I'm getting fed up with being happy with a top 6 finish, I think it's about time we went to the next level so I've set up a group on Facebook to hopefully make difference: it's called Toffeemen. It's been on Facebook since last July and I've tried everything to get the media to notice, I've been on the Facebook pages of the Daily Star, the Daily Mirror, Radio City 96.7, the Liverpool Echo and on the Sky Sports News Twitter page.
What I'm trying to do is to raise money to build a stadium and provide money for the manager. The fans who join the group would to give at least £20 (that's the starting point ? if you can afford to give more then go right a head) each. For example, say we have 100 million Everton fans around the world and they each gave £20, that would work out about £2 billon for the club to spend ? obviously the more you would give, the more money we would have. I'm not saying there's that many Everton fans around the world or on Facebook but we will never know how much of a global brand we are unless people join Toffeemen. The money will be put in a trust fund and the club would be able to use it anytime they like.
It wouldn't surprise us if what happened at the start of last season happened at the start of this season ? especially with the rumors going around about Baines, Fellaini and now Moyes. Firstly, I never said that Chairman Jackass (sorry, Bill Kenwright) would get to use the money ? all I said was the club would get it. I know that the football got a lot better in the second half of the season than it was in first half of the season.
This is my opinion on what's been going on at the club under Chairman Jackass (again, sorry, Bill Kenwright):
I was told by someone I know that Trevor Birch was sacked by Everton. He did not resign because he said to Kenwright that the way he was running the club wasn't sustainable and Kenwright didn't like what he was saying, so he told him where to go.
That's right, I'm bringing this up again; as long as we all agree that even though allegedly the meeting Kenwright had with the Blue Union was not allowed to broadcast in public doesn't mean what was said in that meeting isn't the truth and there are a few things he said to the BU that didn't make sense to me.
This is what he said about the takeover at Liverpool, and I quote Bill: "When was the last major sale of a football club?"
Bill: "No, No, No, No ? I said major sale; Liverpool weren't sold, they took over the debt."
Barry: "I'm sorry Bill, they have a new owner who never had a club; they were sold and now they're showing ambition"
Bill: "Okay, okay, I'm not arguing with you if you call that buying a football club, John W Henry and Tom Werner paid £300 millon pounds for Liverpool."
Barry: "Is it the ground Bill?"
Bill: "I don't get that, no...." [So there isn't a ground situation now ? and yet he keeps telling us the reason we haven't sold is because of the ground.]
Simon: "Can I just return to what Robert Elstone, again, said at the inquiry that none of the major shareholders shares were for sale, that you were looking for investment and were not selling the club?"
Bill answered, "Guys, I do not run the football club... the chairman doesn't run the football club; do you accept that football fans hear what they want hear?" [So what does he do at the club then sits there and play himself?]
Before all the Kenwright lovers out there starting saying "What do you want, do you want him to sell it to Venkys or someone like that?" ? No, I would like him to resign because I don't trust him to sell it to anyone because he almost sold it to a guy in a one-bedroom flat. My choice to take over the running of the club would be Lord Grantchester and if enough people join Toffeemen then he might be persuaded to become our new chairman.
I don't know if anyone remembers Bill asking Walter Smith for suggestions on who should be our next manager and Walter's suggestion was David Moyes. Someone said on Twitter yesterday that Kenwright's first choice after sacking Walter Smith was Gary Megson so, if it wasn't for Walter Smith's suggestion, who knows what would've happened in the last 10 years? ? Instead of us always challenging the top 6, we could've been in the Championship.
Here are a few Everton Supporters Clubs around the UK, some of the cities, towns and countries where Blues have grouped together:
Grimsby and Cleethorpes
London area (ESCLA)
South Coast Association (ESSCA)
Widnes and Runcorn area (ESCWARA)
Northern Ireland (ESCNI)
Isle Of Man
East Midlands (ESCEM)
East Sussex Area
Helsby and Frodsham
Kent WEST/Medway Area
Lancaster and Morecambe
North East Area
Stafford upon Avon
West Lancashire Blues
Gwynedd and Mon
North Gwent Blues
Central Eastern Europe
Everton Disabled Supporters Association
And people say we are not a global brand? It's amazing what you can learn when you do a bit of research...
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628 Posted 17/06/2012 at 17:38:49
- How effective has your publicity campaign been? [I'm guessing 'not very' ? beyond your Facebook 'likes'...]
- You'll give the money to the Club, but not to Bill Kenwright (childish names aside)... how's that gonna work exactly?
- Lord Grantchester has no interest in taking over control of Everton; he's a gentleman farmer... how are you going to persuade him to get involved? [It's not as if your £2 billion is anything he doesn't already have...]
- Do Facebook groups have the power you think they have?
- How much have you raised so far?
634 Posted 17/06/2012 at 18:16:27
In reply to your fifth point, could I suggest n-n-n-n-nineteen?
636 Posted 17/06/2012 at 18:34:24
250,000 possibly, who knows? But not one million let alone 100 million.
637 Posted 17/06/2012 at 18:40:04
639 Posted 17/06/2012 at 18:40:23
640 Posted 17/06/2012 at 18:46:57
643 Posted 17/06/2012 at 19:52:39
Here's the thing, John. Evertonains are passionate and committed... but they ain't daft!
675 Posted 17/06/2012 at 22:56:53
677 Posted 17/06/2012 at 23:17:34
Only ninety-nine million nine hundred ninety-nine thousand eight hundred seventy-four to go...
678 Posted 17/06/2012 at 23:20:23
681 Posted 17/06/2012 at 23:33:36
683 Posted 17/06/2012 at 23:57:28
Public hair fetish?
Pubic hair fetish.
Pissing predictive text .
693 Posted 18/06/2012 at 04:23:12
Maybe they could use your assistance in their campaign and you could pool your resources (ideas, publicity,money).
700 Posted 18/06/2012 at 07:28:54
John has a strong case here.
701 Posted 18/06/2012 at 07:45:30
One of the first things you have to do to run a business - and that is what you are aiming to do - run a raising business thru' Facebook - is to establish your own credibility.
Calling the Chairman, of the football club you aim to help, 'Jackass' does not in my book add up to your credibility.
So as admirable as your intentions are I shall tell you where I stand ' I'm out'.
753 Posted 18/06/2012 at 11:23:20
787 Posted 18/06/2012 at 13:49:50
789 Posted 18/06/2012 at 13:48:24
070 Posted 26/06/2012 at 18:34:08
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