Those of us old enough to have been going the games back in the Glorious 1980s will always remember the Bayern Munich game at Goodison Park as the most memorable for the atmosphere the fans created. I was in my early 20s at the time of the Bayern Munich tie and never thought that night would ever be surpassed for passion, drama, and an atmosphere you could cut with a knife and taste... Well, I was wrong.
Last Wednesday night at Goodison Park has got to be the greatest night of them all in my book. I feel sorry for those fans of ours who couldn't be there against Liverpool last week because the telly coverage didn't do what went on justice.
The atmosphere on the night was so electrifying to an extent that hardened Kopites who travel all over the world watching Scandanavia's favourite sons were telling me the next day they had never seen or heard anything like it. As the Liverpool team cowered on the pitch, so did the usually cockiest fans in the country off the pitch. The whole Goodison experience was too much for the lot of them — and that's what makes it all the more enjoyable. I am still smiling about it a week later. Night games at Goodison are something else.
I don't buy in to this notion either that the games against Liverpool were awful and lacked any real substance as a football matches. To me, the FA Cup tie at Goodison Park was a battle in a war that had to be won at all costs and I loved every minute of the three derby games we played.
The final stand at Goodison Park, were we finished off a weary and frightened Liverpool side in front on 6,000 mouselike away fans was something I will take to the grave with me. Just to be there was a privilege and watching our lads fight and scrap for every ball like men possessed filled me with so much pride. "This is what it's all about!" I said to my lad.
So from me to all the players the management and our amazing fans its a massive pat on the back for a job well done and a thank you for having our pride re-instated after so many miserable years. don't ye just love beating the Shite?
Another thing I have been noticing of late is the way hoofball is being slowly but surely replaced by some nice flowing on-the-carpet footy. Some of it has been a joy to watch and I must say nearly all the players are playing there part in the Renaissance that is happening at Everton Football Club.
This leads me to a couple of questions though. Why hasnt this attitude and style of play been put in to place sooner? Why was hoofball order of the day for so long? Can we continue in the same vien?
I have often been at loggerheads on this site with some of our fans who could not take my critical comments regarding Moyes and the standard of football on offer. "You need money to play decent football" was the common defensive reply... but now that defence is dead and buried. The same players who have kicking balls the length of the pitch for most of their Everton careers are now showing what they can really do.
The team that took to the field against Bolton on Saturday is basically the same side that finished last season so poorly and started this one the same way. If you swap Jo for the Yak then no money has been spent on new players — it's just the same ones doing the business correctly.
I always knew we had the tools to do the job properly but at times the manager didn't have the belief to go for it. This issue now appears to have been resolved and long may it continue. Please don't let me hear the "we have no money, that's why we play hoofball" argument ever again.
If we can maintain the way we have been playing for the remainder of the season then there is no way poxy Aston Villa will stop us at the weekend, strikers or no strikers. Villa's luck has to run out soon and why not at Everton in the FA Cup? If we get through this tie then I truly believe we can go all the way to Wembley and I don't care who we draw in any future round of the competition.
The 2008-09 season started off in a nightmare fashion and has now fashioned itself in to a season of possible glory. We have the forward momentum at present and it's a case of more of the same.... We all have to keep the faith. We have to keep believing we can keep it going.
Moyes has to believe in himself as well as the players he has at his disposal. I think blooding the youngsters in big games has worked wonders for the squad and the fans so keep it going and who knows where we might end up? At the end of season 2008-09 we may well of had a vintage year.
ps: More playing time for Jack Rodwell, PLEASE. This kid looks a class above the likes of Osman and can go on to become a real player given the chance.
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