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Travelling fans rewarded with tickets to Lille

by | 03/10/2014  Comments (24)  jump
Everton are offering free tickets to the team's next Europa League match in Lille to the fans who made the long trip to Krasnodar this week.

The Blues were cheered on by 500 Evertonians as they secured a valuable point from a tricky encounter in southern Russia and the dedication and support of the fans did not go unnoticed.

"We want to give these supporters a big thank you, Martinez said. "We found it really tough travelling to Krasnodar and it took us five hours flying back.

"We have heard stories of how the fans tried to get there - one spent nine hours on two flights and then got a train all the way around the Black Sea to Krasnodar.

"Their journeys were incredible and we want to say thank you to them."

Defender John Stones echoed his manager's sentiments, saying: "The fans were brilliant. To see them in the hotel before the game and see them cheering us on from the away end was massive. A big thanks to them.

Full details of the offer and how to redeem the cost of the ticket after purchase can be found at  

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Brian Murray
1 Posted 03/10/2014 at 17:25:30
Everton have the best supporters in the world.
Andy Finigan
2 Posted 03/10/2014 at 17:30:26
Not just the best but incredible, Brian.
Peter Gorman
3 Posted 03/10/2014 at 17:36:52
Too right after the dross they served up.
Des Thomas
4 Posted 03/10/2014 at 17:27:24
Everton! Everton, Everton!!!


Peter Cummings
5 Posted 03/10/2014 at 17:44:43
Nice gesture from the club to the true diehards who are the best of an amazing travelling Â’circusÂ’ which follows the team, winning praise and respect wherever they go for their humour and dedication. Well done you guys!
Alex Trevalyn
6 Posted 03/10/2014 at 18:18:21
Good stuff, they deserve that...
Paul Andrews
7 Posted 03/10/2014 at 18:30:29
All credit to the club. A great gesture to the dedicated Blues who travelled.
Peter Bell
8 Posted 03/10/2014 at 18:43:07
Think of the money they are saving, they only paid two quid for the last ones...
Derek Knox
9 Posted 03/10/2014 at 18:36:19
I can only endorse what fellow TWÂ’ers have expressed, that is a good gesture from the club in recognition of the die hard travellers, to reward their loyalty, in this way.

Equally I can sympathise with, firstly those travelling supporters, who must have thought, Â’ all this way for this performance Â’ pity the players did not match that commitment.

Secondly, it was bad enough for us watching on the the TV, and I think we were lucky to escape with the draw, I canÂ’t fathom RobertoÂ’s team selection and substitution timing too.

Vast improvement needed for Sunday.

Nicky Styles
10 Posted 03/10/2014 at 19:09:41
Sometimes, I love our little club. :)
Colin Glassar
11 Posted 03/10/2014 at 19:54:54
Special club.
Peter Laing
12 Posted 03/10/2014 at 20:19:27
IÂ’ve always said if Everton played a game on the moon, Evertonians would charter a space craft from NASA.
Harold Matthews
13 Posted 03/10/2014 at 20:12:31
Yes, great gesture from our wonderful club. The travelling fans always do us proud. I believe the lad who took two flights and a trip round the Black Sea ended up at the wrong hotel.
Tony J Williams
14 Posted 03/10/2014 at 20:34:14
Are they the same price as the Krasnodar tickets? ٠?
Paul Andrews
15 Posted 03/10/2014 at 20:56:07
㾼, Tony.
Jeff Armstrong
16 Posted 03/10/2014 at 21:35:42
CanÂ’t they offer the 500 free travel as well; 10 grand tops, and priceless in publicity for the gesture.

EFC, go the whole hog and feel the love!

Mike Childs
17 Posted 03/10/2014 at 22:58:52
Best club in the world. Just more proof that I chose to back the right club 5 years ago when I started to watch EPL football.
Simon Smith
18 Posted 03/10/2014 at 23:03:54
Let's see if the media can make a hash of reporting this like they did about the cancelled trip. Well done, Everton. As a certain supermarket says "Every little helps!"
Anthony Burke
19 Posted 04/10/2014 at 08:32:33
Another way to reward supporters is to put in a good performance.
Tony Abrahams
20 Posted 04/10/2014 at 09:45:17
Jeff Armstrong, that's a good shout that mate.

Mostly taken for granted, that is good what Everton have done for their Loyal Supporters. It would be great if the club would do as Jeff, mentions, but a good gesture, nonetheless, to show the diehards how much they are appreciated!

Andrew Grey
21 Posted 05/10/2014 at 23:23:51
Don't want to put a downer on this but if they can afford the time and Money to go to Krasnodar then I'm sure they can afford 㾼 for a ticket to Lille!

There's thousands of Evertonians who cannot afford the time or money to go to these trips in Europe but otherwise would. The trouble with loyalty programs is it favours the richer supporter. I'd like to see at least a hundred away tickets being offered on a lottery basis to supporters who want to go and can afford the odd game but cannot go every week and build up those beloved loyalty points.

Rob Halligan
22 Posted 06/10/2014 at 19:52:34
Good gesture by the club and I'm made up for those who went.

How about some sort of recognition for those fans booked on the club trip that got cancelled but ended up not going? I had booked on this trip, and by the time it was cancelled and I had checked other flights etc, I reckon it would have cost well over 𧿘 to go. Bit steep don't you think? Club could maybe knock ٣ off the Lille ticket. Or am I just being selfish???

Alan Williams
23 Posted 07/10/2014 at 08:59:45
Andrew (21), EFC already give away thousands of tickets to the community ever year via its charity, we do more for local people than any other club in the country via EitC. If you feel the urge, go and volunteer and help out – you will be rewarded with either free or vastly reduced tickets. The decision is yours; it's a two-way street.
Andrew Grey
24 Posted 10/10/2014 at 00:34:31
Alan Williams – I didn't word that quite right. I am not asking for anything free, just the opportunity to buy the odd ticket now and then when I can afford to go and have the time. Setting aside 100 or so tickets for sale to anyone via a draw or first-to-apply basis rather than for those with loyalty points. I am not a great fan of loyalty points as, like I said, it rewards the richer and less time-restricted fan.

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