MATT AMORE

Sad news reaches us that ESCLA member Matt Amore has died.
Matt had many friends among the regular travels who will have fond memories of him, he especially loved our jaunts into Europe. On behalf of ESCLA I would like to send deepest sympathy and condolences to Matt’s family for their sad loss.

Robs’ Christmas Message

Hi all,

On behalf of all the team at ESCLA, I would like to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a safe New Year.

It’s been a very difficult year for us all with Covid 19. Our health, our loved ones, our friends, our social life and our football have all been dramatically disrupted these last 10 months.

There seems to be no let up with the twists and turns of Govt decisions, add that to the carpets being pulled from beneath us on a near daily basis, and I give you 2020.

Our wishes go out to anyone suffering during these dark times; I hope things will start to turn early in the new year for the better for us all.

Nobody can make head or tail of this. 12months ago, we were all pretty excited for the New Year, we had just had big Dunc throwing ball boys about in a crazy passionate few weeks after the sacking of Marco Silva.

Then in came Carlo to our shock, and he started to change things quite quickly. 12 months on and we are in 4th place at Christmas after a blistering fast paced opening 7 games in which we managed to beat everyone we came up against in all competitions.

We may have stumbled at times, but once the squad is assembled, I can only see great things from our manager Carlos.

Last night’s league cup hic cup against Man Utd was hard to watch. A very poor injury hit pedestrian Everton side, worn out after 3 huge scalps in the last three games against Leicester, Arsenal and Chelsea were easily beaten by a fast strong Utd side.

There was another new injury to the first 11 with Richarlison involved in a collision that seemed extremely dangerous. He must have been offside though because no action was taken by the ref, in fact the commentators didn’t go on about it for 6 or 8 weeks either, so it must have been a good and safe challenge.

The fans that have been allowed at Goodison have really impressed me. The noise and 90 minute singing and chanting has been marvelous. I’m extremely jealous not to be there myself, if you did manage to get a ticket, and you were part of the Goodison Roar, well done pat yourself on the back.

I really hope thing can change around in the new year, I hope we can get to meet up like we used to, and that we can have a few explayers down here in London to keep us all keen. Only time will tell.

I would like to thank Rob Fisher, manager of the Fitzrovia Belle who has stepped up to the plate and taken over the showing of Everton games this season.

The Horseshoe is struggling along with many other businesses during the pandemic, and Rob Fisher has kindly offered to house our fans whilst he can in a safe yet fun way. Although closed due to Tier 4 restrictions, The Fitzrovia Belle is still doing takeaway food and drinks whilst legally allowed to.

He was walking in Scotland this time last year in freezing temperatures wearing his knickers, a hat and socks n boots!!! What a nutter? Of course this nutter managed to raise over £650k for his trouble. But what an amazing man with an amazing story Michael Cullen AKA SpeedoMick is.

I would like to congratulate Mick on the formation of the Speedomick Foundation. A registered charity that has taken a long time to set up, but if not for the sheer determination and vision of the man, this would never have happened.

Actor David Morrisey, Presenter Alex Brooker and Singer Liz McClarnon are all Ambassadors of this new charity. Please take the time to have a look at the website below and if you can help at all then please do.

Christmas and The New Year are almost upon us, although we are not allowed to mingle and be with family and friends like we are all used to I hope we can all at least use one of the video platforms available these days to still be in touch with each other to celebrate. These Zoom and Whatapp technologies really help people stay safe yet ease loneliness.

Well that’s all from me this year.

Please get in touch with any enquiries regarding ESCLA and I will pass them on to the correct department.

Best wishes to you all, and don’t forget, on your own, with your family or on Zoom, be safe, and as Prince once sung, PARTY LIKE Its 2019.

Rob  Madigan

Social Sec.

ESCLA

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

ESCLA News Update From Rob.

Hi all.

I hope we are all well during these dark days. Its a very strange time for us all and know one really knows what the future holds.
I myself have been quite ill, lost some weight and been through a tough times.
Thanks that Im through the worst and now fighting fit.
I expect we all have stories like that? friends family? I send my love and best wishes to you all, dark days indeed.
So, the Howards Way filming was a huge success. Graeme Sharp was wonderful and stayed right to the end chatting and getting in 100s of pictures.
Rob Sloman the producer/director of this fantastic film also stayed quite late. He had a lot of input from the film from ESCLA members he mentioned. If you made it to the filming, I hope you enjoyed your time.
Big thank you to Rob Fisher who hosted us all in his new pub the Fitzrovia Belle in Tot Ct Road.A fantastic after drink party which I don’t remember leaving.
Also our friend Michael Cullen made it to the filming and had a few lovely words to say.
Speedo Mick as he is better known spoke about his huge 1000M walk which raised over half a million pounds for charity.This was an amazing achievement considering he started in darkest coldest Scotland in December. He must have a million stories of his jaunt, and I cant wait to read them when he starts his book. I say when, I don’t know if any publishers have thought about approaching him about writing one, but for the last 5 yrs that I have known Michael, everytime we speak I think I want to read all about this journey you have had.
He has been in some really bad moments in his life, yet turned it all around to be this enigma of a man that feels no cold, and has a heart bigger than Merseyside.
Anyway more on Mick as the year goes on. I have a feeling he will be winning some awards this year, and hopefully ESCLA and other official supporters clubs around the country will look giving Michael his very own special supporters club membership.
if you want to watch the Howards Way film. You can pick it up on Amazon as a download. I think you can also get the DVD on there.
Please make sure you drop a nice message once you buy/rent it . The more stars the film gets, the more it stays near the top of the charts.
So, the Football Supporters Darts League And Football Supporters Football Leagues have been cancelled for the 2019/20 season.
Everton 2nd in the Football Supporters League just behind Brighton,  and top of the Football Supporters Darts league Division 2.
A decent cup run looked on the cards after beating last years dart winners Sunderland quite comfortably earlier in the season. Man Utd were to be our next darts cup match, but this will not now happen.
We cannot carry on with much more serious issues of health and jobs getting in the way of our social times. But the Football Supporters team are particularly upset as they were riding high in the league and cup. In the bigger scheme of things, it doesn’t really matter.
The football league is 40 yrs old in a few weeks, I was hoping to set up some kind of event with ex-players and an FA guest(Im also league chairman) but sadly this will not happen till sometime later this year now. More news as I get it.
Back to the Premier league.
Of Course Liverpool winning the league was but a formality, it won’t happen now I feel. I’m not really bothered anymore, people are dying and the country is in a state,
I do feel sorry in a small way, but in another way I just don’t care.
Everton have a great new manager, we are all excited for the new season, the only way is Everton, or TOWIE as some say.
The season will be over very soon, I can’t see why the FA has not already finished it. Next years European places will be a sticking point, too many questions not enough answers. I feel for the small clubs back home, Accy Stanley, Runcorn, Prescott, CoLFC and more. Can they survive? I hope the bigger clubs give them some friendlies to try and keep them clubs afloat.
Well that’s all from me really, I just wanted to drop a line and say hi to you all and ESCLA are thinking of you.
We have twitter a account which Peter looks after, and new news will be on the website as it happens.
This years AGM may well be carried over, the committee will be looking at that as and when we can.
Please be safe.
Best wishes
Rob
Social Sec.
ESCLA
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Contacting Pete re: Match Tickets 2021/22

99.9% of match ticket applications now come in by e-mail – peter@leachweb.co.uk – which actually makes applications easier to keep track of and is my preferred method.
The ESCLA phone line has been discontinued but members may call me on  my regular phone – members will find the number on their membership cards – given there are now so few phone calls, calls are no longer restricted to set times  – members wishing to phone may do so at ANY time ( the first comedian who tries me at 3 in the morning will be liquidated).

Premier League Match Tickets at Goodison 2019/20

For your consideration – we are not pushing EFC membership schemes !

Basically every Premier League game at Goodison this season will be sold out. Season Ticket sales already account for a situation in which there are very limited tickets available. Everton’s membership scheme offers first refusal on match tickets – and it is extremely unlikely match tickets will make it to general sale to non-members of the scheme.

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