Evertonians are suffering. Their beloved club is floundering. The tidal wave of hope which rose and swept the club (perhaps unfairly) when it was announced that Duncan Ferguson would be in charge of the team when we faced Aston Villa, had subsided before the day was out.
There was a feeling of helplessness. The fans could do no more. They had shouted themselves hoarse. If we are honest, I think most Evertonians have always believed that the unique atmosphere we are able to create at the Old Lady would always come to our aid in our hour of need... It always has done.
We were silent after the Villa game. Worried that we had done our best and it wasn't enough, but come Monday the silence had given way to anger and rage. We weren't having this... Somebody has to pay!
ToffeeWeb first came to my attention when a mate of mine drew attention to an article written by Colin Fitzpatrick. I doubt anybody who visited this site back then would ever forget it. what a stir it caused. The article was unlike anything I had read before.
Sure, we had all been critical of what went on behind closed doors at Goodison Park, especially where Philip "The Park End doesn't need a second tier" Carter was concerned... but here was an ordinary Evertonian openly questioning the actions of the Goodison hierarchy and, in particular, the chairman.
What made this article so unique at the time was the author wasn't interested in firing blanks. Unlike much of the criticism we had seen in the past. Colin had done his homework.
The threat of Destination Kirby came and I wondered if Colin's article had had the opposite effect from the one he was looking for. Others began to question Bill Kenwright... even to his face. His now legendary matadorial skills were being tested to the limit. These younger Blues were informed. Unlike their arl fellas, they were not content to vent their anger by throwing cushions. They wanted answers.
Bill took to the hills. He didn't have the answers so (with a fair degree of success) he tried to prevent the questions. Getting information from inside Goodison was becoming nigh on impossible. The actor was now a politician - think Putin rather than Bojo. The fan - club relationship sunk without trace.
What a mish-mash of a club we have become. A chairman who slips between the shadows as easily as the rest of us draw breath... and an owner who regularly contacts TalkShite to wash our dirty fuckwittery in public. We are a laughing stock.
I said earlier that, for me at least, this has been one of Everton's darkest weeks, but I have found hope. I found it right here on these very pages. ToffeeWeb has been a wonderful place to come to lick your wounds.
The emergence of John Daley from his 2-year coma set the tone. What a skilled writer he is. Christine has been on fire. Lyndon seems to have discarded the gloves. Posters I had not noticed before are weighing in.
One of the stand-out posters for me has been Simon Harrison. His post was like an episode of Line of Duty. Who doesn't want to know who Q is? Then of course we had Gerard McKean's in-the-know revelations.
Look, I know this stuff is in the eye of the beholder. Everton FC will be no different from any other organisation of this size. There will be different agendas, rivalries, back-biting, score-settling... Self-interest will get in the way of the greater good.
We all fancy ourselves as seekers of truth and justice and whether, like me, you feel the managers could and should have performed better with the resources available to them, or you feel the problems start and finish in the boardroom – or even if you think the girls selling the pies are not pulling their weight – there is a seemingly universal belief that something is radically wrong at our club.
There was a point to this article... Oh yeah!
I have the utmost respect to all who took to the street to protest last night. Their love for the club is unquestionable, but I have been equally impressed by the way some of ToffeeWeb`s finest writers have used their skills to shine a torch into the darker recesses of the Goodison corridors. The wrong-doers and under-performers (whoever they may be) are running out of hiding places.
I particularly liked Gerard's post. Not shy to relay his inside view on what goes on behind the green door... but far too clever to tar everybody with the same brush.
"There are many decent people working at Everton"...Probably the least surprising revelation he will post.
Very decent people... That's how the light gets in.
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1 Posted 27/01/2022 at 21:33:06
This was the very first place where I've written something, then read it back and been genuinely proud of myself.
That's so good I almost can't believe I wrote it.
It's for these reasons that I'd take the literary equivalent of the Pepsi Challenger against anyone and everyone. Anytime and every time. I've written better stuff here than I've written anywhere else - no small feat for a chippy / wannabe house builder who has spent most of the last twenty five years in Aotearoa and whose body is beginning to regret his original choice of career.
There is one notable exception however, and Darren cited him. John Daley is, quite simply, a genius. I know a few tricks of the pen - and I hope to even pick up a few more - but within a few paragraphs of reading Johns stuff it is immediately obvious that the best very version of myself wouldn't match John on his worst day.
I wouldn't trade my voice with anybody. But the person who'd give the most pause if I was offered a swap would be John. He's the only person here who writes so brilliantly I wish it were me, and he's the only person here who writes so brilliantly I know that never will be me.
Not sure about the light getting in to be honest Darren when it really feels like the doors are being nailed shut, and they're starting to weld metal sheets over the windows. But I did want to thank ToffeeWeb for giving me an outlet to something that gives me great pleasure - writing, not Everton or even football right now sadly - and to pay respect to the many very high quality wordsmiths on here. Many of whom Darren named, and many many more he did not.
Nil satis nisi optimum survives on these pages, if in precious few other areas of our clubs present existence. And long may it continue.
2 Posted 27/01/2022 at 21:45:27
Only to come back the following season to win the league.
How times and expectations have changed.
The girls and boys selling the pies pull their weight and are part of this glorious club of ours. But can I please just have a drink at half time, even if I've gone past the one minute warning?
Sorry, not letting that one go!
3 Posted 27/01/2022 at 22:06:22
4 Posted 27/01/2022 at 22:07:19
Some of the latter posters have now changed their minds about Gerards opinions on different threads on ToffeeWeb.
5 Posted 27/01/2022 at 22:14:08
Forget witterings on a forum and protests on the street they are incidental bollocks that alter nothing we are in the lap of the gods with half a season gone.
No full time manager with a short list stultifying in it's ordinariness. The chickens are coming home to roost after decades of delusion at board and fan level the grotesque vision is this club is now dependent on a gutless, characterless outfit to garner enough points for survival.
We know it. That's why we're shitting our pants
6 Posted 27/01/2022 at 22:24:30
7 Posted 28/01/2022 at 02:54:15
Scousers, Kiwi's, Evertonians of all denomination, keep the faith. What else can we do? Many players at our great club have echoed that great phrase 'Once Everton has touched you'. We know only too well how true this is. If we go down, I for one will go down with her.
Derek #1, I've lived, played, coached and am now reffing in Sunny Nelson for 30 years. I ref simply because there are more teams than ref's in the area and although I'm now too old & broken to compete at any of the available levels, I still get up on Saturday morning in winter & want to go to watch an FC Nelson game. Trouble is, they know I have a whistle and my boots in the car!
8 Posted 28/01/2022 at 03:08:17
No! Fuck off Kenwright, your song stinks.
9 Posted 28/01/2022 at 03:12:27
10 Posted 28/01/2022 at 03:29:15
11 Posted 28/01/2022 at 03:31:49
I used to tell her as straight faced as I could, probably vapour lock!
I now work for myself and we have moved to near Tauranga. My wife was the one who asked / demanded I at least keep the weekends clear if she was going to shift three hours away from her ma and sister. So far, managed to avoid temptation mate, but your post has gotten some juices flowing, and thoughts ticking. Ideas aye!
If I relapse and get into the soup do you know what the demand is like down there for a middle aged chippy getting a wee bit slower in his later years mate?
As they say, "you can't always get what you want..."
12 Posted 28/01/2022 at 07:28:55
Perhaps I should dust off my Leonard Cohen LPs, fitting mood for the current situation, maybe I might just find some light too.
14 Posted 28/01/2022 at 08:16:12
15 Posted 28/01/2022 at 08:27:59
16 Posted 28/01/2022 at 08:48:00
Theres plenty of material of Cohens to sift through when you retire. Just dont lose your anger completely though, we need, occasionally, an opposite viewpoint.
Unfortunately,Our situation is more like watching Elton Johns ‘Funeral For A Friend…..
17 Posted 28/01/2022 at 09:10:48
18 Posted 28/01/2022 at 09:12:52
The problem is deep rooted. We haven't moved on. I'm watching the "Grand Old Team" play in the same tired and dated stadium that I love while clubs who were beneath us in living memory, suffered relegation regularly but are now European Champions and / or dominant in the Premier League playing in new or renovated stadia that look nothing like what they played in 27 years ago.
They didn't fix their antiquated stadia or achieve that unthinkable success by zooming in on the managerial position as the root of all cause. They ripped up the operating model of the club, had a vision and took their clubs on a different path, whilst respecting (not living) their past and heritage.
Our current board is more concerned with self-preservation.
The here and now needs to get the managerial choice right; if you can ever genuinely do that without the benefit of hindsight.
But long term, rip this club of ours apart and re-design it from top to bottom. Make it fit for the modern game, not some throw back to the 1960s and 1980s.
Great start to the weekend!
19 Posted 28/01/2022 at 14:09:54
It would be nice if a wise appointment could be made today of a manager who could get us playing some entertaining and successful football. Its been a while, and time is not standing still.
20 Posted 28/01/2022 at 14:19:56
21 Posted 28/01/2022 at 15:35:40
Could also be a good way to see which posters (me included!) change their opinions like the wind ;-)
22 Posted 28/01/2022 at 16:34:38
We didn't sign-up for a farce.
And you're spot-on about the tremendous scribes on here, many of whom would grace any broadsheet.
John Daley always brings wonderful black humour to the table.
It is heartening to hear the many clever and articulate Evertonians express their thoughts.
It's nice to know we are not alone.
It reminds me of Harry Potter, when all the good Wizzards joined forces to repell the One who should not be named.
I can see the wands pointing up to the dark clouds held by trembling hands.
Will our magic be enough?
23 Posted 28/01/2022 at 16:48:03
24 Posted 28/01/2022 at 18:01:13
"I have become, comfortably numb"!
25 Posted 28/01/2022 at 18:10:30
26 Posted 28/01/2022 at 19:36:37
27 Posted 28/01/2022 at 20:16:54
"First, they take your pride So, you try to stop Feeling browbeaten
Turn it all inside
And then you realise
You've got nothing left to lose
Try to get back up
And then, you realise
You're telling the Story of the Blues
Day after day
I think it's over
But I just can't get away"
So, you try to stop
How fucking apt. Especially that last line.
28 Posted 28/01/2022 at 20:45:05
“Another one bites the dust” by Queen seems very apt at the moment
29 Posted 28/01/2022 at 21:01:53
Will there be a new manager announced tonight, who ever gets the job, the best of luck.
30 Posted 28/01/2022 at 21:01:59
Will there be a new manager announced tonight, who ever gets the job, the best of luck.
31 Posted 28/01/2022 at 21:33:30
32 Posted 29/01/2022 at 00:45:20
Lampard to the players. Give a little bit,
Kenwright to Moshiri Hide in your shell
Kenwright to the media Crisis what Crisis
Players linked to us to their agents.. dont arrange to send me to the Asylum
Kenwright to the fans Fools Overture
Everton fans to the board Soapbox Opera
33 Posted 29/01/2022 at 02:38:42
34 Posted 29/01/2022 at 03:12:50
35 Posted 29/01/2022 at 09:02:11
ToffeeWeb has become a family to me, with distant cousins across the globe, friends I have never met but hope to, one day.. BMD and pandemic allowing..
We fight and sometimes it gets a bit fraught, which made me think of George Harrison's "Isn't it a pity.."
Isn't it a pity
Now, isn't it a shame
How we break each other's hearts
And cause each other pain
How we take each other's love
Without thinking anymore
Forgetting to give back
Isn't it a pity
Some things take so long
But how do I explain
When not too many people
Can see we're all the same
And because of all their tears
Their eyes can't hope to see
The beauty that surrounds them
Isn't it a pity
Sort of sums up ToffeeWeb somedays!
36 Posted 31/01/2022 at 20:04:53
Yes, I did recently sign up to LCAS. I don't know how I missed his work for so long, Loving getting into it But it was not Him I was quoting.
We used to have a lady called Gemma on our landing. She was a Wexford girl who came to stay with her sister (my mate next door's mam). Gemma wasn't married so she got the job of being everyone's aunty.
She was full of Oxies. "If I catch you lot fighting again I'll beat the shite of yez!"
Being the landing "aunty", she had carte blanche to smack anybody around the head... and she did – often. There was about 20 kids on our landing alone – "I'll crack your heads, maybe that'll let some light in," she would say.
When I heard the Cohen song for the first time a few weeks back, my heart leapt... I remembered our take-no-prisoners Aunty Gemma like it was yesterday The greatest teacher of all time.
Disappointed the big fella didn't get the gig, but I'm hopeful the right choice has been made and we can turn this nightmare around. I've never enjoyed transfer deadline day so I'll get off to work in the hope of coming home tomorrow and finding Lionel Messi has signed.
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