Well, my 7-year-old son saved his Birthday money as he knew Fellaini would be at Everton 1 the week after his big day to sign his top if he bought it that day from the store. Not to disappoint him, I booked the afternoon off work and make the 40-mile round trip. We bought the top, paid extra for the Fellaini printing and waited 2 hours in the queue... only to be told ?due to unforeseen circumstances, he could not attend?.
We were told by Everton staff ?this was due to team photos taking so long at Finch Farm?. Well, bad planning I was thinking. However, I came home only to check the website and see Arteta managed to turn up at Everton 2. We have been told we will be invited to a special event, which is fine with me, but try explaining that to a 7-year-old who has saved his birthday money to meet a hero...
I?m hoping the club make up for it as they said they will but, to be honest, I?m holding my breath. I feel once again we're being taken for granted. Was anyone else in the same position or had similar experiences? I just wanted to get your views. On a positive note here?s for a win against the Brum on COYB..
Chris Kennedy, Posted 01/10/2010 at 22:24:57
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1 Posted 02/10/2010 at 08:12:11
I would like to think that the club would more than make up for it. They have in the past.
Many years ago, my son who was about 8 at the time went to a training day at Goodison. Dave Watson (my hero) and Franny Jeffers were the members of the team there.
Afterwards all the kids queued ti have them sign a training bib.
Needless to say - kids pushed in and jumped the queue - but my lad and about .4 others patiently waited their turn. Well, they ran out of bibs.
Dave Watson said he would sort it - they each got a bib signed by the whole team - not just those 2.
2 Posted 02/10/2010 at 08:24:16
You would hope he didn't show for a good reason, everton are pretty good usually. I hope they do organise something, as it must have been dissapointing for your son not to meet his hero.
I remember as a kid meeting the everton team at bellefield, a day you don't forget, fingers crossd for you mate.
3 Posted 02/10/2010 at 09:39:42
He said he was with some blonde girl who looked very..um..'happy go lucky' (Fellaini, not my mate)
He said they were sitting in First class and Fellaini (I still can't get over this) was wearing just his kecks.
No shirt, no shoes.
Hope your boy eventually gets to meet him - if he does, maybe he can inform him that traveling semi-bollocko on public transport is not really the Everton way.
4 Posted 02/10/2010 at 11:06:26
I recently suggested that my girlfriend should contact the Premier League clubs and ask for a donation for her Action Cancer fundraiser (she's walking the Great Wall of China).
Embarrasingly, Everton were the only club she contacted who gave her the heave-ho... apparently they get hundreds of such requests each year... Understandable that they couldn't help her, because providing a signed shirt for a worthy cause must cost at least... er... nothing.
Worst thing was that the lot across the park got back straight away and made a donation.
5 Posted 02/10/2010 at 12:28:44
6 Posted 02/10/2010 at 14:52:12
7 Posted 02/10/2010 at 14:56:26
We are aware that Thursday's situation upset a number of our supporters.
As promised we will be making arrangements to make it up to those who missed out and we will finalise this in the next few days.
Head of Media and Communications
Everton Football Club
8 Posted 02/10/2010 at 17:27:28
Fellaini's behaviour, therefore, doesn't surprise me. If he is like my Belgian friends, however, there will be no malice in his actions and he will make it up to you if he can.
Sorry to hear about the lad's disappointment and hope that's some consolation to you.
9 Posted 02/10/2010 at 18:05:46
10 Posted 02/10/2010 at 20:40:08
11 Posted 02/10/2010 at 20:50:24
Lay off the Belgians, though that Pat van den Hauwe was completely mental...
12 Posted 03/10/2010 at 11:39:19
13 Posted 03/10/2010 at 20:21:57
14 Posted 03/10/2010 at 20:53:15
Belgians touted as insane, thinly veiled mentions of paedophiles, an official interjection from the Club's head of Media and Communications, revelations of Fellaini travelling half clothed on trains ( nice one Eugene - hope you enjoyed the pink kit at Brum yesterday :) ) and all this in response to a missed shirt signing at the L1 store.
There's some pretty depressing threads on here sometimes, but this thread isn't one of them!
15 Posted 03/10/2010 at 21:24:55
16 Posted 04/10/2010 at 01:22:33
If anything really demonstrates how short-sighted football clubs can be then surely here it is! By the way, I'm fully aware of this sounds sad but frankly I don't care.
17 Posted 04/10/2010 at 10:10:44
18 Posted 04/10/2010 at 14:26:36
19 Posted 04/10/2010 at 15:58:59
20 Posted 05/10/2010 at 13:54:47
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