Woosie's Words: Didn't we have a lovely day, the day we went to Everton.... no

Long journey for nothing: Palace fans had to turn around once they reached Goodison Park     Picture: Keith Gillard

Long journey for nothing: Palace fans had to turn around once they reached Goodison Park Picture: Keith Gillard

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High on confidence following a successful transfer window and victory over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, Palace travelled to Merseyside in good spirits looking forward to a match which would surely prove to be a tight affair - but very much a winnable one.

Romelu Lukaku was out for the Toffees and they had no out and out striker available.

On the other hand Palace had a fully fit squad for the first time in eons.

Naturally then, the game was postponed.

After more than six hours on the coach, we reached Liverpool and found an overturned lorry blocking part of the road and two cars stopped on the side of the carriageway.

Already, we had passed an overturned lorry having turned off the M6, with the driver receiving treatment for potentially serious injuries at the side of the road.

All of these problems had been caused by the severe weather - so bad in fact, that a red weather warning had been in place for Merseyside that day, meaning potential for loss of life.

Nonetheless, the coaches had departed and as the weather deteriorated with extremely strong winds, my friends discussed the postponement of a match at Tranmere many moons ago.

Not for a minute did we expect to rock up to Goodison Park and have the match called off, given the decision to allow the coaches to depart and the status of Everton as a long term Premier League club.

Unfortunately, as we reached Liverpool, it was déjà vu as the announcement of postponement was relayed to the 60 fans on the coach.

My friends regaled me with their tale of reaching Tranmere only to find the game called off, but this was different.

It was a shambles.

People will suggest that no-one can be blamed for the postponement, which is true. But the decision of the police not to do so prior to the supporters leaving when the Met office had warned against travelling to the north west earlier that morning, was disappointing and infuriating.

I’d rather be alive and well and have travelled on an uncomfortable coach for 12 hours for essentially no purpose than have been injured by debris from buildings at the stadium but the weather was clearly dangerous and there should have been consideration for those travelling so far.

We won’t mention the stupidity of the Premier League’s fixture generator putting the game on in February and having Liverpool play Fulham on the same night…

Streatham Guardian:

Different this time round: There is every chance Palace could take something off Manchester United next weekend     

A 12-hour coach journey for nothing has not dampened my enthusiasm to follow Palace over land and sea (and Brighton) and attentions will now turn to the mid-table clash with Manchester United a week on Saturday.

Given the shocking form of late from the Red Devils under David Moyes and Palace’s excellent home record under Tony Pulis, there is a chance, a very real chance, that the Eagles might just nick a point or three from the once fearsome United.

If Tom Ince can replicate his excellent debut performance, Glenn Murray’s return can continue to raise morale amongst the fans and Julian Speroni continue to perform heroics in the Palace goal as he chases a World Cup spot, then maybe, just maybe, we might be in for a treat at Selhurst Park.

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2:41pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Everton Bluenose says...

As an Everton fan who lives only a couple of miles away from Goodison, I was of the opinion that the match should have been postponed hours earlier, based on Met office advice. Someone pointed out that the Merseyside region was downgraded from 'red' status to 'amber' status at 15.30 hours. You could have fooled me, it was atrocious.

We were on our way to the match when we heard it was postponed, and it was the first time ever that I can say I was glad. There was debris everywhere, and with the terraced houses all around Goodison, It wouldn't have taken much to have caused injury, or a fatality. I was at Leicester City several years ago when an Everton fan was sadly killed by a falling billboard in high winds.

As you rightly point out, a 12 hour coach journey is far better than injury.

Look forward to playing you in the rearranged game, and hope you have a safe journey there and back!

John
As an Everton fan who lives only a couple of miles away from Goodison, I was of the opinion that the match should have been postponed hours earlier, based on Met office advice. Someone pointed out that the Merseyside region was downgraded from 'red' status to 'amber' status at 15.30 hours. You could have fooled me, it was atrocious. We were on our way to the match when we heard it was postponed, and it was the first time ever that I can say I was glad. There was debris everywhere, and with the terraced houses all around Goodison, It wouldn't have taken much to have caused injury, or a fatality. I was at Leicester City several years ago when an Everton fan was sadly killed by a falling billboard in high winds. As you rightly point out, a 12 hour coach journey is far better than injury. Look forward to playing you in the rearranged game, and hope you have a safe journey there and back! John Everton Bluenose
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