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JUSTICE!

The REAL truth, This ones for you.

ShortSharpShock – 3:06

(Lyrics belong to the Liverpool Thrash band SSS and are not written by me)

Make them feel inferior
Tag them all as murderers
Theres noone else whos guiltier
THERES BLOOD ON YOUR HANDS

Buried all the evidence
The lies that you perpetuate
Through decades still reverberate
THERES BLOOD ON YOUR HANDS

No apologies or lessons learnt
There families left to hell on earth
Turning fiction into fact
You froze, you bottled it and cracked
How do you get to sleep at night?
How do you get to sleep at night?

Media and establishment
Re-write history when they want
Mckenzies filth wont be truth
THERES BLOOD ON YOUR HANDS

Duckenfields a murderer
Duckenfields a murderer
South Yorkshire pigs are murderers
JUSTICE MUST BE DONE

I may be an Evertonian but today, as I sat in the pub on my day off with my pint and a copy of today’s Liverpool Echo  I found myself just overwhelmed that at last, after 23 years, THE REAL TRUTH, NOT Mackenzies “Truth”, Not the South Yorkshire Police’s “truth”, not Maggie’s “truth.” THE REAL TRUTH is finally out. Yesterday was just the beginning, now the true fight for Justice begins.

JUSTICE FOR THE 96

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Everton’s “The Double” Season 85 Archive Footage

Despite supporting my beloved Blues for almost 21 years now I’ve unfortunately never seen any great glory come to Goodison in my life time. A fantastic FA Cup win followed by Charity Shield win in 95 is the best I’ve seen, not bad granted, but without doubt Everton’s finest years were unfortunately before my time and without any question one of, if not the greatest season was that of Everton’s 1984/85 “Double” Season. The year before I was born Everton managed to win both the league and the European Cup Winners Cup as well as making it to the FA Cup final which unfortunately slipped away from us when a Norman Whiteside goal secured the cup for Man Utd that season.

Despite seeing plenty of footage of the great “double” season in the past somebody has finally put together a huge compilation of archive footage from most of Everton’s wins and goals from that famous season which include footage from the famous 5-0 drubbing of Utd at Goodison, THAT goal from Sharpy, the Bayern Munich semi final and the Rapid Vienna final as well as some of the less known/documented wins from the Blues that season. My friend Ped from Followtonians put this up on Facebook the other day so I felt I’d share with any fellow Blues who read this blog. SO sit back, relax, reminisce and remember it wasn’t all doom and gloom once.

PLEASE NOTE: I do not own the copyright of these videos, I am simply sharing them, they will be removed at request of copyright owner ONLY via email.

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Followtonians on tour

It’s a rarity to have as busier week as I have this week and although it has seemed somewhat chaotic and non-stop it has been nothing short of one the most amazing weeks I’ve had in a long time.

This week my friend Eric Howell and his wife Tracie came over for their first visit to Liverpool all the way from Kansas, USA. I first spoke to Eric through the world of that Twitter lark roughly about two years ago, his love for Everton yet being isolated over 3000 miles away from his spiritual home of Goodison drove him to try and start up a podcast about the club he loved. After a few weeks of working on a plan and despite being separated by 3000 miles Eric and Goodsion Park regular Ped managed to record the first episode of “FOLLOWTONIANS.” A year and a half later the podcast is still going strong, and despite not being a regular contributor to the show myself I have remained good friends with the lads behind the show, staying in touch with Eric via all forms of social media and recently getting to a few matches with Ped and his family. As this was Eric’s first trip over to Liverpool, needless to say we have been helping him plan to make the trip quite a special one.

The Howells arrived in Liverpool on Tuesday just gone and despite having to rearrange flights and make 2 separate connections they made it over for their first game at Goodison against league leaders Man City, and what a first game it was. I wasn’t at the match myself unfortunately but from what I’ve been told Eric was like a kid who just downed a 2 litre bottle of Coke and a massive bag of Jelly beans before opening his presents on Christmas morning and who can blame him, travel thousands of miles for your first game and Everton beat league leaders City 1-0 with a bracing shot from new boy Darren Gibson, followed shortly by the boss news we had actually SIGNED a player, Nikica Jelavic from Rangers, and the re-arrival of former Everton man Steven Pienaar who despite leaving under not so great circumstances has had a torrid time at Spurs and has been welcomed back at Goodison, what a way to start your holiday.

Wednesday saw myself and Eric and our other halves Tracie and Kirsty head into the City of Chester for a “classy” pub dinner (Sorry, Eric haha) followed by a nice stroll around Chester’s famous Roman Walls and despite having murder with my bank in the morning (again, sorry Eric) it was quite a nice pleasant day spent finally spending time with a friend who I’ve spoken to a million times but never actually physically met until then.

Thursday was one of the big days we were all looking forward to. A LIVE! recording of Followtonians at Walkabouts in Liverpool. The recording was attended by a good sized group of Evertonians as well as BBC Radio Merseyside’s Football pundit Alan Jackson who has on several occasions helped to “plug” the podcast on his show. A superb night was had by all, loads of drink was flowing, putting faces to fellow Everton “tweeters”, plenty of jokes and “banter” (I HATE that word), an Everton quiz with Free £5 bet slips up for grabs and just a generally great atmosphere made it a terrific night.

It was Saturday that was the icing on top of the cake for all of us. An away day down the East Lancs Road to Wigan, anyone who knows me knows that an ACTUAL away trip is a rarity for me these days, so even if it was just Wigan this was going to be a special one. The day started with a group of 7 of us including Eric, Ped and I as well as Ped’s sister Jayne, brother law Paddy and young nephew Aidan and another American chap called Nick, who is currently on leave from the US Airforce based out near Kaiserslautern in Germany, heading for a massive breakfast in some greasy spoon in West Derby near Melwood. After we all ploughed down our huge portions of bacon, eggs, sausage, black pudding and the rest we headed on the short 18 mile journey to Wigan for an afternoon of booze, Everton and more booze.

Anyone who has been to Wigan will know it’s a great away day, especially if your one of the more “local” teams i.e Everton, Liverpool, United, City etc etc. It’s a ground where the home support isn’t exactly great so thereby away fans are allocated an entire stand, in other words Wigan was invaded by 4,250 Evertonians who, through conquering the snow and sleet, were all thirsty for beer and hungry for three points. Although the thirst was quenched, ALOT, the three points evaded us after a clumsy Tim Howard mistake saw Wigan lead 1-0 only for “super sub” Anichebe to seal the equaliser. Despite the crap result, poor quality of football, the freezing weather conditions, the “incident” on the concourse at half time (which I will go into in a separate post) we didn’t allow our spirits to be dampened as we headed back to Wigan’s Red Robin pub which was well and truly taken over by Everton fans on the day for more beer and laughs. All in all a great day out at Wigan with a great bunch of people and a great opportunity to once again put faces to “Twitter handles” of many Blues I’ve spoken to a million times but never had the chance to meet.

The week was topped off nicely on Saturday night with a massive group of 12 of us headed back into Liverpool for a few more drinks in the Slaughter House followed by a cracking meal at “The Restaurant” Bar & Grill in Exchange Street, Liverpool. Needless to say by the end of it all I was slightly steaming drunk, sod it, I admit I was shit faced, but it was worth it. A terrific week had with friends regular and new and I hope it won’t be too long until we get to see Eric and Tracie back on our shores again.

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R.I.P Gary Ablett

The last time I updated the blog was with an entry remembering the late great Gary Speed’s untimely death in November and despite planning a big blog update it seems that will have to go on the back burner after the very sad news of the passing of yet another great former Everton player who I got to watch as a kid. Today former Everton, Liverpool and Birmingham (as well as a host of other clubs) defender Gary Ablett passed away after a 16 month battle against non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (cancer of the blood cells).

Gary was brought to Everton from neighbours and rivals Liverpool in 1992 for a fee of £750,000 and established himself into the first team straight away. He played a massive role at Everton including playing a part in the famous “Great Escape” of the 93/94 season as well as playing a pivotal role in Joe Royle’s “Dogs of War” in 1995. He was part of the team that picked up Everton’s last pieces of silverware winning both the FA Cup in a well fought out battle against Alex Ferguson’s Man Utd millionaires team and shortly after beating League Champions Blackburn Rovers in the Charity Shield.

In 1996 after 158 appearances and 8 goals with Everton and Gary was sold to Birmingham and later went on to have spells at Wycombe, Blackpool and a brief spell in America with the Long Island Rough Riders however Gary returned to the club he had helped bring success to in a coaching role which got his managerial career off to a start. From Everton he went back across the park to the team he started with as Liverpool’s reserve manager and then having to take on the tough task of managing of an Administration plagued Stockport County.

His last footballing role was as Roy Keane’s assistant at Ipswich Town it was here that Gary was diagnosed with his condition and despite having a slim chance with his cancer he continued to put a smiling face on when interviewed in programmes and zines of his former clubs. As you can see below (the photo was taken from the Everton programme last season)

During his career Gary picked up 2 football league trophies with Liverpool, 2 FA Cup winners medals one with Everton, one with Liverpool as well as 4 Charity shield winners medals including a shared medal in 1990/1. He will be sorely missed by all at his former clubs but non-more than both Everton and Liverpool where he established a great career with both clubs from his home city.

R.I.P Gareth Ian Ablett  1965-2012 – Nil Satis Nisioptimum/You’ll Never Walk Alone

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RIP Gary Speed

Woke up this morning to find out that former Everton skipper Gary Speed had been found dead in his home in Chester at the age of 42. I’m absolutely shocked and devastated to hear this. I remember the day Everton signed Gary Speed, a boyhood Blue, from Leeds and being so chuffed. Although his time at Everton was short lived and he left Everton under not so great circumstances he was still loved at the club, and never gave any less than 101% every time he put the Royal Blue on.

I was devastated the day Gary left Everton for Newcastle, I’m even more devastated knowing he is no longer with us.

Rest In Peace Gary Speed

Nil Satis Nisioptimum

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Everton 2 – 1 Wolves

The Blue Union (Photo taken by Me please source your photo to my blog or credit if your going to use it. Thanks)

I guess I’m overdue on a post match review of this one as it’s been almost 5 days now since Everton managed to record only their 2nd home league win of the season and I think the main reason for this is because for the last few days I’ve been trying to word out an entry discussing my views and opinions on what is going on at the club at the moment. Obviously as 99% of Blues will know there was a march prior to the game on Saturday regarding the Blue Union vs Kenwright and the board. Now up till now I’ve not really reported publicly my views and opinion on the goings on and where I stand and to be fair I won’t be doing so in this entry. I’m still writing quite a big article on my views that I have been working on for a couple of days and I’ve been approaching in a manner as to not offend too much and not find my self on the end of social persecution from those who’s opinion differs to mine but at the same time be completely honest and say where I stand from a personal point of view. I’ll just say now quickly that YES I AM a supporter of the Blue Union and have been from the start but I’ll leave it at that for now and hopefully I’ll be able to finish my article regarding Blue Union vsThe Board within the next day or two, that is if I don’t consistently hit writers block.

As for the game itself, what can I say, 3 points are 3 points and I’m made up but, as usual, we did it the hard way again.

Our view for the day. Upper Bullens Row R Seat 91

I managed to get to the game myself on Saturday with my good friend Alex unfortunately we ended up in the heavens right at the back of the Upper Bullens right next to the away fans….well at least were the away fans should of been. Surprisingly, Wolves didn’t sell out their allocation for this which I found bizarre considering tickets for the Top of the Bullens were only £20 on the day. Nevertheless, we didn’t exactly have the best seats in house but Im not going to complain a tickets a ticket and considering I don’t get to the game as much these days through being completely skint it was boss just to be able to get to Goodison and even better to get the win. However, like I said we did it the hard way again. Fellaini celebrated his 5 year contract extension this week by giving away a penalty that saw Stephen Hunt put Wolves 1-0 up. However, a consolation equalizer just 5 minutes later from Jags’ header off a Bainesy free kick got the ball rolling for Everton who had been dominant throughout the first half. Everton could of found themselves 2-1 up before half time no thanks to a poor refereeing decision by one of the WORST and most unprofessional referees I’ve ever seen at Goodison. Cahill was brought down by the scruff of his neck by Wolves defender Henry and the referee waived on what was a blatant stonewall penalty, absolutely awful.

The second half saw Everton continue to dominate and have plenty of the ball and plenty of chances, but the ball just didn’t seem to want to go in. However, a lucky break arrived in the 83rd minute when the referee finally pulled his head out of his arse and awarded Everton a penalty after Lois Saha was brought down in the box, up step Bainesy who cooly and collectively slotted away the winner which brought 3 points and with it a nice climb out of the relegation trap door area to just below mid table. Happy Days.

"Your support is fucking shit" - An empty Upper Bullens were Wolves fans should of been

So three points it is then and a nice rise up the table for the Blues, Bolton away next week who are struggling at the arse end of the table so a tough match ahead. Hopefully though the win against Wolves could be the game that turns fortunes around and see’s the Blues start flying high. However, this is Everton so I’m not going to start counting my chickens just yet.

STATS & FACTS

My Man of the Match: Bainesy, outstanding throughout the match and scored as well as assisted.

Attendance: 33,953

Squad: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Heitinga, Baines, Coleman, Fellaini, Osman, Drente (Bilyaletdinov), Cahill (Vellios), Saha (Stracquarlursi)

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Newcastle 2 – 1 Everton

And you wonder why I hate geordies?

Not alot to write about this to be fair, I was going to do a pre match build up on the game and how much I absolutely despise Newcastle United and everything associated with the city, but I’ve been busy and it wasn’t worth my time. I will tell you now quickly that I do HATE Newcastle, Geordies and all associated with the city of Newcastle and I have my reasons so getting beat by this lot, for me personally, is on the same par as getting beat by Liverpool. Ok maybe not as bad as but without question  it’s a bitter pill to swallow.

Everton went into the game against “Da Toon” as total underdogs, which alone is embarrassing enough, as Newcastle are on a decent run, for a change, and are aiming for European football next season where as Everton are looking to try and avoid slipping into the relegation spots. Horrible feeling that is.

Pretty much had defeat from the get go with this one. I’m not one to jump on the Moyes Out bandwagon because I don’t dislike Moyes but I do have to question his constantly poor negative tactics against clubs like Newcastle. One lone striker against this lot in Lois Saha and no other proper out and out strikers on the bench as Vellios was taken injured at last minute. I suppose James McFadden could be classed as one but he doesn’t count in my eyes because I still don’t understand why we re-signed him in the first place but there you.

Anyway as for the game itself Everton were poor in first half and Newcastle opened the scoring with a clumsy own goal by our own Johnny Heitinga and not long after were 2-0 up against us after a poor clearance from Rodwell saw Taylor (redshite) blast a shot over Tim Howards head and in the back of the net. Fair play it was a good goal and it pretty much sunk Everton. However, despite some of the negative tactics and taking off a midfielder and replacing him with a defender at 2-0, we got back into it and pulled a consolation just before half time with Jack Rodwell scoring. You would think this set the tone for the 2nd half and maybe a comeback was on the cards but it wasn’t to be, though we looked strong in the 2nd half we just couldn’t break “da toon’s” defense and it ended in a 2-1 defeat. So that’s 10 points from 10 games now for Everton. Not good enough, a lot needs to change and change quick, the negative tactics need to stopped and we need to start scoring quickly before it all goes tits up. Wolves next at Goodison after the international break. This is the time for the players and manager alike to step up and get the ball rolling before we end up stirring the bottom 3 spots dead on.

STATS & FACTS

My Man of the match: Jack Rodwell I suppose, scored the goal and worked fairly hard through the game

Attendance: 50,671

Squad: Howard, Heitinga (McFadden), Jagielka, Hibbert (Cahill), Baines, Coleman, Rodwell, Drenthe, Neville (Distin), Osman, Saha

 

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