Everton Shareholders Association
|Membership is open to all Everton Shareholders|
|Meetings & Forums|
|EVERTON SHAREHOLDERS ASSOCIATION|
The Everton Shareholders' Association represents the interests of all
holders of shares in Everton Football Club Co Ltd – the privately held
business entity that owns, runs, operates, and IS Everton Football Club.
The Association was founded way back in 1938, and has a membership of over 200 shareholders. It is no longer featured on the Official Everton Website, but has established its own website.
|Membership of ESA is open to anyone who owns one or more shares in Everton FC Co Ltd. The current annual membership is £20. Application can be made through the Membership page of the ESA website.|
|Members of the Executive Committee of the Everton Shareholders Association are elected at the Annual General Meeting of the Association (not to be confused with the AGM of Everton FC Co Ltd), held each year. The last ESA AGM was held in 2019; with the minutes pulished online. The Executive Committee meet ever month and publish minutes of recent meetings online.|
|MEETINGS AND FORUMS|
|Meetings are held periodically so that shareholders can meet other shareholders, and discuss matters relating to Everton Football Club, especially during the run-up to the Annual General Meeting of Everton FC Co Ltd.|
The Association's Newsletter is produced two or three times a year,
and includes articles and features about Everton and Evertonians as
well as current issues relevant to shareholders.
|A changing of
the guard was precipitated in June 2003 when the
Reform Group took
control of the Executive Committee, with Steve Allinson taking the
role of Vice Chairman.
It was supposed to be a fresh new era for the ESA, after they had become in many people's eyes a lapdog of the Club's management hierarchy, rather than a defender of the interests of the small shareholder. All that was set to change when problem arose regarding an initiative for generating a Rights Issue of shares became embroiled in controversy in January 2004. Long-time critic of all Evertonians who don't agree with him, Michael Durkin (aka Mickey Blue Eyes) penned this scathing and acerbic attack on the members of the Executive Committee in May 2004, just before the association's Annual General Meeting, calling for them all to resign. His false statements and jaundiced views were fully rebutted in responses from committee members Ian Macdonald, Colm Kavanagh, Mike Owen & Anne Asquith.The ESA also played the central role in pushing for the Extraordinary General Meeting in September 2004. An almost complete transcript of the proceedings that night is available as a .pdf file (136kB) here.
A pivotal forum on "Investment in Everton" was held on 9 Feb 2004:
The association also host an annual dinner for their members,
Some of these meetings take the form of a discussion forum with key members of the Everton Board of Directors. A previous forum was held on 12 May 2003; at which Michael Dunford and Sir Peter Carter asked answered a number of probing questions. Read the Minutes here.
In previous years, John Shearon has given an excellent talk on the Other Everton, and provided us with this summary.