Many of you have read my dazed account of my first visit to Goodison in April 2017 after being a US Blue for 32 years. I met incredible ToffeeWebbers, was welcomed beyond imagining, sipped a Guinness with some madmen in the Winslow, saw two Everton wins, cried in row EE, saw my face on the message board, got a Gaynes/Baines photo, and actually snuck onto the pitch to take a pen at the Park End. Magical.
The unspoken subtext was that it was assumed to be a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. I was in treatment for a kind of cancer that rarely allows a second bite of the cherry, as you Brits would say. But beyond all expectations, I have remained in remission. And the cherries keep coming.
One big cherry this fall will be a European tour with my choir, with performances in Italy, Germany and Poland, ending Thursday 29 November. So earlier this year I decided to skip the flight home, hop over to England and see the Blues play that weekend, wherever they would be.
And then the fixture list came out, and you all know where we are on 1 December. It’s on, baby!!
I’ll be reuniting with my miracle hosts from last trip (Pete, Kev, Keith, Rob), and I’d love to meet up with more TWers I haven’t met before. Not to slight anyone, but if you’re anywhere around I’d especially enjoy sharing a bite or a dram with Gerry Quinn (thinking about you, mate), Paul Tran (we missed last time), my fellow survivor Brian Williams… anybody named Abrahams… Dermot Byrne, Silva Ferns, Paratrooper Joe, Frank, Brent, Derek… and my eternal debate opponent Darren Hind.
And of course if any of the US Blues happen to be over for the game (Paul C., Jamie, Bombay Ian, Tim, Sturmie or either of the moderators), that would be a bonus.
The Guinness is on me, lads. And when we win, we riot, right? (OK, a Quiet Riot.)
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1 Posted 14/08/2018 at 11:08:37
2 Posted 14/08/2018 at 11:24:15
3 Posted 14/08/2018 at 11:27:19
4 Posted 14/08/2018 at 13:19:32
Operating a barter system now pal. Bring the towels and cutlery back from your last stay, and the ticket is yours.
The Halligan Mansion can sleep 68, so anyone else looking to travel and stay over is welcome. Don't attempt to sneak in uninvited late at night though, the Leopards have their leashes slipped at 9pm.
5 Posted 14/08/2018 at 13:50:16
6 Posted 14/08/2018 at 13:59:50
Sorry Keith, but Sarah loves the towels and we're keeping them. Besides, none of that wildlife scares me as much as Rob's watch cat. Grrrrr.
7 Posted 14/08/2018 at 15:20:21
8 Posted 14/08/2018 at 22:04:59
9 Posted 14/08/2018 at 22:30:14
10 Posted 14/08/2018 at 22:35:28
11 Posted 14/08/2018 at 22:40:52
12 Posted 14/08/2018 at 23:14:02
Dave, got to meet the both of yas! You come as a set, right?
Peter, as you may recall from our trip to the pastie shop, I eat with my fingers only.
Michael, thank you.
13 Posted 14/08/2018 at 23:41:19
14 Posted 15/08/2018 at 00:35:00
Great news. Wishing you another once in a lifetime trip and many a long year to tell the tales.
15 Posted 15/08/2018 at 05:52:21
16 Posted 15/08/2018 at 09:40:10
17 Posted 15/08/2018 at 10:14:49
I am currently in the UK about a mile from the ground but will probably be back in the US by November. It's a shame as I would love to enjoy a pint with you.
Perhaps we can organize a mass exodus of expat blues for a trip to one of the final games of the season when I hope we are still in with a shout of something worthwhile.
Enjoy your trip, I'm sure the hospitality alone will make it enjoyable but a win at Anfield would make you mascot of the year.
18 Posted 15/08/2018 at 23:04:18
I hope you have a fantastic time over yonder. Take pics again and post another article when you get back chronicling all your moments and exploits, as you did last time.
I'll be in Florida. Where it's warm. Where my bank account won't get crushed with airfare. Some day I'll make the trip.
Also, I'm very happy for you. Coming off cancer and thinking you might be making a one and only pilgrimage your last visit, it warms the heart to see you heading over for the sequel.
Enjoy, Mike. The internet would suggest you're a warm, friendly, nice man who's had to overcome some health obstacles.
You deserve it. Go have fun. When you're at Goodison, root for me too.
19 Posted 15/08/2018 at 23:38:04
20 Posted 16/08/2018 at 06:30:43
Neither of which figured into my teasing Steve about his fixation on our manager!
21 Posted 16/08/2018 at 06:33:38
Jamie, will do, mate. We do need to meet up at some point, somewhere here in the U.S. of A.
22 Posted 16/08/2018 at 06:46:40
We will be sending our very own lucky charm into Mordor, like David facing Goliath.
You're good luck Versus their seemingly endless Faustian pact. Dont let us down.
No pressure though
23 Posted 16/08/2018 at 14:02:26
Unless I pull a hammy in warmups.
24 Posted 16/08/2018 at 19:32:33
I once heard a group of people in the pub talking about your first trip. Your story went beyond ToffeeWeb.
If you can bring the charm to beat the shite a Mordor, you will become legend. future generations of Evertonians will sing songs about you. You will be up there with David France, Brian Labone and Dave Hickson.
Of course the downside is: If we lose, it will be all your fault.
26 Posted 16/08/2018 at 19:49:25
Keep us updated on your schedule?
Sounds a great trip.
27 Posted 16/08/2018 at 19:55:06
As for a win across the park, I'll predict the score right now -- the same as the store where I bought all my kit last time -- Liverpool One, Everton Two. What a day that would be. I'd probably miss my flight home.
28 Posted 16/08/2018 at 20:22:20
29 Posted 16/08/2018 at 20:30:10
30 Posted 16/08/2018 at 20:58:43
31 Posted 16/08/2018 at 21:05:12
I have had the joy of us beating them at Goodison. Only visited their ground 4 times, 1 draw & 3 defeats. No joy, just pain.
Hope you bring some luck, but just hope you have a great trip.
32 Posted 18/08/2018 at 11:07:19
Delighted to hear you are coming over again- I hope you can see a win because there really is no feeling like beating that shower, especially at the meccano ground!
33 Posted 18/08/2018 at 18:46:00
34 Posted 19/08/2018 at 16:48:59
35 Posted 19/08/2018 at 19:44:04
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