Alex Parker, Footballer of the Year (1958)
Continuing my theme of who I regard as the best Everton players in their respective positions, I started in Part One with the inestimable Gordon West in goal.
My choice at right back is Alex Parker, and in my account of his career, I will be using personal memories I have of Alex, with quotes from other sources. Alexander Hershaw Parker was born on 2 August 1935 in Irvine, Ayrshire and to begin with I would like to use a quote from The Independent, 23 January 2010:
Alex Parker was that comparatively rare football being, a full back and a folk hero, renowned as a poised and a stylish yet formidably combative performer. While excelling in Everton's confident charge to the League Championship in 1963, he was revered no less passionately at his previous Club, Falkirk, with whom he won all but one of his 15 caps for Scotland.
Accordingly he occupies a berth in the Toffees' "Hall of Fame" and was considered an automatic selection for the 'Bairns' (Falkirk) "Team of he Century" – both honours that were not bestowed lightly. Further afield too, professional regard for this amiable Ayrshireman was virtually boundless, with no less an authority than his exalted countryman, Matt Busby, the founding father of the modern-day Manchester United, declaring that, during Parker's prime, he knew of no peer in his position, anywhere in the world.
When Alex joined Everton in June 1958 with winger Eddie O'Hara, in an £18,000 deal, I was serving with the Army in Cyprus; on 11 June 1958, he played for Scotland against Paraguay in a 3-2 defeat in Norrkoping, Sweden – his last international honour (becoming the first Everton player to feature in a World Cup Finals). Before Alex could settle in at his new Club, he too was posted to Cyprus, with the Royal Scottish Fusiliers, but his stay on the island was short-lived, and he returned to "Blighty" where he made his Everton debut on 8 November 1958 against Aston Villa at Villa Park.
For his first four games, Alex occupied his natural position of right-back, but for the next 13 games ,he played at right-half, the position I first saw him play on Boxing Day when I came home on leave. Everton's opponents that day were Bolton Wanderers, Dave Hickson scoring the winner in a 1-0 victory.
My first view of Alex playing in his rightful position was in the first game of the following season, a 2-2 draw against Luton Town at Goodison Park.
Returning to the Independent article:
"One of the secrets of the stockily built Scot's success, was an extraordinarily well-honed sense of timing. On the field of play he elevated the sliding tackle into something not far short of an art form."
At a "Hall of Fame" evening, I complimented Alex on his excellent use of the slide tackle, and his response was "I was faster on my arse than I was on my feet". Well known for his quick wit, Alex once said of the ex-Liverpool goalkeeper, Bert Slater, regarding the number of goal-line clearances Alex had to make, when they played together at Falkirk, "He was the best goalie I ever played behind."
Apart from the 15 caps Alex won with Scotland, he appeared in 6 Under-23 games and represented the Scottish League 8 times. Alex, along with Eddie O'Hara and Bert Slater, were Scottish Cup winners with Falkirk, beating Kilmarnock 2-1 after a 1-1 draw. Both games took place at Hampden Park, attracting crowds of 81,057 and 79,785; factor in his League winners medal with Everton, not a bad haul.
On leaving Everton, Alex joined Southport, then Ballymena United (as Player-Manager), Drumcondra, Southport (as Trainer/Coach, and later as Manager). The Everton playing record for Alex in all competitions was 219 appearances, 5 goals.
Sadly Alex passed away on 7 January 2010; contrary to the heading of this article, Alex was my favourite and I also rate him one of the best.
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1 Posted 04/12/2017 at 02:37:18
My favourite "spec" in the early sixties was always on the wall of the Goodison Rd terraces about 15 yards up from Gwladys Street. I used to get into the ground early to make sure I got my "spec". From their I had a worms eye view of Alex's skills when we were defending the Gwladys Street goal.
Alex was a great slide tackler but he had fantastic positional sense also. He used to "show" the wingers the touchline, corner them, then in would come that thunderous sliding tackle. Happy days they were.
My second favourite is Tommy Wright.
2 Posted 04/12/2017 at 04:02:50
3 Posted 04/12/2017 at 08:59:20
Alex Parker had a very unusual trick he would often trap a bouncing ball by turning and trapping the ball with his backside. Wonderful full back.
4 Posted 04/12/2017 at 10:03:41
I think that the Scottish FA took a dim view of players who left Scotland to ply their trade over the border in England.
5 Posted 04/12/2017 at 10:15:48
Taking Terry's lead from your first post, predicting who will come next, I suspect it will be the immaculate Ramon it was good to see his sons representing him at Goodison on Saturday.
6 Posted 04/12/2017 at 10:37:59
Ray@4: I wonder if that's why Alex Young didn't get many caps.
7 Posted 04/12/2017 at 10:45:37
I met him a few times when he ran "The Swinging Sporran". He was a nice man as well. I also met him in a pub in Exeter where I was at university, when he was manager of Southport. He bought me a pint when I introduced myself as an exiled Evertonian.
When he first signed for Everton, I got his autograph one Sunday afternoon. I'd have been about twelve at the time.He and his fiancee and Dave Hickson and his wife were in the same restaurant (Hortons) in New Brighton as me and my mum and dad. I went over and they signed a menu for me, which has unfortunately disappeared.
8 Posted 04/12/2017 at 10:55:39
9 Posted 04/12/2017 at 11:59:09
I was burning the midnight oil last night, and I was two thirds of the way through this article when my laptop crashed, and there was so much I intended to write, but having to start over again dimmed my enthusiasm some what.
Laurie and Stan, I had intended to pick seven substitutes as per today's ruling, and Tommy Wright was in that group, I won't disclose the other six, for two reasons, [!] it would take away the element of surprise, and  I may have a change of mind.
Once again, thank you for your appreciation, I have undertaken this task as some sort of therapeutic treatment, and as I have said on other posts, now in my 80th year I have more to look back on, than I have to look forward to.
10 Posted 04/12/2017 at 12:45:54
I think Alex Parker had a great temperament and personality to go with his first class football ability, as others have said that sliding tackle, used to perfection, saved Everton on numerous occasions and he was a master at it. Excellent full back, will always be remembered by those of lucky enough to see him.
I think Ramon Wilson will get the same response, John, unless you've got a real surprise up your sleeve.
11 Posted 04/12/2017 at 13:57:41
(1) There were players who made an instant big impression on me, like Alex Young, although of course he was famous anyway, partly by virtue of the Golden Vision TV film. These players, and I include Ray Wilson, seemed to make playing football look easy. I think that makes a big impression on a youngster, and it's also a sign of great expertise in any profession. I think the fact that they made it look easy, made me think (no doubt like many others) that I could one day play for Everton. So I would practice ball skills accordingly, influenced subsequently by the artistry of Colin Harvey. Of course, I eventually found that I didn't have the natural talent to do what they did, but nevertheless watching these great players was so influential.
(2). There were so many great Scottish players, which you don't really see these days. I have never been able to fathom why there has been such an apparent decline here. If you have any thoughts on this, it would be interesting.
12 Posted 04/12/2017 at 14:33:02
[Arsenal], David Herd, Ian Ure,
[Tottenham Hotspur] Bill Brown, John White, Dave Mackay
[Everton] Bobby Collins, Alex Young, Jimmy Gabriel
[Liverpool] Ron Yeats, Ian St John
[Manchester United] Paddy Crerand, Dennis Law.
That's off the top of my head Stan, if I were to go to what I call my research department, I would probably unearth plenty of others.
13 Posted 04/12/2017 at 14:53:48
Mind you as a pure athlete I think Gary Steven in the 80s team was excellent. He could get up and down the pitch all day, fit as a fiddle.
Rick 7, it's strange you mention how Parker slide tackled. Ray Wilson did exactly the same! Hooked his leading leg around the ball, the winger would go sprawling and up Wilson would get on the attack.
14 Posted 04/12/2017 at 15:05:25
I also agree with Stan about Colin Harvey, what a player. The only thing he couldn't do was shoot, his tackling passing, dribbling and football nous were all first class.
15 Posted 04/12/2017 at 15:09:54
16 Posted 04/12/2017 at 15:28:36
I will be surprised if John doesn't come up with Ray Wilson for left back.
17 Posted 04/12/2017 at 15:47:30
It has been correctly said that the Scottish FA seemed to prefer selecting players playing in their home country. Alex also suffered in terms of caps since he was a contemporary of Eric Caldow, a fine full back who captained Glasgow Rangers and seemed to get the nod more often than not.
We old timers, John, will certainly have a good idea of your opinion of the "best" #3 to play for us while you have been watching (Warney Cresswell was before your time, I believe?), but will he actually be your "favourite"?
18 Posted 04/12/2017 at 16:18:21
As you say, it's therapeutic given the "less than great" players and poor performances we've had to endure over recent times.
Alex Parker was just a bit before my time so I'd go with Tommy Wright for right backs I've actually seen play in the flesh.
I'm guessing quite a few of your choices will come from that early 60's to late late 60's era. One of my all time favourite Everton team photo's is the 1962 one (TyPhoo Tea version - maybe you remember they use to do colour pictures of all the teams back then) and with the following line up there are plenty to choose from. At the risk of boring you all, the squad photograph I'm referring to was...Pickering, Temple, Brown, Hill, West, Gabriel, Rankin, Wright, Scott, Parker, Heslop, Harris, Young, Stevens, Labone, Harvey, Morrissey, Wilson.
19 Posted 04/12/2017 at 16:20:58
The first right-backI saw play for Everton would have been Gary Stevens, and then there were the 90s with "legends" like Hottiger, Cleland and Earl Barrett.
Personally Seamus Coleman. Outstanding player.
20 Posted 04/12/2017 at 16:27:04
My first game was circa 1961 v Arsenal who had Jack Kelsey in goal while the Blues had Bobby Collins, Roy Vernon, Alex Young to name but a few. Alex Parker (we always referred to him as Alec?), was the right-back and of course the thing he was famous for, as others have said, was his fabulous sliding tackle. Great fullback.
As Bob Hope would say John "thanks for the memories "!
21 Posted 04/12/2017 at 16:35:04
My mates and I used to joke, that if Everton dropped the "Golden Goal" ticket They could replace it with the "Tommy Wright Injury" ticket. I know it's a bit of a cliche' but they don't make 'em like that anymore.
22 Posted 04/12/2017 at 16:36:33
23 Posted 04/12/2017 at 16:56:44
I remember there was the joke going around in the 70s about a road sign outside Goodison that read "Beware, Accident Black Spot"!
24 Posted 04/12/2017 at 17:16:04
25 Posted 04/12/2017 at 17:53:57
Keep posting John, it makes me realise why Everton was always such a revered football club, and like Moyes, it even seems that even Koeman, never realised how lucky he was to manage us until it was too late? Or maybe I'm making the last bit up!
26 Posted 04/12/2017 at 17:54:37
John Snr getting well ahead of myself but I hope as Rick (14) says that Bobby Collins is one of your "favourites" my first Everton hero.
27 Posted 04/12/2017 at 18:09:08
I will have been there but I have no recollection of it, it was [as you say],the only game that he played for the blues. I possess a fairly good memory, but there's only so much the mind can retain.
I appreciate people taking the time to read the article, I decided to submit something after Steve Ferns encouraged me to do so. To tell you the truth I was disenchanted with the in-fighting, that was taking place during the Managerial debate
I'm perilously close to the five post "red card" so I may have to resort to a block vote of thanks providing there is a continued response to the article.
Once again thank you for the interest you've shown.
28 Posted 04/12/2017 at 18:21:00
29 Posted 04/12/2017 at 18:37:38
In those days all the top sides had a sprinkling of Scottish players unlike today when even the national team contains players most of us have never heard of.
Why did the supply dry up? Perhaps it had something to do with the influx of cheap Scandinavian players in the 1980s, blocking the progress, and development, of home grown talent.
30 Posted 04/12/2017 at 18:40:02
31 Posted 04/12/2017 at 19:09:08
As Andrew (#30) says, he was very good going forward and had a powerful shot when he chose to use it. He scored 2 in 1958-59, both in 6-1 wins against Leicester and Notts. Forest when, coincidentally, Eddie Thomas, Bobby Collins and Alan Shackleton also scored in each game, and then Alex contributed a couple in our 62-63 Championship season.
32 Posted 04/12/2017 at 21:02:25
Neither my dad nor my elder brothers were great football fans so I was a relatively late starter at 1st team matches at Goodison. Having attended a number of Central League games on my own, I saw my first 1st Division game at the age of 12 with two schoolmates, Les Butler and Slim Watson on 9 March 1963.
The game was against Forest and Alex scored one of his only five Everton goals in the game (Alex Scott got the other). Strange that Terry (#31) should recall that one of the other four was also against Forest!
Steve (#18) couldn't have been a 1962 picture if Wilson, Scott and Pickering were on it!
33 Posted 04/12/2017 at 21:09:58
Yeah agree and good catch. I did a double check and it was actually 1965-66.
34 Posted 04/12/2017 at 21:15:02
35 Posted 04/12/2017 at 21:22:20
36 Posted 04/12/2017 at 21:24:28
We all loved Vernon and Young quite rightly but we needed Stevens.
Sad day when Bobby Collins left and could never be replaced but it gave Dennis his chance, and he took it.
37 Posted 04/12/2017 at 22:10:59
38 Posted 04/12/2017 at 22:44:02
I was talking to Bobby McIlvenny who was a trainer at Southport during Billy Binghams reign and he said as a thank you from the board for winning promotion the team were taken to Spain for I think a Weeks holiday (two weeks would have bankrupted them lol) and he said Alec Parkers back was a really Dark Tan from sitting at the poolside bar he said the rest of him was white as he only left the stool to go to the bog.
Great days and great memories.
39 Posted 04/12/2017 at 22:44:14
I can see that it has awakened some pleasant memories, and I have gained a great deal of pleasure from the exercise. For some, their memories are not of Alex Parker, but the article has brought a reminder of other full backs that have worn the "Royal Blue Jersey".
I would have liked to have had the opportunity to respond to more of your observations, but I'm afraid that the 5 post rule has put paid to that, and a block thank you isn't really feasible, because there are so many issues to deal with.
Once again, thank you for your appreciation, [that's two down and only nine to go], and as the title indicates they are only personal favourites, and I'm sure that you will have a favourite eleven of your own.
40 Posted 04/12/2017 at 23:05:54
41 Posted 04/12/2017 at 23:06:16
I'd be interested in the thoughts of older ToffeeWebbers on these thoughts. Incidentally, many years ago Ron Yeats (a great bloke I should add) told me that none of the Reds defenders including the Anfield Iron ever relished facing Johnny Morrissey. Shame he's not available for Saturday. (...he's not is he?)
42 Posted 04/12/2017 at 23:31:30
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44 Posted 05/12/2017 at 01:34:29
45 Posted 05/12/2017 at 02:26:20
46 Posted 05/12/2017 at 08:20:58
47 Posted 05/12/2017 at 09:45:44
On 2/12 I posted twice, on the 3/12 I posted five times, and on the 4/12 I again posted twice. This suggests to me that it is 5 posts per thread per day.
I know that you did not imply any wrong doing, but being someone who likes to play by the rules, I had to determine whether or not I had transgressed.
Having used one of my posts now, I'll have to be careful not to overstep the mark.
48 Posted 05/12/2017 at 10:34:53
John, your Grandson is incredibly lucky to have you accompanying him to matches. Such an incredible wealth of knowledge and great role model.
49 Posted 05/12/2017 at 11:05:14
Good man, John #47.
50 Posted 05/12/2017 at 11:23:09
I imagine that you can submit as many posts as you like within a particular thread. I can't imagine there would be any rules against that, and that the '5-post rule' is something for the editors to use depending on their discretion.
In this sense, and looking at the bigger picture, if you posted, say, 10 very sensible, balanced and thought-provoking posts, the editors might decide to permit all 10, given that an original motivation for the '5-post rule' appears to be a reduction in the number of 'unreasonable' posts (as assessed by the editors) appearing.
51 Posted 05/12/2017 at 11:30:36
When I first seen Alex play I was mesmerised by his fantastic tackling and timing. Being only 16, I was still a bit impressionable about any new exciting style of playing football. Instead of playing as a winger in my street team, I suddenly tried to copy Alex Parker's sliding tackles.
I had never seen a full back like him before or since, his ability to position himself like a wing half and entice the opposing winger to go to down the touchline then like a bullet slide in and get the ball.
His tackling was so clean and fast he very rarely took the player out. As Andrew McGuffog @30 posted "Another feature of Parker's game was his ability going forward. He was far better than Jimmy Armfield who was always held up as the first, British, attacking full-back".
Overall, despite being replaced by the popular Evertonian Tommy Wright and being on the opposite flank to the great Ray Wilson my vote as Evertons's greatest fullback in my lifetime is Alex Parker.
52 Posted 05/12/2017 at 11:33:56
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54 Posted 05/12/2017 at 12:12:25
I think there's a lot of merit in that. Having said that (and I will say this only once!), threads usually throw up new points as they develop, and I often feel the need to respond to new points, either to accept them and tweak my original views, or to rebut new points.
And then threads also evolve into something other than the original topic (usually after the first 5 posts in the thread!) and I often feel I then want to be involved in, and respond to, the new directions the thread has taken.
55 Posted 05/12/2017 at 13:14:17
Perhaps there's a case for the editors allowing the authors of threads, like John on this thread, to have more than 6 posts, because of the interesting points arising.
56 Posted 05/12/2017 at 13:39:21
Two years later, I was at university 200+ miles away, so I saw Everton 10 times a season instead of 20+. On top of that, there's a romanticism about what you see in your teens that is never again replicated. So when I say that Bobby Collins, Colin Harvey and Roy Vernon were the three who are/were my favourite players, it has to be judged in the light of those circumstances.
My earliest Everton hero was Dave Hickson, his blond hair, his never-say-die attitude and sheer brio, made him an easy man to admire. Had I been born 20 years later, I'm sure that Trevor Steven, Kevin Ratcliffe and Kevin Sheedy would have been my heroes.
Could any of those players have scored the goal Rooney scored last week? Probably not. But the pitches, the ball, the boots were all different, so it's not a pertinent question.
Incidentally, can I say that Brian Labone told me and some mates when we were all playing cricket in Walton Hall Park or when he was bowling with us at The Hermitage that Dennis Stevens was, from his point of view, the most valuable man in the Everton team, which reinforces John Keating's point.
Using John's criteria of favourites, when you ask me who was my favourite Everton player, it is Alex Young who else? But he wasn't the best; the three I named earlier were more effective performers, but Young had magic and I've never seen another player at Goodison who had his charisma and who was so adored by the Goodison faithful.
57 Posted 05/12/2017 at 14:34:58
My main reason for coming on this thread today, is to bring to your attention, a copy of a post I wrote to Michael Kenrick on the "Big Sam enjoys a win" thread, which is as follows:
Hi Michael (315), Firstly, thank you for your kind words, and regarding the 5-posts rule could it not be possible to isolate threads that are not experiencing the kind of behaviour that merits such a limit.
You are no doubt that I'm in my 80th year, and have been dragged into the 21st century kicking and screaming, technology is just a word to me.
I appreciate that it may not be possible to do what I have suggested, but so much interest has been shown in my "Favourites aren't always the best" article, and I find it hard not to be able to discuss it with fellow Blues.
I am not seeking sole immunity, it's just that the very thing that inspired me to write the article "The vicious and vitriolic, managers debate" is now preventing me, and other posters, from expressing their views, on a variety of subjects in a civilised manner.
I would urge you and your colleague to give serious thought to the problem, and as I have said, I'm not seeking special treatment, I just feel that it's unfair that the many should be punished for the behaviour of the few.
I can find no reference to the limit of posts being raised to six, so I may have to express my thoughts in longer posts, not an ideal solution.
58 Posted 05/12/2017 at 15:05:45
John (#57) "Regarding the 5-posts rule, could it not be possible to isolate threads that are not experiencing the kind of behaviour that merits such a limit?" And also excellent suggestion!
Mr Moderators, are these two suggestions a way through this? Perhaps more work for the moderators but I'm aware there are also Moderators' Little Helpers!(?)
59 Posted 05/12/2017 at 15:16:25
I see no mention of this in TW's Conditions of Use page Link so the editors might think to update those details. It is not a rule I have fallen foul of and I don't know why or when it was implemented.
I do wonder if it is flawed policy.
Whilst not a serial poster myself (I go days even weeks without posting at times), I post a mix a short pithy posts and far more detailed posts. The latter in response to issues that particularly interest me.
As someone who enjoys more serious and deeper debate and as someone who challenges what I consider false premises and presumptions sometimes made on here, the very nature of my counter opinions expressed by others naturally draws responses.
I am well aware I am resented by some on these pages. Usually, because they don't like their own opinions being challenged and because they struggle to effectively counter my own point of view. I exasperate them.
I know I can be brusque at times, but that is usually only when someone starts getting personally abusive. Even then, I do not resort to the gratuitous insults a very small number of posters apply in almost all of their posts straight off the bat.
I am guessing that the 5-post rule, if it genuinely does exist, was introduced for a couple of reasons:
1) to stop a particular poster (or various...) dominating and posting multiple posts on a thread, possibly discouraging others from contributing due to the sheer tedium of too many posts from one poster.
In recent weeks, a particular poster given to deep tactical analysis has been guilty of this. Now some of his posts have merit, but it reached a point (certainly for me) that, if and when I saw the name, I simply skipped over his contribution.
2) to stop the more incendiary posts when 'debate' degenerates into petty and deeply abusive personal insults, driven by infantile gainsay and an inability to accept perfectly legitimate alternative views to their own.
Long-term TWers have all seen this. But as I said at the outset, I do wonder if it the 5-post limit is a flawed policy.
Only an exceedingly small number of the TW community indulge in the practices I mention, and even then, not constantly. It strikes me the majority are potentially being punished for the few.
As mentioned, I enjoy getting into serious debate on here. I also enjoy the pithy one-liners that help 'lubricate' many a thread on TW.
I believe a person should be entitled to respond to challenges made to their posts.
I believe a person shouldn't have to pause and think twice between posting be it a pithy one liner or a more in-depth contribution v for fear of 'wasting' or 'breaching' their post limit on a thread.
It is a rule that could potentially undermine a great deal of the spontaneity in which people post on TW.
Perhaps Lyndon and/or Michael might care to enlighten us as to if and why such a policy is now in effect.
60 Posted 05/12/2017 at 15:24:15
I am sure had these two players gone on and not had their difficulties they would have been included in any great Everton teams.
Tony Kay, an established player who was a fantastic wonderful footballer, falling foul to something that today seems fairly accepted.
Billy Kenny, a young lad, true Blue, who I am almost certain would have gone on to be a Captain of both Everton and England. A kid who ran a derby match. A young lad at the wrong time suffered an injury and took a wrong path.
Whilst we celebrate our heroes I just sadly think of a couple of lads who just missed out.
61 Posted 05/12/2017 at 15:25:36
Many thanks for bringing to life some of the most nostalgic moments in our lives.
One name that hasn't been mentioned so far is Alex (Chico) Scott) who was one of the main beneficiaries of Alec Parker's tackling and cultured right foot.
I feel privileged to have seen a lot of the Everton greats and these sort of articles enable us auld fellas to at least share some great memories with the success-starved younger generations of Blues.
Keep 'em coming.
62 Posted 05/12/2017 at 15:36:09
Anyway, back to John's original article, I suspect that he will virtually name the 1962-63 title winning side as his favourites! I am of an age where anyone who played for Everton during my early formative supporting years and teen years (the sixties) is more likely to be one of my favourites. After all we don't really do hero worship as we get older do we? Also, players are more mercenary and less loyal these days and therefore less worthy of our adulation / admiration - although there are some notable exceptions still!
Westy and Parker are excellent starts though.
63 Posted 05/12/2017 at 15:50:40
Regarding Alex Young, I've said many times on here, he had a God given talent and might have used it more often, on his day there wasn't many better to watch than Alex, when it came to away games it never bothered me if Young wasn't playing as long as Vernon, Stevens and Johnny Morrissey were in the side.
Keep the rest of the series coming, John, you've found a gold mine!!!
64 Posted 05/12/2017 at 15:52:44
Some good points well made there. I can confirm that there is indeed a limit, though I think it's been increased to six.
The editors are stuck between the rock and the hard place really as they had to do something about threads becoming a back-and-forth argument between two or three.
As you point out too, the in-depth tactical "lessons" aren't IMHO what this place is about. I sympathize with the eds as they don't want to "ban" people but maybe curtail them somewhat. As in a lot of things in life though the majority suffer for the actions of a few.
I myself have read a post and rushed to reply or comment only to find I've reached my limit. Annoying, but unfortunately it's a necessary evil as things were getting out of hand.
Have to say I feel there's been a definite downward trend on here over more than a few months with things getting petty and bitchy with a tendency for some to want to belittle a poster for no other reason than to show how clever and erudite they themselves are... or to show how politically correct they are.
We can all get drawn in to things at some point or other but I try to remember we're all here with the most important thing in common and that's the love of Everton.
I think there should actually be a ToffeeWeb get-together where local and/or match-going posters could meet up and exchange views face to face...... and then kick the shit out of each other haha!
65 Posted 05/12/2017 at 15:58:00
66 Posted 05/12/2017 at 16:00:17
67 Posted 05/12/2017 at 16:03:04
68 Posted 05/12/2017 at 16:07:35
Cheers for that. A cosh? Old school eh? I think it might be good.
If anything, I think seeing the faces behind the posts will not only be really surprising (maybe shocking) but getting to know fellow Evertonians can only be a good thing can't it?
And you can always swerve the ones you don't like on the site (and in person) as well. :-)
69 Posted 05/12/2017 at 16:41:12
I would also like again to thank John for provoking such an excellent thread which I am thoroughly enjoying and to think there are 9 more to come. Can't argue with 1 and 2 John, number 3 nobody will be arguing about but it's the rest I am looking forward to! Thanks John, keep it coming!
70 Posted 05/12/2017 at 16:53:12
I've had concerns since I first learnt of the 5-post limit Lyndon imposed, and had been pondering the salient points of an alternative opinion I would put to him to challenge this arbitrary constraint.
I don't need to think about it any more... you did it for me!
71 Posted 05/12/2017 at 17:16:45
I am thinking it will be Ray Wilson.
72 Posted 05/12/2017 at 19:39:17
I know that there will be contentious issues on other threads, but this is much more my cup of tea, and as I say no swearing, no name calling, more like the Everton Family. , Once again thank you for your complimentary comments.
I'm off downstairs to watch the Manchester United game. Best Wishes to all. John.
73 Posted 05/12/2017 at 19:41:08
74 Posted 05/12/2017 at 20:54:13
75 Posted 15/12/2017 at 02:01:03
Some mention Seamus Coleman, who is excellent but he's not anywhere near Garry Stevens ,either going forward or in defence, but Seamus is the best we've had in 30 years.
76 Posted 15/12/2017 at 14:54:02
You must have spent hours not only researching, but compiling all the data, and I for one salute you for that. Full respect and appreciation from me, and I am confident that I speak for many others too.
There are many keyboard warriors, on here as you will no doubt have experienced, but I don't think there are any malicious intentions; principally they mean well, but attack the keyboard before engaging their brains, as a means of venting frustrations. There have been many frustrations recently too.
The reason I have posted on this, apart from acknowledging yourself and your contribution, is that I used to see Alex Parker quite regularly. He used to be the Manager of a pub in the Shopping City, Runcorn, aptly called the 'Swinging Sporran'. I lived in Runcorn 1975-76 and worked at Fiddler's Ferry Power Station.
I don't even know if the Shopping City complex, is still in existence, let alone the pub, but if it is, has probably changed not only it's name, but it's character, probably a nail salon or a poodle parlour. Be interesting if anyone knows for sure.
As I was on shifts, I would often venture into his hostelry, and being a fellow Scot too, we always had much to talk about, between Everton and our homeland.
As you allude in your article, sadly no longer with us, but nevertheless, not in any means forgotten.
77 Posted 15/12/2017 at 23:00:10
As the title of each article states, it really is 'favourites as opposed to best'. I've no doubt that there are many admirers of full backs, that have not received a mention.
Derek [#76], Thank you for your kind words, I was aware of Alex having the Swinging Sporran, and I believe he had a pub in Gretna.
You may have noticed on some of my previous posts that I undertook this theme to escape from the unpleasantness that surrounded the 'Managerial debate'.
I am in my 80th year now, and have always had a passion for football in general and Everton in particular, as I've said to David  I'm just about to finish part 4, and as I'm a one finger operator it's quite a struggle at times, but one that's worth while if it gives others pleasure.
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