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8 minutes ago, Rapey Eyes said:

Did they get into the champions league one year for finishing fourth?

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9 minutes ago, Rapey Eyes said:

like Spurs, play some absolutely beautiful football on occasion, but always flatter to deceive when it really matters.

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19 minutes ago, Rapey Eyes said:

Did they get into the champions league one year for finishing fourth? I think that may have been the same season as Liverpool winning in Istanbul. 

Bolton were only 3 points from finishing 4th that season as well.

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They fucked it up during the qualifiers and never made it to the group stages didn't they? Poor bastards. Then Real poached Gravesen which truly fucked them.

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Lost to Villareal in the qualifiers. Was a bastard of a draw in fairness. Arsenal beat Villareal in the semis didn't they?

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2 hours ago, tiger_rick said:

Today is 25 years since Everton's FA Cup win. Their last major trophy. That's a fucking travesty for a club that won the title in 85 and 87 and were second in 86, won the FA Cup in 84 and lost the finals in 85, 86 and 89 and won the Cup Winners Cup in 85. Remember as a kid them winning nothing until 95 felt like a big deal. Astonishing to think it's been this long. It's not like they've come close much either. No top 2 (or top 3) finishes since that last title win in 87 and one cup final since 95.

Must be mad to support a team that have been such a victim of the new money dominating the game having witnessed such success. Still a massive club. Ever present in the PL all that time too and managed as many domestic cup finals as Hull City, Stoke, Sunderland, Palace, Cardiff, Millwall, Bradford, Swansea, etc and fewer than Pompey, Wigan, Birmingham and Southampton.

Hard, hard disagree. The amount they've spent and some of the dross they've seen fit to purchase in the last 25 years and still win nothing, not even a League Cup, is remarkable. 

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3 hours ago, hallicks said:

They should award Liverpool's champions league spot to Palace to make up for Palace getting screwed out of a European spot in 1991

Get in the queue, we have been in it since 87.

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5 minutes ago, Otto Dem Wanz said:

Hard, hard disagree. The amount they've spent and some of the dross they've seen fit to purchase in the last 25 years and still win nothing, not even a League Cup, is remarkable. 

I don't think there's any doubt they've massively underachieved, which was the point of my post really, but I'd stand by that point. If you go back to the mid-90s, clubs like Everton, Villa, Newcastle, Forest, Leeds and Spurs would have been on anyone's list of big clubs and they were all knocked down a level by Blackburn, then Chelsea and Man City. When the Champions League became a juggernaut, that further cemented Chelsea and City, along with United, Arsenal and Liverpool as way above the others in revenue terms. Spurs have become part of that "big six" now through serious investment and long-term vision. The others have had a few dalliances at best.

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1 hour ago, tiger_rick said:

Lost to Villareal in the qualifiers. Was a bastard of a draw in fairness. Arsenal beat Villareal in the semis didn't they?

I'll never forget going to Benicassim for 10 days, not seeing a newspaper the whole time we were there, and then coming back to a photo on the back page of Phil Neville taking a throw in during the first leg, for Everton.

It was genuinely mind-blowing at the time. 

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That Villarreal game is still a bit of a sore spot for us, no matter how many times I watch footage of it, I’m still mystified why Ferguson’s header was disallowed. That said though we should have beaten them at Goodison in the first leg, we had the edge after Beattie’s goal and we lost concentration

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5 hours ago, tiger_rick said:

Lost to Villareal in the qualifiers. Was a bastard of a draw in fairness. Arsenal beat Villareal in the semis didn't they?

Damn right. Brushed Real Madrid and Juve aside with relative ease in the previous rounds, then had to rely on Big Jens saving a last minute penalty from Riquelme in the last minute of the second leg. What a hero. He soon balanced things out in the final...

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14 minutes ago, PunkStep said:

Damn right. Brushed Real Madrid and Juve aside with relative ease in the previous rounds, then had to rely on Big Jens saving a last minute penalty from Riquelme in the last minute of the second leg. What a hero. He soon balanced things out in the final...

I recall watching that game in our uni bar when I was 19, it was rammed and very tense when the penalty was happening.

A small Spanish child, who truth be told had no business in the bar, was shouting for Villarreal throughout the game.

When Big Jens saved the pen, in an unexplainable act of stupidity I shouted "Fuck off!!!!" really loud without due care or attention, but not aimed at anyone in particular.

It was high drama and I was emotionally overinvested in Arsenal winning having not dealt with a recent break-up very well, re-routing my emotions into that Champions League run (the final was a bad night), so it was a huge cathartic relief when the pen was denied. 

The small child immediately burst into tears.  

I tried to explain to the boy's mother it wasn't aimed at him, but she just swore at me in Spanish and stormed off with her distraught son. I did manage to catch up with her the following day and she accepted my apology and we laughed about it, but I feel terrible and utterly mortified about that to this day.

Definitely took the shine off getting to the Final somewhat. 

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Love this:

"Earlier in the game, Gascoigne had been the target of jibes about his weight. Roma fans held a banner that read ‘Paul Gascoigne, You Are Big Poofter’, and threw Mars bars at him." (from "Gazza in Italy" by Daniel Storey)

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