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

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
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