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One man and his Everton dream

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Just a short Mail Bag item to express my warm and genuine appreciation to one man and his Everton dream?.

No, not the founding father of the club.
No, not Dr David France.
No, not David Moyes.

My thanks go to the ?average teenager? as one newspaper article described him ? that teenager being John Shearon.
All of us by now must have read the fabulous story of how he developed an interest in the Everton from Chile whilst in University in Mexico.

It?s a brilliant journey, with, as we can see form todays match ? a brilliant ending.
Anyone who supports ?Everton? will win today ? be they Chilean, Uraguayan, Argentinian or just plain old English.

John; many, many, thanks from one Evertonian living in Texas who knows you have achieved your original dream.
Gerry Quinn, Houston, Texas     Posted 04/08/2010 at 18:58:51

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Chad Schofield
1   Posted 05/08/2010 at 01:52:31

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Completely agree. Just got in after a special night at Goodison. He was sat just behind us today and was understandably like a kid who'd been handed the keys to the sweet shop - seemingly his one grievance being the he had to miss the last 10 minutes in order to get over to the tunnel for presentations!

Fantastically effort from all involved, especially John.
Rob Fox
2   Posted 05/08/2010 at 01:59:16

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Once again an Evertonian with a dream and drive has succeeded in something unique and fantastic. A great night to be an Evertonian, a great turnout as well. And the tribe of gypsies over the park think they're piss up on 4 July was something to be proud of.
Dermot Ryan
3   Posted 05/08/2010 at 04:34:39

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Just saw the highlights and wish I had been there. What history. What a great occasion. Really hope all the Chileans have had (and will continue to have) a rich time in Liverpool. A really moving back story to the game and a really inspiring history to the club (and their initial relation to our team). Had a lump in my throat watching the game (and so glad that the event seemed very respectably attended). Have to admit I am happy we won, but I hope all the players, staff, and fans from Chile found it an enriching experience. Hope our team will travel there soon to honor their town and their stadium. Classic stuff. So proud to be an Evertonian.
Steven Pendleton
4   Posted 05/08/2010 at 04:47:36

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any links to see some highlights?
Julian Wait
5   Posted 05/08/2010 at 04:56:16

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As another Evertonian in Texas (Austin) I watched it streamed from Chilean TV. I don't speak Spanish but the commentators seemed fairly enchanted by the whole affair. I do wish they hadn't kept referring to us as "Everton de Liverpool" - we're Everton, that's all you need to know - but reality bites eh? And perhaps better than "Everton de Kirkby"!?!

Good showing by FC but CD came to play as well but faded second half, perhaps because of the travel.

I for one would love for Everton to do a South American tour sometime, and to follow them around, but their league schedules might be a problem.
Now if we had a winter break in England ...

... all in all a fabulous and enchanting story and one which we would do well to continue to nurture, good will is a priceless commodity (is that an oxymoron?) and South America has a rich vein of talent ...
Mitchell Wilton
6   Posted 05/08/2010 at 07:31:20

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I visited the club house of CD Everton in 2003 and all the caretaker who opened the trophy room for me to see did was talk praises of John (he referred to him as English John or something like that - can't quite remember).

and Julian (5), i've did hear "everton de liverpool" a bit in Chile - it certainly made me shudder!
Alan McGuffog
7   Posted 05/08/2010 at 09:23:50

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Mitchell did the same visit last November and received the same hospitality. The club house/ admin centre houses all the trophiesetc . If it was the same guy I think his name was George Miranda and he was a former player.
He mentioned John a couple of times in our chat.
I really think this is an opportunity to establish our name in Latin America.
As the chant used to go..."Whats our name...EVERTON " !!!
This is ment as a constructive comment , there were about 170 Chilenos in the crowd and some fine words spoken at the time a Spanish translation might be nice .
Vamonos los azules!

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