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For reference I’m a born and bred Everton fan that shouts myself horse every other week from the Lower Gwladys. I’m sad to say that I’m old enough that most of my best memories of supporting my team came too early in my life that I didn’t appreciate them as much as I should at the time. Since those wonderful 1980’s and a great day out in 1995 like all my fellow blues we have suffered disappointment, failure and a decent share of embarrassment. That said the last decade has seen Everton Football Club emerge as one of the best of the rest. (Not something that I celebrate).
At the risk of being ejected from the Gwladys and being targeted on twitter as a villain I’m going to speak up for Bill Kenwright. Not because I think he has done a brilliant job but because I’m pretty embarrassed at the treatment he has received at the hands from a proportion of Everton fans. In footballing terms the Everton Chairman is far from a rich man, exemplified by the fact that he at one stage used his home as security against a loan to secure his share holding in the club, something that I have some sympathy with, as I once used a mortgage payment to pay for my season ticket…. something I kept hidden from my wife for many years.
Again for context I do think that the current board and chairman have failed to deliver on many promises most of all the quest for a “New Goodison” but I prefer to believe that the failure is because he has had ambition beyond both his an the clubs means. Not the cheat and liar and even thief as he is often labelled. The conspiracy theorists would have us believe that “Bill” has been squirrelling away millions of pounds of sky money into an off sure account and will eventually do a runner to a non extradition country and have a really good laugh at us all…If that is the case well I’ll hold my hand up and at the next home game you can all give me the abuse that is normally reserved for our board.
On occasion I think that the board have been unrealistic, out of touch with the fans and the history of the club, guilty of taking poor advice and often very naïve. However last night as the transfer window slammed shut the vast majority of pundits applauded the Everton board for its strength and resolution over the retention of John Stones. Conversely the criticism the board received from its fan base on twitter was vitriolic. Condemning Everton for failing to sign a number 10. Forgotten was the fact that Mirallas and McCarthy had both signed new contracts during the window. Forgotten was the fact that Deulofeu and Lennon both wanted to return to the club. Instead of celebrating the addition of Tom Cleverly as a very shrewd piece of business and Ramiro Funes Mori as a great prospect ….we the Everton fans used disgraceful four letter words to describe our board.
I wonder just what our players think of us, their fans when they use #EFC and see some of the results.