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Courtesy of evertonfc.com.

Courtesy of evertonfc.com.

It’s hard to know what to make of this story. Add enough time to any old thing/choice of clothing apparel/habit and you’ve got Inviolable Tradition. But if Everton fans know best, then so be it. Plus it’s always nice to see a club is clearly listening to their fans’ hurt and upset feelings over the dropping of a couple of laurels and some Latin text from the Toffees’ crest (the dead language lives on in football form!):

Everton have responded to a backlash from supporters over the club’s redesigned crest with a grovelling apology and a promise to consult the fans before agreeing on a new version for the 2014-15 season.

The unpopular new badge will be used next season because, the club explained, it was too late to reverse the process with the kit manufacturers.

But Everton have accepted they were guilty of not consulting their fans after more than 22,500 people signed an online petition protesting at the new crest.

Had I a time machine, I’d love to ask what Evertonians thought of the change in crest when the laurels were first introduced in 1938. Chances are they wouldn’t have much to say, at least until 1978. Everton has more on the history of the crest here, and it mentions how Theo Kelly’s redesign in 1938 which included the laurels and Latin text was only featured on the official team neckties, at least until 1978.

The real reason for the furore seems more connected to the fact the crest is being redesigned for corporate branding purposes. It’s smaller and easier to digitize. Which is why they should have used the old 1920 crest, which is absolutely fantastic. Have a look at it in the image above. That would look effing gorgeous on any football club. Hints of baseball, too.

Manchester City v Wigan Athletic - FA Cup Final

The Wigan chairman just had to get his two cents in on Roberto Martinez’s departure, blabbing to talkSPORT and SkySports and seemingly anyone would put his words in electronic print.

The gist is Whelan expects “somewhere around £2 million” in compensation for losing their Spanish manager to Everton. He also gave specific details on his phone call with Everton chairman Bill Kenwright, and Martinez’s movements in the next few days.

This candid talk is of course a Whelan trademark. He ruffled feathers when he spoke to the press about Liverpool FC’s inquiries over Martinez in 2012. He also said something excruciatingly daft about Callum McManaman’s nasty tackle on Massadio Haidara this season.

This story is made even more hilarious by Wigan’s short statement on the matter:

Wigan Athletic can confirm that following an approach made by another football club, permission has been given to Roberto Martinez to discuss a vacant managerial position.

After discussions between Roberto and Chairman Dave Whelan, it was reluctantly agreed that Roberto, who remains the Manager of Wigan Athletic, would be allowed to speak another club.

There is no further comment to be made at this point.

Really? Someone should talk to Dave about that.

My goodness, it’s a twofer! Must because with the title decided and Wigan basically set to go down, it’s just starting to “hot up.” Anyway, Liverpool vs Everton above, and Man United vs Chelsea below. If you want to be cool and follow the floating heads on Twitter, it’s @amhrichardson and @iamthemonkey.

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He’s already allowed for two yellow cards awarded to Everton for nasty fouls, but David Moyes’ side had a defensive mission that clearly included smashing the living hell out of Theo Walcott.

Here for illustration is the StatsZone dashboard for the England international:

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Those purple dealies are failed take-ons, and those white triangles are fouls suffered. Arsenal’s total fouls suffered all game? Seven.

Everton v Manchester City - Premier LeagueManchester City’s faint title hopes are taking a beating at Goodison Park this morning. Well, as much as you beat something that’s already dead. Leon Osman’s early goal gave Everton the lead, but Steven Pienaar’s red card has thrown matters into flux. Anyways, for some levity, Agence France-Presse has a rather humorous story.

“A fan invaded the pitch at Everton in a bid to warm with Manchester City’s stars before the champions’ Premier League clash on Saturday. The man, dressed in City kit, ran on along the touchline as Roberto Mancini’s players warmed up at Goodison Park and attempted to join the likes of Carlos Tevez and David Silva on the field.” Read the rest of this entry »

Oldham 2-2 Everton

Oldham Athletic v Everton - FA Cup Fifth Round

Game in a sentence

Oldham score at the death with memories of the hand of god on full display at Boundary Park.

Observations

  • At first glance, it didn’t look like Oldham keeper Dean Bouzanis got a touch the  game tying goal. Matt Smith was credited with the goal in the fourth minute of extra time. The FA Cup dream lives on.
  • Tim Howard deserved better. The American –saw the new show on FX, really good– was fantastic. He thwarted sub Robbie Simpson in the 88th minute, making a great reaction save.
  • It had to be strange for Paul Dickov, watching from above as his former team showed they can battle with the top clubs. He left Oldham two weeks ago, after taking only one point in nine league one games. Dickov lept from his seat when Smith scored.
  • Jordan Obita opened the scoring in the 13th minute, capitalizing on an excellent play from Jose Baxter and Lee Croft. Baxter’s clearance found Croft, who turned Leon Osman with disconcerting ease before sliding a perfect pass to Obita. When we changed the name of this blog to the Counter Attack I felt it was necessary to reference it as much as I could. For once, this is warranted. That goal was made by the Counter. Well done. Read the rest of this entry »