By Mocking the Excitement of Evertonians the Joke is on Us

Friday, 2 October, 2020 41comments  |  Jump to last
Ste Tudor pens a terrific piece on what he regards as the "endearing" joie de vivre that Evertonians have been exhibiting in recent weeks. After decades of misery and mediocrity, he says that deriding Blues fans "illustrate[s] where we are right now in a cynical, tribal world. Depressingly and pathetically, it is not allowed anymore for football supporters to be excited in the moment.

"For Evertonians to go against type and rejoice at where they are presently, not caring one jot about the bitter catcalls from the cheap seats and not caring one iota about holding back until any vindication comes, well, like with their disbelief at securing Ancelotti, it is thoroughly endearing.

"There has been no ‘wait and see'; no cautious suppressing of enthusiasm and subsequently, should success follow, they will have enjoyed every inch from start to finish.

"Perhaps that should be a lesson for the rest of us and it is hoped they get their rewards ultimately. Because this is a fan-base that deserves it and has earned it the hard way."

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Jack Convery
1 Posted 02/10/2020 at 17:50:19
Excellent article and sums up how we all feel. Spot on. We are living in the moment. Enjoy Enjoy!!

PS Loved the line about RS fans short of a girlfriend.

Peter Mills
2 Posted 02/10/2020 at 18:41:35
Some on here will disagree, but I think this is a brilliant article. It describes exactly how I feel.

I expressed my disillusionment with football, and our feeble attempts at playing it, several times on here earlier this year. Emails to Mike Gaynes and Terry White in the USA must have depressed them deeply. I truly am of the opinion that our defeat at Anfield in the FA Cup was the most shameful in our history. It offended me, my ancestors, and every Evertonian.

I renewed my season ticket, partly out of habit, a little bit more so because we have Carlo Ancelotti in charge. Suddenly, we are watching football from heaven. We have a nasty bastard deep in midfield. We have two of the best forwards in the country. We have Michael Keane turning an attacker and playing a sublime pass to his centre forward. And we have James, we just want to see the ball drop at his feet.

Damn right I’m happy. Damn right I don’t care what the rs say. I’m just enjoying the moment. The past is gone, we can do nothing about it. The future exists only in our imagination. There is only now. Let’s live it.

Patrick McFarlane
3 Posted 02/10/2020 at 18:50:04
Exactly right Peter #2
If there's one thing that the pandemic should have taught us all, it is that yesterday's events count for little and that tomorrow's problems should be faced when they arrive. Live for the day and enjoy everything as much as possible, if it goes pear-shaped we'll face that with the same resolve that we have shown in the past, if it doesn't, we can look forward to many good days with a beaming smile on our faces.

Brent Stephens
4 Posted 02/10/2020 at 18:55:16
Yes I’m loving it all. Carlo, the new signings (big names and Nkounkou - ok he’s got a big name as well), the rapid melding of “old” and new players, the attention from the media, the number of goals we’re scoring, the quality of play, our songs climbing the charts.

God I wish I could be at the games, home and away. I can accept that we’ll stutter but please let that be after we trounce the other lot. “Choosing“ between a victory over them or winning a cup is a false choice - losing to them this month doesn’t guarantee a cup so let’s go out and do them and maintain and build on the confidence.

Barry Rathbone
5 Posted 02/10/2020 at 19:24:00
Always nice to hear appreciation from "outsiders" the "proper club, proper supporters" is a badge of honour that will never be earned by the loons at monkey island.

Enjoyable piece.

Tony Abrahams
6 Posted 02/10/2020 at 19:25:10
We shouldn't even mention that other crowd Brent, but now that you have, then let's enjoy the moment, enjoy that they are privately seething. (If this was us, it would definitely be called bad kopite behaviour!)

Hopefully the start the process of regaining our rightful place as the biggest and most original club in our own city!

Paul Birmingham
7 Posted 02/10/2020 at 22:32:42
Let’s enjoy tomorrow, and the rest, happy days.

“Whats Our Name?”

Dale Rose
8 Posted 02/10/2020 at 23:46:27
Jack Convery #1. I always thought there were lots of girls in London.
Neil Copeland
9 Posted 02/10/2020 at 23:48:59
Great article, exactly how I feel. The eighties were brilliant but so far this feels even better. Of course we will have a fall at some point until then I will be lauding every moment.
Neil Copeland
10 Posted 02/10/2020 at 23:50:04
Dale # 8, good point but what about Scandanavia?
Andy Crooks
11 Posted 02/10/2020 at 23:57:36
Love the article, love your post @ 2, Pete. In the space of weeks we have turned from shit to slick. This has been brilliant, just joyful.
Kieran Kinsella
12 Posted 03/10/2020 at 00:03:10
I’m loving it. Enjoy it while it lasts we’ve had decades of wallowing in misery and one day hopefully not for another few decades they’ll be time for misery again
Ernie Baywood
13 Posted 03/10/2020 at 00:16:21
Awesome article. Someone gets that, deep down, we're realistic. But right now we choose to enjoy ourselves.

I said a few times on here that the biggest issue for me wasn't that we were losing games - we've done that for most of my life. It was that we didn't have anything to look forward to. You're with the club through thick and thin, but it's supposed to give some pleasure, right?

The last days of Martinez (who I'll always like because, God love him, he tried), Koeman, Sam (ffs, does any appointment sum it up better than Sam?), Marco... The club was sleepwalking. No ideas, no hope, couldn't see beyond the next dull game.

I feel like a kid again. I'm in awe of an Everton player. I'm excited about every game. I sit and read every Everton article and match report.

We didn't need 6 from 6 to do this, but we did need something to excite us and we've got it.

It may not last, in fact it probably won't. But a bit of hope beats the monotony of predictable short and long term failure.

Enjoy it my fellow Blues.

Ernie Baywood
14 Posted 03/10/2020 at 00:21:51
To add to that, I think the last time I felt like this was Roberto's first season. 'Bring me sunshine' and all that.

I know how it ended up but don't feel foolish in hindsight or regret buying into the excitement of that period one bit.

My little next generation tribe of Toffees loved that, and they love this. It's hard work raising Blues so it's nice when the club gives us a hand.

Mike Gaynes
15 Posted 03/10/2020 at 00:53:28
Great friggin' article, and I'm with him word for word, with or without a "winky emoji".

But I'm even happier about post #2, because I gotta tell ya folks, I've been so concerned about the longtime dark mood of my friend Pete that I seriously considered how to smuggle a small shipment of legal Oregon happy weed into his forbidden Crosby environs. (My lawyer and a late-night viewing of The Mule convinced me otherwise.)

But it turns out no happy weed was necessary, for any of us -- just the arrival of Carlo, a real midfield and the two classiest feet in Colombia. It turned DCL into Miroslav Klose, brought out the Pirlo in Michael Keane, turned Bogota bright blue, and returned a broad smile to the face of Pete Mills.

What more could we ask for?

(Well, okay, a Derby win and even some silverware to go with all the grins.)

On we go!

Don Alexander
16 Posted 03/10/2020 at 01:07:15
To me the article is about as insightful as pointing out that the Moon causes tides.

That the writer goes on in the attached article to eulogise Duncan Ferguson as a fabulous player for us destroys his credibility.

Ferguson was the ultimate cynical exploiter of a lavish contract for next to fuck-all product throughout his many years with us as a player, as he was for all his clubs.

Jeez, even Brian McBride's brief time with us (8 games/4 goals) easily eclipses Ferguson as a Toffee "legend".

And that's not just my opinion. Joe Royle, an Everton centre-forward of distinction who had to try to manage Ferguson in the 1990's, went on public record saying, quote, "Duncan Ferguson became an Everton legend before he became a player."

Ernie Baywood
Editorial Team
17 Posted 03/10/2020 at 01:16:41
Don, I don't think you can accuse Duncan of being cynical. He was and wasn't many things, but cynical would represent a level of awareness that he rarely showed.
Derek Thomas
20 Posted 03/10/2020 at 01:33:06
Short version; Enjoy it by all means, but one game at a time. If we do all live happily ever after then it couldn't happen to a nicer bunch.
Darren Hind
21 Posted 03/10/2020 at 02:23:05
" Catcalls from the cheap seats"

Wonder how many times I`ll use that one tomorrow ?

Kieran Kinsella
22 Posted 03/10/2020 at 03:33:48
Don 16

I’ve noticed a slight change of late that you’re working criticism of Big Dunc into every post instead of bashing Kenshite. fact is, Kenshite is a better target as he has had more power and influence for much longer. Also unlike Dunc Kenshite never scored in a derby or raised spirits post Silva. So if you want to retain your status as grump number one I’d recommend you focus on BK

Ajay Gopal
23 Posted 03/10/2020 at 07:39:59
That was a real enjoyable read! As Carlo himself said in his presser yesterday, we are living in a 'beautiful bubble', the bubble will surely burst, but until then we enjoy what we have as Peter (2) so eloquently put it.
Dermot O'Brien
25 Posted 03/10/2020 at 11:01:21
Don Alexander, what do you mean "the moon causes tides"?
Brian Williams
26 Posted 03/10/2020 at 11:04:51
Dermot I'm not sure you understand the gravity of the situation!
Brian Williams
27 Posted 03/10/2020 at 11:05:26
Parp!
Dermot O'Brien
28 Posted 03/10/2020 at 12:57:59
Don Alexander, what do you mean "the moon causes tides"?
Michael O'Malley
29 Posted 03/10/2020 at 15:44:09
To me Big Dunc will always be an Everton legend for the work he’s done with DCL, and he was one of the few players I actually enjoyed watching in the 90s, there was no better site than his header flying in the Gladys st goal against RS or the turn and left shot at old Trafford, and if his goal against Villarreal wasn’t disallowed he’d be an even bigger legend
Tony Shelby
30 Posted 03/10/2020 at 19:05:13
It's weird isn't it? I actually look forward to watching our matches!

I can't really remember feeling so confident since the 80s.

There was a brief spell under Moyes where we seemed to be able conjure a last minute goal from somewhere but the last few years have mostly been unremitting misery.

The embarrassment of Sam Allardyce's Everton. The woeful defending of Marco Silva's Everton. The one-season-only tantalising glimpses of quality in Roberto Martinez's Everton. The utter fucking wank, like a bunch of blokes that had never met each other before, Koeman team.

As the commentator said today, Ancelotti has sprinkled a little stardust over Goodson and then brought in players that bring stardust of their own.

I know we can't keep winning forever but I don't want this to stop.

My next wish is for a full-strength Everton side to totally and utterly destroy a full-strength Liverpool squad in two weeks time. That in itself would be enough for this season. If the powers that be can see fit to throw in the Carabao Cup and a top 6 (hoping for top 3 really) finish then even better.

Up the fucking Blues!!!

Dave Abrahams
31 Posted 03/10/2020 at 20:21:47
Yes Peter (2),let’s enjoy the moment of now, and the magic of the play,really is much much better than we’ve seen for quite a while, along with the individual performance of a few players, the team work is there as well,we are gelling nicely, carrying on working together when the injuries have threatened to disrupt the performance, the only thing missing is we are not there to witness and roar and give our approval to the players providing this joyous period.

We all know there will be losses, we can more than handle them, we’ve took it on the chin and come back for more, we’ll get over them quicker with this squad, still improving, this manager, who seems to wear the same size hat in victory and defeat.

We’ll be okay, this is just the beginning, kids just starting to watch the Blues are the lucky ones, older kids, who have seen us win nothing in over twenty five years, your patience and loyalty is soon to be rewarded, and when Everton win something we certainly know how to celebrate.

Peter Mills
32 Posted 03/10/2020 at 20:41:45
Dave, I was reflecting on such earlier today.

To put it as simply as I can, I would sooner be at home watching us on telly scoring 4s and 5s than being at Goodison watching some of the shite we have been served up over the years. Whilst mourning the fact we can't be in the ground on 80 minutes, rising to our feet to cheer James off the pitch, I made my 2 young grandsons applaud the telly today as he left the field.

Not wanting to get ahead of myself, I started to wonder how we would ever celebrate winning a trophy, or even a derby, in these unusual times. Wouldn't it be great if every Everton fan, instead of gathering in masses and setting fire to buildings, just decided to donate the price of a few pints to Everton in the Community?

Andy Crooks
33 Posted 03/10/2020 at 20:51:18
Do you not think, though, Pete, that James is really missing out on the Everton experience. Had the Evertonians been there today, I think James would have had a memory to cherish.

I love the idea of making your young grandsons applaud the telly. That sounds like a tight blue ship you run there, Pete!!!


Peter Mills
34 Posted 03/10/2020 at 21:11:04
Andy, of course James is missing out on that, big time. “We all agree, Jimmy Rodríguez is magic”. I think he would be utterly overwhelmed by the love we have for such a sublime footballer. And yes, the boys are disciplined! They are great lads.

But that is not how it is, so we have to face the reality of the situation and deal with it. Far too many times have Everton fans said “If only. ” (Take your pick from “if Alan Ball not been sold to “Clive Thomas” to “Collina”).

We have to lose that mindset, blow away adversities, get on with things, concede a goal then score 3 more. Like today.

Steve Guy
35 Posted 03/10/2020 at 22:52:22
Don. the second word in reference to your nasty comments re Duncan Ferguson is ”off”.
Mark Andersson
36 Posted 04/10/2020 at 07:41:30
Proud to be a blue in the moment of now.

What I'm liking most is the players seem to be genuinely happy for each other when celebrating each goal.

I'm really hoping we beat the plastic champions with style and swagger.

Nathan Snell
37 Posted 04/10/2020 at 09:15:09
Peter Mills, whatever you put in your breakfast, I want some! Loving your mindset and positivity fella. Take each day as it comes and enjoy the ride!
Peter Mills
38 Posted 04/10/2020 at 10:45:04
Nathan#37. My mood about our team has been a little dark this year. A chap named Newton (I think it was Keith rather than Henry) once stated that “to every action there is an equal, opposite reaction”. I suspect that is all that’s happening to me at present.

I’ll find my equilibrium, I’m sure.

Dave Abrahams
39 Posted 04/10/2020 at 11:33:23
This Everton revival, very short at the moment, is reminding me of the late fifties, from a boy until the signing of Bobby Collins, I had seen hardly any success at the club, didn’t really expect any to be honest, then that Collins signing by Johnny Carey got us on the move, more came and we were on the move, John Moores made them all move, now it is Moshiri making his money do the talking, Carlo has had time to assess how poor the squad is and is making his moves, on and off the field, like Catterick, when he took over from Carey and you all know what happened then, took Harry about three years before the success bore fruit, expect the same with Carlo, you can feel and see what he is doing, it won’t come overnight, but it’s coming, relax and enjoy, Carlo is planting the seeds now, we’ll all enjoy the harvest little by little starting with a cup here and there until we bloom with a big one.
John McFarlane Snr
40 Posted 04/10/2020 at 12:10:23
Hi Dave [39] I was serving in Cyprus when Bobby Collins was signed, I regard his signing as the first brick in the wall. Johnny Carey, with the signings of Tommy Ring, Roy Vernon, Mickey Lill. and Jimmy Gabriel gave us the finest team that you and I, [together with others of our generation], football of the finest quality, a firm foundation enabling Harry Catterick to build a team capable of winning trophies. I'll close now because there's a game I need to "listen" to.
John McFarlane Snr
41 Posted 04/10/2020 at 12:53:02
Hi again Dave[39] half-time and all is well.
Simon Dalzell
42 Posted 04/10/2020 at 13:04:21
Absolute quality. What a fantastic, refreshing outlook.
Mike Andrews
43 Posted 04/10/2020 at 20:35:27
A beautifully written piece. It’s absolutely accurate, why the hell shouldn’t we be celebrating?
I am very much enjoying the performance of Claret and Blue at the moment.
(I trust this is not premature exultation!
Dave Evans
44 Posted 05/10/2020 at 10:01:10
Mike@43
Imaging Pickford's calamity face is a cure for premature exultation.

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