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1 Posted 25/10/2011 at 00:36:10
2 Posted 25/10/2011 at 01:27:52
We all feel your pain and disappointment.
Unfortunately this love affair with the "rich few" is a recipe for disaster as far as football in England is concerned, never mind Everton.
The media is completely abdicating its responsibility to provide fair and unbiased coverage across the board.
Just look at the blogs on the BBC's web site. one of its many contributors continue to focus on the "wonderous strategies and tactics" employed by the management of the big four or five! Just read the recent sycophantic drivel put out about the tactical genius of Mancini in beating Manure this weekend.
Can they seriously be putting Man City's recent rise up the league, culminating in this weekend's slaughter of Manure, down to great management and tactics!?
It's quite simple, you spend millions of pounds on the world's best players and the odds are you will be one of the best teams!
Ask Mancini, SAF, and a few others to manage and coach one of the less wealthy Premier League clubs and see where they end up.
The media has got to be taken to task and stop pandering to the wealthy few by bestowing them with some kind of tactical and management genius. Rather, put it down to what it is, good fortune that they happen to be a manager of a very wealthy club with unlimited funds, and focus on the real coaches who are actually earning their salaries and actually using their management, coaching and management skills to stay in the league.
3 Posted 25/10/2011 at 09:06:23
4 Posted 25/10/2011 at 09:13:01
And whilst living in the southwest I am reliant on internet streaming and the fast forward button on MotD, that is far less social than sharing a beer with a few mates, but I am getting used to it.
5 Posted 25/10/2011 at 09:58:12
The total imbalance in all aspects of the Premier league has diminished my interest if I'm totally honest, most of the time I only watch our match highlights and can't be arsed with the rest. I've taken to watching la liga a lot more this season... Keep an eye on Levante... They are showing everyone that small clubs can take on the big boys!!
Hope all is well back home on Leeside... I'm originally from Blackrock.
6 Posted 25/10/2011 at 10:24:06
Not sure if Saint and Grievsie was a better overview than the multitude of options today.
7 Posted 25/10/2011 at 10:46:18
This week, for example, the Manchester derby was shown first, and yeah fair enough, there was plenty to see there. But the Everton game was second last! The complete dross that was Stoke v Arsenal, Rangers v Chelsea and Blackburn v whoever was shown before the Fulham v Everton game.
Now I don't care if you don't like either Fulham or Everton, the four goals in that game were amongst the best of the round, surely people want to see that?
When we have a shitty nil-all draw, sure put us to the back of the queue, but seriously, there was some sweet highlights this week, even if the middle of the game sucked a bit. Bloody arseholes.
8 Posted 25/10/2011 at 10:50:59
And as for us having coverage in the mid eighties, does it really compare to the coverage on ManU TV.... I mean Sky Sports nowadays?
9 Posted 25/10/2011 at 10:49:09
I am getting really pissed off by this hairshirt stuff ? 'we were just like CIty in the sixties with our millions' etc ? the clear implication being that we are hypocrites. In my nearly fifty years of following Everton, we have NEVER been media darlings. Does anybody remember that famous picture in one of the London papers where our 1984-85 team photo had all the faces blanked out, with the caption something like 'the unknown contenders'?
If you're a Blue, you know the media will shit on you. So you don't lie under the shower bleating "I used to do this once, so it's ok". Especially when you didn't.
10 Posted 25/10/2011 at 10:52:44
There were very few live games then and no Sky. Also there wasn't the same constant football media driven momentum which maintains itself on non stories and trivial crap. Sky, 5Live and TalkSport rely on constant 24-hr sports 'coverage'. Add in the newspapers who buy into this ? it means that the better (i.e richer) teams get proportionally much more focus than the better (i.e managers/players doing a good job) teams in the 80s.
I've reached the stage now where I watch football with the sound down, and try to avoid things like MotD and much of the media generated football product, expert analysis, comment, news articles, radio reporting etc. It's just too much about money clubs and ... well... just too fuckin much all round! It's a depressing development in the game.
11 Posted 25/10/2011 at 12:25:33
I saw something the other week when the foreign TV rights issue was being discussed, that over the last 5 years Liverpool had earnt £160 million more than Bolton in TV rights. I'm guessing part of this is Champions League but it does show the inequality.
12 Posted 25/10/2011 at 12:51:10
13 Posted 25/10/2011 at 13:03:35
Nowadays you have to force your way onto the media's radar like City have done; they simply can't be ignored now. Other Clubs are media darlings and I never understand why; perennial under achievers like Newcastle and Villa.
Our chance to break in came in the 80s. I remember Clough in the commentary on the Rotterdam Final saying how he thought Everton would go on to dominate Europe for the foreseeable future. He was right, they would have done and that momentum would have seen us capitalise on the TV revolution of the early 90s, but we all know what happened next....
14 Posted 25/10/2011 at 13:27:57
Aldershop v United is a "true" cup tie in the David v Goliath tradition of cup ties and as such was the fixture that jumped out as a televised fixture when the draw was made.
The rest was a toss up.
Wolves v City (which, BTW, is totally different to saying City v Wolves as you do in your OP and which would be an altogether less attractive a fixture) is as worthy of coverage as our game.
Blackburn v Newcastle or Stoke v Liverpool would also be interesting fixtures for coverage.
Sorry, Alan, but I feel you are complaining for complaining's sake.
Anyway.....I am sure you will be able to watch the game on a stream.
15 Posted 25/10/2011 at 13:48:48
Fast forward to 1938-39 and once again Everton were League Champions and looked set for a spell of domestic dominance. Then blow me, doesn?t that Hitler bloke decide to invade Poland thus dragging us into another war. Yes, you guessed it the league was suspended until 1946-47 leaving our heroes kicking Jerry instead of footballs.
Moving further forward to 1984-85, we were League Champions again and looked forward to dominating Europe in our own way. Yes the rest is history... But we are not bitter, we are not bitter, we are not bitter.
This therapy just isn?t working!
16 Posted 25/10/2011 at 14:51:57
I had a rocking horse and it just died.
Proof I'm an Evertonian!
17 Posted 25/10/2011 at 15:03:45
I agree but, the fact is their game would have been on TV no matter who their reserves were playing.
I must admit that i do have an alterior motive on this issue. It's my brothers birthday today and were supposed to be going out. He is (sad to say) a Man Utd fan and has cancelled to watch his beloved reserves play! Well if he thinks i'll go out with him tomorrow he's going to get some abuse i can tell ya!!!
18 Posted 25/10/2011 at 15:32:08
Disagree with us not getting attention in the 80s, living in the midlands the nationals were full of us, trouble is we only lasted 5 mins before drifting into obscurity again.
This Heysel thing - as much as I hate the red heathen it was the same for everyone - ignoring the lack of vision that's blighted this club for decades and blaming Heysel is a copout.
19 Posted 25/10/2011 at 15:46:01
20 Posted 25/10/2011 at 15:45:39
21 Posted 25/10/2011 at 15:50:26
Separately I for one am not saying that we didn't get coverage in the 80's, but can you imagine if the revenue streams available from Sky etc had been available to us then ? Hence my chalk and cheese analogy.
22 Posted 25/10/2011 at 15:56:41
23 Posted 25/10/2011 at 16:08:17
Living outside the area I can tell you even the RS coverage is waning - nothing to do with hairshirts or self loathing we're just a non-entity.
I have a checked fleecey lumberjack type shirt.
I wore it for felling a leylandii in the garden a few weeks ago if that helps.
24 Posted 25/10/2011 at 16:01:12
Remember, we were one of the "Big 5" clubs which forced the EPL upon us.
But as usual, we had no men of vision at the helm to take advantage of it.
Instead we were lumbered with a fucking Christmas hamper salesman from the Wirral.
And any time the club did make a bold statement of intent the malcontents who would later coalesce in the blue union blocked the road.
They didn't want the King's Dock (despite whet they tell you now) and they regarded a move to Kirkby as akin to moving to Mars.
Oh, no.....so long as they could sup in the Blue House ot the Winslow or the Chepstow or the Royal Oak all was well in their world.
EFC became stranded in a world where myopic man in the boardroom and on the terraces ruled.....as the football world moved on, we stayed put.
And that is why we have fallen so far behind teams like Liverpool and Arsenal and Manchester United in terms of media appeal ove the past twenty years.
But of course, that could all change some day.
If EFC had been bought by an Abramovich or Mansoor and billions had been poured in here then we would be as hyped up and talked about as City and Chelsea, two clubs which we absolutely dwarfed a mere ten years ago.
So let's not wollow in self pity re our lack of TV exposure.
EFC have brought it all on oureslves.
Sky TV isn't a charity....they are out to make money ergo they will want to sell subscriptions and advertising slots and I am afraid we just have to accept that United and Liverpool will bring more of that in than Everton 2011.
25 Posted 25/10/2011 at 17:29:56
26 Posted 25/10/2011 at 17:40:47
27 Posted 25/10/2011 at 17:43:05
28 Posted 25/10/2011 at 18:09:28
Apart from the Aldershot game, i think our game was the standout tie of the round & was sure it would be shown on tv, but i guess i was wrong...
Talking about media coverage, i noticed that Talksport radio were advertising their coverage of the Manchester derby, as "the biggest derby in the world", since when??
29 Posted 25/10/2011 at 20:00:16
By the way, why was there no headline Kenwrights exclusive- Shitbag sells out to Kitbag
30 Posted 25/10/2011 at 20:44:06
No-one took our crown off us during the war years... so 9 league championships plus 4 the WW1 years plus 7 WW2 years = 20 years of titles
In your face Liverpool and United!
31 Posted 25/10/2011 at 22:03:28
We are the true champions
32 Posted 26/10/2011 at 18:56:33
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