The Blues Down Under

16/11/2022 97comments  |  Jump to last

Frank Lampard has taken the bulk of his first-team squad to Australia where they will play for the Sydney Super Cup.

A number of youngsters from the Academy have been spotted on the plane to Sydney, with Tom Cannon, Joe Anderson, Isaac Price, Ishé Samuels-Smith and Sebastian Quirk identified on social media.

And there are a host of related pastimes for fans following the team to indulge in this weekend, starting with an open training session at the Accor Stadium on Friday, a Blues’ Cruise around Sydney Harbour, and more pre-match activities before the first game kicks off against Glasgow Celtic at 2:45 pm AEDT on Sunday 20 November.   

Everton's second game of the Sydney Super Cup is against Western Sydney Wanderers at CommBank Stadium, kick-off 7:45 pm AEDT (8:45 am GMT) on Wednesday 23 November)

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The Sydney Super Cup starts with Celtic kicking off against Sydney FC on Thursday 17 November at the newly-opened Sydney Football Stadium.  



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Ralph Basnett
1 Posted 16/11/2022 at 12:24:15
Absolute disgrace that this shower of frauds get a two week holiday in Australia prior to a long Christmas break on megabucks to fail miserably in their jobs.
Jim Bennings
2 Posted 16/11/2022 at 12:32:46
Life being a modern footballer eh Ralph?

The way these sponges are taken care of and wrapped in cotton wool, it's barely surprising that there have been so many shit shows like the Bournemouth one on Saturday.

Always have a mega wage to collect and set up for a lifetime.

I suppose it's different again at clubs where the bar is do high that success is a must but when you have a club like Everton where success is very much off the chart, yet wages are astronomical, I don't expect much change anymore.

Ralph Basnett
3 Posted 16/11/2022 at 12:40:04
What annoys me more is that they go to these places to promote the club and whilst only been to Oz a few times I am yet to count more than ten people with a shirt on!

If we sent them to Sweden, Finland and any other cold uncomfortable place they would probably have a waiver in their contracts.

Jim Bennings
4 Posted 16/11/2022 at 12:53:29

We can go anywhere we want, but we'll never be the catch that Liverpool or United are, then there's at least 4 or 5 other English clubs ahead of us.

We couldn't even properly tap in to the Chinese market when we had the national superstar Li Tie playing for us, coupled with a Chinese sponsor at the time.

Make no mistake, it's like the pointless trips to America every summer, another jolly where we see them all on YouTube channels looking ripped in training and playing devastating passing football until they actually get on the pitch in real game time and they look like a bunch of fellas that just got chucked out of the Black Bull.

Andrew McLawrence
5 Posted 16/11/2022 at 13:06:53
Can't wait for the fume after the inevitable defeats and the debate as to whether any of the current charges would get into an ordinary Scottish Premier team. Given where we are it might have been an idea to stay here for 4 weeks of intensive training and watching Man City matches on repeat.
Paul Hewitt
6 Posted 16/11/2022 at 15:06:46
We might actually win something.
John Kavanagh
7 Posted 16/11/2022 at 15:10:48
Ralph @1

Look on the bright side. Australia is full of Great White sharks, saltwater crocs, venomous snakes and bite-yer-arse funnel-web spiders. Given how slow many of our squad are, their chances of running away are slim. That's if they aren't swept up by the flash floods first.

Eddie Dunn
8 Posted 16/11/2022 at 15:21:31
They all got new luggage, took their own chef but were miffed that they had to fly business class instead of private jet with their own beds.

I'd make them play 07 Vestur in the Faroe Islands, and I'd make them go by boat and sleep on horsehair mattresses.

Jerome Shields
9 Posted 16/11/2022 at 16:04:13
Ancelotti stopped the warm weather break, saying it was not necessary. Frank and the squad are bound for Australia. Such a trip has no earthly purpose regarding preparing the squad.
Brett Jonathan
10 Posted 16/11/2022 at 16:08:54
A trip to Australia with a very high likelihood of losing all three games.

I can't see how that helps with current morale for team or manager.

Jay Harris
11 Posted 16/11/2022 at 16:27:35
Would have preferred to see a few games between the reserves and the first team but there again could there be any enjoyment in a series of 0-0 draws.
Rob Halligan
12 Posted 16/11/2022 at 16:39:26
Brett #10.

Who's the third game against?

Dale Self
13 Posted 16/11/2022 at 16:59:00
Let's face it, Frank has put in a lot of effort in managing expectations and by the look on his face lately it has been getting to him. Let him get out of town and try to cobble something together.

I've seen plenty of occasions across all sports where a situation like this somehow allows something to develop that just takes the pressure off and Waa Laa! – you have a decent team again.

Phill Thompson
14 Posted 16/11/2022 at 17:03:03
Rob #16,

I may be wrong but I read it as a “three-game tournament” ie our two games then Celtic v West Sydney Wanderers, so all teams play only 2 games.

Andy Meighan
15 Posted 16/11/2022 at 17:04:38
As Ralph 1 said. What a life for a footballer. An all expenses paid trip to Oz for being a shower of failures. Personally I'd send them to a labour camp in Siberia. Knocks me sick it really does, and I'll bet they won't win one of them games.
Paul Washington
16 Posted 16/11/2022 at 17:06:23
To think my lad has had to take unpaid leave to go out to Australia to watch this shower.
Rob Halligan
17 Posted 16/11/2022 at 17:22:26
Phill, like you I also think it's a three-game tournament, each team playing the other two, but Brett said we'd likely lose all three games. So has a third game been arranged for Everton?
Dave Abrahams
18 Posted 16/11/2022 at 19:14:09
It's nice to see some of the young lads getting some recognition by being invited on this trip and I hope they enjoy it.

Apart from that, speaking for myself, I'll be glad of the break away from the team, the club and the misery they bestow on us until we face up to them reappearing again on Boxing Day.

A Merry Christmas to the bleedin' lot of them.

Rob Dolby
19 Posted 16/11/2022 at 19:29:45
Couldn't agree more, Dave, just a shame that we can't get a Christmas and New Year break away from them!
Brett Jonathan
20 Posted 16/11/2022 at 19:59:07
My mistake. I assumed in a tournament with four teams, we'd each play the other three.

So looks like Everton can only lose two games now instead of my assumed three. Things are looking up already!

Christy Ring
21 Posted 16/11/2022 at 20:42:45
Guys, in case you forgot, aren't the club also getting paid for signing up to play?

I hope a few of our young lads get a chance to shine, god knows we need a lift.

Neil Lawson
22 Posted 16/11/2022 at 22:24:02
If you haven't seen it yet, look for Lewis Dobbin's screamer last night in the cup v Torquay.

Quietly bring the loan players back and leave most of the squad on Bondi Beach (or in the jungle with Matt Hancock).

Can't be any worse come January.

Martin Faulkner
23 Posted 16/11/2022 at 22:49:33
There is only 3 games:

Celtic vs Sydney Fc on Thursday night local time
Everton vs Celtic on Sunday Afternoon local time
Everton vs Western Sydney Wanderers Next Wednesday evening local time

We can only lose 2!

Martin Faulkner
24 Posted 16/11/2022 at 22:54:53
Nice strike Neil
around the 1 minute mark in this video

Andy Crooks
25 Posted 16/11/2022 at 23:13:59
Dave @18 I used to collect,many,many years ago footballer's "autobiographys". "Ball of Fire" by Alan Ball, "Soccer, my Battlefield", by Nobby Stiles etc. Ghost written nonsensense most likely, but I loved them. I reckon they probably made the lads a welcome few hundred quid.

Anyway, one of my favourites was"Best of Both Worlds "by" my hero George Best. He talks about a pre-season tour to USA by Man Utd. The glamour, the thrill, the excitement, honest to God I couldn't sleep with the thought that football could open this world to George and even me.

I would guess that the whole tour for every player and blazred official probably cost what one of our lower paid lads would earn in a week.

Actually forgotten the utterly scathing point I was about to make. Oh,yeah came back to me. Jim, Ralph, this trip is probably the equivalent, to them, of Bally and Labone being laboured up and down the Southport sand dunes.

No social media, no Saturdays with their sycophantic mates. Slumming it business Class, strangers ironing their underpants. For fuck's sake, have a bit of sympathy.

Jim Cooper
26 Posted 17/11/2022 at 00:40:07
Greetings. I'm a first-timer on TW, despite logging in every day and being a committed blue for over 60 years (started when my LB hero George Thompson got transferred in, along with some bloke called Alex Young). I was dragged up in Runcorn, but I've now lived in Sydney for 47 years (can I get parole from exile now?).

So, how did I feel when the Sydney trip was announced? Mighty pissed off! What a stupid idea! Did they not know this place gets a bit warm this time of the year? The forecast for Sunday's game is 30 degrees, and it's now brought forward to 2.45pm, the hottest part of the day. How did anyone think it was a good idea to send the team on almost the longest possible flight, from English winter to Aussie summer - to play in this heat in the middle of a footy season?

In a way it's disappointing that at least 6 of the 'first team' are not coming, but it may be a blessing (although they're mostly going off to other hot places, albeit with shorter journeys and more time to climatise).

But am I going to the Sydney games? Blood oath, cobber! I confess I'm excited, but I dread the consequences on the PL season.

Dale Self
27 Posted 17/11/2022 at 00:50:55
Jim man, what took you so long? Give em all you got, they need every bit of it!
Nick Page
28 Posted 17/11/2022 at 00:58:50
Good lad, Jim

Odds on us finishing last with no goals?

Christine Foster
29 Posted 17/11/2022 at 01:15:36
Bloody hell, logging into this thread comes with a health warning with instructions on how to slit your own wrists!

What is the matter with you guys? For all the expats living on the other side of the world, it's a big thing having the club visit and play games. You may have the opportunity to see them every other week; for us, on the other hand, it's once every 5 years or so – mind you, one wonders if that's a good thing...

Gives opportunity to play games without the pressure and blood a few at the same time, so apologies if the kick-off times are odd, but try getting up every week at 4 am to watch the sort of stuff we have had to! Then you can complain!! :-)

Kieran Kinsella
30 Posted 17/11/2022 at 04:43:00
I'm hoping Frank uses this trip to give some air time to the better youngsters. Give Mills and Co a chance alongside the core of the first team and see how they do.

I saw Warrington and Mills in the US this summer and frankly was disappointed not to see them given playing time this season. I see no purpose in giving game time or even a ticket to Tom, Mason or Keane unless we've built a time machine to drop them back into Botany Bay 1800.

But I'd be interested to see Tarkowski, Patterson, Mykolenko, Gray etc alongside a few younger lads like Mills and Cannon to see how they do.

Steve Carter
31 Posted 17/11/2022 at 06:12:22
Well, Ralph [3], you've done well.

I'm 63, have lived in Australia all my life, and have supported Everton since I was 12 (all through my teenage years via Shoot! and the occasional second or third short exerts following the main match on Big Match).

In all that time, other than once on a kid a few years back and the four times I've visited Liverpool to watch us play as an adult, I have never seen anyone with a shirt. As for the Red unmentionables, however, one sees them every day.

Danny O’Neill
32 Posted 17/11/2022 at 06:31:17
Firstly, welcome to the community, Jim @26, and enjoy watching the Blues.

Christine, Everton comes with a lifelong health warning. They've put years on my 51 that I've managed to achieve.

Damned if they do, damned if they don't. We want them to project our club and market our brand globally. We complain that they're on a holiday. I'd rather they done this and took the club to those who follow every match from thousands of miles away rather than them sat in the canteen at Finch Farm in their flip-flops on their mobile phones.

Personally, I'm just glad I've got 2 Everton matches to watch and maybe get a glimpse of some of the academy players emerging.

Christine Foster
33 Posted 17/11/2022 at 06:41:56
Ralph, Steve, chalk this down to the marketing... when I lived in Oz, you couldn't get a shirt locally for love nor money.

In fact I went to one of the games in Brisbane with Everton playing the Roar, they had a merchandising hut outside the stadium, selling out-of-date shirts and not so cheap tat. Really poor.

Sean Roe
34 Posted 17/11/2022 at 06:54:52

"What is the matter with you guys? For all the expats living on the other side of the world, it's a big thing having the club visit and play games. You may have the opportunity to see them every other week; for us, on the other hand, it's once every 5 years or so.''

You may strike lucky, we are due a shot on goal, we normally get one every five years or so.

Danny O’Neill
35 Posted 17/11/2022 at 07:06:53
Enjoy the Blues, Christine and Australian blues, just as you have done all of your life.

I've been a season ticket holder when I was able to go religiously to every match, fortunately in the glory years of the 80s. I've been in scenarios where I had to follow from abroad and watch from afar, still religiously. Attending when I was home on leave. I'm now fortunate enough, privileged even, to be able to go and watch the second love of my life more often.

I'm really pleased that the club is taking the opportunity to take the club to those fans and supporters who follow week-in & week-out, as much as any of us regardless of where they are located.

Everton family.

Jim Lloyd
36 Posted 17/11/2022 at 07:31:56

You were blessed to see some great players mate. Alex, Bobby Collins, and, hopefully, the rest of the top players we brought in, courtesy of our best owner/Chairman, shareholder whatever; Sir John Moores.

Gawd bless us, it was real excitement going to the match and queueing up at the Boys Pen for a couple of hours. And then becoming a big feller and going in the ground proper.
Well, we're not so great now but those lads will still be wearing Royal Blue jerseys and I hope they bring back some good memories for you.

Jim, Steve, Ralph, I hope you just enjoy it and our team give you some payback for your support.

Brian Murray
37 Posted 17/11/2022 at 07:38:00
Sean @34.

Isn't it to seize a marketing opportunity? Nah, surely not.

Enjoy the occasion, Christine, I'm so impressed you know the ins and outs and continued problems of this club from afar. As you said, we do probably take it for granted and even sound joyous this hiatus or break from having to even think about them.

Here's to all our ducks in a row sorted by New Year to give us a glorious second half of the season. Sorry been on nights and mixing with Danny too much albeit on WhatsApp.

Danny O’Neill
38 Posted 17/11/2022 at 08:25:20
We know it's coming Brian.

Man hugs in the Winslow next time we meet.

I said the second love of my life. The dogs have just looked at me very disappointed and left the room.

I'm looking forward to these 2 matches. I know they're only exhibition fixtures, but it will be good to see some of the fringe players.

Brian Harrison
39 Posted 17/11/2022 at 09:33:32
Seems taking players to the other side of the world to play in exhibition games is a missed opportunity. While we have this unusual mid-season break, wouldn't it have been better to put on training sessions at Goodison and open to fans to go and watch? Maybe we could then get a glimpse as to why we don't produce shots on goal or have no attacking ideas.

Or maybe take a lesson from Brian Clough, who often took his players down the mines to show them how hard their fans have to work in order to afford to watch his team play. It also made these players realize how very lucky they are to be in such a different environment to their fans.

But, hey, I hear our players are moaning about having to fly business class instead of by private jet – just shows how they have completely lost touch with reality. Is it any wonder that some got upset at the fans having a go at them after the Bournemouth game?

Mind, sending them to a place we used to send convicts seems pretty apt as most of these players are stealing a living.

Anthony Dove
40 Posted 17/11/2022 at 09:40:45
Neil @22.

Absolute screamer.

Matt Traynor
41 Posted 17/11/2022 at 09:46:04
Seems to me the club have missed yet another golden opportunity to engage with the fans, and raise some much needed revenue.

Nightly bushtucker trials. Fans can vote for whoever to fight off saltwater crocs, Great White sharks, funnel web spiders, and Boxed Jellyfish (whatever the feck they are) in order to win a space on the treatment table.

Tony Abrahams
42 Posted 17/11/2022 at 09:55:17
What’s this story about the players not being happy about flying business class? I always found it crazy that some players don’t want to travel and spend time in different places, but at the end of the day, a lot of these players are unaware of their massive good fortune, and it just becomes a job to a lot of them?

Looking at the pictures of the players in the water on Bondi-Beach, they all looked happy enough, but maybe this is because they don’t have a game for a few days? We will see.

Barry Williams
43 Posted 17/11/2022 at 10:15:21
I think the midfield will fit right in with the indigenous population. They have been practicing Aboriginal walkabouts for quite a few weeks now!
Martin Faulkner
44 Posted 17/11/2022 at 10:40:54
Sydney just beat Celtic 2-1
Barry Hesketh
45 Posted 17/11/2022 at 10:54:05
Tony @42,

Thanks for clearing that up for me, as I initially thought those photos were from the games against Bournemouth last week.

It's probably the class of travel to Australia that caused the players to 'down tools' last Saturday. It gets me down when these players act like spoilt schoolchildren.

I don't know for sure that this is the case, but there always seems to be something outside of the actual football that gives the players an excuse to underperform.

John Pickles
46 Posted 17/11/2022 at 11:01:19
They don't belong in Business Class.

I remember taking them over to Holland for a pre-season camp in a couple of decades ago and having over a dozen seats unusable afterwards because they were covered in chewing gum. I doubt much has changed.

Danny O’Neill
47 Posted 17/11/2022 at 11:34:14
@Brian Harrison, that would be great.

Make the team and the club accessible by opening the padlocks of Finch Farm.

I will make my excuses early, apologies for the repeat, but I enjoy having access to the training sessions on the occasions I visit Schalke. Supporters on the side of the pitches watching the sessions and the youth matches, often talking to the coaches and players who are not involved but are there.

I'm not a fan of the phrase, but aren't we supposedly The People's Club? How about making the club more accessible to the people?

Shane Corcoran
48 Posted 17/11/2022 at 13:25:23
Coleman is the only one that springs to mind but is he, and any others who are playing international friendlies flying over at the weekend for the second game?
Dave Abrahams
49 Posted 17/11/2022 at 14:03:35
Christine (29),Disappointed in you Christine, don’t you want to see the team you love show themselves off to their many adoring fans on the other side of the world, then half of a very poor squad turn up and these poor fans actually see the players we’ve had to endure week after week for years, they will be massively underwhelmed by the players,on the good side they will know what brilliant fans Everton have back home, who support this team every week to a packed out stadium at Goodison Park and every away ticket snapped up within minutes of gong on sale: And that’s what we get to see.

God bless all those Everton fans who travel to Australia and all those native fans who go to the two matches,I hope you see much better Everton performances than we’ve had the pleasure of seeing!!

David Midgley
50 Posted 17/11/2022 at 14:13:24
Matt Traynor #41.

It's a jellyfish in a box. You can get it at your local chippy or online

at 'Just Eat '.

Barry Hesketh
51 Posted 17/11/2022 at 14:27:22
David @50
I heard that Thelwell was trying to order one during the last window but ended up with more pie (Maupay).
Ed Prytherch
52 Posted 17/11/2022 at 15:17:26
I am not envious of this boondoggle. You couldn't pay me enough to take a 20-hour flight to eat kangaroo tail soup and drink Fosters lager.
Frank McGregor
53 Posted 17/11/2022 at 15:23:25
I cannot believe that the club would mollie-coddle the players and show them training on a sun-drenched beach when performances are an absolute disgrace in the Premier League.

This whole episode shows contempt for anyone associated with the club.

Bill Gall
54 Posted 17/11/2022 at 15:41:56
Just watched the clip of the players training ? on Bondi Beach, does anyone know why the flag was at half mast on that building.
Christine Foster
55 Posted 17/11/2022 at 17:36:31
Dave 49# of course your right Dave, but I remember going to see them in Brisbane last time they were over, didn't matter then that it was half a team, it was my team and they were here. That's all that mattered, it wasn't Goodison, but it was still full of Everton fans, a poor substitute but still filled me with pride.
Dave Abrahams
56 Posted 17/11/2022 at 17:46:11
Christine (55),

No, you are the one who's right. I'm just on a downer with Everton's situation at the moment and, if I lived in Australia, of course I'd be there watching the Blues with the rest of the Everton fans cheering them on.

Dale Self
57 Posted 17/11/2022 at 18:15:33
You're not bumming anyone out, Dave! Yours is a voice of reason. Occasionally grumpy but reasonably so.
Nick Page
58 Posted 17/11/2022 at 18:20:14
What an absolute disgrace - rewarding complete and utter failure with a jolly to Australia. Shame they couldn't take Kenwright and Barrett-Baxendale with them and leave the useless fuckers there.
Brian Hennessy
59 Posted 17/11/2022 at 18:28:20
Nick. That's a bit unfair.

What on earth have the citizens of Australia done to deserve Kenwright and Barrett-Baxendale forced upon them?

Danny O’Neill
60 Posted 17/11/2022 at 18:52:03
If I was there, I'd be going to watch them.

I'm still trying to get over the two trips to Bournemouth last week.


Paul Kernot
61 Posted 17/11/2022 at 19:50:22
I'll be on a flight soon. Tickets to both games. I was expecting to be watching second-string kids while Lampard sorts out the adults but it seems most of the first eleven will be on display.

The A League isn't bad. Neither of the games will be a walkover.

Warren Brennan
62 Posted 18/11/2022 at 02:59:13
Well I've landed in Sydney after spending money I don't really have to get here from New Zealand.

Nearly thrown the telly out the window several times this season, and probably wondering why I've gone to the trouble of getting here to watch potentially more shyte. But then I get my coat on and get moving...

Danny O’Neill
63 Posted 18/11/2022 at 06:33:22
Go and enjoy, Warren. I hope the players make your trip worthwhile.

It's always worth going to see the Blues, even when they upset me.

Get down the front at the end. I'm sure the players and staff will come over to the supporters.

Darren Hind
64 Posted 18/11/2022 at 06:35:48

Spending money you havent got?

If you hadnt already gone past the point of no return, You have now. There no way back for you now, lad.

The fact that you have come close, but never actually thrown a telly out of the window, demonstrates the instantly recognisable masochistic tendencies of the True Blue.

Enjoy the suffering!

Danny O’Neill
65 Posted 18/11/2022 at 07:30:05
I'm probably making a foolish assumption, but I'm supposing that the club will be making these matches available online?

I don't really go on the club website too often, I just use the App on my phone to buy tickets.

Tony Abrahams
66 Posted 18/11/2022 at 08:07:45
It's not the Taliban, it's the Tellyban, but what would we do if we never had Everton dementing the life out of us with irrational thoughts?

Enjoy your trip, Warren, and remember that, if people just went the match for the football only, most stadiums would only be half full!

Pete Clarke
67 Posted 18/11/2022 at 09:16:08
I was going to fly from Perth to Sydney but they jacked the prices right up so if I'm going to spend money I haven't got then I'll save it for the “Kenwright Out“ March down Goodison Road. Somebody let me know when it is please.

In all seriousness, there's no way I'd have not gone if the club had given me any enjoyment over the past 20 years — and of course if we had some real good players I would like to see.

Brian Murray
68 Posted 18/11/2022 at 13:11:29
Bill @54,

The flag at half mast sounds a bit foreboding and grim. Reap what you sow, you could say…

Rob Halligan
69 Posted 18/11/2022 at 17:26:20
Everton have taken a 22-man squad with them which includes the following players: Joe Anderson; Asmir Begovic; Tom Cannon; Billy Crellin; Tom Davies; Abdoulaye Doucoure; Anthony Gordon; Demarai Gray; Mason Holgate; Michael Keane; Andy Lonergan; Neal Maupay; Dwight McNeil; Stanley Mills; Yerry Mina; Vitalii Mykolenko; Nathan Patterson; Isaac Price; Seb Quirk; James Tarkowski; Ruben Vinagre; Reece Welch.

Missing are those at the World Cup, Jordan Pickford, Conor Coady, Gana Gueye and Amadou Onana. Seamus Coleman and Alex Iwobi playing friendlies, Ben Godfrey, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Andros Townsend who are probably left behind as still recuperating from injury, and James Garner and Rondon, but I've no idea where those two are?

Don't think I've missed anyone out.

Michael Kenrick
70 Posted 18/11/2022 at 17:34:32
16-year-old Ishé Samuels-Smith?

I read something this morning that said he had gone as well.

Maybe just for the ride?

And I have a note that James Garner missed Episode 2 of the Bournemouth battering through injury. Maybe that needs more TLC at Finch Farm?

And Rondon has not even been on the bench for the last 4 games. Was there word he would be looking for another club in January?

Mike Doyle
71 Posted 18/11/2022 at 17:38:13
Rob 69,

Please reassure us you haven't gone to Australia too. We know you like your away trips!

Rob Halligan
72 Posted 18/11/2022 at 17:40:51
Mike, I haven’t, but I will be roughy one-third of the way there come the end of this month, as I’m going to Dubai. I think Everton may be home by then.
Mike Doyle
73 Posted 18/11/2022 at 17:43:36

Are you sounding out wealthy potential buyers of EFC in the oil-rich UAE by any chance?

Rob Halligan
74 Posted 18/11/2022 at 17:45:29
I may have a word with one or two “Locals” while I'm there, Mike.

Alternatively, I may have a word with Emirates during the 7½-hour flight about naming rights for the new stadium.

Danny O’Neill
75 Posted 18/11/2022 at 18:02:55
Rob, just pop out for a pint of milk and loaf of bread.

Bought in Sydney!!

Enjoy Dubai. See you soon.

Rob Halligan
76 Posted 18/11/2022 at 18:05:03
Nathan Patterson is also out there, Michael. Surely he didn't pull out of the Scotland squad for their friendly game(s) to fly to Australia? I thought it was every player's dream to play for their country?

Can only assume the End is Nigh for Rondon if he didn't make the squad for Australia.

Rob Halligan
77 Posted 18/11/2022 at 18:08:44
Boxing Day, Danny!
Frank Sheppard
78 Posted 18/11/2022 at 18:37:35
We might have some touches in the oppositions box, and even some meaningful attempts on target. Here’s hoping.
Jeff Armstrong
79 Posted 18/11/2022 at 18:47:05
Bit odd that Lampard has now given up on Rondon or maybe it's vice versa, he was bringing him on as a sub a few weeks ago.

Tom Cannon was behind Rondon, Simms and Dobbin in August, he's now back up to Neal fkn Maupay, just shows how shortsighted the loan-outs were (as lots on here said so).

That's on Lampard and Thelwell, terrible foresight and mismanagement.

Amateurish really.

Mike Doyle
80 Posted 18/11/2022 at 18:49:20
Having dragged them to the other side of the globe, I hope Frank gives some of the young lads a chance. Would like to see Cannon and Maupay given a go together.
Michael Kenrick
81 Posted 18/11/2022 at 20:09:49

From the news item Lyndon put up about Patterson, he noted the club didn't have to release players for the current round of international friendlies and I think Lampard asked or persuaded Nathan to forego this one. As stated:

The decision was taken to keep the young fullback with the rest of the Blues squad as Frank Lampard attempts to use the 6-week hiatus from the Premier League while the World Cup is on to work with those players not going to Qatar.

Seems sensible to me.

Rob Halligan
82 Posted 18/11/2022 at 21:07:07
I reckon Patterson wanted to go to Australia just so he can put one over on Celtic! Good on him.
John Raftery
83 Posted 18/11/2022 at 23:35:57
I was thinking what a cheerless little thread this was until post 29 with Christine's burst of positivity.

Imagine if we had turned down the opportunity of playing in Sydney. How much invective would have rained down on the club for what would have been seen as a gross failure to promote itself across the continents?

I am pleased we did take up the opportunity and delighted of course to be here. It is great to meet both Celtic and Everton fans who have travelled and a nice antidote to last week's disappointments at Bournemouth.

Eric Myles
84 Posted 19/11/2022 at 03:31:01
Steve, Ralph, Danny, on the subject of shirts, yesterday I was walking through the arse end of Hanoi and came across a shop selling footy shirts. So I thought I'd pop in and challenge them to find me an Everton shirt.

To my surprise, one of the staff was wearing last season's home kit, and I was able to find this season's home kit hidden away on the racks!!

Shirt and shorts for the princely sum of £7, yes £7, that's not a typo!

Eric Myles
85 Posted 19/11/2022 at 03:37:01
While I'm here, are there any Blues on here that also live in Hanoi?
Barry Williams
86 Posted 19/11/2022 at 05:49:06
Eric Myles,

I lived in Hanoi for 2 years – quite a long time ago. It is the only city in which I constantly had to wear headphones to stay sane. The noise!

Danny O’Neill
87 Posted 19/11/2022 at 07:04:19
John, you enjoy. The Celtic fans are a lively bunch. I won't confess to support them, but they are definitely the Scottish team I lean towards.

It will make a nice escape from those traumatic escapades on the south coast last week.

As you say, John, it's great that the club are actually marketing themselves. The alternative being to lock themselves into Finch Farm? I'm looking forward to these matches more than I am the World Cup.

I've got to go to and watch England v New Zealand today at Twickenham. It's a work / business thing. Corporate hospitality and all. Not my thing and, as I said to my US colleagues, I probably understand less about Rugby than I do American Football.

I understand the club are holding an open training session. How about they do that at Finch Farm occasionally?

Eric Myles
88 Posted 19/11/2022 at 07:36:54
Barry #86,

I also lived here for 2 years, 20 years ago, now I've retired here.

It's a lot quieter than it used to be, but still as busy.

Paul Kernot
89 Posted 19/11/2022 at 08:56:53
John. Where will you be pre game tomorrow? I'd love to catch up for a quick one with a fellow blue/ToffeeWebber.
Mike Keating
90 Posted 19/11/2022 at 12:06:05
So there are four teams but we only get to play two of them.
How do they decide who wins the damn thing?
John Raftery
91 Posted 19/11/2022 at 12:55:35
Hi Paul (89)

The Mrs and I will be catching a train out of Central Station around midday to make sure we get to the stadium ahead of the thousands. I don't know what's available around the stadium. Do you? We will be in Row 2, Seats 48 & 49.

Paul Kernot
92 Posted 19/11/2022 at 21:35:30
Hi John. Probably too hard but my wife's phone number is 0274 218 275. We'll also head out of Central stn but might be a needle in a Haystack job. We booked a bit late so we're in the non alcohol section!! I'll enjoy the day regardless but I'm a bit nervous about our lack of goal threat. Hopefully one of the kids will shine.
John Raftery
93 Posted 19/11/2022 at 23:10:58
Thanks Paul. Will ring later once we reach the stadium.
Rob Halligan
94 Posted 19/11/2022 at 23:12:22
Hey John, if there’s any programmes, can you get me one? Cheers.
Rob Halligan
95 Posted 19/11/2022 at 23:13:58
Mike # 90. There’s only three teams taking part in this tournament.
John Raftery
96 Posted 20/11/2022 at 21:43:10
Hi Rob. There were no programmes unfortunately. If there had been I was intending to bring a load back. Darryl on Coach One had asked me for one and I had promised one to Andy our steward. I haven’t even got a printed match ticket!

Paul (92) Sorry we didn’t get to meet. I tried to ring your number when we got to the stadium. I knew I was out of credit but got the same message on my wife’s phone. She thought she had enough for phone calls! We are going across to Manly on the ferry later; then to Christchurch tomorrow morning. So we won’t be at Wednesday’s match.

Rob Halligan
97 Posted 20/11/2022 at 23:34:38
Hi John. Never mind. See you Boxing Day.

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