Today I got the 10 into town and then the number 19 bus down to Goodison to buy a couple of Under 18 tickets for Saturday's game against Bolton from the Park End box office. I?ve been wanting to go to an away game for a while now, but there never seemed to be any available, due to our famous travelling support! However this time it was different; in fact there seemed to be more than plenty available. A sign of the times maybe? Are people falling out of love with the club? Or have they just not got the money they once had? Who knows, but I wasn?t going to ponder it for too long as I snuck out of sixth form early to get the tickets.
For me, it never gets old. Once the 19 goes past the other stadium in Liverpool, loops around Stanley Park and Goodison comes into view, it always brings a smile to my face, remembering good times, bad times and plenty of indifferent times too. My greatest Goodison memory is beating Newcastle to qualify for the Champions League in 2005, now I know that probably seems like nothing to most of the older, well-travelled Blues on here, but to me as a young 11-year-old, it truly felt we was on top of the world. That was when Moyes was at his peak, and I guess it?s just all gone slightly downhill ever since.
But on Saturday it will be an altogether different affair when me and my mate get on the train from St Helens to Bolton via Wigan and then from Bolton to Horwich armed with a few cans of Strongbow. Now as a 17-year-old (almost 18 in fairness) I guess I?m a late starter to away games but, listening to my Dad?s memories (they all come out when he?s pissed!) of his first away game against Preston with my Uncle and Grandad; of travelling down to Brighton on the back of his mate's bike for a midweek League Cup tie with work the next morning; of having a bit of a tear up with the London police after a game against Arsenal, then having to explain to Nan why he was late home; and finally of getting the ferry over to Rotterdam for arguably the greatest night in Everton Football Club's history ? really do send shivers down the spine.
So two question?s for my fellow Toffee Webbers;
1) What?s your favourite away day memory?
And (arguably most importantly!)
2) Are there any decent pubs in Bolton for a couple of lads to do a spot of (slightly) underage drinking before the match?!
Adam Cunliffe, Posted 23/11/2011 at 13:58:49
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1 Posted 23/11/2011 at 14:43:16
My favourite away memory was at Bolton, but at the old stadium, Burnden Park, when we defeated Man Utd in the FA Cup semi-final in 1966, thanks to a goal from Colin Harvey.
As for the drinking dens in Bolton, I am sure you will soon find some, I don't want to encourage.
2 Posted 23/11/2011 at 15:01:04
Absolutely hated it.
3 Posted 23/11/2011 at 15:06:38
4 Posted 23/11/2011 at 15:23:42
5 Posted 23/11/2011 at 15:48:29
If not, then Derby away when we won 4-3, Moyes?s second game in charge. An unbelievable game, end to end, shots and goals flying in all over the place. Dancing around at 4-1 up thinking Moyes was going to win us the league next season. Then shitting myself when we were still charging forward and conceded two! My god, how things have changed!
As for pubs at Bolton, as Paul said, The Beehive is the only one I know of, think the road is called Chorley New Road. Bit a walk (about 15 mins or so). It?s facing a massive roundabout.
6 Posted 23/11/2011 at 15:39:31
I also remember it for the way Oldham treated the Everton fans by having the outside walls, at the top, covered in tar to stop the fans climbing over. Fortunately I had a ticket, otherwise my old lady would have knocked seven sorts of blue out of me!!
7 Posted 23/11/2011 at 16:24:05
Arsenal 1 Everton 2 ? 1996
The two ?very jolly but very rude? (I was too young to realised they were smashed) scousers in front of me and my dad seemed to have some sort of vendetta against ?the fucking Barry Horne? laughing at his every touch. I was wearing my Kanchelskis shirt when he picked the ball up in front of us on the wing and smashed home the winner in what I remember as being the last minute. Pandemonium ensued with the two jolly men picking me up for a great big hug.
Chelsea 1 Everton 1 (3-4 Penalties) ? 2011
My girlfriend?s first away game. Nerve-wracking tension, followed by an explosion of joy. Simply the best match I?ve ever been too in terms of euphoria at the victory. I wrote a piece on her about it even?.
Wolves 0 Everton 3 ? 2011
This was probably my first ?proper? away day. Taking the train up to Wolverhampton with the ESCLA boys with my mate getting on at Birmingham we sank a couple of beers each in twenty minutes at 10am?.An astonishing first half mauling (I?d never seen us win by more than one goal before) with a screamer from Phil Neville (!) and a day of continual drinking across Wolves (worst town in the world), Birmingham and Nottingham?.I don?t remember anything of Nottingham but what a day and what a weekend!
8 Posted 23/11/2011 at 16:26:23
For my dad's generation, they had Rotterdam. For my generation (32), we had Nuremberg.
9 Posted 23/11/2011 at 16:44:40
The Milk Cup Final in 84 when we "kind of got on" pre-Heysel with the RS.
Also, two seasons back, Birmingham City. We asked what looked like a friendly steward where the away end was and he pointed down the ground which resulted in us completing a total circumnavigation of the ground only to end up virtually back to were we had asked him. Anyone who has been to St Andrews will tell you that can't actualy walk around the ground ? you have to go away from it to actually get round it.
I can still remember that bastards face; if they are ever back in the Prem, I will have some words for him.
10 Posted 23/11/2011 at 16:51:31
11 Posted 23/11/2011 at 17:20:51
12 Posted 23/11/2011 at 18:16:46
13 Posted 23/11/2011 at 19:02:39
14 Posted 23/11/2011 at 19:13:12
15 Posted 23/11/2011 at 20:29:57
As he did for the remaining 3 years I was away, my dear old dad sent me the match report from the Daily Post on the Monday. He's one of the biggest Blues ever and is in hospital at the moment, so get well soon Dad.
16 Posted 23/11/2011 at 20:34:22
Spurs away 1985 2-1
Arsenal away 1987 1-0
Aston Villa away 1987 1-0
Norwich away 1987 1-0
Southampton away 1987 4-0
Sheffield Wed away 1988 FA Cup 3rd round 3rd replay 5-0
Leeds away 2003 1-0
17 Posted 23/11/2011 at 20:43:22
18 Posted 23/11/2011 at 21:16:35
My mate went schtum and when we met up after the game I called him a shithouse, he just smiled and said. "I maybe a shithouse, but I'm no idiot ? unlike you."
19 Posted 23/11/2011 at 21:36:43
20 Posted 23/11/2011 at 21:31:18
We drew and won the replay at Goodison.
But never has an away ground ever been so overwhelmed I can't remember which player referred to it (possibly Asa Hartford) but as the players lined up for the second half the massed blue ranks filling half the ground belted out "we're on the march with Gordon's army". A tangible fearful silence filled the saints fans and Asa? said "it made you feel 10ft tall, it was unbelievable."
When the spirit between us and the team is one we are a different animal.
21 Posted 23/11/2011 at 23:06:08
22 Posted 23/11/2011 at 23:01:26
That night, with nothing else on the telly (only 3 channels then) we turned to MotD. Watching our game with only minor interest, the last couple of mins blew my head off... it ended up a 3-3 draw!!! I've never left a ground early since, and I'd love a picture of that Hackney driver's face when he found out!
23 Posted 23/11/2011 at 23:13:31
The journey home was a nightmare, trying to get my head down in the luggage rack above the seats, we didn't get back to Lime st untill about 2 in the morning and I had to walk all the way home to Rice Lane because I had no money for a taxi. Happy days indeed!
24 Posted 24/11/2011 at 02:59:12
Highbury semi-final 1984, deep into extra time, 117th minute, Sheedy free kick, Mountfield gets a head on it, right in front of the Blues in the old North Bank, sharp(y) intake of breath, Inchy in rising to all his height, Inchy heads it in, North Bank goes nuts, I lose one of my quite fetching trainers, we are going to Wembley. The M6 was nuts Blue that night.
Forgive me: Bayern (1985) was 2nd to that, and I was there at Rotterdam that year also. Inchy's header was almost as important as Oxford away, Inchy again, god bless him.
25 Posted 24/11/2011 at 07:45:09
26 Posted 24/11/2011 at 08:47:40
27 Posted 24/11/2011 at 08:01:31
My first away game was Wolves, I have no idea what year but I remember they had protesters running on the pitch and sitting in the centre circle, does anyone have any idea what game this was and the score?
My first memory of GP was Bob Latchford's 30 goals, and the song ?Bobby Latchford walks on water?. We always used to get the special from Lime Street and had so many laughs, by the time the train got through the tunnels all the toilet paper had gone and the bulbs too for some reason but we had so much fun in the old style compartments.
Rotterdam was special as was Nurnberg; Villarreal was amazing as Blues everywhere and we had three nights in Valencia enjoying the local lager!
FA Cup semi at Elland Road 95 was good too but all got in a local working man's club early doors and got very drunk, got in the ground just at kick off and my mate then went the toilet behind the goal but went in the out entrance, the steward ejected him and he missed the whole game! Classic... and still today we wind him up when he goes to the little boys room.
Peter Mills, hope your Dad gets better, these post have made me think of my late farther and the games he took me special times, that?s why I take my son to as many games as possible so special. COYB
28 Posted 24/11/2011 at 09:13:10
I remember Bolton away in the cup, mid 90s I would guess. A high ball went into the box and Barry Horne chased after it alone, collided with the keeper and to this day I am convinced that it was the crowd who got him a straight red card. Terrible decision. That was in the days when the old Burnden Park had a Co-op built into one end.
I remember an away game at Arsenal when it was 2-2 after about ten minutes. We went on to lose 4-2, I think Ian Wright got all four of theirs.
I was there for the record low attendance game at Selhurst Park v Wimbleon. The Wimbledon chairman, Sam Hamman, was acting as ballboy for the big terrace behind the goal, which was empty. I went with my brother and a mate who was friends with Matt Jackson's girlfriend, and he had assured us that he could get us into the players' lounge after the match.
As the teams tropped off at the final whistle we shouted out to MJ but he didn't hear us, me and my brother went home but this lad (not even an Evertonian) hung around, MJ got him in and Howard Kendall bought him a drink. And I can't even remember the result of that match.
29 Posted 24/11/2011 at 10:02:35
30 Posted 24/11/2011 at 10:06:22
31 Posted 24/11/2011 at 10:17:33
I was stood in the Kop and swore I heard a pin drop.
32 Posted 24/11/2011 at 14:00:02
33 Posted 24/11/2011 at 15:07:07
34 Posted 24/11/2011 at 17:20:14
35 Posted 24/11/2011 at 17:52:41
United predictably took the lead with a goal from Rowley but before half time Eglington equalised and Hickson was carried off with a head wound. After the break, Hickson returned in a blood-stained shirt and carrying a sponge. His first action was to hurl himself at a centre from the right but his header struck the post and opened the wound again as more blood streamed down his face and shirt.
The Ref wanted Dave to leave the pitch but he refused and with minutes left to play he raced past two United defenders to score the winner. The legend was born!
36 Posted 24/11/2011 at 19:55:30
37 Posted 24/11/2011 at 20:32:04
1-1 Anfield - Madar missed an open goal, Ince scored - Ferguson scored, Bally had a stormer and we celebrated by jumping all over the reds in the Annie Road end. Happy days.
Leicester away 1-0 - last minute penalty from Gary Speed. Was down seeing a mate at Leicster Uni ? great night and first win away for years?
United away 1-1, McFadden scored. Good performance by the Blues, no one fancied us. Put a pile of Croatians, Australians etc in their place in home end.
38 Posted 24/11/2011 at 23:00:28
39 Posted 24/11/2011 at 23:53:54
Were we on a terrace that day? I remember being at Burnden Park on a terrace when Barry Horne got sent off in the 90s and they made an announcement before kick off to congratulate John Parrott on becoming a dad that morning to a boy called Josh. I looked up, and there was John Parrott in the front row of the upper tier. Next thing, the Everton end all sung, 'There's only one Josh Parrott!' to a man. He seem to appreciate the gesture!
It was hardly a highlight though, we lost the game and so were out of the cup because of that...
40 Posted 25/11/2011 at 00:36:13
41 Posted 25/11/2011 at 00:53:16
With minutes to go we won a dodgy free-kick and Sheedy hit one of his worst free kicks of the season that somehow found the back of the net. Suddenly the players found extra energy and there was only one team in it. Sheedy cross, Mountfield's head, it was all over.
42 Posted 25/11/2011 at 03:10:42
Bunking in at Dukla Prague in the 70s. Mingling with the team in the dressing room and watching the game from the team bench. Lost the game though and went out on away goals.
The Rats goal at Anfield which sneaked past Brucie for our win. I was in the Kop with my missus to be.
Inchy's late winner at Highbury in the FA Cup Semi-Final.
Big Bob Latchfords winner at Burnden Park in the League Cup second leg. Ronnie Goodlass put the cross right on his noggin. Duncan McKenzie missed a peno but we won anyway.
Stuffing Man U 3-0 at Old Trafford in the League Cup... Dai Davies's finest hour.
Maybe my favorite... knocking Villa out of the League Cup at Villa Park back in the 70s. Ten thousand or so Blues locked in at the whistle for our supposed safety. The team came back out to celebrate... got back to the City to hear the town hall bells ringing , as instructed by Evertonian Derek Hatton.
Away games were dangerous places but great fun... if you successfully avoided the occasional knife attack, that is!
43 Posted 25/11/2011 at 19:27:15
Aston Villa 3-1 away, the year after Rooney fucked off, twatted them and pure delirium when the second and third went in.
44 Posted 25/11/2011 at 19:32:51
2. Milk Cup 84
4. Villa away (3-1) as per Roger #44. Probably the best footballing performance since the 84 side.
Speaking generally I'm especially fond of Fulham away - get a hangover just thinking about it.
45 Posted 25/11/2011 at 20:22:51
46 Posted 25/11/2011 at 20:22:59
Was anyone there at Roker Park in the winter of 1969-70 when we won 3-1 and Big Joe and Jimmy Husband took us to a memorable victory? I was!
47 Posted 25/11/2011 at 20:45:50
48 Posted 25/11/2011 at 20:52:41
We hadn't played well and I had given up when Sheedy fired in the free kick... I will always remember the feeling of sheer joy as we rolled, swayed and jumped around the Holt End.
One of my regrets was not being at the Chelsea FA Cup game last season, another in that category.
And then, there was Rotterdam... the ferry full of Blues who got a special mention from the captain, the coach driving off on a Belgian motorway as my Dad was having a piss, Rotterdam full of blues, the thousands of Celtic fans, Blues playing football everywhere, Brian Labone sitting near us, the guys behind me saying as we left "You'll never forget this, lad!" Oh how right they were...
49 Posted 25/11/2011 at 21:06:30
50 Posted 25/11/2011 at 21:23:26
At this time, I was a student in Manchester and we were playing United. I'd been to Old Trafford before a number of times and we always had nearly all of the Scoreboard End, as was. Never a problem. There were some rascals about in those days but I convinced a couple of other student mates to come with me... telling them that we would be amongst thousands of blues and would be unmolested.
So we turned up, all long lank hair and trenchcoats and me with my blue and white scarf, walked up the steps onto the terrace and were met with... feckin' thousands of United fans. Not a blue there !
Dunno whether it was 'cos it was an afternoon kick-off but our famous away following hadn't bothered. Knowing the inevitable would follow I've never sung so much in my life. I wasn't disappointed and got the biggest kicking of my life after the game.
The good old days.... my erse!
51 Posted 25/11/2011 at 21:40:27
52 Posted 26/11/2011 at 11:03:05
Just about to catch a nice early train with my mate Harry! Hope y'all enjoy the game if your going as much as I will.
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