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Title: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: Escla on January 02, 2019, 03:15:19 PM
Omar made an interesting comment in the match thread ďbeginning to think I chose to support the wrong club in the poolĒ  made me think how many times people say to you why did you choose to support Everton ? O.k. I guess for most of us itís in the family, i.e. in mine itís three generations that I know of and I was taken to my first match age 5 and you donít change after that but what are the other reasons especially for our younger supporters who have never seen us win a tin pot compared to our neighbours ?
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: Hawkandro on January 02, 2019, 03:29:32 PM
My Dad was a season ticket holder in the 70's, gave it up when I was born in 79 as he didn't have the time, so I was brought up an Everton fan.

My 3 year old has no real interest in football though, doesn't like watching it whenever I put it on. Can't blame him really at present!
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: Shogun on January 02, 2019, 03:57:10 PM
Can confidently say Iíve never ever wished I supported the shite.
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: gizzblue on January 02, 2019, 03:59:14 PM
We're born into it ....we don't choose ....why would anybody choose us😅😅.
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: sam of the south on January 02, 2019, 04:01:42 PM
I did not choose I was chosen
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: eyesalwaysblue on January 02, 2019, 04:10:17 PM
Family goes back to 1870 in Everton district on me old fella's side, but me mum's side were Bootle area reds, so i could have gone red but it never crossed me mind..
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: TSGun on January 02, 2019, 04:11:33 PM
I'm not ashamed to say I chose to support Everton. Anyone who has taken the time to read any of my posts would know I have no historical connection with the club, through family or otherwise.

It's all thanks to the 1986 FA Cup final. In those days in Australia the cup was the only direct entire broadcast of any football game, World Cup aside, in the entire year. The Australian cultural elite considered football a game for 'wogs and poofters', apologies for any offense but that really was the majority view at the time, and not worthy of much attention. Australian Rules football was the game for real men which, ironically, consists predominantly of groups of males rolling around on the ground in close proximity to each other and a list of surnames originating from every corner of the planet. Anyway I do digress.

I joined a group of mates to stay up and watch the game. All chose the other team to support so being a naturally rebellious individual the only option for me was Everton. There's no reason to bring up the result but it's fair to say I went home angry, frustrated and a little sad. It was probably due more to injured pride but for some reason beyond my comprehension I began keeping tabs on the club from that point on and my fate was sealed.

For the most part I'm still seeking redemption. :)
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: Audrey Horne on January 02, 2019, 04:14:55 PM
My dad has been going to the match since he was a nipper. So ultimately it wasnt a choice for me. However, when i was about 6/7 i decided i would support Liverpool. HAHA probably just to be difficult. My poor dad.

Anyway he started to take me to Everton games when i was about 7/8, and i remember cheering when Liverpool were winning (when they said the half time scores)

I slowly started to love Everton though, even though we were shit. I remember McAlisters free kick, it felt like someone had shot me :( i remember Carsleys goal, and feeling like i could fly. I remember Rooneys first goal and when he picked the ball up, my dad leaning in to me and saying, 'just watch, he is going to put this in the top corner' and i looked at my dad in awe as we celebrated.

I just naturally went back to Everton. They are the love of my life unfortunately. My dad is my hero and i cherish all those years we went the game. Every weekend just me and my dad, so special.
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Post by: eyesalwaysblue on January 02, 2019, 04:17:10 PM
My dad has been going to the match since he was a nipper. So ultimately it wasnt a choice for me. However, when i was about 6/7 i decided i would support Liverpool. HAHA probably just to be difficult. My poor dad.

Anyway he started to take me to Everton games when i was about 7/8, and i remember cheering when Liverpool were winning (when they said the half time scores)

I slowly started to love Everton though, even though we were shit. I remember McAlisters free kick, it felt like someone had shot me :( i remember Carsleys goal, and feeling like i could fly. I remember Rooneys first goal and when he picked the ball up, my dad leaning in to me and saying, 'just watch, he is going to put this in the top corner' and i looked at my dad in awe as we celebrated.

I just naturally went back to Everton. They are the love of my life unfortunately. My dad is my hero and i cherish all those years we went the game. Every weekend just me and my dad, so special.

Iv'e got post Chrimbo depression and you just made me sob...
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: Audrey Horne on January 02, 2019, 04:21:44 PM
Iv'e got post Chrimbo depression and you just made me sob...

:love:
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: Heath on January 02, 2019, 04:30:56 PM

Pure Karma. I obviously did something really bad in a past life, now Everton is my punishment in this life.

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Post by: Paddockoldie on January 02, 2019, 04:32:54 PM
It's my dad's fault but I remember going to Anfield with a mate and his dad when they were winning everything. I felt nothing, but I knew when I went to Goodison I was home. I've cried over this club in the lows and the highs. My kids are Mancs and one told me he supports City but he lives with his mum so doesn't have the daily connection. My youngest is a blue but struggles with how bad we are at times.. I explain to him that it's what's in your heart. He smiled and nodded.. That made me chin go that. I'm a blue, end of.
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: Martip on January 02, 2019, 04:39:55 PM
I like pain, suffering and embarrassment  ;D
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: blue1948 on January 02, 2019, 04:48:25 PM
Taken by my uncle as a baby ,and that was that .I lived nearer to Goodison but not by much .Went to both grounds in the early 70's with a few Glasgow lads from work but never wanted to be a red ,I simply hate the way the supporters feel entitled .Not sad to be a blue having seen us win a fair bit but it is hard now especially for the ones who haven't .Will be blue and proud 'til I pop me clogs .
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: eyesalwaysblue on January 02, 2019, 04:50:09 PM
I like pain, suffering and embarrassment  ;D
But the days in the sun are sweeter.
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: Toffee1 on January 02, 2019, 05:10:09 PM
I. like some others on here, am not from Liverpool, but when I was growing up in the eighties, virtually, everyone I went to school with supported Liverpool. I have never been one to go along with trends and wanted something different.

My old school friend Stephen, always used to wear his Everton replica kits during games afternoons and it was mainly down to him and latterly his dad Tony, who I worked with for a number of years, that I fell in love with Everton and have never looked back.

It is not always easy supporting Everton but there are so many things, such as EITC, that make me so proud of what this club is and stands for. I would obviously want us to be challenging/winning things every year but I do honestly believe that those days are not far off and although it may not seem like it at this juncture, I feel more positive about where we are going than I did this time last year.
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: boothill on January 02, 2019, 05:30:03 PM
My first game was liverpool v West ham 76 i think with my dad,  he was a red,and i was bored.   2nd was a week later,  with my uncle,  everton v arsenal i think we won 2 nil?  He always wore a royal blue blazer,  he was once called the smartest teddy boy in bootle and was always great fun to be around,  the whole day was magic.  The friendliness,  what we call banter now,  his mates making sure i never fell off the barrier, in fact the whole lot,  it was just amazing.  Think i only ever got that feeling once again with that 2nd title in the 80s

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Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: dchans on January 02, 2019, 05:32:21 PM
First game I saw was the 84 cup final, blue is my favourite colour and I share my birthday with Big Nev!
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: bluestevie on January 02, 2019, 05:32:49 PM
As most know my dad was a lifelong red, he used to take me to the odd couple of games every season but I never felt fully ingrained in the cult, and he never really forced it on me. Over time my oldest friends began to influence me more to the blue side and I started to pull for us, particularly towards the end of 93/94 with the relegation battle and it's stuck with me since, my uncle took me to my first game in 95 and I was fully hooked and haven't regretted it since.
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: Bingham Boy on January 02, 2019, 05:40:22 PM
I didn't come from a football loving family so had no parental influence. I had only heard of Everton and Liverpool, and Liverpool were winning everything in sight so to me Everton were the underdog.

Anyone can pick a hugely successful team, transfer that success to themselves and say "look at me, my team has won far more trophies than you, therefore I am better than you".
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: School of Science on January 02, 2019, 06:04:41 PM
Followed my dad, he was a blue and my younger brother was to....until he reached the age of 10, he then turn coated to the red shite, which I have never let him forget. He turned three days before the 1974 FA Cup final against Newcastle, due to a lady in the street deciding to throw a street party and only inviting fucking reds fans, I stood firm, my brother went the fucking party!
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: Faceatthefence on January 02, 2019, 06:16:55 PM
Im not from liverpool but had an uncle, and he and his two brothers were home and away Evertonians and he brought me to my first game in 1971.That was it for me and im as passionate about the club as i became 47 years ago.It nearly didnt happen for me though,as my dad who,s still alive is a scouser and massive red along with all his family.He took me in the kop age 9 for a boxing day match in the late sixties,god im really grateful to my extended family for keeping me from lucifer and castle greyskull across the park.My old fella who,s now 85 still ribs me about my colours but i tell him everytime he mentions it, that theres a cure for him with a walk across stanley park.
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: Toddacelli on January 02, 2019, 06:54:51 PM
First game I saw was the 84 cup final, blue is my favourite colour and I share my birthday with Big Nev!

You poor bastard - you never stood a chance!
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: BlueForYou on January 02, 2019, 07:06:40 PM
Chicken and egg with me:

Alan Ball or Everton - not sure what came first!

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Post by: charlatan on January 02, 2019, 07:27:15 PM
Dad was a blue, as was his dad.  My Dad who is now 82, had 3 season tickets, he used to go and take 2 of me and my 3 brothers every game.  Was only 3 but remember vividly Trevor Ross, Martin Dobson, Bob Latchford, Mick Lyons, George Wood, Andy King etc   The dye was cast
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: 74Blue on January 02, 2019, 07:27:44 PM
Dad's side of the family were all passionate blues and mum's side all passionate reds. Visited both grounds regularly as a young kid, and Liverpool were the dominant force in English football. I can't quite put my finger on why, but I always felt at home at Goodison on a way that I could never feel about the games I was taken to at Anfield as a kid. When I was about 9, I knew for certain that the love I felt for Everton was true and I could never feel the same way about the shite across the park. I watched games at Anfield, but never felt the joy that I felt when the net bulged at Goodison. By the time we reached the cup final in 84, I had already told the gobshites who had tried to lead to Satan's pit of eternal delusion that I couldn't do it anymore and I could only follow the righteous path of one who os chosen. That was when I found my true destiny. I had found my true love, a club that made me feel truly euphoric in victory and inconsolable in defeat. I had never felt any emotion at all in the shit-pit, win, lose or draw. Everton was a passion, the red-shite was just a Saturday afternoon watching a meaningless game of football.
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: Trowel on January 02, 2019, 07:36:32 PM
I ask myself this question most weekends...

Great up in '80s Llandudno - seeing Nev carrying his shopping bags around town was enough to convince me.
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: Mayor Farnum on January 02, 2019, 07:46:21 PM
I was actually wearing a liverpool kit when I decided to support Everton. None of my immediate family are the remotest bit interested in football, and neither was I.
For may birthday when I was about six an uncle bought me a liverpool top. I went out into our street to play in this top and a mate of mine asked me how come I supported liverpool. I told him I didn't really, I had just got the kit for my birthday. He told me that him and all his family were Evertonians and they were the bigger club, more history, more supporters, so I supported Everton from then on.
If ever I get my fuckin' hands on that lad......
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Post by: Bluedylan on January 02, 2019, 08:52:36 PM
Dad didn't give me a choice.

Feels like a support group this.
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: Sixx1402 on January 02, 2019, 09:28:56 PM
I'm also not from Liverpool (Hull oh dear) and wasn't really that interested in football growing up in the 80's, neither were any of my family.

The first top i got was the white Liverpool away Crown Paints one from sometime around 85/86 when i was about 9 or 10 for someones football birthday party.

Everyone of my friends supported Liverpool and i've always been the type of person to go against what everyone else liked so i got my Panini sticker book out and because my favourite colour was and still is blue, i went for Everton as i also really liked the name, and still do, great name for a football team.

I still wasn't really that interested in football and was also shit at it until the Italia 90 world cup lit a fire under me that has never gone away, which was also around the same time i got ok at football and started playing Sunday League, used to practice on my own after school every day until i was good enough to play properly.

Still have most of the shirts from the early to mid 90's, we've been pretty much shit ever since i've been a supporter but don't regret if for a second. And i love the underdog. When we eventually become good again it will be so much sweeter after all these years of bollocks, experiencing the lows will only make the highs that much better.
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: Toddacelli on January 02, 2019, 10:43:30 PM
Why?

Are there other teams?
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: Thornton_19 on January 02, 2019, 10:53:22 PM
Everybody on my Mums side abd Dads side of my family support Everton.

Trust me i didnt choose haha

My Granddad is probably the biggest influence on why i support and put up with Everton.
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: velimski on January 02, 2019, 10:55:48 PM
Glory hunter from the mid 80's.

Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: Polledreng on January 02, 2019, 11:44:57 PM
On telly in Denmark in the earlier 70ties.... no glory hunter so probably 71 My father supported Leeds United (gloryhunter) my brother Wolverhampton so I had to choose a team....  Went for the Blue-White-Orange combination (fell in love with the stockings) - never ever regretted thatÖ My son and daughter are born blues. First manager I remember is Billy Bingham.... people screaming for Silvas head should have been following us in the 70ties and up to Howard Kendall came along - and even he was facing the sack..
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Post by: Macca77 on January 02, 2019, 11:59:57 PM
I was born a blue
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: chang on January 03, 2019, 12:02:23 AM
7 years old - 1969, won the league didn't we, go with the team at the top, Alan Ball, Alan Whittle, muddy pitches, orange footballs, letters in the corners relating to other games scores....players numbers 1 to 11, you could choose to sit .... those were the days....
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: Mouse on January 03, 2019, 12:07:18 AM
Mostly down to my dad, early schoolmates and my inherent cussedness towards my mum's koppite family. My dad is an Irish blue who moved to Liverpool in 1957 and I was born 3 years later. He was a regular at Goodison back then and played footie with me as a toddler in Sefton Park indoctrinating me in the joys of everything Everton.

We moved back and forth between Dublin and Liverpool for a few years before settling back in north Liverpool. My best mates and team-mates at school in the 60's and early 70's were nearly all blues, and with the likes of the Vision and Alan Ball who else could you support?

My mums family were all koppites but i don't think any of them ever saw the inside of Anfield. They'd tease me mercilessly but that just made me a more determined blue. I was an emotional kid and still have a small scar on my forehead from when I butted a corner of a wall in my grandad's flat after the teasing got too much.

I could say I've suffered for my addiction ever since but then again I've experienced titles, cup wins and the European dream so really, really can't complain!

Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: Stumpy on January 03, 2019, 12:11:02 AM
7 years old - 1969, won the league didn't we, go with the team at the top, Alan Ball, Alan Whittle, muddy pitches, orange footballs, letters in the corners relating to other games scores....players numbers 1 to 11, you could choose to sit .... those were the days....

Aye those were the days alright,but you forgot to add in regular 3 oclock kick offs on Saturday afternoons.
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Post by: BlueNoseMike on January 03, 2019, 12:12:09 AM
Plain and simple my dad is a blue and although he never forced it on me I was always going to be a blue.

I have a son myself (2 in march) and can't wait take him to a game with my dad as well.

Born in 1990 and living in St Helens I've always been in the minority (probably United first due to glory hunting, Liverpool and then us a distant 3rd in my school). It's probably why I can't stand United almost as much (early days of following football I'd rather Liverpool beat man United in games and hope that arsenal would win league. Probably why my favourite non ev player (perhaps just player) is Henry

Most of the lads I go out with now are Liverpool and it'll be unbearable if they win.

Probably not as bad as in Liverpool itself but they're all out of woodwork atm.

Was horrible in the pub for semi final of chbpions league last season and they're all singing.

But wouldn't swap being a blue for anything though.
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: chang on January 03, 2019, 12:22:42 AM
Aye those were the days alright,but you forgot to add in regular 3 oclock kick offs on Saturday afternoons.

I did, also sitting at the top of the stairs waiting for Match of the Day music, same on a Wednesday, "Sports Night with Coleman"
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: Goaljira on January 03, 2019, 01:01:02 AM
Shouldn't the question be 'If you had a choice would you have chosen to support someone else?'

Growing up in the midlands it was obvious that my school friends supported Stoke, Leeds, Man Utd, Villa, Leeds again, West Brom and Motherwell.  Or Atherstone United.

So even if I was given the choice and had supported one of those like them the odds were well in the favour of ending up in a much worse situation than I've endured as a blue, so thankfully I was chosen and the decision made for me and I got to go to Bucharest. Oh.
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: indiantoffee1975 on January 03, 2019, 01:19:55 AM
A 90 minute addiction watching Everton v Watford 84 cup final. An addiction that will never be given up. The rest is history.
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: BlueForYou on January 03, 2019, 01:23:09 AM
Yes, addiction

Cannot imagine supporting any other team

Never had a second favourite team

Can fall out of love with football, but can never fall out of love with Everton Football Club

In the blood, I guess

RoyalBlue blood
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: bluenuck on January 03, 2019, 01:26:41 AM
Grand dad is from there and he cheered for Everton. Tried to make his son (my dad) cheer for Everton and then me and my brother... Never happened for my Dad or Brother. It didn't for me as well until around the mid 90's when I saw Duncan Ferguson play. Have been a fan ever since.
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: D15TIN on January 03, 2019, 01:53:06 AM
Pretty standard for me - family all from Liverpool - dad supports Everton, had a season ticket in the lower gwladys for 40+years now, ive had mine now coming up to 15 years
Title: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: mikey_blue on January 03, 2019, 01:59:57 AM
Because I probably done something bad in a previous life.

Wouldnít change it though. Up the fuckiní Blues.
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: formerKHL on January 03, 2019, 02:15:59 AM
My dad was from croxteth he was a twin...his brother was on Lpool books as a centre forward me dad was on Evertonís books as a goalie...they played each other in a cup final and me dad saved a pen from his brother...all their family were reds and they never spoke to him for about 2 years...he never really got on with his family much growing up...he took me to Goodison first time when I was 4 he was supposed to be baby sitting me.......when I  was old enough I had the chance to sign schoolboy for either everton or them..me dad never pressured me to choose but the family did.....it was a no brainier for me signed schoolboy forms for Everton and they all ďhatedĒ me for it...have always loved Everton..well nearly always..they released me after being on the books as an apprentice after 3 years.....I thought I hated them for it...chances of making it over...then one day out of the blue I got a letter from a club in Holland inviting me for trials saying EFC had recommended me....how could you hate them? I have spent my working life in football either as a player or coach.....all thanks to Everton....
Been through all the highs and lows over the years but once bitten always smitten....
They do get on me tits at times though......ha ha....
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: TheTone on January 03, 2019, 02:23:08 AM
I ask myself this question most weekends

Jumped on the bandwagon in the 80s
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: Brownie on January 03, 2019, 05:17:26 AM
Neville Southall - that is all
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: boothill on January 03, 2019, 06:24:04 AM
Followed my dad, he was a blue and my younger brother was to....until he reached the age of 10, he then turn coated to the red shite, which I have never let him forget. He turned three days before the 1974 FA Cup final against Newcastle, due to a lady in the street deciding to throw a street party and only inviting fucking reds fans, I stood firm, my brother went the fucking party!
You shall be rewarded in paradise

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Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: Elgoodo1978 on January 03, 2019, 07:54:05 AM
Living in Wales I honestly have no idea how it started, just always somehow been with me.  All the kids in my school down my way supported Swansea, Liverpool or United. so being an obnoxious little twat did have some lasting benefits.  Weirdly though, most of my family are now blues and many of my mates made the switch over the years, so I guess they all decided to grew up!! 
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: Omar on January 03, 2019, 08:38:17 AM
I believe I covered this topic here.

https://www.nsno.co.uk/forums/index.php?topic=54785.msg1137528#msg1137528

Basically because of being "the people's club" and because of Si and Bally.
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: Thomas on January 03, 2019, 08:56:39 AM
Basically, I didn't see my Dad for a long time (who is a red) so I grew up in a single parent family. So essentially, the decision was left up to myself. I had brief period as a red with a kit/wallpaper but I came back before the Coventry survival game, and my first kit was actually a Man Utd kit, more on that in a minute......

So the only boy in the family on my Mum's side is my cousin. I looked up to him and he had a Man Utd kit so I asked my Mum for one when I was 4. She was mortified as walking around Liverpool in that wasn't a great idea, but I was 4. Like my cousin, I found Blue again very quickly. By 6 I had the old Yellow 'Danka' Everton GK shirt with 'Southall' on the back who I adored.

The love affair with Everton all properly started one day in 1995 my Mum asked who I supported and as I always liked the colour Blue at school + I'd just watched us beat Spurs in the FA Cup SF and I loved Amokachi, I picked Everton. Aged 6. My Grandad on my Mum's side who used to go Everton one week and Liverpool the next and actually went the 65 and 66 Cup Finals to see both told me I'd have a tough life from then on. Unless Everton signed David Ginola. (Quarrrrrrrrrrr Tosh, what a player he is!)

My Mum didn't have a lot of money then though so I couldn't go games and so on my Dad's side of the family a few started taking me to Liverpool games. My first actual football match was Liverpool vs Aston Villa 95/96 where McMannanaman scored and Fowler got 2. Naturally for balance, they took me again only the Derby at Goodison where I insisted at sat in the Everton end with my Nana on my Dad's side who is also a red.

We drew 1-1. 1996 torrential rain. Kanchleskis early scrappy goal and then Fowler equalised with about 5 minutes left. That tells you a lot about my derby luck in the future especially at Anfield (x15 vists, took the lead x4, drew 4 lost 11). Anyway, I was characteristically not shy and quite loud and aged only 7 with how bad Everton where at the time and how good Liverpool where, some of the Blue round me in the Top Balcony told my Nan ' With Claus Thomsen about, we need more like him love'.

When I was 8 my Nana on my Dad's side told me she'd pay to decorate my room and as she had been taking me a few Liverpool games asked if I wanted Liverpool wallpaper/a kit for my birthday. So I said yes. Again, this didn't last long because by the time Everton played Coventry end of 97/98 I had this huge fear of Everton going down. That's when I knew who I truly supported.

In time the Liverpool wallpaper came down and then my Mum started going out with someone who could get us complimentary tickets home/away so we started going to loads of games. The first one was a six-pointer away to Blackburn 98/99 where we went behind 1-0 then won 2-1 when Bakayoko scored 2. We went down via lift arranged for us from 3 people we didnt know from Asda Car Park and one of the women from Kirkby needed to blag someone else's/french persons ticket and her attempts at it where hilarious despite my Mums help (My Mum speaks French).
In 99/00 when we had a QF at home to Villa my Mum promised me if we won she'd take me to Wembley for the SF. So I cried when we lost. After that, my Mum went out with somebody new so I started occasionally going with the older cousin who had the Man Utd kit when he was younger.

Anyway all that solidified who my team was. Despite all the times me and my Mum went to Goodison and saw Joey Beuchamp score the winner for Oxford Utd in the Coca Cola Cup and beat us 1-0, despite going with my Mum to Anfield to see Dacourt score after 40 seconds yet Fowler sniff the white line (What's he doing Mum?) and despite having my first half season ticket in 01/02 watching Ipswich, Charlton and others beat us 3-0 at home, marvelling at the 'talents' of Tobias Linderoth, Idan Tal and Alessandro Pistone and seeing Walter Smith get sacked, I renewed my season ticket every year until about 2011 or 2012.

There was a time where Everton was literally my life. I got paid to write about them and other sometimes I wrote about them for free on Toffeeweb, WSAG and NSNO. I went literally every game home,away and abroad for 6 years.

As you get older you learn there's more to life, but Everton are still an important aspect of my own life and its made me so many friends. My boss in the youth club I work in now asked me did I support Everton and when I said yes he said 'your going to fit right in'.

Whenever I tell anyone at Celtic I support Everton they all say 'Good, Liverpool are Huns'. Hahahahah lolol

So a decision I made all by myself aged 6 could mean lifelong misery but I'm glad I chose Everton.
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: SANA_DR0 on January 04, 2019, 02:50:22 AM
first pack of Panini stickers I ever bought, had a shiny Everton badge :D
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: Evertonian in NC on January 04, 2019, 03:14:00 AM
My daughter (then around 8-9) was playing rec league footy (a rather good CB), and the week before the season started, coach's daughter hurt her knee.  Since she was out, her dad was out, too.

They asked if anyone had coached before, and for some reason I volunteered having coached my younger brother's baseball team growing up.  Boom, I was head coach, and I barely knew the fookin' rules.

I knew only: (i) I enjoyed rooting against the USA in World Cup play; and (ii) that the Premier League was the best in the world.  As such, I watched every Prem match I could over the next 10 days, and had the chance to see most everyone play.  I fell almost instantly in love with Everton (Moyes' Everton, no less!), and especially Steven Pienaar.  As a lifelong NC State fan, I felt immediate kinship with the underdog status, feeling the powers-that-be had fucked us out of our past, rightful glory, and the supporters' mild paranoia (but a paranoia with at least some connection to reality).  I knew better than to choose a front-runner, I have at least that much dignity.  Everton weren't great, but there was so much intensity and a sense of pride and honour...I don't see how I could have ever chosen differently.

I went back and read books and watched YouTube videos of the mid-80s squads, going mad for another Steven (Trevor Steven, that is) playing with a silkiness that almost made one weep.  It's not an earned feeling at all, but it genuinely feels like I've loved Everton all my life, just didn't know so for awhile.  Chosen, not choosing, indeed.

One sees Liverpool window decals and bumper stickers over here, and it makes me so irrationally angry I can hardly stand it.  But no, I haven't run any of them off the road.  YET!  :D
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: blob on January 04, 2019, 04:30:53 AM
born a blue. always will be...rough or smooth. always will be :)
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: TheRam on January 04, 2019, 04:41:55 AM
Havenít got a clue.

No one in my family likes football, never mind support Everton.

I just know one day I decided Iím going to support Everton.

First real childhood memory is seeing us come home with the cup on queens drive so I reckon Iíve got the bug somewhere along that run.

Wouldnít change a thing tbh. I actually feel sorry for the kopites I know because I know they donít have the passion me and my blue mates have. Itís all forced with them to fit in with people.




Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: Robbie Moubert on January 04, 2019, 04:52:33 AM
Although we moved to South London when I was four (originally from Llandudno), my Dad, whose family were from Liverpool, did enough to make sure I followed in his and my Grandad's footsteps. I remember feeling like the odd one out when all my primary school friends were Chelsea fans but I never wavered and going to lots of London games from 74-77 (my first game was Latchford's debut at West Ham) cemented things for me.
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: Duncs_a_legend on January 04, 2019, 04:59:24 AM
Not sure if I've really had a choice, all I've ever known is to support Everton and it's never crossed my mind to wants to support someone else, it doesn't really work like that for me anyway.
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: Outworlder47 on January 04, 2019, 05:17:04 AM
American here. First started really connecting with football in the buildup to the 2010 World Cup. Our two most recognizable players at the time were Tim Howard and Landon Donovan (who was just coming off of his successful first loan), so I decided to check out Everton. I was hooked from there--I'd been chosen.
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: brap2 on January 04, 2019, 02:11:41 PM
Dadís side are blues thankfully, but I didnít really know any lad cousins or uncles or grandads from that side (dead or distant) so it was just me, my dad and two brothers with all my other cousins reds.

Sacked it off for a few years in my early teens when I was more interested in skateboarding and trying to finger girls, but I always always always hated Liverpool.

I like all the stories from far-flung folks. Keep flying the flag lads and ladies.
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: TheTone on January 04, 2019, 02:22:14 PM
Dadís side are blues thankfully, but I didnít really know any lad cousins or uncles or grandads from that side (dead or distant) so it was just me, my dad and two brothers with all my other cousins reds.

Sacked it off for a few years in my early teens when I was more interested in skateboarding and trying to finger girls, but I always always always hated Liverpool.

I like all the stories from far-flung folks. Keep flying the flag lads and ladies.

is right the fingering  lolol
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: blue1948 on January 04, 2019, 09:49:16 PM
Dadís side are blues thankfully, but I didnít really know any lad cousins or uncles or grandads from that side (dead or distant) so it was just me, my dad and two brothers with all my other cousins reds.

Sacked it off for a few years in my early teens when I was more interested in skateboarding and trying to finger girls, but I always always always hated Liverpool.

I like all the stories from far-flung folks. Keep flying the flag lads and ladies.

You seem a nice enough person but sadly your aim was a little wanting when you were skateboarding .I am sure if you would have tried a 360 hardflip you might had a better time .

As a scouser a grind would have been top of the list .
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: tractor on January 05, 2019, 03:43:19 PM
I support Everton from the 1984/1985 season ... ;D
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: Redartin on January 05, 2019, 06:09:29 PM
You tell me why l chose Everton.

No family connections to Liverpool whatsoever.
In fact l grew up in a village where Gaelic football dominated and soccer was almost a bad word.
As the troubles kicked off, and soldiers arrived on the scene, l was surrounded by a very toxic anti Brit environment. Anyone else who followed soccer supported Celtic, but only because there was a Catholic Prod thing going on with Rangers, fuck all to do with football.

The first match l remember seeing them play was the 1968 FA Cup final, which they lost. (I was 9 and gutted, a feeling l got used to as the years went by). I used to watch The Big Match on a Sunday on a black and white tv and l remember they were on one week and scored 7 goals against Leicester. That was around '68 too and I've followed them since, against all the odds.
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: Everton Mint on January 06, 2019, 04:48:21 AM
Simple for me - my dad was a Blue and the first match he took me to we won 8-0. Could never be anything else !

Saw some great days in the 80's, '95 Cup, and even under Moyesie.

But now any chance of success just seems to be always out of reach. Most disillusioned I've ever been.



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Title: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: Dr. Sponge on January 06, 2019, 05:38:58 PM
The first footy kit I can remember wearing as a little kid was red. I asked my mum and Dad about it but they couldn't remember what it was. So it bugged me for years that I could possibly have once been a kopite.

But in my nan's a few years ago I found an old photo of me as a toddler in a red Swindon kit. Happiest moment of my life.

So anyway, since the age of 6 I suppose I've been a blue. My mum's dad was a blue and my dad didn't follow footy but his 9 siblings are all blues, one of which started taking me the game. Lower Gwladys. Never looked back.




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Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: di_guyo on January 06, 2019, 09:18:39 PM
Dadís side are blues thankfully, but I didnít really know any lad cousins or uncles or grandads from that side (dead or distant) so it was just me, my dad and two brothers with all my other cousins reds.

Sacked it off for a few years in my early teens when I was more interested in skateboarding and trying to finger girls , but I always always always hated Liverpool.

I like all the stories from far-flung folks. Keep flying the flag lads and ladies.

I hope not at the same time!
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: Chrisknms on January 06, 2019, 11:46:49 PM
Alan Ball.  I had flaming red hair when I was a kid, just like him, and what a player he was.

I was born in Oldham, went to Oldham, Man U and Man City matches - Didn't get them.

Then to Everton.  - First game Everton 7 - Leicester 1  - Saturday 30 November 1968.

Game over!

Check out the team on that day. Who wouldn't fall for them?


H Catterick (Manager)

(Scorers)
J Royle 17', 60', 68',  A Ball 24',  G Humphreys 34',
J Hurst 56',  J Husband 90' (pen)

G West
T Wright
S Brown
H Kendall
B Labone
C Harvey
J Husband
A Ball
J Royle
J Hurst
G Humphreys
 
Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: youngysenior on January 07, 2019, 12:05:13 AM
It was 1965 and I was 10yrs old living in Golborne. We used to play footie everyday on the park then one day I went to Goodison with my mate and his dad. God forbid!! We could have gone to Analfield.

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Title: Re: Why did you choose to support Everton
Post by: brap2 on January 07, 2019, 04:00:59 AM
I hope not at the same time!

I was good, but I wasnít that bloody good.