 Posted 15/08/2020 at 00:15:05
Ahh, that feels better.
75 Posted 17/08/2020 at 02:01:57
At Elland Road for FA Cup Replay and Bob Latchford's equaliser, the Everton Fans and noise was amazing.
Being locked out at Goodison with my Dad in 1981 in FA Cup replay 5th or 6th round, and refusing to follow my Dad back to the car to listen on radio; they opened the gates near the end and I rushed in and got to see last few minutes and the whole of extra time and Eamonn O'Keefe's winner in the Gwladys Street end The drive home to Burnley that night was special and my late Dad was so happy that I got to see the extra time.
Seeing us beat the RS in 1978 with that Andy King goal, my first Derby win.
All the games at Goodison are special but the night games are incredible, lucky I was there in 85 for the Bayern game.
1984 FA Cup final, 1985 night game at Spurs where we won 2-1 and knew we would win the League.
Rotterdam What a night!
1987 League Winners again.
Seeing us win the FA Cup in 95.
Get well soon, Joseph, and hope you can see us win something soon. My 17-year-old son has not yet seen us win silverware but I keep telling him that I was 20 before I saw Rats lift the Cup in 1984.
Good Luck to you and your wonderful Dad.
76 Posted 19/08/2020 at 06:46:02
77 Posted 01/09/2020 at 10:05:15
78 Posted 20/09/2020 at 11:37:50
Found myself nodding to everyone.
Sometimes the simplest emails, things I love about Everton, are the best.
Could add loads myself but I'll just put the one.
95 Cup Final song. . . Altogether now
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