Now, I’m not normally one to sing the praises of Everton. It’s nothing consciously personal, although my mum supports Liverpool so it could be my way of expressing empathy with her views on football as a compromise considering I am never ever going to agree with her about Manchester United (her = hate, me = love, Southend = oops). I’ll admit, I did once sit in the freezing cold environment of Vale Park one cold cold night and cheer on Port Vale as they knocked Everton out of the FA Cup. That was the year they were last the holders of the FA Cup. That was fun.
But in general I have nothing against Everton.
In fact this year I am quite pleased with the Toffees for this reason:
This is Mikel Arteta, their somewhat unsung (by non-Toffees) midfielder. At the start of the season I was the only person in the UWWFC’s fantasy football challenge league to put him in my team. Now three of my colleagues have followed suit. He is a little point scoring machine.
Thank you Mikel Arteta. You made me look like a wise manager.