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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1 Posted 23/09/2020 at 12:23:42
2 Posted 23/09/2020 at 13:16:10
3 Posted 23/09/2020 at 14:27:09
5 Posted 23/09/2020 at 17:28:55
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.
6 Posted 24/09/2020 at 04:56:04
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...
7 Posted 24/09/2020 at 09:22:38
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.
8 Posted 24/09/2020 at 09:38:39
Being an Evertonian is so bloody painful sometimes.
9 Posted 24/09/2020 at 09:59:40
10 Posted 24/09/2020 at 10:09:12
11 Posted 24/09/2020 at 10:18:24
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.
12 Posted 24/09/2020 at 18:35:54
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!
13 Posted 24/09/2020 at 18:55:07
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.
14 Posted 24/09/2020 at 18:57:08
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.
15 Posted 24/09/2020 at 19:07:28
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.
16 Posted 24/09/2020 at 22:37:15
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.
17 Posted 03/10/2020 at 08:38:25
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.
18 Posted 03/10/2020 at 09:13:18
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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