Everton have long been recognized as a family and traditional club, and not just because they are not Liverpool. Whether it’s rickety and atmospheric Goodison Park with its game of Z-Cars before every game, a series of mid-80s knockout kits or the cute way Everton fans describe themselves, not as ‘Everton fans’ but like ‘Evertonians’ there is something special and unique about the residents of Stanley Park North. The Fiver is choking!
But wherever you feel like there’s a costume that converts it into a coin, and of course, Everton have just signed a sponsorship deal with a games company. Or, as Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale of the Toffees put it, “an ambitious organization with impressive growth plans”. For reasons known to herself, she’s gone “to take even more money from even more people” in unspoken parentheses, but the next time she or one of her lackeys comes up with the nickname ” People’s Club”, that will be what they mean.
The Prof – honorary, guest, six years ago – isn’t done either. Instead, she complacently thanked the aforementioned gambling company for their benevolence in “choosing Everton as their long-term partner”, before presumably jumping on one leg and barking like a dog. Who said romance was dead?
What’s odd is that in 2020, Everton was involved with yet another gambling company – one implicated in the devastating epidemic of youth gambling addiction in Kenya. Following fan protests, but not because of them, the club quickly agreed to the deal, and the teacher – who before his promotion ran Everton’s community programme! – acknowledged that the agreements with the betting companies were not optimal. Yet here we go again – because, we are advised, the commercial reality of Premier League competition demands it. That is, the deal is worth £10m and Everton owner Farhad Moshiri is worth around £2.5bn. The Fiver chokes again.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“The first one went for £320 and then prices went up with each [one] – £340, £420, £440 then £460. But lot 7248 seemed to linger over £280. She went there once, went there twice, and within fractions of a second, a romantic, insane instinct hit me. He decided that £300 wouldn’t be that much for something so magical. A few minutes later I called my wife” – Daniel Gray bought a York City turnstile at auction. He explains why it’s the best £300 he’s ever spent.
“Just recently I was on holiday in the UK and after securing tickets for the NUFC match against Arsenal I was hoping to catch up with Malcolm Macdonald as he was doing a chat segment in the Dog and Parrot near the ground . We arrived early and saw that interest had dropped, and he was leaving. Now, having played this glorious game from childhood through retirement at 60, with many red cards to my eternal credit, and a testament to my limited abilities, it was great to use those skills to just shove my way through some matching Geordies, make a shirt grab him, which would have made Allan Hunter smile, and take him back to the bar to tell him how much he means to me. He couldn’t have been more graceful despite the menacing looks of his guardian. This is not in reference to a previous letter from any of the 1,057 pedants out there, just that sometimes meeting your heroes can be all you’ve ever wanted” – Brian Robson.
“At the end of March, Republic O’Ireland celebrated a draw against the Belgian reserve, a new optimism and the extension of Stephen Kenny’s contract. Less than three months later, they have just lost to a Ukrainian side who have made 10 changes and are bottom of a Nations League group consisting of the aforementioned Ukraine, Scotland and Armenia. , while Kenny has a 20% win rate over his predecessor. The 50% of Mick McCarthy. The key question is who is the fool: the fool or the fool who gives the fool a contract extension? – Noble Francis.
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NEWS, BITS AND BOBS
Paris police chief Didier Lallement says he may have been wrong when he said up to 40,000 Liverpool fans tried to enter the match against Real Madrid with fake tickets and that there was no scientific evidence to support this claim.
Former Fifa president Sepp Blatter has denied the payments to Michel Platini he approved were fraudulent, telling a Swiss court: “It was an agreement between two sportsmen. I found nothing wrong with that. Ah yes, memories of Sepp the sportsman.
In low-key Nations League news, Scotland bask in the glow of a 2-0 win over Armenia, while Wales still bask in the glow of World Cup qualification of human rights despite a 2-1 defeat against the Netherlands.
Jack Grealish has taken on the role of Special Olympics GB Ambassador. “I had been thinking for some time about how best to use the platform football gave me to create positive change, and it had to be something very close to my heart,” he said. declared.
Liverpool came this close to signing Rodrygo for £3million in 2017, according to former Santos assistant Elano. “[The club president] I wanted to sell Rodrygo but I insisted and he understood me and stopped the negotiations for him. Everyone won,” he cheered, “except me because I was fired months later by the new president.” Ah.
Sometimes maybe good, sometimes maybe shi… yes, Gennaro Gattuso is back in the game, this time as Valencia manager.
Norwich City have been criticized for their Pride Month plan and demanded an apology by fan group Proud Canaries, after the campaign featured a wall with homophobic slurs. “This misjudgment was compounded exponentially with the launch tweet, ironically stating ‘this language isn’t OK’ – all in the platform,” read a statement from Proud Canaries.
Ed Sheeran will continue his sponsorship of Ipswich shirts for next season.
And four fourth-tier South African teams were banned for life for remarkable match-fixing, in which Shivulani Dangerous Tigers overtook Kotoko Happy Boys 33-1 and Matiyasi FC edged out Nsami Mighty Birds 59-1. “These people have no respect for football, and we cannot allow that to happen again,” Vincent Ramphago told the BBC. After all this, Gawula Classic, fourth, was crowned the winner.
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