This is why I am an Evertonian. We wait for years for a blend of skill, a way of playing that is uniquely ours. We can rightly claim on days like this to be the School of Science. There are probably millions who have watched the team in the past weeks and given us some respect for playing well. Yesterday we converted another million into family.
We played so well, the football was so good. When did we last see an Everton player showboating as Arteta did yesterday? Where in the world is a better Spanish midfielder? Why he isn't in their national team is disgrace.
We did more yesterday to sell merchandise than any shop or fancy marketing deal could; we did more to bring quality players to our club than a new buyer could ever do; we did more to fill a stadium than any new home could, than any silver haired impresario would have you believe.
We played attractive football, the stuff that happens Once in a Blue Moon. The stuff that makes you an Evertonian;
Gone was the hoof ball, for the first time since I can remember (need a whiskey to help me remember), the team looked balanced. Jo, I think he believes his Christmas came late, but Santa arrived with a Scottish accent carrying a pan of scouse. What a difference a quality striker makes, he may have had a bad time at Man City but their loss is our gain.
It was the skill with which we played yesterday that dominated not just Bolton because it wouldn't have mattered who the opposition was, when it comes together it's a joy to watch. The players are on top form. Confident and enjoying their football. They are a unit, a team... and boy was it good to see.
I went to the papers and the news expecting to see major earth shaking headlines for a fantastic performance. There wasn't any. But I know how good it was, the players and the manager know how good it was. The other managers in the Premier League know how good it was and I bet they will be checking the fixture list and praying they aren't next. It's Villa next isn't it? — I wonder how they will feel seeing it? Sick?
Praise for the team and the manager is well deserved. That was as entertaining a performance as I have seen at Goodison and I have seen quite a few. But not many of late; that's why I fell in love with this club. Every now and again you see things as they were, as they used to be and why you fell in love in the first place. Somewhere, someone else fell in love with Everton last night, I hope the pleasure you feel now is as great in the years to come, as it has been for so many of us.
They say you have to endure hardships to appreciate the highs, we have and we do. We know how much it means to the club, to us and to our future.
I went to sleep staring at a Blue Moon last night with a tear in my eye for knowing how privileged I am to be an Evertonian, knowing that, for all the frustrations we have felt, those of us who have had to endure poor quality, poor attitude, poor management over the years, we keep the faith and sometimes do get to see a fleeting glimpse of the future, of what can be.
We know that for all of those supporters who didn't understand what it is to be an Evertonian, you do now.
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