Message From our Social Sec, Rob (Posted 29th November)

Hi all,
Hope everyone is as well as can be.

So what a wonderful start of the season!! After that friendly against Blackpool pre-season, as we found ourselves 3 nil down in the first 15mins, to the game against Spurs !! What a transformation.

I had to ask the missus who Spurs were playing because I couldn’t fathom how well Everton passed , tackled , kept the ball and showboated, 1 nil flattered Spurs and that’s a fact.
The wheels are catching a little now, but they haven’t come off. With the January window fast approaching I am extremely confident that Carlos can find another diamond or two to shock us all yet again. We may be playing a little worse than our start of the season form, but we are still up for 3 trophies this season, plus Manager and Player of the season along with the Golden Boot!!
Did I go too far? Ha Ha, it’s been too long hasn’t it?
ESCLA is still here, we have had no AGM , but behind the scenes we are trying to get something done. Please don’t think we have forgotten our members. Jenny is busy on the membership side of things whilst our Chairman David has had a change of job which in this current climate of working from home must have been quite disruptive.
We are chatting to one another quite regularly , so expect an announcement very soon with all things ESCLA.
Things are changing on the Everton front regarding fans returning to the stadium. I have been asked by Everton FC  through my role on the Everton Supporters Clubs committee, to speak to our members regarding the ballot.
If any of you wish to enter the ballot which is available to Season Ticket holders, can you firstly make sure Everton have all the correct  contact details especially the friends and family section. You will find this on your Season Ticket/Member portal.
Once things move up a gear, and the ballot opens up to 10k or more, then Everton may look at letting ESCLA season Ticket holders choose a game to go to as a group ie.Everton v Palace at Goodison in April may well be a game ESCLA Season ticket holders can get 1st refusal on before the ballot opens up the the general STH.
So once again a reminder, please make sure you have filled in the family and friends section of the portal.
The Everton Fan Football team started the season in mixed form. A couple of wins and a couple of losses including a huge 8-2 home defeat to Brighton just before lockdown has dampened our spirits, but, it’s still early in the season and everything is wide open. We are always on the lookout for new players / officials, anyone wanting to get involved please drop me a line. Also sponsorship is available, if you or your company want to help out with our cost in a sponsorship deal we are all ears.
The Football supporters darts league has not resumed and I think it may well struggle to reboot this year. Hopefully this Covid Crisis is on the way slowly out the door and this time next year we will all be in a better place to move on with our pre Covid lives, we wait and see.
I hope with Christmas coming we can all finally find some cheer this year, I know it’s been hard for some of us these last 10 months and Christmas can be a really lonely time for some of us, but we are a family here, please reach out to me with any Christmas messages and I will send them all in an email in December to you all .
So till that Christmas message stay safe.

RobSocial Sec.ESCLA

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PREVIOUS  MESSAGE (June 2020)

It’s been a while since we have spoken, what’s changed? everything really.

All our friends and family have been at arms length, we have found different ways to communicate and hopefully as things slowly fall back into place, we are all more aware of the things in life that we cherish.

The pub that I run, The Horseshoe in Clerkenwell won’t be open till August at a minimum because of the area the pub is situated in. Most of my customers are from businesses that they won’t re-open till September.

Lots of time on my hands to do all the odd jobs I have been putting off over the years, I expect most of us are in the same boat.

We have all missed birthdays, weddings, and sports amongst other things close to us.

I’m a bit gutted about the Cricket season, I had tickets to Edgebaston , Old Trafford Nott’s and The Oval for internationals this year, I don’t expect they will be going ahead with fans, but I’m more interested to watch cricket on TV if they do go ahead rather than watching an empty stadium on Sky of the football. Just my view of course.

The Great British Beer Festival is another loss for me and my annual meet up with some of my friends in the trade.

Im sure you all have social gatherings that you are missing, but hopefully not long now.

A decision has not yet been made on the AGM 2020, but it is being discussed next week by the committee.

I hope things will rapidly resume some kind of order for us all soon, and really hope we can have an ESCLA social together that we can all enjoy.

Our supporter’s football team is hoping to start training this weekend, the season is a way off, but the lads are really keen to push on.

Brighton was top whilst we were 2nd with games in hand. The season won’t be resumed which is a major shame for the lads as we all felt we could win our 1st title.

As for the darts, we were running away with the 2nd division and looking at promotion to the top tier, if I’m honest, I think when we restart, we will run away with it again and join the elite teams of Rotherham and Nottingham Forest in the 1st Division sometime time soon.

The Everton London Networking Group has been put on hold for a while.

Again, I’m not sure when we will resume but my guess is just before Christmas, we can hopefully have a social drink and talk business as we all try and help each other along. If you are in business, or just want to come along and network with fellow Toffees, please join us on our LinkedIn group   https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8254414/

Well that’s it from me this time.

I won’t be watching this week’s Derby match, I should, but I just have no interest in the rule changes and the falseness of the current season.

I will of course resume my passion next season, but the lay-off and subsequent rule changes have left the whole of football a little sterile for me.

One more thing, Michael Cullen, aka SpeedoMick is up for the Fan of the Year contest in the Association of Provincial Football Supporters Clubs In London annual competition.

Hopefully we can all still remember the walk which he started in Scotland in December.

One Thousand miles, of hard walking in terrible conditions.

He rose over half a million pounds for good causes. Hopefully he will win the award again as he did 3 yrs ago.

I remember when he was halfway there; he had already walked 500 miles and ….no, Im not going to do that gag.

Good luck to Michael, a true blue with a wonderful human spirit.

Well that’s all from me for now.

Best wishes to you all, and hope to see a few of you in and around Goodison in the near future.

Rob