My Everton #53: Cannonball Kid's Perfect Prediction

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My passion for football runs deep, so whenever I tell people who I support I get the same response, 'Everton?! What's a Cockney doing supporting Everton?'

For starters, I'm not a Cockney. I was brought up three miles away from Stamford Bridge, even closer to Plough Lane. A Londoner, yes, but no Bow Bells.

My Dad was a Wimbledon follower. Not passionate - except in 1988 when we all loved Sanchez and Beasant - but a follower. My other family were a mix of Wimbledon and Chelsea. However, one of my dad's close friends, a guy called Chris, had moved to London from Liverpool and he was a passionate Evertonian. As he had no family down here, when Everton came to the capital he used to take me with him - always in the away end, always with the Blues! 

Kevin Sheedy and the unbeatable Neville Southall were my favourites back then.

As I got older, I was urged to 'support my local team' and at least part of me sympathised with that argument - but I couldn't, I loved Everton far too much. It remains the case today.

Before having children I would catch the train from Euston to Lime Street every other Saturday, I'd meet up with friends and have a few beers and not get home until midnight. Crazy, but wonderful times. 

When time allows, I make the same trip now and I love it just as much.

It's so true. Once Everton has entered your life it's there forever. My son has grown up in Milton Keynes but I know he feels exactly the same as I do.

One of my most treasured memories was when I won a competition in work and won VIP tickets for Everton v Fulham on what happened to be David Moyes' first game in charge of the Club.  

I met Graeme Sharp, Barry Horne and the irrepressible Dave Hickson before the match. It was magnificent. 

The Cannonball Kid - Hickson - was telling anyone he could that David Unsworth would score the first goal of the Moyes era.

A few minutes into the game and who rifled the first? Unsworth, of course! 

Great memories. COYB.

By Dave Squires, Evertonian

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