Settle down though people. I only jest. Everton fans are a bunch that I personally hold in high regard. My two best men at my wedding are diehard Evertonians and I have a few other mates who follow the Toffees, one of whom has been to every game, home and away, domestic and abroad, for the past 30 years.
Maybe my affinity with Everton fans goes beyond that? I literally can’t stand Liverpool and my hatred of them is akin to what an Everton feels towards them. Put it this way, I can’t tolerate Sunderland, and Liverpool fall into that same category. I’m trying to stay adult about my feelings towards them…
Anyway, back to Everton who of course are the visitors to St James’ Park tomorrow for a lunchtime clash that will be broadcast live on Sky. That was the reason I was contacted by the boys at BlueKipper who asked me to answer a few questions ahead of the match. You can read what I had to say here.
And now the favour has been returned as I took this opportunity to grill an Everton fan going by the cyber name of ‘Jogger’ about all things NUFC. I say cyber name but I could be wrong. For all I know it could be his/her real name although it would be a bit weird.
1. What are your expectations for Everton this season?
The way the season has started I would be happy with a top half finish. We are out of the Carling with only the FA Cup to go for.
2. Have do you think Newcastle will do?
You have got off to a great start. You were impressive against Stoke and I think you’re a top half side.
3. How’s the clubs search for investment doing?
We Haven’t got a pot to piss in and the outlook is bleak on the money front. We hear rumours all the time but nothing concrete. We’ll just have to keep hoping.
4. How do you rate the job David Moyes is doing considering he’s had little money?
He’s doing really really well. God knows where we would be without him.
5. How are your new signings doing?
Royston Drenthe looks the part, but has got to calm down a bit. He could be the spark we need.
6. Do you think you will make any signings in the January window?
I hope so, we need someone to put the ball in the sack.
7. Who do you consider to be Newcastle’s danger man?
Demba Ba looks a great signing and he scoring plenty for you at the moment.
8. Who is your all time favourite Newcastle player?
I’m showing my but I loved Malcolm McDonald.
9. What will the score be on Saturday?
I’m going for a cheeky win for us 1-0.
10. Are you going? Have you been to St James’ Park before?
I’ll be there. It’s a great place to go but please ask your stewards to take it easy!
Brief and to the point I’d say, although he does raise a particularly good point about the stewards, especially ahead of the game tomorrow as they are doing a trial run for the Olympic events over the summer.
Essentially fans are going to get searched on the way into to the ground. Not a cavity search by any stretch, but it’s going to be an empty the pockets and get patted down search which is going to hold things up for fans getting in the ground at the Leazes End so make sure you get there in plenty of time. I’m in Gallowgate so it doesn’t affect me.