... was posed in today's Sunday Times by Rod Liddle. Rod himself is a bit like Marmite, you either love him or hate him. Personally I don't always agree with his views on football and politics, but in his article today he reviews the transfer window across both Championship and EPL.
His view is that both us and Spurs were the biggest losers this window. His question is "Do Everton have anybody left you would pay to watch?"
Tricky one? I'm hoping it's Mr Barkley.
Steve Guy, Posted 04/09/2011 at 13:44:40
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1 Posted 04/09/2011 at 14:34:19
Still, all fanning the underdog flames which will suit us down to the ground, so no complaints there.
2 Posted 04/09/2011 at 14:40:49
So my answer is clearly YES.
3 Posted 04/09/2011 at 14:54:57
If so (a) who the fuck's interested by what he's got to say and (b) if you are why?
4 Posted 04/09/2011 at 14:55:17
The way she pours a cuppa is 'artistry in motion' & when she bends over to get the custard creams ..WOW!
5 Posted 04/09/2011 at 15:49:04
Players come and go. It's the club I support.
6 Posted 04/09/2011 at 15:51:12
7 Posted 04/09/2011 at 16:06:53
8 Posted 04/09/2011 at 16:17:38
9 Posted 04/09/2011 at 16:18:32
As I don't pay to watch Everton in the same manner as I would choose which restaurant to dine in, which film to rent, which brand of beer to buy.
I pay to watch Everton because I'm emotionally bound to the club for life. It is not something I selectively pick & choose at whim.
I'm pretty sure this is the same for 99% of supporters. Liddle's fair-weather,Johhny come-lately audience may differ.
10 Posted 04/09/2011 at 16:52:48
Even Karren Brady was asking this question in the Sun last week. Love or hate the woman or that paper, I had to chuckle when she told us that fat overpaid lump, Benni McCarthy had described her as 'a witch with tits'. Her reposte? ' Well Benni,at least I am supposed to have tits.' Classic.
11 Posted 04/09/2011 at 17:22:09
12 Posted 04/09/2011 at 18:22:33
13 Posted 04/09/2011 at 18:30:13
14 Posted 04/09/2011 at 18:53:44
That said, I agree with the collective comments above ? you pay to watch the team not Player A, B or C. You win as a team, etc etc.
15 Posted 04/09/2011 at 20:09:49
16 Posted 04/09/2011 at 20:17:46
I am excited to see what happens, and will be with them and you all supporting them through thick and thin. And there is nothing like seeing our boys beating the stars. Sure, I'll pay to see that.
17 Posted 04/09/2011 at 21:28:27
18 Posted 04/09/2011 at 21:29:58
19 Posted 04/09/2011 at 21:52:01
20 Posted 04/09/2011 at 22:19:15
I would cut & paste it to you all but alas, my skills are not up to it. Soz
21 Posted 04/09/2011 at 22:25:47
22 Posted 05/09/2011 at 00:07:32
23 Posted 04/09/2011 at 23:59:38
24 Posted 04/09/2011 at 23:59:38
25 Posted 04/09/2011 at 23:59:38
26 Posted 05/09/2011 at 00:42:43
27 Posted 05/09/2011 at 07:28:01
Just because you pay to watch the team doesn't mean you can't enjoy seeing individual brilliance.
As a lover of genuine football, I have in the past, while I've been on holiday, paid to watch Ajax and Barca. The player I wanted to see at Ajax was injured so I just enjoyed the game.
I wen't to Barca to see Ronaldinho and it was the best ¬£50 I've spent. He was a one-man team and it was a joy to watch a player at that level. I wasn't bothered about the result because I don't support them but watching the player who could be considered the greatest ever at his absolute peak was mesmerising.
Arteta is the closest thing we've had to the above over Moyes's reign. Most of us know he's been off it for a while but to the outside world he's still our best, most skillful player.
The only player who gets me out my seat these days is Seamus, other teams have four or five of these types.
28 Posted 05/09/2011 at 08:46:43
29 Posted 05/09/2011 at 09:12:46
30 Posted 05/09/2011 at 09:26:29
No WAY is Vegemite better than Marmite!
31 Posted 05/09/2011 at 09:30:13
It is hard to find something to do for 35,000 people on a Saturday afternoon other than watch Everton. I take comfort from the fact that long after this board has gone, I will still be an Evertonian but at the moment I'm with this journalist, it is too painful to go and watch and support Everton. I'm following from an armchair.
32 Posted 05/09/2011 at 09:43:45
Mr. Liddle to one side, I actually do think individuals matter and saying as some have that "I come to watch the team and not individuals" doesn't really cut it for me. Aside from the fact that all anyone talks about after a game is the performance of said individuals, I believe that having exciting players in the side creates a similar excitement around the team, galvanising both players and supporters. A boring side is typically one that doesn't have any stand out players; my question was whether we still feel we have the players to keep us interesting (DM's occasional tactics to one side) and wanting to go the game more.
33 Posted 05/09/2011 at 11:14:12
34 Posted 05/09/2011 at 11:21:23
As others have said, there are a host of other Premier League Clubs who have a far worse playing style. Regardless of players, it's the manager who sets out the pattern of play. Maybe the question should have been: How many players in the Prem are worth paying to watch at the ¬£70+ his beloved London Clubs charge?
35 Posted 05/09/2011 at 12:39:10
The man is a fucking gobshite.
I remember a few years ago when we played Millwall in the FA Cup, and he wrote a big piece in a national newspaper ripping in to Everton and Merseyside for police for heavy handed treatment of the Millwall fans like they were all a bunch of angels.
36 Posted 05/09/2011 at 12:49:14
He obviously enjoys having a pop at anyone and everyone but having read his football related columns for some years now I have concluded that Everton is one of the very few teams in the Premier League he has any time for at all.
I was rather surprised by his question because Tim Cahill is one of his favourite players.
37 Posted 05/09/2011 at 13:15:44
38 Posted 06/09/2011 at 13:56:13
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