Everton vs Burnley

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Carlo Ancelotti will be in the dugout for his first match as Everton's new manager

Carlo Ancelotti takes charge of his first match as Everton's manager with Burnley the visitors to Goodison Park in this Boxing Day clash.

The Italian has had just a few days to instill his preliminary ideas into his new charges since being appointed as Marco Silva's permanent successor last Saturday but it's unlikely he will be making many sweeping changes in terms of tactics or team selection.

Gylfi Sigurdsson and Djibril Sidibé may have returned from illness prior to the goalless draw with Arsenal but Alex Iwobi had to be withdrawn with a hamstring strain and he is likely to be ruled out until the New Year.

He joins Morgan Schneiderlin and Theo Walcott (both calf problems) on the sidelines, restricting the options in central midfield once more to Sigurdsson, Tom Davies and Fabian Delph.

Ancelotti has become renowned for being adapting his strategies to the players in his squad but he was also faithful to a consistent 4-4-2 formation earlier in his managerial career and, seeing how successful it has been under Duncan Ferguson over the past three weeks, he could opt for that setup against the Clarets.

Much might depend on the fitness of Bernard, arguably the only available natural wide player apart from Richarlison. If both Brazilians are fit, Ancelotti could deploy the latter up front with Dominic Calvert-Lewin but even then it would mean playing someone like Davies or Moise Kean out of position wide on the right.

Burnley, who come into the game sitting five places and five points better off than Everton, could have former Blue Aaron Lennon available following illness and Johann Berg Gudmundsson who has recovered from a hamstring injury but Jeff Hendrick, scorer of the only goal the last time these two sides met at Turf Moor in September, is suspended after accruing five yellow cards for the season.

Everton looked dead on their feet last time against the Gunners but hopefully, with a few days' rest over the Christmas period, they will be able to summon a bit more energy and attacking penetration than was the case on Saturday.

Kick-off: 3pm, Thursday 26 December, 2019
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Last Time: Everton 2 - 0 Burnley

Predicted Line-up: Pickford, Sidibé, Holgate, Mina, Delph, Sigurdsson, Davies, Bernard, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin


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Mark Andersson
1 Posted 26/12/2019 at 06:49:36
Lets hope Carlo can inspire a win...

Will the Goodison faithful be up to the task of also inspiring the depleted squad...

Intresting times ahead good luck boys and girls its yet another new dawn...

Colin Glassar
2 Posted 26/12/2019 at 07:21:50
Sounds like Carlo has a long term plan for our younger players eg Holgate, Tom, Kean, DCL etc So much for the “he only likes established players” argument.

Burnley will be tough today but the lads will want to give the new boss a win. 2-1 today.

Robert Leigh
3 Posted 26/12/2019 at 07:22:43
Tough first game, Burnley are very organised so will be interesting to see how we line up.

I'd like Kean to be given a huge lift and start, picking up loose balls around DCL.


If Bernard isn't fit it'd be a blow for sure - either Baines gets a start wide left (or push Digne up) or young Gordon gets a game perhaps?


Rudi Coote
4 Posted 26/12/2019 at 07:24:44
I'm looking forward to see Sigurdson NOT picked. We need a win to kick start Carol's reign. COYB
Tony Everan
5 Posted 26/12/2019 at 07:29:24
The first goal today will be massive. The lads will be fired up and confident with Ancelotti as manager backed up by Duncan. It is a good combination that will get the most out of our squad.

The players will want to prove they are good enough to play for an Ancelotti designed Everton team. The manager knows what it takes to be successful. It is up to each player to prove himself good enough to be part of the project by being fully focused and committed.

Getting the first goal will settle the players, get the crowd excited and we will push on for a good win. It could well be a George McKane day.

Everton 4 Burnley 0

Happy Christmas to all Evertonians.

Peter Warren
6 Posted 26/12/2019 at 07:47:25
Tom Dodds
7 Posted 26/12/2019 at 08:02:57
I would go with Lyndon's team but add say Digne ??

We would then have 11.))

Frank Sheppard
8 Posted 26/12/2019 at 08:12:24
Lyndon must be very confident starting us out with only 10! COYB.
Charles McCann
9 Posted 26/12/2019 at 08:21:12
I would like to see us go back to having five in midfield with DCL up front. In recent matches it was asking too much of Davies and co to win the midfield battle when we were outnumbered in this area. Also Coleman needs to come back in for Sidibe.

If we are to progress as a team we need to stop lumping balls into the oppositions goal area at every opportunity and try pass the ball a bit to create something rather than relying on a lucky break of the ball. Zero shots on target last day out against Arsenal was obviously no where near good enough.

Good luck to Carlo and the boys today! hopefully the beginning of a new era : )

Robert Tressell
10 Posted 26/12/2019 at 08:27:48
A few weeks ago I felt as though we might be best getting Dyche in to help us stabilise as a club, finish 7th on a consistent basis and form a good foundation for a more sexy coach to step in in about 3 years. I'm glad we didn't do that. The football Burnley play is effective but you can't grow as a club that way. No idea how we'll fare today or what the first 11 will look like. Probably more about who is fit than anything else. Just crossing my fingers every match that Kean scores (or Gordon or both).
Jim Bennings
11 Posted 26/12/2019 at 08:36:58
Charles no way does Coleman come back in for Sidibe I'm afraid.

Sidibe was the best on the pitch against Arsenal, Coleman stagnates things down the right side when he plays there now.

If push came to shove then I'd consider putting Sidibe on right midfield and Seamus right back (anything has to be better than suffering Tom there again).

If the team wants fresh legs and current form then I'd consider playing Baines ahead of Digne.

Playing a team including Coleman, Davies, Delph, Sigurdsson is asking for trouble, way too many slow coaches.

Let Burnley worry about us and start a team of quicker players.

Maybe it's time for Moise Kean to partner DCL?

Maybe it's worth giving Richy a run up as striker (he's so wasted out wide).

Do something to move that ball quicker and more incisively.

Tony Everan
12 Posted 26/12/2019 at 08:59:29
Sidibe-Holgate -Mina-Digne


I think we should be on the offensive against Burnley from the off. They will be set up to frustrate and to try to pick us off from set pieces.

I think we need to have posession and keep Burnley away from our penalty area. Playing Sigurdsson at no10 will help that. Penetration has to come from skill and runs from Richarlison and Bernard. Themselves or Digne/Sidibie getting crosses in to DCL to head or challenge, with Sigurdsson waiting at the edge of the box to pounce on the loose ball.

I really want to see Kean play but we will be a bit more exposed if he does.

Darren Hind
13 Posted 26/12/2019 at 09:14:56
Carlo seems to have been familiarising himself with the City. There have been multiple sightings.
He will already have been aware of those awful creatures which infest the city, but by now he will have seen close hand just how relentlessly repulsive the legendary "Kopite Gobshite" is. He must have felt like John Stone when he went north of the wall and got his first close up view of the White Walkers.
Anyway. The kopites will have to go on the back burner. Burnley pose a more immediate problem,

Ancelotti will have faced the sort of stubborn opposition they will present, many, many times, but not until 3.00 will he find out if he has the character, Guile and Will within his ranks to regularly overcome it.
Duncan ditched the dreaded Zonal marking and his players seemed more comfortable as a result.
Keep it simple today, go man for man when defending set pieces or they will have us. Keep a clean sheet and eager-to-impress forwards will get us over the line.

Big Big Game

Derek Knox
14 Posted 26/12/2019 at 09:16:50
Jim @ 11, yes agree on Sidibe and I hope we exercise the option to buy him when his loan expires, unless Carlo has someone else in mind, but the £11M or so represents good value, and he is an established French International.

Tony @ 5, George would be over the blue moon with that scoreline, come to think of it, so would I. Not going to make any predictions or guess the team, of which we are pretty threadbare in that department. Dare I say "In Carlo we Trust"?


Charles McCann
15 Posted 26/12/2019 at 09:24:08
Sorry Jim, can't agree with your view on Coleman/sidibe. Seamus may not be hitting the very high heights of the past since his leg break but the idea of Seamus now being slow I don't think is accurate. Playing with Sneiderlinn and Walcott in close proximity hasn't helped him in recent seasons but going by his most recent performance against Leicester in the cup he is playing well again. Sidibe on the other hand blows hot and cold with in a match. A decent pass one minute then a dreadful pass the next. I actually would have preferred to have Kept john joe Kenny as back up to Coleman.
I agree with you on the lack of pace being a problem with some others. Hopefully Brands/Carlo will address this soon
Gary Carter
16 Posted 26/12/2019 at 09:33:07
Sidibé, Mina, Holgate, Digne
Kean, Davies, Delph, Sigurdsson,Richarlison

3-1 to the mighty blues 😊

Jim Bennings
17 Posted 26/12/2019 at 09:35:20

I wish I could share your view of Seamus, he's been one of my favourite players over the last 8 years but sadly Father Time and that injury he had has clearly stunted his game.

He was all about head down and running and going past players, that's what made him a fan favourite, he was never the cultured technician that say Leighton Baines on the opposite flank was.

Sidibe might not be a great defender (neither is Seamus though) but the Frenchman offers a far better option going forward now, fitter stronger and his crossing trumps Coleman's by a good distance which is another big important factor in the way we play the game.

David Price
18 Posted 26/12/2019 at 09:42:16
Lets give the youngster gordon a run.i don't feel its worth throwing keen to the lions and see him get dragged off in carlos first game.me id go

Ricky gordon sigi delph digne

No place for tom or bernard I just don't think they are the type of player for this game I guarantee its going to be a midfeld scrap !!!
I also feel baines still has the quaility we have sadly lacked in he team hes a real leader and should be captain today.
2 nill to us with kean coming off the bench and scoring a worldy !!! We can dream !!!

Dale Rose
19 Posted 26/12/2019 at 09:43:03
Like to see Baines in. He is still quality and provides that unpredictability against other teams.
Charles McCann
20 Posted 26/12/2019 at 09:48:20
I think you're being too hasty to write Seamus off Jim. I also think that Baines should have played a few more matches this season as digne hasn't been on form in recent months. But anyway I'm not going to argue my point any further. Let's see what Carlo decides after a month or so : )
Brian Hennessy
21 Posted 26/12/2019 at 09:49:31
I would have Baines in all day ahead of Digne on current form but its unlikely to happen in Carlo's first game in charge.

Looking forward to the game

Derek Knox
22 Posted 26/12/2019 at 10:05:44
Charles @ 20, don't know how true, but I heard that Digne got wind that Lyon were going to try and get him in the January Window, and that he was a bit disillusioned with Silva.

That may account for his dip in form recently, (should give 100% every game ideally) but since we got Don Carlo he has changed his attitude considerably, so if played we may see the Digne we all loved when he first came.

Like I say, it is plausible, but don't know for sure if that is the reason behind his recent un-characteristicly poor form.

Charles McCann
23 Posted 26/12/2019 at 10:22:58
Might be some truth in that Derek 22 but I felt without Bernard in front of him he has struggled at times. Hopefully he gets back to top form again soon. I think generally we need to rotate our players a bit more. Resting digne now and again to give Baines some time on the field would benefit us.
One other thing I'd like to see is more youth players given opportunities. Adeniran has looked good anytime I've seen him play. Deserves a chance along with Gordon and maybe Gibson at centre back.
Colwyn Harris
24 Posted 26/12/2019 at 10:24:29
I would also like to see Baines ahead of Digne, especially on current form. I think he's a better crosser of the ball, too.

Either way, COYB!

Jamie Evans
25 Posted 26/12/2019 at 10:25:17
A new dawn.

The weather forecast for L4 is miserable this afternoon so the onus is on us match-going TWebbers to try to raise the roof, even more so than usual.

I can't see there being a lot of changes to the team today but I am personally hoping that Bernard is back to full fitness and starts. He brings the best out of Digne who really struggled against Arsenal.

Rome wasn't built in a day so patience is needed, especially in the early stages of The Don's reign. Hopefully we can get our noses in front and then keep out the inevitable aerial bombardment.

Good luck Carlo. Good luck blues.

Onward Evertonians 💙 and seasons greetings to all my fellow TWebbers.

John Raftery
26 Posted 26/12/2019 at 10:28:07
Burnley committed 21 fouls in their last match at Bournemouth before stealing a late 1-0 win. We can expect a similar agricultural approach today. Our players will need to win the physical battles in all areas of the pitch. I have seen nothing in Moise Kean's play so far to suggest he will thrive in such a contest.
Pat Kelly
27 Posted 26/12/2019 at 10:30:25
We'll all have to be patient and not expect miracles. But anything less than a convincing win and he has to go.
Derek Thomas
29 Posted 26/12/2019 at 10:36:39
Dale @ 19; I agree, but given our injuries and lack of senior players, I'm not sure Baineses legs can do Thursday, Saturday, Wednesday, Sunday, Wednesday, etc. any more

Who's totally stupid Idea was this Thursday / Saturday thing - oh yeah those sky twats...but look who gets Thurs / Sun.

Anyway, given what we know of Dyche, if he hasn't got Burnley primed to spoil Carlos's parade, I'll be having my hat sliced and stir-fried. Taking that as a given, its up to the collective 'US' to overcome the problems he sets.

Over to you Carlo.

Tony Abrahams
30 Posted 26/12/2019 at 10:41:29
Just read a piece off one of those intolerant Kopites, on the independent website Darren. A man called Tony Evans, he writes some truths, but constantly tries to put Everton down, so let's pray that Carlo Ancellotti is the man to bring us back to really competing with the best teams in the league, Please God.

Sometimes we look okay, sometimes we look awful, the last game against Arsenal, we just looked shattered, and it's times like this when people's thoughts might be thinking that Everton have a terrible squad, but reading some of the teams that people have already picked on this thread to play today, then I don't think it's that bad?

A couple of wins, then a couple of good signings, and who knows what the second half of this season might bring? Good luck Carlo, and Good luck Everton, it's time we started giving these condescending Kopite reporting bastards, a little bit back!

Robert Tressell
31 Posted 26/12/2019 at 10:47:19
Everton don't have a terrible squad at all. We have a patchy squad. Couple of new players in Jan + a system that works is what is needed. Might get a glimpse of the system today but it'll be an experiment + pragmatism + constrained by who is fit. Should have enough to win but early goal won't half help
Jerome Shields
32 Posted 26/12/2019 at 10:47:23

Playing Coleman at right back and Sidebe in front of him in midfield is a good idea. Its bolsters the right flank and benefit the forwards with early quality ball from Sidebe, which has been one of Everton's best attacking option in recent games.

This combination would also bolster play on midfield, where Sidebes positional and maintaining shape qualities, apparent in the Arsenal game, could provide offensive play. Ancelotti has used the word offensive in his first interview. Davis then would be available to play his naturel position, adding more mobility and attacking support in midfield.

I hope Digne or Baines is fit. Digne was real unfit against Arsenal.

I agree with the two forwards.

The subs will be interesting. Keane on with more understanding of how he plays. Maybe even Niasse to add firepower. No Tosun, Ancelotti had seen what we all saw recently. Headless with no shot.

Gary Willock
33 Posted 26/12/2019 at 10:51:52
Would love to see an attacking 4-3-3.

Sidibe Holgate Mina Digne
Davies Delph Bernard
Kean DCL Richarlison

Bring Keane on for inevitable long ball bombardment in the last 30 and move Holgate into the middle to replace delph when he tires. If Kean not performing, bring on Gordon and give him a go for the last 30 too. Ask Richie to drop back in and create a 4 when defending.

Fingers crossed. UTFT!

Derek Knox
34 Posted 26/12/2019 at 10:55:56
Tony, such is our position in the League that even if results round us go in our favour, one win will make little difference, but string two or three together we would be in a more respectable position.

Let's just hope that happens, starting with today, then just build on that. Some interesting names being linked with us Koulibaly (possibly summer) Zielinski, Everton Soares, (Cebolinha) Todibo, Baptiste Santamaria, John Egan (Sheffield United) just to mention a few.

Probably a lot of Agent/Journo phishing with those names, but encouraging still the same.

Steavey Buckley
35 Posted 26/12/2019 at 10:58:22
I just hope Ancelotti does not choose an Everton team with one striker unless the striker is Roy of Rovers. Last week, Arsenal played one striker and left Goodison with one point when they could have easily had 3 if they played both Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from the beginning.
George McKane
36 Posted 26/12/2019 at 10:59:06
“A long long time ago
I can still remember how…….
I met a girl who sang the blues
And I asked her for some happy news
But she just smiled and turned away
I went down to the sacred store
Where I'd heard the music years before
But the man there said the music wouldn't play
And in the streets the children screamed
The lovers cried, and the poets dreamed
But not a word was spoken
The church bells all were broken
And the three men I admire most
The Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost
They caught the last train for the coast
The day the music died
And they were singing”

I am really excited about today - - this fixture always reminds me of those days long ago - - before Computers drew up silly time fixtures - - when we would play a localish team home and away around Christmas - - and Easter - - we played Burnley at Turf Moor before Christmas( and won I recall) and then at Goodison on 27tth December - - we got beat 3 - 0 - - Pointer I think scored a hat-trick - - but for me the memory I carry forever is the crowd - - all 74,000+ of them - - Burnley were a big team then - - of course, it was Christmas - - I had some “extra” money and so did my match going best mate Brian Brady from Lamb Street - - we went to the match around 1.00pm as we always did -- I lived in Smith Street just around the corner from The Dark House where I still drink before the game to this day - - but we were going in the Gwlady's Street - - using our Christmas money - - not the Pen - - we got by a bar and stood with the “men” - - swaying and singing - - we thought we were big - - the men sat us up on the bar and we felt great - - then the announcement - - due to the size of the crowd all kids below a certain age could come down to the front and sit around the pitch - - me and Brian were passed down over heads by the men until we were put down onto the track around Goodison at the Gwlady's Street End and then we were allowed to sit down and watch the game - - we could see the players close up - - we could hear them shouting first names to each other - - they all looked massive - - even Bobby Collins. Memories and as always linked to Everton and going to the game - - walking along Smith Street - - Wessie Road - - up Spellow Lane and then hitting the crowd - - looking forward like a child to all that later today - - it is a Wonderful Life - - I wonder how many of us remember those days before TV and Computers and Selfiestick supporters - - walking up to the ground talking and joking - - I haven't checked Google for my facts - - just memories - - I guess John Mc and Dave will remember the game - - I think Daren maybe a bit “young” for this one - - as I said memories not Google:

“Just my imagination once again runnin' way with me
Tell you it was just my imagination runnin' away with me
No, no, I can't forget her
Just my imagination once again runnin' way with me
Just my imagination runnin' away with me”

Fantastic Lyrics by Don Mc Clean - - and what about Vincent:

“Starry, starry night
Paint your palette blue and grey
Look out on a summer's day
With eyes that know the darkness in my soul
Shadows on the hills
Sketch the trees and the daffodils
Catch the breeze and the winter chills
In colors on the snowy linen land
Now I understand
What you tried to say to me
And how you suffered for your sanity
And how you tried to set them free
They would not listen, they did not know how
Perhaps they'll listen now”

I love this beautiful song and I love Vincent - - who I am sure would be an Evertonian - - I Founded and run a Charity called Yellow House after van Gogh's House - - and I love his passion and desire - - believing in himself and his art - - even though he struggled to make a living - - struggled with life - - but kept going - - had a true belief that his art was important and that it would mean something in the future - - he even said in his letter's to his brother - - will sign my paintings Vincent because in the future no-one will be able to pronounce Van Gogh - - but he knew the struggle would be worth is all - - that his belief in the beauty of art would one day be accepted and recognised - - just like us Blues - - going through the tough times - - almost ridiculed for our belief in “the School of Science” - but we kept going - - kept believing and:
” They would not listen, they did not know how
Perhaps they'll listen now”

We Are Evertonians - - we never stopped going or believing.

I am looking forward to going to the game today - - as always - - I was in Naples in July and late October - - love Naples for all its madness and passion - - got a Naples's Calendar for Christmas and DVD of some of the great Toto's movies - - and now we have Carlo Ancelotti - - worth the wait do you think.

Just now - - here in New Brighton - - its still dark - - windly and rain - - just getting myself ready - - psyching myself up - - getting my soul and spirit lifted - - raised - - ready - - sitting in my writing room - - listening to music and reading some poetry and writing to you - - my friends:

“I was walking down the
Walking down the street and
It didn't matter
Cause everything felt, everything felt, everything felt
Everything felt, everything felt, everything felt, everything felt
Everything felt, everything felt, everything felt so right, ha
And so good
Everything felt, so right, and so good
Everything felt, so right, and so good
Everything felt, so right, and so good, ah
Everything felt, so right, and so good
Everything felt, so right, and so good, so good
In the eternal now, in the eternal moment
In the eternal now, in the eternal moment
In the eternal now
Everything felt so good, so good, so good, so good, so good
And so right, so right, so right, just
So good, so right, so right, in the eternal
In the eternal moment, in the eternal moment
In the eternal moment, in the eternal moment”

Felt so good I am just going to blow my harmonica - - just for you - - there you go.

Neapolitans - - Ciao Carlo Ancelotti - - let's see if this is the “change” - - - if our time is coming - - I am looking forward to the game today - - the whole thing - - going along Scotland Road - - and passing Thomas Winder Court on the corner of Great Mersey and Smith Street where I lived - - along to Wessie Road - - passing Lambeth Road - - and always giving a moment to think about Mary Walsh form Harcourt Street - - feeling good - - protected from the wind and the rain by my inner spirit surrounding my outer body and keeping me safe and warm.

“And you work in the dharma
Then you stand up, stand up and wipe, wipe your mirror clean
As you go steppin' out queen, steppin' out, yeah”

To Be A Blue - - to know years' of struggle but proud that you never let go - - never ever were tempted to take another side - - to love - - just love - - going to the game - - I will pick up my mate Mick carter from Moreton - - or more to the point my wife Gosia will - - and then I will take him and a few others home tonight - - no public transport - - but that's what it is Being Blue - - Camaraderie - - Friendship - - Togetherness - - from Brian Brady in the late 50's to Gaffer the gang in The Dark House for the past 40+ years' - - sitting in “our” corner” talking Blue”

“And the sky was blue
And you didn't have no worries, you didn't have no care
You were walking in a green field
In a meadow, through the buttercups, in the summertime
And you looked way out over, way out
Way out over the city and the water
And it feels so good, and it feels so good
And you keep on walking”

I am constantly thinking about what it is like to be a Blue - -with our struggles but with our great history and now maybe we are on the verge of something new and special:

“O sweet To-morrow! -
After to-day
There will away
This sense of sorrow.
Then let us borrow
Hope, for a gleaming
Soon will be streaming,
Dimmed by no gray -
No gray!
While the winds wing us
Sighs from The Gone,
Nearer to dawn
Minute-beats bring us;
When there will sing us
Larks of a glory
Waiting our story
Further anon -
Doff the black token,
Don the ”Blue” shoon,
Right and retune
Viol-strings broken;
Null the words spoken
In speeches of rueing,
The night cloud is hueing,
To-morrow shines soon -
Shines soon!”

So - - off soon - - on my way - -earlyish - - no drinking for me - - but I love the company and the game:

“Ain't it a wonderful game, ain't it a wondeful, oh, a marvelous game:
Yeah, ain't it a wonderful, ain't it a wonderful, ain't it a wonderful game?
And when there's no more words to say about love, I'll go
You know what I'm talking about
Meet me down, yeah, meet me down
Meet me down by the river, baby
Meet me down, meet me down, meet me by the river
Meet me down, meet me down, meet me by, by the water
Meet me down by the water
Baby, you know, I say you know what they're
You know what they're talking about
I want you to met me, meet me down by the pylons
Meet me down by the pylons
Meet me down by the pylons
Meet me down by the pylons
Meet me, ah, I said, meet me
I got something I wanna give you
I got something I wanna give you
I want you to meet me, I want you to meet me?
I want you to meet me, I want you to meet me, are you there?
I want you to meet me, are you there?
I want you to meet me, are you there?
Are you there, are you there, are you there?
I want you to meet me
And know, know, know, know, know, know
And know, know, know, and know, and know, and know, know, and know, and know
I want you to meet me, are you, are you there?

Will go and put my 4-0 bet on - - Mick The Bookie recently got married in Goa - - no wonder we never win the Betting Score Predictions - - but everyone where I sit knows about my bet and its gives them a sense of involvement - - of fun.

“and in between the silence there was conversation
And laughter, and music and singing, and shivers up the back of the neck
And tuning in to Luxembourg late at night
And jazz and blues records during the day
Also Debussy on the third program
Early mornings when contemplation was best”

My best seasonal greeting to All Blues - - everywhere - - Cosmic Grooves have been sent over the astral to all of you - - “can you feel the silence” - - have a Bleutiful Day - - God Bless Brian Brady wherever he is and as Tiny Tim (Cahill) said One Boxing Day - - “ God Bless Everyone”.

Thoughts and visions and hopes and absolute “posso” waves sent to you All.

With a firm handshake - - George

Steve Carse
37 Posted 26/12/2019 at 11:06:07
Tony (30), Evans is a tosser. One of these Kopites who claims to be above needing to think about Everton -- until we start doing anything positive, at which point he becomes concerned and attempts to belittle it.
Derek Knox
38 Posted 26/12/2019 at 11:09:15
Great stuff George and hoping for a win as always. Loved that Don McLean " Vincent" too, what a song!

Van Gogh was a nightmare for Specsavers to kit him out with a pair, after he lost his ear. :-)


Darren Hind
39 Posted 26/12/2019 at 11:14:03
I know Tony Evans, Tony. He grew up around Silvester Street, played footy at Lee Jones in Limekiln Lane... he was crap. He is a card-carrying kopite, often seen trying to ingratiate himself with travelling Blues. Like all Kopites, he couldn't keep a lid on it and always ended up being blanked.

I stopped reading his stuff years ago, so I don't know how he got the gig as Sports Editor for The Times. I didnt know he was at The Independent now.

Who needs Tony Evans when we've got George McKane???

Jim Bennings
40 Posted 26/12/2019 at 11:14:46
Rome wasn't built in a day but Leicester was clearly built overnight hahaha.
Brian Harrison
41 Posted 26/12/2019 at 11:18:56

You bring back so many memories, Ray Pointer one of my favourite payers back then for the younger generation he was like the Andy Gray of his time. That Burnley side was packed with talent Ronnie Clayton, Jimmy Adamson, Adam Blacklaw in goal.

Taking the last line from Vincent maybe we can apply those same words to the some of the sceptical pundits about Carlo joining Everton. " They would not listen, they did not know how", then after Carlo has won trophies, " perhaps they,ll listen now.

A wet and dank day in Liverpool today, but nothing can dampen our spirit for Carlos first game.

Brian Harrison
42 Posted 26/12/2019 at 11:25:01

Fancy me forgetting the sublime Jimmy McIlroy what a player he was, I think Angus and Elder were the Burnley full backs.

George McKane
43 Posted 26/12/2019 at 11:32:01
Brian - and wasn't the goalie Alec Young's cousin - Young didn't play that day.
Dave Abrahams
44 Posted 26/12/2019 at 11:33:39
George (36), The long and winding road, but I've read every word of your, as usual. lovely post.

Those Christmas's of yesteryear ( football ones) brought back memories, Everton were playing Birmingham in the Midlands, me and a couple of mates went to Lime Street, to catch a train to the game, there were no trains laid on, we decided to get one to Manchester and see if we could get to Birmingham from there, nothing doing, so we went to Old Trafford to see ‘ The Busby Babes ‘ playCharltonAth. What a game, 5-1 to United and watching those marvellous Unt. players, some later to die at Munich, can still see them now, in my minds eye. So sad, even now.

After the game we went to the News Theatre in Manchester, they had a retuarant downstairs, we could only afford a bowl of tomato soup and a plate of chips each ( Ah, sounds like Oliver Twist), anyway there was a fella playing the piano in coat tails, and I sent my mate over to ask him to play ‘Roll out the barrel', this fella wouldn't even look at my mate, snooty barsteward, so my mate aged about twelve, took a walk around the tables and came back with about £3 or £4 in silver, he said ‘ look at this, people are fuckin' daft in Manchester, they'veleft money on every table.I said leave you're chips and soup we're doin' one now. We divvied the money up on the way to station. Happy days.

By the way Everton got twatted 6-2 in Birmingham but won 5-1 the next day at Goodison Park.

Lennart Hylen
45 Posted 26/12/2019 at 11:38:09
I really do appreciate what Carlo had to say in the match-day magazine for today's match. I love his down to earth talk.

We must stay together as a unit and help the team raise their game. One for all, ALL for one. Regardless of result today.

Come on you boys in BLUE.

George McKane
46 Posted 26/12/2019 at 11:39:52
Dave - FANtastic - great story - We Are Blue - Through and Through.
Dave Abrahams
47 Posted 26/12/2019 at 11:40:31
Brian (41), you'd have a job watching Ronnie Clayton playing for Burnley, he played down the road at Blackburn, too much to drink yesterday Brian?
Paul Birmingham
48 Posted 26/12/2019 at 11:43:20
Happy Boxing Day, and hopefully a day of joy for Evertonians.

I'd go with Lyndons team, and I'm hoping all the squad will be up for it today, with man for man leadership and responsibility on the pitch.

It's a very tough game as Burnley always is. I'm hoping Carlo will be able to counter act Burnley's press and crossing.

My only concern is Delph, whom coming back in after such a long time out, may still be leggy, but on his record at EFC, will get another muscle injury today.

Epic poems George, and inspiring to all of us.

Forget the RS, they're now so smug, they believe their invincible, and the greatest team of all time. The propaganda in the national and local media, and you'd think, if coming from abroad there's only one team in Liverpool.

I've said they'll for and fall on their own sword and starting today, where they'll get a dose of reality. A

It's all about Everton, and Evertonians now, and a bright new era will begin.

I'm going for a 3-1, win for us and in a win double with the horse tip at the 2.50 p.m. at Market Rasen, Eagle Hill.

All have a Ball today.

Paul Tran
49 Posted 26/12/2019 at 11:47:12
Cheers George, another belter.

We should always hope and be positive. Always question, always be thinking, always criticise when it's warranted. But always hope and be positive.

When it's good for us, you know it feels so much better than it does for anyone else.

Tom Bowers
50 Posted 26/12/2019 at 11:49:06
No matter if it is Burnley or any other team Everton can struggle.
Much depends on an early goal and stability on defence,
We cannot expect too much too early from Carlo and the continuing injury problems don't help.

Maybe it's a time for many players to step up to the plate and impress the new gaffer especially with some more tough games ahead.

Tom Bowers
51 Posted 26/12/2019 at 11:49:06
No matter if it is Burnley or any other team Everton can struggle.
Much depends on an early goal and stability on defence,
We cannot expect too much too early from Carlo and the continuing injury problems don't help.

Maybe it's a time for many players to step up to the plate and impress the new gaffer especially with some more tough games ahead.

Mike Kehoe
52 Posted 26/12/2019 at 11:51:57
Sick of the RS media bias and fuckwit RS pundits forever crowbarring their obvious contempt for Everton into every sage offering. Steve Mcmanaman can rest assured the money he spent on elocution lessons was certingly well spent.
John Pierce
53 Posted 26/12/2019 at 11:56:36
Tony 30.

Tony Evans, ha! A poor excuse for a journalist.
I still continue to mop up everything written bout Everton even when, in this case, the author is so far off the mark.

His writing never has bothered to hide his agenda, I'll give him that. Reading his pieces on any subject matter always circles back to being a Kopite. A shame because if you look hard enough there are occasionally points to consider from him.

But pretty much a bad Texan this lad.

Bobby Mallon
54 Posted 26/12/2019 at 11:59:26
My team is pick.
Sidibé, Mina, Holgate Digne
Bernard Davies, Sigurdsson,Richarlison
Calvert-Lewin, Kean
Annika Herbert
55 Posted 26/12/2019 at 12:04:30
Here's hoping for a good win top start Carlo's reign! But I honestly don't see how anyone can have Siggy in their line-up, given how poor he has been all season.
It's like playing with 10 men when he is in the side. Even given our injury problems, I still wouldn't pick him, I would rather see one of the youngsters play. Adeniran, or Baningime would be my choice.
But, no matter who starts, here's hoping for a win and a good performance to go with it
Jim Bennings
56 Posted 26/12/2019 at 12:29:50
Sod McManaman, he's still sore that he never got the move to Everton in summer of 2003, he wanted to come here but it didn't happen.
Jay Wood

57 Posted 26/12/2019 at 12:52:42
Far too early in his reign to expect Carlo to start weaving magic in his first game, but nonetheless I am hugely looking forward to today's game and getting some pointers of what he can do.

I fancy for now it will largely follow the template Duncan Ferguson applied in his four games as we gradually morph into something different.

On the question of the journalist Tony Evans some reference in this thread, I knew nothing about the man until a few months ago when someone on TW put up a link to an absolutely superb article he penned about Heysel.

Quite simply, the most honest first-hand account and appraisal of that shameful day I have ever read. It's all the more impressive that it comes from a Kopite. For that alone, he gets a nod of approval from me.

For anyone interested, read it here:


Andrew Laird
58 Posted 26/12/2019 at 13:00:36
Fuck the media redshites. There is absolutely no reason to read or listen to what any of them have to say, gobshites the lot of them. We are Everton, can every supporter put aside the vitriol for their favourite boo boys before a ball has been kicked (Annika again!) and just let them go out there with some positivity for a change?!

Don't let the red bastards get you down, form is temporary, class is permanent. We are Everton.

John Boon
59 Posted 26/12/2019 at 13:10:56
DaveAbrahams (44)..

You brought back great memories. I don't know about the trains or I have forgotten, but me and a mate went to that Christmas game in Birmingham and watched us get walloped 6-2. Instant revenge the next day when we won 5-1. I always liked those double headers.

My memory is not as good as it used to be because I have no idea how we got to the first game.Possibly a coach ?

Dale Rose
60 Posted 26/12/2019 at 13:12:16
Darren #39. That explains a lot. Always a lot of snide comments in the I about Everton. Often wondered why. Article on Ancellotti was good though.
Barry Rathbone
61 Posted 26/12/2019 at 13:18:36
For those looking to avoid Everton and the "high expectation" curse please look for the bus marked "seen this movie before" and have the correct change ready, thank you.
Andrew Laird
62 Posted 26/12/2019 at 13:26:05
As positive as I am about today, I can't help thinking that a team like Burnley is the toughest game we can get. A team which is well drilled, organised, defensive, tough to break down but also a team where our fans rightly think we should be looking to beat! It's a free hit for them. Points on the board will do but a win would be brilliant, come on boys
Dale Rose
63 Posted 26/12/2019 at 13:37:29
Any forum today ?.
Stan Schofield
64 Posted 26/12/2019 at 13:41:31
Andrew@62: I think Big Dunc got decent results despite the injury crisis, because of good organisation, in addition to the obvious fire in the belly. Without raising my expectations too much, I'm anticipating a good result today for the same reason, given Ancelotti's organisational abilities.

Derek Knox
65 Posted 26/12/2019 at 13:45:33
Dale @ 63, usually half an hour before kick-off mate. After the teams have been decided upon, and team sheet released.
Jerome Shields
66 Posted 26/12/2019 at 13:47:13
Everton are going to have to break down Burnley, over to you Carlo.
Dale Rose
67 Posted 26/12/2019 at 13:48:25
Cheers Derek.
Dave Abrahams
68 Posted 26/12/2019 at 13:50:02
John (59), I'm not even sure if any coaches were put on that day, because we used to get a coach in Islington, just further down from Norton Street, I think it was run by either Home James or Sunnyways, we only lived five minutes away from there.

There was always games played on Christmas Day and Boxing Day in the forties, fifties and sixties, games that would come to mind would be the famous Wolves game, a top team at the time, we beat them 3-2 with Davie Hickson getting two and Billy Wright the England centre halffinishing up in hospital with concussion, Bristol Rovers, the year we came up out of the 2nd. division, and there was one game on a Christmas Eve against Liverpool, Peter Farrell, playing inside forward, scored in the first minute in the Kop end, but even if you don't know the score, you can guess it, yes Liverpool won 3-1, I was only nine or ten at the time, I bet it spoiled my Christmas though. Memories John, they'll never go out of style!!

Conor McCourt
69 Posted 26/12/2019 at 14:06:45
looks like 532 with Coleman tried in right side of the three? I've thought this is a good position for him for club and country
Conor McCourt
70 Posted 26/12/2019 at 14:10:02
or 442 with sidibe in right midfield
Philip Yensen
71 Posted 26/12/2019 at 20:02:16
Why have we got to respond to any connection of what red shite fans or commentators have to say. Today, we played well and seemed to be more balanced and quicker, but still bad casual passes. In all, no complaints.

Better performance. Burnley or any team in the Premier League are good enough to cause problems. Well done Carlos, Dunc and the team.

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