Everton coach welcome to return for Thursday's game

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Everton's players will arrive at Goodison Park by coach for the massive Premier League game against Newcastle United on Thursday night where they are set to be welcomed once more by thousands of supporters outside the ground.

Working with Everton's Fan Engagement team, The 1878s supporters group have secured a change from the players' existing match-day routine which has seen them arrive separately in their own cars for games since Sean Dyche took the helm as manager in February.

The passion on display from the club's long-suffering but indefatigable fans last season in the form of unprecedented coach welcomes for home games in the crowded, blue smoke-filled streets around the stadium — and even at Finch Farm ahead of away games — was an indelible feature of the successful battle against relegation and was credited with inspiring the team to vital wins over the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, Thursday's visitors Newcastle United, and, crucially, Crystal Palace.

Similar scenes are now expected before the clash with the Magpies under the Goodison lights, with the Blues sitting in the relegation zone with six games to go.

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Following consultation with Merseyside Police the players and staff will arrive by coach with the convoy due to arrive at the stadium at 5:45 pm. They will approach the stadium down Walton Lane, past the Hot Wok restaurant and onto Goodison Road.

Another initiative by The 1878s, who have also been responsible for the proliferation of banners hung in the Gwladys Street stand before games, had fans arrive early to support the players during their warm-up at Selhurst Park over the weekend before the draw against Crystal Palace.

Dyche acknowledged the efforts, saying: “[The supporters] keep going, keep cheering, and that surely has to be recognised by me, and by the team, too.

"The commitment is absolutely there, and any part they can play is absolutely fantastic. And we have to keep giving them something to go on. I said after the game, it has to be there, that connection.

"Sometimes they can start the energy, sometimes we can, but it has to be there. And generally it has – I have no complaints with the supporters, they have been terrific, so if they can give us anything they can, brilliant."

Everton go into the match against high-flying Newcastle knowing that what would be a first win in six games, would lift them out of the relegation zone and into 16th following the 1-1 draw between Leeds United and Leicester City at Elland Road this evening.


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Paul Hewitt
1 Posted 25/04/2023 at 21:43:34
That will help us score goals.
Paul Smith
2 Posted 25/04/2023 at 21:44:36
Can the coach get these fuckers to play?
Kieran Kinsella
3 Posted 25/04/2023 at 21:47:34
Paul & Paul

Alright misery guts, I think it's a good idea. It might evoke the spirit of last year and give the players a bit of a lift. No harm in trying.

Tony Dunn
4 Posted 25/04/2023 at 21:52:18
👏👏 Well said Kieran, what a miserable pair, positive energy. Get behind the team as soon as possible and roar them on.
Craig Walker
5 Posted 25/04/2023 at 21:57:11
Everything is worth a try. Wish we still had Richarlison. We have no talisman anymore. Newcastle look a different team to when we beat them at home last season. Time for DCL to deliver.
Colin Glassar
6 Posted 25/04/2023 at 21:58:05
Honest question; whatever happens this season, should we stick with Dyche as manager?

Wherever we are next season, I'd prefer not to have him in charge.

Michael Lynch
7 Posted 25/04/2023 at 21:58:50
Somebody fetch Myra the Dog!
Dale Self
8 Posted 25/04/2023 at 22:04:27
That is a fanfuckingtastic picture. Brilliant photo, should receive awards plural.
Derek Knox
9 Posted 25/04/2023 at 22:08:20
Don't tell me "We are going to Park the Bus"! :-)

We need to do a 'Montezuma' in Newcastle's Water, that'll get them running, hopefully in the wrong direction.

Larry O'Hara
10 Posted 25/04/2023 at 22:10:55
Well done to Dyche for listening and yes, we should stick with him: we have an awful squad, not one of which he recruited.
Paul Hewitt
11 Posted 25/04/2023 at 22:11:51
Kieran @3.

Why can't these lazy bastards lift themselves?

I'm sick of making excuses for them.

Pat Kelly
12 Posted 25/04/2023 at 22:12:26
Smacks of desperation on the manager's part. If the players can't motivate themselves in a fight for survival, then they don't really care. That's been evident for some time.
Will Mabon
13 Posted 25/04/2023 at 22:21:45
This should be a nice thing to do, not a necessary thing.

I hope it works – but if it does, how will we know it did?

Mike Morgan
14 Posted 25/04/2023 at 22:24:18
I see Vardy has started scoring again just in time for our visit.

I hate to be so negative but we had a poor team last year that only just survived. It's been said many times that was our lucky escape. But we just didn't learn from it.

The team now without Richarlison, Gordon (before his head was turned) and Calvert-Lewin was much better than what we have now. Gordon should have been sold to Chelsea and that plus the Onana money should have been spent on a couple of decent centre-forwards, Ings for one.

I think we will lose against Newcastle and away at Leicester. Very sad but this could have been avoided.

Lyndon Lloyd
15 Posted 25/04/2023 at 22:38:36
It's a great idea and it will hopefully lift the players. More importantly, it will boost the crowd going into the ground to create the bear-pit atmosphere we will need. The kind that isn't always possible (because the effect would wear off) and, thus, wasn't there for the Fulham game.

That, plus Doucouré back, Calvert-Lewin starting and, hopefully Onana in the line-up, should make Everton a very different proposition to our last home game.

Mike (14), we know all this and can't change it. It's 11 v 11 on Thursday and 11 v 11 next Monday where Leicester will be feeling pretty fragile themselves. Desperation can do funny things and we're not dead yet.


Barry Hesketh
16 Posted 25/04/2023 at 22:38:52
Mike @ 14,

I'm glad you're not anywhere near the players. With your outlook, we may as well all go away for the summer tomorrow. If there are points to be gained, we have to believe, until such time as it's impossible not to reach safety.

Tony Everan
17 Posted 25/04/2023 at 22:45:08
Mike 14, Ever thought of taking up motivational speaking?

We've got some important players coming back, we are at home, the atmosphere will be full on, the players will rise to the occasion. Leeds are poor, Leicester not much better. It's all to play for, we fight for it and see where it gets us.

Danny O’Neill
18 Posted 25/04/2023 at 22:47:53
Barry, our chips will be blue smoked. Our hair unintentionally dyed as we walk through it and our ageing eyes unable to see to first 5 minutes as many supporter attempt to clear their visibility.

Spirit. Forever. Marching.

Brian Wilkinson
19 Posted 25/04/2023 at 23:29:17
Nice to see the old Dunkirk spirit still going strong on here.

Whether or not it motivates the players, it will certainly motivate the fans and create a great atmosphere inside the ground.

We need to be the 12th Man out there on Thursday, put Phil Spector's Wall of Sound to shame… the rest is down to the players.

Jerome Shields
20 Posted 25/04/2023 at 23:32:19
Absolutely well done to the fan groups who got this up and running. Deborah will be happy that the March stalwarts will be getting the further support they deserve. Actually shows how the collective fan groups are working together and it is working.

The Leeds - Leicester game shows how important it is to get a point.

Mike#14 – It is never over until the fat lady sings.

Michael McGrath
21 Posted 25/04/2023 at 23:41:33
Fabulous entertainment from Everton – the way they are able to keep supporters constantly on tenterhooks for fear of The Drop!

I forecast another point against Newcastle and then yet another point against Leicester to keep us on our toes, staying up with a win against Bournemouth in the dying seconds of the last game.

You simply have to hand it to Kenwright for such a nerve-shattering stage performance, for all this nail-biting Dramah.

Derek Cowell
22 Posted 25/04/2023 at 23:44:48
The worst attack versus the best defence in the Premier League!

Come on, you Blues.

Bill Gienapp
23 Posted 26/04/2023 at 00:46:29
Awful lot of pouting on this thread.

People say fans need to do their part... then get mad when the fans are given the best possible opportunity to do their part?

Ernie Baywood
24 Posted 26/04/2023 at 02:37:23
It should be done. I don't think it will 'lift the players' (whatever that means) – but I think it might remind them of the significance of this club to so many people.

Go out and give everything... not because you care about the club (most of them don't) but because we care about the club.

Kieran Kinsella
25 Posted 26/04/2023 at 03:30:52
Paul Hewitt @11,

The lazy bastards should lift themselves but history suggests they won't. Ultimately it shouldn't make a damn bit of difference if you're playing at Goodison, Anfield or on Mars. Or whether you get a warm welcome or a hostile one.

But, somehow, the weak-minded seem to need the psychological boost of a rowdy welcome in order to show up. Therefore we must do what we can to help.

Also, as Lyndon and others point out, it gives the long-suffering fans a lift – even if it's the difference between being somber or having a craic at a wake.

Steve Brown
26 Posted 26/04/2023 at 04:18:43
The squad obviously can't lift themselves every game, otherwise we wouldn't be in the Bottom 5 for the second season.

Let's face reality. The fans will play a massive role in these last games.

They pushed the players over the line, and will need to do so again if we are to survive.

Jerome Shields
27 Posted 26/04/2023 at 05:03:57
This puts direct pressure on the board and owner. The fact that fans yet again feel it necessary to do what they can to maintain Premier League survival. I think most of the fans now know change is necessary regarding the board and there has to be a change in ownership, which leads to professional management of the club.

It is different than last season, when it was thought that survival would provide an impetus for change, but that was incompetently botched on what seems like a continual basis up to now.

The Fans now have a chance again to express their loyality, but they also collectively have more power to effect change than ever before.

Though reading through Colm Kanavangh's Twitter feed, with evidence supplied, the fight began in earnest in 2004 at the AGM, and there is nothing overnight about the build-up we are about to witness.

Danny Baily
28 Posted 26/04/2023 at 06:13:07
I think the club have played this quite well. Had the coach returned sooner, it might not have generated the full impact it undoubtedly will for our remaining home games.
John Keating
29 Posted 26/04/2023 at 06:57:08
We have to try everything.However, at the end of the day, it's all about the players, do they really want it? Look at Villa, Wolves, Palace and a lesser extent Bournemouth, same players, same supporters but all digging themselves out of trouble.

Managers can set teams up with formations and tactics but ultimately it comes down to each individual player and their commitment and mentality. Our problem over the last couple of seasons has, in my opinion, been mentality.

We've had numerous managers with different ideas who have all failed. The only constant are the players. Are they really any worse than Wolves, Villa, Palace, Bournemouth players?
I say No but, for whatever reason, collectively they can't get their heads together.

I fear the worst.

Kim Vivian
30 Posted 26/04/2023 at 07:19:51
This is great, no mistake, and can only be a help. In fact I dreamt about the pre-match march and coach arrival last night. It was emotional...! And accompanied by a marching band in my dream.

However, the whole atmosphere around the club is so, so, different from 12 months ago - And this year's Newcastle ain't last year's Palace. The real test as we know will be on the pitch. We have no Richie, no Gordon - no on field talisman as someone mentioned above. I mean, who will be our on field "flare carrier" this year?... DCL?... Iwobi? Can't see it myself.

Unless they are drugged or comatose the players must realise that the support is truly amazing simply from the noise in the ground, home and especially away, but the noise around the club is so loud this year I just hope that they all, to a man, can rise above that - And get a fucking result.

I still reckon we will draw tonight but if we can win, then last nights Leeds/Leics result will look the best outcome. Failing that a Leeds win would have been the better result. I still see us safe with Leics, Forest and So'ton gone.

Leicester on Monday is going to be huge - a real nail biter, and no coach and flares to help. I think in 5 days we will pretty much know our fate.

COYB - UTFT - NSNO Lets have the game of the year tonight and set the tone for the run in.


Christopher Timmins
31 Posted 26/04/2023 at 07:27:56
No real downside to it; however, a fit Colemn and a fitter Calvert-Lewin are more important to our cause.
Nathan Ford
32 Posted 26/04/2023 at 07:29:46
I travelled up from South Wales to watch the Fulham match and what I watched that day was an absolutely disgusting performance from the team.

This team lacks in every single department from technical ability to tactical awareness. We have players scared to put their bodies on the line and fight for the cause. If bringing back a team bus can give them all a much-needed kick up the backside to at least fight for the shirt, I'm all for it.

The question has been asked whether to stick with Sean Dyche at the end of the season. I'm not sure myself as I'm not sure he knows when to make substitutions. How he continued with Holgate against Crystal Palace was mind-boggling and why he continues to play Maupay just seems farcical.

Just a tip for any incoming manager: There is an Everton fan who's a striker who knocks in goals for fun and could certainly play at a higher level than he is and that's Paul Mullin of Wrexham. I'd have him in my team before any of our strikers.

Tony Abrahams
33 Posted 26/04/2023 at 07:53:11
I've been pestering one of Everton's kit men with daily WhatsApp messages, pleading with him to show them to our manager, about how important getting the players back on the coach really is!!

Lampard won everything with Chelsea but was blown away with the love that the Evertonians have got for our club. Once Dyche witnesses it for himself, then it should make him realise how far he's come in the game to be managing a club like Everton; this will hopefully give him an extra incentive to succeed.

Jerome Shields
34 Posted 26/04/2023 at 08:06:16
John #29,

The other clubs do not have Finch Farm. Imo, the source of the current mentality of most of the players. This has been supported by self-serving and incompetent club management which has added to its ranks by similar mentality
staff and players. The less time the team spends there with less breaks between games, the better. Which fortunately is happening now.

Finch Farm seems to shuffle into the background when loyal support applies pressure. It is remarkable how quickly a player brought in can conform to the Everton type and it is no wonder that so many young players want out, commenting on their time there as not being healthy.

In this run-in, the 'holiday mode' we got prior to these last two seasons would obviously not be appropriate to chance with Evertonians on the warpath.

Other clubs have similar set-ups. Spurs and Chelsea come to mind. The Spurs players gave the away fans back their money after the Newcastle debacle. Which was big of them, having got rid of a manager they did not like.

Actually, I would suggest that Paul Tran in his day-of-the-game player ratings, should include a percentage deductions in wages. The total bill then could be sent to the players on behalf of Evertonians.

Steve Shave
35 Posted 26/04/2023 at 08:07:02
We need to get behind them for the next 6 games, that means shelving our frustration and disappointment with all things football. It means parking our anger with the board until the season has ended.

I hope to see blue smoke, I hope to see passion, and I think we all know in our hearts that, if we survive, it will be due to the fans yet again. This board doesn't deserve us.

Mark Ryan
36 Posted 26/04/2023 at 08:07:38
I thought Sean didn't look at the table?

Oh, I see, he was just lying to the media, week-in & week-out… I just hope it lifts them.

The likes of Labone, Kendall, Harvey, Bally would be laughing:
"Why do they need this incentive?" they'd ask, "they're playing for Everton, for God's sake! What more do they need???"

[Apologies, woke up a little bit cynical this morning.]

Mal van Schaick
37 Posted 26/04/2023 at 08:09:32
Paul #2, Exactly.

Derek #9, very funny. I understand the principle of getting behind the team and urging the players on to demonstrate the importance of our current position and the need to get to wins and points on the board. However, it may not necessarily transfer to the players and onto the pitch.

Newcastle are streets ahead of us in the league and in their quality of players. Our players need to turn up for this game. All 3 points would make a massive difference to our league position and give confidence going into the remaining fixtures. Dyche needs to stress this to the players, and set up the team for a win.

Tactics will play an important part in this game, combined with players remaining calm but playing with passion and for the win. My heart says 3 points, but my head says we may get battered.

Tony McNulty
38 Posted 26/04/2023 at 08:56:54
Great idea, even if it smacks of the last throw of the dice, last chance saloon, pick your cliche.

Last season, didn't Frank say something about having to perform for those fans, once they had given you a reception like that?

One other effect is that it should intimidate Newcastle.

Mark Murphy
39 Posted 26/04/2023 at 09:01:43
Not sure about your last point Tony. They'll bring a very vocal crowd. Our fans will need to be very loud throughout the whole game to counter that lot.

I just hope we don't go a goal down early doors. Nervous as hell! UTFT!

Rob Baker
40 Posted 26/04/2023 at 09:35:51
Colin (6).

I was thinking the same thing. Dyche does not inspire me to move this team forward – regardless of Premier League or Championship.

Can we not find a seriously hungry, modern manager abroad, a De Zerbi for example?

Brian Harrison
41 Posted 26/04/2023 at 09:42:03
While I can understand the idea of welcoming the team bus with flares and songs should inspire them, I think this lot are more likely to freeze with the fans expectations.

I hope I am wrong and the fans welcoming the team bus will have the desired effect.

Kim Vivian
42 Posted 26/04/2023 at 10:04:55
Haha - Re my post #30 - Typed up early and I was thinking it was Thursday today after my dream! Doh...! Of course I mean 'tomorrow' when I say 'tonight'!

I worry, also, that the team may inwardly feel so pressured by the combination of their own past two performances, Newcastle's figurative dismembering of Spurs, the fans' expectations, the grim reality of the precipice, and the situation that the whole club is in, that as Brian says, they simply freeze.

I don't know how they're going to do it mentally but somehow this game has to be played like the Battle of Rorke's Drift – but who is going to be our John Chard?

Still think we'll draw though.

Dave Abrahams
43 Posted 26/04/2023 at 10:21:13
Anyone who thinks it's wrong that the fans are welcoming the players in tomorrow night's game – simply just go to the game as normal and then join in and cheer the team right from the start of the game until the end.

I'm assuming that those moaning about welcoming the coach do go to watch the Blues? It certainly won't do one bit of harm when the fans show their love of the club to the players arriving at Goodison Park – and it most certainly did help the team last season and definitely when the game started. The fans were the prime reason we stayed up last season and we are keeping them going this season.

Moan as much as you want as long as you roar the players on during the match.

Joe Ainsworth
44 Posted 26/04/2023 at 10:39:45
Can't believe there are people on here calling for Dyche's head already. Haven't you noticed where the hire ‘em and fire ‘em policy of our Tim "Nice but Dim" owner have got us?

We stick with him, regardless – give him a chance to build something out of the husk of a squad he inherited after so many years of abysmal recruitment and chronic mismanagement. To do otherwise is lunacy.

Tony McNulty
45 Posted 26/04/2023 at 10:45:37
Mark (#39)

As you try and get into a calm, focused zone before a game, wouldn't you be intimidated by a gang of mad, baying scousers setting off blue smoke against a background of a cacophony of sound?

One of their players even did a runner after a single person chased his car once.

The power of Goodison at night should never be underestimated.

Matt Hayhurst
46 Posted 26/04/2023 at 11:22:24
Looking like 3 from 5 now. I think Southampton are probably too far gone and after seeing Vardy last night I don't think Leicester will do down (although they did look vulnerable at the back). So I reckon it will be 2 from 3 between Forest, Everton and Leeds (to join Southampton).

My gut feeling is Everton will survive and Forest and Leeds will drop with Southampton. I suspect it may go right down to the very last game where I think we have a favourable fixture compared to Leeds and Forest.

We could really do with picking up a point at least against Newcastle!

Here are the remaining fixtures of us and our rivals:

Southampton Fixtures:

Bournemouth (Home)
Newcastle Utd (Away)
Nottm Forest (Away)
Fulham (Home)
Brighton (Away)
Liverpool (Home)

Nottm Forest Fixtures:

Brighton (Home)
Brentford (Away)
Southampton (Home)
Chelsea (Away)
Arsenal (Home)
Crystal Palace (Away)

Everton Fixtures:

Newcastle Utd (Home)
Leicester City(Away)
Brighton (Away)
Man City (Home)
Wolves (Away)
Bournemouth (Home)

Leicester City Fixtures:

Everton (Home)
Fulham (Away)
Liverpool (Home)
Newcastle Utd (Away)
West Ham (Home)

Leeds Utd Fixtures:

Bournemouth (Away)
Man City (Away)
Newcastle Utd (Home)
West Ham Utd (Away)
Tottenham Hotspur (Home)

Robert Tressell
47 Posted 26/04/2023 at 11:52:29
Joe at 44, I'm the same. Dyche is not the problem. Indeed he's the reason we're still in with a chance rather than adrift of Saints.

As for recruiting a DeZerbi, its interesting that there's a correlation between good managers and well run clubs with good players.

It's also interesting that if you put similary lauded Potter in charge of completely dysfunctional club like Chelsea (with all their riches and huge quality squad), he suddenly becomes a poor manager despite doing so well at Brighton.

A DeZerbi isn't the answer - Better recruitment, player development and club management is the answer.

Stephen Davies
48 Posted 26/04/2023 at 11:57:16
Robert..You are 100% correct.
Barry Rathbone
49 Posted 26/04/2023 at 12:08:16
Leeds are our only glimmer of hope now they have a devilish run in whilst Leicester are quite capable of winning a game.

Being more bereft than last year we need Leeds to be annihilated over the coming games allowing escape via a few draws which is all we're capable of.

Can't see it myself the die was cast when Frank changed the team and lost impetus in the Brentford cup tie.

Ah well, bollocks to it

Mark Murphy
50 Posted 26/04/2023 at 12:19:47
Tony, of course I’m fully behind the coach greet (for both coaches) and yes, their players will hopefully be nervous on seeing that but our fans will need to keep it up throughout the game to make that last. Newcastle have a good away following and they’ll do their best to counteract any intimidation from us. The coach welcome is just the start - give them hell for the full 99 minutes that follow! UTFT
Barry Hesketh
51 Posted 26/04/2023 at 12:47:17
Matt @46
I don't think we can write any club off at this moment in time, not when you consider those fixtures that you've posted. Any combination of results could happen and any team might just get the points from any of those fixtures. All Everton Football Club can do is get as many points as possible from their own games, starting tomorrow.

It does look as if it will go down to the final minutes of the final games.

Shane Corcoran
52 Posted 26/04/2023 at 13:30:27
Barry, why did you take the time to type Football Club?

I always find it strange when pundits talk about the “football club” or Liverpool football club in the context of a football conversation.

Anyway, carry on.

Danny O’Neill
53 Posted 26/04/2023 at 13:40:11
Kim @42. My boy Rhodesian Ridgeback is called Rorke after that famous battle and the origin of the breed.

He doesn't do what he's told or what I expect. He frustrates me most of the time when he's off doing his own thing looking for squirrels or foxes and ignoring me and my concerns.

But I love him unconditionally.

That sounds all too familiar.

The team will be welcomed tomorrow. They will be supported passionately. They will know how much you all care. I hope they care as much.

Pete Clarke
54 Posted 26/04/2023 at 13:42:27
Brian @41
Why do you talk so much sense ? I also think the pressure may get to these poor players and the noise may just freeze them. It happened against Fulham. I hope I’m completely wrong on this and my fingers are crossed.
I also hope that Southampton beat Bournemouth and a win for us against the Geordies will drag them right back into this and maybe it will then be that final game to decide who goes down.
Barry Hesketh
55 Posted 26/04/2023 at 13:44:11
Shane @52
I suppose it's to emphasise the importance of the situation we find ourselves in and possibly a bad habit.
Danny O’Neill
56 Posted 26/04/2023 at 13:46:05
It's all about opinions Pete.

Personally, whether it was on the football pitch or in professional life, pressure drives you to perform.

Otherwise, you go through the motions not being concerned.

Again, it depends on individuals, but in my opinion, winners thrive on pressure.

Mark Ryan
57 Posted 26/04/2023 at 14:00:10
This is a much better thread. You scroll one image down and you see our "chairman"
His stupid face makes my heart sink.
I see the image of the bus shrouded by the blue smoke, the fans around it and my heart fills will passion.
I see Kenwrights fizzog and my heart sinks
David Bromwell
58 Posted 26/04/2023 at 14:01:31
As a supporter I feel the pressure, so goodness knows what pressure the players and coaching staff feel. We are obviously going to need more than a fair share of luck, and we need a sensible game plan which plays to our strengths and covers our weaknesses. So the manager and the captain on the pitch are critical. Starting with the Manager, we need him to get everything right, ditch the suit and let's see you in an Everton track suit and please be prepared to use the players on the bench if things are not working. Hopefully Captain Coleman will be back but if he is unavailable we need an outfield captain, not our too excitable goalkeeper.

At this stage the team almost selects itself and final selection will have much to do with who is fit and available. If and when changes have to be made please stick to those who have been a partial success, Coady, Mina, and Simms, and maybe Godfrey. Remembering for this game only a win will do.

Dale Self
59 Posted 26/04/2023 at 14:02:51
The photo of the crowd with the child in foreground is the more powerful image.

And I think the pressure is getting to some of the supporters.

Trevor Peers
60 Posted 26/04/2023 at 14:26:09
Hope it works. It worked last season but we had a better team and squad than we do now. The truth is we should never of been put in this awful situation by this woeful board.

That said, and I'm sure the consequences for this board will be catastrophic even if we do survive, we are still in with a very slim chance of pulling it off and as long as it's statistically possible then there's still hope.

Danny O’Neill
61 Posted 26/04/2023 at 14:30:30
Brian Murray, who has become a friend often tells me off foo being too romantic. I probably am.

But we both share the same passion. We all do. It's all we know and ever have known.

When we met before the Palace game last season we were nearly in tears before the match, let alone how it felt after.

I know that the characters and personalities on this website don't represent all Evertonians.

But tomorrow, we all come together. We always do, just as we did at Selhurst Park several days ago

Dave Abrahams and John Senior who are the wise ones. The Gandalf and Dumledore of Everonianism.

Tony Abrahams with his wisdom and knowledge of football.

Tony Everan with his balanced view.

The Brians Harrison and Wilkinson with their calculated and detailed opinions.

Mark Murphy, Martin Mason, Dave Williams and those blues who put in the miles.

Christine, Mike G, Bill and all of those following from thousands of miles away. We will all be there in some form or other.

Lyndon and Michael for making the website available.

Chris Williams who I communicate with daily.

Me being the blind fool who just follows like I have done since I can remember breathing.

And Rob Halligan, who can tell you a thing or two about Everton and what it means to be a big club.

All of you. Every single one of you. If I missed anyone, I apologise.

Let's go an show Newcastle that tomorrow. Big club Rob's arse.

Colin Glassar
62 Posted 26/04/2023 at 14:45:06
The Everton players should read the barcodes rag, The Mag. They are already gloating they will send us down and celebrate after.

Now I despise our board and owner but at least they don’t have their hands covered in blood like the real owners of Newcastle fucking united do.

They are sport washing at its worse. MBS is a bloodthirsty tyrant and that Staverley bird, and her creepy looking fella, can’t disguise the fact that they are a front for this murderous and repressive regime.

We might not survive this season but at least we can dent those c**ts chances of getting into the so-called champions league.

C’mon Everton, let’s fuck ‘em up!!!

Mark Murphy
63 Posted 26/04/2023 at 15:00:30
“Put in the miles” is that it?
Not, great looking, cracking wit, wiser than my years, younger than my years, generous, brave and chivalrous as well as modest and sensitive…, just “puts in the f@cking miles”???
Mate - it’s 26 miles to Crystal Palace Football Club (!) Me and Martin could’ve cycled it! Good luck Thursday to the team and everyone attending.
Mark Taylor
64 Posted 26/04/2023 at 15:19:54
Might as well give the coach a try, something similar worked last year. I just hope our lot show they are men, not mice, and don't get overwhelmed and shrink from the task in hand, which they seem wont to do.

I was trying to figure out my reaction to the Leeds-Leicester match last night. After all, we are going to at least partly rely on the shortcomings of our nearest rivals. In the end, I decided it was probably the best result for us, it keeps both of them in the mire. A Leicester loss would have given Leeds too much breathing space, then left us with a literally mustn't lose game v Leicester.

I hope the barcodes of the first 25 mins on Sunday don't turn up. We've subsided to a lot worse than that form this season. It is alarming to see the latest bookies odds. I can't recall a point when we have been worse than evens to go down. Now we are odds on, as low as 8/11. I guess that is the bookies reflecting on how the last week's events have shifted probability. We need to do something to reverse that, pronto..

Pete Clarke
65 Posted 26/04/2023 at 15:35:32
I mentioned it on another thread to you Danny that given your military background you wouldn’t want many of our squad with you in the field of battle. They don’t really fill us with inspiration do they ?
However, we do have some of our battlers back who can hopefully turn the the tables on these Geordie upstarts and give us a vital 3 points.
We are due a win and as much as I want it for the future of the football club I love I also want it for all you loyal supporters back home who go through so much in following the team.
Tony McNulty
66 Posted 26/04/2023 at 15:43:33
Mark (~50),

Another card we have and can play is Sean Dyche on the touchline. He brings a level of animation and possibly even intimidation with his shouting and body language. Frank was a nice guy but we don't need a Mr Nice Guy at this stage.

Trevor (#60),

You are absolutely correct. We only just survived last season and the team is patently weaker now.

Danny O’Neill
67 Posted 26/04/2023 at 15:59:02
Pete, we are all going to be there on Thursday evening.

And then again on Monday at Leicester for an 8 pm kick-off followed by a 5:30 start at Brighton the following Monday.

Thank you, Premier League, for considering supporters.

Be there with the travelling blue army, Pete.

Brian Wilkinson
68 Posted 26/04/2023 at 16:10:11
I have a good feeling about tomorrow, I really do, logic says Newcastle are on fire, but this is Everton, never cease to surprise you when you least expect it Everton.

Who could have have called that win against Arsenal, the Draw away to City, the passion against Spurs, for whatever reason, Everton seem to raise their game at Goodison, when the opponents are expected to win.

Put it this way, I would prefer to be playing Newcastle, rather than say a mid table team, I know sounds daft, but for whatever reason, we just seem to give that bit more fight against the bigger teams at home, especially under the lights, and a roaring crowd.

A point would not be a bad result, a win even better, but I just think it is going to be one of those memorable nights tomorrow night.

I just hope and pray we get a fair crack with the ref and var, the rest is down to us Evertonians, the players and the manager.

But yes as the Beatles once belted out from the rooftops

I’ve got a feeling, a feeling deep inside, oh yeah.

Up the Toffees.

Pete Clarke
69 Posted 26/04/2023 at 16:13:05
I'll be there in spirit singing them on.

Yeah mate, Premier League greed has got us all by the balls with these stupid kick-off schedules.

I was home 3 years ago and managed to see us kick off on a Saturday at 3 pm which my mates hadn't seen for ages. As Brian had brought up on a previous thread, there's just so much wrong with the sport, it's not real.

We will not only need battlers on the pitch but we'll need leaders who can drive the rest of the players on to dig deep. I hope Seamus plays a part and Tarkowski needs to start talking on the field instead of off it. He's due a goal too just to show his forwards how it works.

Best wishes to you all.
David Midgley
70 Posted 26/04/2023 at 16:18:53

Danny, 42#.
I'd love your Ridgeback to get among the Foxes.
Martin Mason
71 Posted 26/04/2023 at 16:38:59
I'm going to look for a ticket for Leicester and will ride up on my bike. I feel that I need to be there to give my support. I've seen them win 4 titles which needed no support really, they were that good.

Wednesday, I have to go have a skin cancer removed from my left leg and I'll feel good if I have seen the Blues win that game first. I can't get up there for the Newcastle game but these two games could just see us clear. Or?

Mark Murphy
72 Posted 26/04/2023 at 16:42:44
You've been rejuvenated (or is it reinfected) then, Marty??

You should've said at Palace – I was offered a ticket for Leicester but I can't make that one – I think it's gone now. I've asked for a Wolves Ticket – want to tag along??


Simon Dalzell
73 Posted 26/04/2023 at 16:51:40
Martin (71),

Good luck with your search for a ticket and especially for the hospital visit on Wednesday.

It was obviously good to see Leicester get a point at Leeds, but they did look a decent team in the second half . Hopefully Iheanacho will not play after he limped off. COYB

Martin Mason
74 Posted 26/04/2023 at 17:06:06
Mark, wasn't 100% sure about going by bike and couldn't get back on train. Looks like the weather could be good though and bike will be perfect.

Thanks Simon. It's SCC which isn't the worst but I'd prefer to float in after a Blues win that keeps them up.

Jay Harris
75 Posted 26/04/2023 at 17:16:54
To all the naysayers, I suggest you try and look up a video of the Bayern Munich European game, listen to the atmosphere and then come back on here and say why the players should lift themselves.

Thursday could be a turning point for us as a club. It is so critical that any help whatsoever is going to make a difference.

We can also intimidate the opposition and hopefully influence the officials. It would make a nice change to be given some decisions.

Simon Dalzell
76 Posted 26/04/2023 at 17:28:21
Well said, Jay. I was lucky enough to be at the Bayern match. Only the Palace match has come close.
Ian Hollingworth
77 Posted 26/04/2023 at 17:35:26
We are not done yet and we have to believe.

Danny O’Neill
78 Posted 26/04/2023 at 17:36:37
Palace was unbelievable, Simon, but for me, I'm torn between the FA Cup Final in 1984 and Norwich away in 1987 when we clinched the title.

Days and memories I will never forget.

Brian Wilkinson
79 Posted 26/04/2023 at 17:39:33
Could do with Brighton getting a result tonight, set us up nicely for tomorrow.
Dom Kearney
80 Posted 26/04/2023 at 17:46:02
After listening to the most recent podcast and gaining further optimism, I think we’ll do the Skunks tomorrow!! UTFT!!
John Boswell
81 Posted 26/04/2023 at 18:28:35
I am looking forward to Thursday with the mix of excitement and dread that I approached our last cup final. I hope for a win and dread a defeat. I believe that we can win and take a massive step towards safety.

At the end of the match I would love to see the fans turn to the empty directors seats and chant, raucously, WHERE ARE YA, WHERE ARE YA, let the beggars feel our spite for them. COYB

Rob Halligan
82 Posted 26/04/2023 at 18:42:59
Colin # 62……….fighting words, mate. Newcastle are fuck all;

– Last League Championship, 96 years ago;
– Last domestic trophy, 68 years ago;
– Last trophy of note, 53 years ago.

All of a sudden, they get a few quid and they think they are one of the so-called top teams!

Brian # 68, I know sounds daft but, for whatever reason, we just seem to give that bit more fight against the bigger teams at home, especially under the lights, and a roaring crowd.

Thing is, Brian, we're not playing a bigger team, we're playing Newcastle. They are fuck all, and we will do them tomorrow night. We are a far, far bigger club than they will ever be!

Ian Edwards
83 Posted 26/04/2023 at 18:56:43
Tomorrow's game is probably the most important for decades. Games are running out. We need wins and, as we can't win away, we must get 3 points tomorrow and against Bournemouth as we ain't beating Man City.
Mark Murphy
84 Posted 26/04/2023 at 19:01:51
Someone should do a big fuck-off flag with the Skunks crest and the words BIG CLUB? MY ARSE!


Brent Stephens
85 Posted 26/04/2023 at 19:11:53
Martin #71 - best of luck for Wednesday.
Brian Wilkinson
86 Posted 26/04/2023 at 19:27:13
Agree, Rob, not a big club, but up there in the top four, they are the sort of games that seem to get us up that bit more.

For me, if Coleman, Onana and Doucouré start along with Calvert-Lewin, it gives us one hell of a fighting chance.

Rob Halligan
87 Posted 26/04/2023 at 19:33:22
Mark #84,

Naturally, it would have to be the Skunks crest along side the crest of Spurs…

Big clubs? My Arse!

Anthony A Hughes
88 Posted 26/04/2023 at 19:41:21
Forest miss a penalty!
Jerome Shields
89 Posted 26/04/2023 at 21:56:29
Everton's Premier League survival fight will go to the last game of the season. They need a result against Newcastle tomorrow night. A win will be difficult to get, but the priority is to make sure they don't get beaten.

The Leicester game is the real decider IMO.

Danny Baily
90 Posted 26/04/2023 at 22:03:41
Jerome @89,

There's very little chance we'll take it to the last game, but we're in it until Monday.

Jerome Shields
91 Posted 26/04/2023 at 22:57:51
Danny #90,

I have a feeling you are right. But I think that the players have to have the mentality to last to the end of the season now.

I see the run-in as two stages:The three matches prior to Man City and the matches after that.

To be in contention, Everton have to get two results: one last Saturday and one this Thursday. I do think they are up for getting that, helped by fan support. But the third match in the sequence against Leicester is crucial in that the team need to be focused.

In the Man City game, I would give Mina a run-out, play three at the back and pack the midfield, hound De Bruyne. The final games need sustained effort.

Mike Connolly
92 Posted 26/04/2023 at 23:56:13
Win the next three matches and we're safe – simple as that.
Santosh Benjamin
93 Posted 27/04/2023 at 01:11:50
So many of you on here echo the sentiments that I feel everyday.

Danny # 61 – I am inspired by you every time I feel low about the situation we are in with the club. I live thousands of miles away in a small town in South India. When I read all your posts, I realize that the physical distance is immaterial as we come together as one driving force behind this team.

I will be up at 1 am tomorrow for the game – hoping, praying and sending my best to you all and to the team. Feeling overwhelmed by my emotions this morning... COYB

John Wignall
94 Posted 27/04/2023 at 06:32:02
Let's get behind the team tonight. God we need all the help we can get. It's down to ourselves now, that's it now. We've got to get at least a point tonight. The next two games are vital. Coyb
Pete Neilson
95 Posted 27/04/2023 at 06:48:46
Huge game and need Goodison to be the difference. Many managers, players and even refs have said how intimidating an environment it can be when we’re up for it. The atmosphere was flat against Fulham we need it up to a Spinal Tap 11 on a 10 scale tonight. I think it will be.

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