Dominic Calvert-Lewin is available again after missing two games with a hamstring problem
Everton's season resumes this weekend against Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup Fourth Round with a home tie against either Wycombe Wanderers or Tottenham Hotspur the reward for the victors.
The Toffees will have Dominic Calvert-Lewin available again but Lucas Digne and Alex Iwobi miss out with minor injury complaints. Calvert-Lewin missed the Third Round tie against Rotherham United and the win at Wolves that followed due to a hamstring injury but he has used the time in between to shake off the complaint.
Digne returned from his own injury lay-off against Rotherham, a match that Iwobi missed, and featured at Molineux but both players have picked up an unspecified knock in the interim. However, Carlo Ancelotti expects both the Frenchman and the Nigerian to be fit to face Leicester City in midweek as the Toffees prepare for three matches in less than six days.
“We used this time to put in a better condition those players who had problems before," the manager said in his pre-match press conference in reference to the 12-day break in the fixture calendar. "We have Calvert-Lewin back but, unfortunately, we have some players out like Gbamin, Allan, Delph. Digne, Iwobi and Nkounkou.
“The others are in good condition and are ready to play this game; ready to compete in this competition because the FA Cup is very important to us."
Niels Nkounkou made his first senior appearance when he came on against Rotherham on the 9th of January and has since played for the Under-23s in the "mini derby" against Liverpool.
Ancelotti didn't indicate when the young French full-back might return and he is not yet willing to put a timetable on Gbamin's recovery either. The Ivorian midfielder was preparing to make his come-back from a serious thigh injury a year ago but ruptured an Achilles tendon at Finch Farm and had to undergo surgery.
“I think we have to take it day by day," the manager said of Gbamin. "He is following his individual programme like Allan and like Delph and so I think soon he can be able to train with us. But I don't want to put pressure on him because he was out for a long time and when he comes back, he has to be ready."
Richarlison's availability means that Ancelotti would have a simple enough task of replacing Iwobi by deploying the Brazilian in his usual role on the left flank and moving James Rodriguez out to the right. However, Everton's hectic schedule over the next week may give the manager pause to consider whether the Colombian can start so many games in such a short space of time and with Anthony Gordon emblazoned on the front cover of the matchday programme, it's possible the young winger might get a rare start if Ancelotti keeps James on the bench. Bernard, meanwhile, will be angling for a place in the starting line-up himself.
With Allan still a week to 10 days away from full fitness, the same midfield options are at Ancelotti's disposal, although the one-game ban that comes into effect for Abdoulaye Doucoure against Leicester means that the Frenchman is a good bet to start this game, perhaps alongside Tom Davies and Gylfi Sigurdsson.
At the back, Ben Godfrey should get the nod at left-back, with Seamus Coleman and Mason Holgate vying for the right-back slot and Robin Olsen will probably rotate back in between the posts.
Like Rotherham, the Blues' opponents in the Fourth Round come into the game sitting in the relegation zone in the Championship but are in much better form than the Millers were. The Owls, who were beaten by the have won three of their last four games in all competitions and they will be hoping to find Everton as disjointed and unadventurous as they were in the previous round.
As was the case a fortnight ago — and, indeed, in the League Cup last season when Calvert-Lewin bagged a brace at Hillsborough, this should be routine for Everton given the talent in their ranks and it just remains to be seen whether they can make that quality tell once more and book passage to the Fifth Round.
Kick-off: 8pm, Sunday 24 January 2021 on BT Sport 1
Last Time: Everton 1 - 1 Sheffield Wednesday (FA Cup 3rd Rnd, 2nd Replay, 25 Jan 1988)
Predicted Line-up: Olsen, Coleman, Keane, Holgate, Godfrey, Davies, Doucoure, Sigurdsson, Gordon, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin
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1 Posted 22/01/2021 at 22:31:53
If James starts, can he handle 3 games in a week? Are we sure Baines or Sheedy can't play?
2 Posted 22/01/2021 at 22:38:01
More good news is that Allan is back in training in 7-10 days, expected to be fit for the Man Utd match.
Both players will be central to our top 4 and FA cup aspirations.
3 Posted 22/01/2021 at 22:51:20
With Digne also out, this goes down as an opportunity missed for the lad, who is not getting much of a chance to show his blistering pace and those sizzling crosses – assuming hes still allowed to do them!
4 Posted 22/01/2021 at 22:54:34
Bench please and break glass if it turns out to be an FA cup "classic".
We can beat these without Dominic.
5 Posted 22/01/2021 at 23:10:00
Let's hope we beat them on Sunday and get to the final.
6 Posted 22/01/2021 at 23:21:41
8 Posted 23/01/2021 at 00:23:28
9 Posted 23/01/2021 at 03:09:30
My team for Sunday:
Coleman Holgate Keane Godfrey
Richarlison Calvert-Lewin Sigurdsson
Subs: Olsen, Mina, Bernard, Gomes, Gordon, Tosun, Kenny
10 Posted 23/01/2021 at 04:40:16
11 Posted 23/01/2021 at 05:05:17
12 Posted 23/01/2021 at 08:35:06
Our indifferent/appalling performances more recently have been with the more traditional and uninspiring team selections. We are all learning not to try and first-guess Carlo. Let's just wait and see and hope for a decent showing whoever is in the starting line-up.
13 Posted 23/01/2021 at 09:17:31
14 Posted 23/01/2021 at 09:23:27
15 Posted 23/01/2021 at 09:44:14
Lets get in the draw for the next round.
16 Posted 23/01/2021 at 09:45:52
17 Posted 23/01/2021 at 09:50:11
The tele has took the piss for years, 12 o'clock at Wembley, for a Merseyside semifinal being just one example, so it's up to us fans now, in a sport that's ready to make big changes imo.
18 Posted 23/01/2021 at 10:07:01
19 Posted 23/01/2021 at 10:16:36
20 Posted 23/01/2021 at 10:32:06
Still think Ancelotti will want an extended Cup run so as to keep the whole squad getting playing time. Its the most cost-effective way to get squad depth.
21 Posted 23/01/2021 at 10:45:59
22 Posted 23/01/2021 at 10:47:44
23 Posted 23/01/2021 at 10:50:03
24 Posted 23/01/2021 at 11:05:08
25 Posted 23/01/2021 at 11:05:30
Don't ever get relegated, Everton.
26 Posted 23/01/2021 at 11:23:01
Carlo said Digne and Iwobi will be back for Wednesday. It will be good to have them two back fresh and rearing to go.
27 Posted 23/01/2021 at 11:23:44
It may also cause problems with any potential transfers or loans between the two countries as it is going to potentially be weeks before it changes.
28 Posted 23/01/2021 at 11:53:25
I don't want to see Sigurdsson playing deep. His talents are shooting and making space.
I'd sit James out, he's played a few games since returning from his own injury.
Gordon to be given another chance with maybe Bernard on either wing.
At the end of the day (Sunday), it's all about being through to the next round.
29 Posted 23/01/2021 at 11:57:38
As for Monday night, I don't mind a midweek game being brought forward. But we have been away to Southampton on a Monday at 8:00 pm (pre-lockdown) which is 2 days off work. Weekend games should be played at weekends.
One thing I would like to see proposed in the next negotiation is a 'fans' weekend once or twice a season. All games kick off at 3:00 pm on Saturday and no live TV.
Yes, I know. Dream on...
30 Posted 23/01/2021 at 12:37:25
That brought back memories. A 4 game 3rd round, followed by a 3 game 4th round v Middlesbrough, before losing at home in the 5th round to the RS. Basically played more games than it took to win it normally.
I went to all 4 ties vs Sheffield Wednesday. 3 1-1 draws, tight affairs, and we edged the 3rd replay at Hillsborough 5-0. I'd had to bunk off school in the afternoon to make the trip.
31 Posted 23/01/2021 at 12:38:59
There has been many since our last win at Anfield, and even more since our last trophy. Thats why I never joke about that team across the park.
I think I will be dead by the time Gbamin is ready for his next game.
32 Posted 23/01/2021 at 12:42:07
And I've missed that Owl too Kevin.
33 Posted 23/01/2021 at 12:45:47
34 Posted 23/01/2021 at 12:51:04
I recall sitting in the 5-0 game (were we 5 up at half time?) and hundreds of our fans got there after the game was won. Some of them didnt get in the ground until 2nd half started.
35 Posted 23/01/2021 at 13:00:46
36 Posted 23/01/2021 at 13:01:29
Sadly I missed that final, but got a ticket 2 years later when we lost 1-0 to West Brom.
37 Posted 23/01/2021 at 13:04:30
I don't think I will ever tire of seeing Eddie Kavanaghs unbridled joy, what an Iconic Evertonian moment
Not forgetting our three goals and the memorable comeback of course, but whenever 1966 is mentioned my thoughts always go to Eddie shrugging off that first bizzie and not giving a fuck when he eventually gets hauled down.
I can still see him now, " YYYYYEEEEEESSSSSSS"
38 Posted 23/01/2021 at 13:07:24
39 Posted 23/01/2021 at 13:10:17
40 Posted 23/01/2021 at 13:39:40
41 Posted 23/01/2021 at 13:48:04
While winning the FA Cup is.
no guarantees greater things (our own 95' win is a clear example of that, and Arsenal's last season can also point to it not signalling the turning of a corner), for us I feel it would be huge.
Ideally a top 4 finish and a cup win, clearly.
Anyway, on to the game. I'd like to see Gordon. He clearly needs to develop, and games like this are key for this development. Probably expect to see Olsen in goal. James and Calver-Lewis playing for an hour.
Wonder if we could experiment in the middle. Against Leicester we won't have Doucouré, which is a big miss, especially with Allan still not fit. Wonder if Holgate could step up and play alongside Davies, with Sigurdsson or Gomes ahead of them.
Or a change in system again, 3-5-2/3-4-3.
42 Posted 23/01/2021 at 13:51:01
Due to the Villa postponement, we should be fresh and ready to take this game by the bollox, and hopefully, after our near miss against Rotherham, I we won't be so accommodating to Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow night.
Leicester and Newcastle are equally big games however and we have the chance to really mount some pressure on those teams above us, I believe one of which that's managed by a particularly mouthy German is not in too good form.
43 Posted 23/01/2021 at 13:54:26
Got this last night. Had to put it up for the benefit of our younger fans. Us older ones already know.
44 Posted 23/01/2021 at 14:01:01
But, have Everton been dealt a poor hand? Our game against Manchester City postponed because of a Covid outbreak in their squad, Aston Villa postponed because of a Covid outbreak in the Villa squad. Sheffield Wednesday FA Cup game put back because of a Covid outbreak in the Owls squad.
And yet this week Manchester City played Aston Villa and we didn't get to play one of these two teams instead to even up the fixture list.
Another Everton conspiracy? Answers on a postcard please or better still on a ToffeeWeb forum. Stay safe everybody.
45 Posted 23/01/2021 at 14:01:23
Paul (15) – pretty sure fifth round draw has already taken place. Winners of our game play winners of Wycombe v Spurs I think (can't be bothered to Google it just now).
Justin (28) – why specifically crosses and (if so) why specifically Jonjoe Kenny?
8 pm on a Sunday would be raving mad if crowds were allowed but can't people see its a good thing to allow neutrals to watch as many different games as they fancy during the current absence of crowds?
Can we have a ToffeeWeb poll on whether not necessarily having the large majority of games at 3pm on a Saturday equates to ‘ripping the soul out of football?'
Is JP Gbamin actually training at Finch Farm? I'd feel a lot better about his prospects if I knew he was putting in a good 3 or 4 hours, Monday to Friday.
46 Posted 23/01/2021 at 14:06:13
Sheffield Wednesday are likely to defend deep, especially at Goodison and will need to be broken down. Leicester and Newcastle are two difficult and important games coming up soon.
Ancelotti is not that predictable, it depends on the analysis of the opposition.
47 Posted 23/01/2021 at 14:12:35
We missed the 1st goal as there was a traffic snarl in Manchester. We got in just in time to see Snodin set Heath away for 2-0. Brian - we travelled with Barnes, but Basic Barnes - I thought it was the Posh buses (Amberline) that got in at half time? I recall a fella turning up on the terrace next to me at half time - scoreboard was scrolling adverts, and when asked I told him what the score was. Incredulous, he checked with a few others around thinking I was winding him up.
Of course the 2nd half was an exhibition game, but at least it saw Paul Bracewell's return to action.
48 Posted 23/01/2021 at 14:13:39
Thomas @43, not sure what happened there with that link, tried several times, and got Bob Latchford article, all in Polish. So not sure if that was the intended link or something different.
49 Posted 23/01/2021 at 14:29:36
I've seen a number of posts saying Doucouré is available for the cup game, but not for the mid-week Premier League game v Leicester.
Has there been a change in the rules on serving suspensions? I thought the long standing rule that suspended players in England will miss the next game(s), be they cup or league.
If that is still the case, Doucouré can't play tomorrow but will be available v Leicester.
Or are English suspensions now competition specific?
50 Posted 23/01/2021 at 14:32:38
Did you buy your laptop in Warsaw?
51 Posted 23/01/2021 at 14:34:04
52 Posted 23/01/2021 at 14:34:26
53 Posted 23/01/2021 at 14:35:49
Doucouré is in the predicted line up on the top of the page.
The eds probably looked into your question.
Hopefully he misses tomorrow and plays v Leicester.
54 Posted 23/01/2021 at 14:37:51
55 Posted 23/01/2021 at 14:44:39
Singing our song for Wembley and
We Shall Not Be Moved
Circa Wembley May 1966
56 Posted 23/01/2021 at 14:51:54
Mine is wind up
57 Posted 23/01/2021 at 14:58:53
58 Posted 23/01/2021 at 15:03:16
Player Suspension Details Eligible For Return
Abdoulaye Doucoure One-match Premier League ban - (v Leicester, 27 Jan) v Newcastle (30 Jan)
59 Posted 23/01/2021 at 15:22:24
60 Posted 23/01/2021 at 15:24:41
61 Posted 23/01/2021 at 16:12:15
Sitting in Goodison Road stand. Easter Saturday 1970. 3rd place Chelsea came to visit. Guy walks in at 5 past 3 and says any score yet. We say 2-0. "ha ha". Sits down. Everton score. Gwladys Street start up with "We want 4" and he looks and says "You wern't lying then".
62 Posted 23/01/2021 at 16:24:13
63 Posted 23/01/2021 at 16:40:58
64 Posted 23/01/2021 at 18:51:28
And that was on the back of playing them in the league on New Years Day. I remember that as it was a very early start to meet the coach at the pick up point in Speke.
We then moved onto another mini-marathon against Middlesborough.
I think we played 8 or 9 games in reaching the 5th round only to go out to you know who.
65 Posted 23/01/2021 at 19:04:22
I have a great soft spot for both Sheffield clubs who, along with West Ham, seem to me to be serious, non-posing, working class outfits regardless of owners.
We always do well in the Cup when we play Wednesday. Fran @41, why not the double?
Eddie Kavanagh is still running and will never be caught.
66 Posted 23/01/2021 at 19:05:46
It would have been convenient for him to miss tomorrow and be available v Leicester.
68 Posted 23/01/2021 at 19:15:24
Had a yard on the road between Speke and Hunts Cross.
71 Posted 23/01/2021 at 21:29:27
Why? Because they chose us not for glory but in full recognition of likely misery; in other words they did not dive in for success. I would add to that: because they chose us for our authenticity, for our "grain".
There's a danger of being sentimental or ingratiating in this, but I believe that our fan base globally is genuine at its core.
We have won fuck all in the living memory of many but still the connoisseurs come to us.
72 Posted 23/01/2021 at 21:46:18
But thanks for the compliments. It's a nice compensation for the many times I've been stared at by US ManU or RS or Arse supporters and asked -- condescendingly -- "Why Everton?"
They just wouldn't understand.
73 Posted 23/01/2021 at 21:55:22
74 Posted 23/01/2021 at 22:13:51
I don't think this is a trivial point. It says a great deal about being an Evertonian.
75 Posted 23/01/2021 at 22:22:36
I work in London with a load of RS plastics who can't get their heads around how a couple of colleagues support non PL clubs.
76 Posted 23/01/2021 at 22:32:03
"Why Everton?" – They just wouldn't understand
You have posted many a fine post.
That couple of lines are your best to date. Brought a tear to my eye.
77 Posted 23/01/2021 at 22:42:38
Never open the third bottle. If you do you will end up convulsed over Jon Voigt in "The Champ".
78 Posted 23/01/2021 at 22:46:26
The other side of the coin too, and this rarely applies to anyone outside the UK, unless for some bizarre connection, people that support the less fashionable Clubs. The Herefords, etc, I have nothing but admiration for them, they travel the country supporting ' their team ' extremely unlikely to be on TV (unless involved in a FA/League Cup Game) or indeed (being brutally honest) any realistic chance of reaching the dizzy heights of Championship or Premiership. Yet they turn up every week!
Having said that, it is possible, look at Swansea, not so long ago, actually went from 4th to 1st, admittedly it was hard to stay there, but they did it! So proved that dreams can be achieved. I fear too that this Covid curse has been the 'death knell' of the type of Clubs mentioned, and unfortunately at the lower end of the Football Pyramid may not survive.
79 Posted 23/01/2021 at 22:48:40
Howard Kendall described us as the most knowledgeable fans in football. That still holds to this day hence the fierce, often differing but knowledgeable debate on this site.
My son has Liverpool (the city) roots, but has grown up in a military setting and lived in London since 2004 as have I.
But he is an Evertonian despite living amongst the Manchester United and Liverpool bandwagon jumpers as well as the London club supporters who are often fascinated when they meet an Evertonian. And genuine fascination I have to say, not always patronising.
Andrew, living and working in London, it's not just the ill-educated plastic Liverpool and Manchester United fans. I find them amusing; they are like the 6-year-old conversations you used to have as a kid. Everything about their team is great, everything else is shit.
What I dislike are the London supporters of London clubs. Always a sinister element to it. More interested in goading the other fans than watching their own team. Don't tend to watch the football, just gloat if they win and get aggressive if they don't but have little clue about the actual game itself.
80 Posted 23/01/2021 at 23:33:16
As luck would have it, a former Villa academy player joined us for one season. The two of them never spoke or passed the ball to each other. Always looked like they were about one word away from a fight.
81 Posted 23/01/2021 at 23:43:07
Incredible in the modern world, and the standards of the day, then and now.
The most unlucky footballer in my view, in terms of potential unfulfilled at that the time.
But he is never forgotten, at Everton.
Now for Everton to win tomorrow, and Spurs lose.
But that's the FA Cup.
82 Posted 24/01/2021 at 00:23:04
83 Posted 24/01/2021 at 02:06:45
Yeap... the freaking time... I am in time zone GMT+8... that's bloody 4am in the early morning... sigh!
84 Posted 24/01/2021 at 02:15:42
Di Canio spared Paul Gerrard's blushes by catching the ball when he could have scored versus us. They were among the first to employ modern attacking fullbacks (Sterland, Harkes, Nillson, Petrescu).
They had players I thought we should sign (then changed my mind once we did): Alexandersson, Pembridge. Along with us they were the last team to keep the tradition going of having a fat bloke goalie (Southall/Pressman). They never get any luck, they never get any respect, etc etc.
85 Posted 24/01/2021 at 02:29:56
Kieran, yes, the Di Canio move was memorable, and we Yanks have a bit of a soft spot for Wednesday too because Captain John Harkes played there. And did THIS to Peter Shilton:
Goal of the Year.
86 Posted 24/01/2021 at 02:49:03
87 Posted 24/01/2021 at 05:10:12
88 Posted 24/01/2021 at 05:33:08
Spare a thought for those thousands of fans who down the years have risen in the early hours of the morning to share a car or a van which only had a 50/50 chance of making it to an away game. There is many a tale of people not even making it to the game.
Mind you, Most of them were creating memories, laughs and experiences that they will take to their graves with them. You show similar dedication but, unfortunately for you, the best you can do is go back to bed and get a couple more hours after the game.
This thread has made me think of putting together a brief article when I get a little time. Inviting people to share their away day experiences following the mighty blues. I know, if I do it right, it would draw some cracking responses.
89 Posted 24/01/2021 at 05:53:15
90 Posted 24/01/2021 at 06:16:51
91 Posted 24/01/2021 at 07:28:45
I'll save them but going over the Snake Pass to Sheffield at some ungodly hour, standing next to the floodlight in the corner of the uncovered terrace at Nottingham Forest, Villa Park full of Evertonians, St James' Park with only one actual stand and being stood below a temporary structure behind the goal; the type you see on Golf courses and Norwich when we clinched the title to name a few.
Fantastic memories, great days out.
92 Posted 24/01/2021 at 07:56:12
Went to Wembley in 1966 but never got a ticket. Ended up at the front of a television shop watching on a 12" black and white tele along with a hoarde of blues. We won of course and bloke went round with his cap collected a load of cash and plonked it on the managers counter to thank him – the poor manager was very relieved as he feared the worst for his window.
Just in case the younger element wondered, there were no teles in pubs in those days.
93 Posted 24/01/2021 at 07:59:01
94 Posted 24/01/2021 at 08:32:57
Even if there were televisions in pubs, the pubs would have been shut in 1966. Even more astounding to younger people!
We had to make our own entertainment in those days!
95 Posted 24/01/2021 at 08:54:52
96 Posted 24/01/2021 at 09:29:07
I'm hoping, whatever line-up the gaffer picks against Wednesday, they play with a bit more urgency than the 3rd Round. Tosun was unlucky but we may well have tumbled out if we'd been any less resolute. I do feel there was a bit of complacency there.
There's no doubt we have the quality to go a long way in the competition if we want to. Here's hoping both the manager and players have the desire we the fans so obviously have.
97 Posted 24/01/2021 at 09:36:18
98 Posted 24/01/2021 at 10:03:57
99 Posted 24/01/2021 at 10:05:04
Darren, great idea about away days, something about away days that makes them so much better than home games. Getting there, avoiding the lunatic home fans although not so much of an issue these days and a great feeling of camaraderie.
Derek #96 Maine Road was always a dangerous place to go, never felt safe there in the 80s. One time in the 90s I went with a mate who was a city fan so sat in with their supporters. Went to a local pub first and he's chatting away to all the city fans and I'm just keeping my gob shut! Listening to all the mancs telling him what they're going to do to the scousers when they see them. scary days. We got beat 4 0 too!! Just glad to get out alive
Hoping for 3 0 tonight ever the optimist
100 Posted 24/01/2021 at 10:09:57
101 Posted 24/01/2021 at 10:10:21
102 Posted 24/01/2021 at 10:17:07
103 Posted 24/01/2021 at 10:21:08
Although probably not a good idea to be the only Evertonian in the main stand
104 Posted 24/01/2021 at 10:26:40
105 Posted 24/01/2021 at 10:37:30
106 Posted 24/01/2021 at 10:55:26
But it was the following week when we were away to Forest I remember most. Stopping at the services on the M1 the lad serving me saw the scarf and told me he had been in the Barnsley end when Nev made a stunning save from Paul Futcher. He told me that although they lost 1-0 when he saw it again on Match of the Day he still jumped up thinking it was going in.
107 Posted 24/01/2021 at 11:03:25
108 Posted 24/01/2021 at 11:06:50
109 Posted 24/01/2021 at 11:28:39
110 Posted 24/01/2021 at 11:42:30
Best thing about that day though was the local bitter - think it was Sam Smiths? I can still taste it!
Scariest for me was Old Trafford when we beat them 3-0 in the league cup and again when we played Altrincham.
Edit - Theakstons??
111 Posted 24/01/2021 at 11:46:48
112 Posted 24/01/2021 at 11:53:23
We got met at Victoria by City fans and pretended we were City too? We walked to the ground before one of them fronted me and called me a scouser (which to be fair, I wasnt nor am) and I legged it thinking you were with me. We met after the game and you said (if it was you) that youd watched the game with them in the kippax and they were sound.
If it wasnt you its a massive co-incidence - my mates name was Dave as well.
But it wasnt the 90,s
113 Posted 24/01/2021 at 11:56:21
114 Posted 24/01/2021 at 12:04:29
115 Posted 24/01/2021 at 12:18:09
116 Posted 24/01/2021 at 12:20:23
After today the next few games are so important as to test if Everton belonging the top echelon and they could make a big statement by beating Leicester who are playing well but will be without Vardy.
However a number of teams are missing players but some may argue those teams have better strength in depth than Everton but we will see.
Today will be another test like the Rotherham game as cup-ties often are and Wednesday won't have the Goodison crowd to worry them.
Everton just need to be focused early and get control.
117 Posted 24/01/2021 at 12:22:46
Agree with others about the Kippax and the Maine Road experience. I've never taken to Man City fans, a strange group.
118 Posted 24/01/2021 at 12:26:34
West Ham 1984
Two very eventful games
119 Posted 24/01/2021 at 12:41:35
After the game we jumped a train to Amsterdam for some window shopping and a few beers!! We arrived back into Rotterdam early the following morning to set off home. God knows how I managed to drive, but hey-ho, we arrived back in Liverpool safely.
120 Posted 24/01/2021 at 12:43:11
121 Posted 24/01/2021 at 12:45:05
122 Posted 24/01/2021 at 12:48:39
123 Posted 24/01/2021 at 12:48:40
124 Posted 24/01/2021 at 12:51:03
January 1st 1980
One of only four matches played that day due to snow
Abandoned at half time with the score 1-1 due to snow
Peter Reid played for Bolton
Sitting behind the goal the pitch was almost above us
Not an experience you forget in a hurry
125 Posted 24/01/2021 at 12:52:50
126 Posted 24/01/2021 at 12:55:43
I remember that from Feyenoord.
If you recall the rail station was at the side of the ground. The vision that met us as we got off the train on the way to the game after a day on the ale will stick with me :-)
127 Posted 24/01/2021 at 13:12:16
128 Posted 24/01/2021 at 13:22:13
The main station in Rotterdam (Centraal)?
I was working in Holland and went to a Feyenoord v Ajax game in the 80s.
We met at a pub near the main station when the Ajax fans streamed out, the Feyenoord lads were there to greet them.
I have never seen anything like it in all my games watching the Blues.
We didnt hang around for a bevvy after the game.
129 Posted 24/01/2021 at 13:30:05
130 Posted 24/01/2021 at 13:35:41
It made a big impression on a 10 year old boy.
131 Posted 24/01/2021 at 13:38:24
132 Posted 24/01/2021 at 13:42:17
I know many Blues don't care about the national side but I alway have done and I think we have the best chance for a very long time of winning something.
This feels different to the Golden Generation.
133 Posted 24/01/2021 at 13:43:02
134 Posted 24/01/2021 at 14:18:16
And the customary 1980s non PC welcome and treatment by Greater Manchester Police who did not always hold back on their views on the citizens of Merseyside!
Hey, this is all great, but are we not in danger of dancing on Darren's chips? Let's wait for the write up.
I wager a 1000+ response count. No pressure Darren!!
135 Posted 24/01/2021 at 14:38:14
One of the hairiest away games for me wasn't actually at the game, or immediately before or after it. Again, I think I might have told this story but my Hillman Imp broke down (notorious for gearbox problems - aluminium cast as I remember it) on the way to a game at Stoke, 67/68 season I think. Had it towed to a local garage just off the M6 and left it there; a mate drove me there the next day to tow it back to Liverpool. He had a big Austin Princess and towed me at what must have been over 60 mph on the M6 (not legal!). Didn't tell me he was going to go at that speed and once we were off, there was nothing I could do about it. Overtaking other cars who I don't think were impressed. We flashed past the other cars - and my life flashed before me.
136 Posted 24/01/2021 at 14:52:29
Somehow got the car stopped with handbrake, gears and a kerb, legged it to the match, which we lost, then got home with the recovery lorry at 4.30am. Happy days.
137 Posted 24/01/2021 at 15:02:46
The 1966 Cup Final was my best away day as well. I went on one of number of football specials from Lime Street which conveniently set down at Wembley Central.
Most of the trains returned from Euston late in the evening and you were supposed to return on the train you went out on. All trains had been fully booked but mine had very few on it when it left at around 2330, and neither did other specials on the adjacent platforms. I often wondered how the missing passengers got home after evidently carrying on the celebrations in London well into the night!
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139 Posted 24/01/2021 at 15:25:14
As with most old British Cars they are worth(?)/cost a small fortune, these days and there are Clubs virtually for each Model with Rallies at various venues too. Loved the Moggy Minor myself, and had a few (wish I still had them now) they were so brilliantly simple a design (Alec Issigonis) that there was very little that could or ever did go wrong with them. Although I do believe someone (Martin@108) once had a capacitor problem with the distributor. :-)
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143 Posted 24/01/2021 at 15:35:47
The thing that amazed me was the amount of fans hitch hiking along the East Lancs Road, don't no what time they started off, but the was a lot were you turn off onto the M6. Cant remember what time we got to London but we parked at Swiss Cottage and slept in the car that night or early hrs of the morning.
Used to drink in the Broadway and had talked to M.Trebilkock before the final as he used to come in I believe it was with the person he was lodging with. He came into the Broadway on the Tuesday after the final and got a rousing cheer.
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148 Posted 24/01/2021 at 15:48:19
Great days on the away trips, if dodgy at some grounds in the 70s,80s,90s.
Does anyone remember the Crown coaches?
They set off for London games at 11pm on Friday night, arriving around 6am.
Chelsea away, standing on the open end, cinders on the floor was one of my earliest memories of away days.
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151 Posted 24/01/2021 at 16:01:15
I'm serious. Go for it. Bestseller. Guaranteed.
152 Posted 24/01/2021 at 16:02:01
153 Posted 24/01/2021 at 16:08:41
Used to make my day.
(im talking about rhyming slang here :-)
154 Posted 24/01/2021 at 16:29:36
155 Posted 24/01/2021 at 16:34:17
You enjoyed it as well Rob?
Always a bonus mate
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161 Posted 24/01/2021 at 18:06:44
I also remember a few trips to Boro, Stoke and forest and there was a double decker bus parked up, that must have been hired for the Away Days.
The City ground was my unluckiest ground, still to see Everton win there, when I started going towards the late seventies, onwards, a little shitty corner of the ground at the time, with a floodlight pylon for company.
Suprised no one has mentioned Carlisle Utd, that was one scary place.
162 Posted 24/01/2021 at 18:14:16
As we waited for our coach, and waited and waited. We started to get worried. All our friends had gone. We asked some of the Everton stewards what was going on. ( we had booked through the official Everton travel.)
After some frantic calls, it turned out our coach was waiting outside Anfield! You couldnt make it up.
When he eventually arrived, he didnt know the way to Wembley, so had to radio ahead to one of the other coaches.
Needless to say the day went downhill from there.
163 Posted 24/01/2021 at 18:14:18
The trip home. That is what I remember the most. Champions, my dad letting me drink and giving me the day off school to get over my hangover!! I will reveal how we stocked the coach when we have a thread to discuss!
The Wembley trips were great and I've had some great days out watching Everton, but that tops them all.
164 Posted 24/01/2021 at 18:16:38
And just noticed. When did Sheffield Wednesday let a Hogwarts pupil redesign their club crest?
165 Posted 24/01/2021 at 18:19:02
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171 Posted 24/01/2021 at 18:30:29
Remember that period under Moyes (not a Moyes dig by the way), that we seemingly used to turn up for our annual good day out but get our standard 1 - 0 defeat issued to us at the Cottage?
Although now living in London and by then that was more like a home day out for me, it was great to be amongst the travelling Evertonians. Home from home as they say.
172 Posted 24/01/2021 at 18:30:37
Only good thing was that as a consequence of that injury, we eventually signed Reidy for £60k rather than the £600k we had been quoted originally!
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174 Posted 24/01/2021 at 18:30:58
You should be hoping for loads not lots.
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181 Posted 24/01/2021 at 19:00:41
Normally you would let a right ripper go, but you know it is best to wait until it is safe to do so, so you can let it all out.
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184 Posted 24/01/2021 at 19:05:22
I am now getting ready of tonights game.
Sheffield Wednesday - - automatically brings memories to all Evertonians - - especially those of my generation - - 1966 - - Tony Kay - - Peter Reid and Marwood - - Kanchelskis (what an away day that was) - - and recently of DCL.
Its strange how we hold on to the pieces of our past while we wait for our futures.
I cannot accept the decision by EPL and it “biggies” to demote and play down the FA Cup - - how can we - - those of us who would try our best on a Monday lunchtime to get out of school - - to try and find out who we had in the next round - - I have climbed through the metal work window of Cardinal Godfry and asked people on the street - - or those - - like me and you - - who sagged school to queue up all day - - all weathers to make sure you got a “cup ticket” - - I have still got my 68 FA Cup Final ticket 7/6d - - thats less than 40p in todays money - -The FA Cup is big - -important – wonderful - - historic - -no Administrators/TV Men/Money Merchants are going to take that away from me - - The Glamour of the Cup - - still with me.
John Keats - -who lived in a little Apartment right next to The Spanish Steps and Trevy Fountain in Rome - - a great Evertonian - -
“A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its lovliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep”
Incidentally - - watched Indiana Jones last night - - well - - so what - - John Hurt - - another great Evertonian.
Just realised the time - - going to watch the game - - team news and take everything in - - take care Blues all around the world - - sending Blue cosmic Grooves to you all - - - take care of yourselves and each other.
Your friend - - with a firm handshake - - George
185 Posted 24/01/2021 at 19:11:38
UCD literally played in a field, ferry got turned back to Dublin and I got spotted on Granada Reports having thrown a sickie
Notts County, never got so wet at a football game and Andy Gray scored the winner with a diving header off the ground
Liverpool Sharpies bullet, watched it on the Kop. When we started to believe
Stoke 3rd round of the cup. When famously Howard opened the dressing room windows at half time to let the noise of the 12000 Evertonians in
Rotterdam of course
186 Posted 24/01/2021 at 19:29:10
I cant say the name rings a bell, but that doesnt mean we would not have bumped into each other or drank in the same pubs. There are so many Johns.
To be honest, away games are a bit of a young mans game now. I found I was struggling to keep up with my lads and their mates on the "social side of things". I havent completely knocked it on the head, but the game at OT when Big Dunc was in charge is the only one I have been to in the last couple of seasons.
The away day experience is slightly different now. The boys in blue don't give the away supporter anywhere near as much slack as their older collegues gave us. Often they would be as bad as the supporters when it came to having a good time. Alas that can no longer be.
Rob still goes everywhere. He goes to extraordinary lengths to get to follow his team. I always looked forward to his reports when he has been to some obscure destination. He is a top top blue. Mind you I think even he would have been impressed by Dave A's journey to Charlton... in 1957 - I think when he spoke about their coach, he was talking about a horse drawn one.
The Bolton game in the snow seems to have drawn a lot of comments. I do hope Casho will log on, step into the confessional and tell us all about how he made a complete cheshire cat of himself that day
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