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All Good Things Come To An End

Lewis Owen, 2nd August 2012 - 15:54

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I’m Lewis Owen, an ardent Evertonian and all-round football partisan. Season ticket holder for more than a decade. I hope you enjoy reading my blog. Twitter: @lewisowen.

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As Tim Cahill embarks on a new chapter in the MLS following eight years of truly sterling service, he leaves a legendary legacy parallel to some of Everton's greatest alumni.

Cahill the model professional; Cahill the impeccable servant; Cahill the Kangaroo-leaper. He will be missed on the pitch, but ultimately even more so off it.

Evertonians are gutted but grateful at a departure peppered with sadness but logic. At 32, the Aussie is moving on at a sensible time for both parties. For player: new chapter; for club: new era.

He leaves having become David Moyes' best-ever signing. He leaves having become the favourite Aussie. It's just a shame he couldn't finish his career at a club where he will always be cherished. He will be missed in all quarters - even the corner flags will notice the void.

There are many highlights - it is perhaps impossible to recall them all. The overlying train of thought runs inevitable images of leaping, match-winning headers and the subsequent boxing-like celebrations.

There were consistent displays of grit and desire, consistent games through the pain barrier. He would have played anywhere for club and manager - he almost did.

Forget the honours list, Tim has spearheaded Moyes' mission since joining in 2004. He has been there for the European adventures, the so-close-yet-so-far FA Cup and League Cup escapades and the consistent expectation-exceeding.

His seniority and demeanour ensured a bubbling team spirit. He joined Phil Neville, Leon Osman, Tony Hibbert et al in being the template of which young players and new signings could emulate.

He set the standard, and he leaves having done such for the next generation of talent to pull on the Everton jersey.

Evertonians are losing a favourite, a hero and an icon. They are losing a replica-selling, pin-up personality that exhibited everything it means to be a Toffee. A love of the club; a willingness and hankering to succeed.

Last summer it was Arteta; this summer it is Cahill. Both offered the club so much and will always be remembered.

All good things come to an end.

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