Beating Liverpool

By Matt   Byrne  ::  10/04/2012   132 Comments (»Last) As we prepare to do battle in arguably our most important game in a generation, those two words ?Beating Liverpool? stand at the centre of all our hopes and dreams. What factors should come into our thinking as we approach this week?s semi-final against our rivals?

Firstly, Moyesie needs to pick the right team and approach the match with the correct positive tactics which swept us through the replay against Sunderland. The team is likely to be the same that were so very impressive at the Stadium of Light.

Given his goal and impressive second-half showing in Monday?s league encounter, Gueye could well now start on the left. Coleman or Drenthe could equally offer width and pace. The latter in particular could prove to be an explosive addition to the team. On one hand, think of the berating Neville rightly gave him for not tracking back in the initial Sunderland cup tie; on the other, ask yourself who Liverpool would least prefer to face?

A player who is extremely quick and direct with dangerous shooting potential and an impressive category of assists, could be the wildcard choice which makes the vital difference. Think of Anders Limpar?s impact in '95. A player whose work-rate and unpredictability didn?t sit comfortably with Joe Royle, he was arguably the key reason we triumphed at Wembley that year.

In all likelihood, Moyes will turn to Drenthe if we are behind with 20 minutes to go when a throw of the dice is a necessity rather than a choice.

We must be brave and bold, direct and confident in our tactics. A fast, aggressive and positive approach, replicating everything that was so terrific in the Sunderland replay, is what is required. It is vital that we don?t start on the back foot and allow Liverpool?s self-belief to build. We all know that they raise their play for big games and significant occasions, so we must be ready to match that ? and more. If we beat Liverpool, the sense of elation would be tremendous and I would be extremely hopeful of our chances in the final ? irrespective of the London opponents ? on the back of such an enormous crest of a wave.

We must not allow the local press to build pressure by foolishly labelling us favourites due to their poor form; however, we should calmly acknowledge that we are playing well, Liverpool are not... and that we have every reason to back ourselves. Equally, Moyes needs to rid himself of his demons in terms of always raising Liverpool to a higher echelon; he needs to have total belief that the game is there to be won.

Liverpool have two players in Gerrard and Suarez who we need to deal with ? the rest should not overly concern us. It is an acid test opportunity for Moyes to join the elite of Everton?s managerial history ? Kendall, Catterick and Royle ? in terms of moving us closer to that elusive trophy we all crave. He must be bold, attacking, and remember who we are ? in the words of Martin Tyler after Bayern, ?Everton simply rolled their sleeves up and refused to be beaten.? We must adopt that mindset.

As fans, we have a duty to echo this confidence and positive philosophy. I?m of a certain age to still carry the scars of the 80s Merseyside cup encounters. That must all be put to one side; there is a game, here and now, ready to be won.

Think with positivity at every angle. Think only of good Everton moments against them ? Andy King?s drive past Clemence; Imre Varadi getting a pie in the face ? but knocking Bob Paisley?s side out of the cup (the first time I remember us beating them). As you drive to Wembley, think of John Motson?s, ?He got behind Lawrenson there did Sharp!?, and the lad with the specs and the big coat wheeling across the screen arms aloft! Think of Peter Reid piling in on McMahon, of Duncan Ferguson and Alan Ball being thorns in their side and Andrei Kanchelskis, Super Kev and Gary Speed (RIP) following on from Sheeds and his two fingered salute ? each of them smacking it in at the Kop end!

For the younger Blues, imagine Cahill punching the Wembley corner flag in the 89th minute for the winner or close your eyes and remember the feeling you had when Dan Gosling?s shot went inside the post rather than bounce out ? with the last kick. Has that whetted your appetite? Of course we can win. COYB!

We can all reel off lists of refereeing catastrophes that have cost us against them down the years, from Bryan Hamilton 35 years ago to Jack Rodwell?s ludicrous red this season. There is a danger that we can see ourselves as victims, with a disaster about to await us. Therefore, we must not allow history?s injustices to colour our thinking; we must hope that the referee does his job creditably and think solely of lucky incidents or generous referring decisions in key games.

Think of Andy Gray getting the benefit of the doubt in '84 as he beat Sherwood to the ball; of how University College Dublin nearly knocked us out on the away goals at Goodison in the Cup Winners Cup (was it Joe Hanrahan who hit a late post which would have wiped out Bayern and Rotterdam); think too of how Bristol City battered us in 95 or how the Gods favoured us against the Mancs that year as the likes of Andy Cole, Cantona, Kanchelskis (and in the second half, Giggs) were unable to play in the final.

On Saturday, we need to see a powerful and confident performance, with some key decisions going in our favour. The law of averages strongly fancies us to do them in a big game ? and why not now, at such a pivotal moment. How glorious the victory would taste ? how vital it would be...

It is simply a game we must win.

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Lyndon Lloyd
170   Posted 11/04/2012 at 06:36:33

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Very, very well put, Matt. Couldn't have put it better myself. If we play like we did at Sunderland, then we have every chance of making the Final - they won't know what hit them.

I pray we do ourselves justice in the manner in which we did that night and at Swansea, against West Brom and on Easter Monday. It's ours to win if we can get into and stay in the right mindset.
Tony I'Anson
174   Posted 11/04/2012 at 06:59:43

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On a positive note too - I want to see swathes of empty seats at their end with 10 minutes to go. IF the spine of the team perform like we know they can..

Heit Distin
Felli Gibson
Cahill Jelly

IF we play with no fear and belief and we will have more than enough to beat them convincingly.

Can't wait.
Kase Chow
181   Posted 11/04/2012 at 09:04:22

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Please please please let's win
Sam Morrison
188   Posted 11/04/2012 at 09:13:35

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Let's see if we can get a new version of this vid (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIOL7iIw55U) with the class of 2012 on the end of it.
Kevin Sparke
195   Posted 11/04/2012 at 09:56:28

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Nice piece Matt - some good memories evoked.
Richard Tarleton
198   Posted 11/04/2012 at 10:07:36

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You're so right when you say what you do in the penultimate paragraph. It is vital that Distin and Heitinga are the pairing at the heart of the defence. Right back worries me, if Bellamy is on the left and cutting in at pace.
James Martin
201   Posted 11/04/2012 at 10:12:29

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Bellamy played 90 minutes against Blackburn, a lot of which was with ten men. I don't think he has the legs for two games in 5 days. Neville usually plays well against the big teams, I can't remember him being done by too many opponents this season. We should have them worrying more about Baines than we are about Bellamy. We have to smother them in central midfield and be up for the battle up front when those teasing balls comes in from Baines. Cahill to bag a few and cap off a wonderful career against that shower.
Jason Lam
202   Posted 11/04/2012 at 10:15:56

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My worry is that the shite will bully us off the park that has been typical of recent (well under Moyes) derbies. It is therefore essential that Cahill, Fellaini, Heitinga and Neville must play. Jelavic and Gibson also appear unfazed by them. COYB!!!
Dave Lynch
203   Posted 11/04/2012 at 10:20:39

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I'm already starting to lose sleep over this one.

My nerves are jangling and i'm off me grub.

Imo this game is all about bottle and who wants it the most. We all know they will be well up for it and come at us with all guns blazing.

In my heart of hearts i think they know we are a better team at the moment but psychologically they may well have an edge.

If i was Moyes i would let Neville rally the troops, he knows all about these games from his time at Man Utd as well as us.

Belief has to be instilled and the players have to believe in themselves, get this right and the game is ours.
Derek Thomas
205   Posted 11/04/2012 at 10:16:42

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The '67 Cup Derby, the screens, Alan Ball, acute angle, 1-0.

I just want one, I feel (know)I the rs owe me plenty, but this one will do.
Nick Entwistle
206   Posted 11/04/2012 at 10:33:28

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I'm not losing any sleep on this one. I fully believe something will screw us over. If its not the shite or refs its in-house like last time.
I'm not saying we can't win but I'm not setting myself up like a child on Christmas eve only to receive an over-sized pair of brown corduroy trousers.
James Morgan
208   Posted 11/04/2012 at 10:24:51

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I've never been more nervous about facing these gob shites than now. Based on quality and form we should muller the twats but there is an inferiority complex in the air at Everton. I just keep picturing myself coming in to work Monday with a beaming grin singing Grand Old Team and dancing in the face of the kopite colleagues/customers!
Positive thoughts!
Kevin Sparke
209   Posted 11/04/2012 at 10:38:32

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I agree with Nick Entwistle. I'm fostering an attitude in myself that I don't give a damn; though I've played out every scenario where we get beat in my head already. Which isn't like me - I'm the optimists optimist.

We've the better players - all over the park we're stronger than them - all we need to do is turn up with the same attitude we did at Sunderland, keep possession, frustrate them, use the flanks and then batter their dodgy keeper with crosses high and low...

However, all I can see is doom and gloom... Screech getting sent off from a Suarez dive... their goalie playing a blinder with 30 shots on goal from us against their 1... Martians invading and the game being abandoned at half time and the match awarded to Liverpool because they've had more corners...

I hate derby matches - I'm toying with the idea of washing the car, weeding the garden or taking the missus to ASDA... but I won't. I'll be in some Geordie alehouse in front of a big screen, shitting myself with nerves...

Come on Blues - just do it!
Graham Holliday
210   Posted 11/04/2012 at 10:52:32

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Haha, Nick, you summed up how I feel about this match completely.

Fellaini to get sent off, guaranteed.
Viv Sharma
212   Posted 11/04/2012 at 10:58:13

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Matt, any chance you could pop by our and have a word with the squad at 12:20 on Sat?! Very inspiring piece!
Howard Don
217   Posted 11/04/2012 at 11:07:33

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I like it Matt, stirring stuff. Drenthe from the start is a tough one though, too unpredictable for me and the adrenalin going into this game could have him almost manic. Definitlely an impact sub for me, when legs are starting to tire. That leaves a choice between Guaye and Coleman, two weeks ago I'd have baulked at starting Guaye but the lad has earned a shot and Coleman doesn't look anywhere near up to speed. Same as the Sunderland replay for me, they earned it.
Mike Rourke
219   Posted 11/04/2012 at 11:25:23

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Blues versus Reds is humility versus arrogance; loyalty versus entitlement; and art versus pornography - Dr David France
Rob Young
220   Posted 11/04/2012 at 11:24:40

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Matt, great stuff! Made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. Also made me feeling even more nervous about the match now ... we want it all so badly!
I'm 37 and yes, it feels like the most important game for my generation - being in my early teens for the '80s Finals. To me, this our Final. I can't even look beyond this game for what, hopefully, will be the proper final. Doesn't matter for now. Beat them first, that's all I am asking for. Then we'll deal with the next match.

COYB!!!
Jim McGuire
225   Posted 11/04/2012 at 11:40:26

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Lets not get bogged down here ? if we play to our potential (or anywhere near our potential) we'll win. We are a better team, end of.
Barry Rathbone
226   Posted 11/04/2012 at 11:30:53

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Quite looking forward to it to be honest.

I imagine Jonny playing in world cup finals, Phil Neville and Gibbo winning stuff at utd, Jelly playing in the old firm derbies, Drenno being from Real Madrid, Tim and Mo fancying a battle will be enough.

Don't really think Moyes negativity, memorials to Hillsborough, past history comes into it with these characters.

I reckon they'll get to wembley and simply say:

"payback time"
Peter Laing
229   Posted 11/04/2012 at 11:42:33

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My nerves are shot too Dave Lynch and I'm starting to feel off my food. Going to Aintree tomorrow and have decided to stay on the ale on Friday on the way down to London and continue right through until Wembley. Haven't been this nervous before a game since the cup games in the 80's against those jam butty eating, shandy from broken tea cups drinking, cheating, lying great unwashed bastards !
Tony J Williams
235   Posted 11/04/2012 at 12:14:09

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I'm trying to find any reason not to watch this match, I have already given my ticket allocation to a lad at work (half to do with finances and upcoming wedding but mostly to do with not being able to face it on a train back from Wembleywith those fuckers on it, if we got beat)

It's a mates birthday on Saturday and he is wanting to go and watch it but I am trying every trick in the book to not go to a pub


God, I fucking hate those fuckers, fucking hate Derbies and I fucking, fucking hate Dogleash and Stevie Me Laaaa (No forehead)
Andrew Ellams
236   Posted 11/04/2012 at 12:22:41

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The club banners have gone up outside Wembley stadium this morning and it's the blue one that everybody will be be seeing when they come out of Wembley Park station and walk down Wembley Way.

Gives me goosebumps and I won't even be around here on Saturday !!!!!
Mike Hughes
237   Posted 11/04/2012 at 12:05:04

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Agree with Nick Entwistle.
I'm a 45 year old bitter blue with a house called "Goodison", the front room of which is the Blue Room. I also have a dog called "Dixie".

I totally hate the RS and have done for the best part of 35 years.

Strangely, I feel that everything is actually starting to conspire against us.

The media and neutrals should be Evertonians on Saturday with the racist / cheating / whining shambles that the RS have been this season.

However, the sympathy vote will go to them with 3rd choice keeper (and associated tragedy), Hillsborough etc.

I was looking forward to the game a week ago but now seriously considering walking the dog up a big Welsh hill on Saturday instead.

I have a bad feeling the ghost of Clive Thomas will play a part and that filthbag Gerrard will get one of our lads sent off (probably Fellaini, Gibson or Cahill).

Thinking positively, my wishes for Saturday:

1. We go out with the same attitide as the Sunderland match and turn in a similar match-winning performance.
2. Moyes gets it right this time, doesn't get too conservative and doesn't experiment with Neville at left back and Baines on left wing. I'd save Drenthe for subs bench.
3. While a 1-0 win for the Mighty Blues will do me, I'd love it if we absolutely rubbed their scummy little faces into the shite until they puked. Then rubbed it in again and again until they went crying home to mummy. A 5-0 thrashing humiliation would be great and long overdue.
4. I hope we all have a smile on our faces come Saturday afternoon and that nobody ruins the Hillsbrough memorial. Remember, the reds are the shite of this city. We're all representing the Mighty Blues so let's behave accordingly.
Norman Merrill
239   Posted 11/04/2012 at 12:35:11

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Barry Rathbone, thank you for those words and thoughts, at least it's positive, and honest. COYB
Enjoy the day.
Stephen Kenny
241   Posted 11/04/2012 at 12:33:43

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Stirring stuff mate.

This time will be different.

I look right through our team and all I see is character. Heitinga, Fellaini, Gibson, Cahill, Jelavic and Neville or Hibbo will all be right up for whatever comes our way.

There's nothing to fear if it goes to a scrap and nothing to fear if it's a football match. Were equipped to win both.

What's happened in the past will have no bearing on this game.

I don't fear them and I've felt like we're better than them for a while now I think this could be the time we finally show it!!!


COYB, FTRS!!!
Mike Hughes
242   Posted 11/04/2012 at 12:49:01

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By the way, I've just seen Yakubu's "penalty" on the TV.

What a complete twat.
John Brereton
248   Posted 11/04/2012 at 13:22:49

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remember Amokachi V Spurs in 95. 4-1!!! we can do it again.

I won't see it though - my sister is getting married at 12.30 on Saturday.....
Kevin Sparke
251   Posted 11/04/2012 at 13:26:39

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There's a good piece just gone up on The Guardian website by Marina Hyde about the 'delusional' King Kenny...

/http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/blog/2012/apr/11/kenny-dalglish-conspiracy-david-icke

Funny thing is, most neutral supporters up here want us to batter Liverpool.
Colin Wainwright
253   Posted 11/04/2012 at 13:31:04

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Crackin' article Kevin.
Steve Bryant
257   Posted 11/04/2012 at 13:37:38

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Is it me, or is there so much to dislike about Liverpool FC?

I think the way they conduct themselves on and off the pitch is a complete disgrace. Kenny Dalglish ? what a nobhead he was over the whole Suarez racism thing, defending him when he really shouldn't've, because there was no defence for what he did. And then there was the whole handshake incident and his famous "I didn't see it, I didn't know they hadn't shaken hands" speech.

Also, his smile just makes me cringe and my blood boil. Maybe that's how I know I'm an Evertonian. Actually I think I'm allergic to having red blood inside me! Just nice that we don't have to see it very often eh!? ? bit like Liverpool qualifying for the Champions League these days! haha!

Now then, Suarez... is there a more despicable human being playing football? Cos I can't think of one... mmm... Ballotelli maybe. Quite simply, Suarez is a diver. Oh I can't be bothered with this rant. I just hate them all!!!! I would love it if we beat them...love it.... (mmmm rings a bell... who said that?).

For us, it will quite simply be "win" or "we were robbed". As long as either of these two scenarios play out then I will carry on with my head held high, proud of our team. I don't think the boys will let us down. They will want this just as much as we will ? even Victor might show some passion! I won't hold my breath. It's gonna be some battle guys. Let's just enjoy it and believe in our team.

It's great being an Everton fan. I think I just want to get the message across that I'm glad I support Everton ? who always try to do things in the right way ? rather than that shower of shite across the park who should just be ashamed of the way they carry on, whining at referees, diving, cheating, pocketing 3 points completely undeservedly ? they have NO DIGNITY WHATSOEVER. At least we can be proud of what we are and what we do.

COYB! Enjoy the game everyone.
Jay Harris
258   Posted 11/04/2012 at 13:32:54

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The Nation is behind the Blues.

Nobody can stand Queen Kenny and his bunch of cheating arrogant excuses for footballers.

Just Believe the Blues are going to do it.

It wont matter if it's one off Tim Cahills knee or a Leighton toe poke we are not going to get beaten by them again this season.

Our time has come.

BELIEVE.

COYBB
Jimmy Sørheim
261   Posted 11/04/2012 at 12:12:19

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On the basis of Moyes and his history with Liverpol and Daglish I fear the worst.
I think Moyes reverts into a coward in these matches.
Or he does things extra safe.

Statistics are hardly ever wrong and given the fact that Moyes has lost 3-0 to the red shites not too long ago I am a nervous wreck.

It is a cup game, so anything can happen.

I think we need to be more attacking then them from the start if we are to have any chance at winning.
I do not trust us doing it in extra time/ penalty shootout.

It does not help things when Moyes pisses on the built up confidence saying we are underdogs.

How hard is it for Moyes to just go out in a kill frenzy???

He is too defensive and that worries me, plus they won the Blackburn game so they will be even more confident.

This is a totally open game if you look at the squads alone, BUT put David Moyes in charge and he will somehow make us look less then.
I think he really fears the history of Liverpool, even if they are on the weakest season since ever.

Anyone else feel that Moyes does us no good in declaring us UNDERDOGS?
Howard Don
311   Posted 11/04/2012 at 15:40:59

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Jimmy (261) Usual rubbish I'm afraid. Try saying something positive for a change like remembering it's only a few of seasons since we knocked them out in the quarter final.
Lee Courtliff
316   Posted 11/04/2012 at 15:49:36

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I just think it's all going TOO well.

We are in TOO much of a good run. The reverse for them.

I can't help but think Everton are going to let me down again.

Saying that........I did put a quid on us to win 4-2 at 100/1. COYB.
Christopher Timmins
320   Posted 11/04/2012 at 15:57:34

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Moyes should be looking at either Cahill or Osman on Saturday but not both. To play both will only unbalance the team and we will be found out in the wide positions.

Rob Teo
325   Posted 11/04/2012 at 16:19:04

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Nah, Howard, it's understandable that Jimmy's nervous, esp considering how the shite has turned being disadvantaged (e.g. beating us when a man down...last season was it?) into victory for them.

I'm nervous as heck too, even though I think we'll probably win this one comfortably.

COYB!!
Santosh Benjamin
327   Posted 11/04/2012 at 15:55:49

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The hair on my neck was standing on end when i read your article,Matt. I have been trying hard not to get too excited about the game - unsuccessfully. I get up every morning and listen to "Tell me ma me ma" with my wife and daughter. All i dream about is winning this game(and the next to lift the Cup!) and sending the Reds home weeping.
Sam Hoare
344   Posted 11/04/2012 at 16:59:43

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Agree with the Nick Entwistle philosophy i'm afraid. Feel like its too dangerous letting myself genuinely hope and that surely something will thwart us, probably a gerrard dive to get Fellaini a red followed by a deflected free kick goal.

Just thinking about Saturday ties my stomach in knots.

Imagine how the players must be feeling!

Tony J Williams
352   Posted 11/04/2012 at 17:17:05

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"It does not help things when Moyes pisses on the built up confidence saying we are underdogs." - It worked a treat against Sunderland Jimmy.
James Morgan
355   Posted 11/04/2012 at 16:57:27

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I can sense a lack of confidence amongst the shite fans. Just seen one of them at work on my route, no initial mention of the weekend ahead but instead of the dodgy decisions last weekend, particularly Ashley Young and how the game is bent and he is giving up his season ticket cause of it (more likely cause they are shite)
He said he reckons there will probably be a dodgy decision Saturday to which I replied it'll be most likely be in their favour a la Clattenburg, Atkinsion et al.
He then went very quiet! The soft twats are bricking it!!!
Gavin Ramejkis
359   Posted 11/04/2012 at 17:33:50

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Down to the very last one of them the neutrals where I work all hope we absolutely spank the RS on Saturday, its time for the team to man up and get right into them from the off, give them nothing, no space, no time on the ball and a fucking humiliation they deserve.
Pat Finegan
365   Posted 11/04/2012 at 17:52:11

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If we win, I'm legitimately unsure of what I'll do. I might fall on the ground and cry, might run around my apartment, I have no idea. My friends (very few football supporters among them as I live in the US) don't get it. I can't sit still, can't focus on a conversation, trying to get people to hang out on Friday to take my mind off the game.

It's such a high level of stress that I just want it to be over. I want us to humiliate them. 1-0 would be fine but I hope it's 4 or 5. After the 2 derbies this season, nothing would make me happier than to see us win at Wembley.
Paul Ferry
376   Posted 11/04/2012 at 18:16:06

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Jimmy Sorheim, no one is listening, change the old record FFS, I really think that you are doing some serious damage to your credibility right now. For one, your views seem old-hat to me.

Like you, I am no lover of Moyes, but something good is happening right now, and only gobshites would not give credit where credit is due. In equal proportion to the terrible mistakes he was making before Xmas (and after for a while) that left many of us thinking what on earth is going on, Moyes is making good choices and correct decisions for now, and he and his team should be getting nothing but plaudits and true blue backing.

I simply don't understand you at times. Do yourself a favour mate, and stay off these boards until Sunday. If we lose, you can revert to type; if we win, gives Moyes and his team a big fucking slap on the back, drink loads, and be happy and bright.

For me, I hover between some sort of lovely euphoric image of blue destiny and red dismay and Nick's completely understandable pragmatism based on experience. 6:30am in Chicago Saturday, drinking champagne and eating bacon sarnies. COYB.

I'm so jealous of all of you hitting the road to Wembley, do us all proud, sing loud and proud, have a great day, can't wait to see you all on the box, and hear you.
Howard Don
378   Posted 11/04/2012 at 18:27:15

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Rob Teo - don't get me wrong Rob, anyone who goes with me knows I'm the ultimate worrier. Two - nil up with five minutes to go and I'm a nervous wreck every time the opposition gets the ball. So yes getting more and more twitchy by the minute. However that's not the same as being negative.

Drew O'Neall
383   Posted 11/04/2012 at 18:38:05

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Lightning's crackling through my veins and there's a prickly feeling in my fingers like I could summon fire.. God I hope our players feel the same.. If they do we'll bury them in London.
Conor Skelly
384   Posted 11/04/2012 at 18:06:22

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Lovely piece, Matt & thanks also to Sam for posting a great YouTube link to perfectly compliment what I had just read.

Okay, so almost there. Since the draw was made I have been overcome with anticipation. with excitement but nerves, with hope yet doubt, with confidence but at the same time fear. My thirst for all things Everton has been stepped up a notch with ToffeeWeb getting hit each morning when I arrive in the office, even before Facebook, which is generally the default setting in my Google search.

I''m 26 and remember the 95' cup run well. I appreciated the importance then. This dwarfs everything I have ever experienced as a Evertonian. This is the biggest game of my living memory. This is us against them, the devil, the slimy, disrespectful, everything you could possibly dislike about anything dickheads.

This to my mind, is the closet thing to a good against evil showdown that I have experienced up to this point in my life. All the good emotions I have mentioned above like, excitement, hope and confidence are blue and all the bad ones are red.

I hate Liverpool. I hate everything about them. So much, that I would gladly see them perish because if they did we would become even greater. We share everything with them. They divided the city all those years ago to become our bastard offspring and they have been causing us nothing but shit ever since.Imo if it wasn't for them we would be the greatest football team in the world for so many different reasons, namely a full city of support. All they have won is because of us so make that 27 league titles thank you very much because we fucking started it!

I don't know what will happen on the pitch come Saturday ? it's impossible to predict. But, for me, the football is a means of expressing something much bigger and more profound than kicking a ball into a net. Football or any kind of sport is merely a civilized means of settling old scores, of which we have a few.

I hope this Saturday, win or lose, we shout and proudly sing the name Everton louder and clearer than they shout theirs. Oh and Anichebe doesn't start. COYB
Barry Rathbone
385   Posted 11/04/2012 at 18:55:07

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"I have had dreams and I have had nightmares, but I have conquered my nightmares because of my dreams."


It is time.

Ian Glassey
389   Posted 11/04/2012 at 18:07:49

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My nerves are going thinking about this game. I hate derby games anyway, but this is the big one. I look at are team and think we are stronger in all area,s, the only position i cant pick is left midfield.. So over to you Davie, I am 63yrs old and have been going to the games since i was 9 and i think we owe them one. Cant wait for Friday my case is packed, train, hotel booked.... COYB.
Gerry Grimes
390   Posted 11/04/2012 at 19:12:49

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Matt,
Great post.
Ken O'Doherty hit the post for UCD against Everton in 1984 , not Joe Hanrahan.
Another League of Ireland connection , Brad Jones played a couple of games for Shelbourne on loan from Boro in 2001. He was involved in a 6-4 win .
Stephen Sullivan
393   Posted 11/04/2012 at 19:23:14

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I believe their rookie goalkeeper gives us a big advantage. Okay, there is always the chance he might have a blinder but I don't think so. He looked very, very nervous last night. He will be having nightmares about giving a penalty away again. He has never played a game for them so has no real understanding with their back four.

Dalglish made a huge statement by choosing Doni ahead of him which effectively said "You're my worst keeper son!" He is the only player on show with no big game experience and this game, of all games, will test the nerves of any player. He will be shakimng like a leaf and as white as a ghost at the start.

Their defenders will inevitably try to protect him which just has to unbalance their team. Just one mistake in the first few minutes and panic will set in.

The goalkeeper situation is the most crucial and they will be having kittens every time we attack or get a free kick or corner.

It just has to be destiny that they lost two keepers on the build up to the final. I have never known them have anything but a full strength team in a final?
Jim Lloyd
395   Posted 11/04/2012 at 19:20:30

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I just hope that for all Evertonians, especially those making the trip to Wembley, once, just once, we get the rub of the green and lady luck smiles on us.

I've been to too many matches where we've played well and ended up beaten. The Clive Thomas Show, The Hands sen Milk Cup, and god knows how many more, The Hutchinson's arse incident, Clattenburg's totally unbiased showing foer them at Goodison. Yep. I'm a pessimist and I'll probably bugger off up the hills till its all over.

Just don't brag about what we're going to do, leave that to the red jessies. I'm sure those going to the match will do Everton royally proud in front of the nation.

Someone said earlier on, that so much as gone wrong for them, well I'm not going to finish his sentence.

To all those going to Wembley, have a fantastic time, you'll do us proud and once, JUST ONCE, get the breaks.
Good Luck Blues,
Jim Lloyd
397   Posted 11/04/2012 at 19:37:23

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Ian, Just seen your post mate. You've seen some great sides in your time. I'll be hoping you see the Blues on Saturday able to hold their heads up with the best of them.
Gerry Quinn
398   Posted 11/04/2012 at 19:42:13

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Table from Januray 1st onwards....I wish!

Manchester United 13 11 1 1 29 10 34
Newcastle United 14 9 2 3 24 17 29
Manchester City 14 8 2 4 22 11 26
Everton 16 7 5 4 20 14 26
Arsenal 13 8 1 4 28 15 25
Sunderland 15 7 3 5 20 19 24
Chelsea 14 6 5 3 19 14 23
Fulham 14 7 2 5 23 18 23
Norwich City 14 6 3 5 18 18 21
Tottenham Hotspur 15 5 5 5 22 18 20
Swansea City 13 6 1 6 17 18 19
West Bromwich Albion 14 5 2 7 20 17 17
Stoke City 14 4 4 6 12 15 16
Bolton Wanderers 13 5 1 7 13 23 16
Blackburn Rovers 14 4 2 8 17 29 14
Wigan Athletic 13 3 4 6 13 20 13
Aston Villa 13 2 6 5 13 20 12
Liverpool 14 3 3 8 16 21 12
Queens Park Rangers 13 3 2 8 17 23 11
Wolverhampton Wndrs 13 1 2 10 13 36 5
Andrew Fair
403   Posted 11/04/2012 at 19:33:27

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That video is brilliant! I just tweeted it to Neville, Cahill, Distin and Heitenga! If they didn't know what it meant to us before, they will now! Moyes should play that before they go out!
Dean Adams
410   Posted 11/04/2012 at 19:51:19

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Not only do we have our "secret weapon" available, we have the inform "supersub" and most importantly we have a guy who just never ends up on the losing team anymore. The stars have aligned in our favour, this is "Everton time " and long may it last!!
Peter Mills
411   Posted 11/04/2012 at 19:54:31

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Blood is blue, it only turns red when it meets oxygen, outside the body. So everybody in that stadium on Saturday will have blue blood coursing through their veins.

We have a match to win against inferior opponents. That's all.
Anthony Flack
413   Posted 11/04/2012 at 20:04:45

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God this is hard, I was trying to explain to a Villa fan how much it means to beat the RS, he didn't get it at all, a RS colleague ( from Walsall) hopes its a good game and the best team wins, clearly he does not get it at all. I pray we destroy and humiliate the mosning, crowing kopites, I want to see the faces of Gerrard and his cronies ruined by full time.

Come on do it, hard to imagine a better chance or better support.
Ray Said
416   Posted 11/04/2012 at 20:19:31

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The speech Moyes should give is to repeat the words of Al Pacino from Any Given Sunday;

'I don't know what to say really.
Three minutes to the biggest battle of our professional lives
all comes down to today.
Either we heal
as a team or we are going to crumble.
Inch by inch
play by play
till we're finished.
We are in hell right now, gentlemen
believe me
and
we can stay here
and get the shit kicked out of us
or
we can fight our way
back into the light.
We can climb out of hell.
One inch, at a time.

Now I can't do it for you.
I'm too old.
I look around and I see these young faces
and I think
I mean
I made every wrong choice a middle age man could make.
I uh....
I pissed away all my money
believe it or not.
I chased off
anyone who has ever loved me.
And lately,
I can't even stand the face I see in the mirror.

You know when you get old in life
things get taken from you.
That's, that's part of life.
But,
you only learn that when you start losing stuff.
You find out that life is just a game of inches.
So is football.
Because in either game
life or football
the margin for error is so small.
I mean
one half step too late or to early
you don't quite make it.
One half second too slow or too fast
and you don't quite catch it.
The inches we need are everywhere around us.
They are in ever break of the game
every minute, every second.

On this team, we fight for that inch
On this team, we tear ourselves, and everyone around us
to pieces for that inch.
We CLAW with our finger nails for that inch.
Cause we know
when we add up all those inches
that's going to make the fucking difference
between WINNING and LOSING
between LIVING and DYING.

I'll tell you this
in any fight
it is the guy who is willing to die
who is going to win that inch.
And I know
if I am going to have any life anymore
it is because, I am still willing to fight, and die for that inch
because that is what LIVING is.
The six inches in front of your face.

Now I can't make you do it.
You gotta look at the guy next to you.
Look into his eyes.
Now I think you are going to see a guy who will go that inch with you.
You are going to see a guy
who will sacrifice himself for this team
because he knows when it comes down to it,
you are gonna do the same thing for him.

That's a team, gentlemen
and either we heal now, as a team,
or we will die as individuals.
That's football guys.
That's all it is.
Now, whattaya gonna do?
David Hallwood
419   Posted 11/04/2012 at 20:17:18

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Everything's going in our favour- we are in the best form of the season playing some great football, in contrast to the RS who's form is relegation fodder, and their 1st & 2nd goalies are both suspended.

So why am I dreading Saturday's game? because they seem to have a hoodoo on us, and they know how to win the important games (and next Saturday's game is more important to DogLeash than Moyes job wise).

Remember 2 seasons ago; like now we were in the form of our lives beating Man U Chelsea etc and we come up against a distincly average RS and got beat 1-0. Sorry to be so pessimistic but Ill will watch it probably from behind the settee
Nick Entwistle
433   Posted 11/04/2012 at 21:37:02

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Bit tough on Jimmy there Mike, he did win most positive Norwegian person three years running.
Paul Johnson
434   Posted 11/04/2012 at 21:10:24

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If my Internet usage was being monitored in work I would be facing the sack. I am not sleeping and my stomach is in knots.

I have 40 plus years of derby experience so I know were the doom mongerers are coming from.

But what I do know is that this is the worst Liverpool team I have come across, as long as we have belief we will beat this shower of shite .

COYB.
James Flynn
470   Posted 12/04/2012 at 02:32:44

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Take it from the Yank just 3 seasons in, we're better than them and have much more to play for that that bunch.

Curiously, no one's mentioning the effect on our boys at the Toffee supporters' fury at the result against them a few weeks ago.

Really, ladies and gents? Our players didn't get in the ear about being wiped the floor with by them recently?

They know.

Everton 2 - Liverpool 0.

At a minimum. We're crushing these bastards.
Paul Ferry
473   Posted 12/04/2012 at 03:10:26

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Great stuff, Nick mate.
Terry Fearn
481   Posted 12/04/2012 at 07:06:04

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Once again, the Blues are contesting an FA Cup Semi-Final. We have all enjoyed the ups and downs of the Blues over the seasons and we are all hoping for the right result.

I am going through the same emotions as ever, wanting us to win at a canter (eg, Elland Road 1995) and expecting us to fail heroically (eg, Maine Road, 1977).

We know the players we have are capable of winning on Saturday and going on to win the Final. I just want the Blues to produce a performance worthy of this great club and hopefully win the game.

I can't be at Wembley on Saturday, work prevents my attendance. My son, Graeme, will be there and I will have to follow the game via the web!

I won't be thinking about much more than the match between now and Saturday, I'am sure there are plenty of Blue fans feeling the same.

I deep down feel that this is going to be our year, we are playing well and have a team that believes in itself.

So come on you Blue boys, play your hearts out and come away from Wembley with a famous win under your belts!!!

Sam Morrison
494   Posted 12/04/2012 at 09:04:06

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Though I think too much was being made of it, I'm happy to see Moyes has addressed Dalgleish's 'conspiracy' bullshit:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2012/apr/11/everton-davis-moyes-liverpool-referees
Scott Hamilton
512   Posted 12/04/2012 at 10:06:01

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A great article Matt.

I haven't felt this nervous about a semi since I watched Brokeback Mountain...
Jamie Barlow
513   Posted 12/04/2012 at 10:08:28

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I felt okay about Saturday until I watched that YouTube video.

Now I'm shitting bricks.

Great video though.
James Stewart
522   Posted 12/04/2012 at 10:24:49

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Our biggest danger is Moyes reverting into coward mode.

For probably the first time in a decade I actually think we have more genuine quality than them and the last thing we should do is get into a slug fest and risk anyone getting sent off.

We need a highly disciplined performance. Especially from the likes of Fellaini, Cahill, Heitinga etc.
We need to keep the ball and let Gibson dictate the play.
Scott Hamilton
530   Posted 12/04/2012 at 11:17:31

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/17687524

Rats leaving a sinking ship (I hope)!
Howard Don
533   Posted 12/04/2012 at 10:24:57

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Gees, I just watched that Al Pacino speech on youtube, and at 62, ten and a half stone, with dodgy knees, if Moysie needs me, I'm ready to run straight through Carragher et al for 90 mins.
Bobby Thomas
534   Posted 12/04/2012 at 11:21:53

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As the keeper of the eternal flame of truth, Saint Kenneth Dalglish has rightly highlighted that, obviously, theres a massive, intricate conspiracy against Liverpool.

It appears that shockingly, even Comolli was in on it as well.

The useless twat.
Amit Vithlani
535   Posted 12/04/2012 at 11:17:11

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The shite are developing a siege mentality. Kenny is moaning about refs being against them and some of the post match comments post Tuesday from the players suggest likewise.

They are not talking about football. Its mind games, which suggests that they know we will beat them if we are right in our heads.

We need to stay calm, play our own game and let them worry about us. If they find themselves on the backfoot for much of the game then the siege mentality will disappear and be replaced by pressure and fear.

No need for us to go flying in to challenges, this is not the 80's, the game has changed and Webb doesn't take shit (especially from JH).

COYB, play these fuckers off the park.
Mike Hughes
536   Posted 12/04/2012 at 11:32:04

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BREAKING NEWS - Commoli's departed from LFC. NOT Dalglish.
According to the BBC, this strengthens KK's position. YEEEEEES!
Kenny's here to stay! Happy days!
Bobby Thomas
537   Posted 12/04/2012 at 11:30:02

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Great Pacino speech that isnt it Howard?

THE SIX INCHES, IN FRONT OF YA FACE!!!!

Now, I can't make you do it.........
Stephen Kenny
541   Posted 12/04/2012 at 11:47:02

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I've been ready for years Howard.

I hate that crying twat Carragher. The closest I've got was megging his brother and then going right through him when our school tonked them in the M'side cup.
Steve King
556   Posted 12/04/2012 at 13:00:18

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I felt sick the moment David Vaughan (an old schoolmate of mine) suddenly forgot how to play football, or even stand up for that matter!!
That was when it hit me that this Derby was actually going to happen.............and I will hate every second of it......until the final whistle. Even if we are 5-0 up with 5 minutes to go I wont be able to relax.
I can barely breathe when we play against the shite....I hate them.....everything about them.

A few weeks back I was in Hong Kong and I woke up at 3am to watch the Derby at Anfield. For some reason I had allowed myself to believe we could win it......"I'm not going to make that mistake again" I said, and yet for some reason I find myself once again believing that we can do it! Why? Fuck knows.....I guess just like every other Blue I'm a gluten for punishment.

I think I just shit my pants

Please Everton

Please!!
Chris Fisher
563   Posted 12/04/2012 at 13:44:01

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I feel physically sick. I was fine until this morning, then all of a sudden it just got me. My work mates think I'm ill cos I have hardly uttered a word all day and apparently 'look like I've seen a ghost'. I just want to beat them and see Everton win the FA Cup this season more than I can ever remember wanting anything!!

I can't relax; I hate watching games like this because through the whole game I'm a nervous wreck. During the FA Cup semi-final against Man Utd a couple of seasons ago, I actually had to leave my seat and go and be sick before returning to watch us win on pens... but this is even worse!!!

This is against them horrible shits and I would literally give anything to see us win. If we play to our best ability and go at them with no fear, we can walk this game because they really are the worst Liverpool team I have seen for a very long time.
Nick Entwistle
565   Posted 12/04/2012 at 14:13:15

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See Liverpool are appealing Doni's ban, which will do Jones' confidence the world of good.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/17675521
James Martin
569   Posted 12/04/2012 at 14:23:02

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That will get overturned and will be the start of Liverpool's unnatural luck this weekend.
Jamie Barlow
574   Posted 12/04/2012 at 14:32:35

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Doesn't an appeal mean he can play?

I thought if you appeal a sending off, he can play the next game but you're at risk of losing him for an additional game if it fails (4 game ban)?
Tony I'Anson
579   Posted 12/04/2012 at 14:52:01

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Trust Everton gets a mention in the last paragraph. http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/fa-league-cups/fa-cup-semifinal-merseyside-united-again-7637426.html
Tony J Williams
584   Posted 12/04/2012 at 15:20:25

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There is a decision today Jamie.

It was a no-brainer really, If he gets a longer ban, they won't care because Reina will be back after the semi final.

I see they are trying to suggest he wan't the last man, not that it wasn't a foul.....correct me if I am wrong, it is not the last man issue, it's denying a clear goalscoring opportunity isn't it?
Phil Bellis
587   Posted 12/04/2012 at 15:29:27

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Nice one, Ray

And follow it up with the video of one of the most famous diatribes in football

The Golden Gordon speech
"Short's don't matter - d'you hear?..."
Manager, Barnstoneworth Utd, 1935
Brian Waring
604   Posted 12/04/2012 at 16:45:40

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I hope they do appeal the ban, and Doni can play, as a Shite supporter mate said "Doni getting banned was a bonus, because he is so fucking shite, its unbelievable" He sais he would rather Jones played.
Steve King
606   Posted 12/04/2012 at 16:50:52

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Doni appeal has been turned down
Matt Traynor
635   Posted 12/04/2012 at 18:12:06

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Indeed it was turned down, but they should've gotten an extra ban for a "frivolous appeal" - as the fucking rules allow for.

With that, and not getting special dispensation for drafting in a keeper on loan, Kenny must be apoplectic.

Still, on the day when Comolli left, Queen Kenny was at pains to stress that all the signings brought in were his.

Hopefully we can get revenge for their chants at the Derby last month, as our players are doing a lap of honour after a thumping victory, to implore Fenway to sign him up for life.

As if any of them would still be in the stadium to witness it, ungracious twunts.
Denis Byrne
640   Posted 12/04/2012 at 18:20:09

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oh god oh god oh god. Ray and Tom, adore the pacino speech, and go through them all in derby build up, just to enhance the freakin madness. Try Jim Telfers 1997 Lions speeches, magnificent. Lets hope Moyesy takes notes from big Jim. "To win for the toffees in a derby is the ultimate". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wc3S6iGmUjI&feature=relmfu
Sam Hoare
641   Posted 12/04/2012 at 18:38:04

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If we somehow lose on saturday without having managed to put Jones under some serious pressure from crosses and some shots outside the box then i will be furious.

Think its all going to come down to that midfield battle, if Gibson, Fellaini and Cahill have good games then we can beat the fuckers!!

ps
I think i had a panic attack last night in bed thinking about it. I couldn't sleep for hours and felt quite sick.
Brian Cleveland
642   Posted 12/04/2012 at 17:31:51

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James May said 2 - 1 to Everton with a late goal, so there we are then, we can all stop worrying now and come out from behind the sofa!
Trevor Lynes
644   Posted 12/04/2012 at 18:41:06

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That Liverpool team we beat when Bally scored THE goal was a vastly superior team than the present side.

Unfortunately in Derby games the form book goes out of the window and too much tension and nerves come to the fore.

We cannot start with Drenthe and he must be kept as a weapon to be brought on if we are behind or drawing with 20 minutes to go.

The lad will lose his head in the fever pitch of playing in a game with so much at stake.

Start with Maggy, he is cool and will not get caught up in the 'mayhem'....I am really afraid that Drenthe, Cahill and Felli are likely to get booked early doors.

Let Liverpool lose their heads and lets just keep it as cool as possible...no stupid challenges and no headless chicken stuff.

We need calm, cool professionals and not get involved too much.
Bren Connor
648   Posted 12/04/2012 at 18:53:24

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Sam Morrison 188 ... And what about a new version of this vid (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MouftQ7cjAc). Fantastic scenes round St.George's hall, and where are the flats at 0.50? COYB
Our Day Will Come.
Kevin Day
656   Posted 12/04/2012 at 19:34:04

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Just like to echo most peoples thoughts on here about the little match on the weekend, i'm nervous one minute, fidgity the next and then feel confident were going to bring that shite down in a blaze of glory!!!!!! someone mentioned on another thread the other day about breaking into a chorus of "mersyside mersyside mersyside" after the minutes silence. I think a more fitting chant would be "rhysey jones rhysey jones rhysey jones" I think it would be quite fitting.
Dan Forde
659   Posted 12/04/2012 at 19:38:21

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Come on, blue boys, believe me, they're there for the taking. We're going to win and we are going to win well.

Don't worry lads, Labby will motivate the dressing room and Bally will be running down that tunnel with the lads. Dixie will be out there on the pitch. Harry Catterick will be in the stands and all our granddads will be behind him.

Remember there are two Liverbirds and one of them is a blue and he whistles the Johnny Todd that rolls up the Mersey to Goodison for the boys in the Royal Blue Jerseys. COYB
Eddie Tully
689   Posted 12/04/2012 at 22:02:34

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Excellent article Matt............Our father, which heart in Goodson, hallowed be thy name, thy semi final come, thy reds will be done, at wembley as it will be in Goodson, give us this day the fa cup, and forgive our last encounter as we forgive those thugs against us, and lead us into victory, deliver us from kopites, for Goodson is our kingdom, for power and for glory, forever and ever, Everton!!! COYB...
(Stolen from Facebook)
Jamie Sweet
704   Posted 12/04/2012 at 23:27:40

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I see the reds appealed the Doni sending off but it got turned down.

The fact they appealed says to me there is very little confidence in Jones.

Like many have said above, I can't sleep for thinking about the game. No way I'll be hiding behind my sofa though, because if we do beat them, and I believe we have a very very good chance, then I wouldn't want to miss it for the world!

Can't sleep, but crickey my lavatory stops have already increased tenfold. In the words of one great philosopher whose name escapes me right now... "I'm so excited, I need to do a poo!"
Colin Wainwright
705   Posted 12/04/2012 at 23:47:59

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Amen brother Eddie.
Matt Byrne
708   Posted 12/04/2012 at 23:28:02

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Glad the call to arms went down well. I think we need to remind our Assistant Manager that Everton Football Club are, in the words of Brian Labone, ''The biggest and the best'' (after Mr Round lavished praise on Liverpool today, perhaps showing he comes from a small club background ? Middlesbrough etc).

Sure, Liverpool have an impressive history, but this largely started in the mid-60s. Everton's history of success and greatness is interwowen through all of the football ages with triumphant sides in the 19th century, before the First World War, 20s and 30s, 60s and 80s.

Names like Dean, Lawton, Mercer, Sagar & TG Jones from the 30s; Ball, Young, Wilson, Vernon & Labone from the 60s; Reid, Gray, Southall & Steven from the 80s ? can more than match Liverpool's past player pedigree.

Prior to Shankly, I think Billy Liddell would be the only player most fans could name as a great of the game. My dad told me that when he was a lad and visited Anfield, it was a total dump! What they got up to with their echo at the back of the Kop is legendary whilst he said he could remember the loose tiles on the top of their ancient old main stand hangling off the roof and rattling in the wind.

Contrast to magnificent Goodison Park, proud enough to hold the 1966 World Cup semi-final. Compare the grace and guile of the School of Science with the rough clogging of Tommy Smith; the artistry and silk of the Golden Vision with the rough and tumble of Ron Yeats. So, Mr Round, IF YOU KNOW YOUR HISTORY... we are the biggest and the best and always will be!

I think you all enjoyed my gathering of Blues derby goals in the original post! To keep us all cheering, here is collection #2!
  • Think back to August '84 and Bracewell's debut in the Charity Shield with the Toffees cheering 'Ole!' as we kept the ball and they chased our blue shadows.
  • Think back to Wayne Clarke spoiling their record and Gary Stevens knocking them out of the League Cup at Anfield.
  • Good old Tony Cottee bringing us back from the brink not once, but twice and waving Dalglish away!
  • Beardsley's drive past Hooper was the first time we had come from behind to win in years.
  • And who could forget Danny Cadamarteri turning them inside out in '97!
  • Think of Duncan's towering header in Big Joe's first game and that brilliant goal on the turn with his left foot and spinning his shirt and flashing the 9 tattoo as he lashed it into the Park End net.
  • What about the Lee Carsley piley-on?
  • AJ holding up 3 fingers for tree-nil.
  • Think of all Tim Cahill's goals (there will be another on Saturday) and...
  • Mikel smacking it in last season!
Come on you Blues! We can do and we will do it!
James Flynn
719   Posted 13/04/2012 at 01:46:34

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Trevor (644) - Consider the form book thrown. We're thrashing these motherfuckers.
Sreekumar Raman
721   Posted 13/04/2012 at 03:27:08

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Restless since yesterday ,Have to get over with this game. Created atleast 10 new fans for Everton and taking them to FUTNIK sports bar in EBISU JAPAN/Tokyo. Let me know any body from tokyo here interested in joining.
COYB.
Matthew Lim
723   Posted 13/04/2012 at 03:32:38

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I am confident that the 11 MEN in blue will do their best against those boys in red! Will be traveling and will miss the match but my heart tells me that David's men will emerge victorious! COYB!
Dave Long
725   Posted 13/04/2012 at 04:48:44

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Raman...might see you in footniks with my family of Evertonians. That place will be full of Japanese reds.....

Oh Everton, give us this glorious opportunity to smile like fucking lunatics for the rest of the week.

To Let my kids wear their Everton shirts amongst the Chelsea, Barce, United, Liverpool japanese sheep with renewed pride.

Let my Texan wife see that we are winners and not eternal second placers... let the good times roll again.

Tell me ma.....
Sreekumar Raman
728   Posted 13/04/2012 at 06:35:14

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Dave,
My mobile no is 819039656516. Ping me.
John Keating
729   Posted 13/04/2012 at 06:46:00

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Perfect day:
RS have battered us for 90 mins hit the woodwork 17 times. Blues hoof it out for the 8,000th time. It hits Jelavic, who is at least 12 yards offside, on the arse and whizzes past Stevie G La who has been playing in goal since Jones was sent off in the first minute.

1-0 win: Dog face and Carra whipped off to Broadmoor in straight jackets.
Jarrod Prosser
737   Posted 13/04/2012 at 08:09:41

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People have focused on Jones in goal for the reds, but not on the impact that will have on the players around him. I was lucky enough to train with Brad in my younger days, and he is a good keeper. Not Reina, but he's no slouch. He's an a-grade shot stopper, but he isn't great in the air & his distribution is generally woeful for a permier league keeper.

This gives us two advantages - the fullbaks will have to defend a lot more to stop crosses coming in. I'm personally alot happier with Johnson & Enrique defending rather than coming at us. Also, the drop in distribution (from Reina inpaticular) means that we can't get caught on the counter. For all their ball playing abilities, Pienaar, Felli & Gibson aren't exactly hares around the pitch. A slower pace will suit them.
Joe Clitherow
744   Posted 13/04/2012 at 08:57:58

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John Keating (729) not my perfect day, (sitting in LVB 106)

I don't want some scrawpy 1-0 where people say we were lucky and didn't deserve it as some kind of tit for tat..

I want '95 again. I want us to pass them off the park and humiliate them in front of anyone watching. I want us to show we are the better team because i think we are.

I want to see a sea of blue and the odd red shirt dotted around with 15 mins to go. Light triumphs over Dark.

Gibson shackles Gerrard while Felli and Jelli destroy them.

COYB
Dave Long
756   Posted 13/04/2012 at 10:06:59

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Raman, cheers, you will see us in there. 2 little guys and one bigger guy in Everton shirts......my wife will be in civvys. Lets make our Gladys st in Tokyo ..Come on Everton, let me go singing the blues into the Tokyo night.......
Phil Bellis
758   Posted 13/04/2012 at 10:16:34

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Matt (708) Spot on, when I was a kid, my Dad always refererred to "that lot" as Liddellpool.

I wish I could remember who said this (or similar) and where I read it:
"The history of Everton Football Club is the history of Association football in Britain"

Dan (659) Got something in my eye while reading that; nice one

Scott Hamilton
759   Posted 13/04/2012 at 10:47:02

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The BBC's Phil McNulty On Twitter:

"Everton - and this might even apply to manager David Moyes - may need to overcome a psychological barrier to beat Liverpool. Not yet convinced Everton really believe they can beat Liverpool in a game like this. What an opportunity to prove they can."

I think this the biggest concern for most of us. Our fans know they're shite. I think deep-down the RS even know they're shite. But if we show them too much respect or give them too much space then it is all over.

Attack, attack, attack!!! From the kick-off, hit a long shot at Rob Jones. Don't let him clear any balls comfortably. Don't give their players any time on the ball.

Let's make them look like the bunch of cunts us and the rest of the world already knows them to be! COYB!
Howard Don
761   Posted 13/04/2012 at 10:45:15

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Dan (659) I got the same something in my eye that Phil did there. Love the idea of a ghostly army of Blue Grandads in the stands, how can we lose?

Funny thing in a way part of them will be there inside us. My Grandad, (born in Everton, played for St Saviour's) when sitting in his chair or seat, would often make an involuntary kicking movement when there was a tackle or a shot about to be made. Sitting in my seat in the Main Stand I find myself unconsciously starting to do the same thing.

So, in a way, we carry them with us.
James Morgan
764   Posted 13/04/2012 at 10:29:03

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I can just picture the gladiator esque walk down the tunnel, stepping out from the shadows and in to the sunlight, the roar of 90,000 fans. It sends shivers down my spine!
"On my signal, unleash hell!"

I hope to God Fellaini bosses Gerrard in midfield and even embarrasses him with the Zidane pirouette.
The kopites are in bullish mood on talk sport, one even claiming they will do us down the wings with Bellamy or Downing. Hang on, I thought one of the reasons Carroll wasn't scoring was because they were playing down the middle too much and weren't crossing the ball enough?
Dream on scum! COYB!
Chris Leyland
769   Posted 13/04/2012 at 11:16:33

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Let's finally show these bobble-hat wearing, scarf waving, glory-hunting, sanctimonious, arrogant, badge-encrusted, sour-faced, racist-loving, DJ-beating, cheating, conning, referee-influencing, shameless, self-pitying, arrogant, know-nothing, spawn-merchants that we aren't in their fucking shadows, that we are better than them that we aren't scared of them, that it is Everton, that is THE club that represents this City and once again is on the rise, that we have nothing to fear, that we will beat them without the need to resort to their levels, and finally .... we don't care what the redshite say!
Ray Said
782   Posted 13/04/2012 at 12:07:40

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Matt Byrne (708). Round was lavishing praise on the RS instead of pumping up our boys.

He also mentioned in an earlier interview how 'he heard our fans singing Z-Cars and it made the hairs stand up on the back of his neck'. I think he got his songs mixed up as Z-Cars (known to the fans as Johnny Todd) is quite hard to sing unless you have a bagpipe up your arse?

I suggest Mr Round does a bit of research into the club that pays his wages. He would learn what a glorious thing it is to be a Blue Boy and would adopt the appropriate air of superiority.
Trevor Lynes
853   Posted 13/04/2012 at 16:15:46

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Phil # 758.... the phrase 'Liddellpool' was coined by the Liverpool Echo when it was a very apt saying. Liddell was the best winger I ever saw at Liverpool and was actually picked to represent the British team that played the Uefa side... he was originally a Scot but lived in Huyton. He finished up a JP.

As an avid young fan of Everton, I actually feared Liddell as he was very fast and direct with a cannonball shot... eg, he broke the forearm of Hugo Ugolini who was the goalkeeper for Middlesbro' when he saved a Liddell penalty. He carried Liverpool throughout his career with them.
Joe Clitherow
868   Posted 13/04/2012 at 16:54:28

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Ray (852)

No, Round was right. It was Z-Cars (and it is of course our song because it is also colloquially known as "The Boys in Blue" as well as its original folk song name of "Johnny Todd")

But it wasn't *exactly* being sung, more every blue near me was giving it the "Der der der.." for all they were worth.

All this kidology about favourites etc won't mean a carrot when the whistle goes, I wouldn't worry about it.
Tony Cheek
901   Posted 13/04/2012 at 18:46:19

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Heaven or hell tomorrow then! We know how good we CAN play (v, Sunderland), but we also know how bad as well (any game before January). Hopefully we have turned the corner, for this season at least and will show the RS how to play. The one thing that we will have to watch is their ability to create a chance with two passes from there own penalty box.( i.e. v Wigan). So if Baines is up in attack someone has to watch for the counter. Think Bellamy is a "joker" for them, but dont expect him to start.
Will be watching the game at the local SPORTS BAR surrounded by RS fans, PLEASE GET IT RIGHT MOYESY.....COYB
Tony Cheek
903   Posted 13/04/2012 at 18:58:19

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Brilliant Chris Leyland...by the way!
Mark Riding
905   Posted 13/04/2012 at 19:05:48

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Chris #769.. Im sure you must have forgotten something !
Bobby Thomas
913   Posted 13/04/2012 at 19:31:03

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Something about walls maybe?
David Booth
927   Posted 13/04/2012 at 19:48:51

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Just got my ticket at 5.00pm tonight - although would have been leaving home at 5.00am tomorrow anyway to try and get one - so my head's swimming with anticipation right now.

But aside from all the usual heady mixture of excitement and nervousness, I am feeling more anger.

Let me explain.

I will be angry if we don't beat them and beat them convincingly tomorrow.

Although I appreciate the special nature of derby games, we are a better team, in better form and with significantly better players in virtually every position. Not just one or two, but eight or nine.

If they, individually - and collectively - do not realise that themselves and go into their usual underdog mode, I will be the angriest I have ever been in 46 years as an Evertonian.

This is by far THE worst liverpool team I have known and there is absolutely no reason whatsoever why we should concede the psychological high ground to them tomorrow.

Galvanised by John Heitinga, we have a formidable defence. They, characterised by the likes of Skirtel, do not and look extremely vulnerable.

In midfield of course, they have the redoubtable Gerrard and, much as I think he is a waning force, he is a significant threat - and knows he is - against us. However, with Gibson to hopefully keep an eye on him, Fellaini finally looks like the player we always wanted him to be, so I hope he will impose himself and pose an equal, if not superior, threat in the opposite direction. It has to be a two-way thing.

And then of course, there's our man Jelavic. What a signing. So while the despicable Suarez comes to nought against Johnny, wouldn't it just be the most enjoyable game ever if our new hero bagged a couple to win the game for us?

He is pure quality and have you noticed that the majority of his goals so far have been almost casual tap-ins... so much is the space he creates for himself?

Throw in Baines, the danger posed by Cahill (who, if you read rival fans' websites, is THE Everton player most of them fear) and even Osman (who is in the form of his life and has finally realised that if you shoot every now and again, you score every now and again) and defeat is NOT an option.

Why on earth should we lose to them? The only reason is that we are still, for some reason, frightened - not of them, but of their reputation. Sadly, to their credit, they realise this too. One can feel that they walk onto the pitch already with the upper hand.

If we allow that to happen tomorrow, then we will not prevail.

But if we believe and let them do the worrying for a change. We will win. And win handsomely.

So for once Mr Moyes, leave your admirable modesty and sportsmanship behind. Put our team in the right frame of mind and put them in their place from the minute we leave the dressing room.

Win it. Don't lose it.

If you do, it could shape the next five years or more for this current side.

Tomorrow is our biggest game since 1995, maybe even for more than quarter of a century or more.

Every Evertonian KNOWS we can and should win it. If the players share that belief, we will.
Oliver Molloy
935   Posted 13/04/2012 at 20:37:56

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For all the ifs & buts and pros and cons, 9 times out of 10 it will be the team who plays best who will win.

Come on, Davey Moyes and you Blues, we are better than this lot... and we owe them one... or two or three.

Everton to win; every neutral in the land are with us...
Stephen Sullivan
936   Posted 13/04/2012 at 20:40:35

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Watch this short video and BELIEVE!

http://youtu.be/4Pe6AYQos_Q

We have big game experience in abundance. World cups including a final. FA cup final. Even Jelavic has played in games even more tense and hostile than this and performed well. Most of our players took part in the FA cup semi final win over Man utd. A few played in the team that knocked Liverpool out of the FA cup quarter final not so long ago. Let's not forget that!

Inexperience and nerves are most likely through their team. No doubt they will be nervous and over-protective of their rookie goalie. Wembley is not the place to begin forging an understanding between goalkeeper and defense.

Imagine for a moment that we had our third choice keeper out there tomorrow? We would all fear the worst and be bemoaning our luck. Well, it's there rookie keeper so they will be exactly the same? We need to exploit that to the full.

WE ARE DESTINED TO WIN!!
Tom Fazal
953   Posted 13/04/2012 at 21:53:45

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Ray #782
I was there at Wembley against Man Utd and was one of those singing Z Cars - I didn't know it had words either, but along with thousands of Blues I sang 'der,der,der...' loud and proud.

I was in the second tier and it was vibrating as we jumped and danced about. The steward for our Section said he been at every game since the new Wembley opened and had never seen or heard anything like it. I will never forget it, close run thing with the Bayern evening for me, well worth the trip from Ottawa.

Makes the hairs on my neck stand up and brings a smile to my face even now.

Only watching on TV tomorrow, via the reflection in a mirror from behind the couch, but how I want to be singing again at the end.

Paul Ferry
974   Posted 13/04/2012 at 23:25:36

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hope you're feeling better Coxey. I'l be up bright and early in Chicago. Two bottles of champagne and bacon sarnies. Bricking it loads. I just want it to start. Can't remember being this nervous since extra time at Highbury. I hate these baby-eating, snot-guzzling, ownpee-drinking shower of shite so deeply. Grand old team goes on at 6AM - she wont be happy upstairs.
John Ford
975   Posted 14/04/2012 at 00:07:03

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'ownpee-drinkin'


yeeehah!
Tom Fazal
978   Posted 14/04/2012 at 00:26:16

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You do have a way with words, Paul. Bacon sarnies for me too at 7.30 in Ottawa - never thought about champagne but popping out to get some - bucks fizz will work - at least there is some fruit.
Dermot Ryan
012   Posted 14/04/2012 at 04:45:01

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I'm going to be watching this game in my sitting room in LA in the pitch dark with the sound off at 4:30 am. The first thing that is going to happen after the game is my 2 month old baby will wake up (at 6:30 am), followed shortly later by my 4-year old. I will not last the weekend if those fuckers win. Besides which, it will be a crime against all that is good in the universe. COYB. FTRS!

Shaun Brennan
014   Posted 14/04/2012 at 05:00:10

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5:30 start for me in the most boring city in the whole of the northern hemisphere = Calgary.

I'll be home for the final though.
Matthew Salem
027   Posted 14/04/2012 at 05:51:45

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I have nothing to contribute that has not already been said. But reading all these comments has certainly put shivers down my spine. Come on lads, we can only beat ourselves. We are superior to that shower of shite and it's long overdue that we go into the game with that mentality...
Thomas Lennon
033   Posted 14/04/2012 at 08:34:44

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Johnny Todd, he took a notion
For to cross the ocean wide
And he's left his own true love behind him
Walking by the Liverpool tide

For a week, she wept with sorrow
Tore her hair and wrung her hands
Till she met another handsome sailor
Walking by the Liverpool sands

Fair young maid are you a weeping
For your Johnny gone to sea
If you'll wed with me tomorrow
I will kind and constant be

I will buy you sheets and blankets
I'll buy you a wedding ring
You shall have a silver cradle
For to rock the baby in

Johnny Todd came home from sailing
Sailing on the ocean wide
And he's found his fair and false one
Was another sailor's bride

All young men who go a sailing
For to fight the foreign foe
Do not leave your own true love like johnny
Marry her before you go

Loud and clear at full time - COYB
Auntie Amy passed away yesterday and was a massive blue - send her on her way smiling
Alan Khan
037   Posted 14/04/2012 at 09:28:25

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BELIEVE....

Dave Long
038   Posted 14/04/2012 at 09:34:26

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In Tokyo for this one.....not a boring city! Might need a lawyer tomorrow to get me out of jail....win or lose...come on everton....my last game was the Wimbledon escape!! We need support like that day!!

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