Any one recall what they were doing on 27 September 1999? Or, more recently, 17 October 2010?
I ask because the first date is the last time we beat ‘them’ at Anfield. 18 frigging years ago, Kevin Campbell’s early goal giving us a 1-0 win. And the second is our last victory against the pinkies, seven years ago, a brace of goals from Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta in a 2-0 win at Goodison Park.
In addition to that, last night’s cup exit now makes it a dismal record high 16 games without a single win against them. Sixteen games, people.
Now I consider I have great patience and tolerance with regard to all things Everton. But this is the Merseyside derby we are talking about. I’m not as extreme as others who claim they would consider it a successful season as long as we beat ‘them’ twice a season, regardless of other results or where we finished in the league.
But quite frankly, if I was ‘one of them’, reading on ToffeeWeb today comments such as ‘Well, it was an improvement on the league game … at least we had a go … thought we did well … we played okay … we were unlucky … a good effort … we looked a decent side … the lads put in a brilliant shift …’ ad nausea – Well, I think I’d be laughing me kecks off at us.
Is this seriously what we have been reduced to, as a fan base? A shrug of the shoulders? Expressing gratitude that we didn’t get tanked 4-0? A casual acceptance that a century-old record of never having lost an FA Cup against ‘them’ at their pile, gone? A January exit from the FA Cup at their hands?
My, how our expectancy in the derby games has shrivelled away to nothing. Sadly, with good reason.
In the same time since we last failed to record a win over yonder, Manchester City – even when still shite and paupers in comparison to their neighbours – regularly bloodied Manchester United’s nose, home and away.
In the same time since we last failed to record a win at Anfield, look at this list of teams who have gone there and got results. And this list contains only teams comparable or of lower ranking than Everton. I excluded the many home defeats the pinkies suffered at the hands of the acknowledged top clubs in the Premier League era.
In the same time since we last failed to record a win at Anfield, Aston Villa have won there 4 times; Crystal Palace 3 times; Southampton and West Brom twice; ‘super powers’ like Ipswich, Charlton, Birmingham, Blackpool, Wolves, Wigan, Fulham, West Ham, and Swansea have all recorded wins there.
I defy anyone to say at any time in the past 18 years that any one of those clubs were considerably superior to us and so better-placed to achieve a positive result away to Liverpool. How is it that so many lesser teams can go there and have the guts, the guile, the sheer cussedness, to get a win? How is it that, in the games that for many Blues are the most important fixtures of the year, we simply don’t turn up?
Our record going on nigh 50 years now shames us. Do you know how many of the 116 derby games we have won since winning 2-0 at Anfield in March 1970 on our way to clinching the title that year?
That is just one win in every 6 games. One win on average every 2-3 years.
Breaking that down further, consider this. If you have a child you have cursed with a love of the Blues…
● At 7-years-old, they have yet to witness Everton beating Liverpool
● Aged 13, they have seen 4 wins for Everton
● Aged 21, 7 wins
● Aged 26, 12 wins
It may grate with all Blues, but is it any wonder given the results that t’other lot give so little importance to the derby games now, winding us up even more by saying their big derby games these days are against the Manchester clubs?
Karma, the tide, good fortune, whatever … it’s taking an awful long time to turn.
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1 Posted 07/01/2018 at 06:30:52
Whereas, their supporters would not of put up with one (or two at the outside) seasons of 'our farce' borne out by the way they outed Messrs Gillette and Hicks.
This all sounds slightly askew from the original overview of your (our) angst but, as we are pondering fate, karma etc, my take is that both sides are basically Scousers. We are, and always have been gifted with good insight or, as Paul McCarthy once said, an 'inner brilliance'. I've always felt that, and it has always served us well especially with our knowledge of the game of football.
Back to the derbies, I simply think that our other half (Scouse-wise) have always shown us the way but we just haven't sussed it yet.
What I mean is, what we call 'Kopite behaviour' is actually where WE should be at, ie, getting out there marching on Goodison Road, rolling oursleeves up (Okay, we did it once, and btw they, the Board, did shit themselves) and NOT backing down!
Maybe us Evertonians will (one day) snap out of this trance and rid us of the Grimer Wormtounge(s) that keep us some-fuckin'-how (despite 'new money') forever going round in circles.
Or maybe it's like DÃ©jÃ Vu... but for eternity??!
One thing for sure... I hope to God it's not... Kismet!
2 Posted 07/01/2018 at 07:20:48
The corporate culture over the last 25 years has been characterised by poor leadership, no strategy, zero investment, commercial ineptness, acceptance of mediocrity and low standards in every organisational layer and function. We might hate and despise Liverpool but their fans would never have allowed it to happen. Moshiri has invested heavily in the club, but it genuinely makes me despair that he retains Kenwright, Wood and Elstone in roles of influence.
And I hate to say it but we fans have been institutionalised to. Why else would we accept 22 years without a trophy, 18 years without a win at Anfield, managers hired from Preston, Wigan and Soton? And for me the absolute nadir of hiring a manager who is regarded as the lowest common denominator by every club that has hired him, who has only won the 3rd Division trophy in a career spanning 26 years and whose brand of football encapsulates why no top ten club would ever hire him. To read Everton fans lauding him on here and rationalising the dross he serves up as football shows the extent to which our standards as a club have collapsed.
We can regard Koppites as horrible, nasty, deluded and unsympathetic, but they marched on Anfield to oust Gillette and Hicks for one tenth of the failure we have suffered. They laugh at us and call us "bitters" because we accept everything and then whinge incessantly about how hard done by we are. If we accept this crap as the customers why should anyone at the club feel then need to do better?
3 Posted 07/01/2018 at 08:20:06
With these principles, we have remained in the top league for a long time but never won other than a single FA Cup post '87.
Moshiri arriving signals a change: he wants to win. He hasn't eliminated the structure that kept us up but is trying to bring in winners in a market that has quadrupled prices even as he set out to find winners. It is proving difficult; but year after year of investment is needed, not 12 months in isolation.
By all means protest but make sure your targets are the right ones. Have we yet turned down a player because his price was too high?
For myself, I am concerned that our competitors seem to be able to buy in under-performing or raw players and develop their game Ferguson was a master at it. I guess Davies was a good exception last season and Kenny this but you look at Lookman and wonder where there is improvement? Though there is no doubt he has improved, just still not getting past players as well as he could; likewise Calvert-Lewin is half-a-yard short of nicking goals he should be getting. That new feller's ball retention and passing need work too name of Rooney.
We all saw a better team display on Friday after a slight pause in games; I hope our next game shows more. Allardyce has done what he can in the face of huge numbers of games in a short time. Now we are back to weekly games, there has to be further improvement. This has turned into a season of redevelopment rather than failure.
4 Posted 07/01/2018 at 08:20:41
I would go further and analyse our derby record pre-Kenwright and now. His reign has imbued a culture of complacency which seeps through this club, even continues to do so after Moshiri's arrival.
We know this from various episodes from the summer transfer debacle, to the manager search, to the cretinous game-by-game mandate given to Unsworth.
Even in little things we have regular fails T-shirts with pictures of the Kop for example, and, only until recently, having one of the worst commercial set ups in the Premier League.
The comments you make about our fans are not fair. This club's custodians have run the place like an old boys' club parodied on many comedy shows. It inevitably lowers expectations as failure is seen as a norm.
I attach great significance to the derby, not least because good results in the last two decades have generally sparked us to have good seasons:
Big Dunc's derby debut saw us win for the first time in 5 derbies (I think) and we went on to win the FA Cup; Carsley's winner set us on our way to a top 4 spot; Gosling's winner saw us reach the FA Cup Final; the 3-3 thriller at Goodison, where we stormed back, saw us finish 5th.
Time for Bill Kenwright to stand aside and allow a clean sweep of his cronies Woods, Elstone and any other hangers-on.
5 Posted 07/01/2018 at 08:56:47
I'm already reading some reports saying they are glad it's not a whitewash! They've been hammered ffs seems they've gone Down Under knowing they would lose sound familiar?
Our players need to be hypnotised next time we play there as this is more of a physiological issue than an ability one.
6 Posted 07/01/2018 at 09:30:22
The biggest is an inferiority complex that permeates both the squad and the fans, resulting in us dreading every match against them instead of relishing having a real go at them. I am certain our players are affected by our negative vibes. Meanwhile, LFC confidently enter every derby game demanding and expecting a win.
We also have consistently had inferior players, lacking the financial resources LFC has; nevertheless, the laws of averages would dictate that we would still manage the occasional win over that timespan at their place; but that isn't factoring in the paralysing fear mentioned above.
I don't know if any of our players fraternise with any of theirs. If they do, I would be very angry about it. Recall Carragher's comments about our players being all palsy-walsy in the tunnel before the game while his mood was channeled rage; night and day attitudes.
You also have Baines making playful banter with their fans while we're losing. It's like a tacit admission that we're only playing in the derby to make up the numbers. Disgusting and intolerable.
As a club and fanbase, we need a testosterone injection, not just for games against LFC, but against all the other alpha teams in the Premier League. But we also need to be buying the kind of players they are buying too. So there is a financial component in this situation.
7 Posted 07/01/2018 at 09:39:04
8 Posted 07/01/2018 at 09:56:23
We, on the other hand, have been "led" by the football equivalent of a pantomime horse with Kenwright and Elstone to the fore and aft. Kenwright in tears has been embarrassing for decades together with his faux-scouse "charm". Instead of hard-nosed winners, he employs failed players who massively squandered their playing careers to coach our squad!
And I regret to say that the notion of recognising the so-called massive achievements of Sir Phillip Carter as a club legend further epitomises our ludicrous attitude as the only club to have consistently, massively failed from those selected to be the cream when the Premier League began under his "leadership".
If Moshiri still can't see and rectify this, I have grave doubts about the future.
9 Posted 07/01/2018 at 10:25:58
In this regard, I feel certain that Kenwright retaining the Chairmanship must have been a condition in him selling his shares. Otherwise, there is no way he would have been appointed.
10 Posted 07/01/2018 at 10:54:39
Take the latest transfer(s). We're "allegedly" looking at Mawson of Swansea and Adoulaye Doucoure of Watford. They're looking at Mahrez and/or Thomas Lemar.
We sell our "best player" for 㿷-90m, depending on who you believe, and fail to replace him, while they spunk 㿷m on a centre-back who knocks us out of the FA Cup.
They then sell Coutinho for 𧵆m and have more than half left to replace him. They've also got Keita bought, waiting to come to them in the summer, I think.
There's the difference.
11 Posted 07/01/2018 at 11:07:54
Even last summer we thought we had the finances to compete only to realise that we only have enough to keep us 7th at best. We are in the market for players that the big boys don't want which are gambles.
The physical side of the game has changed. Pre-Sky we could always match teams physically and especially in derbies, kick the shit out of them and not worry too much about diving, conning the ref etc. We could also match teams in the transfer market until the Sky deal came in which again favoured the big boys and killed off the Football League teams cut of the TV money.
This year Niasse was the first player to be charged with conning the ref for the pen at Palace. Most weeks the same offence is committed by a player from the big boys and nothing happens including the pen the other night. It's beyond a joke.
We as Evertonians could write a book about bad decisions against us in Derby games I can only go back as far as Clive Thomas but in the time since it has felt like we have had to beat 12 men. This comes back to refs not wanting to make decisions against the big boys.
The only way to redress the balance is to buy our way out of it. Our profile needs to be raised and big money spent on players. It looks like Moshiri has had his fingers burnt by Koeman and may concentrate on the stadium rather than team which does us no favours.
In hindsight, the managerial appointments have been less than inspiring. Arsenal were in a similar state to ourselves prior to Wenger. Look at what he as built there compared to us. Their whole new stadium, playing style and buying power is all down to him.
In that time we have had dross besides a couple of years from Joe Royle we have had managers who have lowered expectations as part of their self preservation. Martinez did dare to dream but that was about it a dreamer who talked a good game. 11 years of Moyes without a pot to piss in.
It's been a slow painful demise over a 30-year period. Moshiri has offered us at least a glimpse of hope at restoring pride; he isn't in the same league as Chelsea or City. The Shower of Shite have just spent £75m on a centre-backand sold a player for £140m twice the amount we got for Lukaku.
Our record against the big boys will only change once we have the right manager, tactics and money and at present we don't have any of those 3 things.
12 Posted 07/01/2018 at 11:10:54
The boards scams, let downs etc is legendary. I recall years ago I had a load of good black and white PA pictures of a EFC players and on passing by Goodison at the time I showed them to the CE, at the time, Michael Dunford, he said he'd get them signed and returned to me.
Needless to say, that was the last I saw of them. I hope and hope that the club will turn the corner but self inflicted chaos and the shadow of The RS, doesn't help.
Times have changed since the mid 80s and the club can't keep being nostalgic. There must be a business plan, with core objectives for the team and off the pitch, but I sense we are going through smoke and mirrors.
The Tosun transfer in, the Barkley sale price... We lack cutting edge? Are the club board really serious for the future? Time will prove, but in our hearts and souls, our allegiances are total, but do the EFC supporters old and new really see the club hierarchy having the same belief in the club?
13 Posted 07/01/2018 at 11:16:49
Thinking a bit more about it since my first post above, it occurred to me that our Premier League record away to all the other big clubs in the league is pretty much on the same dismal level as our record at LFC, so there's more to it than a local inferiority complex.
I agree with others who have said the only route out of this malaise is via spending. Just as long as we spend on the right players.
14 Posted 07/01/2018 at 11:19:20
In 1955 I attended my first derby, we were doing quite well in the old First Division, Liverpool were struggling in the Second Division a month or so before they'd lost 9-1 to Birmingham City. We were guaranteed a win at a packed Goodison Park. We lost 4-0.
However, in the sixties we had the better of many of the derby matches. My favourite was a 4-0 win at Anfield in, I think '65 when a young Colin Harvey ran the show and, despite Everton being weakened by injuries, we hammered them.
I feel that the Everton team now fear derby games, they have few expectations of winning, and are happy if they can hold out for a 0-0. It's a mindset, while we don't always win against others of the top 6, we do have a far better record against all the other teams than we do against Liverpool.
Can one of these sports psychologists that Allardyce loves, come in and hypnotise our players into a more positive mindset before the game at Goodison Park, please?
15 Posted 07/01/2018 at 11:24:26
So they're global and we're not. Psychologically and commercially that affects a great deal in the way the clubs are perceived (including by the media, naturally) and perceive themselves.
Of course, we have been poorly run (although they came perilously close to disaster under Gillette and Hicks) and I agree that Kenwright has to leave with his mates, urgently.
I've said on here before that Atletico Madrid should be our model in a lot of things both on and off the pitch. The shadow they've been in is much bigger than ours but they have worked in detail and over a long time to get out of it and to become serious contenders. It can be done and I happen to think that we're going to get there quicker than some believe.
There's another point that I always hold on to. We can analyse all we like but sometimes, especially in sport, these things change for no apparent reason. The wheel just turns. That is so even if, for us now, it seems as though it never will.
16 Posted 07/01/2018 at 11:26:01
17 Posted 07/01/2018 at 11:34:25
I was playing Saturday football in the 80s and early 90s so I guess I missed about 10 visits there, including Sharpie's worldie. So you could say I've seen us win one league game there in about 36 years, the one Jay mentions in the OP.
Pretty grim really.
18 Posted 07/01/2018 at 11:35:51
19 Posted 07/01/2018 at 11:39:16
Spot on, mate!
20 Posted 07/01/2018 at 13:25:37
We haven't got over being banned in 1987 from Europe. They did. We need to learn lessons and fast!!
21 Posted 07/01/2018 at 13:55:57
Somehow, he was at Shankly's funeral and he told me the Priest was a blue and in his eulogy he said "Everton's time will come again" and it did in the 80s.
Sadly the great 80s Everton team broke up because of Heysel and the European ban. That is why it is easy and comfortable to hate them bastards with a passion not bitterness, just a well-deserved hatred of a scumbag club and its scumbag followers.
22 Posted 07/01/2018 at 14:35:16
I've still not forgot coming on here gutted the night we lost that League Cup semi final to City a couple of seasons ago and reading posts off beauts saying they were somehow 'happy' we'd not got to the final because Liverpool had already won their semi and we'd be playing them at Wembley and were terrified of the prospect.
That, for me, summed the cowardly attitude we have as a club when it comes to facing them.
23 Posted 07/01/2018 at 14:44:07
As the team came out, the commentator opened up with a long spiel about us being in Liverpool's shadow and how our fans must wish we could move to another city. This is a computer game and they have even infiltrated that too.
24 Posted 07/01/2018 at 14:48:07
As my dad drummed into me from a young age:
"two arms, two legs, one head. Doesn't matter how big they are, get in there."
We have spewed it time after time over the years and it is sickening.
25 Posted 07/01/2018 at 14:58:21
On ambition, as we've no distractions now, and we have a centre-forward, 7th place again is likely to present a Europa League place.
How many of you want or don't want to finish in 7th?
26 Posted 07/01/2018 at 15:02:14
7th would be a good achievement after the disruption of this season.
27 Posted 07/01/2018 at 15:03:54
What I'm getting at though is that I'm sure some would see the same arduous run to the group stages, as well as the group stages themselves, having a negative impact on our domestic season in 2018-19. Not I though.
28 Posted 07/01/2018 at 15:16:28
Logically they will tell you if we finish 8th and no Europe we can go for top 4 next season without distraction of European football.
Ain't gonna happen. Too big of a jump. I will take Europa League, a cup run and 7th again.
29 Posted 07/01/2018 at 15:17:15
30 Posted 07/01/2018 at 15:18:04
31 Posted 07/01/2018 at 15:19:11
1) it is not just against Liverpool we have a poor record home and away, but particularly away; we have a poor record against all the Premier League 'elite' since its introduction
2) we were at least on a par with most of that 'elite' when the Premier League was founded and ahead of most of them in most aspects history, titles, status, finance, stadium, squad and player attraction
On #1, I'm pretty sure I would be correct in saying that at the formation of the we only had a marginally inferior head-to-head record historically against 2 clubs Liverpool and Arsenal. The former only marginally, largely due to that golden era they experienced in the 70s, early 80s, when unquestionably they dominated English football (and us!).
All other clubs, including Man Utd, Man City, Chelsea and Spurs, our head-to-head record against them was well in credit.
If I did a similar analysis of those clubs and our results against them in the Premier League era alone, it would make for similar sorry reading compared to how results were before.
To emphasize this, some more bruising numbers of our head-to-head results versus Liverpool.
In the 47 years I referenced, in which time Everton has won a mere 20 games home, away or on neutral territory against them, Liverpool have beaten us 55 times in 116 meetings - a 5.5 : 1 win ratio in their favour.
In the 18 years since we last beat them at Anfield, their record at Goodison over 19 games is won 10, lost 4, drawn 5 - a 53% win ratio for them. On our own patch.
If that return it doesn't hurt you, it hurts me. Because as others mention, in many of the games we had either a better team than them, or at least had parity with them, as well as going into many a derby game as the clear form favourites.
And almost every time, we blew it. We just didn't perform.
This, IMO, is a direct consequence of point #2: poor leadership and management by the club's custodians who, unlike many of our peers and some lesser clubs, simply did not realise and tap into the potential and opportunities the Premier League offered early enough as others did.
This has left us not even bobbing along in their wake, but being completely tossed overboard without as much as a life belt, barely able to keep our head above water.
Finally, just to reply to one point in particular by Amit @ 4 (and one I anticipated). He wrote:
"The comments you make about our fans are not fair."
With respect, Amit, I am not having a pop at fans, because I'm one of them. I'm one of them who always looks for positives, even in defeats. I am as guilty as any one for saying on occasions the comments I quoted.
Why? Exactly as I tried to demonstrate: because like so many Blues I am just as guilty of having my expectancy of a positive result against Liverpool (and other Premier League 'elites') shrivelled away to nothing, as I originally wrote.
Believe me, I have depressed myself looking at and discovering the numbers I have uncovered. If Moshiri is going to make the difference we all hope for, he has a lot of work and catching up to do as effectively we have given our natural and historical peers a 25 year start.
32 Posted 07/01/2018 at 15:21:48
However on Friday night, watching the game on TV I saw a team that had more fight, effort and no little ability than for quite a while, so for me, although I wasn't happy,how could any Blue be?
It seems the tide is turning and In the next few weeks different players will be coming into the team, three or four who played the other night will be squad players at the most and will not play in the same team together.
As I said in another post about the game, let's see what Moshiri can do. If the new ground doesn't materalise and the funding dries up then we all know that the club is going nowhere.
Jay, you seem to be an honest man, answer this: After we has equalised on Friday, were you roaring at your TV, thinking we had a good chance of winning, just as much chance as them? I did.
33 Posted 07/01/2018 at 15:24:49
This has nothing to do with the manager of the time. Moyes admitted he 'just wanted to get out alive' away to these teams, and that culture still wafts through the corridors of Goodison.
Any organisation is led from the man at top, whatever some want us to think. I read a post on here yesterday that the chairman & CEO have nothing to do with the running of the club, it's Walsh, Moshiri & the Russian who are running things how amazing that the chairman and CEO are just figureheads!
Fans accept it, the board accept it, so anyone fighting for improvement is already on the losing side. Positions are still entrenched from the days Green was calling the shots. Fans even refused to accept he had anything to do with the club then, even after being presented with the fact he fired Wyness whilst on his yacht.
Forget about the fans changing.
34 Posted 07/01/2018 at 15:35:06
It is unacceptable and the galling thing is they aren't particularly good. I mean, in the 70s, you could understand it as they were winning everything in sight.
We have actually finished above them twice since we last beat them, so have been better over the course of a season, yet still couldn't manage a single derby win. The youth teams in this period have won multiple times including 4-0 and 5-0 so it's not the entire club that has a complex.
It will turn it has to. I guess we have to hang on in there until it does... what choice do we have?
35 Posted 07/01/2018 at 15:37:55
It was the same against Chelsea a few weeks ago and I remember reacting with disgust as Goodison erupted in roars of celebration at the final whistle. Zero shots on target and 30% possession at home in that match, and Goodison celebrated as if we were a non-league side that just earned a replay in the Cup, essentially balancing the books for that season. It was pathetic.
So this club is where it deserves to be at this point. And it won't change unless an owner comes in that takes the initiative to do so, because the supporters certainly won't. As this continues, we will see the youth of Liverpool continue to support the red side in growing numbers. Our fan base will die off, and that isn't hyperbole.
The youth when given a choice will not have any reason to support this shite when their friends are glowing after watching Liverpool score goals for fun. That shiny new stadium won't mean a damn thing.
36 Posted 07/01/2018 at 15:40:43
Genuine question. Are you from Liverpool?
37 Posted 07/01/2018 at 15:47:52
38 Posted 07/01/2018 at 15:50:23
But, I believe Moshiri is going to clean the lot of them out. Kenwright and Elstone are being sidelined and I think Moshiri is really angry at the incompetence of the transfer decisions this season and took control of the situation by insisting on Allardyce to protect his investment. I doubt it's what he wanted but he could not trust the advice he was being given.
Successful businessmen don't become successful by taking the advice of others; he gave them leeway and has regretted it since.
Somewhere along the way, soon I think, Kenwright will depart for "health reasons" and Elstone will be dropped from an exec role... the wheel will turn.
39 Posted 07/01/2018 at 15:51:27
Please don't sink to the level of questioning where one currently lives. Please don't do that. I was wrapped in Everton blankets as a baby, been a Blue my entire life. Was lucky enough to witness Carsley's goal in person. Family is from Kirkby, currently spread out in Wirral, Kirkby, Liverpool, Washington, and California among other places. What's your point?
40 Posted 07/01/2018 at 15:54:16
I think it's just wishful thinking on your part we don't know the dynamics of the leadership structure, but Kenwright seems as at the heart of it all as ever.
41 Posted 07/01/2018 at 15:54:44
I have friends and family members who are Kopites and none of them go to watch them regularly. Most of my Evertonians do. This applies more to the youngsters of the city.
Our child season tickets are amazingly affordable. Where it may happen is in the rest of the country, world wide and the media. But as all 3 are totally infested by them already, I cannot see it getting any worse.
42 Posted 07/01/2018 at 15:57:05
The desperate run of results is not confined to matches against our nearest and dearest, our record against Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd and more recently Spurs is cringe worthy.
Call for change and you will be shouted down in pubs on the street and in here by people calling for patience. These results are a by product of patience.
You can't tell people to be patient when they rail against low expectation and then complain about the low expectation
43 Posted 07/01/2018 at 15:58:10
44 Posted 07/01/2018 at 16:00:10
You also have no take on it if you think our fan base will die off. We haven't won a trophy for 23 years and we have an 8,000 waiting list for season tickets.
45 Posted 07/01/2018 at 16:06:31
That's a cliche, just as Nil Satis Nisi Optimum means nothing in regard to the current state of the club. For the last five years I have sat in countless Google summits reviewing studies of the millennial generation and already studying the generation coming after them. Number One thing to note is a complete disregard for brand loyalty.
While that doesn't 100% transfer over to football support, it does and will have an impact. Simply going by what the parents do or say is not what these next generations are about. They are actually rejecting it more and more. It's a psychology that is only growing. It is all about value for them.
The goal for any business is to grow their customer base, in Everton's case their supporters. This club has done nothing to do that for decades now. You only need to look in the crowd at Goodison to see how old the supporters are in general. If you think the football can go on like it has for the last couple of decades without a negative impact, you are deluding yourself.
46 Posted 07/01/2018 at 16:08:23
Bloody oath, Dave! Of course when we equalised I jumped up screaming and running around the room, waking Toffee the mutt (what else could I call him?) from his slumber, barking and leaping around with me.
Even in football-mad Brazil, my friends and neighbours laugh and sit in open-mouth amazement at my intensity when watching Everton. I hope I never lose that.
It's what we do, isn't it, Dave? Hope! Believe! Finally, this is our time!
And then we lose.
Yeah fellah. Compared to the league game, the performance was an improvement, but only marginally so, not radically so.
You and I and more senior Blues grew up with an expectancy that we would beat the buggers. As I tried to show, you have children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews who in their entire lifetime have had little or nothing to cheer in the Merseyside derby.
The data I've researched shocks me.
It hurts, Dave. It really, really hurts.
47 Posted 07/01/2018 at 16:09:08
The crucial thing is that we need to get mentally tougher and that has been so for a long time. That's why I was so pleased to see Holgate's idiotic and dangerous push on Firmino. Focus that rage and we'll be well on our way. I think we've already started, actually, under our new and ridiculously maligned management.
48 Posted 07/01/2018 at 16:10:57
Steady progress on the pitch centred around the young players and getting on with building the stadium.
Otherwise what is the point? Best of the rest (7th) and no derby wins til death do us part?!
I didn't know about that Cup record we had at Anfield. Shame to see that one go with such a whimper.
49 Posted 07/01/2018 at 16:12:28
50 Posted 07/01/2018 at 16:15:49
However, I have been in pubs scores of times when Liverpool are at home and they are packed tight with Liverpool born supporters, lots wearing the red shirts, men in their fifties who have never been to Anfield in donkey's years.
I would say there are at the very least as many Blue Scousers who go to the match as Red ones and, if the two clubs were involved in cup matches on the same day in London or elsewhere, there would be more Blue fans going to the game.
51 Posted 07/01/2018 at 16:16:52
You lost me when you compared Everton FC to a brand.
Do you go to the home games?
52 Posted 07/01/2018 at 16:19:47
Some of us chose, despite a red (and red-faced) father!
53 Posted 07/01/2018 at 16:22:03
Everything is a brand. What do you think Man City and Chelsea have done? What do you think the whole “People's Clubâ€ crap was? It was branding Everton as exactly that, the people's club.
It's a business that needs to expand their customer/supporter base as that is where the money comes from. Liverpool is a brand, make no mistake.
54 Posted 07/01/2018 at 16:22:41
It also reports, 'The latest "Home" campaign video attracted almost 500,000 views on all club channels in week one!'
Then I came on here to see posts about young fans etc. Seems we are in good shape fanbase wise if we can believe the findings. 60,000 stadium sounds reasonable.
55 Posted 07/01/2018 at 16:26:54
They are my team. I asked the question "Do you go to home games?" as you have no take on the amount of kids at Everton home games.
56 Posted 07/01/2018 at 16:28:57
What I meant though, Jay, I thought we were as likely to score again as them.
Do you not believe, Jay, that we have been hampered with the unbalanced squad we were left with after the summer dealings and can you not see we will improve with the expected players coming in, in January? I can and I expect Everton to give much improved performances if/when this happens. (Being Everton, I had to put that "if" in.)
57 Posted 07/01/2018 at 16:30:14
Pay no attention to being beaten time after time by our neighbours, and the lack of a trophy for two decades, lack of a league title in three decades. It will never have an impact at all because we all know that Everton are better than Liverpool because we say so.
Great, the next generation has so many exciting 0-0 home games to celebrate. They'll eat it up.
58 Posted 07/01/2018 at 16:33:37
I live in fucking Los Angeles mate. So sorry I don't fly over for every home match, but I have to pay the mortgage. I get over as often as I can, which is on average a couple of matches a season, usually 2 home and 1 away trip. So kindly shove your little “true supporterâ€ test up your arse.
59 Posted 07/01/2018 at 16:40:09
I don't do the better Blue thing. I asked a genuine question did you go to home games as you obviously were not aware of the amount of kids who go to the game.
Ciao babe. xx
60 Posted 07/01/2018 at 16:40:11
You make a lot of good points on here, mate, some are often uncomfortable reading, but good points nonetheless. But on this one, you are wrong; I'd quit while you're behind.
61 Posted 07/01/2018 at 16:41:40
You may not agree but that is the point of replica kits, etc. The selling of the brand is what has helped make other clubs huge and left us far behind in the finance stakes.
62 Posted 07/01/2018 at 16:45:50
63 Posted 07/01/2018 at 16:48:50
Your post should be compulsory reading for every Evertonian in the world. Particularly those that are so accepting of mediocrity, and love anyone that shows "passion" which, by the way, appears to be the latest buzzword pertaining to Everton on social media.
An example of this is Oumar Niasse He "shows passion" you see, and "deserves to stay at Everton after all he has been through". The fact that he is an appalling footballer seems to be irrelevant, and I can't for one second imagine that shower across the park taking to such a terrible player.
I was absolutely furious on Friday night. Apoplectic. Yet I read all kinds of posts on Facebook saying things like "Ah well, at least we tried", which some seem to feel is commendable when referring to a squad of extremely well paid footballers They may well have "tried", but we fucking lost to them. Again. And I am sick to death of that.
64 Posted 07/01/2018 at 16:49:38
Cockney lad sitting next to me.
"Oo's yer brand, scarse?"
65 Posted 07/01/2018 at 16:55:17
66 Posted 07/01/2018 at 16:58:14
Do you honestly think that Everton is financed by the supporters who go to Goodison? If so, you are sadly living in a past long dead.
Everything is about the foreign TV deals and merchandising, global, not local. The Premier League is a brand, a global brand. And the clubs that take part are brands, marketed around the globe. That is why you have Manchester United kits sold and worn all over Asia. And it's why Manchester City and Chelsea shirts are common viewing in the USA. They are brands marketed to bring in revenue that supports the club and makes the owners all that cash.
Don't believe me? Take it from Manchester United themselves, who know a thing or to about this.
“Within the Commercial revenue sector, we monetize our global brand via three revenue streams: sponsorship; retail, merchandising, apparel & product licensing; and mobile & content.
Sponsorship: We monetize the value of our global brand and community of followers through marketing and sponsorship relationships with leading international and regional companies around the globe. To better leverage the strength of our brand, we have developed a global, regional and product segmentation sponsorship strategy. Our sponsorship revenue was 𧵚.3 million, 𧵘.1 million, and 𧵒.8 million for each of the years ended 30 June 2017, 2016, and 2015, respectively.â€
67 Posted 07/01/2018 at 17:00:21
I started going to the match in 1961 when I was 7, and by the time I was 16 I'd witnessed 3 trophies and consistent top end of the table finishes, as well as consistently wonderful and stylish attacking football. But it was all based on having more money than other clubs.
Until we get into that position again, and get massive injections of money, we'll continue to be top-end of mid table and at best winning the occasional Derby match if we're lucky. Anything else is simply rearranging the deck chairs on a ship that's drifting.
68 Posted 07/01/2018 at 17:01:13
69 Posted 07/01/2018 at 17:04:09
Indeed if we're looking at why so many other clubs have won at Anfield over the last 20 years since we last did you need to look no further than the very fact that they DO care very intensively about the Merseyside derby. Don't let them kid you otherwise.
70 Posted 07/01/2018 at 17:08:32
We have always gone there and shrunk in the carnival flag waving atmosphere, all our players have shit themselves big time even the so-called blue scousers maybe the exception of Rooney but he's never made enough appearances, Baines is a powder-puff lad, Barkley was always a spanner short of a toolbox and would never have been our Steven Gerrard let's be honest.
As people say, it's a mental block now, nothing else but a mental block, smaller clubs regularly go away from home to Anfield or other venues like Arsenal, Chelsea and win (Watford at Arsenal last year, Burnley at Chelsea, Crystal Palace won four back-to-back trips to Chelsea and Liverpool between 2014 and 2017) places we haven't sniffed a win at since Gazza was a fit young lad playing a part for England in Euro 96.
So it can only be classed as a mental block that's existed at Everton for years now, to have so many years without beating these sides goes beyond financial restrictions, clubs like Bournemouth, Watford, Palace regularly prove it's very doable to win at such venues.
That is why Everton's biggest signing ever would be to employ a sports psychologist.
71 Posted 07/01/2018 at 17:11:19
The game has changed a lot over the years as we all know and big investors have generally determined who wins rules the roost. The top six indicate that right now and over the last few years.
However, one thing about life is that things change.
Some of the also-rans of previous years are gradually attracting big investors as they see how world wide media coverage of the ''beautiful'' game can bring in big rewards.
Just look at the profit the RS have made on the Couthino deal.
Everton's turn may not be far away now that Moshiri is here but we have to be patient and have the right personnel in place.
That may or may not be Big Sam or Little Sam but there is a lot of very promising talent at the club right now, more so than there's ever been in my opinion and it just needs the right people to bring it all to fruition.
Yes, it is galling to have to stomach the constant disappointments especially in derby matches where the RS have most of the luck but every dog has it's day and I think time will prove me right about things changing.
72 Posted 07/01/2018 at 17:11:25
Of course I believed, mate! I really, really thought we were going to finally throw off that 18-year millstone of not winning there.
Our goal was the best move of the match. Jags charging forward down the right to set up Siggy for the goal the best part of it! What the frig was he doing there?! Brilliant by the skipper!
And then... we lost. Coughing up a really soft goal in the last 5 minutes. For all the 'improvement'.
If you follow my posts on here, you know full well my position on many aspects of the club. Part of the tolerance and patience I display is for the new manager to be given time to turn around the train wreck he inherited.
I've already written on TW let's see how the squad looks come 1st February, as much as for who has been shipped out as to who gets drafted in. None of that explains or justifies the near 50 years of abysmal returns against Liverpool that my original post analysed.
Oh! And as for David Barks, you make some legitimate remarks about marketing and customer recruitment and retention and how a football club most definitely represents 'a brand', David.
That said, a football (sports) supporter is different in some ways to the 'customer profile' of other 'brands' because of the often personal, historical inheritance and emotional attachment they have to the club they follow. They cannot be casually persuaded to switch to a 'superior brand' that offers more 'features'.
I also think you are being too dismissive in how much improved Everton is these days with their marketing and branding, as Gary's link @ 54 highlights. The league high numbers on young attendees at Goodison reinforce that.
I believe you are stateside these days David and I don't know how frequently you get back to Liverpool these days, but I think you also seriously underestimate just how strong the Blue following is in the city still, as others point out.
I recently made my first visit back to the city of my birth in nigh on 20 years. Okay, I mixed mainly in Blue circles with friends and family during my stay, but I also have to say time and time and time again, in shops, cafes, restaurants, pubs, with taxi drivers, whatever, the overwhelming majority of strangers I spoke casually with revealed themselves as Blues.
That is not invention David. It is based on actual experience.
If Moshiri proves the real deal and gets it right, he can stir a slumbering giant.
The historic performances against 'them', the focus of my OP, still hurts though!
73 Posted 07/01/2018 at 17:12:34
74 Posted 07/01/2018 at 17:18:15
Is there any evidence that that works significantly in football at local level as opposed to non-local level? ie, are young people from Merseyside these days shown to be ditching their original local club (say, Everton) pretty much as easily as a non-local (say, Chinese) would? I'd be very surprised but maybe the evidence is out there.
75 Posted 07/01/2018 at 17:19:39
I completely agree that the city is filled with Blues. I experience the same when I come over. And I do not expect current Blues to switch their support. My God that would never happen. What I was saying is that, in the future, I fear the children will make that choice before they get the emotional attachment.
Yes, I am perhaps using some of the analytics I work with regarding millennials and the next generation and applying that. I do not believe it will have the same level of impact that it has in brand retention of other industries, but I believe it will have some impact.
Not in overwhelming numbers at first. But it doesn't have to be. As others have said, and I acknowledge and am proof of, it is mostly passed down. So a few kids switch to red, then their kids will be brought up reds. What you certainly won't see right now is kids choosing us over them.
I will live in eternal optimism that Moshiri will one day turn it around, or that the next owner will. But so far it's getting worse, but performances that in the past would have been rightly condemned are now being accepted and in other cases actually approved of.
76 Posted 07/01/2018 at 17:21:54
77 Posted 07/01/2018 at 17:22:09
Lack of ambition, motivation and poor recruitment at all levels.
Complacency and poor decision-making after the 1970 title win and after the 1984-87 triumphs. By all means blame Heysel; think about what we did ourselves. Persuaded Harvey to take the job when he said he didn't want it. Then we joined our neighbours across the park at running the club like a family corner shop and got left behind. Years of underfunding, poor recruitment and over-retention have followed.
Since he came on board, Moshiri has wiped the debt, brought in a big-name manager and backed him, then sacked him when things became terminal. Now he's brought in a manager with authority who can actually communicate, unlike the last two. I'll judge him on what he does till the end of the season.
Let's concentrate on the things we can do. Run the place like a proper business, making it clear what success actually means and firing anyone who can't/won't toe the line. Having a coherent spokesperson in place to keep the fans informed on all matters.
I'd have all the non-playing staff on performance-related contracts. Making it clear what our ambitions are, so we keep our young talent. Only buying players when we know specifically how we're going to use them, making sure that we close deals quickly. Getting rid of players who are clearly past their best instead of giving them another 3 years.
I don't like seeing us lose Derbies or playing defensive football. Where we are now is where we were a year ago, a dull team winning some and losing some. I do like us looking organised for the first time in four years; I love seeing youngsters coming through with an attitude and application that puts some 'senior' players to shame.
Now we need to drill the forward players as well as the defence. We need to recruit players who create a spark with their skill and attitude. We need diamonds that glow all the time, rather than every so often. Players and staff need to know what's expected and the consequences of succeeding or failing to do it. That's what will get us up the table, challenging and winning trophies.
Karma? You make your own luck, you learn from your mistakes and get the basics consistently right. In the 47 years I've been actively following the club, we've done that for about five of them.
Debt cleared, stadium on the way; let's make a fresh start and do these things properly for a change.
78 Posted 07/01/2018 at 17:22:09
Arsenal on the last day of last season springs to mind, they had a Cup Final the following weekend and were down to 10 men after 13 minutes yet still prevailed 3-1.
Numerous times we had a man advantage at Anfield but still lost.
We once played an Arsenal team that looked visibly pissed at Highbury after wrapping up the title a week earlier, 2002 but they won 4-3 thanks to us behaving more pissed than them.
We need a sports psychologist and we need one now.
79 Posted 07/01/2018 at 17:23:21
All I'm saying @67 is that, even if that mentality problem were solved, there's a much bigger underlying problem to do with money. Sort that out, and you solve many problems.
80 Posted 07/01/2018 at 17:28:33
Would a person so fearful of flying get on a plane confidently without medication, intervention or hyponotherapy?? Maybe they wouldn't even fly at all?
It's the same principle with Everton in big games away from home.
We need an outside influence like a sports psychologist.
81 Posted 07/01/2018 at 17:31:32
82 Posted 07/01/2018 at 17:38:30
This "I'm prepared to wait till February" lark is just a snapshot of the way this club has been run for over 30 years.
There are two things we want from our club: to play attractive football, and to win things. There is no serious hope of Allardyce doing either. We may get the odd stirring game, but we already know we will be the Premier League's gargoyle as long as he is here.
What the fuck are people waiting for??? That's a genuine question by the way. If you are prepared to accept the eternal promise of Jam Tomorrow... why be surprised when others don't expect any today?
83 Posted 07/01/2018 at 17:41:40
Unlike John G in this thread, I don't readily dismiss some of the claims you are making, specifically to "... children [choosing other clubs] before they get the emotional attachment [inherited from their parents/locale/peers]."
There is clear evidence in the last couple of decades that local clubs do lose out as a younger generation opt to follow the bigger, more successful 'brand', rather than 'Toffington City' playing in League Two.
As an example, on that recent trip to the UK I also crossed the Pennines to visit friends and family around Leeds, quite a hot bed of local support for the team at Elland Road.
Now 15-20 years ago the young son of one die-hard Leeds United family was proud to wear the kit and pretend he was Yeboah or Viduka, winning the league for Leeds.
He is now an Arsenal supporter. It is also a source of huge annoyance to my mate who increasingly sees Man United shirts being worn by kids in this previously hot bed community of Leeds fans. If you have any inkling of the rivalry that exists between the 2 clubs, you will understand what total heresy it is for Leeds followers.
Now maybe the Blue half of the city of Liverpool is more resilient than that. But the scenario you paint is not one that should be casually or sneeringly dismissed.
85 Posted 07/01/2018 at 17:42:24
As a club, we deserve everything we get. Live life on your knees long enough and, sooner or later, some filthy lecherous scumbag is going to say "Fucking suck on it". Well, that lot stick it to us year after year and the most spirited resistance we can muster is to occasionally spit rather than swallow.
Instead of standing up and fighting back, our solution seems to be to stitch yet another complete arse of a showing onto our face, like a footballing version of 'The Human Centipede', now nearly 20 shit-eaters strong and stretching out for miles.
I remember my old man reacting with disgust when David Moyes came out and said it was "unbelievable" and "incredible" for Everton to get so much as a draw at Anfield, given the difference in spending power. He became resigned to going to his grave without seeing us record another win at their ground that very day. Yet, it now seems that snatching a point and playing the part of plucky spoiler is indeed satisfaction enough for some.
A lamentable league performance, where we looked no further than launching it out of danger and were handed the undeserved lifeline of a soft penalty on our sole foray forward, is now savoured because it left their manager with a titty lip on over the fact only one team tried to play?
A Third Round FA Cup exit is said to be a 'step in the right direction' simply because the bare minimum requirement of a bit of damn grit and effort was evident in a derby game?
Maybe it's just the fact that perpetual failure has finally resulted in a large number of the fanbase becoming resigned to our fate of bobbing about directionlessly like a dropped log trying desperately not to be flushed down the bog, but lacking the necessary limbs to claw our way back to the loftier position where we once 'hung out'.
Far from the first time people have cottoned on to the club being shite, of course, but in previous era's there had always been some hope, no matter how miniscule, of the right appointment... the right signings... the right youngsters... the right investor...of something.... being the catalyst for Everton to finally reawaken and kick on once again. After the latest false dawn, not even the most deluded, droopy eyed, fuckwit is going to be falling for that one again any time soon, surely?
Apologies, this past week has put me on a right downer.
86 Posted 07/01/2018 at 18:02:47
87 Posted 07/01/2018 at 18:04:31
88 Posted 07/01/2018 at 18:11:43
Even Man City, with all their money, took a while before they got it right.
Where I do agree is that we never see the signs of these, only one or the other fleetingly.
I'm not convinced we'll win anything with Allardyce either, but I do think he'll leave his successor with an easier job. And then it's up to us to recruit well. Ohhhh.
89 Posted 07/01/2018 at 18:11:44
In my opinion, three players turned out who are not good enough to play consistently for Everton in the future and will be replaced very soon. We might be in agreement there, Jay.
90 Posted 07/01/2018 at 18:14:57
"The moment I hear anyone at the game refer to Everton as a 'brand' is the moment I give up."
This sounds like something Bill Kenwright would say, and belongs to an era when we were sponsored by the makers of fax machines.
The value of the Premier League overseas rights is rapidly catching up with the value of the domestic rights, and within the next 5 years will overtake it.
Like it or lump it, money power is the influencing force in this league. Like it or lump it, the Premier League is a business where brand matters.
Like it or lump it, Premier League revenues from overseas (TV rights, merchandise, advertising) will overtake revenues from the domestic and local fan base.
The Premier League is a global product run by businessmen. Moshiri is in for £230m-odd for this reason. Brand absolutely matters.
If we are to end our dismal derby run, we will need to recognise, gear up and cash in on this global trend.
91 Posted 07/01/2018 at 18:22:11
92 Posted 07/01/2018 at 18:22:34
The last time we beat them was the worst for me because they were fucking shite, and we just accepted a 2-0 win. I remember having to make a joke about it with some Evertonians, because I was fuckin' fumin', and they were obviously thinking I must have been a red.
Joe Royle had it right: get stuck right into them, then laugh and joke, at the end. Throw in a couple of throw-away remarks, and put the boot back on the other foot. I think Allardyce will approach these games on similar lines, given time, and Sammy Lee, already knows their traits, so hopefully soon they will be calling him a fucking traitor!
I see what Dave means though (me dar) because I text Jonjoe Kenny's dad, after the game on Friday night, because although we lost, I was made-up with him, and a few of are younger lads. I think it will have hurt them kids, a lot more than it's hurt our players for years, so that is the positive I'm clinging to for now.
Make the bastards tell us they hate us to our face, because it's the snidiness, and the smugness, that goes right through me, and probably every other Evertonian.
93 Posted 07/01/2018 at 18:24:50
It was Kenwright love child David Moyes who first instilled the losers underdog mentality on every trip to Anfield and every other trip to what was then the so-called top four. The man has never won away to Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea or Manchester United (some say he even struggled for wins there as United boss. -) .
It was Moyes that once said we can count ourselves after every trip to Old Trafford to “get out of there aliveâ€ and of course the infamous “Knives to gunfightsâ€ phrase.
11 years of overall failure by the man Kenwright would still have here now , let's not kid ourselves Moyes managed Everton at a time when finishing 4th was achievable. Manchester City were nowhere to be seen as a club then, Tottenham were having short term affairs with everyone from Glenn Hoddle, Jacques Santini and Juande Ramos, resulting in-bottom half finishes.
Liverpool were in and out of transition under various managers. There was only Arsenal, United and Chelsea that had first dibs on the top three places. Many a time our rivals for 4th or 5th were the likes of Aston Villa, Blackburn and Middlesbrough.
Moyes wouldn't have lasted a minute in today's world and that my friend is why his last two clubs have been those that merely view survival as the Holy Grail.
94 Posted 07/01/2018 at 18:26:40
95 Posted 07/01/2018 at 18:32:20
96 Posted 07/01/2018 at 18:44:09
Simple. Our players don't believe it's possible. We start out playing to protect what we have.... Nothing.
How do we change this? Play some football and try to score more than them instead of trying to nick a goal and defend like we are at Rourke's Drift.
97 Posted 07/01/2018 at 19:03:38
Since the formation of the Premier League I do believe it has become more of a mental issue throughout the Club.
Getting the next win over them is and will be huge for the youngsters a lot of them are just becoming immune to it.
As we've discussed on other threads for the youngsters' sakes I'd be more than happy for the RS to have 90% possession have 50 attempts on goal as long as we win it by one in time added on.
98 Posted 07/01/2018 at 19:48:29
I think Paul Tran (#88) said he cant think of a manager who turned up at a club in a mess and turned into a paradise of trophies and winning football. Paul you may be to young to remember Brian Clough.
My one regret is that John Moores didn't have the balls to appoint Clough when he left Derby, as I believe he would have given us the foundation that Shankly gave the other lot. The problem with Everton is our appointment of managers apart from a couple of exceptions is terrible.
Maybe Moores was frightened of Clough just like the FA were. I would just add for those too young to remember Clough what he did with Derby was on a shoe string.
Maybe Moores was remembering what Clough said to the derby chairman, Sam Longsdon when at pre season Clough had bought 2 players without telling Longsdon. Longsdon confronted Clough asking who gave him the authority to buy these players. Clough said Sam just go back to the boardroom polish the league trophy and keep out of football matters.
99 Posted 07/01/2018 at 19:50:54
We had a hold over them in the 90's.
1992...Everton 2-1 Liverpool
1993...Everton 2-0 Liverpool
1994...Everton 2-0 Liverpool
1995...Liverpool 0-0 Everton
1995...Liverpool 1-2 Everton
1996...Everton 1-1 Liverpool
1996...Liverpool 1-1 Everton
1997...Everton 1-1 Liverpool
1997...Everton 2-0 Liverpool
1998...Liverpool 1-1 Everton
1998...Everton 0-0 Liverpool
1999... Liverpool 0-1 Everton
Imagine a decade of results like that now???
It could have been even better if Mikel Madar hadn't missed an open goal at the Kop End in 1998!!!!
100 Posted 07/01/2018 at 19:57:04
ps: Anyone out there know exactly when they overtook us on derby victories?
102 Posted 07/01/2018 at 20:10:33
I agree, we would be delighted with that set of results, but I read some time ago that they have won more derbies at Goodison than we have and scored more goals at Goodison, not a great record.
103 Posted 07/01/2018 at 20:14:00
104 Posted 07/01/2018 at 20:48:21
I go back to the 50s
50s won 1, lost 2
60s. Won 6, drawn 6, lost 5
70s. Won 3, drawn 10, lost 10
80s. Won 7, drawn 8, lost 17
90s Won 7, drawn 9, lost 7
00s. Won 3, drawn 7, lost 12
10s. Won 1, drawn 7, lost 9
In all competitions.
Now I just do not see anywhere where as I said we never really had it over them. Even my favourite team of the 60s didn't grind them into the ground, though that decade and the 90s saw us pretty even
105 Posted 07/01/2018 at 20:53:58
Liverpool are now a global entity. They have many Scandinavian and Irish fans and to these fans and to all the Liverpool fans around the UK, like the BBC weatherman who said "Come on you Reds" on Friday night, the United game is the derby for such fans.
I live in rural Rutland, I see little kids with, in numerical order, Man Utd shirts, Liverpool shirts, Chelsea shirts... Only my grandson wears an Everton shirt.
Someone above posted about the way Shankly created a whole mood around Liverpool by cultivating the press. Catterick, while equally successful, shunned the media. Liverpool began the process of picking up fans all over the place, Everton didn't.
Financially, this has cost us dearly. I read somewhere that ticket sales at some clubs accounts for less than 10% of income.
This situation of the Everton mindset in these games is quite complex. For some reason, our players and perhaps us supporters too, go into the derby game with even less confidence than we have against the other teams in the top six.
Money is the main factor, but there are others as well including the whole post Heysel repercussions. If Allardyce can get one of his many helpers to alter the mindset before the Goodison derby then he will have done something that Moyes, Martinez, and Koeman singularly failed to do.
106 Posted 07/01/2018 at 21:11:50
Reminds me of the time as a kid when I read The Hornet - they did a piece on Everton and assured their readers that the Everton fans called Joe Royle 'Lighthouse'. Left me scratching my [9 yr old] head, as I'd been to several games at Goodison by then, and had never heard anyone call Joe that.
107 Posted 07/01/2018 at 21:13:16
Apart from a few years in the 80s, we've been shit for the last 40 years and have stagnated as a club but you can't keep an Evertonian down for long and it's that eternal hope that keeps us going.
Btw, does Rutland TV still exist?
108 Posted 07/01/2018 at 21:39:24
Due to the fact I find it hard to stay out until 3am and pour ale down my neck... well not at the time I don't, just the next day, anyway, the last one I watched 'live' as it were, via TV was the 3-3. This was at the Pig 'n' Whistle, Brisbane.
The place was packed to the rafters with RS, mostly under 40, most wearing shirts; there were 3 Blues... one with a shirt me; my 2 lads think shirt-wearing is naff... they may be right.
One Blue shirt... as some Aussie said, "That's not a brand, This is a brand!!!'
109 Posted 07/01/2018 at 22:47:14
As to the question of when they finally overhauled us by having more wins than defeats against us, by my calculations it was not until game 140 (of the 230 games series until now), a 3-1 defeat at Anfield on 7 November, 1981. A full 87 years after game 1 of the derby.
They pulled level with us twice in all that time at 3 wins each after just 8 games way back in 1899, then 3 more times in the late 70s before talking the overall lead for the first time as I said above in 1981.
We have not gained ascendancy over them in the win stakes since, nor even drawn level with them. The ratio of wins they have achieved since 1981 has seen them inexorably pull further and further ahead. It currently stands 92-66 in their favour.
Dunno what others think, but a year after the sublime Everton team won the title in 1969-70, we clashed in the FA Cup semi-final at Old Trafford in March 1971.
Comfortably winning the game at half time with a goal by Bally, still playing well we contrived to lose 2-1. They went on to lose the final to Arsenal (who won the double that year), but rose to be the dominant team of the 70s and 80s, only briefly interrupted by us in the mid-80s.
In retrospect, I see that as a very pivotal moment in our respective histories. Everton seemed well placed to be the dominant team of the 1970s. Instead, Harry Catterick's health and judgement deteriorated rapidly, Bally was sold and that beautiful side broken up and we entered a wilderness period and have encountered very few thirst-quenching oases since.
110 Posted 07/01/2018 at 23:06:20
I think it may have been the mid- to late-80s that they overtook us on derby victories. That's an educated guess, by the way.
Aren't they equal with us on wins at Goodison now as well?
111 Posted 07/01/2018 at 23:06:45
Versus the small few, but growing, that accept the failure to adapt, change and most of all lead is at the root of the issue, whether we beat Liverpool or not.
The time for patience, method and more conventional schools of thought are ebbing away, if not defunct. If the fanbase cannot or won't be dragged into change, it's very difficult to accept the criticism doled out to the club for not doing the same.
Everton have great history and tradition but our repeated conventional approach has seen us slip off the radar and we are defined as a relic of the past.
Take the manager: I'm sorry you have to rinse and repeat until you get guy who can improve and simultaneously deal with expectations. But no people plead patience, give the man a chance, we aren't a sacking club. It won us nothing.
Chelsea, Spurs, Man City, Sunderland, Watford, even laterly Man Utd all change managers more often than not.
Well perhaps if we were we'd have the right guy by now? The average tenure is 18 months; hint.
Have your nostalgia, memories and a match going experience which enriches you. As a fanbase, unless we modernise and demand better, there will be more articles like this searching for cosmic redress!
112 Posted 07/01/2018 at 23:20:41
As I mentioned in my post 104, I can only go back to the late 50s and it's been bloody awful all my life time. A few par times in the 60s and 90s. Our good decade of the 80s was surprisingly shit too!
Shankly certainly got them psyched up when he arrived and just got a load of self-belief into the Club after relegation and coming back up.
That self-belief and arrogance towards us has stayed, I'm afraid. Maybe one of those sports psychologists could help us but we need some bloody thing.
Recently has been a nightmare, especially for the youngsters, but it's never really been good.
113 Posted 07/01/2018 at 23:28:16
If you look at the article, it's about our results against the RS.
If you look at my post 104 and Jays 109, you will see every manager we've had since Carey has failed to put them in their place, including Kendall and Catterick, our most successful managers since the War.
Your post seems to imply this is just something recent. Far from it, I'm afraid.
114 Posted 07/01/2018 at 23:44:10
Clough would only have done that if he'd had Peter Taylor with him.
Still on Everton managerial appointments of that era, there was a two part interview with Jimmy Armfield on BBC 5 (Five Live, 5 Sport or whatever it is), and he mentioned that John Moores offered him the Everton job around '73 when he was early into his managerial career at Bolton.
He felt that he wasn't quite ready, and expressed this to John Moores, who countered that he felt Armfield could do it quite easily. Armfield asked for a day to think it over and it was agreed that he'd ring him the next day. Armfield rang Moores, and restated that he didn't feel he was ready for a job that big, just yet. John Moores apparently just said "Ok!" and put the phone down.
The Bobby Robson balls-up in 1977 was ridiculous. Met John Moores and Phillip Carter, and agreed a 10-year contract!!!. Robson just asked for 24 hours of hush-hush so he could take care of things at Ipswich face-to-face. Robson was assured discretion would not be an issue. He woke to "Robson for Everton" headlines in the Daily Express, and pulled out of the deal as he felt he couldn't trust the board.
115 Posted 07/01/2018 at 00:40:01
You are referencing a topic which is not the main thrust of the thread, although related.
Writing as you do you gives the impression you believe you are in a extremely small minority of Everton supporters, blessed with precognitive, omniscient powers, able to see and understand better what the majority in the herd deny or are ignorant of.
Sorry to burst that particular bubble John, but there are plenty of TW contributors including posters within this thread, who have spoken over many years and very eloquently on the malaise that permeates through the club and the poor practices of the custodians on many levels.
Addressing your point about the manager, you clearly are not paying close attention to what has happened to Everton managers since Moshiri arrived less than 2 years ago.
The manager he inherited, 3 years in the job, got us to 2 semi-finals but just 4 months after taking over, Moshiri binned him before the final game of the season.
Ronald Koeman, recruited by Moshiri in June 2016. Decent enough first season. Woeful start to his second season. Moshiri binned him just 9 games into this season, just 16 months into his contract.
David Unsworth appointed as caretaker manager. Who knows? If he did a decent enough job, maybe he might have been given more time. He didn't. He wasn't. He survived 5 PL games and a couple of Europa League games and was packed off back to the U-23s.
Sam Allardyce appointed on a short 18-month contract only.
Isn't that all evidence of the primary owner of the club conforming to the manager recruitment model you propose? An 18 month audition and if they don't get results "Rinse and repeat until you get guy who can improve and simultaneously deal with expectations."
With regard to Allardyce, the overwhelming majority of TWers did not want him as manager. But having been appointed, a good number of that majority quite reasonably "plead for patience to give the man a chance."
Barely 2 months and 10 games in the job, given the road crash that he inherited, are you seriously advocating sacking him already John?
To seemingly berate what you imply, or rather explicitly state, is an overly nostalgic, dinosaur fanbase incapable of modernising smacks to me that you hold fellow Blues in contempt.
I think they are a bit more worldly wise than you credit them with John.
PS - if you truly believe the OP is hoping for cosmic redress as the solution to the conundrum that is Everton FC, you clearly didn't read closely enough or comprehend its core subject matter.
116 Posted 08/01/2018 at 01:03:04
It goes against the grain to acknowledge the achievements of the Red Shite. We are programmed to ignore them, but they were a dominant force at home and abroad for decades. They didn't acquire their world wide fan base by beating us, they were beating fucking everyone. They must have won about ten European trophies.
We've gone through periods like this before with our results against them. If memory serves me right, Andy King ended a barren seven-year period against them. A glorious day... but, while they were dominating the game, we were slowly falling from grace... and it's gotten a whole lot worse since Murdoch turned the game on its head. We no longer just get beat by "them", we get beat by all of the "big boys".
The game has changed. Nine times out of ten, the Sky darlings will get the decision over the other team... and, as "the other team", we have had to suffer some howling decisions in our encounters with them too numerous and too painful to list.
To be honest, losing derbies these days is even more painful. They are no longer one of the best teams in the world. That "excuse" has gone... but the memories of their domination (often as a result of those sickening decisions) has somehow affected our mindset. Long after their domestic and European dominance, they were still finding the right player with the right mindset for these games.
Only fleetingly have we produced "the right kind of player" for these games players like Cahill and Big Dunc were often asked to carry all of our hopes into battle.
The good news is there is always another derby coming along; if we were to twat them 5-0 at Goodison Park in the spring, all that history will be reduced to just that history... we won't let them get a word in. We'll spend the next few months slaughtering them in every alehouse in the city and it will be all the more sweeter.
Our day(s) will come... I just wish it/they would fucking hurry up!!
117 Posted 08/01/2018 at 01:45:30
I agree we appear to have the majority of the local fan base, especially amongst the youth. I live opposite a park and most of the kids wear Everton tops which certainly wasn't the case 25 years ago.
The two recent matches against Liverpool really were an eye opener, to me, as to how many foreign and out-of-town fans they actually have. The bus, there and back, was packed with them bedecked in brand new Liverpool gear including a few 50/50 scarves. The guy next to me even had a song sheet he was reading:
I wonder if they're included in the tourist package? It really would be interesting to discover just how many Liverpool seats are sold to the package operators.
I disagree with you saying fathers shouldn't allow their kids to support LFC. You can't make someone support a club if they don't want to. I've supported Everton all my life and have missed very few home games since my first in 1958. I'm lucky to still be fit enough to get to most aways, too, and I'm a shareholder to boot.
So I'm a Blue through and through yet I have a son who has a season ticket on the Kop. He was a Junior Evertonian with a season ticket as a child but switched, post Hillsborough. That must have been the clincher because we still had a good side in those days.
The whole family are Blues apart from him but there's nothing you can do about it. The only plus was that, over the years, it saved me a fortune in replica kits.
118 Posted 08/01/2018 at 01:49:20
Results against Liverpool are just the tip of the iceberg. Being a local contest sure it hurts more. It's a microcosm of everything we are bad at, off and on field. Getting beat by Liverpool is to be forced to look in the mirror, it sharpens the focus.
But our prevailing attitude as a fanbase is for patience, slow to adapt and not demand more in a very cut throat global world.
As for the manager, yes we are getting there, so fair dos. It took us 6 months too long to stop Koeman meandering and Allardyce should never have been appointed. But yeah I get what you are saying. Hard not to be over-zealous when the typing gets going. Call it my own delayed reaction to Friday night.
As for holding many in contempt, nah every blue is entitled to their view, I know no better than the next person. I do think that we should try a very different approach to make up the chasm that exists between us and what resembles a decent club. We are a parody that makes Jossy's Giants look professional.
I've been patient, 20-odd years, I think that's enough time to say hey guys lets be radical, innovative and be at the head of the wave.
That type of change is harsh, and a risk. Something I believe too many find unpalatable and focus on the people trying to initiate or support change rather than the change itself. And I know it might fail, spectacularly too. But I forget the last time I truly enjoyed a game. You know bone rattling, adrenaline-fuelled, hoarse-throated game. That's my catalyst for change.
Oh lastly if I have wandered from the path, there ain't a thread on this site that doesn't veer from one thing to another!
119 Posted 08/01/2018 at 04:52:15
My two sons, my daughter and my grandsons all support Everton.
My view on where we are is that sometimes one goes backwards or sideways before making real progress. I have to say that I think Moyes was a "steady", Martinez was a "sideways" and Koeman (who shouldn't have been) was a "backwards" step.
Much as I had misgivings with Big and Little Sam, I am gaining respect after reading up on Big Sam and watching short Sam really passionate on the sideline. I believe this is the start of the future in which we will start to beat the RS. I like the fact that Big Sam is "Balls and all" and won't take any nonsense.
120 Posted 08/01/2018 at 06:23:23
I think most did miss the point I was making. The figures in the research showed we have the most young fans. Can't see that changing anytime soon.
122 Posted 08/01/2018 at 06:51:39
But I see a problem where the family is farther afield in UK or even overseas where there would be more outside influences from peers and being the only Evertonian would be an oddity.
Certainly is as an adult.
123 Posted 08/01/2018 at 06:55:57
I would loved to have had him at Goodison, but I wonder if he wanted too much control for Moores's liking?
124 Posted 08/01/2018 at 06:59:24
Unsworth inherited a much worse situation than Allardyce, yet he took us five places up the table and handed over a team with much of the confidence restored (See Pickford's recent remarks)
A few on here didn't give Rhino a chance. They were on him from the off, making as much fuss over a dead rubber as they could. Nobody associated with the club actually cared about that game. Yet many of those who howled about it are the same people are now calling for patience for Sam. Funny that.
Anyway, if you want to analyse why we have not beaten the shite in eight years you must first analyse the courage of the men who have lead us into those games.
We all desperately want a change around in our results against the shite but we have spent most of that time "being patient" with Martinez, Koeman and Allardyce... worked a treat for us that has
125 Posted 08/01/2018 at 07:03:43
Our sons live in Melbourne and Sydney and our daughter lives in Portland, Oregon USA.
This might confound your theory?????
126 Posted 08/01/2018 at 07:51:59
My wife and I were on holiday in the Liverpool and in Anfield when Super Kev scored our winning goal. There was a winning vibe in the air that night that defied punditry predictions. Little Franny Jeffers showed he could not be cowed by their vigourous tackling and man-mountain Vesterveld. After a bout of handbags between the pair of them, both were sent off.
Before departing Franny turned toward our fans and got a huge roar of support as he raised a fist in a show of defiance.
After that swine Gerrard almost cut Super Kevin Campbell in half or perhaps because of it the volume of Blues support far drowned out that of the Koppites.
To my everlasting regret, my three long suffering evertonian sons were at home in Australia and missed what was probably our Premier League finest hour.
127 Posted 08/01/2018 at 11:34:06
"That's fine", I told him "but you will also have to find somewhere else to live".
He wasn't really on the turn and of course he has never looked back. Both my other lads have also, as you probably know, embraced the Blue family passionately. We don't get to Goodison much but take in away games when they're in our general neck of the woods when we can.
You do see Everton shirts around down here where I live, not just on relocated scousers but also locals. The point is, when you do see them you fucking know your talking to a real Everton supporter. That's nice. There's a real camaraderie among us.
So many of the RS, Man Utd, Man City these days mob you know are probably just bandwagon fans.
Do we feel superior? you bet your Blue life we do.
Anyone else can kiss me tat.
128 Posted 08/01/2018 at 11:35:29
He damaged us structurally before he bailed.
As a result, for 20 years, we could not win at Anfield
129 Posted 08/01/2018 at 12:42:57
"But I see a problem where the family is farther afield in UK or even overseas where there would be more outside influences from peers and being the only Evertonian would be an oddity."
I can't comment on the experiences of others, but in my own case, overcoming this "oddity" is all about the story telling. I became a blue at school in Nairobi, Kenya, thanks to our chapel priest who used vivid imagery to liken the blues to good, and the reds to evil. Being "odd" but "good" therefore delivered the courage to stand up to the glory hunters.
Ditto my own boy. He was already sold on the club before I took him to his first game against Stoke this season (we flew in from overseas for the occasion).
I had got him there by recounting (almost biblical like) the suffering which the followers of the true blue nation had to endure over the years, but along the way our brave knights had delivered a few bloody noses to the evil dragons.
He knows that some battles may have been lost but the war was still going on, just as in good versus evil.
130 Posted 08/01/2018 at 12:47:09
131 Posted 08/01/2018 at 12:50:13
If I compare this to how the RS behave, it is chalk and cheese. The supporters clubs here in Nairobi have been known to erupt in fights amongst local factions.
After Coutinho's departure to Barca, there was open name calling, abuse and insults hurled between pro and anti FSG camps. My brother is an RS and he recounted this back to me.
Locally, the RS fan base churns heavily many new followers each year, but many also lose interest due to the lack of success and sometimes the toxic nature of the atmosphere.
Whilst there is no EFC supporters club per se here, there are a few followers and if we do congregate to watch a game, there is nothing but warmth.
It can't be a coincidence.
132 Posted 08/01/2018 at 12:53:28
That said, living in hope that we'll one day be consistently competitive is like hoping to win the lottery. Whole lifetimes can pass by without the team you support ever coming good, which is why I am not that keen to encourage my son to be a football fan.
Personally, I can't turn it off for myself, and I know you're all the same, despite the lingering malcontentedness it brings. When you realise that even the fans of Bayern, Real and Barca are annoyed about footballing matters most of the time, you know that enduring happiness and fulfilment will never be found in football.
133 Posted 08/01/2018 at 13:08:15
Big difference is we are just bitter! Bitter for being honest, but it's better than being a snide! Alls I heard after the pen the other week was them bastards fuming for at least five days, but the common theme after Friday, is everyone gets bad decisions?
I couldn't bring myself to be like them bastards ever, gracious in victory, but only when they get things their own fucking way though.
134 Posted 08/01/2018 at 13:20:02
135 Posted 08/01/2018 at 13:30:40
136 Posted 08/01/2018 at 13:31:43
Who are bitter though are the RS every season that goes by without them winning the league.
I absolutely loved it when Stevie G handed Chelsea that win at Mordor.
After years of nothing City are now the benefactors of the foreign millions. Good on them; wish it was us, though, and as long as it's never THEM!
137 Posted 08/01/2018 at 13:44:05
I was born and brought up in Everton to an all blue family so there was nothing else.
When I heat these lads from oversea who haven't the same background but have the same passion, many of them being blues since we last won anything, then they truly are remarkable.
They are really true Evertonians.
138 Posted 08/01/2018 at 13:44:44
After a mere 26 attempts, no sign of the branded trophy arriving in their far-from-overflowing trophy cabinet. Always brightens my day when that fact is recalled.
139 Posted 08/01/2018 at 13:58:30
Thank you for acknowledging how differently Moshiri is operating when compared to Kenwright with regard to managers. Effectively, he has already had 4 managers in less than 2 years since he joined us.
Compare that to things on Kenwright's watch. Kenwright inherited Walter Smith from Peter Johnson and only dismissed him when things were looking really desperate.
Moyes could have stayed for as long as he wanted given his cosy relationship with the chairman, but jumped himself. He wasn't pushed by Kenwright.
I think most Blues will recall the toe-curling 'What a manager!' comment by Kenwright about Roberto Martinez with his arm drapped around Moshiri's shoulders on the latter's first game as the main man after our 2-0 FA Cup quarter final win at Goodison over Chelsea.
You can stake a reasonable bet it was Moshiri rather than Kenwright who took the decision to give Roberto the hook.
Add to that Unsworth's own comments on how frequently he spoke daily to Kenwright whilst caretaker manager, and it is more than a reasonable assumption who Kenwright was lobbying for.
So, effectively, 3 managers under Kenwright in 16 years, only 2 appointed by him and only one categorically sacked by him.
Compare that to Moshiri's 4 managers in under 2 years, 2 full-time appointments, 2 dismissals and another 'retired' back to the U-23s.
Everton under Moshiri then DO do sackings.
As to your other points, you will find me very firmly in the camp that does NOT wish to be restrictive or prescriptive as to what a contributor posts. I campaigned strongly for that in the recent debate on the post limit rule Lyndon introduced.
I also get annoyed when people squeal a thread has 'gone off topic'. And...? All threads take on a life of their own. Oft times, a sub-theme or two that develops within threads proves more interesting than the original subject matter.
I make absolutely no such accusation against you on that score, John.
Rather, I challenged what I believed was your misportrayal of what this thread demonstrated, as described by you in the first paragraph of your post @ 111.
Similarly, reading that post, your words strongly implied that you were in a small minority of 'savvier' Evertonians, rather than choosing to run with the herd mentality of a majority fanbase you described as:
Nostalgic relic of the past failure to adapt slow to change and lead [following] conventional schools of thought [that are] defunct [who] cannot or won't be dragged into change [unable to] modernise and demand better.
I will repeat again, TW constantly demonstrates our fanbase is a bit more worldly-wise and hungry for real change than you label them.
140 Posted 08/01/2018 at 14:38:32
Anyway if/when we get round to the match, the three Reds will have to admit their penalty wasn't a penalty, because the three of them were adamant that Everton's wasn't a penalty, same as Klopp had to admit it wasn't a penalty after the game on Friday.
I'll let my mates tell me why it was a penalty before I let them know what fuckin' hypocrites they are, it won't put them off their meal, as we know "Outraged at everything â€“ absolutely ashamed of nothing."
By the way, none of them have been to the match for 30 years or more.
141 Posted 08/01/2018 at 15:05:25
142 Posted 08/01/2018 at 16:30:13
Damn right mate and that should be repeated ad nauseam from now until March because it becomes a self-fulfilled media prophecy that they are this great team.
Fab four this blah blah the best team going forward in the country behind Man City yada yada, they were likened to the red arrows on Friday. Yet they sit only 4th in the table having won just over half their matches!
143 Posted 08/01/2018 at 16:36:19
At the start of the Premier League we were level pegging with Man Utd on titles.
What we failed to do and still fail to do is see the opportunity and tidal wave of potential income and exploit it.
We have Liverpooltv, Chelseatv, Man Utdtv etc all on their own broadcast channels. Evertontv is like a small local company.
The thinking and planning at the club has been small-time and local under Kenwright instead of seeing and exploiting the worldwide audience that was out there.
One of the reasons we can't beat the RS and others is the quality and mentality of the players we recruit.
They all have a nasty win-at-all-costs mentality. We have the nice guys that don't fall over screaming for a red card etc.
Now I'm happy to forego the lunacy of the likes of Suarez but would love our players to have some of that desire or desperation to win.
Only when we have these sort of players and a management that are prepared to stand up to the FA and media will we start to recover our place at the top table.
First off, Kenwright and his culture must go and we need to start to show some ambition in the transfer market buy the "best" instead of the "best value".
144 Posted 08/01/2018 at 16:38:27
Didn't they win the FA Cup in 2006, the League Cup in 2012, and the Champions League in 2005? Meanwhile we can't beat them.
145 Posted 08/01/2018 at 16:55:27
"Outraged at everything â€“ absolutely ashamed of nothing."
They are not alone either, spent Saturday night with my Chelski obsessed brother-in-law and his mates. I just don't mention football anymore.
146 Posted 08/01/2018 at 18:29:08
Lerner was often quoted as saying 'You are only ever one manager away from disaster' and the likelihood is that it will prove just as true here. Perhaps 'a fool and the club's money etc,' is a more apt adage with us but with Kenwright showing him the way to balls everything up everything he touches, the ex-Arsenal man is well down the slippery slope in record time.
Not one of us forecast that 'a moneyman' would take us back to the days of double figures League places and total crap football but, hey, we should have known it was bound to go wrong with Bill still exerting his influence!
Shame on them both, I say!
147 Posted 08/01/2018 at 18:48:57
I'm sure I've made this point before.
148 Posted 08/01/2018 at 19:43:53
In comparison, Man Utd (whom they hate) have averaged 81 points, and the difference between that and Liverpool is greater than the difference between us and Liverpool. Plus, the a main driving force for the Man Utd success is Rooney (whom they hate).
They tend to go quiet in the face of Premier League stats. Basically, they are a 'contender' but never a winner these days. They're better than us, but only marginally. They're in a similar position to us, wanting to be great again, but failing. But the media would suggest that they're at the top, and of course they believe that hype, so they're deluded. At least we're not deluded.
But of course, all of this is really irrelevant, it's just enjoyable to see their faces when you have a grasp of and state the facts. I only state these things in response to their stupidity; otherwise, I'd say nothing.
The only thing that matters is us winning, against all teams. They just happen to be one team. We need to get our heads around that, and treat them accordingly, just like any other team.
149 Posted 08/01/2018 at 22:33:57
150 Posted 08/01/2018 at 23:04:36
That's only about 250 points in total since 'football went global'!
151 Posted 08/01/2018 at 23:16:36
152 Posted 09/01/2018 at 00:14:17
My own started out following her dad's passion but soon became distracted by other things.
153 Posted 09/01/2018 at 00:21:59
We had a good banquet in the Mayflower, Duke Street; not a bad gaff... in fact very nice. Birthday card was handed over with a tenner off each of us in the card, the recipient was 78 like a rare vinyl 78 record, so six of us with a total of 452 years between us had a fuckin' good night with not an angry word between us, and that doesn't happen very often.
The only sad part was the eldest member of the gang, 83 next month, hasn't been very well for the last few months and couldn't make it, so we toasted his good health and remembered friends who have passed on, Blues and Reds.
154 Posted 09/01/2018 at 11:44:57
We will overcome without it being stated in black and white appears to be a theme on the thread. We will regain our position at the top of the pile. It is just a matter of time!
Long live Nil Satis Nisi Optimum!
155 Posted 09/01/2018 at 11:56:52
Dave, if football never got mentioned, then there will be fuckin murder next week, so I've still got to pay for 3 bitters!
156 Posted 09/01/2018 at 14:39:23
157 Posted 09/01/2018 at 15:22:59
I don't necessarily agree that we will ever recover as a club to where we were (i.e. at the pinnacle of the game), at least in the lifetimes of any of us alive today.
You could easily envisage an argument for the American draft system, as a means to prevent dynastic club domination, although that's no guarantee either (just ask fans of Detroit in the NFL) and it tends to lower overall standards in the league by spreading quality players around more (which is one theory for the USA's failure to qualify for the next World Cup).
162 Posted 09/01/2018 at 16:06:45
Regarding getting back to the pinnacle of the game, it'll probably happen if (and only if) we get someone like Usmanov to provide massive bucks like the elite three of Man City, Man Utd and Chelsea.
163 Posted 09/01/2018 at 16:14:23
Run faster, Dave, and time will slow! Get that fitbit on yer wrist (fitbit, not fit bird that will kill you at your age!).
164 Posted 10/01/2018 at 14:12:45
165 Posted 10/01/2018 at 14:15:33
166 Posted 10/01/2018 at 17:50:16
167 Posted 11/01/2018 at 23:35:37
No money, the Foxes have two league cups and a Premier League title since we last won anything. ('95 Charity Shield, right?)
They at times have been set up to succeed. We have not.
168 Posted 12/01/2018 at 11:56:22
169 Posted 12/01/2018 at 15:16:40
This losing streak has to end, those bastards are just taking the piss now, I want the Blues to start like a fucking train... press, press, press and hurt 'em. But, as others have said, when we've been on top in games we never hammer home the pressure, we slack off within 5-10 minutes and allow them to regroup.
We have to keep 'em in the corner & rain down pressure on their week defence... score, then go again, then again... we have to fucking kill 'em off as Man Utd did to teams in the Ferguson era.
I don't just wanna beat them, I want us to batter them. It would shake the footballing world if we put those penalty shootout loving twats to the fucking sword... just once... sigh.
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