Everton: A Decent Club In An Indecent League

I have always felt that supporters of Everton, Spurs and Manchester City shared a certain affinity. All three have the stature of big clubs and their shared histories and haul of honours are more or less comparable. They have passionate and considerable fanbases but yet somehow have always lived in the shadow of more successful and more widely supported neighbours. Then something happened.

A Digression: The three errant priests in Father Ted famously entered a fancy dress competition as The Three Ages Of Elvis to hilarious effect and if you will, please allow me a brief moment of theoretical descent into the realms of post-modern political allegory via the framework of sitcom gold in order to demonstrate how these three famous old clubs’ paths ultimately diverged.

Everton can be clearly identified as the Labour Party of old, replete with hush puppies, ideology and loyal to the traditions to which it was founded. Everton, it stands to reason, are Tony Benn. Move it on slightly and the Labour Party then re-imagined itself as ‘New’ and with it came a sense of modernism, hope and expectation after years of failure. It seemed to promise much, attempting as it did to marry two opposing strands of Socialism but it was accepted as a necessary evolution in order to rise to power. This would be Spurs, eager to play with the new powerbrokers at the top of the Premier League but hampered by elements of its past. Manchester City the metaphor clearly demands therefore, are the final years of Tony Blair’s tenure as Prime Minister having descended into megalomania and become increasingly detached from the people that voted for him in the first place. Nobody likes Tony any more. The same can be said for Manchester City. Convoluted analogy is now over. Rest easy.

All this of course is dependent on your political persuasion but Everton’s comparison to the halcyon days of the labour movement is tellingly apt because whilst other clubs are frantically dismantling their connections to the past, Everton make it a matter of honour to retain their sense of identity and continue to acknowledge those that have gone before. Everton for instance, continue to emerge from the tunnel on home matchdays to the theme tune of Z Cars. Many young Evertonians may not know where this tune comes from but it is nevertheless accepted as part of the pre-match routine. Over at my beloved White Hart Lane, we have eschewed the stirring hymnal of Glory, Glory Tottenham Hotspur for some anonymous faux-classical piece of synthetic bombast aimed at capturing some apparent sense of dramatic gravitas. We are living in the era of X-Factor and Sky Sports after all and Spurs are clearly in the ‘wannabe’ business.

Whilst Everton retain their Latin motto Nil Satis Nisi Optimum, Spurs felt the need to translate Audere Est Facere a few seasons back. I clearly remember looking up what those words meant when I was young. Years later, I can now see how enriching that tiny snippet of Latin was. I can imagine those Victorian romantic idealists forming a club with lofty aspirations and through their choice of motto sending an echo down the subsequent generations for how the club should hold itself. Now it’s just To Dare Is To Do, because it would seem we’re all too busy to run a quick search on Google. Arsenal don’t even bother having theirs on the shirt any more. It therefore makes somewhat of a mockery of the “And If You Know Our History” terrace chant because sooner or later, nobody will remember.

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright might have his fair share of critics for the failures of the re-locations to Kings Dock and Kirkby and many understand that in order to seriously compete, a new stadium is vital but as I see the sheeny plans for the re-development and demolition of White Hart Lane, I envy Evertonians their continued residence in that Archibald Leitch ground with all those ghosts rattling around. I’m not looking forward to saying goodbye to ours. City fans probably miss Maine Road.

Kenwright, whatever you may think of him, clearly bleeds Evertonian blue. There was something touching about watching him hold back tears as the club commemorated their deceased during their last home game of 2012 against Chelsea. I wonder if the Oligarch felt so moved during the moment’s recollection for Dave Sexton’s recent passing? As chairmen go, Kenwright more importantly allows his manager to do his job.

While his counterpart across Stanley Park has spent much of this week defending the actions of a cheat, David Moyes demands honesty of his players. He openly condemned Marouane Fellaini for headbutting Ryan Shawcross recently and he took the unprecedented action of fining his captain Phil Neville for diving in the Merseyside Derby. Yes, Phil Neville, model professional, fined. Moyes is not prone to management doublespeak and does not take refuge under the club’s public relations umbrella. He is what I call, an honest manager.

He has consequently created a club in his own image. A team that works hard, is apparently shorn of ego and is a fearsome match for anybody. But more than anything, Everton have a clear sense of identity and common purpose. Nobody who saw it will ever forget the emotional tribute the Blue half of Liverpool paid the lost souls of Hillsborough after it was finally proven that there was an institutional cover-up of the tragedy. In a very selfish way, I wanted to be an Everton supporter that night because the humanity on display was truly inspirational.

I’m fully aware that there are so many other clubs that do a multitude of good things within their communities. And there are sporadic moments where I am unabashedly proud of the conduct of my own club; the reaction to Fabrice Muamba’s on-field heart attack being a recent case. However, there’s something unique about Everton.

Maybe it’s because they have resided in the top flight for so long that I’ve just grown accustomed to them being a constant within my life? Maybe, like Spurs, they once inhabited the so-called Big Five but have found it harder once the money came in? Maybe it’s because they have a young girl give out Everton mints before matches instead of paying some galumphing idiot in a furry dinosaur suit to gurn for the cameras like they do over at The Emirates. Or maybe it’s because they don’t possess the monumental hubris of calling themselves Liverpool, seeing as they don’t represent the entire city. Imagine Chelsea calling themselves London FC. Oh, the horror.

Perhaps, it’s a combination of all those things. Or maybe it’s the knowledge that I will never in my lifetime see an Everton team run out to the insidious strains of Things Can Only Get Better. And if they did, it would at least be called Rebus Potest Tantum Adepto Melior. Google it.

With thanks to Matthew Davis, Colin Ferguson, Stuart Upson & Nathan Ward. Good Evertonians.

Further reading: Walking Alone: How Liverpool Football Club Lost Its Soul 

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59 Responses to Everton: A Decent Club In An Indecent League

  1. bobob January 13, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

    An overall entertaining piece but would argue with:

    “Their shared histories and haul of honours are more or less comparable”

    Spurs have won the league twice, City three times, Everton nine.

    • Mikee January 13, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

      bobob, thats the league, you also have to remember Spurs glory days when we were the first team to win the modern day double, when most football pudits said it would never be done. We were also the first British club to win a major European trophy when most people said that British clubs didn’t have the mentality to win in Europe. Once somebodys done it, other clubs realise that it CAN be done. Just like the 4 minute mile. Bannister was knighted for doing it, nowadays, it doesn’t even get mentioned.

      • Marty F January 17, 2013 at 1:11 pm #

        spurs weren’t the first British team to win a major European Trophy – who told you that!

    • Rob T January 13, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

      Excellent article.

      I’m impressed that a Spurs fan has summed up so eloquently many of the reasons I’ve been an Evertonian all my life. I’m old enough to remember when Everton where known as the “Mersey Millionaires” and the days of the “School of Science” and David Moyes is bringing back a style and image to the club after the doldrums of the 1990′s … that many neutrals and fans of other clubs respect and long may it continue.

    • Brian January 13, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

      ok,everton 9 times,but no nearer of making it 10,and also i dont think that was the point the article was making!!!!

  2. Terry January 13, 2013 at 12:26 pm #

    great article. Thank you and I wish you all the best for the rest of the season. Well done for being so honest and bringing a tear to my eye.

    Coyb and coys

  3. Adam January 13, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

    Thank you for an amazing article. I went to watch the blues for the first time yesterday having followed them closely but not in the flesh since the 1980s. I was unfortunate not to see any goals although a clean sheet was a major bonus after 18 games without one.
    But what struck me so powerfully was the sense of community, cohesion and shared history outside the ground as well as inside. Which other premiership ground would you be able to stop into the local church nestled into corner of the ground and have mugs of tea and sandwiches served to you by parishioners decked out in their blue? Perhaps it’s not a coincidence the echoes between Goodison/goodly and Godly. I’m sure the inspirational quotes hung around the stands (some originating from the Moyesiah himself) will leave some with anti-religious people with mistrust as there is no ignoring the sacred overtones “an Evertonian is born not manufactured”. It shouldn’t come as a surprise as Liverpool is one of the more religious cities in the UK.
    It’s very easy to sentimentalise, afterall Everton do collude with a bloated and cynical football system, they have little choice but they do so emphasising the sense in which the whole of the club matters, not just the millionaires on the pitch or in the directors box. “Everyone belongs” that’s the message, and if a club truly believes this, then humility grows out of that.
    All Everton fans would love to see the team at the top of the league, some may wish that the club could suddenly be transformed into a corporate megolith with infinite pockets, a bit like when you discover how to tweak the settings on the “Football Manager” database and it satisfies the inner megalomaniac for a few days.
    Until I’d tasted the atmosphere, shared in the spirit of a special place, I wouldn’t really have batted an eye-lid if I’d traveled to that rumbling old stadium or a gleaming megastore of dreams. But now- well, I woul feel something had died if Everton’s surroundings were radically different.
    Spiritual places, pull you into them, I felt this in the church and the stadium too. They were both a little bit down at heel maybe, the wooden pews are uncomfortable and their vulnerability makes the nouveau-riche uncomfortable and they mask it with derision. If you allow them though theses places change you, their mysterious dignity makes people more human.
    Everton are a club to be proud of, they have a supremely decent manager and chairman. They have very talented players, who are richly blessed materially but more richly blessed to turn out in a ground which values things above trophies and blank cheques. I hesitate to say it but if there is a choice between what I shared in yesterday and a single more league title then I’d say nine is a good number to be proud of. What I hope most of all that the club can evolve and make decent and humble fans proud that their club has done it the right way and retained soul.

  4. Blue Wharfe January 13, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

    Lots of blues reading this via our forums and are well impressed iwth your kind words – we love our club and you have summed up well just why.

    I’m no fan of Kenwright tho – we could be bought / invested in and genunely contend for honours – our Chairman can’t give up the train set. And it was he who tried desperately to move us from our cherished home to a cheap tin box in a Tesco car park in Kirkby. .. the devil is in he detail..
    but overall thanks for biggin up the Toffees

  5. James Harder January 13, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

    Lifelong Evertonian here.

    Great article, much appreciated. I often try to tell the trophy-hungry new generation of Everton fans that we as both a club & team still have a lot to envy, most of which you have picked up on.

    Still, a trophy would be nice!

    Best of luck, hope Spurs & Everton are to the wire for 4th spot come May.

  6. rich g January 13, 2013 at 5:02 pm #

    hasnt kenwright syphoned off 25 odd million, no transfer kitty, and a ramshackle stadium, in liverpool, lol, couldnt get any worse could it

    • Ed January 13, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

      No he hasn’t. That’s Blue Union/Toffeeweb bullshine.

      • Phil Mc January 13, 2013 at 7:08 pm #

        Exactly, blue union and toffeeweb do not represent Everton fans

        • Dave Coakley January 13, 2013 at 9:13 pm #

          Correct. They represent the 500 odd people who turn out for them. An extreme minority.

          However….there are many thousands of other Evertonians who quietly don’t buy into this “They’re a well run club” bollocks either.

          Love him or hate him, very few Evertonians (Bill himself included), believe he is the right man to take Everton forward.

          The big problem is his outright refusal to do what Liverpool and other clubs have done and actually employ independent salesmen to flog the club.

          He says “no one is better at selling Everton than me”. 13 years we’ve been waiting for ANY investment. Clearly he isn’t the best man to sell Everton.

          He should back away and employ an independwmt interim board, to find a buyer….if he has the clubs best interest at heart.

          • Rob T January 13, 2013 at 9:59 pm #

            You mean like your real team did? I suggest you check back into RAWK and see how happy many of the more balanced posters are with what “dem der Yanks” have done to your club.
            Bill Kenwright is far from perfect but as a true Evertonian I at least acknowledge he has brought some stability since he ousted that charlatan Peter Johnson. He isn’t a multi-billionaire and has stated he does not have the money to put Everton where he (and all true Evertonians) want them to be, but at least he’s not sent us down the path Leeds and a few others have followed.
            In the meantime we have a superb manager, a very talented squad of players with a fantastic team ethic, we’re playing attractive football and progressing …… but hey …. RAWK/Toffeeweb aren’t happy about that are they? ;-)

          • Bertram January 13, 2013 at 10:16 pm #

            Where’s the 78m debt you predicted in the accounts?

            ARF!

  7. STBOOIAP January 13, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

    Nice article. I still hate spurs though. You’re fans aren’t as bad as Chelsea’s or Arsenal’s admittedly , but that slow build up version of ‘oh when the spurs’ makes my toes curl. good luck with the rest of the season. PS i know a lad with Audere Est Facere tattooed on his arm; needless to say he’s a massive helmet.

  8. Colin January 13, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

    Although not an Everton fan, Paul Whitehouse, when asked to describe his childhood bedroom on the Danny Baker radio show stated that on his wall is an Everton and Tottenham poster. Whitehouse states that “I really liked Everton, they were the champions at the time and they would still be sort of my second team after Spurs

    Courtesy of wikipedia…

  9. Dave Coakley January 13, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

    i found this article very intersting for a number of reasons.

    Bill Kenwright is an actor and theatre impresario. His day job is to flog a dream/entertainment. The reality of Blue Bill owning Everton is this:

    1. No investment whatsoever, in his entire tenure, despite the biggest boom in world football ever. Forget a takeover….he’s not secured ANY investment into the club at all.

    2. A paltry 12 million spent in 15 years on Hos precious Archibald Leitch stadium….a stadium he wanted to knock down to build a much needed Tesco in Walton….while trying to move us to a “medium grade” stadium in a small town of 70,000 people, on the very outskirts of Liverpool. surrendering the city forever to the red shite, for generations.

    3. Not one, but TWO ground move failures. Despite being offered prime city centre, waterfront land for nothing and a stadium built for Everton for a 30 million pound investment, that Bill insisted he had “ring fenced”….the money never materialised.

    4. Fans banned from finch farm, Goodison and shareholder meetings banned. Everton do not have AGMs thanks to Bill. This isn’t a custodian….this is a regime. He’s our Doug Ellis.

    5. The Kirkby debacle. Books could be written about this incompetency.

    6. The park end fiasco. They can’t even build on their plans for a retail, office and museum/corporate fascilities, because they don’t own the land having triple mortgaged it to various banks to pay for Bill’s holdings and incompetence.

    7. Our current accounts reveal no assets (Peter Johnson left 20 million on the assets plus sheet), everything sold off and outsourced, we own NOTHING, minimal commercial revenue due to bad business deals (we get bugger all from Nike and our commercial compared to other clubs. Add to this records losses and you have to say it is sheer incompetence that a club as big as Everton, with a large fan base, packed out large stadium and regularly top ten/semi regular European football, is skint and has no money for transfers usually.

    8. Type into Google: Everton leaked emails. You’ll find emails leaked from Everton officials arguing between themselves about Bill being a paranoid mess and the club being on the verge of financial collapse.

    The fact of the matter is it suits the media to characature clubs. Everton are the “plucky little Everton” run by Blue Bill a real fan, selling that “I’ve watched Everton since the boys pen” crap.

    ….and this is why we’ll never be seen as a big club competing realistically, ever again.

    Problem with this “plucky little well run Everton” tag is it’s not true. we’re very badly run.

    I’m surprised as a Spurs fan you haven’t mentioned Robert Earl (Sir Philip Green’s proxy director at Everton….and formerly Spurs). You should know better than most, as a Spurs fan how these two interfered with Spurs back in the day and how these leeches operate on the fringes, undermining everything.

    Factof the matter is Bill is a front for an operation that consists of….

    Robert Earl (net worth 250 million….has put NOTHING into Everton – shadow directed by Philip Green)
    Lord Grantchester (net worth 1.2 billion….has put nothing into Everton)
    Jon Woods (net worth 100 million….has put nothing into Everton)
    Bill Kenwright (net worth 30 million, makes 3 million per annum profit from his theatre company….has put nothing into Everton)

    Why should working class people on an average income of less than 20k per annum pay, year in, years out 500 odd quid a year on a season ticket, to bolster these millionaires/billionaires holdings?

    Especially when they hold Evertonians in such contempt.

    • Phil Mc January 13, 2013 at 7:15 pm #

      Here we go again with your we hate BK bull!!

      Ok first give me a reference to your quote: “plucky little Everton” because I don’t remember BK saying that!

      Second this is about a Spurs fan point of view on what he thinks of Everton and their tradition, reputation and history. I thought the BLUE UNION were going to find investment or a new owner? I mean their 500 fans who protested handed out leaflets saying they were able to do that!!

      Find an alternative!! Go on? Give us an option

      You are all wind and piss. Instead of moaning, secretly recording and ‘googling’ leaked emails like a UFO conspiracy, GO AND DO something about it and we’ll see how much support you get from other EFC fans.

      Bute Union

      • Dave Coakley January 13, 2013 at 8:55 pm #

        The Blue Uniom are a joke. I speak my own mind thanks.

        While this is a good piece in general, giving a good overview of the club and fans, it is very important that this “Plucky Everton are a well run club who punch above their weight” none sense is put to rest.

        Everton are a sleeping giant of British football who have been criminally mismanaged by a board of director’s who’s combined net worth blows Spurs board out of the water, yet refuse to put a single penny in. Their incompetence is shocking.

    • p mahoney January 14, 2013 at 1:13 am #

      great post

  10. Kevin January 13, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

    Haven’t Everton been involved in the biggest match fixing incidents in UK football?

    • gingerdom January 13, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

      No, no they haven’t.

      • Kevin January 13, 2013 at 9:27 pm #

        This must be an error then http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Kay

        • Kevin January 13, 2013 at 9:29 pm #

          Ah – yes my mistake.

        • Kenwright Lover January 13, 2013 at 10:19 pm #

          Actually Kay was playing for Sheffield Wednesday when the match fixing occurred. He signed for Everton not long after and when the story broke he was an Everton player. The club weren’t involved at all.

  11. Ed January 13, 2013 at 6:23 pm #

    Absolute rubbish. You start point 1 saying: “No investment whatsoever, in his entire tenure.”
    You then say in point 2. “A paltry 12 million spent in 15 years on Hos (his? sic) precious Archibald Leitch stadium”
    In your first two sentences you contradict yourself. The entire thing is typical, tendentious bollocks and lies. Give it up or go support someone else. NSNO.
    Good article btw.

    • Dave Coakley January 13, 2013 at 8:51 pm #

      Income generated by fans pays for Goodison’s upkeep. I challenge you to show me any accounts showing the board of directors putting a single penny in.

      • Ed January 13, 2013 at 10:09 pm #

        you are a deluded whopper with zero business knowledge of Everton or any other going concern. Run along.

        • Dave Coakley January 14, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

          You’ve failed to provide any evidence the board have put any money into Everton.

          Such evidence doesn’t exist because they haven’t.

          Once again….Goodison Park’s maintenance is paid for out of club income. In other words you and I pay it.

  12. DubaiSpur January 13, 2013 at 6:26 pm #

    I’ve always liked Everton. Growing up in the early 2000s, they seemed the epitome of the traditional English football club that I, owing to my relative youth, never got to see in the flesh. I remember feeling acutely depressed when they were knocked out by Villarreal in the CL qualifying rounds, and I still chuckle when I see them get a good result.

    I think you over-egg Kenwright a bit, though. think he’s a bit of a thieving **** with a flair for the dramatic. I mean, look at ENIC; In roughly the same time in charge of a football club as Kenwright, they’ve overseen a CL run, a trophy, a move to a world-class new training ground, and are about to commence construction on a new stadium, while Kenwright has barely done anything beyond keeping Moyes and screwing up stadium moves.

    Overall, however, this is a terrific article, and I’d like to wish Everton fans the very best of luck for the rest of this season. If we don’t get that CL spot, there is no one I would rather it go to than Everton.

  13. Phil Mc January 13, 2013 at 7:15 pm #

    Nice article, well written.

  14. Dave Coakley January 13, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

    “In one sense, it appears an impossible request. Everton’s credit facilities would not allow them to borrow the money that Moyes is looking for. As a business, it is beyond them. But that shouldn’t mean it is the end of the matter, not when Everton’s board includes Robert Earl who features on the Sunday Times Rich List, having amassed an estimated personal fortune of £240 million. That is without even mentioning Lord Grantchester, their third largest shareholder and former director who is worth £1.2 billion, or Jon Woods, a non-executive director of the club who sold the Ocean software company he co-founded for $100 million in 1996.

    There is money at Everton, but it is for the personal use of those who possess it rather than the greater good of the club.” – Tony Barrett, The Times. 2nd January 2013.

    Shame it takes a Kopite and ex LFC correspondent of the Liverpool Echo, to point this out!

  15. michael January 13, 2013 at 11:53 pm #

    Very nice piece on modern football.

    Sad reality for us

  16. ToffeeDan January 14, 2013 at 12:02 am #

    Well said – and let’s not forget Everton in the Community and The Former Players Foundation (Everton being the first club to create a FPF – now the model that many other clubs strive to emulate).

  17. Gary January 14, 2013 at 12:14 am #

    “Income generated by fans pays for Goodison’s upkeep. I challenge you to show me any accounts showing the board of directors putting a single penny in.”

    What other boards put money in to clubs? Apart from Man City and Chelsea(who are still in lots of debt)? I bet you can count them on one hand. CAN ANYONE GIVE ME AN ANSWER AS TO WHAT CLUBS OWNERS PUT THEIR OWN MONEY INTO THEIR CLUB ANYONE?

    EVERY other club who spends money is also fan generated income or from player sales. People forget that our turnover is only £80m. Compare that to the likes of Tottenham with a turnover of £163m. That’s double ours. They spend money not because they have a generous Chairman, they just spend their fan generated income. The Spurs Chairman (just an example) has done no more for his club than Kenwright has for ours. If Everton were from London we’d achieve similar turnovers and noone would have a bad word to say about Kenwright.

    Gobshites.

    Good article by the way.

    • Dave Coakley January 14, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

      Quite a few including Randy Lerner who paid for refurbishment of the Holte End and the area surrounding it.

      • Bertram January 14, 2013 at 9:26 pm #

        Every penny put in by Randy Lerner has been in the form of loans to be paid back by 2014. He turned a debt free club into one which made a 50m loss last season.

        LET’S GET A LERNER!

  18. SUPA1878 January 14, 2013 at 5:25 am #

    Ed January 13, 2013 at 6:19 pm #
    No he hasn’t. That’s Blue Union/Toffeeweb bullshine

    Nobody from BU or TW has claimed that BK has siphoned off 25m Quid. Where do you get this BS from or do you just make it up yourself?

  19. STEVE - KIRKDALE January 14, 2013 at 8:22 am #

    Great article, thanks for that. Pity the comments descended into a Toffee free for all. Do us a favour my fellow Blues and keep your infighting on the Everton websites and don’t embarass yourselves with petty, and in a lot of cases, misinformed, squabbling elsewhere. This was agreat and unexpected article by a Spurs fan and should be respected as such. Get a grip

  20. Mark January 14, 2013 at 10:32 am #

    can of worms mentioning Bill, always gets the narks out.

  21. John Connor January 14, 2013 at 12:56 pm #

    Thank you. An insightful post on the value of tradition, something dear to all lifelong Evertonians. The hairs on my neck still rise whenever I hear Z Cars (tune from traditional Liverpool song “Johnny Todd”) and it fair warms the heart to see Granny Noblett still throwing toffees into the crowd. It would never have occurred to me to write a similar post about Spurs, or any other club for that matter, which makes it all the more impressive. We can argue till the cows come home about Kenwright and finance, but for me the measured and dignified tribute to the Hillsborough 96 given by Everton summed up everything the club is about. Still brings tears to my eyes.

  22. Hans Eliezer January 14, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

    why in the f*cking hell would some fans want a chairman to blow off big sums of money in the name of “investment” when they know they got a manager that knows how to look for decent players for low prices? and a new stadium when you can just repair the old one for much less?

  23. Dave Coakley January 14, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

    Bill and his billionaire/multi hundred millionaire crones have done NOTHING to Goodison Park. A paltry 12 million spent in 15 years on the Grand Old Lady.

    Purposeful neglect.

    If they announced plans to upgrade our pitiful commercial boxes and add a few thousand on top of the capacity, I’d be all for them.

    They can’t because Bill can’t convince ANYBODY to invest in the club and his mates on the board aren’t arsed.

    Even if the will was there, they don’t own the land having triple/quadruple mortgaged it, to secure ever increasing debt.

    Wake up man….Everton will never be a club challenging legitimately at the top until these clowns sell up/are forced out.

    • Rob T January 14, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

      Your posts are becoming even more confused as they go along. You really don’t seem to “get” how business works. Why don’t you go back to RAWK/Toffeeweb/Blue Union where you belong …. or better still … get a soap box on Gwladys Street or at the Park End at the next home game and try your “facile rhapsodizing” there (not my phrase, but it fits you perfectly, so thanks to the person who posted it on a real forum) , it would be interesting to see the reaction….. and I suspect many would be something along the lines of the comments posted by Ed, Phil Mc and Gary above.

  24. andylad January 14, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

    Grantchester would love to help out but not whilst BK is in charge! What we need is a forward thinking investor who can increase sales turnover most notably via marketing promos & corporate hospitality primarily through stadium expansion or relocation!

  25. Lyndon Lloyd January 14, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

    As many fellow Evertonians have said, this an excellent article from an outsider’s perspective.

    A point of order, though, if I may. While at some stage the ToffeeWeb editorial team may have touched on almost every one of Dave Coakley’s points above regarding EFC’s current situation, we have never accused Kenwright or the Board of syphoning off money from the Club. There is no evidence of this. [That accusation may have been made by readers via comments or submitted articles but it has never been argued by TW itself.]

    And while we have covered the Blue Union’s campaign and may sympathise with some of their platform to varying degrees, we are not affiliated with the group in any way.

    Again, though, thanks for a really nice read about our club.

    • Ed January 14, 2013 at 11:39 pm #

      What a joke. TW is the Blue Union’s house organ! If you post anything that contradicts the conspiracy theorists then it gets “edited”. It used to be decent now its just full of cranks.

      • Harry Dean January 29, 2013 at 11:09 am #

        Is that the same Lyndon Lloyd that runs that Everton hating site MoanyWeb. Everton have both a Chairman and a Manager that love the club,

        MoanyWeb have a couple of blurts who despise Moyes and Bill.

        Read some of the garbage his little chubby mate Kenrick wrote about how it was time for Moyes to go after we beat Utd 3-1 at home.

        Kenrick isn’t even an Evertonian.

        Funny how Lyndon goes and comments on other websites, but bans people from commenting on his.

        Great article. Have a similar soft spot for spurs

  26. EJ Ruane January 14, 2013 at 7:52 pm #

    - Good piece, interesting to get a perspective on one’s club from the supporter/s of another. As for Bill Kenwright, I gave up a while back. A PROVEN bullshltter, a PROVEN incompetent, yet for many (see ‘Ed’) it simply doesn’t matter what he does as long as he pulls his ‘Bill of The Boys Pen’ routine. He could be caught nobbing a Ostrich on Queen’s Drive wearing nothing but suzzies and high heels and there’d be plenty who’d say “Ok I’m not condoning what he done like but…” etc blah. They say we get the politicians ‘we’ deserve. Having heard some of the excuses made for BK over the years, I think the same might apply to chairmen.

  27. Toffee Hush January 14, 2013 at 11:05 pm #

    Just want to say thanks for a nice read after a long day at work.

    Hope Spurs do well too… maybe both clubs will get into the CL

    :)

  28. Lee, Huyton January 15, 2013 at 12:00 am #

    Kenwright’s only achievement during his tenure is fooling the dopey element of our support into beliveing he’s good for the club.

    I’m pissed off with hearing all this ‘true blue’ crap…I’m a ‘true blue’ but doesn’t mean I should be running the club now does it?

    His CV of cock-ups during his tenure are well known. The man is so far out of his depth it’s embarrassing…yet we still have some blues lapping up his every word.

    He hogs the limelight when we do well but goes into hiding when things go wrong.

    Oh, and we haven’t achieved a single trophy during the long 13 years we’ve been lumbered with him as head honcho, not a single penny of investment has come into the club during this period and he became the first Chairman in the clubs history to ban AGMs/EGMs because he simply can’t be arsed listening to fans.

    No wonder Moyes is currently considering his future with this phoney about.

    The man is useless…Taxi for Kenwright.

  29. Billy Dunne January 15, 2013 at 12:27 am #

    A very good article.Credit where it is due.
    As we know Goodison has been at the fore front of many firsts over the years.Worlds first custom made football stadia, First double decker stands,First visit by royalty,Under soil heating, England first defeat on home soil to non u.k. side 0-2 Ireland,Footy nets,World cup semi,Semi circular arcs behind goals as a hoolie cooler,after the only time two teams taken off in match Everton v Leeds F.A.Cup,Dixie getting his 60th goal,
    Give Spurs some praise.
    White Art Lane was the first ground I know to have public phones.
    I used 1 to ring a half time report home in the early eighties !.
    Also the home of the worst shout I ever heard at a match “Hartford you Toxteth Firelighter”
    Joking aside I think Tottingham are all right.
    Mackay,Greaves,Gilzean,Hoddle – Top players.

  30. Greg January 16, 2013 at 6:02 pm #

    Whilst the reception to the post has been fantastically overwhelming, it’s a shame that the comments section has descended into tribal in-fighting which unfortunately makes a mockery of the original post.

    Kenwright was only mentioned in passing and was by no means the focus of the piece; believe it or not, it was about paying tribute to a great club other than my own. Perish the thought. While I welcome debate on this platform, I cannot condone comments that either incite or resort to juvenile name-calling and thus will have to moderate/delete accordingly. There are plenty of fan forums that allow for such public blood-letting but this is not it.

    Should you take issue with this, I suggest you read the previous two pieces prior to the Everton post. Perspective.

    Thanks to all the vast majority of Evertonians for the kind words. I hope I did your club justice. Much respect.

    Greg

  31. triggertheblue January 18, 2013 at 8:01 am #

    A good honest piece on 3 MASSIVE CLUBS.
    We are always going to be biased towards our own clubs with regards success and history!
    Its all about opinions,i enjoyed reading it anyway.
    Thanks mate

  32. Gracie1979 January 18, 2013 at 9:38 am #

    Great and insightful piece, in a time when football rivalry is huge and arguments aplenty on the likes of Twitter, its nice to read the thoughts of other fans, always liked Spurs also!!

    Not surprised to see the petty bickering that exists from a very small minority of blues who castigate anyone who say anything positive about the club, pathetic!

    Good luck for the rest of the season!!

  33. Hibbo January 18, 2013 at 7:42 pm #

    Probably of all the blog articles I have read in my time, this is the best…..from a non – toffee too

  34. Tony Tuggins January 18, 2013 at 10:32 pm #

    Great article!

    All 3 clubs are great with cracking supporters.
    My fear is that regular success may turn fans of the 3 mentioned clubs into similar fans of Liverpool/Man united/Chelsea – Ugly and inhuman.

  35. Jen April 10, 2013 at 4:31 pm #

    stumbled across this article accidentally, but i’m glad I did. It’s nice to hear someone who has no attachment to the club give us this kind of praise. Unfortunately, these days, football seems to be all about “what have you won recently?” particularly if you happen to have more successful neighbours. Too many people have forgotten or are not even aware of what great history, tradition and passion clubs like Everton and Tottenham have.

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