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Lee Courtliff
1 Posted 29/08/2022 at 17:47:43
My Dad and I attended this game one day after my 11th birthday. We laughed for years about how Villa absolutely dominated the match and should have been 3 or 4 up before we snatched a late goal.

Quite possibly the most undeserved win I've ever seen us have.

Christy Ring
2 Posted 29/08/2022 at 19:05:46
David,

I remember Mo Johnston sitting next to me in the stand, when he fell out of favour, I can't recall the opposition, but he left before half-time!

Dave Abrahams
3 Posted 30/08/2022 at 15:12:27
Christy (2),

Did he fall out of favour or out of the seat he was sitting in?

He was another player who was fond of a good drinking session. Howard wasted a lot of money on Mo and got nothing back for him when he finally left, and got precious little from him when he was on the field.

Danny O’Neill
4 Posted 30/08/2022 at 17:19:04
Dark times. Watching what we had become only 5 years after being crowned English Champions for the second time in 3 years, only narrowly missing out on a hat-trick.

Maybe it's blind optimism or maybe I'm just older and more experienced in mediocracy and relegation escapes. But, Benitez toxicity aside, I strangely, but genuinely never felt the same as I did in that period or during the 2nd Great Escape.

We usually have an "Everton October", but looking back at the results for 92/93, we surpassed ourselves and started early in September, extending it to November.

Thank you for taking me back to a dark Everton corner of my life David. Appreciated!!

On a serious note, another great read. Given your like of round numbers, can the next one be 35 years? We'll be Champions again!!!

Michael Kenrick
5 Posted 30/08/2022 at 17:41:53
Danny,

I've refrained for a long time – and many a post – but I think the word you should use is "mediocrity", not "mediocracy".

I wasn't sure your variant existed but, in the unique context of Everton FC, power may indeed rest in the flaccid arms of an incredible "mediocracy" – Chairman, CEO, Board, Owner – that has proven unequalled in their inability to rise above the essence of pure dross.

But that just doesn't fit in your sentence... unless you have somehow been more personally responsible than you let on?

I just hope Brian Murray doesn't twig to this or we'll never hear the end of it!

Danny O’Neill
6 Posted 30/08/2022 at 17:52:01
Busted by the linguist police again, Michael.

I must have broken your tolerance threshold and you snapped!

Just as with my use of bias versus the correct biased, I stand corrected!!

Brian tends to sniff these things out better than my dogs smell a fox scent!!

Finn Taylor
7 Posted 30/08/2022 at 18:06:54
I was thinking about this game - was it the start of the following season 93/94 we were top after 3 games? I seem to recall winning at Southampton, no idea the 2nd game and then we beat sheff united 4 - 2? Cant recall...

Always remember after the Sheff Wed game I dashed to meet a mate at the showcase and the Sheff Wed team bus pulled up and they all went in for a McDonalds. And of coures, Barry Hornes goal. We needed a striker, I thought, at the time. I was at the villa game, I cant recall too much about it, but recall winning 1 - 0. I do remember thinking we were in decline and teams were moving on. The next fixture I attended was 0 - 2 defeat to Man United in late September - could never understand how we played them so soon after the freaky 3 - 0 win at Old Trafford in the August of 92. I can bearly recall anything of that season... although... was there a whopping at home by QPR and the emergence of Sir Les always gets a goal at Goodison?


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