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
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Message From EFC – Please Read (Posted June 18th 2020)

I wanted to write to you ahead of the resumption of what is going to be a very different end to the Premier League season.

Although the game of football may be returning, we acknowledge the full spectacle of our sport isn’t until we can welcome supporters back into Goodison Park.

As a Club we understand the disappointment of Evertonians not being able to watch fixtures from their seat or preferred stand, cheering on the Blues and feeling the buzz of celebrating with their family and friends when we score. Whatever you may feel about the rights and wrongs of games resuming we all have a duty of care to protect each other, our loved ones and our health service.

Therefore, as a Supporters’ Club I’d be grateful if you could use your platforms to share some important messages with your members and followers.
This can be done through the social media platforms you have, any emails or newsletters you provide, through Zoom calls or one-to-one conversations you have with members.

Key messages to communicate:

  • Support the Blues from home. Stay safe, stay at home, get behind the team. We know it won’t be the same as being there but get behind our #TogetherEverton campaign. There are a number of ways to interact with the Club and show your support for the team remotely and virtually.
  • Do not visit Goodison Park before, during or after a game. Players, coaching and Club staff from both sides will be inaccessible before, during and after a match. The pubs locally will be closed. We have been working closely with Merseyside Police, Liverpool City Council, opposition clubs and in consultation with fan groups representing both Everton and Liverpool to put in place strict security arrangements to keep the area around Goodison Park completely clear for this weekend’s Merseyside Derby, and for future games this season. This is not only to protect you and our staff, but also the residents and community living in L4 and the wider city.
  • All Everton matches will be broadcast live on TV. You can watch the Merseyside Derby for free on Sunday 21 June on Sky Sports or Pick, our game away at Norwich City will be live and free on the BBC and our home fixture against Leicester City on Sky Sports. Find out how to watch the rest of this season’s games including free viewing passes for selected fixtures for Everton Season Ticket Members through Sky/NowTV by clicking here.
  • Do not gather in groups to watch the match – For your own safety and that of your loved ones do not gather with people in your home or other people’s houses to watch the match. Only welcome or visit people within your social bubble as per the public health guidelines.
  • We all have a part to play in controlling the virus – We all still have a part to play in avoiding a second peak of this virus. So, stay at home, limit contact with other people, avoid large crowds, and wash your hands regularly.

We will be upholding our regular matchday traditions and although supporters won’t be in the stadium, we will be providing player arrival pictures, a virtual stadium walk through, pre-match warm-up footage and the sounds of the siren and Z-Cars pre-match.

If you or your members don’t want to watch the build-up on TV and fancy some blue-tinted match previews, you can tune in to our YouTube match programme.

Your members can also connect with fellow Blues using #TogetherEverton to hear their ‘Blues Beats’ matchday playlists and we will be using the our big screens during the match so do encourage fans to submit messages for the chance to see them during the game.

To honour those who have lost their lives during the coronavirus pandemic, we will also be sharing tributes on our big screens at this Sunday’s fixture during a minute’s silence. If you or anyone you know would like to remember someone, you can submit a message here.

Sunday’s game will be a brand-new experience for us all, and I thank you for all of your support so far, and in advance of helping us share these messages and keeping fellow Evertonians safe.

Stay safe, best wishes and COYB!


Supporters’ Club Co-ordinator