Sunday, 24 February 2008

it's a fix

Formed in 1878, founder members of the football league in 1888/89. Top flight club apart from a season out in 1931 and 3 seasons in ‘52/’53/’54, winning 9 league titles, 5 F.A.Cups, 1 Euro cup winners cup,

Some names/connections : Degsy Hatton, Freddie Starr, Ed Stewpot, Bill Kenwright, Joe Mercer, Joe Royle, Alan Ball, Howards Kendall, Tommy Johnson, Earl Barrett, Richard Dunne, Asa Hartford, Andy Hinchcliffe, Brian Kidd, Neil Pointon, Paul Power, George Heslop…

David Moyes squads includes : Howard (boo), Jagielka, Hibbert, Neville (double boo) Carsley, Fernandes, Valente, Osman, Johnson, Arteta, Wessels, Baines, Anichebe, Vaughan, Van Der Meyde, Rodwell, Osman, Gardner, Pienaar, Turner, Gravesen, Yakubu, Yobo

This season so far : .Over at Goodison it was a dour 1-0 loss as recently as January 12th., Lescott scoring in the 31st minute in front of 38,494 and 2,893 Blues.
They’re currently in 5th place with 47 points from 26 games with 6 wins 3 draws 4 losses away from home. Out of the Carling in the semis to Chelsea, and in the F.A.Cup in the 3rd round at home to Oldham, but they’re progressing nicely in UEFA, having just despatched the Norwegians

Our form in Manc v Everton : Between ’71 and ’87 they only won once. In recent years, since the 2-5 (our biggest loss) in ’93 we’ve won 7 and lost two, 1-0 in ’05 and 2-0 in ’96, and we’ve had big wins 5-0 in 2001, and 5-1 in 2004, but no draws since 1986..
Last season we won 2-1 on New Years Day, Samaras netting 2 second half goals, one a penalty and then Osman pulled one back late on to give us a nervy finish. That was our last home win and goal of the season at COMS!
Attendances ranged from 15,227 in ’56 and 76,129 (F.A. Cup 6) same season, same week!.

Biggest games : 1933 cup final, lost 3-0 and the 1969 semi-final won 1-0.

Comment : A bit of banter between the fans at Goodison this season but not much. Phil Neville enjoyed himself winding us up at the end of the game so we owe him one, and no doubt plenty of Neville family songs and usual scouse stuff. If we’re to be taken seriously for a European spot, and we’re now 8th, this is a must win game, and hopefully it won’t be ‘after the Lord Mayor’s parade’ further to our great ‘Derby’ win.
Look out for your ‘derby special’ KK 158 on sale tonight – you’ll love it!

Stats : 60 pre-war and 89 post make it our 150th league meeting, and post war in Manc it’s :
Played 44 won 22 drawn 11 (last in ’86) lost 11
Last Pot : F.A.Cup in ‘95
Last att: 39,836 (2,839 Everton)
Their current home average : 36,961
WWTWTWShite : Averaged 19,343 in ‘83/84

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