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Let’s get ‘Up for the Cup’

The great Jimmy Greaves repeatedly said about football, “it’s a funny old game” and he was right.

For Evertonians though, the early weeks of this new season have been more a period of frustration than amusement as the teams stuttering form in the Premier League is again testing supporters patience with players and the manager.

Positive signs of a fighting spirit in the victory over Wolves after the disappointment of losing at Villa Park were dispelled by the capitulation at Bournemouth and the surrendering of a six game, home winning streak to Sheffield United. These reversals saw many voice concerns over the ability of Marco Silva to take our club forward and back to where we all yearn to be, challenging for silverware, titles, trophies.

In between, we saw a rare come-from-behind win against Lincoln City in the Carabao Cup and last Tuesday, chastised by the manager not to go into hiding, Everton raced out of the blocks to overcome Sheffield Wednesday in the same competition, thanks to two early and well taken goals from the oft maligned Dominic Calvert Lewin.

Once again, Everton are taking us supporters on an emotional roller coaster, but the draw for the fifth round of the Carabao has just handed us a glorious opportunity to banish the blues and truly get the Blues on the road to recovery.

All you can reasonably ask for in any cup draw is a home tie, and after trips to Sincil Bank and Hillsborough that’s what we got with Watford the next opponent in a competition that – to our shame – we’ve never won. The icing on the cake was the rest of the draw that saw four of the so-called ‘big six’ paired against each other and a guarantee of at least five more top flight clubs exiting before the draw for the quarter finals.

Everton are four games from the Carabao Cup Final, let that sink in for a moment… just four games from Wembley and a cup final, and given the draw, it’s eminently winnable.

Victory over Watford would, no will, see us into the final eight. The quarter finals and just a two-legged semi-final from a trip to Wembley and a chance to secure our first silverware since Joe Royle and his Dogs of War side lifted the FA Cup, way, way back in 1995.

The Carabao EFL Cup to give it its full name is a competition we’ve never won. We’ve been runners-up twice and it’s high time that this monkey was off our back.

Throughout its many formats, League Cup, Carling Cup, Milk Cup, Worthington Cup and whatever other name it’s been bestowed with, even the Mickey Mouse Cup, the plain shameful fact is… we’ve never won it !!!

Everton… players, the manager, the board and us the supporters need to grasp the nettle and absolutely prioritise this competition.

Winning the Premier League is the ultimate domestic prize, but it’s a marathon we’re unlikely to win given our stuttering start. The Carabao Cup however is a sprint and we’re well in the race, it’s now time to kick on and charge for the winning line.

So this missive is a call to arms, a demand of all Blues that we set aside the negativity that all too easily pervades, park our feelings over players, the manager and the board in order to fully concentrate and focus on making the Carabao Cup our immediate and achievable target.

When the date of the Watford tie is confirmed, likely to be Tuesday 29th of October, let’s sell out Goodison and make the Grand Old Lady shake with cup fervour and fever.

Goodison needs to be at its aggressive, passionate best. Fill it with flags and banners, sirens, Z-Cars, pyrotechnics, ear-splitting noise, even scantily clad American football style cheerleaders… I honestly don’t care what it takes.

Goodison under the lights with the crowd loud and proud, and fully committed to supporting the team and progression will surely be ours.

Watford don’t just need to be beaten, they need to be dismissed, humbled, thrashed, thoroughly vanquished and in so doing, notice given that Everton are determined and ready to assume our rightful and long overdue place back among the winners.

The eventual move to Bramley Moore Dock will see a new dawn for our club, but before we leave our beloved Goodison, our Grand Old Lady, we need to honour her memory by parading silverware around her again.

This Carabao Cup campaign is a glorious opportunity to do exactly that, and in so doing take us back into Europe where we should always be aspiring to compete.

So let us all get ‘Up for the Cup’ – Come on you Blues !!!!!

  1. [QUOTE=”AndyC, post: 7310546, member: 26535″]
    [USER=16669]@Eggs[/USER] losing the plot – who’d have thunk it 😉
    [/QUOTE]
    Ever since he’s not had to get up at 5am and do the daily transfer updates he’s gone off the boil…

  2. [QUOTE=”MarcelsGoat, post: 7310735, member: 3358″]
    The key to Everton is NEVER and I mean NEVER allow yourself to dream.
    [/QUOTE]

    I have invoked a similar rule as fight club. I will say no more.

  3. [QUOTE=”hallamblue, post: 7310642, member: 14302″]
    God I remember travelling 16 hour round trip for a 0-0 draw in the first game. It was dire.
    [/QUOTE]
    Massive support again .
    Think mcmenemy complained.
    I got a forged ticket ,a bad one, but Hampshires finest let us all in.
    Highlights were on tv but never seen them since.

  4. I’m with you Andy mate :)(PS this got a short rendition at Sheff Weds the other night!!)
    [MEDIA=youtube]Q1Awug6zeMY[/MEDIA]

  5. [QUOTE=”4737carlin, post: 7310731, member: 17264″]
    Thing is if we do that’s not enough to save Silva his job if we are lower then 7th in the league
    [/QUOTE]
    Wudnt be fussed
    Im bored of silva now

  6. The draw blessed us massively and to have our game at home is massive, We could get a cup run or sack him off for a real winner like Pellegrini.

  7. [QUOTE=”YoboCopter, post: 7310671, member: 48423″]
    We will get to the two legged semi and loose that

    Id put money on it
    [/QUOTE]
    Thing is if we do that’s not enough to save Silva his job if we are lower then 7th in the league

  8. Yes the draw has worked out well but in all likelihood Chelsea, Liverpool, City and Leicester will all be in the quarters so we will need to beat at least 1 of them if we want to win it. We need home draws and not to play Liverpool in the final.

  9. Is Everton v Watford a less attractive tie than Oxford United v Sunderland?

    The way it’s going with us and the hornet dingbats it sure might be come the game.

  10. [QUOTE=”Dario Terracotta, post: 7310646, member: 24540″]
    Was too young to go to that, remember nervously listening to the local radio commentary and being ecstatic with the 0-0:)
    [/QUOTE]
    I was only 10. I remember my dad asking someone where the ground was. The guy said “just down the road over there”. My dad said “past that garage” and the guy said “no, that’s the ground :)”. Smallest ground I ever went to, The Dell. It was a dump.

  11. 1 game at a time and only worry about ourselves. This is a PL opponent and we need to play our best team and show quality and bottle to beat them.

    The rest of the draw will take care of itself and we have no control.

  12. [QUOTE=”hallamblue, post: 7310642, member: 14302″]
    God I remember travelling 16 hour round trip for a 0-0 draw in the first game. It was dire.
    [/QUOTE]
    Was too young to go to that, remember nervously listening to the local radio commentary and being ecstatic with the 0-0:)

  13. [QUOTE=”Dario Terracotta, post: 7310527, member: 24540″]
    At the risk of incurring [USER=16669]@Eggs[/USER] wrath;) lol Wasn’t that the Southampton FA Cup replay in 1981?
    [/QUOTE]
    God I remember travelling 16 hour round trip for a 0-0 draw in the first game. It was dire.

  14. Watford could well field a weakened team. We’re at home and should go full strength to make the quarter final. Praying that all the players have learned the lesson of Southampton last season and don’t just turn up strolling through the game.

  15. [QUOTE=”Dario Terracotta, post: 7310527, member: 24540″]
    At the risk of incurring [USER=16669]@Eggs[/USER] wrath;) lol Wasn’t that the Southampton FA Cup replay in 1981?
    [/QUOTE]
    Absolutely incredible atmosphere – I was 15 at the time and never thought it would be bettered!
    And then came Bayern Munich 4 yrs later!!

  16. It’s the Silva Derby with the winners well on their way to silvaware. Will the Blues polish off their opponents?…

    I’ll stop now then. Err…C’mon Ebtun.

  17. [QUOTE=”LouReedwalkonthewildside, post: 7310539, member: 28068″]
    I can get up at the drop of a hat, and keep it up for a good hour at least.
    [/QUOTE]
    I’m the same but usually the drop of knickers does it for me ;; but everyone is different I suppose

  18. Massive opportunity this next round. Play a strong side again and we win.

    Hate the two legged semi final format. Beat Watford and get the winner of Colchester and Crawley in the quarters.

    COYB.

  19. [QUOTE=”Eggs, post: 7310552, member: 16669″]
    …my memory is useless, Andy. Saying that, [USER=24540]@Dario Terracotta[/USER] is amazing at remembering detail, he’d be first choice in any GOT quiz team.
    [/QUOTE]
    Like our team Eggs,i would probably bottle it in a pressure situation 😉 lol

  20. [QUOTE=”Eggs, post: 7310552, member: 16669″]
    …my memory is useless, Andy. Saying that, [USER=24540]@Dario Terracotta[/USER] is amazing at remembering detail, he’d be first choice in GOT quiz team.
    [/QUOTE]
    Bet you can remember scoring screamers at Old Trafford and Elland Road ;);):dance::dance:

  21. [QUOTE=”AndyC, post: 7310546, member: 26535″]
    [USER=16669]@Eggs[/USER] losing the plot – who’d have thunk it 😉
    [/QUOTE]

    …my memory is useless, Andy. Saying that, [USER=24540]@Dario Terracotta[/USER] is amazing at remembering detail, he’d be first choice in any GOT quiz team.

  22. [QUOTE=”Eggs, post: 7310543, member: 16669″]
    ….ffs, I knew I should’ve checked with you first!!;)

    Anyway, the sentiment of my post remains the same.:) Up the Toffs.
    [/QUOTE]
    lol lol lol

  23. [QUOTE=”Dario Terracotta, post: 7310527, member: 24540″]
    At the risk of incurring [USER=16669]@Eggs[/USER] wrath;) lol Wasn’t that the Southampton FA Cup replay in 1981?
    [/QUOTE]
    [USER=16669]@Eggs[/USER] losing the plot – who’d have thunk it 😉

  24. [QUOTE=”Dario Terracotta, post: 7310527, member: 24540″]
    At the risk of incurring [USER=16669]@Eggs[/USER] wrath;) lol Wasn’t that the Southampton FA Cup replay in 1981?
    [/QUOTE]

    ….ffs, I knew I should’ve checked with you first!!;)

    Anyway, the sentiment of my post remains the same.:) Up the Toffs.

  25. I’m always up for every competition we enter, for a club that has won zip since ’95 we can’t afford not to take these competitions seriously. I despair at clubs fielding weak sides in this competition, you’re handing it to the elite on a plate cos their second strings are like most 1st teams.

    I would love to win the Carabao, we have never won it in any of its guises.

  26. [QUOTE=”Eggs, post: 7310524, member: 16669″]
    ….[B]I remember some years ago in similarly barren days when Eamon O’Keefe (I think) scored a goal in the latter stages of the League Cup and the atmosphere that night was electric.[/B]

    I imagine the crowd will be well up for the Watford game.

    The competition this year looks strong but these tournaments can truly open up and we can genuinely win it, especially if we hang in whilst our form is poor.
    [/QUOTE]
    At the risk of incurring [USER=16669]@Eggs[/USER] wrath;) lol Wasn’t that the Southampton FA Cup replay in 1981?

  27. ….I remember some years ago in similarly barren days when Eamon O’Keefe (I think) scored a goal in the latter stages of the League Cup and the atmosphere that night was electric.

    I imagine the crowd will be well up for the Watford game.

    The competition this year looks strong but these tournaments can truly open up and we can genuinely win it, especially if we hang in whilst our form is poor.

  28. Excellent positive article.It took until the second reply before I remembered what a negative lot of whingers Evertonians have become.

  29. We will be Andy mate, they can never look at a “lack of support”from our supporters in any competition they are in, the question is, have they the “cajones”for this?:)

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