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Stones lauded for charity work

14/11/2014  Comments (17)  jump
Everton players, and John Stones in particular, have been praised for their charity and community work in a new report from the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA).

The club were cited as being one of the most active of the 92 clubs and Stones was singled out as a Community Champion for his individual efforts in the report.

John has thrown himself whole-heartedly into supporting Everton's charity and community initiatives,'' said a club spokesperson. He takes a genuine interest in everyone he meets. All through the season the club invites supporters who are ill or suffering difficult circumstances to Goodison Park every match-day. John always has time for the visitors and plays a big part in making sure they have a special day."

The 20 year-old is currently sidelined as he recovers from a serious ankle injury that required surgery last month. He is expected back early in the New Year.

Quotes sourced from The Telegraph

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Jakob Herd
1 Posted 14/11/2014 at 16:06:00
A future Captain... Everton and England
Paul Ferry
2 Posted 14/11/2014 at 17:29:43
Heartwarming in this tide of hamstrings. JS simply seems nice! Twenty-years-old, cracking fella, good heart, best young centre-half in the country, we are so very lucky to have him. Club skipper before he reaches twenty-five and my one worry in this utter desert of top-class English central defenders that one day a silly money offer will land on BKÂ’s desk.

Well done John Stones, a true class act in all walks of life.

Phil Smith
3 Posted 14/11/2014 at 17:35:33
Well done, lad. Top news.
Paul Andrews
4 Posted 14/11/2014 at 17:41:13
Not surprising at all. He carries himself in the manner of an old fashioned gentleman centre half ala Labone.

Going all the way to the very top in my opinion.
All the top clubs in Europe will be looking to sigh him in 18 months- 2 years

Jamie Barlow
5 Posted 14/11/2014 at 18:10:43
Hopefully to the very top with us Paul.

He always comes across really well in his interviews and seems like a real down to earth lad.

It's great to read things like this and even better when it's an Everton player. I don't know whether it's me being biased but I always think we have a better class of footballer at Everton. I can't remember that many players that have rocked the boat too much.

Dave Abrahams
6 Posted 14/11/2014 at 19:07:40
Jamie, players usually don’t rock the boat — it’s the pimps (aka agents) who do this.
Hugh Jenkins
7 Posted 14/11/2014 at 20:01:59
Hopefully to the very top with Everton - and no one else!
Andy Meighan
9 Posted 14/11/2014 at 21:28:09
A class footballer and a class kid. And, as Hugh said, heÂ’s going all the way to the top. These sort of headlines really do put our great club in a good light.
James Stewart
10 Posted 14/11/2014 at 23:38:58
@1 agreed. Best young player we have. His potential is even double that of Barkley's in my opinion.
James Kirrane
11 Posted 15/11/2014 at 05:39:39
Very proud that this terrific young man plays for Everton.
Colin Metcalfe
12 Posted 15/11/2014 at 07:07:12
Future England captain? It wouldn't surprise me!
Jim Potter
13 Posted 15/11/2014 at 10:46:43
Well done, Stonesy – now show Everton some charity... by staying your whole career with us!
Andrew Keatley
14 Posted 15/11/2014 at 14:39:06
Things like this are the real test of the figurative bricks and mortar of a football club. Providing care in the community is a level-playing field; it's not dictated by money, or size of fan-base. Being well-represented and well-received in this area is, as Roberto would undoubtedly say, "really pleasing", and I hope John Stones is at least as pleased with this as he is FIFA Golden Boy nomination. He has clearly got a lot to offer both on and off the pitch.
Karl Masters
15 Posted 16/11/2014 at 11:15:35
Well done, Moyesie, for buying him!
Matt Traynor
16 Posted 16/11/2014 at 11:27:47
Indeed Karl #15. As Ferguson's updated biography told us, he'd told Man Utd he was going, and Moyes knew by then he was on his way at the end of the season, and so did us a favour and poached Stones who was on his way to sign for... Martinez at Wigan – who gave him his debut at Everton.

Who'd be a conspiracy theorist eh?

Mark Frere
17 Posted 16/11/2014 at 11:41:56
Moyes may have signed young John, but it was Martinez who showed faith in him and brought him into the first team.

I get the feeling, if Moyes was still our manager, Barkley and Stones would be on loan with a Championship club and neither player would be an England International.

Ian Tunstead
18 Posted 16/11/2014 at 12:59:25
I get the opposite feeling when I think of the likes of Rooney Lescott, Jagielka, Baines, Coleman and Rodwell all becoming Internationals under the previous regime.

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