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  1. Paul, this is disgusting. Do I loathe Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell and others? Of course I do. Do I wish someone would "gun them down"? Of course not. This sort of macho behavior is what permeates police forces across this country and contributes to, along with deep-seeded prejudices, the deaths of black and brown people. Also, please kindly shut the fuck up in regards to anything happening in Minneapolis. That's my hometown, where I grew up and lived for over 30 years of my life, and you have no concept of the racial injustices that have been happening there for decades. I will gladly go into it with you if you want via PM. Do I blame these people for rioting? Absolutely not. You know why? Because when we peacefully protest, that's a problem for you. Colin Kaepernick kneeling to protest injustice? The Right loses its ever-loving mind. Remember a few weeks ago when white men and women showed up to LEGISLATIVE OFFICES in riot gear with rifles to protest being at home in a global pandemic? Can you even imagine what would happen if black protestors showed up with riot gear and rifles? They would be shot on sight. And you know what they're protesting?? THEIR PEOPLE ARE BEING MURDERERED BY POLICE. ALL THE TIME. White people show up dressed for war to protest because their favorite nail salons and movie theaters are closed. Check your privilege, Paul. It's painful to watch.
  2. A neutral venue would be the last straw for me. I really fancied our chances to get something from derby under lights in a rocking GP after they’d been knocked out of Europe and were on their worst run of form with a couple of injuries. Now it’s looking likely we’ll play them in another stadium with no fans with maybe 5 subs. How can that be seen in anyway as keeping the integrity of the competition? Especially if other teams don’t have to play in a neutral venue. I appreciate this is unprecedented times but let’s not get fooled that this decision is for ‘public morale’ but is only driven by money and fuelled by the media’s spin. I love football, I miss football but it can’t be right to restart under these conditions.
  3. Had an email from Everton today confirming that I’ll be able to get a refund on the remaining home games for my season ticket. Or you can have it as credit or donate some or all to EITC. Our club showing, once again, the right way of going about things.
  4. “Timing is perfect as it is the 50th anniversary of Club legend Alan Ball introducing hummel to the UK market with his legendary white boots. A true legend! “ White away kit it is then!
  5. Of course this is a predominantly racist country. This country was literally built on the backs of slaves. If you want a really in-depth, insightful and powerful look at that history, I *highly highly* recommend checking out the 1619 Project from the New York Times. They basically make the case that 1619 should be the founding of our country, not 1776, as that's when the first African slaves were brought over. This country was built to suppress anyone who is not white. Mass genocide of the Native Americans, the slave trade, internment camps for Asian Americans during WWII. It is truly shocking to me that there are still white people out there (Paul) who cannot see how deeply-rooted the injustices are in this country and how the entire system is broken in regards to the Black experience of being an American. I've heard this said by many black Americans, but essentially, being born black in this country equates to being born in jail. You can't look at the ridiculously skewed ratio of incarcerated black and brown men and not think "hmmm.... something must be wrong with the system." Who am I kidding, of course you can. And if you can, you're probably a Trump supporter.
  6. Don’t think you can ask more than that from a young player. He made a mistake but apologised, and by the sounds of it, not just a “ye I’m sorry”, but a proper apology. I forget sometimes that he’s alone over here at his age. Lockdown isn’t easy for someone my age, yet alone a 19 year old that doesn’t speak English.
  7. Voted in the top 100 companies to work for in the UK again for the 3rd year running as well. Still the only football team to ever get into the top 100. We may be shit at football, but damn we are great at the rest!
  8. I don’t think anyone is saying it excuses you. I also had two parents who worked hard for everything we had, they taught me respect and many other lessons that have served me well as an adult and in my career. But none of this has stopped me from being a stupid young lad and making mistakes. In fact, I’m 36 now (today actually) and I’m still making mistakes to this day.
  9. Just had an interesting Skype chat with my 5 year old grandson who called to wish me and Mandy happy VD day my daughter said he’s got it in his head it’s VD day and nothing can convince him otherwise. I just love the innocence of kids they say the funniest of thing's I think I’ll go for a check up Monday😄
  10. Trophies will always be a cherry on top, and I’d love to see lots of them. But that article explains exactly why I love the club. So much more than a team, a sports club competing for a piece of metal. It’s an establishment of good in the most important way.
  11. I think of the stupid things I did in my 20’s, if I had a few million in the bank I’d still do stupid things. But I’d have the cash to do them on a bigger scale.
  12. I’ve heard Wembley mentioned... ironically there’s almost certainly more Liverpool fans in London than in Liverpool!
  13. One thing's for sure: The game will be different if we resume too soon.
  14. People aren't seeing their parents even though they live down the road or going to their second home because of the rules he put in place. Absolutely no defending him. There's two of them so the kid was safe. In fact the only time the kid was potentially endangered was when they done the "test run" driving to the castle.
  15. He’s broke the rules that he helped make, for that a lone he should resign or be sacked, he broke them in that 2 week period at least 3 or 4 times. Why should he be able to get away with that.
  16. Imagine thinking Johnson is some sort of modern day Churchill when the man has mostly disappeared during all of this. Whatever you think of him, or the Conservatives, this was a chance for him to really step up and prove people wrong about him. Instead, he's just reaffirmed the view that he's not suitable for a top job. He was a shit backbencher that has been an absolute disaster in any role he's had, anywhere. For me, he's just proven that he's an absolute twat of a man that wants power at all costs, and doesn't give a shit about anyone else but himself and that power. The rest of us are paying for that, and will continue to pay for that, until his marionettes cut his fucking strings.
  17. I've said since they were announced that sleeve sponsors should be charity based. Football clubs didn't have this revenue stream three or four years ago, so they won't suddenly miss it now. I know it contradicts my last post, but if all 20 Premier League clubs would agree to a charity-based sleeve (NHS, Cancer Research, NSPCC etc) then it'd be a great achievement and some much needed positivity for the Premier League as a whole.
  18. He's right. You can't play football safely in this situation. They aren't essential they are entertainers. Sadly people earning under £10 an hour are deemed essential which is a different argument altogether.
  19. Bloody Nora mate. Glad you’re ok!
  20. https://intelligence.globalsportsjobs.com/a-top-flight-employer-in-a-time-of-crisis-everton-football-club
  21. My brother in law was strong enough to leave hospital today hopefully I will be able to speak with him in a couple of days. I want to know what he can remember and how he felt, or does that seem more morbid than just curious?
  22. Ancelotti is just a different level to anyone we’ve had. Players are on notice - we perform poorly and the players will be at the forefront. No longer do we have that inexperienced manager trying to us to the next level. Ancelotti is the best thing Moshiri ever did and is the type of manger he thought he was getting with Koeman.
  23. I'm staying away from this topic of conversation as much as I can, but Gary Neville hit the nail on the head yesterday. The fact that footballers will be given priority of tests ahead of the general public in order to kick a bag of wind around a pitch doesn't sit right with me when you've got hundreds of the general public dying each day due to the lack of testing and being infected with the deadliest virus to hit the UK and Europe in my lifetime. It's not because it's Liverpool, because for what it's worth I've said before I wouldn't begrudge giving them the title as they're so far ahead but this is public safety and once again the money making snowball that is the English Premier League is kicked into action in order to fund what is quite literally a billion pound industry that refuses to stop even for a worldwide pandemic. My love for the sport of football will never, ever die. But my passion for the Premier League (and others in Europe for that matter) has been slowly dwindling for a while now. The coronavirus has hit home a few home truths regarding football that I wanted to ignore, but simply cannot now. If the season restarts while the UK is in this current climate, I have no interest in following it or having any form of attachment to the results - Everton included.
  24. It is shocking that you had a Civil war predominantly on the issue of slavery and the north won, yet you’re Civil rights hardly changed towards Black people. Your country is fucked up, you probably have millions of white Americans who idolise Black American sports stars in football basketball and baseball yet hate Blacks because of historical teachings that are still going on today, as I said to Mark your only way through this is education, violence and the gun will hold you back, and your gun laws are a massive reason why you’re country is like it is.
  25. You’re not wrong. Darron Gibson - a pissed up sick note. Fabian Delph - a shit sick note. Bryan Oviedo - leg snapped clean in half. Seamus Coleman - leg snapped clean in half. James McCarthy - leg snapped clean in half. Andre Gomes - foot pointing in completely the wrong direction. We've had a lot of experience...
  26. If it's not safe to play at goodison then it's not safe to play elsewhere. Farce that the season is being forced to finish.
  27. https://www.evertonfc.com/news/1672063/brazilian-blue-who-had-dream-everton-trip-dashed-overjoyed-by-richarlison-call
  28. A man that clearly doesn't even care about the health of his own parents...
  29. It should but money talks and bullshit walks.
  30. I got the email this morning, also have see the posts on Facebook, most seem to be donating the refund to EITC if they are able to do so, I will be, there’s lots of people in worse of situation and in need of assistance. Either way very proud to be a blue and part of the family.
  31. https://www.evertonfc.com/news/1668138/the-peoples-place-granted-planning-permission
  32. https://www.football365.com/news/glenn-murray-brighton-premier-league-project-restart https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/may/14/premier-league-must-show-free-to-air-games-and-share-money-to-restart-government https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/may/15/troy-deeney-voices-fears-over-footballs-return-i-wont-put-my-family-at-risk-watford
  33. https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/everton-chairman-bill-kenwright-writes-18221326
  34. Um.....why? How does this improve player welfare? And what does scrapping VAR achieve? And why the ridiculous sub changes? None of it makes any sense at all; if it's safe to play the games it's safe to play the games, tinkering with the rules is pointless.
  35. Exactly my point! Money doesn't make you more mature. If anything, it allows you to do things you shouldn't. There are plenty of footballers making the same mistakes and doing worse than Kean.
  36. 7123 that prick would claim you could eat the box.
  37. Funny you say this, as I'm currently reading Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, and he speaks on the idea of "race"...here's the quote from the book: Americans believe in the reality of ‘race’ as a defined, indubitable feature of the natural world. Racism—the need to ascribe bone-deep features to people and then humiliate, reduce, and destroy them—inevitably follows from this inalterable condition. In this way, racism is rendered as the innocent daughter of Mother Nature, and one is left to deplore the Middle Passage or Trail of Tears the way one deplores an earthquake, a tornado, or any other phenomenon that can be cast as beyond the handiwork of men. But race is the child of racism, not the father.
  38. The civil war was important, I'm not denying that. But that was more or less the equivalent of saying "I can't be racist, look at all the black friends I have!" There were people who were against SLAVERY and fought to have it abolished, but they had no intention of trying to demolish the systemic racism that our country is founded on. Why do you think it took another 100 years before the civil Rights act was passed? And yet here we are, 50 years after that landmark piece of legislation, and are we any closer to true equality? So many people labeled Obama's election as the beginning of a post-racial society in America. But the election of one person is not going to undo 400 years of systemic oppression and discrimination. Even if that one person happens to be the highest office in the world. We've a long, long ways to go my friends. I am hoping that this widespread outrage and global attention will lead to change, but with the current administration, I know that to be a pipe dream.
  39. There use to be a code of conduct amongst these people, that if they got caught doing something wrong they held their hands up apologised and resigned, I kind of had respect for that, but know they just tell one lie after another to try and twist the truth to suit, no wonder people don’t trust MPs and there advisors theres not many honest one amongst them. Sadly for the Tories Johnson sacked the only credible MPs the Tories had, to reinforce that if you are decent and honest then there’s no place for you in the Tory party. Apologies if this is to political for this thread but were else can I put it.
  40. Did anyone watch the lockdown sessions show the club put on You Tube on Friday night? Me and the missus just watched it, really good. I already loved the Wombats, but Red Rum Club, Rats and Zuzu all impressed me. You can donate £5 to EITC by txting EITC to 70970 I know this is the general Everton section, but as the club put it on and it’s a great way to raise money for EITC this felt like the best place for it.
  41. https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/may/14/harry-kane-donates-leyton-orient-shirt-sponsorship-to-good-causes
  42. I read it when he was managing Bayern, just because he's a fantastic manager, who has been there and done some of the most magnificent things in football. It's a different book in the sense that after each chapter, there are 3-4 pages on Carlo written by a player that he has managed; Zlatan Ibrahimovic, John Terry, Andrea Pirlo. The amount of names that adore and respect him speaks volumes for his presence in the game. I can't recommend his book enough, it was a great read when he was managing in Germany and will be even better now he's at Goodison.
  43. I really think he could come back and sort our RB position out for a while, with Coleman as backup. Would let us concentrate on more important positions to fill. Glad he’s been doing well, he seems a very levelheaded kid
  44. Trump on the phone to Kim “ Is that really you I heard you had died “ Kim to Trump “ I nearly did after I took your disinfectant advice you stupid prick” For me that sort of sums up the education of our world leaders, I know it’s not what happened in reality, but I wonder if Boris did the same thing🤷‍♂️
  45. Good luck to your BIL, but no, I don't think that's morbid. Learning from others' experiences can help us in the future (that's why we study history right?).
  46. I think a Cannabis leaf incorporated logo and the strap line ‘ For the higher good’ won’t be a good look. .....and then for the jokes if we do well about getting high, resigning Stones, making a hash of it or our players being out of puff.
  47. https://www.evertonfc.com/news/1663074/ancelotti-explains-key-skill-he-has-developed-as-a-manager One thing is clear - this is a man that stands by his decisions. It's something that Martinez did too but they do it in a completely different way - when Martinez' decisions turned out wrong he'd try and fluff it up and put a positive spin on it, whereas Carlo will say he got it wrong and own it.
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