Message From our Social Sec, Rob (Posted 18th June)

Hello all,  I hope you and your loved ones are safe and well.

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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@ESCLA1975

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!

Beth

Supporters’ Club Co-ordinator

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).

Eric Moonman

NEW SOCIAL SECRETARY

The Committee is pleased to announce that Rob Madigan has joined the Committee as Social Secretary. Rob is the Manager of the Horseshoe Pub in Clerkenwell – 24 Clerkenwell Close, London EC1R 0AG and is keen for the pub to be the social centre for ESCLA events. The pub shows live TV games and is open Monday to Friday and most Saturdays, especially if Everton are on, including this Saturday for the Chelsea game, so pop along and introduce yourself. The pub is not open on Sundays. Rob will be e-mailing members in the next few weeks to fully introduce himself.

Goodison Park 1922

Goodison 1922 – Notice the old Gwladys St terrace with houses at the back and also the old Bullens Rd stand. (Thankyou Jim Gore for the photo).

Goodison Park 1938

Long time ESCLA member Jim Gore sent me a link to some great aerial views of Goodison taken in 1938, I was going to post them here but I’m not sure about copyright issues (English Heritage/Liverpool Echo) so instead here is the link to where you can view them – http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/nostalgia/walton-above-amazing-pictures-1920s-7682585

Pubs

Hi, I’m an Evertonian living in London. Work commitments make it difficult to travel to most games, but I was wondering if there is a pub in London that shows the Everton games which aren’t on Sky, that you could recommend? Cheers, Neal

Bruges – Pre-Season 1982

Pete Leach, ?, Peter Dale, Tony Appleby, John Collings.