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Sweets And Treats But Soft Toffees

Dave Thompson, 7th September 2010 - 09:28

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Dave Thompson

Dave Thompson

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I have followed the Blues for 40 years through good times and bad. I now live in Canterbury, Kent, and travel up and down the country in all weathers to take our season ticket seats in the Main Stand.

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Welcome to my new blog page, hope you find something here to keep you interested.

I've been supporting Everton for nearly 40 years now, though not born in Liverpool, I lived in the Crosby/Waterloo area for some 24 years before moving back down south to Canterbury in Kent.

I am still a season ticket holder at Goodison together with my partner and two of my sons.

We travel up as often as possible, as well as catching most of the London and Midlands matches.

In addition we are England Fans members and follow England at home and most away games.

We had six weeks in South Africa for the World Cup. What a disaster but I'm not going to talk about the England performances, it was a good trip.

We followed all the Everton players whilst in South Africa, we managed to see all the Blue noses play, well nearly all, we got tickets for Australia v Ghana but Cahill was banned for being sent off in an earlier match!
But we supported the Blue contingent all the way to the Final and were there with our Everton and England flag at the game in Soccer City when Johnny decided to get himself red-carded as well.

I'm not a great fan of some referees, but I thought Howard Webb handled the game very well.

And another thing - Vuvuzelas! Why were they banned from nearly every Premier League ground in the country? I can't wait for the Blackpool match because then the Vuvu will be with me blasting out loud along the prom prom prom!
Just had a thought, I think Haribo should make Vuvuzela shaped jellies then they could be taken into the grounds legally (mental note: write to Mr Haribo!).
Anyway, our trips to see the Blues this season started with me taking a quick trip up north for the Everton v Everton match. I hope there's a return trip to Chile next year, I'm up for that.

I was reading the other day the trapped miners in Chile have been sent down screens and have been watching football, I had this weird thought and wondered how many of the miners support Everton CD.

I think the Blues management need to ask our Chilean friends to find out so the club could send some messages of support.

We then came up for the Wolves game, leaving Canterbury at 8:25am and arriving in Liverpool around 1pm.

My youngest boy decided he was going to provide a whacky prediction each week and he'd earn a fiver for each one that's correct. First one was Blackpool to beat Arsenal!

A 6-0 Gunners win and a fiver saved. His only consolation was a bag of Jelly Babies on the way home.

Not much to say about our game - but did think at the time Moysey was winding Capello up a bit by warming Rodwell up for 20 minutes and not putting him on the pitch. A case of the Scotsman toying with the English Italian.

We then travelled up to Brum for the Villa match, another result that I could not believe; I actually felt after the game that there was no light at the end of the tunnel. How can a team have so much possession, so many corners, so many attempts on goal and lose?

Anyway another fiver saved as the boy's prediction was West Brom to beat Liverpool. Wrong again, but a packet of Percy Pigs softened the blow on the way home.

Tuesday this week saw me glued to the BBC transfer deadline website page, getting excited by the thought that Everton might sign a new striker with Grafite’s name bandied around all afternoon. What happened to that signing? We really do need a quality striker.

Anyway transfer deadline passed with just Yobo going out, hope there's a clause to bring him back if we get injuries.

Well its international week and I’m not that hopeful that England will actually qualify for 2012, but I live in hope.

It got round to the Bulgaria match and it was breakfast in bed reading the papers - Jags fit and Capello says he will play.

That man amuses me. One day he says nothing, the next he is announcing his side 24 hours in advance.

I met my England mates in the Torch to discuss the teams and talk about plans for Basel and the small matter of the England fans match against a young fit Swiss fans team.

I'm in the squad and hoping for a start, so need to bribe the gaffer with a pint and a box of Swiss chocolates, hopefully that will work.

We got great seats at Wembley, just on the 18-yard line where Rooney tried to chip the keeper and the end we scored three second-half goals.

I thought the first half was tedious, as my mate Garford said, but the second was better with three well-taken goals. Jags had great game and made some excellent tackles. Rooney played much better and was involved in Defoe's wonderful hat-trick. 
The omens look better for qualification but we must have a good result against the Swiss.

Saturday was also the start of Canterbury Rugby Club’s season, so a few of my England mates came along for lunch and introduction to Union. A good game and plenty of beer and managed to get the match programme signed by all the players for my new best mate Garford... Ha! I’m sure I’ll be in the team now!

Right, need to wrap up now to go pack my bag for Basel... Now where did I put my boots?

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