The last time The Imps faced tonight’s opponents Everton was in the Third Round of The Emirates FA Cup last season at Goodison Park. The Toffees won 2-1 that day, but The Imps side certainly gave a performance to be proud of. Paul, Helen and I walked back into The Thomas Frost for a few drinks after the match and we had Everton supporters telling us just how lucky they were to come away with a 2-1 win and telling us just how well we had played. It was another very proud moment supporting The Imps.

Ademola Lookman put the hosts ahead in the 12th minute and Brazilian winger Bernard made it 2-0 just a couple of minutes later. The Imps goalscorer that day was Michael Bostwick, who scored in the 28th minute. Highlights below!

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Anyway, it’s time for the Q&As. Thank you to Everton supporters Mike and Ben for answering our questions. The answers have been published on two pages. To get to the second set of answers, simply click here!

First up, the answers provided by Mike:

How long have you supported Everton?

51 years.

Where did you finish last season?

8th.

What do you think of your Manager?

The jury is still out at the moment I think, we’ve had some great performances under him and some horrors (see last Friday); he needs to get some consistency. We appear to have a great director of football in Marcel Brands though, done great business so far.

What are your hopes and expectations for the 2019/20 season?

It’d be nice to finally break the longest trophy drought in our history, but we’ll never win the league cup, it’s written in the stars. There also may be the opportunity to break the top six this year with United and Chelsea in particular looking vulnerable, but Leicester and Wolves fans will be thinking the same thing so it won’t be easy.

One(s) to watch?

Andre Gomes on song is a Rolls Royce (sadly last Friday he was a Reliant Robin), Lucas Digne is one of the best left-backs in the league, he could play for any of the top six. Moise Kean will hopefully start on Wednesday, only two short cameos so far but he’s shown promise and comes with high expectation.

Who do you think will finish in the top four of the Premier League?

Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal (not very imaginative I know).

Who do you think will finish in the bottom three of the Premier League?

Sheffield United, Newcastle United and Norwich City.

What are your thoughts on Lincoln City?

I remember an entertaining two-legged League Cup match in the nineties between us with lots of goals and more recently you winning two league titles with a Cup in between and a sound start this season (looks like you were unlucky in your two recent losses as well. Must be an exciting time at Sincil Bank!

What do you think the score will be?

If I was a gambling man, I’d go for a low scoring draw, 1-1 and then penalties. In that situation, I’d have to back Jordan Pickford.

Random fact about your Club?

The first team ever to wear shirts numbered 1-11 in the 1933 FA Cup Final (Man City wore 12-22).

If you could steal one Lincoln City player for your own team, who would it be and why?

Any striker who’s capable of scoring a goal as we don’t seem to have one (haven’t since Lukaku).

What are your proudest and most embarrassing moments as an Everton Supporter?

Personally, did an interview for the official club magazine some years back and got my picture in it! As a fan, our incredible eighties side who’d have gone on to even greater heights had outside incidents not intervened.

Embarrassing, losing 3-0 at home to Tranmere in the FA Cup.

Who would you say is your most underrated player?

Difficult to say now Idrissa Gueye’s gone (it would’ve been him) with several unknown quantities around. Maybe Digne because the word hasn’t quite spread yet.

Do you have a Supporters Trust and what role do they play at the Club?

I don’t know I’m ashamed to say.

Which was your favourite match involving Everton?

That I was there in person the 1984 Cup Final win over Watford, only secured my ticket on the Friday night!

Which was your least favourite match involving Everton?

Most stressful was the “relegation” game v Wimbledon in 1994, we scraped through but it took years off me. Oddly I actually lived and worked in Wimbledon at the time.

Do you have a Former Players Association at Everton?

Yes.

Is seeing Zouma struggle at Chelsea this season surprising? Last season he and Mina got bullied and beaten by Akinde in our cup match.

He was regarded by almost everyone as our number one CB last year and we really tried to keep him so I am a little surprised, I didn’t see the cup game last season so can’t really comment.

Should your club be targeting the League Cup? Or should targets be elsewhere?

We start the season with only two realistic chances of silverware so we should definitely be targeting it in my opinion, others disagree.

If Everton U23’s won the Football League Trophy would you notice? Should the U23 teams be in the competition or not?

Absolutely I’d notice, our U23’s have won the PL2 championship twice in the last three seasons so we’re rightly proud of the set-up. Should they be in it? I don’t know, how do the EFL clubs feel about it?

Lincoln are looking at the possibility of a new stadium and Everton has been looking at this for a number of seasons. How far advanced is your move and what kind of an increase in revenue and seats are expected?

Very advanced, planning being applied for this year and the city and the business community are behind it as are the public after a huge amount on consultation. There’s a very exciting legacy project planned for Goodison when we move, aim is to start playing there in 2023. The capacity of 52,000 with the ability to increase to 60,000 in the future. Increase in revenue I couldn’t put a figure on.

Being the third club in the area (after Liverpool and Tranmere) do you feel Everton are perennial underachievers?

We were/are the first club in the area and have spent more seasons in the top-flight than any other club in the country, we’ve dropped back a bit in the last couple of decades but it’s just a pause.

Do you think David Moyes will ever return to Everton?

No.

Page Two: The answers provided by Ben!

Posted by Vital Lincoln City on Wednesday, 28 August 2019

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