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Alex Young remembered at GoodisonA week after our first defeat of 2017, Everton get back on track. It took a Tottenham Hotspur side with nine straight home wins to inflict Everton’s first defeat of 2017.

After a decent start, results wise to the season followed by a poor run of one win in ten the blues have embarked on another run only this time interspersed with a sprinkling of decent performances. The home win v Man City the stand out performance and result!

Many fans (on numerous forums) have started looking up the table with the outside possibility of a champions league place on offer should we continue that marvellous sequence of results until the end of the season. That was always going to be a big ask and sadly unlikely but why not be positive for a change, we’ve had enough negativity over recent years to last us a lifetime. The form table for 2017 shows Everton up there with Spurs. Of course there are no prizes for winning the form table as much as you don’t win the league in October. But it shows our current trend is upwards.

It would be so easy to be downbeat after the Spurs defeat but even, like most blues, I take defeats very badly, this time there followed a period of lucid reflection and a touch of reality. We were going to lose sometime and the ability to bounce back with a victory against a West Brom side that have caused us problems at Goodison in recent years rather than embark on a run of poor results would show another change for the better.

This is a good Spurs team and 9 straight home wins show how good they are. We were second best but I take heart that we were close to taking a point from a game we had no right to. That will come in handy in the future.

Then came Saturday and without pulling up any trees, the blues despatched West Brom with the minimum of fuss. Patient build up and clinical finishing proved the key. We could have had a couple more but I won’t be greedy given previous home games against Albion. Another good Ross Barkley performance, hopefully putting to bed the doubts many have had over his ability. I have to admit, I am a fan of his. By that I mean he is well worth keeping as I believe he is integral to our future prospects. He has the ability to do what so few English midfielders can do in creating chances out of nothing. The wonder goals of a few years ago don’t seem to be happening but they will surely come. Gareth Southgate must surely name him in England’s next squad, although like many others, I see that as a mixed blessing.

So it’s onwards and upwards we go. If reports are to be believed, the move to our new ground will gain another step later this month and a home game against an improved Hull City is all that stands between us and our first Derby win this century (and I thought 14 years was a long time in 1984). Spurs have reached the semi final of the FA Cup which means 7th will now enter the Europa League albeit with an early start to the season. Well maybe we might just spoil the top 6 party and finish higher? As usual, these are my own opinions but unlike my usual self, I’m feeling quite positive about the future! Thanks for reading. COYB’s!

Just a quick mention of the late, great Alex Young. I missed him live by about two years but my dad reckons he was the most skilful player he ever saw. He was also as great off the pitch as he was on it and a great ambassador for the club. When you talk about legends, his name is always one of the first and probably if you are of a certain age he is the first on the list. Condolences go to Alex’s family and friends.

There is sadly very little live footage of him in an Everton shirt but we will always have ‘The golden Vision” to watch and enjoy

RIP The Golden Vision

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Paul Chaloner

Paul Chaloner was born less than a mile from Goodison Park in 1962. He retired to Spain where he follows Everton from afar. He went to his first Everton match in 1970 (5-2 v chelsea), sold cushions in the stands throughout the 1970s until they were abandoned in the early 1980s and continued to watch the blues until relatively recently before going to live in Spain. He has three sons, all blues!

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