Everton arrange private security for their final match of the season

16/05/2023 25comments  |  Jump to last

Everton are deploying a private security firm G4S to police their final home match of the season — but insist the measures are not down to the threat of relegation.

An unprecedented number of security personnel formed a cordon on the Goodison pitch around the tunnel entrance at the end of Monday's defeat to Manchester City, in what many believed was a trial run for the final day of Premier League action when Bournemouth are the visitors.  

But insiders claim the club are reacting to the Premier League and FA’s sharp focus on pitch encroachment and want to avoid a repeat of the £300,000 fine Everton had to pay following the pitch invasion after the match against Crystal Palace last May.

Officials say the actions taken at the Man City game were to demonstrate that they have a plan in place and the resources available to deal with a pitch invasion, and add that external security groups have been used throughout the season due to casual staff shortages.

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Mark Murphy
1 Posted 15/05/2023 at 17:39:20
Were the board there on Monday?
Rob Dolby
2 Posted 15/05/2023 at 17:44:25
Mark, not as far as I know.

Did anyone else think that the security around the dugout at the end of the game was well OTT? We all know the board are out of touch with the fans but that was pathetic.

Apparently we have employed a private security firm just in case the worst happens. Maybe it was a dry run for the final home game, nevertheless it was OTT imo.

Mark Murphy
3 Posted 15/05/2023 at 17:50:25
Ah okay, Rob, thanks.

My hunch is that we won't see that board again. I think Moshiri is working behind the scenes to get them gone.

He may not be a football man but he's got his millions somehow and I'm pretty sure he can see they aren't doing the job he expects them to. I reckon they're gone.

Ernie Baywood
4 Posted 16/05/2023 at 05:46:29
I'd imagine we will not be completely safe by the last game.

If we stayed up at home to Bournemouth, how do you see the crowd reacting? I just can't imagine a celebration second time around? It doesn't feel like something worth celebrating.

I think I'll feel relief, dread for next season, and a lot of anger at the short and long term mismanagement that has made this season such a shitshow.

Alan McGuffog
5 Posted 16/05/2023 at 07:35:26
Ernie the crowd will play its part against Bournemouth to get us over the line. I'd love to see everyone file out of the ground in silence at the final whistle, however.


Derek Thomas
6 Posted 16/05/2023 at 08:21:16

At half-time versus Man City, about 60 stewards practised forming a 3-sided rectangular shoulder-to-shoulder redoubt or cordon around the tunnel.

I think it might have been as much a thinly veiled warning message as much as a practice.

I can hear the dulcet tones of the lady announcer... "Commence Operation Rourke's Drift, Commence Operation Rourke's Drift."

Maybe Bill will get Michael Caine to reprise his role in Zulu. He'd line up 3 ranks of red coats with their Martini Henry rifles and bayonets and have at it at the advancing hordes.

"First rank, FIRE!"

(Note: actual security measures on the day may differ…)

Shane Kind
7 Posted 16/05/2023 at 09:23:24
'Oi, you lot, stop chucking those bloody spears!'

[Read aloud with Cockney accent.]

Alan J Thompson
8 Posted 16/05/2023 at 12:20:00
Sounds like the cowards we call the Board might be attending in what might become known as "Bill's Last Stand".

And who knows – it might be adopted for one side of the new Everton Stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock – or more fitting, on the door of a convenience that overlooks the Sewage Works.

Michael Lynch
9 Posted 16/05/2023 at 12:42:36
Surely there's no possibility of Bill and his pals attending? There'd be a riot, whether we stay up or go down.

He's deluded but he's not mad.

Danny O’Neill
10 Posted 16/05/2023 at 13:08:46
I wondered what was going on with the cordon on Monday.

I personally thought the Police handled the situation sensibly last season.

As for the board. Do not show. You abandoned us in January and with the team and manager, we have been on our own since then.

I have led and managed people in difficult situations and no matter what, you face the challenge and lead people.

Taking responsibility. Making decisions. Ownership. Accountability. Communication and Direction.

This lot have ran away. Abandoned ship.

They don't belong here.

Dennis Stevens
11 Posted 16/05/2023 at 16:23:22
Mention of the fine above makes me consider the fine Forest have been given in comparison - & there doesn't seem to be much of one, especially considering theirs featured attacking opposition players!
Anthony Flack
12 Posted 16/05/2023 at 20:54:13
I thought the cordon against City was because Kenwright was walking out of the tunnel….
Ray Roche
13 Posted 16/05/2023 at 21:18:35
Shane @7,

Surely it should be:

“ Oi, you lot, stop chucking those bloody cushions!”

For those of a certain age.

Allen Rodgers
14 Posted 16/05/2023 at 21:27:55
Shane @7 I guess that's Mick Jagger shouting at Rob Bryden. Very good !
Peter Carpenter
15 Posted 16/05/2023 at 21:54:50
Derek, if Bill's involved it is more likely to be Carry On Up the Khyber than Zulu. With the screaming thespian as the Khasi, of course.
Brent Stephens
16 Posted 16/05/2023 at 22:10:40
G4S?! Organising security?! Well, er...

Controversies Surrounding G4S

Danny O’Neill
17 Posted 16/05/2023 at 22:26:00
Sorry, I meant Sunday.

They have no place at our club. The relationship is beyond repair.

That packed-out away section at Wolves, and an already sold-out Goodison for Bournemouth with supporters desperate for tickets.

How dare they look us in the face.

How dare they take their place next season.

They wouldn't because they are shithouses.

Right now, I care about the team, Everton and our supporters.

But once done, this failed Board has to go. Do the right thing. You have failed. Take the moral decision.

Get out of our club.

You've left us to it since January.

Shithouses. Lack of leadership.

Apologies for the outburst.

Christine Foster
18 Posted 16/05/2023 at 23:25:33
Danny, you have echoed my own views on the board and the team. I have long said that I support the team but not the management of this club. The way it has been run.

Here on ToffeeWeb, I used to be often criticised for repeating the difference between the two. The gulf between the board and the team can never be overcome without change. Sometimes the failures go beyond incompetence and arrogance to pure maliciousness and in deriding the fans in such a way, they deserve to go. Shameful.

They should not dare to present themselves in our last match, the focus has to be on winning, the fans have to be focused on the team, not the board. They are irrelevant now, there is no way back. Nor should there be.

I expect investment or new ownership will come with safety of survival or relegation, the difference being what Moshiri gets. I wish an end to this 20-year chapter in Everton FC. A new chapter awaits in the new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock. Onwards and upwards.

Chris Hockenhull
19 Posted 16/05/2023 at 23:32:39
The fact they have paid some "security people" to rehearse things smacks at the thought that those chancers believe that things are not going to crown this season… as last did (ie, “Good Times” ) and contingency plans have been spoken about etc. The only example of forward planning those twats have demonstrated.

BTW, Zulu – One of my favourite films since a teen. The gag after was:

Question: “ Who was the first person to be killed at Rork's Drift???…
Answer: “ A bloke called Will" (Following the instruction: ”Fire At Will!!”)

Now who in attendance could possibly have that same name??…… Mmmmmm… CITB

Dan Parker
20 Posted 17/05/2023 at 00:01:53
Isn't G4S the firm that's the biggest private security firm since the East India Shipping Company? I forget what they used to be called back in the day…
Mike Gaynes
21 Posted 16/05/2023 at 00:02:23
The mention of "Zulu" in this context made me smile, but the film re-enactment I'd rather see is "The Great Escape"!!
Dan Parker
22 Posted 17/05/2023 at 00:03:18
Funny you say that, Chris.

I got an Action Man for Christmas as a kid in the 80s. It said “Fire at will”. I asked my Mum who Will was? Ha!

Tony Everan
23 Posted 17/05/2023 at 07:10:39
There's no way the board are going to show up, even if the results all go our way this weekend and we achieve safety. It's over now and they must surely know it, there is no way back for these perennial amateurs.

Turning up on the last day if we are already safe to milk the atmosphere and to churn out the preposterous “never again”, “we're listening”, “we're taking action”, “500-point plan”, will not wash. In fact it would be a brazen insult to the intelligence of Evertonians.

The phrase "too much water has passed under the bridge" springs to mind. Or should it be it be "too much effluent has passed through the sewer"?

No matter what happens: Kenwright out; new investment, new board, new start.

Tony Abrahams
24 Posted 17/05/2023 at 07:21:57
We all want to see the greatest of escapes, Mike.

Let's cast our minds back to what Sean Dyche really inherited. I think what Ernie wrote in his final paragraph of post @4 is definitely how a large proportion of the fan base will be feeling.

Kenwright and his cronies are definitely aware that they can't play the Evertonians anymore and must be very worried that, once Everton are safe, the fans are going to give it to them with both barrels.

If the unthinkable happens, then Goodison will not be a pleasant place because Everton mean so much to us people, and it's only the gross negligence of certain people that has put our football club in such a horrible, horrible position.

Mike Hayes
25 Posted 17/05/2023 at 07:40:12
From Twitter re: Everton Security:

Fine for pitch invasion – £300,000
Cost of Security – £600,000

Everton, the gift that keeps giving... 🥳

ps: I don't know how true the costing is but it's something Everton would do – and like others have said, if up to 5,000 fans decide to invade the pitch, how are they stopping them???

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