Supporting Everton is a chore for young Blues
Average league performances, the sale of your better players every summer, the complete inability to win a trophy and supporter divisions have created a bitter and frustrating atmosphere both home and away all last season.
This has effected fans of all ages but as a 19 year old who has owned a season ticket with my Dad for 12 years and been attending the majority of away games for the past 6 or 7 I cannot help feel it is the younger generation that are suffering more than anybody.
As I said, I have been going to Goodison as a season ticket holder for around 12 years, and previous to that spent 4 years being bunked into the Upper Gwladys Street by my Dad and Uncle! From the first moment I walked through the gates I knew that this is where the majority of my Saturday afternoons would be spent each cold winter. However as a young boy I couldn’t imagine just how emotionally attached I would become to the club.
Yes, there have been some fantastic days. Rooney’s goal against Arsenal, Duncan’s against United, Carsley and Gosling’s against the RS and my personal favourite Arteta’s on that night vs. Fiorentina. While all these have brought huge amounts of satisfaction and pleasure they were not trophy or title winning goals or performances.
The hardest part of going the game with your Dad as a young lad has to be the constant talk and reminders of times when Everton were not only the greatest team in the country but probably Europe. Hearing of the heroics of Southall, the goals of Gray and the endless parties after numerous league and cup wins is something that I can only dream about.
I often try to imagine the scenes up and down County Road should Everton somehow manage to win a Premier League title. The party in the Oak and the Brick then off into town only to return back to County Road the following day to continue the party. My biggest fear in football is this will always be what it is today: in my imagination.
Whether you blame the chairman or the manager, the players or the backroom staff, something at Everton has to change for this to become reality.
I am not a fan of Kenwright or the rest of the board. To be honest I cannot stand the sight of them anymore. Their constant lies and bullshit stories fill me with anger and make me physically cringe. I do not wish to win titles how Man City have. I think it would mean so much to build a team like we have done so far, slowly, piece by piece until one season we have the finished article.
However currently we seem to always be one or two pieces short of a completed team.
I don’t know what the answer is. Do you stick with Kenwright and hope Moyes can continue to work miracles? Or do you hope he sells and prays that he sells to the right person? Do I trust him to do this? Definitely not. But whatever way we go something has to change.
Otherwise, unlike the stories my Dad tells me about winning titles and trophies, I will be telling my kids how we have managed to slump to a mediocre team hoping to finish in the top 7 and reach a semi-final every so often!