Joey Barton: Things got so bad at Everton my son started supporting Liverpool

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Fleetwood head coach Joey Barton admits things got so bad at boyhood club Everton his own son began supporting Liverpool.

While that led to the former Manchester City, Newcastle and Marseille midfielder “disowning” his eldest child, the tide has started to turn since Carlo Ancelotti arrived to have the Toffees taken seriously again.

Eight-year-old Cassius is gradually starting to come around to his dad's way of thinking now, but Barton admits years of disappointment and dreadful football had its impact.

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Derek Knox
1 Posted 23/09/2020 at 12:23:42
How many others have lost sons or daughters to the Dark Side? Which as died in the wool Blues, is unthinkable, but the newer generations want success and they want it now, so maybe understandable to a degree, but not forgivable either.
Christine Foster
2 Posted 23/09/2020 at 13:16:10
This is like going to confessional, all my family support the blues, except one son. I think he must have been dropped on his head, either that or his grandad got to him first... sigh.
John Davies
3 Posted 23/09/2020 at 14:27:09
Most young people have no loyalties to anything. Look at all the people who support Liverpool from all over the UK. Most of them don't even know where the city is.
Barry Rathbone
5 Posted 23/09/2020 at 17:28:55
My dyed-in-the-wool Evertonian nephew was proud as punch at his 2 daughters playing for Everton ladies at about 15 years old. Now at 19 years, one has said the club is so embarrassing she is now supporting Liverpool.

23 years ago, my brother read the runes and got his boy into sailing, binning footie altogether.

This is the true legacy of decades of mediocrity.

Mick Davies
6 Posted 24/09/2020 at 04:56:04
My son turned red aged about 14 as most of his mates were going to our old ground and he felt embarrassed and left out.

Thank you, Boys Pen Billy, and I hope you enjoy the £25M you made. And don't even consider putting some of it back into the club you "love" so much...

Bill Watson
7 Posted 24/09/2020 at 09:22:38
My 'Junior Evertonian' son switched to the RS just after Hillsborough, when he was eight.

Over the years it must have saved me a fortune on kits and season tickets! He now has a season ticket on the Kop where he sits, surrounded by foreigners and cockneys.

Colin Glassar
8 Posted 24/09/2020 at 09:38:39
My son is also one of them. At least he's not going to suffer like his arl fella... ☹️

Being an Evertonian is so bloody painful sometimes.

Phil Sammon
9 Posted 24/09/2020 at 09:59:40
If I was Barton's son, I'd do the opposite of everything he told me too.
Colette Black
10 Posted 24/09/2020 at 10:09:12
Cassius – says it all, really. Never liked Barton, never will.
Derek Thomas
11 Posted 24/09/2020 at 10:18:24
Phi @ 9;

I'm a blue for mostly that reason and because, back in the day, on Boxing Day, all the 'men' over a certain age in our extended family went to watch whoever was playing on the day, just to get out from under... and the Blues happened to be at home when I reached 'old enough'.

Once I walked up the steps and into the terraces, I was hooked... and I made sure my kids never had the option to pick or choose.

PA Greenhow
12 Posted 24/09/2020 at 18:35:54
I took my lad to the old lady as soon as he could walk. He's never contemplated any other team.

He's Everton mad. Follows the players on Instagram and has had a fair few responses from players when he's messaged them.

He does occasionally walk into the room and call me a nobhead! Especially after an embarrassing defeat!

David Currie
13 Posted 24/09/2020 at 18:55:07
Everton till we die for me, my son, my brother and my 2 nephews and my niece. We would never ever and could never have another club.

My son, nephews and niece have never seen us win anything but would never stop being a blue. I was 20 when I first saw us win the FA Cup, my son is now 17 so hope in next 3 years we can win a trophy.

Jay Harris
14 Posted 24/09/2020 at 18:57:08
I am proud to say the whole family grandads, aunts, uncles, kids and grandkids dating back to around 1900 did not get any choice in the matter.

We were taken to Goodison at a young age and decked out in blue on every suitable occasion especially the kids parties when the "other" sides kids were coming.

My son in law tried to get my grandson to wear a Villa kit as well as his Everton togs but we soon put a stop to that.

Once a blue always a blue applies.

Dave Abrahams
15 Posted 24/09/2020 at 19:07:28
Christine (2), no excuses, I blame you. As soon as your son showed the first signs of liking Them, you should have had the parish priest round and got your poor son exorcised. No, you let the devil get him!!

My mate's son was taught right, it wasn't until he was 13 that he realised Liverpool wasn't a bad word, that's what he was taught by his dad.

Paul Birmingham
16 Posted 24/09/2020 at 22:37:15
Born a Blue, Live A Blue, Die a Blue!

As poignant now than ever, and painful, as often it's been, but it's life and the banter and laughs, it's brought and a few good years of success, is priceless.

Now for better days and looking forward to the future.

Palace next.

Eric Myles
17 Posted 03/10/2020 at 08:38:25
I'm from the opposite side, my Dad being a rednose during their many years in the 2nd Division.

I was not much interested in footy as a kid, F1 being my main interest, but then World Cup Fever hit UK in 1966 and we were in the best ever FA Cup Final against Sheffield Wednesday, I became hooked.

Ever since that day, whenever I watch a neutral sport, I always favour the team that doesn't score first.

Derek Moore
18 Posted 03/10/2020 at 09:13:18
My family are fairly evenly split. Dad and his side of the family are from Bootle way and all Evertonians. My older brother and myself followed suit.
Mum and her side of the family are from Broad Green and all Reds. The younger brother - for some unfathomable reason - bunked in with her.
Me and Ash gave him enough guff during his formative years to compensate though!
Even within the family context, you can tell the relations between the two sets of fans has deteriorated. There's a nasty edge to the banter now that wasn't there in the eighties and nineties. That's probably the saddest part.

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