Happy Blue Year!

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What a year! As I am currently located in the first country to greet the New Year, it falls to someone here to be the first to say, Happy New Year!

There is no doubt it's been another difficult one for so many worldwide, but I would like to wish every Blue and their loved ones a very happy 2022, and I hope it's a good one for you all. Over the years, there have been some great articles on ToffeeWeb, by writers who never cease to amaze me with their knowledge and love for our club. Don't stop, you make the day for so many others you will never meet in places you would never know existed!

Sadly, we are still in the clutches of this pandemic, and it occurred to me that some who used to post here may well have fallen victim, so I would say to their loved ones, they are not forgotten, just missed.

To Lyndon and Michael, thank you because, without you, thousands of people around the world would have no voice. You have made a massive difference in our lives.

So from my house to yours, may we all one day meet up, laugh, share a tipple and raise a glass to all Blues wherever they are! Stay Safe, Stay Well and Happy New Year from New Zealand!

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Michael Kenrick
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1 Posted 31/12/2021 at 11:14:01
Nice message, Christine, thank you.

And a Happy New Year to all our readers!

Danny O’Neill
2 Posted 31/12/2021 at 11:50:17
The next one starts on the 08:15 from Euston to Lime Street on Sunday. For you no doubt that will be some ungodly hour Christine, but you'll be there with the rest of us.

A very happy New Year to you and your family Christine and to the wider Everton family on here and everywhere.

Sometimes differing opinions & views but one driving passion. We won't be moved and we're coming again.

Stephen Vincent
3 Posted 31/12/2021 at 12:02:55
Great message Christine. Best to you and yours and to all the Blue family for a peaceful and prosperous 2022.
Dave Abrahams
4 Posted 31/12/2021 at 12:14:06
All the best to you Christine for the New Year and make sure whoever lets the New Year in at your house has a cob of coal and a silver coin in their hands to greet you.
Brian Murray
5 Posted 31/12/2021 at 12:24:41
Danny. You or any blues remember the favourite blue pub in Trafalgar Square before and after a Wembley visit called the cockney pride. I was took there twice in the 60 s but can only remember the colours and noise. I was four in 66 ). I have pictures of my dad and older bro’s with a massive banner saying we shall not be moved. I vividly remember it getting thrown away outside old Trafford after the 1971 semi heartache v the shite. Things that stick in your memory eh as a kid.
Brian Murray
6 Posted 31/12/2021 at 12:37:09
Hasten to add the banner was thrown away not me at old Trafford in 71 although temporarily I was lost walking to the ground at Plymouth in 75 cup game as my dad and co detoured to nearest pub. I’m not mentally scarred by efc or my family. Honest ha ha 🙄😀💙
Danny O’Neill
7 Posted 31/12/2021 at 12:57:37
Not familiar with that one Brian, but if you're ever looking for decent pubs around the central area, I'd recommend the Admiralty, which is right on Trafalgar Square across from the Canadian High Commission (Canada House). Then a personal favourite is the Cole Hole, just up from there on the Strand past Charing Cross Station on the way to Covent Garden. Not forgetting the Tattershall Castle; an old disused river boat converted into a pub on the Thames facing the London Eye. Good spot in the summer albeit right in the tourist trap area. Personally, I prefer the area around Great Portland Street station and Camden if I go into town.

But that's my more recent experience. From the 1984 Cup Final, I always remember the noise, atmosphere and sheer jubilation in a pub near Wembley Park station that for the life of me I can't remember the name of or find to this day!! I too have photos of that day. As on a previous thread, the day I nearly got abandoned as a kid when my dad tried (but failed) to invade the pitch at the end with no consideration for my whereabouts or welfare. I wonder where we get it from!!

Tony Dunn
8 Posted 31/12/2021 at 13:41:02
Happy new year to blues everywhere,may we get some good luck and fortune in the new year. As regards London pubs Danny, Bradleys, spanish bar has always been a favourite. Great jukebox and atmosphere. The Tattersall was a favourite in spring and autumn, too busy in the summer. Funnily enough I never got on with the Hispaniola next door. A recent discovery was the Buckingham,near enough opposite the barracks. For that part of the world a good little boozer.
Tony Dunn
9 Posted 31/12/2021 at 13:42:17
Happy new year to blues everywhere,may we get some good luck and fortune in the new year. As regards London pubs Danny, Bradleys, spanish bar has always been a favourite. Great jukebox and atmosphere. The Tattersall was a favourite in spring and autumn, too busy in the summer. Funnily enough I never got on with the Hispaniola next door. A recent discovery was the Buckingham,near enough opposite the barracks. For that part of the world a good little boozer.
Stephen Vincent
10 Posted 31/12/2021 at 13:46:57
Best Blue pub in London is the Horseshoe in Clerkenwell.

In 1984 we took over the Bonnington Hotel on Southampton Row, still hotel of choice for London games.

To this day we talk about singing the Lineker song to the tune of Living Doll in 1986 until we were hoarse.

Brian, Plymouth 1975, simply the best away day ever.

Brian Murray
11 Posted 31/12/2021 at 13:53:27
Danny. I googled the pub. It shut in 70 s sometime. Not that we had a chance to savour it in that decade! That pub you said was bouncing with blues was it it the Wembley Hilton in 95 was boss. The green man a very close second. Not sure your itenarary on Sunday is the crown before or after but it would be great to catch up with you and all ( minus the jellied eel gang hammers this time )
Brian Murray
12 Posted 31/12/2021 at 13:59:43
Stephen post 10. Amazing to think even then our away support totally outnumbered the shite at lime street ( their cup game was at Ipswich). Around midnight the house was deafening getting back into line street especially them shower getting beat. Thought it was our year until Clive Thomas disallowed perfectly good goal v Fulham in the next round. Two years before his total James Hunt of a display at Maine road in 77 robbery
Jim Lloyd
13 Posted 31/12/2021 at 14:07:35
Happy New Year to you and your family as well. Christine. You are so right about what Michael and Lyndon provide for all us Blues, they do a great job.
Stephen Vincent
14 Posted 31/12/2021 at 14:15:00
Brian, so many memories from that day. As you say the Poo lost at Ipswich. We were supposed to be getting off our 'special' at the old Allerton station but because there was a train load of gobshites unloading, we were told that we were going straight to Lime St. It was 1.00am and we complained bitterly that we had no money for a taxi. The driver agreed to slow down so we could jump off. You couldn't even open the doors these days.
Stephen Vincent
15 Posted 31/12/2021 at 14:17:07
I have a spare ticket for the Lower Bullens for tomorrow, free to anyone who can collect from Woolton.
Brian Murray
16 Posted 31/12/2021 at 14:23:20
Stephen. Not many mention that 3 times that twat of a ref done us in the 70s. Alan waddle Derby ( again a mick Lyons goal clean goal disallowed when nil nil in 73. the Fulham cup Lyons again clean goal disallowed would of been the winner and of course 77 Maine road
Danny O’Neill
17 Posted 31/12/2021 at 14:24:23
Yes Brian, I'll be heading to the Crown after the match. It keeps me close to the platform, so no excuses for missing the train!

Hope to see a few in there and will try not to make friends with too many Brighton fans on the way up!

Bill Gall
18 Posted 31/12/2021 at 14:35:48
Happy New Year to all the faithful blues, from Canada. Time wise the games on the East Coast were I live are reasonable, cant say the same for those in Vancouver or on the Island. Here,s hoping our New Year Wishes come true and we end up with a winning team.
Rob Halligan
19 Posted 31/12/2021 at 14:40:10
Stephen and Brian. If memory serves me right, didn’t we take about thirteen specials to Plymouth, while the RS only had about four down to Ipswich?
Stephen Vincent
20 Posted 31/12/2021 at 14:44:40
Rob, the tickets for the specials were more sought after than match tickets. We did have the whole of one side of the ground. 13 sounds about right. I remember the one we were on on the way down was one of the old compartment carriages with no toilet.
Danny O’Neill
21 Posted 31/12/2021 at 14:47:19
Found it Brian. The Torch it's called now. I have no idea if it was called that at the time. As a teenager, I just followed my Dad and many other Everton fans.

Behind the station as you look towards Wembley stadium.

Barry Hesketh
22 Posted 31/12/2021 at 15:03:06
Happy New Year to all readers, writers, general contributors, and not least the editors of this site, below are a few quotes to think about in 2022, some of which are relevant to Evertonians.

“You can get excited about the future. The past won’t mind.” —Hillary DePiano, playwright and author

An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” —William E. Vaughan, journalist and author.

“And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.” —Rainer Maria Rilke, poet

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” —George Eliot, novelist

“The sky isn’t the limit—the sky has no limit.” —Sarah Barker, astrophysicist

“Life’s not about expecting, hoping, and wishing; it’s about doing, being, and becoming.” —Mike Dooley, author and speaker

“Next time you are discussing an important issue with someone, ask yourself, ‘Is this a monologue or dialogue?’ Personally, I’m only interested in the latter.” —Reese Witherspoon, actor

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new.”
—Dan Millman, gymnast, coach, and lecturer.

Peter Mills
23 Posted 31/12/2021 at 15:27:23
Very best wishes for 2022 to those I know on here, and to those I don’t.
Darren Hind
24 Posted 31/12/2021 at 15:39:45
Great sentiments Christine.

Happy new year to you, yours and to all Evertonians. wherever you may be.

Graham Mockford
25 Posted 31/12/2021 at 15:48:35
Two tickets for Sunday in the Lower Gwladys that I can’t now use. Free of charge to the right home, especially if you have a Young Blue who might like to go.

Email me on bluemocky@yahoo.com

Jay Harris
26 Posted 31/12/2021 at 16:19:45
Nice post Christine.

May I wish you, the family and all fellow blues a better 2022 and a safe and prosperous one.

David Greenwood
27 Posted 31/12/2021 at 16:31:40
Happy new year fellow blues. Here's to great things in 2022.
Peter Mills
28 Posted 31/12/2021 at 16:31:50
For those who believe in fate and coincidence, the FA Cup Final is on 14th May 2022. The same date as it was when I attended my first one in 1966.

Just sayin’.

Mike Gaynes
29 Posted 31/12/2021 at 16:52:58
Christine, thank you for launching the New Year from New Zealand, and likewise for launching this thread.

Warmest wishes to the entire TW mob and all true Blues everywhere for a happy, healthy and fulfilling 2022.

Geoff Lambert
30 Posted 31/12/2021 at 18:06:45
Graham 25, I know its a bit late but if the tickets are still available I would like them for a young blue I can take to watch his beloved blues.
Darren Hind
31 Posted 31/12/2021 at 18:21:53
Nice one, Mockers
Peter Warren
32 Posted 31/12/2021 at 18:26:46
Happy New Year all and lovely message Christine
Colin Glassar
33 Posted 31/12/2021 at 18:41:44
Happy new year to you as well, Christine and to all my fellow Blues on here. We may not agree on many things. We may not post as much as some. But our undying (and frustrating) loyalty to Everton is what binds us all together through thick and thin.

Take care. Enjoy and, be safe.

Graham Mockford
34 Posted 31/12/2021 at 18:46:41
Tickets now taken. Hopefully Eric Holland sees a win
Graham Mockford
35 Posted 31/12/2021 at 18:47:36
Cheers Dazzler
Geoff Lambert
36 Posted 31/12/2021 at 19:11:38
You are a true gent Graham.
Graham Mockford
37 Posted 31/12/2021 at 19:18:33
Sorry Geoff you only just missed them. Happy New Year
Danny O’Neill
38 Posted 31/12/2021 at 19:20:13
I believe in fate Peter Mills. Not to the date, but parallels. Dark clouds & relegation fears in December 1983 as we headed into the New Year. Less than 5 months later, I'd watched Everton win a trophy for the first time in my life.

Nice touch Graham.

Andy Crooks
39 Posted 31/12/2021 at 20:00:49
Happy New year to every Evertonian. It's special to be a Blue, magical things happen. This site and the friends I have made through it have been a truly positive influence in my life.
I suppose every supporter thinks their club is special, fair enough. Everton are different, we don't do it for glory; we do it because something special happened in Liverpool a long time ago and it has been passed down to every Blue in the world to keep it going. It's a duty, a labour of love.
Bill Gall
40 Posted 31/12/2021 at 20:21:47
Danny #17
Is the Crown pub on the corner I believe it used to be called the big house were in the early 60s I spent some of my misspent youth in the back room were there used to be 4 snooker tables.
Neil Copeland
41 Posted 31/12/2021 at 20:22:47
A belated Merry Christmas to all, hope everyone had a good one.

Happy New Year!

Andy #39, spot on sir

Danny O’Neill
42 Posted 31/12/2021 at 20:28:54
Nice words Andy.

Bill, yes the one on the corner near Lime Street station.

Tony Dunn @9; with you on the Tattershall / Hispanola thing. Maybe we can have our own version lined up next to BMD? Convert the old Isle of Man Ferry?

Dave Abrahams
43 Posted 31/12/2021 at 20:29:31
Bill (40), No Bill the Crown as always been called The Crown. The Big House and the Crown are like book ends on Lime St, The Big House is next to The Adelphi hotel so if you walk along Lime St towards Lime St rail station The Crown is at the end of that block and across the road is Lime St. station itself.
Bill Gall
44 Posted 31/12/2021 at 20:38:24
Thanks Dave,

Thought I had got them mixed up. The other pub I go to when I go back is The Old Post Office as the people who run it, Stan Jones and his wife, are good friends. I was at school with Stan and he used to be in the group we used to go around with later and we were both at each other’s weddings..

Dave Abrahams
45 Posted 31/12/2021 at 20:55:38
Bill (44), well you had a good friend in Stan Jones a very genuine man, him and his wife ran a very good pub, Stan and his wife retired about three or four years ago, they sold up and I hope they are enjoying a very well earned retirement, I don’t know where they moved to.

You wouldn’t recognise The Post Office now, it’s gone all modern with TV’s all round the pub catering for younger clientele and I don’t think they do meals there anymore but not sure about that, Stan and his staff attracted a lot of customers with the meals they served and he will be missed by a lot of people who drank there including me and my mates, The Post Office was our meeting place on our Monday night pub crawls.

By the way Bill it is called The Post Office, The Poste House is in Cumberland St which runs down from Dale St. to Victoria St, the Beatles were rumoured to have drank there when they were starting off.

Alan McGuffog
46 Posted 31/12/2021 at 20:58:45
Peter..May 14th. I wonder if Dylan is on the Empire?
Peter Mills
47 Posted 31/12/2021 at 20:59:57
Danny#38, I can identify with that. My family, friends and I travelled to Molineux a couple of days after Christmas 1983. Wolves had not won at home all season but beat us 3-0. We thought we were in very serious trouble.

We went to Stoke a couple of weeks later and the support was the most insane I can ever recall. A lot can change in a few weeks.

Best wishes to you and your family, I look forward to seeing you again.

Danny O’Neill
48 Posted 31/12/2021 at 21:00:22
Is the Post Office the pub just down from Hanover Street? Really like that place, but I'd miss my train!!
Mike Doyle
49 Posted 31/12/2021 at 21:03:40
Rob & Stephen. A few guys I was at school with (who generally didn't go to away games) went to Plymouth in 75.

Any idea why so many went - and why it seems to have gone down in blue folklore? Perhaps because so many non-regulars made that trip?

Dave Abrahams
50 Posted 31/12/2021 at 21:08:41
Danny (48) yes that’s the pub, what time is your train back to London? The match finishes around 4-00pm. The Post Office is in School Lane and is about five minutes walk from the station so maybe you could have a look in before going to The Crown or even before you go to match.
Danny O’Neill
51 Posted 31/12/2021 at 21:23:20
Always flexible on the way back Dave, just need to catch the last one!

I plan to be be in Liverpool around 11am and will be around town for an hour or 2 before and after the match.

Peter Mills
52 Posted 31/12/2021 at 21:23:29
Alan#46, indeed he was. Chris Hockenhull, an occasional poster on here, may be able to add to that story, I’ll see if I can contact him.

And Mohammed Ali was training in Hyde Park, surrounded by Evertonians.

Paul Hewitt
53 Posted 31/12/2021 at 22:04:29
Just want to wish everyone a happy new year. Sometimes we can all disagree with each other. But we all support the greatest club going. Here's to a better 2022 to everyone and Everton.
Chris Williams
54 Posted 31/12/2021 at 22:24:25
Dylan was on the Empire that night. He was booed off seemingly. All the civilised scousers were in London, either driving home or dancing in fountains. There are live tracks available from that concert, and they sound fine to me.

The previous cup final in 1965 also coincided with a Dylan concert in the city, I believe. Another team won that day!

Tony Abrahams
55 Posted 31/12/2021 at 22:49:56
You don’t get many nice mellow threads like this on ToffeeWeb, but I’m sure the world was supposed to end in 1984, and with life about to begin again in 2022, then there’s another connection, to add to Danny & Peter’s list!

All the best to everyone, and nice to see you posting Chris W, hopefully it’s not long before Wembley stadium, is once again tangled up in royal blue🤞

Chris Williams
56 Posted 31/12/2021 at 23:01:15
Cheers Tony,

I tend to emerge a bit this time of the year. I hope you’re ok.

Brendan McLaughlin
57 Posted 01/01/2022 at 00:09:51
Happy new year to all...
Alan McGuffog
58 Posted 01/01/2022 at 00:29:48
Peter, as ever this time of year, do pass on my very best wishes to Charles. Slainte
Tony Dunn
59 Posted 01/01/2022 at 00:35:30
Stephen Vincent @10 Is the Horseshoe still going ? Been past a few times at weekends before Covid and that part of town was deserted. I know Rob from canny farm but havent heard from him for a while. Always had the Everton games on
Mike Gaynes
60 Posted 01/01/2022 at 00:37:51
Chris, glad I caught your holiday visit! Don't be a stranger in '22.
Chris Williams
61 Posted 01/01/2022 at 00:46:18
Cheers Mike,

Just listening to Rhiannon Giddens, the Felice Brothers, And James McMurtry new albums. Drinking Glen Morangie. Feeling fine.

Just did my first footing responsibilities.

More immediate to me just now than Everton FC sad to say.

Things change though.

I hope you and your family are well.

Bill Gall
62 Posted 01/01/2022 at 00:51:52
Dave #45,

Thanks for your comments on Stan and his wife Marie. That was their 3rd pub, the first one was The Vernon on Dale Street, opposite the Mersey Tunnel. Their next one was the Horse and Jockey in Melling.

I was surprised he went into that business after the Merchant Navy as he couldn't hold his drink very well when he was younger.

The last time I met Stan was in 2010: I had gone back home for a funeral. Unfortunately, I ended up in the Royal, had to sign myself out to go to the funeral, and the comments were I looked worse then my brother-in-law in the coffin.

Lyndon Lloyd
63 Posted 01/01/2022 at 08:02:00
Thanks, Christine and Happy New Year as ever to everyone who reads, supports, and contributes to ToffeeWeb. 2021 marked 25 years of me running and writing for an Everton website, as well as the 20th anniversary of the merger with Evertonia.

I’ll admit that parts of the last year were as low and as frustrated and as I’ve felt as a Blue. Time will tell if 2022 offers us any more hope that EFC will get back on track towards where we want to be but I remain proud of the fact that we provide a forum for the Blue diaspora to share in the highs and lows of following this dysfunctional but beloved club of ours.

Best wishes to you and yours for the New Year!

Derek Thomas
64 Posted 01/01/2022 at 09:23:56
Now I've recovered - A Happy New Year to one and all
Dave Abrahams
65 Posted 01/01/2022 at 10:04:40
Bill (60), Stan was a good host and usually threw a drink to our company during our visits there, he would walk around the bar and have a good conversation with most of his customers, as I say a nice genuine man.
Gerry Quinn
66 Posted 01/01/2022 at 10:24:21
So glad that Christmas and New year are done and dusted - worst ever with Cathie recovering in hospital from 11 hours of surgery mid-December and just back home on Boxing Day. She can still only lie on her sides and has just started eating again - not much, but getting there.

However, she and I wish all Evertonians everywhere good health, safe times and we do believe that Rafa will get us going in the direction we believe we should be going in - NSNO to you all - for 2022...

Tony Abrahams
67 Posted 01/01/2022 at 12:10:45
I don't think you have been alone in feeling very low and frustrated with Everton, Lyndon, because it's something I've felt around the streets of Goodison for most of this season, mate.

Something wrong, something not quite right, but this all changed on the night we beat Arsenal, when loads of people left the ground and continued to sing in the street.

Then we were absolutely awful at Palace, followed by a real rolling up of the sleeves at Chelsea, which seemed to be really appreciated by the same people who had left London four days earlier full of hate and despair.

I'm feeling optimistic, but I always do once I've got away from Christmas for another 340 days, so I just hope Christine bringing in the New Year brings us all a bit of luck, and we can hopefully look forward to a bit more unity (a nice thread every so often is a good thing, Michael!) which will only mean one thing.

Best wishes for the New Year to everyone, but especially to Lyndon and Michael, and hopefully 2022 brings a lot more happiness to us all when we are watching Everton play.

Dale Self
68 Posted 01/01/2022 at 12:26:34
Happy Blue Year everyone. 2021 was total shit. Thanks for being there and making it worth bitching about. Keep it going, better times coming.
Dave Williams
69 Posted 01/01/2022 at 12:35:06
HNY to everyone who reads this marvellous site. We can all get a bit tetchy with each other at times but ultimately we are one big family and united we can beat anyone. Let’s hope the anticipated new players can stiffen the spirit and resolve shown against Chelsea and we can have a much happier new year with positive results.
Stay well everyone and stick together!!
Paul Birmingham
70 Posted 01/01/2022 at 13:03:30
HNY 2022, to all Evertonians and TWrs.

This year will be a good Blue Year for us, and the best of health and good fortune to everyone.

Adam Carey
71 Posted 01/01/2022 at 13:11:15
Happy New Year ToffeeWebbers! Nice to see Vitaliy Mykolenko has signed on Day 1! 🇺🇦
Stephen Vincent
72 Posted 01/01/2022 at 13:15:12
Tony #59, Happy New Year. I went to the Horseshoe before the Brentford game and it was closed but had a couple of lunch time sessions between the Palace and Chelsea games. Didn't recognise anyone in there and apparently they don't open at the weekends any more unless they have a special event.
Tony Dunn
73 Posted 01/01/2022 at 20:56:05
Thanks for the info, Stephen #72. I won't make a special trip down there for International Scouse day til I check it's open then.
Simon Dalzell
74 Posted 01/01/2022 at 22:31:31
Great message, Christine. I echo your sentiments thanking Michael and Lyndon and all contributors to the mighty ToffeeWeb. A Happy and safe New Year to Blues everywhere.
Jerome Shields
75 Posted 05/01/2022 at 09:35:09
Only came across this thread Happy New Year Christine.

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