A couple of months ago I posted an article about my decision to make my first-ever visit to Goodison to see the Blues in person.
I'm happy to say that my health has remained strong and the trip has come together perfectly. I depart in 24 hours and several of our most enduring ToffeeWebbers are waiting to greet me and squire me around when I get to Liverpool. (Many thanks again Peter Mills, Keith Harrison and Rob Halligan!) Others have contributed great advice. I could not feel more welcome.
In between the two games I'm going to see (Leicester and Burnley), I'll be touring Scotland by train to enjoy the spectacular scenery of Fort William and Mallaig and the loveliness of Edinburgh. I'd enjoy meeting and sharing a pint with any TWers in those areas. (And thanks to Paul Thompson and Paul Tran for their guidance on things to see and do in Edinburgh.) If you're up that way and would like to meet up with a wandering Yank, please respond.
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1 Posted 05/04/2017 at 23:20:22
3 Posted 06/04/2017 at 06:29:03
4 Posted 06/04/2017 at 08:14:21
Make sure you get stuck into the seafood at Mallaig after the great train journey. There are countless excellent pubs in Edinburgh, feel free to ask for recommendations.
Have a great time in the Pool and Scotland. If we get six points, I'm sure we'll club together for the air fare to bring the lucky mascot back!
5 Posted 06/04/2017 at 10:34:39
I'll have a Everton tracksuit on with a black Chang sweatshirt with the number 11 on the front . Don't forget your camera 🎥 I'll take no more than 15 minutes of your time.
6 Posted 06/04/2017 at 10:58:25
I will be able to stay with you for a couple of hours to help you get to your hotel and maybe grab a couple of lunchtime pints.
7 Posted 06/04/2017 at 11:13:40
At Watford earlier in the season, we met a guy (Joe Elworthy) who'd travelled from Vancouver for a couple of games that game was a downer for him (and us) but he also took in the Arsenal game making his trip a good one. Hope you see the Mighty Blues take all 6 points!
Should you be in the area of the Saddle pub (Fountains Road/Sessions Road) prior to either game, call in and ask around for me would love to meet you and buy you a couple of pints! I'll be in there two hours before kick off for both games.
8 Posted 06/04/2017 at 11:16:33
9 Posted 06/04/2017 at 11:21:04
Mike, enjoy the experience, mate. And bring us luck.
10 Posted 06/04/2017 at 11:36:02
11 Posted 06/04/2017 at 11:49:58
12 Posted 06/04/2017 at 22:15:49
13 Posted 06/04/2017 at 22:19:03
14 Posted 06/04/2017 at 22:26:01
15 Posted 07/04/2017 at 17:22:13
Dropped him back at his hotel at 3:45 as he was clearly taking the knock. Don't think he will be out of bed too long!!
See you Sunday morning, Mike, if you manage to see this.
16 Posted 07/04/2017 at 19:56:52
Kevin, will try to meet you if the tour guides can make it happen.
Martin, I'll be at the Windsor on Sunday but if I can make it over to the Saddle next weekend I will.
17 Posted 08/04/2017 at 07:21:22
18 Posted 08/04/2017 at 07:29:19
19 Posted 08/04/2017 at 08:49:33
Looking at your seat, you'll be quite close to the Leicester fans. As you know, they are going great guns in the Champions League. Their fans are in dreamland and will be making a lot of noise.
Good Atmosphere guaranteed, weather unseasonably good, lets hope you get the treble with a win.
Rob H, If EFC ever decide they want "official" ambassadors, you will be getting my vote.
Nice one again
20 Posted 08/04/2017 at 09:04:02
21 Posted 08/04/2017 at 09:10:50
22 Posted 08/04/2017 at 09:12:29
The best way to see Liverpool is to go down the pier head and get on the river cruise, mate, especially when the sun is shining like today..
23 Posted 08/04/2017 at 14:27:54
By the way, I've been told Rob's stellar tan is his pride and joy so, if he suddenly whips off his top and asks you to massage lotion into his neck and back, don't be rattled... or reach into your pocket for your personal safety alarm. Nothing untoward going on there
24 Posted 08/04/2017 at 15:56:45
Now that the time is here, I'm fuming that I somehow didn't pull it off to join you. Mexico was grand but not a patch on Merseyside.
If you get a chance, drop into the Bramley-Moore and the Baltic Fleet for an ale... and the Philharmonic, of course.
A late tipple at the Winslow before kick-off is always my favorite with the main stand overshadowing your final sup and much anticipated steps into the Old Lady. There's just no feeling like it... nothing. Stuff of dreams.
Have a jolly, my friend. I'll be thinking of you watching the game from here.
25 Posted 09/04/2017 at 00:14:31
26 Posted 09/04/2017 at 07:28:57
John, Rob's is a Stella tan. A sort of pale yellow brought on by imbibing copious amounts of the aforesaid.
27 Posted 09/04/2017 at 07:54:32
Arranged to see my lads on County Road. I'll see if I can prize them away from their usual haunt. If not, enjoy the day and we'll sort something out for another game.
Last time I drank on Goodison Road, Asa Hartford scored against Liverpool. Do you get in there before every game?
28 Posted 09/04/2017 at 09:02:04
29 Posted 09/04/2017 at 09:37:19
I still get a shiver and a tear in the eye after all these years when Z-Cars starts. For you to hear it for the first time will be special.
Rob Halligan , well done mate. People like you show why we as a city and we as Blues are what we are. 👍
30 Posted 09/04/2017 at 09:58:39
31 Posted 09/04/2017 at 10:25:32
32 Posted 09/04/2017 at 10:27:56
33 Posted 09/04/2017 at 18:28:07
Enjoy the rest of your trip.
34 Posted 09/04/2017 at 23:05:18
ps: You put that spot kick away like an old pro. Enjoy the rest of your stay. Be safe, Mike.
35 Posted 10/04/2017 at 22:17:30
Above and beyond mate, what a family Everton are. I only let Mike's pen in so I didn't get crap all over my good gear by the way. 😎😎😎
36 Posted 11/04/2017 at 13:04:09
37 Posted 11/04/2017 at 14:41:49
38 Posted 11/04/2017 at 15:55:13
39 Posted 11/04/2017 at 16:11:26
Kev Johnson take a bow, getting Mike on the pitch, brilliant mate, a foresight you seem like a Jedi, I sadly wouldn't've.
Quality, you lot deserve legendary status all brought together by these pages; may it long continue. Top club, better fans!
40 Posted 11/04/2017 at 16:18:03
They got the equaliser and then we hung on, it was a 2-2 massacre by Liverpool. They wiped the floor with us, 2-0 up and we still didn't have the belief that we were as good as them.
41 Posted 11/04/2017 at 16:22:56
42 Posted 11/04/2017 at 16:37:03
43 Posted 11/04/2017 at 17:22:55
44 Posted 11/04/2017 at 17:29:46
45 Posted 11/04/2017 at 18:10:30
Kev Johnson was singing one of your praises as a footballer on Sunday too, but I can't remember which one. (Lights blue touchpaper and retires...)
46 Posted 11/04/2017 at 19:12:53
I've got a feeling the cup game was the year after. What an occasion that was. A night to remember for Evertonians.
I was sitting in the first row, right against the wall in the Main Stand Park End, Eastoe went through and I was convinced he had scored, the place exploded.
I was doubly made up because I'd pulled his name out of the sweep in the corner house at the top of Athol Street (fiver a go, hundred to the winner) After the game I saw the guy who did the sweep in the Jester and he paid me out. It wasn't until the next day I found out Avi Cohen had scored an own goal.
Anyway, on the Sunday avy, I got a tap on the shoulder from one of the organisers saying that after a stewards inquiry, it was decided that the fella who pulled Avi Cohen out of the hat was to get the money. I had to pay it back... worse still, The fella who had Cohen was a card carrying kopite who lived at the end of our street.
The smirk soon went off his face when I told him I'd spent the fucking lot celebrating his man's goal.
We became very good mates up until he past away about six years ago and I must have paid the tight fucker back a thousandfold down the years.
47 Posted 11/04/2017 at 19:35:22
When the own goal went in I remember Bailey hugging Thomas, almost pleading him to allow it; we all thought he find a reason to disallow it, but he didn't. Everyone in the Street End was singing 'Avi's got no foreskin'
And then Varadi scored, ran in a daze towards the RS in the Enclosure and copped a pie in the face.
A wonderful day. One of my favourite cup runs, even though we got kicked out in the quarters by City. Every round had a good story.
48 Posted 11/04/2017 at 19:43:10
49 Posted 11/04/2017 at 19:44:37
Great memories, especially since I was old enough to go the match with-out "me dar" Keith! AND DIDNT HAVE TO LISTEN TO HIM TELLING ME HE WAS CAPTAIN OF THE FRIARY, ANYMORE!!
50 Posted 11/04/2017 at 19:53:28
51 Posted 11/04/2017 at 19:54:51
52 Posted 11/04/2017 at 21:02:12
I wrote an article for the latest issue of WSAG after attending the Hall of Fame do at the Hilton last month and expand on these sentiments from my own personal experience. Up the Toffees!
53 Posted 11/04/2017 at 21:26:10
And by the way I was glad you could go the match on your own, it was lovely finally getting the monkey off my back.
54 Posted 11/04/2017 at 21:46:08
Your dad went the Friary, where did he live?
I was born and brought up in Upper Beau Street. Went the Friary then up to Netherfield Road.
55 Posted 11/04/2017 at 22:11:11
56 Posted 11/04/2017 at 22:16:24
I remember thinking, two of us stuck just up the road from Moss Side and we're gonna die tonight. Luckily bumped into some blues who gave us a lift home, 10 of us in a Vauxhall Viva!!!
57 Posted 11/04/2017 at 22:26:36
58 Posted 12/04/2017 at 06:17:13
Yes I was there late 50s. Fond memories but that's all you have when you're that age, eh.
My mams family were all Upper Beau Street and my dads all Rokerby Street. Crossing the Brow to see my mates who lived in the 4 squares or to Morrises and other shops was like a day out.
When they started wrecking Everton in the early 60s and throwing everyone out to Kirkby, Skem etc we just moved over the Brow to Salisbury St and so into SFX parish. You'd think we'd changed religions no way could we be seen to go to SFX, down the Brow to the Friary.
Horrendous day when they closed the church but I believe the Philarmonic are putting it to great use so some good has come of it.
59 Posted 12/04/2017 at 08:48:49
I can relate to everything you say about the old days all the streets you mention, especially The Four Squares, five if you include Birkett Street, the rivalry between SFX and the Friary. I had a great mate in Upper Beau Street, Billy Thompson, sadly he died last year. Billy and his family were in that exodus to Kirkby. We stayed in town, Chaucer Street, back of Juvenall Street, finally emigrated to Norris Green in the seventies, but have always drank in town.
As you say, fond memories of school days. I loved The Friary and the headmaster. I was never a creep in school but JC Aindow, the headmaster was a great teacher and a good genuine man. He lived in Crosby, and I bet he went home each night chuckling at the antics of the characters who went to 'Our School' and I bet John there was a load of characters in the classes you were in. Nice memories and nice chatting to you.
60 Posted 14/04/2017 at 11:06:52
61 Posted 15/04/2017 at 22:17:34
I asked the barmaids, and one said that she had heard an American accent, but she thought the people had gone over to one of the lounges?
Ended up having a couple of drinks with some people I know, and it might turn out better for Mike, because I had for him a present, which I will somehow get to him, honestly! I'm sure he will like his present, but he's probably lucky I never got it to him, because it was just a plain jersey, but when I send it to him it will have on it the signature of an Everton legend who played in this very, very, very, special game!
Mike, I hope you have enjoyed your stay in England, and to see ten goals scored, with most of them being done by the boys in the royal blue jersey's, then I hope to still bump into you one day mate! As our lucky mascot, Maybe I can get you a ticket for a derby match at Anfield? But only if you are prepared to go there that is though!
62 Posted 15/04/2017 at 22:46:32
When was the last time you bought me a present, I'm in tears typing this, but never mind I'll get by.
63 Posted 15/04/2017 at 23:06:14
It was good to meet Mike again for a photo on the pitch after the match. The arrangements for doing so didn't quite go to plan, so top marks to Duncan McKenzie and Leighton Baines for their time and courtesy, and also to Tom Davies and Mason Holgate who came across as very grounded young men.
64 Posted 16/04/2017 at 08:48:22
65 Posted 16/04/2017 at 09:22:07
66 Posted 16/04/2017 at 11:33:06
Seriously, as Peter (#63) says, it was a nice gesture to get Mike a souvenir of his time with the Blue Brotherhood, a time which we all enjoyed reading about and I think we will hear a lot more from Mike about his time here.
Wishing you a safe journey home, Mike, and continued good health in the future.
Very best wishes.
67 Posted 16/04/2017 at 11:50:16
68 Posted 17/04/2017 at 20:37:23
It would still be good to meet you mate, before the Chelsea game. Kev has my contact details if needed. Bring Dave too if you want, I'm sure Rob's carer could look after both of them for a while.
69 Posted 17/04/2017 at 20:49:38
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