Everton: I Love You, I Live You

I didn't get to every match, but I was fortunate enough to attend quite a few and, like everyone, I went through an entire range of emotions this season. Never again, please, Everton.

The football has been analysed by many people wiser than me, so I thought I'd give a fairly light account of my season experiences. I didn't get to every match, but I was fortunate enough to attend quite a few and, like everyone, I went through an entire range of emotions this season. Never again, please, Everton.

It started with a summer of discontent. Endless rumours and opinions as to who would replace Carlo Ancelotti with him having kissed Crosby goodbye and ran away to Real Madrid.

Cue countless conversations with the dogs, who became increasingly concerned as the weeks went by. Especially when those rumours became reality and a manager I never called by his first name was appointed.

Now, if I recall the poll at the time, some were okay, many unhappy, others disappointed and quite a few foaming at the mouth in frenzied despair. I was in the 'Disappointed' category, but it happened, so let's give it a go, I reluctantly thought.

After all, depending on your stance, this was still the core of a squad that only missed out on Europe on the last day of the previous season. Some would point to a 10th place finish and the league table doesn't lie, but we could have still made Europe.

Southampton at home. I don't recall anything spectacular about the match. Losing 1—0 and resigned to defeat before we somehow rallied and pulled 3 goals out of the bag. I didn't see that coming.

We seemed to do a carbon copy against Burnley. Being a night match, I stopped over for the Burnley one and had to navigate through the drunks and remnants of stag and hen parties to get a very early train back to Euston.

A day out on the south coast at Brighton. Early season optimism and the travelling fans in great voice. Demarai Gray Olé. My son, my brother and I managed to wait for 20 minutes for a train to Brighton before realising we were on the wrong platform.

Given all of our backgrounds, I like to think of it as precision military planning as the train was empty by the time we got on it. A deliberate operation, as I would call it. Eventually we made it back to Brighton and we had a good time before heading back to London.

Next up for me was QPR away. Everton go out early in the League Cup to lower league opposition. The story of my life. The story of the Blues. When will we win that trophy? It's getting personal now. Even the 1985-86 reigning champions got dumped out by Grimsby if I recall.

Norwich home and a comfortable if somewhat dour win. I've sat next to the odd "You're shite Everton" bloke in my time, but there was a particularly special one behind me. Relentless from start to finish. I think this guy could have found fault in Graham Sharp's 1984 derby-winning goal at Anfield.

The highlight of this was the trip in Tony's taxi to The Bramley Moore and the get-together with the gang who were able to attend in the shadow of what is to be our magnificent new home. I left it short and only made the last train to Euston with 2 or 3 minutes to spare. That would have taken some explaining. Let's make sure we do another one next season.

Surrounded by West Ham fans on the train to Lime Street, I ended up befriending some of them. I suggested they jump a taxi with me and took them to The Saddle where they happily mixed and mingled with the natives.

One of them kept in touch and actually offered me a ticket for the return fixture but I already had one in the away end. More mixing with the West Ham fans in The Crown on the way home, man hugs and all. Me and away fans was to become a bit of a theme. Wrong result. No panic yet.

Onto Wolves away, having paid a subscription and bought a ticket in one of the home stands. I've well documented this. I spent the 90+ minutes happily chatting to the locals near me without any issue or hiding who I was supporting and not being able to contain myself when we pulled one back.

All good and handshakes at the end. 5 days later I get a letter of complaint from Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club, warning me of my future conduct having been reported for my behaviour. Does this mean I am technically a football hooligan?

I travelled up for the Tottenham game. Strange bunch, the Tottenham fans. They spent most of the time on the train arguing with themselves so I didn't really interact with them as much as West Ham.

0-0 but Goodison awakened and I thought it was a decent contest. Best atmosphere to date, aside from that second half period against Burnley, as Goodison had been pretty passive on the occasions I had visited until now.

Brentford. The closest Premier League ground to my house and pretty impressive that they managed to fit a modern stadium onto that plot of land, albeit it is an odd shape. For those familiar, if you enjoy the day out at Fulham, Brentford next to the Thames is similar and the local pubs don't discriminate against away supporters.

The tide of any remaining goodwill was turning. The fans let the team have both barrels at the end and rightfully so. To their credit, they stood and faced the music. Anthony Gordon genuinely looked shell-shocked.

I've said a few times, one of my most enjoyable matches of the season was at Stamford Bridge. Great following, great atmosphere, and a perfectly timed run from Branthwaite to meet Gordon's delicious cross and send the shed end corner into raptures. Marching down the Fulham Road.

Brighton home. Enough said.

Norwich away. The final nail in the Benitez experiment. The fans have turned. Really turned. And there is no going back from this. I always forget how far away Norwich is, even from London. Especially after such a miserable result.

Tottenham away. I have no words or explanation. I just stand there with a very good friend and fellow Evertonian, speechless and as shell-shocked as Anthony Gordon at Brentford. Compounded by what seemed like an endless marshalled trek to a faraway tube station.

Wolves home. Another low ebb. This is getting bad.

A long trip up the Newcastle to stand in the heavens and struggle to see, let alone be heard. I couldn't even tell who scored when we briefly equalised before throwing away more points. And I'm sure there was a delayed reaction. There was from me as I didn't even know it had gone in. A long trip back into the early hours of the following morning.

My first trip to the London Stadium. If there was ever a goal celebration that epitomises our amazing away support, and the bond that was starting to build between fans and players, that equaliser was it. We lost due to our unrivalled ability to defensively self-destruct, but the fans could see the effort and the improvement, so the players got a decent reception at the end.

I didn't attend but good wins at home to Newcastle Utd and Man Utd. Now my brother is telling me to stay away from Goodison as I'm unlucky! I'm close to being banned by him and my son.

Chelsea home. Wow. Blue smoked chips, peas and onion gravy outside the Goodison Supper Bar. Once again, Danny the away fan magnet manages to attract attention on the train and share a taxi with 4 Chelsea fans, dropping them off at the Abbey.

I missed Leicester (bugger), but managed the short trip to Watford. Not great but once again the momentum of the support is building and continues to amaze. It's not done yet. We can still do this.

On to Crystal Palace at home. It's all been said and words cannot describe.

Yet again, my away fan thing kicks in. Due to difficulties with my application-based ticket, I get a paper one issued from the Bullens Road ticket office. By the time I sort this out, the turnstiles are closing but the stewards let me in through one of the gates and point me up the stairs. Straight into the Lower Bullens.

I thought about doing a U-turn as my ticket was for the Upper Bullens, but the game had started and there were plenty of seats, so I just took one. Yes, I spend the match sat with the Palace fans, again, not being able to contain myself. They were fine. Very complimentary and, dare I say, eventually in awe of the atmosphere.

Many shook my hand and hugged me at the end. I was an emotional wreck, so they could have done what they wanted. Overnight stop again, but this time the streets still have singing Evertonians at 5 am. A few man hugs with strangers at Lime Street and onto the train home. I'm tired and drained.

And finally Arsenal. Our customary end-of-season pasting, but no-one seems to care and the fans are in fine voice and good spirit. Forgetting the result, it was a day out, in the sun. And in the sun it was. That away section in May is a sun trap to extremes; it felt as though I was watching it inside a greenhouse.

So, an eventful and emotional time from pre-season to start through to finish. With the managerial appointment, it was always going to go toxic early. And it did. We somehow clawed ourselves back from the abyss and the supporters played a huge part in that. It can't be underestimated.

It's been a privilege sitting with you, standing with you, drinking with you and meeting you. Friends and Evertonians. We took ownership and dragged this team and club of ours away from danger. Credit to each and every one of you be that at the match or from afar. We love you. We live you.

Genuine and sincere thanks to the crowd on here who helped me, or just met up with me on this season's journey. I can't thank you all enough and it was great meeting you and putting faces to names. There are too many to mention and I don't want to miss anyone out, but you know who you are and see you again next season.

I said I wouldn't call anyone out, but a special mention to Martin Nicholls. I hope you are well and continuing your recovery. Big season ahead and can't wait for August. Hopefully the manager and Director of Football get to shape the squad in the way they want, however that is facilitated. A push for a trophy and European football. And that stern lady in the Upper Bullens finally agrees to serve me.

A final word. If there is one thing that has been very noticeable, it has been the number of young fans, home and away. A generation starved of success, yet in the most difficult of circumstances, the number of young supporters in the crowd belting out the tunes made me swell with pride and optimism for the future.

Spirit of the Blues. Forever Everton.


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Christine Foster
1 Posted 01/06/2022 at 12:24:26
Danny, brilliant, passionate, heartbreaking honesty, love...you capture the wonder of the magic of being blue. Nothing can ever take its place, nothing ever will. It is the constant in our lives, through battles, conflicts, far away lands.

We are cursed and blessed, but I wouldn't have it any other way. I raise a glass to you, sir!

Paul Washington
2 Posted 01/06/2022 at 12:30:10

As ever, great words, summed up that rotten season perfectly.

Please keep your 'Brysonesque'! jottings going next time round.

Ta, Lad.

Colin Metcalfe
3 Posted 01/06/2022 at 12:35:51
Fantastic read, thank you, Danny.
Brian Murray
4 Posted 01/06/2022 at 12:38:57
Christine, I second that.

Great post, Danny. I don't know if your positive outlook comes from your army background, facing adversity and no doubt very tense situations, or you're just naturally upbeat. Imagine if we come alive, your waxing lyrical would give George McKane a run for his money. God bless yer. See you next season.

Jonathan Tasker
5 Posted 01/06/2022 at 13:01:07
Very upbeat and entertaining summary.

One day, Everton will win the League Cup!

Barry Rathbone
6 Posted 01/06/2022 at 13:16:55
Dedication of the highest order but I'm always fascinated how people have the time and more importantly the dosh to follow footy like this. Seems a huge amount of money…
Brian Murray
7 Posted 01/06/2022 at 13:26:44
I went the 3 League Cup Finals and Replays in 1977. Heartache as a young lad. Yes, we have to put that right one day.
Any Meighan
8 Posted 01/06/2022 at 13:38:03
We were winning at Newcastle, we didn't equalise og and their equaliser was an og.
Danny O’Neill
9 Posted 01/06/2022 at 13:50:29
Apologies for my error, Any. That was a long day in a long season. And the goal was a long way away at the opposite end.

1984 and the Hansen handball. I was sat on the shelf right up in the top corner of the mostly Everton end. One day, we win that trophy.

Dennis Stevens
10 Posted 01/06/2022 at 14:47:51
An excellent read, Danny. That really brought a tear to the eye. Thanks for sharing with us all.
Peter Mills
11 Posted 01/06/2022 at 15:01:07
Danny, it was good to meet you at The Bramley Moore and I hope we will do so again next season.
Rob Halligan
12 Posted 01/06/2022 at 15:03:11
Danny, we WILL get that European adventure one day! See you soon, hopefully first game next season.
Barry Hesketh
13 Posted 01/06/2022 at 15:18:12
Good read, Danny, let's hope there are far more victories and fewer defeats next season.
Brian Williams
14 Posted 01/06/2022 at 15:20:27
Barry. It wasn't a flare. What he threw had no potential to cause a fire.
Barry Hesketh
15 Posted 01/06/2022 at 15:52:17
Fair enough, Brian, I'm not into pyrotechnics and didn't realise that there was a difference, thanks for the information.
Ian Hollingworth
16 Posted 01/06/2022 at 16:04:49
Brilliant, Danny.

I know this has been a shocking season from a football perspective but the atmosphere in those relegation battles was amazing as a fan in the ground.

I hope we keep that unified spirit and atmosphere into next season regardless of results because it does help the team and, as a fan, it makes matchdays a much better experience.

Jack Convery
17 Posted 01/06/2022 at 16:11:23
Great piece, Danny. I enjoyed reading it. Good to hear some teams still have decent, respectful fans, not like somewhere else we all know - been a bit quiet on that front.

Here's to you having more adventures next season with a much-improved team and results.

Brent Stephens
18 Posted 01/06/2022 at 16:41:49
Great summary of your season, Danny. Brilliant.

"Does this mean I am technically a football hooligan?" — Don't go crediting yerself with that much intelligence!

Hope to see you again next season. Home and away.

Regards to Mrs Danny.

Chris Corn
19 Posted 01/06/2022 at 16:43:29
Great article. I said to my 26-year-old lad at 2-0 v Palace:

"This is Everton, mate. Not only do they let you down, they find new and inventive ways to break your heart."

An hour or so later…

Stephen Vincent
20 Posted 01/06/2022 at 16:46:23
Nice one, Danny.

Having followed them from London for the best part of 3 decades, I totally get the pain of the long train journey south surrounded by the away boys. Thankfully been back in Woolton for a couple of years now and enjoyed the freedom to leave The Crown when I want and not at the dictate of a railway timetable.

Brentford (away) was definitely the nadir of this awful season for me – rarely, if ever, have I felt so out of love with my beloved Blues. Palace at home obviously the highlight, but even that was, for me, tinged with disappointment.

That we felt such a sense of relief, that it led to the scenes of almost unbridled celebrations at the end, is an indication of how poor we have become as a team and a club. Very very big close season.

Hope to see you again for the next season.

Stephen Vincent
21 Posted 01/06/2022 at 16:51:06
Chris #19,

Leaving the Lower Bullens following the Brentford debacle, a young lad asked his mum: "Why do we support Everton, mum?"

"'It prepares you for life, love," was her fabulous reply.

Brian Murray
22 Posted 01/06/2022 at 17:00:43
Perversely, this witchhunt by the FA to destabilise us again may bring or keep this siege mentality next season. We've all seen Frank in his Chelsea dugout giving it large to Klopp, so he's not one to back down.
Mike Gaynes
23 Posted 01/06/2022 at 17:08:09
Danny, what a magnificent odyssey. Paul #2 is right, you have more than a touch of Bryson about you, from the spare descriptions to the touches of dark humor, and it's great.

Thank you for writing this. And thank you for doing your share in getting this club over the line. You and thousands of other devoted, agonized, exhausted matchday fans are the reason we are still in the Premier League.

That exasperated redhead in the middle of the cover photo is you, isn't it? You're a much younger-looking fella than I would have imagined.

Dave Abrahams
24 Posted 01/06/2022 at 17:11:16
Great review of your travels, Danny, it has been fun, laughter and a pleasure reading your posts throughout the season. Your optimism shone through even when it looked curtains for the Blues at times.

That energy you used on your travels was impressive, as was your ability to take everything in your stride and making loads of friends on your journeys up and down the country.

Well done, Danny. If there was a supporter of the season, you wouldn't be far away from receiving that award. Long may you continue your trips to every away game which includes you coming to Goodison Park.

Nick White
25 Posted 01/06/2022 at 17:13:51
Great article, Danny, I enjoyed reading that! Always admire your positivity on here even when the going got very bad! Onwards and upwards next season!

ps: Are you anywhere on that picture at the top?

Stu Darlington
26 Posted 01/06/2022 at 17:58:37
Good read, Danny. With supporters like you, there ought to be no limits to what this club can achieve.
Apart from the owner and Directors, of course!
Dave Williams
27 Posted 01/06/2022 at 18:10:37
Great summary, Danny, in your usual entertaining style. Keep it going and I hope to see you next season at a gathering of some sort.
Rob Dolby
28 Posted 01/06/2022 at 18:15:08
Danny, an enjoyable read… though disappointed you didn't mention defensive high line or Michael Keane once in your review!

From a personal point of view last season was the best for over 10 years! Easy to say now that we are safe.

I know that's a bit of a warped take on things.

The pantomime villains in Moshiri, Kenwright, Brands, Benitez, the VAR and the refs. Worn me out, from frustration to anger to apathy.

Lampard uniting the fans. A fan base at the point of erupting in anger became united. The passion, desire and unity carrying the team over the line.

Games like Arsenal, Newcastle, Chelsea, Leicester, Man Utd and most of all Palace made it an unbelievable season. Having been lucky enough to see us win trophies, games like Wimbledon and Palace are the equal to or greater than winning a trophy.

The hairs still stand up on my neck and emotion rushes through the veins just thinking about the Palace game.

Thanks for being a positive poster.

Tony Everan
29 Posted 01/06/2022 at 18:35:43
Great read, Danny.

Can I just say how much I enjoy you posting on this site. Always fair and always taking the time to articulate and reason out any disagreements. Here's to a great season and a cup win next year!

Danny O’Neill
30 Posted 01/06/2022 at 18:39:33
Don't start me on the high line.

Seriously, thank you for your kind words all. I just brain dumped my thoughts.

I'm a humble person. It's how I was brought up. My mother installed the humility. My father infected me with Everontonitis as John Senior would describe it. There is no cure.

I am no bigger an Evertonian than anyone on here or than those I meet at the match. I seem to have adopted a knack for attracting attention from away fans, but I guess I just have one of those faces!

Unbelievable support from every single Evertonian in this most difficult of seasons. Every single one of us.

Eddie Dunn
31 Posted 01/06/2022 at 19:06:31
Danny, what a straightforward and honest appraisal of the season through your own eyes.

I rarely get to a game these days but had my own spells of going to as many as I could as a teenager on Merseyside and in 10 years in London.

Out here in West Wales, I prayed for Swansea and Cardiff to get back to the Premier League.

You have written some sound stuff this season, your train journeys and refreshments and post-match reflections paint pictures in my mind.

You must have one hell of a missus!

Larry O'Hara
32 Posted 01/06/2022 at 19:10:51
Danny, yes, great stuff – keep it coming. I was only able to attend a few games but grateful one was Palace. What a memory!
Christy Ring
33 Posted 01/06/2022 at 19:26:21
Great read, Danny, a superb ambassador for our club, you had all the emotions in one season. I just wanted the season to be over, no enjoyment, just relief after the Calvert-Lewin winner.
Kevin Molloy
34 Posted 01/06/2022 at 19:33:07
It's very useful to look back and remember the turning points. I like those clipped summaries of the games Danny, it's too bloody draining to drill any further into them.

As I look back, I think the thing which really sealed our fate last season was the bumper £1.7M transfer fund. We just felt like we were stuck in mud from the off.

Frank is riding high at the moment but, cockney that he is, I reckon when the penny drops properly that there's no money, he ain't gonna be happy.

I reckon he's a spender, and if he's gonna be having his hands tied behind his back like Benitez, there could be trouble ahead.

Lee Courtliff
35 Posted 01/06/2022 at 20:52:27
Great read, Danny. You had me convinced we were going to win the FA Cup this season, although I do say that every year myself anyway.

Your positivity is always welcome and out of everyone on ToffeeWeb, I'd love to watch the match with you the most.

And Rob Dolby, I was thinking the same myself only this morning. This season has actually been brilliant, in a really fuckin weird way. I know the Palace game was the Big One, but I loved Alex Iwobi's last gasp winner against Newcastle!

I screamed until I was out of breath then paced up and down the living room genuinely hoping that a burglar would break in...just so I could beat the fuck out of someone!!! We were robbed that night and I honestly felt a sense of injustice, and I'm not one to usually whinge about refs either.

Andy Crooks
36 Posted 01/06/2022 at 20:57:51
Great stuff, Danny. As Dave says, your optimism was truly sustaining. The Norwich game was the only one I was at and remember how appalling the fool behind was.

I won't forget Tony's taxi either. Through a labyrinth of streets and The Bramley Moor magically appears!

It was a pleasure to meet you. Hopefully next season again.

Bernie Quinn
37 Posted 01/06/2022 at 21:00:36
Danny, I'm late as usual, but that was a great read, makes me homesick and so envious with your write-ups. Though I will never be able to travel to the UK again, if you look over your shoulder, I will be there in spirit as we do that European trip. Keep your comments coming, mate!
Robert Tressell
38 Posted 01/06/2022 at 21:02:08
Brilliant stuff, Danny. The passion comes through in every word you write about Everton Football Club.

We're all fans but the diehard match-going fans really are the absolute backbone of the club and did as much (and probably more, in all honesty) as any player or manager to keep us in the top flight this season.

Paul Birmingham
40 Posted 01/06/2022 at 21:55:22
Spoken from the soul Danny, great read.

Being an Evertonian is a way of life and, despite decades of mediocrity, it seemingly galvanises the Evertonians to join forces to become even stronger in the face of general adversity and ridicule by the press and media pundits.

So as you've said hopefully never again – this season was far worse than 93-94 and 97-98.

Hope is on the horizon and the tides of fortune will hopefully be with Everton this pre-season and into the new season.


Allen Rodgers
41 Posted 01/06/2022 at 21:58:38
Great read, Danny, and I echo your point about young fans. I'm constantly amazed to see how many young lads follow the Blues. The Palace game felt like we'd won a trophy and will have won the hearts of many a young fan.
Dale Self
42 Posted 01/06/2022 at 22:32:30
Good stuff, Danny! Away fans are the spine of this club and your optimism and fair takes on various matters kept us all in just good enough spirits to get it done. Keep it going! UTFT!
Billy Roberts
43 Posted 01/06/2022 at 23:14:06
Brilliant piece, Danny.

Like Dave Abrahams say,s if there was an award for supporters, you would be nominated.

Just as important (sort of) is the nomination for best TW contributions... and I would have you up there, Danny – talk about never giving in, never rising to the trash talk... always positive, funny, honest.

Proper Evertonian.

Jerome Shields
44 Posted 01/06/2022 at 23:42:23
I think Danny's wife should be awarded a medal.
Brian Wilkinson
45 Posted 01/06/2022 at 00:02:09
Great read that, Danny, really enjoyed it.
David Currie
46 Posted 02/06/2022 at 06:21:19
Great read, Danny, always love your views on Everton and your obvious love of our great club.

Like you, I just want the younger fans to sample success, I have been lucky to see live 2 FA Cups, 2 League Titles and the European Cup-Winners Cup in Rotterdam.

I was 20 in 1984 – the first time I saw us win anything. My son turned 19 in May so maybe next May 2023 we win the FA Cup when he will be 20. We can dream!

Paul Burns
47 Posted 02/06/2022 at 11:17:56
Never again?

The same thing will happen next season unless we clear out the people dragging the club into oblivion... yet already people seem to have forgotten what caused all this.

Why is no-one calling for a total reorganisation at board level? It is the only thing that will move the club on; without it, we are doomed.

John Skelly
48 Posted 02/06/2022 at 17:15:28
Great read, Danny, I always look forward to your mini travelogs going to games, I used to do it myself in the past. But moving to Dublin and the cost of travel, flights, hotels etc really curtailed my attendance.

Please keep it up for next season. And tell your wife I will say a few rosaries for herself. 😉

Danny O’Neill
49 Posted 02/06/2022 at 17:29:02
Once again, thanks to everyone of you for the kind comments. We are all one of the same.

I don't intend to miss anyone out, but in response to the comments.

Christine and Bernie, like me before and many of us, we are always there in spirit even when we can't be there in presence and are far away. I know you kick every ball and win every header.

Stephen, have one in the White Horse for me. That was always the true Woolton local for me.

Rob. Europe next year is a confirmed date. We're going.

Brian Murray; where did you get that toffeegirl t-shirt? Fantastic. It will go well alongside my I'd rather walk alone one.

Mike and the US gang; Baltimore?

Brent, Mike, Peter - just thank you for everything.

Tony - thank you; picking me up from South Parkway having flown in to watch the match. Thank you. And Dave, I hope to get to meet you next season or pre-season.

John Senior. Likewise. The Guinness is on me.

Mike Gaynes
50 Posted 02/06/2022 at 17:45:18
No Baltimore for me, Danny, but I might make it to Minneapolis. You have a wonderful time with the crab cakes.

And my little Danny just barked a quick hello.

John McFarlane Snr
51 Posted 02/06/2022 at 18:08:52
HI Danny [49] down the years like yourself, I have travelled to quite a few away games in support of Everton, I would have attended many more if I could have afforded it. In the early days I didn't get past the Midlands, and to get to the London games was nigh on impossible for me. Added to the expense, was the fact that the coaches used to leave St John's Lane at midnight, for a three o'clock kick-off. [pre motorway days].

I have never attended South coast fixtures, but managed to attend games from Carlisle and Lancashire, to Bristol on the West coast, [taking in Cardiff], and from Newcastle to Norwich/ Ipswich. on the East coast. I have done all the top flight Yorkshire and Midlands grounds, but the only London venues I visited were Arsenal, Spurs. Fulham, and QPR. Regarding the Guinness, it will have to be a Diet Coke, [Doctors Orders]

Danny O’Neill
52 Posted 02/06/2022 at 18:51:17
I'm not on the photo by the way.

If I knew how to upload a photo, I've got a great shot of the 3 O'Neill brothers and my son at the 2009 FA Cup Final but can't figure it out.

Any clues?

Brian Murray
53 Posted 02/06/2022 at 20:15:37
Danny. re the Toffee Girl tee-shirt, I think I got mine online from Everton themselves, which is very unusual for me as I'm a bit anti-club in that way. Mine more maybe Toffee TV or independent or eBay. Think you may like the Holy Trinity ones I think from Toffee TV.
John Raftery
54 Posted 02/06/2022 at 00:37:39
A splendid read, Danny. That session in The Bramley-Moore after the Norwich win seems like a long time ago.

For many reasons, not least the relegation worries, the season will live longer in the memory than most. Here's hoping our team can improve and make next season perhaps slightly less memorable!

Paul Morrison
55 Posted 03/06/2022 at 05:49:56
I flew from Australia for the recent Brentford home match and was back on the plane during the Palace game, which was the first I had missed watching live on TV all season.

I tried to avoid the score to watch On Demand – like the old episode of 'The Likely Lads'. I made it to the front door and the wife says: "You won, then."

Didn't know wether to laugh or cry! The obsession seems to be getting worse with age (61).

Dave Abrahams
56 Posted 03/06/2022 at 09:20:09
Danny (49),

Thank you for my mention, I'm sure Tony would have put a good post to you. I know he enjoyed your company but he is away on holiday at the moment and that is the reason I'm sure he hasn't responded to your brilliant post about Everton's traumatic but ultimately fantastic finish to the season.

It will be a pleasure to meet you when it happens.

Stephen Vincent
57 Posted 03/06/2022 at 14:12:34

You are correct about The White Horse, although I would be frowned on for going there these days, as the family owns the wine bar opposite The Elephant.

I always quite liked The Grapes as well and that hasn't changed an awful lot in 40 years.

Allen Rodgers
58 Posted 03/06/2022 at 19:40:04
Going down to that London for a few days sightseeing railways / canals etc. starting Monday. Staying near St Pancras. Any Blue pubs round that area? Seem to recall there was one in Clerkenwell?
Stephen Vincent
59 Posted 03/06/2022 at 21:34:50
Allan, The Horseshoe, Clerkenwell Close. Not as Blue as it used to be caters for the blue half of Manchester as well now. Great for a game of darts and some really good folk and jazz nights.
Allen Rodgers
60 Posted 03/06/2022 at 21:50:25
Thanks Stephen, yes the Horseshoe is the one I recall.
Derek Knox
61 Posted 04/06/2022 at 02:40:20
Well in, Danny, a good read as well as a painful reminder of how supporting Everton can be at times, especially away games where fans have put more effort in seemingly getting there, than the players.

It has been a horrible season in many respects, and one I hope is never repeated. Hopefully too, under Frank we can have a much-needed clear-out, and replace with astute buys, loans or promotions.

I hope Richarlison decides to stay another year at least… and apart from Pickford and Gordon, I'm not too bothered about the rest of them.

Of course, as per usual in the close season, we get linked with all manner of players, though not too many to get the pulse racing as of yet. Maybe we can unearth a couple of relatively unknowns who can become legends of the future.

The Future's Bright, The Future's Blue!

Danny O’Neill
62 Posted 04/06/2022 at 06:26:35
Not so much blue pubs, Allen, but if you head up the road between St Pancras & Kings Cross, the opposite way from Euston Road and towards the canal, that area has been done up nicely and there's a pub there on a square near the canal system.

Depending on your preference, you can walk along the canal to reach Camden, which is probably my favourite part of London and there are bars galore there. A favourite is offset from the centre of Camden; the Edinboro Castle, close to Regent's Park.

Again, a personal view, but based on where you're staying, I'd also recommend the area around Great Portland Street Station. two hops on the Metropolitan Line. The Green Man, the Albany and a hidden gem around the corner, The Mason's Arms. The latter tends to be one for the locals who live in the probably very expensive apartments nearby.


Derek Knox
63 Posted 04/06/2022 at 09:07:11
Allen @ 60,

"Thanks Stephen, yes the Horseshoe is the one I recall."

So horseshoes are lucky after all? :-)

Allen Rodgers
64 Posted 04/06/2022 at 09:20:22
Thanks, Danny, I've picked out the Scottish Stores which was recommended by a fellow Blue.

I have never had time to explore the canal basins etc. since the area was gentrified although I got a quick look at St Pancras on our last Wembley visit. Flying solo this trip and staying directly opposite Kings Cross Station in Birkenhead Street.

Bernie Quinn
65 Posted 05/06/2022 at 04:26:40
Oh Danny; You think you are emotional, but I have to say that I am a real old softy crybaby.

I have been an Evertonian for 76 years, seen them relegated and I cried at the Chelsea and Palace games a few weeks ago because we (with the help of Goodison) avoided the drop again.

And now, this weekend, I watched The Trooping of the Colour on television and – being an old Irish Guardsman – I cried again with pride. I'm so happy that I support the Toffees and The Micks!

Danny O’Neill
66 Posted 05/06/2022 at 06:39:34
No-one can do those types of occasions like us, Bernie. The fact the Irish Wolfhound mascot was called Seamus brought a smile to my face!!

When I went to join, the Infantry options at the Liverpool careers office were the Kings, the Irish Guards and the Irish Rangers. I leaned towards the latter because of my Grandad's Regiment, the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers were amalgamated into what is now the Royal Irish.


I got pointed elsewhere, but I still have my Grandad's cap badge and medals that I will put mine alongside.

I played football against the Micks a few times. Once in Cyprus and once in Northern Ireland. Half scousers, half Dubliners!!

Random fact; the first non-Irish Regimental Sergeant Major of the Irish Guards was from Liverpool!

Bernie Quinn
67 Posted 05/06/2022 at 07:27:52
I won't tie this up long, Danny, but I also volunteered at Liverpool. I was thinking of joining the Paras. but the Recruiting Sargent pointed out I had an Irish name, was part Irish, and there were 7 people from Ormskirk already Regulars in The Micks (true) and so I took his advice. Best decision I ever made in my working life.

Found out later that he was an Irish Guard and had the gift of the gab! He was also a staunch Evertonian! So I was a sucker.

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