My son turns six in January and up, until now, my idea was to take him to his first game when he turned seven, which was the age I first went to a game. I now am thinking I may take him to Blackburn at home as I cannot wait for his blue baptism. Any advice from my fellow Evertonians?
Mark Griffiths, Posted 15/12/2011 at 20:12:58
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1 Posted 16/12/2011 at 00:02:39
2 Posted 16/12/2011 at 00:12:47
3 Posted 16/12/2011 at 01:14:32
4 Posted 16/12/2011 at 02:44:27
Just don't fight over the it when you need to release your fustration.
5 Posted 16/12/2011 at 06:44:44
6 Posted 16/12/2011 at 07:11:09
Seriously, though, watching him get all excited when we scored (yeah, I know!) made me feel all proud and goose-bumpy.
And the laughs he got when he started chanting "the referee's a liar" when Rodwell was sent off almost (well, not really!) made up for it.
You just need to think of ways to release your frustration at the referee/the opposition/Hibbert/Osman that don't involve swearing - it's fucking hard, believe me!
7 Posted 16/12/2011 at 10:37:10
Best part of the day, was when we turned up early to show him the ground, we were waiting at the tunnell, Bill Kenwright walked past and my son said rather loudly ' who's that?'
8 Posted 16/12/2011 at 10:31:22
I reckon any match where there is likely to be a good atmosphere (rare I know these days) as it's the atmosphere that hooks them.
My son is now a committed Blue thankfully though I sometimes wonder what I let him in for!
9 Posted 16/12/2011 at 11:20:16
10 Posted 16/12/2011 at 12:02:47
11 Posted 16/12/2011 at 12:21:06
12 Posted 16/12/2011 at 12:42:24
13 Posted 16/12/2011 at 12:39:28
2nd December 1961 Everton 5 - Manchester United 1.
The only thing I remember about it was my dad's mate going home at half time after telling my dad we were in for a hiding (We were up 5-0 at half time) and the noise of the crowd being the most scary but fantastic thing I'd ever heard.
Apparently I wanted to go home when the Everton Mints ran out...
Take him - he'll remember it forever.
14 Posted 16/12/2011 at 13:38:50
Then again, it certainly is character building...
15 Posted 16/12/2011 at 13:43:33
16 Posted 16/12/2011 at 13:35:52
I took her to Everton One before the game and got her a new kit, which she insisted on putting on straight away, and then wouldn't put her coat back on as she wanted to show everyone her new shirt.
As we walked up the stairs from the concourse into the Upper Bullens her face was a picture of amazement, I still get the same buzz every home game as I walk up the stairs and to my seat. She sat excited on her seat as we observed the minutes applause for Gary Speed which might I say was amazing!
The game began and she sat patiently for a spark from the team or crowd... it wasn't to come, she began to fidget so out came the chocolate buttons to keep her entertained.
We got to half-time so I took her for a toilet break, to my suprise she was itching to get back to her seat to watch the second half. The same non-entertaining farce preceeded into the second half and again her concentration started to go... out came the Quavers to see us to full-time.
In the end it was a game to forget, but an occasion to remember; she's already telling everyone shes going with daddy to the football next week. I'm going to take her to the FA Cup game, hopefully we can give her something to cheer about, but no doubt she'll love it all the same!
17 Posted 16/12/2011 at 14:00:41
18 Posted 16/12/2011 at 14:10:19
That brings back memories, I was 16 and at White Hart lane, when we were on the wrong end of a 10-4 beating, by Spurs, and it was the great Bill Nicholsons first game in charge.
Only consolation was Jimmy Harris getting our goals.
We fans took some stick, as there was a TV programme on at the time with Broderick Crawford in
Called Highway patrol, and and the cops code call was 10-4.
The only good thing that happened was just after Liverpool lost to Birmingham city 9-1 over Xmas
And there was a cartoon in the Echo showing the L,pool net with 9 case balls in it spelling
19 Posted 16/12/2011 at 16:03:13
I am leaning towards taking him now.
I remember my first game, it was the FA Cup I think against Telford, and I think we won 3-0? I am sure peter Reid scored in that game and I remember my dad saying to someone in the crowd, "well he's heard it all now"!
20 Posted 16/12/2011 at 15:58:16
We walked from Wavertee Rd to the ground , picking up his mates on the way. I can still hear in my mind the noise as we got to the ground and still recall the smell of chips and ale-everyone seemed to have a bag of chips and a bottle of ale in their hands.
He carried me on his shoulders and the first sight of the pitch looking like a snooker table still gives me the shivers when i think about it. We ended up in the paddock with him blasting a boys brigade bugle every time we attacked-this was in 1964 so we attacked a lot!
That was it for me from then on- EFC forever!
Take him as soon as you can and hope he catches what the rest of us caught.
Good luck and enjoy the game.
21 Posted 16/12/2011 at 17:29:00
I remember a game where we played Leeds and Joe Jordan the cheating prick scored a goal into the Gwladys Street end with his fist (no idea what that year was) there was almost a riot. I must have only been 7 or 8 then.
22 Posted 16/12/2011 at 18:36:38
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