Who Are Ya? - Everton (#2)
How Long Have You Supported Everton?
I've supported Everton for over 20 years now. This season is the 20th year of my first game. That season, we stayed up on the last day of the season with a Gareth Farrelly wonder goal, so this season is following a similar path!
Last Season's League Finish?
Last season was a huge success. Everton finished 7th. Convincingly too. It ensured we got Europa League qualification and a return to the "dreamland" for supporters.
The U23s was a revelation. They were successfully crowned the winners of the Premier League 2 competition. Lifting the trophy against our rivals Liverpool in a bumper crowd at Goodison!
Disappointed we dropped out of the Checkatrade Trophy, in the group stages. But, in David Unsworth, the youth team has a major asset which we can build on for the foreseeable future.
What Do You Think Of Your Manager?
David Unsworth is a master. He's proved he's an excellent coach at U23s and there's no stopping him from going on to be a great coach for a first team in the near future.
He's done brilliantly and the title win last sesson, was the icing on a very impressive CV.
Hopes/Expectations This Season?
To push on and show we're worthy of being a "contender" with the big teams.
Sadly, it hasn't happened.
One(s) To Watch?
In recent weeks, Luke Garbutt has really came into his own, and been tremendous.
Our youth setup has had significant investment and Lincoln would only dream of that investment. So we've signed Josh Bowler and Lewis Gibson for nearly £9m this summer and they've impressed. But, our midfield is strong and Harry Charsley is the one I think will make a big difference.
Top Five Predictions?
Man City, Man Utd, Spurs, Chelsea and Arsenal.
Bottom Three Predictions?
Crystal Palace, Brighton and Swansea.
Thoughts on Lincoln City?
Good solid team. Memorable for a very impressive team, and cup run last season. I see you claimed Raggett back on loan.
Overall, a very historical team, and that's what I like to see. A happy story involving a historical team. I hope you can push on and build for the future.
Whether promotion this season would be a good thing? I'm not sure. But building on it for next season? That would be my aim.
Random Fact About Your Club?
We were the first team to ever have a triple decker stand in the world.
What are your proudest and most embarrassing moments as an Everton Supporter?
Proudest moment being an Evertonian. Probably going to European aways, and seeing upwards of 10,000 blue shirts. We haven't had much recent success, so the small things count doubly.
Do you have a Supporters Trust and what role do they play at the Club?
Our club has an excellent bond with the fans and they pride themselves on that. We hold AGMs, fan events and various opportunities to express ideas and concerns to a senior level!
Which was your favourite match involving Everton?
Probably an away game in about 2002, Wayne Rooney had just broken on to the scene and we went away to Leeds where we hadn't won for near 40 years, and he scored late on and the scenes... well they were magnificent. It was sheer ecstasy. That's what football is about.
Which was your least favourite match involving Everton?
Any game this season involving Ronald Koeman. The man is a dud, and unsurprisingly, since beginning to write this piece 2-3 days ago, he's been sacked.
What are your thoughts on this competition and the prospect of B teams/under 21 teams playing in the EFL?
I like the concept of allowing younger players the chance to flourish and compete against professionals. It certainly helps them develop.
I don't like the idea if completely undervalues the competition certain teams enjoy. It's almost the same as Champions League teams dropping into the Europa League. It doesn't sit right and devalues it, significantly.
Do you remember a young striker called Gary Powell who joined us on loan way back in 1990? Some of us had high hopes for him but he failed to shine and he eventually forged a career in the League of Wales.
I was born in 1992, so I haven't a clue. I remember a League Cup tie against Lincoln, but that's it.
Where has it gone wrong this season?
We've known since February that We needed a new striker. We sold up, on the cheap for Lukaku and bought horrendously. Not just that, the former manager plays in such a dinosaur way, that we've been left in situations where the players are lost, and out of form.
Our European campaign hangs by a thread, and our excellent U23 Coach, will be missing tonight as he's now interim manager of the first team.
We look like a group of players, not a team. No chemistry. No vision. No chance.
Which of your young English talents are you most excited about?
Tom Davies, Calvert-Lewin will be super stars and England internationals to come. Both have bags of ability and the hunger to go to the very top.
What do you make of Ashley Williams' actions against Lyon?
I was delighted. I appear to be the only person who thinks so.
We have sat there for weeks looking clueless, and showing little to no fight. Up comes Williams, frustrated, and gees up the crowd. We needed that. Albeit briefly, we looked like we could win that tie, and go on and kick start our season.
It's regularly said that Everton need a bit of "snide", and that was it.
What was your primary emotion on the re-signing of Rooney?
Concern. He's past his best, and I expected him to start week after week providing little to no substance.
Thankfully, he's helped expand our brand. Has been somewhat useful and has scored 4 in the league so far, which when you consider how bad we are is a good achievement.
I hope tonight goes well for both teams, and hope that Lincoln can push on and have another successful campaign and hold on to your prize asset, your manager!
Who Are Ya? - Everton (#1)