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At Last It's Upon Us...

Radio City's Alan Irwin, 29th May 2009 - 11:36

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It seems like we've been talking about for it ever, and given the fact it's been 14 long years we probably have!

David Moyes stated not too long ago that this Club was on the verge of winning trophies. Now is the time to deliver.

Bill Kenwright stated that Everton Football Club changed when David Moyes walked into the Club. Change takes time. Our time is now.

In the context of current Premier League football and the ever expanding riches of the clubs that finish in the top four season in, season out, a fifth placed finish in successive seasons is success in itself. However, as supporters we all want more, we all want trophies and glory. The first under David Moyes, if achieved on Saturday should not be seen as the climax of seven hard years labour. This has to be the beginning of a new era, a new journey and the opportunity to bring continued sustained success to a club that deserves to be up there with the best.

Can we achieve? Long term?

Stability helps and Everton have demonstrated above all others in the top flight that continuity is the way forward. I believe the club is well down the line to being restored to it's rightful place amongst the top clubs in England. To compete year in, year out, with other top clubs in Europe has been the objective for David Moyes. By doing so we will attract the better players, the investment required and so the cycle of success continues.

Can we achieve? Short term?

The answer is already yes. We are now without question the 5th best club in England over recent years. The fact we've reached this cup final is testament to progress, persistence and powerful performances. In the very short term we're talking the next 90 minutes in the case of measuring success in terms of trophies.

Chelsea are by no means invincible. They have only lost once under Gus Hiddink since his appointment in February and they appear to be back on the right track in terms of results. Everton were in fact the last team to deny them a victory in the Premier League. I imagine the Chelsea boss is relishing the prospect of pitting his wits against David Moyes. He loves a tactical battle and he'll have studied the game against us at Stamford Bridge with some concentration.

Likewise, our boss is always prepared, thorough to the extent that some have found it painstaking. Preparation though brings rich rewards and I'm putting my money on Mr Moyes to have done more than his fair share of homework.

I had a feeling as the week progressed towards the semi final against Manchester United that we'd come through. That feeling has returned once more and I head to Wembley, as you do, with renewed confidence this season, belief that we can and will achieve.

Try and make it back for Sunday's street party!

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Raymond MolloyI hope for the blue half of Liverpool that Everton bring home the silverware this weekend. It will not be a "street party" - it will be a "city party" as the red half will also be able to join in with the celebrations. The city is unique and it needs to have a good party.. Unfortunately we will be watching the game here in Barcelona. After watching the Champions league final I am hoping that the blues can do the same to Chelsea... United expected to win easily but they hadn't figured on Barcelonas pre match plans. According to the local papers, Pep Guardiola was sitting in the changing rooms and excuse the pun, giving his team a "pep" talk. With twenty minutes to go before the kick off, he switched off the lights and played two videos side by side. The first video clip was from the movie "Gladiator" and the second video was of each player showing them at there best. Finished off with a piece of opera music from Turandot....it certainly had the desired effect. Come on the blues...............................

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