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Some fella has opened up a Champions League shop in Old Swan selling LFC flags, scarves and memorabilia for the final. The fume will be epic.

Went past a stall in Huyton village that sells both Liverpool and Everton flags. He was also selling Real Madrid flags just so the bitters don't feel left out in a few weeks.

Joe's stall in Huyton, he makes a fortune every time we're in a final.

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Found myself thinking about the Ev a bit much this morning after reading some of those golden GOT posts on the train this morning.

 

Am I worried about them? Not especially, although if they get absolutely everything right over the next couple of years then they could start to become a minor thorn in our side. But for all their ambitions of turning that tide, I think there's at least an equal chance that they could do the total opposite.

 

For all their love of their lovely Iranian and his deep pockets, those deep pockets are nothing on Mansour's, Abramovich's, or MUFC plc's. So they're not taking on any of those head on economically. They can try and out-think them, out-manoeuvre them - but ourselves, Spurs and Arsenal are already doing that, are further ahead with that and have bigger incomes to boot. They've a lot of ground to make up and they're not going to do it in one fell swoop: appointing Leicester's head of recruitment and bunging him a wad of cash one summer isn't going to do it.

 

The Premier League's recent history is littered with far more examples of owners who've tried to quickly gate-crash the elite and failed than owners who've stuck at it. FSG - love them or loathe them - have had to try a few different iterations of a model before seeing any kind of sustained success, and they've started from a much stronger base and had healthy income streams to cushion the blow of sacking a Rodgers and his staff, and then flogging a load of his signings for losses afterwards.

 

The warning here to Everton could easily be Aston Villa, or even Sunderland. Both clubs were bought by modestly wealthy owners - not asset-strippers per se, but guys who naively thought: "lot of money in PL football - just get a few signings right over a couple of windows, qualify for the Champions League and the rest writes itself. Hell you can even sell a top asset and re-invest the money to do the work for you - piece of piss." Only it doesn't and it isn't - that method might work a little bit, for a little while, but you'll have to tweak it and change it, rip it up and start over sometimes, as one setup doesn’t work everywhere. After a failure or two, it becomes much easier to curb those ambitions to gatecrash the Champions League and just see your asset tick over in mid-table: except the league punishes you if you don't try and at least jog to stand still. The next thing you know, you've sleepwalked into relegation dogfights and it spirals from there.

 

For Randy Lerner/Ellis Short, read Farhad Moshiri. For Martin O'Neill (Aston Villa)/er Martin O'Neill (Sunderland), read Ronald Koeman. For James Milner/Jordan Henderson, read Romelu Lukaku. For Roberto di Fanti/(whoever Aston Villa's DoF was), read Steve Walsh. Moshiri is historically more likely to look for corners to cut over the next couple of years than he is to keep throwing good money after bad in a desperate fight against the odds to keep Everton swimming against a pretty fucking strong tide.

 

I'm not saying it'll definitely happen - I might not even want it to happen, such is my enjoyment of them at the moment. Moshiri might keep/start spending. The stadium might happen (stop laughing at the back) and that changes things. But the "running out of steam and interest" scenario is a menacingly circling one that few of them seem to have considered.

 

Apologies for the long post - slow morning at work!

Excellent post, that.

 

The Villa/Sunderland scenario certainly looks closer to their current reality than any slapping of money on tables in Madrid.

 

They'd probably bust bloodvessels if you tried to explain that to them.

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Some fella has opened up a Champions League shop in Old Swan selling LFC flags, scarves and memorabilia for the final. The fume will be epic.

 

Went past a stall in Huyton village that sells both Liverpool and Everton flags. He was also selling Real Madrid flags just so the bitters don't feel left out in a few weeks.

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The main one in Williamson Square has the whole expanse of it selling LFC merchandise and ( presumably to stop being fire bombed ) has about 4 Everton scarves around the left hand side where the door swings back

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The main one in Williamson Square has the whole expanse of it selling LFC merchandise and ( presumably to stop being fire bombed ) has about 4 Everton scarves around the left hand side where the door swings back

Fire? Burning stuff is Kopite behaviour, lad.

 

(They're hoping to discover fire over the summer.)

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Another first;

 

https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/everton-fans-drink-more-any-14633742

 

Everton fans drink more than any other group of supporters in the Premier League, according to study

 

 

 

 

Everton wives walk into more doors than any other wives

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Timely equalizer for them against Southampton. EXCEPT THAT THERE WAS NOBODY THERE TO SEE IT. The ground was empty. Begs the question - if everton score a goal and there is no everton supporter there to see it, then did it really happen?

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I've only ever been to Goodison a few times but have always sat in the Lower Bullens. I can only describe it as like watching the match on a neighbours telly through their letterbox. 

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Another first;

 

https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/everton-fans-drink-more-any-14633742

 

Everton fans drink more than any other group of supporters in the Premier League, according to study

 

 

 

 

Everton wives walk into more doors than any other wives

Respondents were asked if they always drank alcohol when they watched their football team play (either on TV or in person) with 89% saying ‘yes’.

When respondents were asked where they preferred to watch their team play, 21% said either the ‘pub’ or ‘at home’. Of these participants, 67% said this was because it was easier to drink at these locations, compared to trying to get a drink at a stadium.

 

Telly-clapping? But but that's Kopite behaviour!

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A variation on a theme...

 

The Everton version of Allez, Allez Allez

 

Kebab, fish peas and gravy,

He’s ate the fucking lot

From Maccies down to Wimpeys,

On to the Lobster Pot

 

Bill Kenwright and Moshiri,

They’ve fucked us through and through

We are bitter supporters,

And we come from Pontypool...

 

 

Happy for a suitable replacement for Wimpeys, which is long gone from Town I think....

 

 

 

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Some Blues are laughing about our ‘fume’ regarding the blue and white 3rd kit next season. There’s some pics of it, don’t know wether it’s official or not. But does anyone really give a shit that we’d have a bit of blue on our kit? We’ve already had it and no one was bothered. There all having a right laugh. It’s only them that go mental over a colour.

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