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30 Jul 2018 17:29:32
Been reading the various posts on here for years now. It's always interesting, sometimes gets a bit fractious, is def hard to understand sometimes, and quite often funny.

During that time we've had so many new beginnings it's hard to remember them all. So much so that yesterday my 12 year old asked me why I bother, why Everton and not Brighton (nearest club) , or Arsenal, or one of the other clubs that win things.


It made me think, and here's my two penneth on why I bother.


For me, it's much, much more than football. I know a lot of clubs do a lot of good work in the community. Everton, though, have a free school that changes people lives by making it cool to go to school when everyone else has failed. The pros in the club paid for housing for homeless people out of their own pockets.

If a request is made by anyone, the club bends over backwards to help. For example, I sponsor a charity that helps kids go to schools they would not otherwise be able to go to because they can't afford the uniform. A request went into EFC for some old/ used PE kit, and we received a response that simply blew us away. Generous is not the word to describe it.


I am sure there are many more examples that are simply not made public.


So, whilst I would love them to win everything in sight, sign every galactico on the planet and be the world's biggest footballing brand, I am quite happy to follow a team and a club that contributes more than that.

So if they don't get into the top 6 this year I'll pull what is left of my hair out, grind my teeth, and then be happy to be blue.

I told that to my son, and the look he gave me made it clear he thought I was bonkers and very strange all at the same time.

What about you, why do you bother?

SussexBlue

1.) 30 Jul 2018 18:26:24
Good post Sussex, you’ve summed up how many of us feel as blues.


2.) 30 Jul 2018 18:31:47
Well said! Need a few more like this. We aren’t going to win league or CL. Probably not a cup but if the players and fans show pride in the blue and play quality football I’m more than happy. We are losing the league to American, Arabic, Russian, billionaires. There clubs are no bigger than ours. We have to build and have to come together as one!


3.) 30 Jul 2018 18:46:45
Great post Sussex.
I, like you, don’t buy into this idea that it’s all about trophies. It can’t be. Many, many fans support teams far lower down the footballing ladder than Everton and moan far less. In my time as an Everton fan, over 30 years now, I’ve had pride in the way the fans and the community has conducted itself. Current expectations of some fans though are unrealistic and unhelpful.
True fans back the team through good and bad.
I’m feeling positive about the new season - at the very least we know Silva will go out to win games, press teams and excite the crowd. Bring it on!


4.) 30 Jul 2018 19:05:57
I bother because when I was a kid growing up on the most deprived estate in the country, only one pair of trousers one pair of shoes and a bike made up of stolen parts (sorry about that by the way) . I could go to school and compete in football bragging that made me forget that I had nothing.
I could hold my own and no one could argue.

We won stuff, we played the best football you’ve ever seen. And I was equal to those who had.

If they never play like that or win anything ever again in my lifetime I will still be grateful and loyal. Although I yearn for silverware right now.

My son is a red, but he knows not to ask why I’m a blue. And if he ever did he’ll just be told that I didn’t make the choice. I was chosen.


5.) 30 Jul 2018 21:51:18
That post really struck a chord with me Sussex.

My dad was a blue, his dad before him also, and I became a blue as a result. I was given a season ticket at 5 and went to near on every home game till I was 18 and moved away for Uni. For those 12/ 13 seasons, I mainly saw relegation battle after relegation battle (which was horrible and stressful) until I went away. That happened to coincide with our upturn in fortunes and we finished comfortably in the top half.

I’ve not had a season ticket since or managed to get to a game for 12 years or so as I live on the South Coast. 4 weeks ago my son was born and I have been thinking of whether I push him to become a blue or let him decide his own fate.

I can’t claim I was in it for the trophies (the year we won the FA Cup I was on a school residential and couldn’t go the game) but I remember some great games and players over the time I watched. I missed out on the golden 80’s squads but remember watching some great players who inspired me to kick a ball about in the park. Whether it be Hinchcliff whipping the ball in, last ditch defending by Ball, Watson leading from the back (what a cracking player he was) , Davy Weir, Richard Gough (old timer but great understanding of the game) ; the likes of Beardsley, Parkinson, Kanchelskis, Speed, Arteta or Cahill running the midfield; Cottee, Fergusson, Radzinski (loved his pace) up front; or two of the best players I saw pull on the shirt, Martyn and Southall. all these players brought me entertainment and hope at 3pm on a Saturday. That’s why I stuck with the blues. Sure for every one of those named there was a Barlow or Angel but they were my team.

Do I allow my lad to follow in these footsteps or carve out his own heroes? The big advantage I had was the affordability to go to games to see all these players. In this day and age I feel the games on TV are going to capture the imagination of youth - the more you are on TV, the bigger your support base will be. Where that will leave us. anyone’s guess is as good as mine.


 

 

 

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06 Nov 2018 08:37:07
Risks worth taking. I remember a midfielder who had a penchant for breaking his legs, considered much too risky by many to even thinking of signing. Peter Reid was his name. Whatever happened to him?

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