Everton vs Bournemouth

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Dominic Calvert-Lewin, the focal point of Everton's attack and the hero of last May's dramatic comeback against Crystal Palace, is ruled out one more time because of injury

Everton’s survival as a Premier League club goes down to the final day as they take on Bournemouth knowing that a victory would render whatever happens with relegation rivals Leicester City and Leeds United meaningless.

For the first time since 1998, the Blues head into the last game of the season with their survival top-flight status in jeopardy but unlike that nervy 1-1 draw against Coventry City and the madness of the 3-2 win over Wimbledon four years previously, Everton’s destiny is in their own hands.

Both Leicester and Leeds need to win their games against West Ham and Tottenham respectively to have any chance of staying up, with the Foxes having the advantage of goal difference that if they win and Everton don’t, they will stay up at the expense of Sean Dyche’s team. Leeds, meanwhile, would need to beat Spurs by three goals and hope the Toffees at least draw and that Leicester don’t win to pull off a last-day miracle.

A home game against a side with nothing to play for (having already assured of their own safety thanks to timely victories over Leicester, Spurs, Southampton and Leeds last month) appears routine on its face but Everton haven’t won at Goodison Park since 11 March, have scored more than one goal at home on only one occasion all season (the 3-0 win over Crystal Palace in October), and have already been beaten twice by the Cherries this season by an aggregate score of 7-1.

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The bulk of that record, and the matches against the current bottom half of the Premier League, came under the stewardship of Frank Lampard, however. The current interim Chelsea boss oversaw seven fixtures over those sides currently in the bottom half, games where you’d expect Everton would have a greater chance of picking up points, whereas, to date, Dyche has faced just one when his side beat Leeds back in February.

The current Blues boss has the chance to make it two wins from two against that class of opponent on Sunday but will need to find a way without his most important outfield player in Dominic Calvert-Lewin who is ruled out with a hamstring injury, and, potentially, with no fit senior full-backs as Nathan Patterson is also sidelined.

Vitalii Mykolenko offers hope that a natural full-back will be fit, having escalated his training throughout this week following a thigh strain, and he will be assessed in the team’s final session at Finch Farm before Sean Dyche names his team to face Bournemouth.

If the Ukrainian does make it, it would leave just right-back as the only hole to fill, with Mason Holgate an option but, if he is forced to sit this one out, Dyche has some difficult choices to make. Dwight McNeil started the draw at Wolves at left-back but that robbed the Blues of their most consistently effective attacking outlet in forward areas.

Michael Keane, meanwhile, came on for the injured Patterson after half an hour to fill in rather awkwardly at right-back before being pushed forward into an emergency striker’s role as Everton chased a late equaliser.

Dyche made a number of changes to his formation during the game at Molineux that included a move to 3-5-2 for a spell and that is one more option for the manager, with Conor Coady the likely choice between James Tarkowski and Yerry Mina and either Alex Iwobi or James Garner and McNeil, perhaps, as wing-backs.

In midfield, Amadou Onana had been a doubt with the groin niggle he has been managing in recent weeks but Dyche says he is fit to play.

Up front, Neal Maupay has been getting the nod ahead of Ellis Simms off the bench in recent games, suggesting that Dyche doesn't quite trust the less experienced of the forwards despite Simms's impressive goal at Chelsea, but the expectation is that Demarai Gray will be handed the role of leading the line, playing just ahead of Abdoulaye Doucouré.

No Premier League team is truly “on the beach” in terms of their mentality at this time of the season, as Wolves showed last week, but if Everton had to choose an opponent for a game they had to win, Bournemouth would surely be among the most attractive.

The Cherries have pulled off some important results in recent weeks and even ran Arsenal close at the Emirates before going down 3-2 but they’ve lost their last three matches, have the second-most porous defence in the division, and have conceded more goals from set-pieces than any other this season.

That last statistic will, no doubt, have piqued Dyche’s interest during preparations this week as dead-ball situations have been an important part of Everton’s attacking repertoire since the former Burnley boss came on board.

Gary O’Neil has a number of injuries of his own to contend with, including a regular thorn in Everton’s side, Junior Stanislas, who has been ruled out through injury, along with Ryan Fredericks (calf), Marcus Tavernier (thigh) and Antoine Semenyo (calf).

Joseph Rothwell and Hamed Traore will undergo late fitness tests but danger man Philip Billing looks likely to be passed fit to play after missing the home defeat to Manchester United with a back problem.

Ultimately, with all the disruption caused by injury, this will be another case where the mentality and desire to win on the part of the players will be key. The “12th man” of Goodison Park will be there — “his” power will be even greater should the Toffees be able to grab an early goal — and there is enough talent in the ranks to get a result by hook, crook or, simply, good football.

Once more unto the breach for one more high-octane, determined performance to secure top-flight football for another year and some breathing room to finally start getting things right both off the field and in terms of recruitment this summer.

Up The Toffees!

Kick-off: 4.30 pm, Sunday, 28 May 2023
Referee: Stuart Atwell
VAR: Michael Oliver
Last Time: Everton 1 - 3 Bournemouth

Predicted Line-up: Pickford, Holgate, Mina, Tarkowski, Mykokenko, Gueye, Garner, Iwobi, McNeil, Doucouré, Gray


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Anthony Jones
1 Posted 26/05/2023 at 22:25:31
Please, if you go to this game, which I couldn't get a ticket for, support the team throughout. Don't give up on them. Don't jeer their errors. Don't tell them they are crap.

By all means, complain after the whistle is blown if you need to vent. Otherwise, just support them.

If the worst does happen, the club will survive.

Kunal Desai
2 Posted 26/05/2023 at 22:31:47
1-0 off a set piece. Get it done.

Post mortem can begin on Tuesday starting with getting rid of the inept fools on the board.

Jim Wilson
4 Posted 26/05/2023 at 2023/05/26 : 22:53:15
I was hoping we could get to the finishing line before the last day but, since the Brighton game, injuries have come along, yet again, and messed up that hope.

I think we still have an opportunity to field a strong side and, in my opinion, the formation should remain unchanged but the team should have a slightly more attacking edge.

Until we know the results from the other 2 games, the Bournemouth game is a must win.

I think this will be a lot of people's team and it is mine (4-5-1):

Iwobi Mina Tarkowski Mykolenko
Gray Garner Gueye Doucoure McNeil

The injuries have given us the opportunity to play both Gray and Simms in the same team. As well as having Doucouré's potential finishing, we have the chance of Gray supporting Simms at every opportunity.

There is hardly anyone who wants Maupay to start and I would have him on the bench, with Martin Sherif.

I definitely would not start Onana, I'm not sure his heart is in it and having him in the same team as Doucouré makes us disjointed. Better for Onana to be on the bench and bring him on late in the game to make an impact when there are tired legs out there.

If Mykolenko is not fit I would not change formation but I would play the best-suited reserve at left-back, something I think Baines would help with. Maybe Sean McAllister was put on the bench last week for cover in this position.

4-5-1 is the system the players are used to and changing it would be one hell of a risk.

This game is now the biggest by far, we must win and I believe winning the midfield battle is crucial, pegging Bournemouth back right from the off and getting an early breakthrough is the way to go.

The supporters will be up for it without any doubt and I would stress that, if a player is having a bad game, get behind him instead of giving him any stick. Imagine the boost if he actually heard his name being sung.

Whatever happens, we have to take it on the chin and keep behind the team. We have some excellent players – we just didn't have a good enough mix this season and were totally let down by the board and previous manager when it came to bringing in at least 2 forwards  to make us more effective as an attacking force.

I hope to God that we don't suffer anymore injuries and no bad luck or bad decisions from the officials, no sendings-off or mistakes, a blinder from Pickford, and that we will be starting in the Premier League next season.

We can have a strong midfield, a decent defence, and hopefully plenty of attacking options with McNeil, Doucouré, Simms and Gray all in there. Come on lads, a massive effort from everyone, but nothing over the top, let's have another Brighton result in front of the best supporters in the world.

And keep off the pitch!



John Raftery
5 Posted 26/05/2023 at 22:59:50
Anthony (1) Well said. No hiding in the concourse if we fall behind. Stay in your seats and be a supporter. Shout.

I think Keane must play at some stage. He has shown in the past he has an eye for goal in difficult situations. I would be tempted to start with him but certainly he would be part of a Plan B.

Bill Gienapp
6 Posted 26/05/2023 at 23:09:03
Bournemouth aren't going to just roll over but, if we hit 'em hard, score an early goal, and get Goodison rocking, they might be inclined to pack it in.

Conventional wisdom goes out the window on the last day of the season, so it's impossible to predict what will happen... but the way I choose to look at it is - the collective will of our fanbase is far greater than that of Leicester or Leeds. Let's go get it done.

Will Mabon
7 Posted 26/05/2023 at 23:14:04
First thing we can do as a team (and club) is remember who we are, then remember who Bournemouth are. I don't care what the table says, to fear them is ludicrous.
Rob Halligan
8 Posted 26/05/2023 at 23:24:34
Well said, Will.

I think Bournemouth have spent as many years in the top flight of English football as we have out of it. I know that doesn't mean much in the here and now, but for fuck's sake, get a grip people, they are absolutely nothing to fear.

No doubt many will be saying between now and kick-off, “But they've beaten us twice already this season”. So what, that means absolutely nothing come Sunday.

Joe Corgan
9 Posted 26/05/2023 at 23:27:28
I find myself being unable to think about formations, tactics or team selection for this one.

I can't stomach watching any of the pre-match build-up. I don't know if I'll be able to bring myself to follow the match live, or check the scores on the BBC website.

I think I'll give the Live Forum a miss too. I really want to be able support my team, but when I wake up on Sunday morning, I'll be watching the minutes pass slowly until 6 pm. Like bracing for bad news, I just need this to be over.

Will Mabon
10 Posted 26/05/2023 at 23:33:16
True, Rob.

When they beat us, we were about as low as we got, and that's behind us. I'm looking forward to it now, not worrying about it.

Brendan McLaughlin
11 Posted 26/05/2023 at 23:37:36
Funny Joe #9

How I wish I was there!

Paul Kossoff
12 Posted 26/05/2023 at 23:58:56
Will @10.

You are not worried about it, can I have some if your none worrying lotion please? I've put my two couches together to hide behind. Coyb 👮👮👮

Will Mabon
13 Posted 26/05/2023 at 00:02:17
Paul, you'll hide but you'll watch, you know it!
Shane Corcoran
14 Posted 26/05/2023 at 00:04:02
Will and Rob, the flip side of that is that it doesn't matter a shite how much history we have relative to Bournemouth.

We're in trouble and they're not at this moment.

Don't fear but let's not think we're some great institution who should put these nobodies away.

Paul Kossoff
15 Posted 27/05/2023 at 00:15:35
Will, I've already bivouacked down behind the couches since last night, worry cream pleeez.😀👮👮👮
Len Hawkins
16 Posted 27/05/2023 at 00:16:13
I know Moshiri is a bit short in the brain department, complete with his utter ignorance of all things football, but just before the most important game of this dreadful season, his way of building confidence and team spirit is to announce that he is looking for a new manager.

What a complete and utter moron.

Ben King
17 Posted 27/05/2023 at 00:28:11
Len #16,

Where has Moshiri said that? Link please?

Will Mabon
18 Posted 27/05/2023 at 00:41:14
Shane, the attitude comes first.

Paul, there is no special cream – it's called, being philosophical. And knowing we can do it. Sit on that couch with pride :-)

Barry Rathbone
19 Posted 27/05/2023 at 00:44:20
Bit worried about the "big" atmosphere – it could backfire by motivating rather than intimidating Bournemouth.

Under normal circumstances, their focus would be on the next flight to Malaga and disinterest would be the order of the day. The likely result being a nifty one-nil win for the cheeky boys in blue.

But this Sunday, they walk into an arena that to all intents and purposes is a cup final… oo-er!!

It is time for the old chant uttered by Mersey seamen in bad weather to ring out from the assembled legions – "Big Hairy Knickers!"

John Keating
20 Posted 27/05/2023 at 05:08:03
Whether nothing to play for or not, Bournemouth will be no pushover and will no doubt give 100%.

It's a game we have to go out to win and, if Mykolenko is not available, we cannot waste McNeil playing full-back.

Simms has to start to give us some sort of focal point up top.

If Dyche starts Maupay, then I think he has to play someone up top with him and go 3-5-2.

Unbelievable it has come to this.

Joe Digney
21 Posted 27/05/2023 at 05:25:53
I was barely a year old when the Wimbledon great escape happened. I'm hoping Sunday can be a similar story for my and future generations of Blues.

Honestly don't care who plays at this point, just get the fucking 3 points.


Jerome Shields
22 Posted 27/05/2023 at 05:58:26
Bournemouth will set up shop to start with, attacking on the counter. Everton need to be disciplined. No errors in possession in the Bournemouth half.

There has to be an attacking threat, particularly in the first period of the second half. Bournemouth will play a higher line to put more pressure on midfield. Everton keeping effective possession, particularly in midfield, is a must. They have to fight to turnover play and must be tight and error-free defensively, not being pressed deep. Set-pieces at both ends will be crucial to the result.

Bournemouth absolutely played Everton off the pitch in the last two encounters, exposing a lack of discipline in most areas of the pitch, resulting from poor tactical and technical skill by Everton. The right Everton has to turn up for 115 minutes. A draw would be good at this stage given the ability of the current Everton, but will
probably not be good enough, given the day that is in it.

This is a fixture like no other in Everton's History, that will result in unprecedented protest after the result. The level of which will be determined by the result.

Why has the Board not been changed? It shows how weak Everton as a Club really are.

Darryl Ritchie
23 Posted 27/05/2023 at 06:24:50
It's now or never… Put up or shut up… There's no tomorrow… Go big or go home; and about 100 more cliches that, while being super corny, all fit our plight.

I want the players to play out of their heads. Make the last match, the best match they played all season. I want all the fans lucky enough to go to Goodison, to yell, cheer, sing until they can't yell, cheer, sing anymore.

I want Everton in the Premier League next season!!!! We'll sort out the chairman, the owner and the board in due time, but right now Bournemouth is front and centre.


Duncan McDine
24 Posted 27/05/2023 at 06:38:53
Jerome, I wouldn't say this game is completely unique… I remember being at the Coventry one 25 years ago. We stayed up by the skin of our teeth and then protested against the owner.

Shortly after then (if memory serves), our saviour, Mr Kenwright, led a consortium to oust the evil red agent Peter Johnson. Also, what's the reference to 115 minutes? I have just woken up, so forgive me if I've missed something.

Sam Hoare
25 Posted 27/05/2023 at 06:43:55
Bournemouth will press high and look to counter. Against Lampard disastrous attempts to get us passing it around – that approach bore lots of fruit. Against Dyche's more direct style, it will hopefully be less effective.

They are statistically one of the weakest teams in the league at set-pieces which is why I'd play Keane over Coady at centre-back if we play three. Coady is useless in the air (and not a great deal better on the ground).

Formation and setup might depend a lot on Mykolenko. If he is fit, then I expect we might see 4-5-1 with Iwobi or Holgate at right-back. If he's not fit, then I'd expect 3-5-1 with Iwobi and McNeil as advanced wingbacks.

Bournemouth have good pace on the counter with Solanke, Tavernier and Ouattara. It would horribly fitting if Ouattara, who we could and should have signed in January, was the one who relegated us.

It will be a nervous day but I'm hoping an impassioned Goodison crowd can drag us over the line.

Sean Roe
26 Posted 27/05/2023 at 06:50:23
Everton 7 v 0 Bournemouth

To make up for the 3-0 and 4-0 losses.

Jerome Shields
27 Posted 27/05/2023 at 07:31:33
Duncan #24,

I remember that game as well. It was similar, but this game is a double-header, with the afters of an independent commission which could create another relegation headache.

I also think Moshiri will still be majority shareholder. Relegation also is a lot more serious financially. It might even create the same chance of more Kenwright influence.

Some type of all-consuming saga will continue for sure, for long-suffering Evertonians

As for the 115 minutes Duncan, I have long predicted it would come down to the last game of this relegation dogfight. Such is my confidence, I have taken the precaution of including injury time.

Duncan McDine
28 Posted 27/05/2023 at 07:46:19
Wow! 25 mins of injury time… I don’t think my heart will enjoy that (assuming we have something to hang onto).
Lee Courtliff
29 Posted 27/05/2023 at 08:04:58
Dyche said it was very unlikely he'd play a young, inexperienced player in such a game unless it was unavoidable, so I doubt we'll see Sean McAllister at left-back if Mykolenko isn't fit.

I can't see him playing Simms either so I'm half expecting to see Michael Keane back up front at some point tomorrow!

Regardless, we all need to be behind the lads tomorrow no matter what happens. And if we're 2-nil down at half time... put everything you've got on us to win 3-2!!

Good luck, everyone.

Garry Martin
30 Posted 27/05/2023 at 08:28:52
Win at all costs will be the 'mantra' for tomorrow's game against Bournemouth.

Get at them and don't give them any time on the ball, basic football principles!

Jimmy Salt
31 Posted 27/05/2023 at 08:42:28
I like the idea of Gray and Simms on the pitch, but worry about the flanks.
Tony Abrahams
32 Posted 27/05/2023 at 08:43:49
I can’t believe how relaxed I’m feeling, but maybe it’s down to the good weather?

My only genuine fear is a bad refereeing decision. (especially with get a grip Atwell, in the middle, and the supposedly best referee in the league Oliver - the man who destroyed one of the finest atmosphere’s I’ve ever witnessed at Goodison, with an appalling decision against Brentford, last season - 15 seconds before he gleefully sent Brainthwaith off - perhaps Michael has pulled his hamstring?)

I’ve read some absolute pony on these pages over the years, as well as being responsible for writing a load more, but being a bit worried about the big atmosphere backfiring by motivating rather than intimidating Bournemouth, does make them sound like Real Fucking Madrid!

I do understand what you’re saying Barry, because I honestly thought that last season’s massive atmosphere against Brentford, was enough motivation for Michael Oliver, to burst our bubble, by refusing to give us a stonewall penalty, at a time when we were absolutely blowing Brentford away, but maybe that’s what football does to us all at times?

Just my opinion, but tomorrow is definitely not a time for “ANY” negative thoughts or fear.

Tony Everan
33 Posted 27/05/2023 at 08:49:33
The formation may depend upon whether Mykolenko is fit. If he is, then it's the 4-5-1/4-3-3; if not Dyche could well bring in Coady and go with the back three and wing backs.

The set piece disparity is going to be absolutely crucial tomorrow. We have been dangerous from corners and free kicks around the box. Bournemouth are the most vulnerable in the league from set pieces.

Mina, Tarkowski, Keane are a nightmare for defenders. Deadball deliveries have to be spot on as there is a goal for us in this department.

A strategy will by Iwobi and McNeill even Gray will be encouraged to attack the defence to the byline and win corners. Or fake that and get in on goal. These are all players who have ability, skill and can drive to the byline and create the dead ball situations.

Dangers: we have to be totally drilled and focused on breakaways. This is Bournemouth's strong point. They break fast and can get five or six men in and around the box to support. We need to be totally alert from our own set pieces, in possession play the percentages, go wide. No sloppy passing in dangerous areas, Gana, Doucouré, Iwobi, Gray, stay switched on .

It's going to be a tense affair but, with true grit and a disciplined, professional performance, we can get the job done.


Mark Ryan
34 Posted 27/05/2023 at 09:11:49
I hope he gives Simms a chance and doesn't simply try Gray and Maupay. C'mon Sean, give the boy a chance UTFT's
Christopher Timmins
35 Posted 27/05/2023 at 09:34:41
I expect that we will still be a Premier League club on Monday morning. That will do for the present!

The battle for the necessary changes can ramp up again on Monday!

John Hall
36 Posted 27/05/2023 at 09:42:18
we can all be like that famous 'Likely lads' episode where we try to avoid hearing about the game all day in order to watch the highlights at night. Then find out the game was cancelled!! Let's hope it won't be cancelled tomorrow and our membership in the PL will also not be cancelled. Up the toffees!!
Dean Johnson
37 Posted 27/05/2023 at 09:50:04
Where are Bournemouth staying overnight? .

Time to be the 13th and 14th man

But whatever happens, til the end, forever blue 💙

Peter Gorman
38 Posted 27/05/2023 at 10:03:27
Dean - I hope nobody does anything silly. Why give them something to play for?
Dave Abrahams
39 Posted 27/05/2023 at 10:05:08
Nobody knows what the team will, we all have our own ideas but whoever turns out will be backed by a crowd of fans who will roar them onto a result that will keep us up, I would love it to be a result that doesn’t have our nerves in shreds for the whole game but I think it will be like the previous occasions versus Wimbledon, Coventry and Crystal Pal. nervous but victorious.

Then the real fight starts to get this club run properly by people who want a successful club contesting every season to win trophies not just to be part of the premier league.

Gary Brown
40 Posted 27/05/2023 at 10:13:14
If Myko is fit, I’d like to see us in genuine 4-2-3-1 even if right back is makeshift and hobsons choice.

Holgate Mina Tarks Myko
Garner Gana
Iwobi Doucoure McNeil

If Myko isn’t right then maybe Tarks to LB and Coady in, but think we chance 3-5-2 for first half at least:

Coady Mina Tarks
Iwobi Garner Doucoure Gana McNeil
Simms Gray

Please boys, do the business tomorrow and let’s put this shite year behind us and start enjoying the idea of BMD.

Alan J Thompson
41 Posted 27/05/2023 at 10:24:40
Not knowing how Bournemouth set up or play it's difficult to say what we should be doing but the same applies to our lack of alternatives. However, I can't see that Simms won't start and that a centre half or forward with no aerial ability would be better selection. 4-4-2 with Simms and Gray up front with instructions to harry the opposition whenever we are not in possession but Dyche seems to want energy over a scoring possibility. I just hope he knows that only a win is acceptable and being saved by others results is unacceptable with regards to him keeping his job.
Jerome Shields
42 Posted 27/05/2023 at 10:26:52

Includes first half injury time.

James Marshall
43 Posted 27/05/2023 at 10:35:02
I can't see us scoring a goal. We have no full backs, so zero balance to the team, and without DCL we have nobody to hold the ball up and again, give us any balance.

You can pretty much guarantee it'll be a struggle to create any chances, and when they do they'll fall to fucking Maupay who will balloon it into the stands, or shank it wide of the post.

I have very little confidence in a team that has so many square pegs in round holes, and zero attacking threat. He must play Simms and Gray from the start - Simms might be raw but at least he's a focal point of sorts unlike the awful Maupay. And Gray gives us something a little bit different - he's one of very few who can create something out of nothing.

Also if Myko is out, I'd play 4 centre backs with Holgate (I know) on the right, Tarkowski on the left with Mina & Keane in the middle. Or he could play Coady in the middle with Keane on the right to avoid using calamity Holgate. Conceding will destroy us, and especially if we concede first because we have no goals in this team to get us out of it.

Worried? You bet I'm worried. My only hope is that Leicester could still struggle against West Ham. I can absolutely see us not beating Bournemouth and requiring other results to keep us up.

Dave Abrahams
44 Posted 27/05/2023 at 10:45:54
For a bit of light relief get on Utube and listen to the sports announcer from Ghana reading the premier league results out.
Dave Abrahams
45 Posted 27/05/2023 at 10:48:50
James (43), have a go at listening to what I suggested above @ (44). It might just ease your tension!!
Geoff Lambert
46 Posted 27/05/2023 at 10:57:25
Lets take these cherries and crush them, 3-0 to the blues with a brace from Maupay.
OK 1-0 Tarks or Mina fron a set piece. Englands No1 to have a blinder tomorrow yet again. Top balcony will be rocking tomorrow I will make sure of that. Lets go Blue boys.
Jim Burns
47 Posted 27/05/2023 at 11:04:43
Jim @ 4 - a good steady post! Let’s hope the team play with that collective high energy focus as at Brighton.
I can see Gray and set pieces getting us there.
Those blues who sadly can’t make it ( gladly I can with my daughter and 8 year old grandson - God bless them). - we are all in this together and all will be there in spirit….those at the ground; those outside; those around the planet and those no longer
with us.
You will hear us - don’t worry about that and when we stay up we will probably hear you wherever you are.
Never has NSNO been so apt tomorrow.
As Danny O so often says - believe!
Raymond Fox
48 Posted 27/05/2023 at 11:07:13
We can hope for the best and support the team because the state we are in its a wing and a prayer.

Dyke will know what the team will be by now, but I bet he has done plenty of head scratching because as James 43 has said there has to be a few square pegs in round holes.

I don't think either Leicester and Leeds are good things to win their games, so even though we need to play to win our game we may not need to.

Jim Burns
49 Posted 27/05/2023 at 11:10:39
James @43 this is no time for rational pessimism mate - believe! Visualise it - we will be ok and need to get behind whatever team or shape he puts out.….whatever our misgivings or their shortfalls.
Not the time for doubt.
Dale Rose
50 Posted 27/05/2023 at 11:12:29
What we need tomorrow is "Cry havoc let slip the dogs of war". Not paws patrol helps Everton.
Mark Ryan
51 Posted 27/05/2023 at 11:15:25
Somebody get around to Geoff Lamberts and call the white van lol !! Maupay to get a brace ? if only Geoff ? he couldn't get a brace of pheasants stood amongst the Heather on the glorious 12th with a Gatling gun !!
If he plays, which I sadly suspect he might, I'll pray for him to get just the one and I'll forgive him his drought
Len Hawkins
52 Posted 27/05/2023 at 11:17:13

It has been reported in several Articles and a manager has been mentioned from Brazil


Derek Knox
53 Posted 27/05/2023 at 11:22:38
I agree that through no lack of support (quite the opposite) we again find ourselves, backs to the wall through total mismanagement, and poor running of out once great Club, you would think expensive lessons would have been learnt. I just hope we do it tomorrow on our own merit and not have to keep fingers crossed that Leicester and Leeds slip up. Personally if we do survive we MUST have a total shake up and starting at the top CLEAR OUT, that goes for the players too. We want grafters and rarely injured players who are prepared " to run through a brick wall " rather than those who only think about " the hole in the wall " !

As for tomorrow, I am hoping that the usual gang who met at Harlech Castle turn up again, for our last battle of the crusade. All are welcome and any new faces too. See ya all tomorrow hopefully.


Martin Mason
54 Posted 27/05/2023 at 11:25:18
What a game in prospect, can Bournemouth score against an Everton defence with no full backs? Can Everton score without any forwards?
Shane Corcoran
55 Posted 27/05/2023 at 11:30:09
Have we won a game under Dyche when DCL hasn’t started?
Mark Taylor
56 Posted 27/05/2023 at 11:36:59
I think Lyndon's article has it about right in terms of the best available team. If Myko has been upping his training, he just has to be risked regardless. This is the last game, no need to worry about the next one. We stand a much better chance of scoring if McNeil, our best player, plays where he should do. Holgate at RB is a better option than Keane, though that doesn't say much. I'd leave Onana on the bench, I don't have confidence in either his current form or his application.

I would have tried Simms before now as he is the only other striker with a goal in him, albeit we have seen too little of him to form a clear opinion. But if Dyche still puts Maupay ahead of him, then what he's seeing in training must be absolutely dire and suggests his future will be in the Championship or lower.

It's been said before but we are fortunate to have our fate in our hands and if we fail at this point, we will deserve our fate.

Barry Hesketh
57 Posted 27/05/2023 at 11:40:36
I don't care whether Rob Halligan is in goal and Danny O'Neil is our striker tomorrow, it matters not, which formation or what tactics are employed, the task is clear, win the bloody game and we can examine everything during the summer. It won't be an easy task, but it must be done, for the future of Everton Football Club and for the sanity of our long-suffering supporters.

100-plus minutes of pure support tomorrow, even if a player gives a poor pass, or doesn't make a tackle, get behind every player and stay behind them until the game is over.

Good luck to all Evertonians anywhere in the world tomorrow, as George would say "cosmic grooves", stay positive, keep the faith and hopefully we'll come out the other side with our long record intact.

Geoff Gregson
58 Posted 27/05/2023 at 12:01:19
What a little ray of sunshine you are…………
Sean Kelly
59 Posted 27/05/2023 at 12:02:37
After the moronic "z cars" fanfare can we belt out Labi Siffre's So Strong all 38000 of us. Different sentiment I know but " we're gonna do it anyway" hits the spot.
Pete Neilson
60 Posted 27/05/2023 at 12:14:55
We beat Brentford and Leeds without DCL. That’s 50% of our wins under Dyche.
Barry Rathbone
61 Posted 27/05/2023 at 12:16:53
Is there any merit in apologising to Kenwright and the board pre game for wrongly fingering them as the main perps of the madness since 2016?

I'm thinking "unity" here.

Such unexpected positivity and bon homie might spur the team to great things a banner reading "sorry for being naughty we were slightly overwrought" might just be the catalyst.

I might pen a song actually.

Kevin Molloy
62 Posted 27/05/2023 at 12:20:32
I think we should still play the siren tomorrow, but after the game and only if we're relegated. How cool would that be.
Christine Foster
63 Posted 27/05/2023 at 12:23:37
Actually Barry, I have asked the local Community Mental Health Crisis team to give you a call.

I just cannot bare to see a fellow Evertonian so delusional., they took such great care of Doddy, and I know for a fact they have been trying to get hold of Ian Edward's for quite a while now. I'll make some sandwiches for you, go have a lie down and I'll put the kettle on...

Brendan McLaughlin
64 Posted 27/05/2023 at 12:27:18
I think the players should come out to Nirvana's "Smells Like Team (see what I did there?) Spirit given Dyche has instilled some.
Barry Rathbone
65 Posted 27/05/2023 at 12:31:16
Christine 63

I'm partial to jam butties with the jam smeared sparingly but if you throw in an orange club biscuit as well - oh my!!

Christine Foster
66 Posted 27/05/2023 at 12:32:27
Sean, good song, but how about The Christians, Rise?
"What would it take for you to hear me, in a world gone wrong..." rather apt, great song too..and local..
Christine Foster
67 Posted 27/05/2023 at 12:34:10
Barry, is Strawberry OK dear? I can always nip down to Rooneys on Burlie for some if you like..
Brendan McLaughlin
68 Posted 27/05/2023 at 12:34:17
You gotta feel for DBB...caught in a headlock a few weeks back, unable to land herself a new job over the last 18 months or so and now according to Barry #61 "wrongly fingered" since 2016.
Christine Foster
69 Posted 27/05/2023 at 12:35:23
Brendan, oh the indignity.. hahaha.. all fingers and thumbs...
Geoff Cadman
70 Posted 27/05/2023 at 12:37:12
Geoff #46 I hope you can get it rocking, the rows in front of me are very rarely vocal. I will of course do everything I can to assist you.
Christine Foster
71 Posted 27/05/2023 at 12:39:28
Now, isn't a game on soon, I think the mental health team will be busy up to about 6pm on Sunday when the phones will go quiet and the bells from St Anthony's on Scotland road will ring in joy..
Come on you blues...I might even go to mass again!
Barry Rathbone
72 Posted 27/05/2023 at 12:40:02
Christine 67

It's a deal - yummy.

I'm thinking the banner idea might not be your cup of tea (see what I did alluding to the "kettle"? - marvellous)

Tony Abrahams
73 Posted 27/05/2023 at 12:41:02
Before everyone starts considering straight jackets, let’s at least give Barry the opportunity to pen his song!

I’m thinking of going to the Pier head in the morning, Christine, because it’s a place of great solitude, especially on a Sunday, when those church bells are ringing, from across the city towards the waterfront.

I just hope tomorrow is also a day when we are not constantly checking our kettles, and can instead, spend most of the second half, telling Moshiri and Kenwright, that it’s time for our club to get real professional’s, in to run us properly🤞

Alan McGuffog
74 Posted 27/05/2023 at 12:41:27
Love Z Cars, me but if we have to change check out Leslie Sarony..." Ain't it grand to be blooming well dead ". Most appropriate
Derek Knox
75 Posted 27/05/2023 at 12:51:12
Further to my post before, I meant to add, in the event of us winning tomorrow, I just hope upon hope that there is not another pitch invasion, like at the Palace game. In fact there were two - Calvert Lewin winner and Final Whistle ! The Authorities would have done us last year, but as there were other pitch invasions they couldn't very well single us out. They would jump at the chance of point deduction again if we are the only ones guilty !
Rob Halligan
76 Posted 27/05/2023 at 12:58:57
Derek, there have already been a few pitch invasions recently, most notably at Man City (yet again) after they beat Chelsea last Sunday. I recall seeing one at Sheffield Wednesday after their remarkable comeback against Peterborough, and no doubt there was one or two others following playoff wins.

So if we do have a pitch invasion, and get punished, then expect the same for Man City and Sheffield Wednesday.

Marc Hints
77 Posted 27/05/2023 at 13:00:49
We will win tomorrow 3-0 the crowd will pull us through once again.
David West
78 Posted 27/05/2023 at 13:07:55
I always thought it would come down to this last match. Do these set of players have the bollocks to do it ? We will see, but they need the right attitude, they need resilience, determination & a positive mindset. Just the sheer weight of expectations can crush some players.
The crowd has the biggest part to play imo. Bournemouth may not have played under the conditions that they are going to face at goodison and that may be our saving grace, every challenge roared, every decision met with ferocity from the stands, every opposition player should feel the weight of every Everton fan on their backs and every Everton player feel that the whole crowds behind them.
It's going to be the difference tomorrow!

Brent Stephens
79 Posted 27/05/2023 at 13:09:59
Kevin #62 “I think we should still play the siren tomorrow, but after the game and only if we're relegated. How cool would that be.”

Relegated? Cool? Wow.

Survive. Cool.

Bill Gall
80 Posted 27/05/2023 at 13:16:10
The only song I can think of today and tomorrow its Elvis 'Its Now Or Never ' it keeps sounding off in my head. Another stressful week end.
Sean Kelly
81 Posted 27/05/2023 at 13:23:58
Tony #73 Sounds like a great spot. If I organise a bus would you mind if I brought the starting 11 and Dyche along. Just to concentrate the mind like.
I will be burning every candle I can get my hands on in my local church to St Anthony. Apparently he's a wonder worker. We could do with him up front.
Dave Abrahams
82 Posted 27/05/2023 at 13:32:15
Barry (61),Never mind the song, make a banner and take it to Goodison Park tomorrow, maybe Tony Shelby will give you a hand to parade it on Goodison Road “ JUSTICE FOR KENWRIGHT “ You are are sure to get a great welcome!!
Dave Williams
83 Posted 27/05/2023 at 13:39:58
Derek- I am still awaiting Sean’s call to take me up on my offer to put in a 20 minute shift up front but if the call doesn’t arrive I will roll up to the Harlech!
John Burns
84 Posted 27/05/2023 at 13:53:57
The talking stops at three o clock tomorrow. Whatever our thoughts. Whatever our opinion, it all stops. I think we will win. But only because of the noise. The fans tomorrow are going to be the twelfth, thirteenth and fourteenth man. If we go one down, keep the noise going. If we are two up, keep the noise going. Don’t stop. Tomorrow, the fans are as important as any of the 11 players in the pitch. Those fans fortunate enough to be there tomorrow represent us all. I know we will win because you won’t allow anything else.
Barry Rathbone
85 Posted 27/05/2023 at 14:01:27
Tony 73

To the tune of I am a cider drinker

When the gloom surrounds the old place
And we don’t know if we’ll play
Look at Kenwright trying to raise us
Stuff it blame him anyway

I am a cider drinker
I drinks it all of the day
I am a cider drinker
It soothes all me troubles away

It’s so cosy where we’re sitting
In a place forever blue
And if the tv shows his image
Scream and hiss and loudly boo

For when the wheels of peace stopped turning
And Moshiri passed on through
Bringing grey clouds every season
You know just what to do.

I am a cider drinker
I drinks it all of the day
I am a cider drinker
It soothes all me troubles away

So remember every scapegoat
Is a person and this one’s blue
But don’t let truth get in the way now
kick him right up in the flue

I am a cider drinker
I drinks it all of the day
I am a cider drinker
It soothes all me troubles away

Dave Abrahams
86 Posted 27/05/2023 at 14:02:31
John (84), John you can get there a bit later the match doesn’t start ‘til 4-30pm.
John Burns
87 Posted 27/05/2023 at 14:12:20
Oops, Dave… I was expecting us to be 3-0 up by then!
Steve Brown
88 Posted 27/05/2023 at 14:18:40
Barry is the cleverest and most amusing person on ToffeeWeb. Just ask him, he’ll tell you.
Mike Hayes
89 Posted 27/05/2023 at 14:21:23
So Kenwright is innocent – we've been blaming the wrong one since he stole the club off the Greggs and conned everyone around him and lied through his back teeth!

He didn't “lose” the King's Dock, he didn't want to go to Kirby – he fought tooth and nail not to go to Walton Hall Park? He really mortgaged his house for £1M and fixed Goodison Park himself with the Arteta money.

Only he turned up at the AGMs he cancelled, he didn't sell off everything that wasn't nailed down, and every Boys Pen occupant remembers him, his Uncle Cyri,l and his famous bike?

Someone else must be to blame then… 🤔💙

Dave Abrahams
90 Posted 27/05/2023 at 14:36:13
Steve (88), don’t leave out how handsome Barry is, he’s mentioned that before, I think he is really very modest and is a television star who has worked with his idol Chairman Bill.
Robert Williams
91 Posted 27/05/2023 at 14:44:12
Anyone know whether these last day games are being televised if so what channels please.
Jay Harris
92 Posted 27/05/2023 at 15:08:32

Apparently our game and Leicester's game are on Sky in the UK.
Here in the US, it's on USA channel.

Barry is also on TV as the main defense witness in the trial of the biggest conman ever known.

Robert Workman
93 Posted 27/05/2023 at 15:15:47
If the crowd need a song to sing why not, in tribute to the great lady, go for We Don't Need Another Hero"? Obviously replacing "don't" with "do"!
John Hall
94 Posted 27/05/2023 at 15:22:38
When we (hopefully) score - We should all sing 'You're simply the best' to the whole team! There's motivation for you!
Dale Self
95 Posted 27/05/2023 at 15:52:54
I cannot resist lobbying once again for a Mott the Hoople song. I know we all have favorites and I really don’t know of any Hoople Toffee connection. I just know if I heard ‘All the young dudes. Carry the Blues…’ I would live a long time looking to top that moment.

Momma’s little jewel is probably my favorite Mott song for what that’s worth.

Ian Linn
96 Posted 27/05/2023 at 15:54:34
Just can't see Simms starting, I bet it will be Gray.
Brent Stephens
97 Posted 27/05/2023 at 15:55:25
If they score after 4 minutes and 33 seconds, It'll be John Cage played over the tannoy.
Paul Kossoff
98 Posted 27/05/2023 at 15:56:01
Only one song to sing tomorrow if we win:

Alright now baby, it's a alright now,
Alright now baby it's a alright now,
Yes we are so happy together,
It's alright, it's alright now.

Dale Self
99 Posted 27/05/2023 at 16:02:00
A Cage reference on TW, sublime.
Martin Mason
100 Posted 27/05/2023 at 16:02:08
Jay @92,

I think it would be called aiding and abetting – not defence. Accepting mediocrity in the face of the enemy?

Mike Gaynes
101 Posted 27/05/2023 at 16:09:16
Another possible walk-on song: my cousin Gloria Gaynor's I Will Survive.
Alan McGuffog
102 Posted 27/05/2023 at 16:09:38
You played a lovely guitar solo on that Paul 👏
Michael Kenrick
103 Posted 27/05/2023 at 16:10:03
Robert @91.

TV details if you are in the UK are here:

Premier League – Matchweek 38

Christy Ring
104 Posted 27/05/2023 at 16:18:38
I still think Simms is a better option than Maupay, but all that matters is a win tomorrow, and Premier League survival. We can sort the board out after, and get genuine members into their seats for next season.
Martin Mason
105 Posted 27/05/2023 at 16:22:43
A song that I really like goes something like this.

Your baby doesn't love you anymore.
Golden days before they end
Whisper secrets to the wind
Your baby won't be near you any more

Tender nights before they fly
Send falling stars that seem to cry
Your baby doesn't want you anymore

I can't remember how it goes after that, or the title.

Dale Rose
106 Posted 27/05/2023 at 16:30:32
Personal choice: Unfuck the World — Prophets of Rage.
Chris Williams
107 Posted 27/05/2023 at 16:30:55
It's Over – Roy Orbison.

I hope it isn't, Martin!

Dave Lynch
108 Posted 27/05/2023 at 16:31:28
Roy Orbison – It's Over, Martin.
Dave Lynch
109 Posted 27/05/2023 at 16:33:32
Hold Your Head Up... Argent.
John Pendleton
110 Posted 27/05/2023 at 16:34:28
Rip It Up And Start Again — Orange Juice
Ray Said
111 Posted 27/05/2023 at 16:38:22
Surely has to be Bowie and the 'We can be heroes' line…
Dale Rose
112 Posted 27/05/2023 at 16:39:24
Gill Scott Heron: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

That one's for the board.

David West
113 Posted 27/05/2023 at 16:40:18
At the end, win or lose, Oasis — Married With Children should be sung to Chairman Bill and the board.

[One or two lyrics changed. Sums up the season!]

There's no need for you to say you're sorry
Goodbye, we're going home
We don't care no more, so don't you worry
Goodbye, we're going home

We hate the way that even though you know you're worng
You say you're right
We hate our books you keep and all your friends,
Our football's shite, it keeps us up all night, up all night

There's no need for you to say you're sorry
Goodbye, we're going home
We don't care no more, so don't you worry
Goodbye, we're going home

We hate the way that you are so sarcastic
And you're not very bright
You think that everything you've done's fantastic
Our football's shite, it keeps us up all night, up all night

And it will be nice to be alone
For a month or two
But we know then we will be right
Right back here without you, without you
Without you, without you, without you, without you, without you

There's no need for you to say you're sorry
Goodbye, we're going home
We don't care no more, so don't you worry
Goodbye, we're going home.

Good riddance!!!

Martin Mason
114 Posted 27/05/2023 at 16:43:17
Sorry, I was joking of course about Roy Orbison's It's Over.
Kim Vivian
115 Posted 27/05/2023 at 16:45:05
Burning Bridges — A fitting anthem for Bill, I think, and would sing well from the terraces (if one can learn the tune)

All the burning bridges that have fallen after me
All the lonely feelings and the burning memories
Everyone I left behind each time I closed the door
Burning bridges lost forevermore...

Friends all tried to warn me
But I held my head up high
All the time they warned me
But I only passed them by

They all tried to tell me
But I guess I didn't care
I turned my back and
Left them standing there.

Years have passed and I keep thinking
What a fool I've been
I look back into the past and
Think of way back then
I know that I lost everything I thought that I could win
I guess I should have listened to my friends...

All the burning bridges that have fallen after me
All the lonely feelings and the burning memories
Everyone I left behind each time I closed the door
Burning bridges lost forevermore...
Burning bridges lost forevermore.

Haven't got a clue about the team or the result tomorrow, but I have a good although nervous vibe about tomorrow. Can't really see us not winning though!

Cheers to everyone and good luck all – near, far and across the globe.

John Williams
116 Posted 27/05/2023 at 16:48:04
Mike Hayes @88,

Whatever you are on, let's hope the government don't legalise it.

Brian Wilkinson
117 Posted 27/05/2023 at 16:52:55
I must be the most chilled out relaxed Evertonian on the planet.

Not a single ounce of fear from me. I would have given my left arm to still be in this position, going into the final game of the season. We have had so much fortune the past few months, with other teams doing us favours, week after week.

Bournemouth will have a go, that's for sure, but everyone is thinking Leeds and Leicester are both going to win and suddenly turn into Man City.

If we blow this, we deserve everything we get, but results elsewhere will go our way, and I fancy Everton to turn up for this one. So relax everyone, don't worry if we go a goal down, Everton will find a way, they always do. Have a bit of faith and us Evertonians will do the rest to get the players over the line.

Mike Gaynes
118 Posted 27/05/2023 at 16:55:54
Brian #117, I love your perspective.

Kim #115, great musical callout for one of my favorite movies. Kelly's Heroes. Classic.

Martin Mason
119 Posted 27/05/2023 at 16:58:09
Brian, I'll be up for that left arm on Monday.
Rob Halligan
120 Posted 27/05/2023 at 17:00:58
Brian # 117……..

I am more nervous about the bastard 200 miles away in Stockley Park than I am of Bournemouth.

Well well, talk of the devil…….I've just noticed he's in charge of the Championship Playoff Final.

Jack Convery
121 Posted 27/05/2023 at 17:14:30
I have purchased 500 cans of WD40, so if your bum starts squeaking, you can silence it. I'll be sitting in one of the empty seats in the Directors Box so you can buy one. Every little helps.

COYBs you must do this. YOU CAN DO THIS !!

Peter Mills
122 Posted 27/05/2023 at 17:18:19
The sight of a Lancaster bomber flying over Liverpool today has lent a little perspective to the situation for me.

My Dad somehow survived the period 1941-45 flying in them on a very regular basis under somewhat testing circumstances. He eventually returned home, the family celebrations being cut short by his father declaring “Get your coat, son, there's a match, we're going to Goodison”.

I'll go and have a chat with them both in the cemetery at SS Peter's and Paul's, Crosby, on the way to the game. I think we'll be okay.

Kim Vivian
123 Posted 27/05/2023 at 17:22:44
Yes, Mike,

Great film. But I never really twigged the connection with the song, if indeed there is one.

Looking forward to seeing Seanie's Heroes tomorrow evening.

Mike Hayes
124 Posted 27/05/2023 at 17:40:30
John Williams - It’s a “See through the bullshit” medication - clears up rose tinted glasses 🥸
Paul Armstrong
125 Posted 27/05/2023 at 17:47:11
At least if it does go wrong tomorrow we can take solace in reminiscing about 'the good times'. Cast you your mind back. It was towards the end of the last century.
Danny O’Neill
126 Posted 27/05/2023 at 17:53:50
I don't care about Leeds or Leicester.

Just win Everton.

Mike Gaynes
127 Posted 27/05/2023 at 17:59:46
Kim #123, that song was used as the theme for the movie. That's how Americans are familiar with it.
Paul Hewitt
128 Posted 27/05/2023 at 18:05:47
Bournemouth have already had their end of season piss up apparently. Their manager has said that he can't wait for the end of the season. These don't care about tomorrow. 3-0 blues 🤞
Derek Knox
129 Posted 27/05/2023 at 18:07:46
Just had a recent message from a Former TW'er Bill Watson, he spoke to George McKane yesterday in Italy, who has been Hospitalised for the last 4 days. He is on an Intravenous Drip, and the prognosis isn't great, but there is always hope. He (George) said he is hoping to see the Match tomorrow by way of TV. I sent my best wishes for a speedy recovery, hopefully aided by a win tomorrow. I'm sure many who know George will also send their hopeful wishes.
Paul Armstrong
130 Posted 27/05/2023 at 18:12:04
Paul @128. Your source of this encouraging news??!!
Paul Hewitt
131 Posted 27/05/2023 at 18:21:48
Paul @140. I saw a Bournemouth fan beginning of the week saying since they got safe the effort seems to have dropped, and they had there piss up after the United game. Their manager also said in his presser that he can't wait till the season ends. Hardly sounds like a squad that will put much effort in tomorrow.
Brent Stephens
132 Posted 27/05/2023 at 18:23:17
Derek #129. That’s disappointing news about George. Let’s do it for George at least, tomorrow.
Paul Birmingham
133 Posted 27/05/2023 at 18:23:50
Derek, prayers and thoughts to George and his Family at this tough time, let's pray he's on the mend soon.
Tomorrow night hopefully is the start of the new beginning for Everton.


Paul Armstrong
134 Posted 27/05/2023 at 18:25:37
Paul @ 131. Thanks for sharing! All straws gratefully clutched at but this is particularly encouraging!
Brian Denton
135 Posted 27/05/2023 at 18:27:25
Danny, you have to care about Leeds and Leicester - their results could have some bearing on our future...!
Danny O’Neill
136 Posted 27/05/2023 at 18:32:31
I care about our result Brian. Take care of that and we're okay. Then the rest don't matter.

God bless to George. I only spoke to him on the phone a few weeks ago.

Don't you dare let him down.

Mick O'Malley
137 Posted 27/05/2023 at 18:42:16
There is no way Bournemouth are going to come and roll over piss up or not, they are professionals who will want to win, I hate these types of games, we”ll be on edge while they can play with the pressure off, they’ll have fans travelling the length of the country so won’t want to let them down, I’m expecting a tough game in the sun, come on Blues you owe us UTFT 💙💙
Rob Halligan
138 Posted 27/05/2023 at 18:46:22
Mick, me and a couple of thousand others, travelled the length of the country twice in four days last December, to be let down badly.

Fuck their fans, send them home the same way we were, utterly dejected.

Peter Mills
139 Posted 27/05/2023 at 18:56:20
Posso vibes to George.
Dave Williams
140 Posted 27/05/2023 at 18:59:48
Sad news about George who I met at the Dark House- charming man and my best wishes to him. I’m sure a win would do him no end of good!
Dale Self
141 Posted 27/05/2023 at 19:10:02
Yes. To George. No words can describe what he means to us all so some peaceful vibes and thoughts his way.
Eddie Dunn
142 Posted 27/05/2023 at 19:10:40
Very best wishes to George, somewhere in Italy. I never met the man but watched the videos and loved his pre-match posso vibes over the years. Get well, George.

Rob Halligan, bloody good point, mate. Let those Cherries fans travel here and back with scant reward.

I saw Gary Oneil's presser. I honestly detected a fairly laid-back approach, lots of injury worries and think they are ready to offer only "token" resistance.

Come on, let's put them to the sword.

Jack Convery
143 Posted 27/05/2023 at 19:39:26
Get well George. TW people are all with you.
Rob Halligan
144 Posted 27/05/2023 at 20:01:08
Have received some news in the last hour, that if it doesn't motivate the players to win tomorrow, other than staying in the Premier League obviously, then nothing will.

I cannot put the news on here, but every single squad member, manager and backroom staff will know it for definite. This news will make them fight, blood, sweat and tears to get the victory required. This news might well be announced, maybe after we win tomorrow.

Bill Gienapp
145 Posted 27/05/2023 at 20:03:39
Rob, are we signing Zava if we stay up?? (sorry, Ted Lasso joke)
Andy Meighan
146 Posted 27/05/2023 at 20:05:24
Why can't you, then, Rob Halligan. And what is the news?

Come on, spill the beans.

Or are you spouting shite that will never see the light of day???

Jack Convery
147 Posted 27/05/2023 at 20:10:31
Rob - Its Riquelme - he's fnally agreed to sign !!
Will Mabon
148 Posted 27/05/2023 at 20:11:57
Rob - Jim Ratcliffe?
Mark Ryan
149 Posted 27/05/2023 at 20:13:04
I hope it's not that we're signing Gyökeres from Coventry. Very underwhelming playing against Luton today.
Barry Thompson
150 Posted 27/05/2023 at 20:13:16
Early goal to settle the nerves as can do without any panic mode setting in as time ticks away and news of other results filter through. Score early and I’ll go for George’s usual 4 - 0 result. Otherwise a very very nervy 2 - 0. Either way it’ll be a win for us and safety regardless of a Leeds/Leicester win.

Passed the Old Lady a couple of hours ago and all really quiet and imagined how different the place will be in 24 hours time. So COYB and show these fuckers you are all here to fight for the points (all 3 of them) win your individual battles and leave the pitch to the deafening noise that the victory will bring.

PS - I sincerely hope that a Mr M Oliver gets a really really bad dose of the shits about 4pm coz he’s an utter trapper’s hat.

Brian Wilkinson
151 Posted 27/05/2023 at 20:14:07
Flaming heck Rob, that is up there with the other half having an head on with you, and when you ask what’s up, they say, well if you don’t know, I’m not telling you.

If I give you a cryptic message, ownership, can you give me a nod or a wink, thank god predictive text never kicked in on wink :-)

Rob Halligan
152 Posted 27/05/2023 at 20:15:16
Sorry lads, I cannot divulge what I’ve been told, but it’s made me convinced that we will win tomorrow.
Andy Meighan
153 Posted 27/05/2023 at 20:16:45
Oh my god.

Another from Rob Halligan saying he's received news in the last hour… but won't reveal it.

Sorry, mate, but you know exactly as the rest of us.


Brent Stephens
154 Posted 27/05/2023 at 20:18:48
Rob - is this a squad member health problem?

Brian Wilkinson
155 Posted 27/05/2023 at 20:22:19
Has Bill promised to split the Arteta money as a win bonus, Rob?
Mark Ryan
156 Posted 27/05/2023 at 20:22:29
If it's Jim Ratcliffe, I'm getting mullered – 12 pints of Yoghurt!
Dale Self
157 Posted 27/05/2023 at 20:24:26
We are taking the pitch in Joseph Technicolor Coat kits tomorrow aren’t we? I fuckin knew it.
Rob Halligan
158 Posted 27/05/2023 at 20:25:20
Jack Convery
159 Posted 27/05/2023 at 20:32:08
I've got it. Thelwell has signed 6 Bournemouth 1st teamers on precontract agreements. All current wages to be trebled from July 1st.
Grant Rorrison
160 Posted 27/05/2023 at 20:33:03
Rob 144.

If you cant tell us what it is, then why tell us that you know something at all?

John Burns
161 Posted 27/05/2023 at 20:36:06
Rob 152.

"Sorry lads, I cannot divulge what I've been told, but it's made me convinced that we will win tomorrow."

Maupay has a hammy, hasn't he?

Derek Knox
162 Posted 27/05/2023 at 20:42:06
Rob @ 152,

Does it involve a firearm or a shotgun?

I hope you can put in an appearance tomorrow at the Harlech Castle before the game. Quite a few going, so you can divulge the juicy details there! :-)

Tony Everan
163 Posted 27/05/2023 at 20:43:12
Rob, now you've started it!

Can't be Kenwright because the players probably don't care one way or another. Must be very interesting takeover news?

Dan Hollingworth
164 Posted 27/05/2023 at 20:43:54
Coleman Retired.
Brent Stephens
165 Posted 27/05/2023 at 20:45:29
Seamus announced as next manager!
Rob Halligan
166 Posted 27/05/2023 at 20:48:07
Grant, I like to make everyone sweat 😅 😅 😅, but Brent # 154 is kind of on the right lines, and no it's not Calvert-Lewin.
Brent Stephens
167 Posted 27/05/2023 at 20:53:22
Seamus health problems?
Ian Edwards
168 Posted 27/05/2023 at 20:56:47
Rob... I've told you that story about me quitting ToffeeWeb isn't true.
Kim Vivian
169 Posted 27/05/2023 at 20:57:55
Barry - 150 Haha 'Trappers hat' – I've never heard that used in that context before, but it's a great pint from the Brimstage Brewery.

The business dream of my old great and late lamented mate who tragically passed away a couple of years ago. Not available where I live now, unfortunately.

Oliver Molloy
170 Posted 27/05/2023 at 20:58:31
Derek @ 129. Yes indeed.

George Mc Kane, I wish you positive vibes and the best for a speedy recovery.

Ian Edwards
171 Posted 27/05/2023 at 20:59:26
It's already announced: Mina is leaving.
Chris Leyland
172 Posted 27/05/2023 at 21:01:08
Rob, is it that Seamus had to retire because of his latest injury?
Rob Halligan
173 Posted 27/05/2023 at 21:02:25
Haha, Ian…….maybe you’ve got a sense of humour after all!
Rob Halligan
174 Posted 27/05/2023 at 21:04:32
It’s someone that most of you don’t even know, but is a highly respected member of the backroom staff, and well liked by everyone in the first team squad. So I’ll leave it at that.
Don Alexander
175 Posted 27/05/2023 at 21:04:53
Hopefully it'll be that the Home bogs at BMD will be named after Kenwright.
Marc Hints
176 Posted 27/05/2023 at 21:05:41
Mina's last game tomorrow.
Brian Wilkinson
177 Posted 27/05/2023 at 21:06:18
I think you might be right, Chris, if not I'm stumped as well.

If you go the Harloch pub before the game, Rob, Derek will bring his thumbscrews with him and work on you.

Like that one, Don, two pleasures in one go at half-time.

Billy Bradshaw
178 Posted 27/05/2023 at 21:17:43
Not sure of his name, Rob, but he has been with us for years, the kit man.
Les Callan
179 Posted 27/05/2023 at 21:19:02
That will be Jimmy Martin, Billy.
Jay Evans
180 Posted 27/05/2023 at 21:20:31
God Bless George McKane - come back soon mate, I miss your lyrics.

Rob Haliigan, if it's the Xanax rehab story, mate, it's a loada bum, so take no notice.

Kieran Kinsella
181 Posted 27/05/2023 at 21:21:43

Is it that they've realized if they don't win they might get relegated?

Jack Convery
182 Posted 27/05/2023 at 21:21:56
Andros Townsend is having to retire would be my best serious guess.
Graeme Beresford
183 Posted 27/05/2023 at 21:29:32

I hope this isn't a blag as your ‘info', sorry, post, is already doing the rounds on Twitter.

Robert Williams
184 Posted 27/05/2023 at 21:32:45
MK @ 103. Thanks very much for theTV times.
Billy Bradshaw
185 Posted 27/05/2023 at 21:33:22
Les-179, that's him, thanks.
Tony Everan
186 Posted 27/05/2023 at 21:38:54
Something to do with Alan Kelly, the goalkeeping coach?
Brian Wilkinson
187 Posted 27/05/2023 at 21:48:34
Big Dunc called back to greet the players in the dressing room at full time if they lose.

Am I close, Rob?

Tony Abrahams
188 Posted 27/05/2023 at 22:12:15
Barry @85,

You've just reminded me of the Scottish vagrant, shouting “I hate Scousers” after claiming Yozzer Hughes had stolen his window!

David McMullen
189 Posted 27/05/2023 at 22:16:30
Here's hoping the survival day drama will be a damp squib for the neutrals and Everton haters. Let's score a couple early doors and another before the break.
Andy Crooks
190 Posted 27/05/2023 at 22:32:57
Tony, just watched that message you sent me. Feeling positive. We will prevail.
Ian Bennett
191 Posted 27/05/2023 at 22:33:07
Rob – is it a new 5-year deal for Tom Davies?
Paul Hewitt
192 Posted 27/05/2023 at 22:38:04
MSP in a full buy out apparently.
Kevin Molloy
193 Posted 27/05/2023 at 22:43:44
For the people going the game, I think positivity regardless of what happens is the way to go. I think there are a few points to bear in mind:

Bournemouth are not going to roll over. They have a huge amount to play for, they can go up or down four places. this is a key game for them. So if they start spraying the ball around for 20 minutes, that should not come as a surprise.

Tomorrow is going to be tension wise the worst yet. If people want to know what threat we re going to have going forward, I would point you to the last hour of our game against Wolves.

I suspect Dyche will be thinking we keep it tight and nick one from a set piece. That means Bournemouth will have alot of the ball. That doesn't mean we don't have the right tactics, but it's going to be a horrendous watch.

But as long as we are ridiculously positive towards the team at all times, I reckon there is a good chance we get over the line.

For those not at the game, I'd have a think of how you're going to keep calm tomorrow cos even if it's looking good, both games can turn on a sixpence at any point, remember there's bugger all we can do about it, if we go down we'll just have to suck it up and take it on the chin.

This is our fourth go at Russian Roulette; one of these days, there'll be a bullet in the chamber, let's hope it s not tomorrow. But if it is we'll just have to bounce back like Burnley did.

Oliver Molloy
194 Posted 27/05/2023 at 22:47:50
Jimmy Martin has had enough !, Kenwright retires, Sharp resigns, Moshiri sells...
Neil Carter
195 Posted 27/05/2023 at 22:50:21
Don't believe a word of the Dyche replacement being worked on before tomorrow – that would require the board to have a plan – no chance!!!
David McMullen
196 Posted 27/05/2023 at 22:55:08
Will (7) you said first thing we can do as a team (and club) is remember who we are, then remember who Bournemouth are. Afterwards, we need to remember where we are. Remember we were one of the "big 5". Remember who we used to be.

Let's not forget though, we've had good times.

Jay Harris
197 Posted 27/05/2023 at 23:03:16
Let's hope George makes a full recovery and the lads do the job tomorrow and we're safe.

Everything else, including announcements, is secondary to those two events.


Paul Hewitt
198 Posted 27/05/2023 at 23:56:19
Get well soon, George. Anything else isn't important.
Hans Fyhrqvist
199 Posted 27/05/2023 at 00:33:53
Today is once again a day of reckoning for Everton.

Lot´s of interesting posts here, for example Anthony #1, Jim #4, John #20, Tony #33, Barry #57 and Brian #117.

It goes without saying that Everton´s only aim today must be to win their home game against Bournemouth. We can´t rely on Leicester and Leeds failing in their own matches. Because you never know, even if they would be drawing, not to speak losing, they both, or one of them, could score a goal or two in the final stages and eventually win their respective games.

So Sean Dyche, his coaches, and above all, every Everton player must be mentally brave enough for going all out to win. While fighting for the cause from the first minute to the final whistle, and staying focused the whole match, hopefully the Everton players can at the same time keep their nerves. And cool heads – especially when they are in the scoring positions.

i think our starting line-up could very well be the one Lyndon suggested, based surely on how he predicts Dyche will decide. Many of us would prefer Simms to Gray as our main striker (Calvert-Lewin being unavailable). If Simms is not starting, at least Dyche should bring him on from the bench in good time and without hesitation if the score situation requires more attacking threat from us.

Surely the Goodison crowd will back our players vociferously and passionately. Don't let the anxiety creep in if the scores are unfavourable to us. They can change, and to the opposite of what I wrote in the beginning. And above all, we can also win at the death.

Whatever will be, will be. Hopefully that is Everton staying up!

Ernie Baywood
200 Posted 28/05/2023 at 02:32:16
Hard to pick what Dyche will do. A lot of his selections seem to come down to who he trusts at any given moment. Mina wasn't trusted and couldn't get a minute. Same for Gray.

Simms seems to be the one that Dyche trusts least, and it's hard to see him changing now, in the biggest game of the season.

It just can't be Maupay. Even Dyche must know that. So it will be Gray (or Keane).

Pat Kelly
201 Posted 28/05/2023 at 06:13:31
If Maupay is selected, the club is bankrupt in every possible sense of the word.
Derek Knox
202 Posted 28/05/2023 at 06:39:52
Pat K, spot on there, mate, if I was Simms, I would be really pissed off.

He has scored goals everywhere he has been, albeit at a lower level, but the goal is the same size. He gets recalled from a successful goal-scoring loan at Sunderland, scores from the subs bench against Chelsea, then gets splinters in his arse, with (one in forty) Maupay getting the nod each time.

Dyche keeps saying he hasn't enough Premier League experience. How is he going to get that experience? To top it off, Tom Cannon gets loaned out too… beggars belief almost. I was all behind Dyche but this and other decisions and the timing and personnel of subs is causing a re-think!

Mike Gaynes
203 Posted 28/05/2023 at 07:28:06
And so to bed. - Samuel Pepys, 1663

Tossin' and turnin'
Turnin' and tossin'
Tossin' and turnin' all night
- Bobby Lewis, 1961

Jeff Armstrong
204 Posted 28/05/2023 at 07:31:08

Mykolenko is fit to play, isn’t he?

Jerome Shields
205 Posted 28/05/2023 at 07:39:04
Sincerely, George, get well soon.

George, it happens when you try to change things. If you are in financial difficulties, the first thing that will happen is that you will lose your wallet. It's just a blip on your way to pursuing the life of an international popstar. Good Luck..

Neil Copeland
206 Posted 28/05/2023 at 07:49:09
George, get well soon. Try to enjoy the game today, the Blues will do it for you!


Brian Denton
207 Posted 28/05/2023 at 08:01:24
Last night, Dortmund only needed to win at home against a team who were already 'am Strand', in order to take the Bundesliga Title from the mighty Bayern Munich.

Guess what happened?

Colin Glassar
208 Posted 28/05/2023 at 08:10:18
Feeling totally calm and relaxed about today – so far. I've felt like this all week as I'm resigned to whatever today brings. It's not in my hands what happens between 3 and 5 pm. I hope, and expect, the players are prepared to face their destiny. The cards have been dealt and I await with bated breath.

Just fucking hammer these southern softies. UTFT!!!!!


Ian Riley
209 Posted 28/05/2023 at 08:15:27
Whatever happens today?

It's not life or death. People will be suffering ill health, pain, financial hardship, grief, at war, or starvation.

If relagation happens? We rebuild! We stay up? We must change to hopefully not be in this position again.

I know for many, Everton is a big part of our lives. Just spare a moment for those less fortunate and that will put things in perspective.

To all the players. Do your best is all we ask. Take care all.

Kim Vivian
210 Posted 28/05/2023 at 08:27:48
Colin – at 5 pm we will be half an hour into the game...

...and feeling it!

John Hall
211 Posted 28/05/2023 at 08:29:04
To all the posters here who have music suggestions (myself included), may I offer the Smiths 'Hang the DJ?' :)
Kim Vivian
212 Posted 28/05/2023 at 08:36:37
John - should that read Mpay..?

Figuratively, of course. Bless the little fella.

Mike Connolly
213 Posted 28/05/2023 at 08:36:43
If we can't perform today, we deserve to go down.

We even have the Upper Bullen's away end…

Kevin Edward
214 Posted 28/05/2023 at 08:39:17
It's cup final day. At home, 37,000 roaring the Blues on and drowning out the visitors for 90 mins.

This is as big as it gets for Everton FC: to all the Blues at Goodson Park today, somehow please get us over the line. Some big performances will be required on the pitch; I can't see many goals in this one so Pickford and McNeil I hope can deliver some magic today.

Win 1-0, lap of honour in a half-empty stadium, go home. Job done. UTFT.

John Hall
215 Posted 28/05/2023 at 08:39:20
I have a fairly interesting anecdote about Southern softies.

Around 30 years ago, I went to a David Badiel and Rob Newman comedy show (pre Frank Skinner) at the Hammersmith Odeon in London with my fellow Northern students who were studying in London together.

It was a great show, but one joke really sticks in my head. Rob Newman, as part of his stand-up routine, pretended to make an announcement on car radios. He said 'A message to all the people travelling Northbound on the M1: "Fuck off, you Southern bastards!"

My friends and I started laughing, but then quickly shut up as there was general anger in the audience, and we were made to feel most unwelcome!

Rob himself realised his mistake and apologised to the audience saying, I'm really sorry about that, it worked really well in Glasgow last night!' LOL!

I still think it was the funniest thing of the entire evening. So, we have a message to Bournemouth supporters today.....

Actually I have nothing against Bournemouth fans, I just want us to win today! COYB!!

Mike Connolly
216 Posted 28/05/2023 at 08:39:45
John one for Barrett-Baxendale:

Hold Your Head Up – Argent

Pete Day
217 Posted 28/05/2023 at 08:46:18
I'm very much Jekyll and Hyde at the moment: one minute, I think we'll be fine… the next we're doomed! In any case, at the end of today, we'll know either way and the real work begins!

To those attending, do your thing and drag them across the line! Wish I was with you! COYB UTFT 💙

Colin Glassar
218 Posted 28/05/2023 at 08:50:40
My bad, Kim. Why couldn't we just kick-off at 3 pm? Is it for the overseas markets? Another reason for me hating this “product”.

Great post, Ian R. Whatever happens today, the sun will still come up tomorrow and life will still go on.

John Hall
219 Posted 28/05/2023 at 08:51:46
We all wish we could be there, Pete, we're with the Blues every step of the way and every good pass should be applauded! UTFT!!
Dave Abrahams
220 Posted 28/05/2023 at 08:59:25
Derek (202),

Well, Graeme Sharp was appointed to the Board to help with football matters – didn't he tell Dyche about Tom Cannon?

Dyche had just got here – he wouldn't be expected to know about him.

Alan McGuffog
221 Posted 28/05/2023 at 09:00:47
Will be watching it in my favourite little bar in Turkey. I have almost converted the barman.

But it's election day and we have to watch it without a drink. Can you imagine! Bloody democracy!

Kim Vivian
222 Posted 28/05/2023 at 09:00:50
I think you're probably bang on, Colin. Definitely better for the US contingent but not sure about our antipodean followers. I guess 0530 (or thereabouts) is marginally preferable to 0400. It's all about the money though.
Sean Kelly
223 Posted 28/05/2023 at 09:09:44
Hi folks, today our destiny is in the hands of Dyche and possibly 16 players. Each and everyone of them has to get their game to 100% perfection.

Our limited squad must perform at a level that only occasionally at a decent level in the last few seasons. It's up to all those lucky enough to be in Goodison Park today to support those playing until the final whistle.

Do it for the locals as they will be the ones getting ripped apart if the unthinkable happens. Do it for the thousands of away-day supporters who have travelled to Bournemouth twice in 4 days to be embarrassed and to many other regions, spending a fortune to support this club.

Whatever the outcome today, one thing that must happen is change! That starts after 6 pm. Whether we are in the Premier League or the other place, we must get change throughout this club. I'm not fixated on the obvious culprits but we must change the mentality and direction of this club.

I hope we turn up today with the attitude of Seamus on the stretcher. A leader and a fighter who loves this club. Let's get the job done collectively and move forward.

Finally, I send my best wishes to George McKane. Get well soon lad. I hope Everton in its collective form gives you a huge lift today. I never met George but his verses on here brought me to places in my mind that I never knew existed. Thanks, George.

Tony Abrahams
224 Posted 28/05/2023 at 09:10:47
I don't know why I'm feeling so calm, I don't know why I'm feeling relaxed, and I'm thinking about George McKane, I honestly thought about him yesterday as I drove along a very calm and quiet County Road.

The calm before the storm, I thought, this place is going to be so alike tomorrow, so hopefully a new dawn, a new board, and a new Everton, hopefully waking up from a very long and poisonous curse.

One of the biggest factors today is getting our players to remain calm, so it was refreshing to read that some members of the backroom staff have been heard to say that Finch Farm has been a much calmer place this week than it was 12 months ago, when we were in a similar disgraceful and embarrassing position.

Pragmatic Everton, hopefully, with pragmatic Evertonians, singing We Shall Not Be Moved!!! 💙🙏

Christine Foster
225 Posted 28/05/2023 at 09:15:10
3.30 am here in New Zealand, I don't care. Anytime, anywhere, till I can take a seat in the new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock.

Let's do it, guys.

Brian Wilkinson
226 Posted 28/05/2023 at 09:15:20
John @211, how about a triple-header song?

Holding Back The Years, Money's Too Tight To Mention, and Give Me Just A Little More Time.

Simply Red, featuring Chairman of the Board.

Sean Kelly
227 Posted 28/05/2023 at 09:28:48
Apologies, Christine – I forgot to mention Evertonians, like you, in far-flung places that are, like me, chewing their nails in anticipation at an ungodly hour. Hope we are not chewed down to the knuckles by the final whistle.

A Brighton away performance will do the trick along with a glass or two.

Brian Wilkinson
228 Posted 28/05/2023 at 09:28:54
We all know we have to get behind the team, applaud them off, but what we must do is stay in the stands and not go on the pitch.

Let us not give a reason for the Premier League or the board to turn us into a baying crowd of hooligans.

Instead, stay in your seats, clap the players off, then all four stands send a clear message out about the removal of those at the top – they cannot get away with going into next season, still making decisions at the top.

Joe McMahon
229 Posted 28/05/2023 at 09:36:11
I fully agree with many above, at the final whistle – not going over the top bananas, no pitch invasion – just cheer, but let the club hierarchy know what they have done to Everton.

I really hope players haven't brought their kids for the end-of-season finale, as this is not a celebration of a good season.

Mike Connolly
230 Posted 28/05/2023 at 09:46:02
Well said, Joe.

Ian Edwards
231 Posted 28/05/2023 at 09:48:55
This is the day. I was there v Wimbledon and v Coventry. I won't be there today.

Let's hope we come through it — nerves, heart and Premier League status intact.

Brian Hennessy
232 Posted 28/05/2023 at 09:52:37
Coady at right back anyone?
Colin Glassar
233 Posted 28/05/2023 at 09:55:45
Great piece on Everton in the “i” paper/website. Big Nev, Farrelly and Ball giving their opinions. Damning indictment of Moshiri and kenshite and co.
Brian Harrison
234 Posted 28/05/2023 at 10:10:04
Tony 224

Still quite a few hours before I have to set off to Goodison, but like you I feel very calm about it all. I was there for the Wimbledon game and the Coventry game, but I didnt feel as calm as I do today. Whether its misplaced confidence I don't know, but I just believe that we will win today. Maybe the fact that its in our own hands and we don't have to rely on results elsewhere if we win the game we stay up. Sean Dyche has said for many months the only time the league position counts is after the last game of the season, and when he joined we were 2nd bottom. Now I am sure he and us wished we had already secured our Premier league status already, but I do believe over the last few weeks the players have taken on a new mentality.

I am sure whoever he picks to replace DCL some will criticize but whoever it is we have to back them. Other than the Brighton game we have lacked goals but to be fair to Dyche DCL hasnt been fit for the majority of those games and his alternatives weren't great. I would just ask the fans not to go on the pitch whatever the result, as we will give the authorities to impose record fines and or a points deduction.

James Marshall
235 Posted 28/05/2023 at 10:31:03
I still think we'll fail to win the game and will need some help from elsewhere - were useless without DCL or any full backs in the team, and that won't change purely through blind optimism/faith.

This team will still carry zero attacking threat, and lack balance from back to front. Bournemouth are way better than we are, and it's going to show later.

This ongoing reliance on supporters to somehow carry us for the last 30 years is really beginning to grate on me. Atmosphere at games is great, but I'm sick to death of hearing about our amazing fans being the difference - I want our fucking players to be the difference.

I'll be amazed if we win today.

Colin Glassar
236 Posted 28/05/2023 at 10:35:10
Tomorrow is just as important as today is imo.
Lynn Maher
237 Posted 28/05/2023 at 10:38:25
Sending love, prayers and cosmic vibes to George. Like others, I don’t know him personally, but I love his wonderful posts. The calm amongst the storm. When I’m at Goodison this afternoon, I will try and channel his endless positivity. 💙
James Marshall
238 Posted 28/05/2023 at 10:41:10
What's happening tomorrow, Colin?
Colin Glassar
239 Posted 28/05/2023 at 10:43:25
Reset, rebuild, recovery, revenge, James. Decisions made tomorrow will determine our future whatever League we are in. Out with the old, in with the new.
Oliver Molloy
240 Posted 28/05/2023 at 10:45:14
The first 15 - 20 minutes will be so important for us I think. They will try and quieten Goodison and we will be trying to get off to a flyer.
One thing for sure, every player needs a minimum 8 / 10 today and if we are on top we simply have to score.
Bag of fucking nerves already!
Geoff Lambert
241 Posted 28/05/2023 at 10:48:23
It's a long trek down them steps from the top balcony, but only two outcomes today i'ts shear elation or total devastation. no inbetween. Not a very easy sleep last night but getting ready now just want it to be over and the results to be in our favour. Come On You Blues you can do this.
James Marshall
242 Posted 28/05/2023 at 10:50:01
Oh, by tomorrow you mean the future tomorrow. I thought there was something specific happening tomorrow. Given that it's a bank holiday, I expect nothing will happen tomorrow.
Martin Mason
243 Posted 28/05/2023 at 10:55:17
The "i" website article is very good and has made me understand two things better or should I say one thing better and one thing confirmed better.

How is this?
Instead, amid a £700m splurge, he retained Bill Kenwright as chairman and “we had new money applied to old Everton when we should have had new money applied to new Everton.” This is a spot on reflection of what happened.

Everton failed because they accepted mediocrity? Absolutely but it wasn't the fans who accepted mediocrity as they were never in a position to do anything. It was the club via Kenwright that accepted mediocrity. My opinion is that Kenwright allowed the club to sink into possibly irreversible decline due to his not looking for investment that benefited the club but only investment that enriched him obscenely.

Geoff Lambert
244 Posted 28/05/2023 at 10:57:15
If the worst happens could this be the last ever premier league game at the old lady, My word that is not a outcome to even think about.
Mike Owen
245 Posted 28/05/2023 at 11:03:19
I'd start with Michael Keane up front. His heading ability, his finish against Palace last season, his assist last week at Wolves, and not to forget his belter against Spurs.

And out of the fit players we have, Keane is the one who has scored the most goals for Everton.

I have wondered if a factor in Sean Dyche, and before him, Frank Lampard, not starting Keane up front is a fear of being seen as "old school".

But we need goals, whatever way they come. And most teams have worked out our far post corner to Tarkowski.

As to whether who would link up with Keane, and whether 4-4-2, well, that's another debate. But right now, I'm off to the pub with my prayer mat.

Raymond Fox
246 Posted 28/05/2023 at 11:06:22
James 235, I think we are in a semi state of shock of what can happen today.

I echo your words about the lack of threat with CL missing again, we are a much more dangerous attacking side with him playing.

I'm hoping that Leicester and Leeds fail to win which I think is very likely, West Ham are in form and Spurs don't turn into a bad team overnight.

We have somehow to conjure a win in our game though and it will interesting to see what team Dyche picks, he will have a stratagy worked out I've no doubt.

Regardless of what happens in the other games we have to play to win the game and I live in hope we can.

James Hughes
247 Posted 28/05/2023 at 11:06:42
We can do this and get the results needed. Off to get a few hours kip and will be reliant on my SIL to get up and log on his laptop at 3.30
Dave Abrahams
248 Posted 28/05/2023 at 11:07:53
James (242), James something special and different is happening tomorrow, when you look in the mirror you won’t recognise who’s there,you’ll see a smiling face!!

Very best wishes to someone who always made me smile, get well George, 4-0 (?) today mate,I hope the Blues cheer you up today.

John Hall
249 Posted 28/05/2023 at 11:32:25
Everton in the championship should never happen, are we too good to go down?

Historically speaking, yes, but the current team is shocking! No matter, the fans will get them over the line… or staying above the relegation line! :) COYB!!

Mark Thomson
250 Posted 28/05/2023 at 11:36:51
I know it's a Jagielka-type long-shot but if anyone does have a spare ticket for today?

I've got my cousin Richard who last night has turned up on my doorstep having flown back home from Prague for this game. He is desperate for a ticket to see us stay up on this fine day. If you can help give me a call on 0792 616 03OO. We will be around the stadium from 3.

Cheers Mark

Jim Wilson
251 Posted 28/05/2023 at 11:50:33
Massive pressure on the players today so get behind them 100% no matter how they are performing.

Come on Sean Dyche pick a winning side and motivate all the players to have their best ever games. Make sure they give their all, but nothing over the top. No sendings-off!

Plenty of good luck today!


Peter Dodds
252 Posted 28/05/2023 at 11:51:30
John @215,

I went to David Baddiel / Footlights gig about 35 years ago in Leatherhead, Surrey. The best gag was when one of the cast started to say "What do you get if you cross a security guard…" before the guard himself jumped in with "Trouble!"

That's what we need to give the Bournemouth defence today. Lots and lots of trouble.

Ernie Baywood
253 Posted 28/05/2023 at 11:53:10
On the music suggestions, I decided I'd had enough of football podcasts and fancied some music to distract me while driving around today (it's a 22 hour build up here in Melbourne).

First song that popped up on Spotify?

"Here's Where the Story Ends" by The Sundays.


And of course my day started early due to watching a win for Bournemouth (Chris Billam Smith). Hopefully that's their last for the 24 hour period.

Tony Shelby
254 Posted 28/05/2023 at 11:53:35
A huge day for all Blues today. Most of us have probably struggled to think about anything else for a few weeks now.

My dad had open heart surgery last weekend and, at his request, was handed a piece of paper with the Wolves score written on it as he came to on Sunday. Even in the face of mortality, Everton were at the forefront of his mind.

You'd better put a performance in today, Everton. We expect blood, sweat and, if there are going to be tears, make sure they're of joy.


Kevin Naylor
255 Posted 28/05/2023 at 11:53:46
'Never give up, never surrender' – Galaxy Quest, circa 1999
Colin Glassar
256 Posted 28/05/2023 at 11:58:19
“Enough is enough” by Babs and Donna. Paraphrase it however you want…
Pete Neilson
257 Posted 28/05/2023 at 12:00:17
It's not blind optimism to think we can win without Calvert-Lewin. We've won 4 games under Dyche and 2 of those were without him.

Of course we can win today, regardless of his absence.

Christopher Timmins
258 Posted 28/05/2023 at 12:01:24
Jim #251,

Given our financial plight, today is possibly the most important day in the club's long and proud history.

Support the manager and players today and staff off the pitch!

Alan McGuffog
259 Posted 28/05/2023 at 12:11:19
In spite of the election over here in Turkey, the no alcohol rule would appear to be elastic in interpretation. Thank you, Allah! 🙏

I'll need a drink or two to get me through today. What can possibly go wrong?

Jay Evans
260 Posted 28/05/2023 at 12:34:53
Team is out - 3 at the back. Coady in, No Keane or Holgate.
Gary Brown
261 Posted 28/05/2023 at 12:40:08
Jay, team doesn't get announced until 3:30 does it? Not to the masses anyway. Hospitality get it a little earlier?
Colin Malone
262 Posted 28/05/2023 at 12:44:18

Take us.

Brent Stephens
263 Posted 28/05/2023 at 12:47:18
Jay, and the full team is?
Derek Taylor
264 Posted 28/05/2023 at 12:51:14
I've long believed that, as long as Everton remained a Premier League milch cow, Kenwright would see it as his heritage to remain in charge. He sees no shame in his record and even has the cheek to say "We've seen some good times" during his reign!

Having said that, I don't see many Evertonians being prepared to put up with second-tier football just to see the back of the shyster and his pathetic Board mates. After all, these absentee worthies have appointed a manager who has spent his career shuffling round the 'lower reaches' and will feel well at home 'down there'. He's a relegation specialist!

Gary Brown
265 Posted 28/05/2023 at 13:01:00
Apparently team leaked online….


Mark Taylor
266 Posted 28/05/2023 at 13:03:35
Ah, a new formation, 3-7-0
Barry Rathbone
267 Posted 28/05/2023 at 13:04:54
“Waterloo” - Abba
Will Mabon
268 Posted 28/05/2023 at 13:05:47

damn, no Maupay.

Jay Evans
269 Posted 28/05/2023 at 13:13:41
Alas Gary no hospitality for me.

Unless you count The Stuart Hotel on the corner of Bedford Road.

Colin Metcalfe
270 Posted 28/05/2023 at 13:13:54
Unfortunately I can't follow the game today because of work so I won't know our fate until later tonight, I will be shitting myself when I can find the bravery to switch on my phone after a transatlantic flight.

We should win but we are talking about Everton here… please Blues just fucking win. I don't care if it's a 1-0 and it's voted the jammiest ugliest goal of the season – just WIN!! 🙏🏼

Derek Thomas
271 Posted 28/05/2023 at 13:15:55
'Tub Thumpin' - Chumbawamba
"I get knocked down (we'll be singing)
But I get up again
You are never gonna keep me down"
Oliver Molloy
272 Posted 28/05/2023 at 13:31:00
Colin @270..
Are you a pilot, or cabin crew.?

Ernie Baywood
273 Posted 28/05/2023 at 13:38:07
I doubt that's a legitimate leak, but it could absolutely be the right side. Not exactly too much choice is there.
Colin Metcalfe
274 Posted 28/05/2023 at 13:43:50
Oliver #272,

I am cabin crew and I don't think I am going to give a good service today as my mind will be elsewhere, lol.

Jamie Crowley
275 Posted 28/05/2023 at 13:44:35
8:43 am – Near 2 hours until lift off.

Words won't suffice, so I'll quote Leslie Neilson from Airplane:

"I just wanted you all to know, good luck, we're all counting on you."

Andrew Clare
276 Posted 28/05/2023 at 13:45:19
Somebody tell me it's all going to be ok.
Tony Everan
277 Posted 28/05/2023 at 13:47:13
Myko didn't make it then?

But it maybe a red, or should I say blue, herring.

Kevin Molloy
278 Posted 28/05/2023 at 13:55:59
So it seems our two best players are out of position at full-back. Triffic.

Can't argue with Coady's inclusion. The decision to bench both our forwards is perhaps a little strange, given our need to score goals, but what do I know?

This formation it seems to me will mean we have more of the ball, but will do fuck all with it. It's going to be a long afternoon…

Ray Said
279 Posted 28/05/2023 at 14:11:56
Re the music suggestions; can we have anything by The Stranglers for Barret-Baxendale and 'Your lying Eyes' for the Chairman please
Mike Corcoran
280 Posted 28/05/2023 at 14:36:44
Whatever happens the blues will still be blue
Ian Edwards
281 Posted 28/05/2023 at 14:47:12
265. That team will send us down. Full of DMs and no forward. Would sooner have Maupay. It screams of keep it nil nil and then throw a forward on if results not going our way.
Kieran Kinsella
282 Posted 28/05/2023 at 14:58:11
Not even worried even if we go down 2-0 we will win. It’s going to be a fun game
David McMullen
283 Posted 28/05/2023 at 14:58:20
One song "The Story of the Blues".
Paul Kossoff
284 Posted 28/05/2023 at 15:01:47
Rob, is the mysterious news about Everton, the new stadium will be named, the Bill Kenwright boys pen bill super dome?
John Davies
285 Posted 28/05/2023 at 15:06:43
God, my stomach's churning. I'm nervous as a kitten.

60 years a Blue and was there against Wimbledon and Coventry but I didn't feel as nervous as I do today. I'm just not confident. I can't see where the goals are coming from.

I pray I'm wrong and the team gets the job done today. I can't be at the Old Lady today which makes things even worse. The next 3½ hours are going to be hell.

Oh wow, I'm rambling. COYB! PLEASE!

Colette Black
286 Posted 28/05/2023 at 15:16:36
Like you, John, my stomach is churning, and my mind is unable to focus. I can't believe we are where we are.

This is our day of reckoning. How we got here reads like a roadmap to hell. Like all of you, I love Everton. Everton is in my blood, in my soul. One match and our fate is sealed.

Please Everton just do it for us – one more win, and then we can reset. We can become great again!

Christine Foster
287 Posted 28/05/2023 at 15:19:24
My nerves are shot already, 2:15 am another hour and a bit…

Can I just say one thing, to all those here on TW who post that we are not going to win: Shut Up! Not today, I don't want to hear it. If you can't post anything positive when we need everyone supporting the team, then don't post.

We need to back ourselves and each other… no moaners – not today.

Come On You Blues!

Ian Edwards
288 Posted 28/05/2023 at 15:19:27
If one player lets us down today with a red card or giving away a penalty, it will be Gueye.
Dave Abrahams
289 Posted 28/05/2023 at 15:26:57
Christine (287),

Girl, your nerves will take a hammering today but you won't half enjoy your glasses of Scotch after the game and you can toast the Blues and your late uncle who introduced you to the Blues.

It's going to be hard, girl, but we've seen it all before, too many times, and hopefully this is the last time we have to go through this trauma, that's the price of following the Blues.

You might not enjoy the match but you will savour the outcome.

Paul Kossoff
290 Posted 28/05/2023 at 15:27:43
Christine, well said. Coyb👮👮👮
Oliver Molloy
291 Posted 28/05/2023 at 15:32:36

Good luck, I'm sure you will have a way of finding out the scores... I've been on a right few flights where the pilot or co-pilot has updated passengers on sporting events!


Christine Foster
292 Posted 28/05/2023 at 15:36:12
Sitting on my own at 3.30 am in the middle of nowhere, Dave, how many others across this planet are like me tonight? To each and everyone of you, you are not alone, we are together, we are Everton.

Dave, I looked at the half-empty bottle of Grouse and wondered do I need it before or after? This season, there have been too many times I needed to settle my nerves. If the bottle is too close, I'll be swigging out of it… I'd better lock it up!

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