I suppose I should make it clear that, in these tough times, football is not that important, but... the games go on and someone thinks it is.
So, how important is it? To me, very. Which brings me to our team and their performance yesterday. There are some admirable contrarians who will defend anything; Pickford, Carlo's subs, the negative dirge we are served up etc; however, that is all debatable.
What I would love to know is how the band of highly paid, incredibly lucky, vastly... oh by fuck — really vastly overrated young men spent their Saturday night???
Hands up, those who think they were sick to the heart, too ashamed and hurting to function? No, sorry, Martin Mason ... put your hand down!!
Hands up, those who think that they pressed the appropriate button to close their curtains, adjust the temperature, chill the wine, and enjoy the comforts they have really, really earned???
Here's what I think:
They don't hurt.
They don't care.
They don't know how we feel.
They don't give a fuck how we feel.
They couldn't form a backbone between them.
They don't know us.
They have no pride in wearing an Everton shirt.
They are hired hands.
They are lazy.
They have no pride.
They have no integrity.
Not one of them, not a single one, knows our history. Knows Mick Lyons, Alex Young, Ray Wilson, Alan Ball... no need to go on, just a sample.
You know what: I would love to ask every one of them, including the coach and his highly paid team, this question:
Who was Dixie Dean?
Would they know?
Would they give a flying fuck, I suggest...
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1 Posted 31/01/2021 at 21:49:59
Unfortunately I think the modern day "professional" footballer has become way too professional. Hurt at losing...only the fans
Other than that I was I Belfast seeing my daughter who I haven't seen in a while due to the COVID shit...so didn't see the match. Small mercy's..eh?
2 Posted 01/02/2021 at 10:10:05
They are not that bothered about performance because they can sit on the fat contract and never have to work again. Why should they give that up for less money elsewhere? There are some decent ones around – Calvert-Lewin, Holgate and Godfrey for example – and this was where Carlo went wrong by putting two of them on the bench.
Money has ruined the game as it was and we have a far different one these days. If we can get a few more in the team with some attitude and will to win, we will then be truly in the mix.
3 Posted 01/02/2021 at 10:19:30
4 Posted 01/02/2021 at 10:33:33
I have to say, though, the days of having a team, or even the majority of a team, of players with a true affinity for the club have long gone if you want to be at the top table of football. The game's global and, to compete, the club has to look globally and not just locally.
The best you can hope for is to have a couple, maybe, of local or semi local players who "get" us. With regard to the rest, you hope to have players with pride and an aggressive, winning mentality, ones who just hate losing and get pissed off even when a minor decision goes against them.
We don't have enough of those... if any.
5 Posted 01/02/2021 at 12:07:57
Add in perennial failures against the shite and cup debacles by the shedload and I have no expectation and therefore no angst.
What a far cry from that young fella who had this on his school report "if only he could get Everton out of his head"
6 Posted 01/02/2021 at 12:34:55
7 Posted 01/02/2021 at 12:42:19
If football is about skill, then it's even more about having the will, and when we open up, we lack the first, and also lose part of the second.
8 Posted 01/02/2021 at 12:45:36
You'll feel better for it.
9 Posted 01/02/2021 at 13:38:19
10 Posted 01/02/2021 at 13:48:25
11 Posted 01/02/2021 at 14:21:44
I've been having a deliberate break to be honest.
12 Posted 02/02/2021 at 08:56:54
I can only draw the conclusion that attitude and temperament have been overlooked or underestimated qualities by those responsible for recruitment. I have some sympathy for Carlo if the scale of his task is to motivate Sigurdson beyond anything more than sedated apathy into a frenzied determined destructive midfielder: sigurdson has a snooze button his fire alarm.
Evertons identity is lost, we have money but only very recent star quality, so unable to compete effectively against most above us: top four is still some distance away.
Our teams used be a reflection of us to an extent with a lot of local lads making the grade; the game very different now with hired guns the norm. Brands policy sounds like common sense at last; just hope the deal for Josh King wasnt another desperate throw of the dice.
13 Posted 03/02/2021 at 00:36:24
14 Posted 03/02/2021 at 16:25:51
Two fig rolls, a strong cup of tea and all looks better with the world.
I hope my new pack will remain unopened this evening. Have some Jammy Dodgers set aside, though, to celebrate the victory I expect. Unlike the fig roll, the Dodger compliments a nice glass of Merlot
15 Posted 03/02/2021 at 16:41:55
The very thing and great dunking!
16 Posted 03/02/2021 at 16:46:12
But do you dunk, Andy? We have a right to know!
17 Posted 03/02/2021 at 16:47:57
Totally off-subject, but I was just wasting my time googling general shite, and I came across an old interview with Ian Astbury, singer with The Cult. Didn't realise he was an Everton fan, although he puts it a bit stronger:
Interviewer: I believe you're quite a keen fan of Everton?
Ian Astbury: Yes, although the word "fan" to me implies casual interest. I regard myself as a devotee of Everton Football Club rather than just a fan.
She Sells Sanctuary indeed.
18 Posted 03/02/2021 at 18:12:08
The only biscuit to dunk in a nice Merlot, or indeed any nice red, is a Cadburys chocolate finger.
Here's tip for the connoisseur, find a layered chocolate bar, a galaxy ripple, if they still exist, is a good example. Bite the end off and suck the wine through it. Do use a decent wine, though.
19 Posted 03/02/2021 at 18:17:18
20 Posted 03/02/2021 at 18:27:20
21 Posted 05/02/2021 at 14:12:42
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