colin Posted August 7, 2010 Share Posted August 7, 2010 Hello everyone. The first preview of the season and we welcome Paul who is, surprise surprise, an Everton supporter and works in the same god-forsaken organisation as me. Paul, August is here again and the seasons starts. For many it's a time of high expectations (& for many of those many also blind optimism) do you get "the buzz" at the beginning? Yes Colin, without doubt, my life is designed around the fixture list. Imagine having to decide how to spend your weekends, unless the FA (aka Sky) did it for you? Having said that, I do enjoy the summer break while it lasts; stress-free Saturdays are a bit of a treat. Our local "rivals," as you probably know, are Burnley. There's a de-militarised zone & boundary running down the High Street in Accrington. How does it work in Merseyside with the two clubs being relately close together. It can't be more that 4 miles to Prenton Park. Is it a family thing or is there more to it how did you become an Everton supporter rather than a supporter of the ("Dark) red side?" Well, of course, most Liverpool supporters live in the suburbs of Oslo, so the exact location of Anfield is a mystery to them. I would say that family influence is a factor, but the clearest distinction between the clubs is that Liverpool fans tend to be delusional, shallow, glory-hunting loud mouths, whereas Everton supporters are intelligent, reasonable and handsome. When I phoned you a last week to have a chat to see if you wanted to have a go at this, you mentioned Howard Kendall and his gob-smackingrecord at Rovers in his first season as player-manager in 1979-1980. after winning 14 and drawing one between 12th January 1980 & 7th April 1980. That got us up to the old second Division, (runners up behind Grimsby!) and the next season we missed out on another promotion by goal difference. (Swansea on +20, Rovers on +13) He left us after that season to go to back to Everton so, to paraphrase "The Life Of Brian," "what did Howard Kendall ever do for you?" Funnily enough, Howard Kendall was my first player idol and my mum sewed a no.4 on the back of a plain blue jersey for me in his honour. I was 42 at the time. I remember that great run he had in charge of Blackburn quite well, as Kendall was being linked to us for a quite a while. In the mid-1980s he became Evertons most successful ever manager, so hell always be a hero. Players going between our clubs. Some blokes called George Sharples (way back in 1965) Mark Hughes, Bobby Mimms, Mike Newall all spring to mind having moved from Goodison to Ewood and did OK. Can you think of any that went the other way? All I can remember is Fred Pickering. Youre right, there dont seem to have been many moving from Blackburn to Everton, for some reason. I think the goalkeeper Jim Arnold might have been one in the early 80s, and he kept Southall out of the side for a while, so must have been pretty useful. Now for four big "open" questions: How have Everton progressed or regressed over the summer, signings & sellings Its been a strange summer because, possibly for the first time I can ever remember, Id be delighted for us to just keep the current squad intact, rather than splash the cash. Weve been particularly unlucky with long term injuries over the last 2 years (Jagielka, Arteta, Yakubu and Fellaini have all been missing for 6 months or more), but they all seem to be available again now, so Im not sure we need anyone else. With a few summer bargains thrown in (Beckford on a free and the new French lad Gueye have looked very good in pre-season), most Evertonians are worryingly confident about our chances this season. Who do you think Rovers will get on this season? I think Big Sams teams are always well drilled and hard to beat, but Im not sure therell be enough goals in this Blackburn side to trouble the top half of the table. In fact, I can officially announce that you will finish 12th. If that isnt a guarantee you will now stuff us 4-0 at Ewood, I dont know what is. Who are your key players that we should watch out for? Moyes seems to have more players than usual to choose from at the moment, so its a bit of a guess who hell play. Generally though, I would say Jagielka is our key defender, Arteta pulls the strings and Saha is the main goal threat. They probably wont play on the 14th, but most Evertonians are hopeful that Coleman and Gueye will also make a mark this season. Who do you think are Rovers' key players (given that Sam hasn't bought anyone, so you're on last seasons squad here.) I think Robinson is very good, and youve got some talented young defenders. Personally, Ive always really liked Pedersen, but Im not sure whether hes gone past his best now (cue a hatrick in that 4-0 win). Finally: The new Everton away kit here It'll get its first airing at Ewood Park. Can you see any possible drawbacks to it? I'm thinking of Lady Penelope's car; Barbie; John Inman and a sniggering Alan Shearer on MOTD. Daring, isnt? I cant make up my mind about it really. Im usually a traditionalist when it comes to the kit, but I suppose its good to experiment now and then. You may recall that, when he first joined Everton, Moyes branded us The Peoples Club, but apparently there is no truth in the rumour that this has been updated to the Village Peoples Club. OK Paul I think that's about it. Many thanks for taking part. In conclusion I can only hope you have a thoroughly wretched day on 14th if only for taking six points of us last season. Cheers. Thanks Colin, youve been a wonderful audience. Do I get paid for this, by the way? Your weight in paper clips Colin As postscript for trivia fans: For a number of years the once fastest ever premier league goal was scored on April 1st 1995 - Chris Sutton in 13 seconds, at Goodison. I was there to see it. Lucky me. We spent most of the following 89 minutes & 47 seconds defending like the British army at Rourke's Drift. 0-1. The record stood stood until 2000 when Ledley King topped it by 3 seconds at Bradford. Everton has played more games in the top flight of the football league than any other team and has won the league nine times. Like us, Everton is a founder member of the football league. Those of you have had a look at that away shirt & wondered "what on earth could that tower thing be on the club badge be?" then rest easy and sleep well. Uncle Colin has the answer right here: Tower thing All the rest you need to know is here: wikipedia Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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