Distin has been frozen out of the first-team picture at Everton since January and it looked as though an apparent rift between the Frenchman and manager Roberto Martinez would deny him the chance to bid farewell to the Blues' fans.
Thanks to Martinez's u-turn, the 37-year-old was given a few minutes at the bed of the game and he was greeted with a rapturous round of applause.
After the match, Distin spoke of his appreciation for the supporters and his message to his teammates.
"There's a lot of emotions, but that's football," he said "I'm leaving with plenty of good memories and a big smile on my face.
"Before I left I made sure I explained to the guys they have something really special and they need to fight to keep it because it's a special club and a special atmosphere and you don't see that everywhere.
"I spent six amazing years here full of great memories and I met a lot of nice people. I'm not just talking ahbout the guys I play with every week - it's the girls working in the kitchen you guys, pain the a*** asking for interviews every five minutes!
"That's what the club is. All the people working behind the scenes, not just the people on the pitch."
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1 Posted 24/05/2015 at 23:38:17
Frankly your better off out of it now, the Everton Football Club ship is slowly sinking into abyss.
3 Posted 25/05/2015 at 00:14:23
Distin did a great job for us replacing Lescott and would do a good job for a team like Bournemouth .
4 Posted 25/05/2015 at 00:31:58
5 Posted 25/05/2015 at 00:26:21
We talk, fairly, about BainesÂ success having Pienaar in front of him. LetÂs remember the guy who had his back.
IÂll guess heÂll hook on with a lower club in the Prem or finish up somewhere in France. But, if those options donÂt work out, *cough* MLS Red Bull *cough*.
6 Posted 25/05/2015 at 02:14:39
7 Posted 25/05/2015 at 02:49:22
Overall, Distin has been a marvelous player for us and I also think that he is an honest and genuine type of guy. I wish him the success that he deserves wherever he goes. It was only fitting that he was given a send off .
8 Posted 25/05/2015 at 04:16:07
Good lick for the future, mate.
9 Posted 25/05/2015 at 07:33:16
10 Posted 25/05/2015 at 09:27:02
Whatever you choose to do I hope you enjoy it.
11 Posted 25/05/2015 at 09:32:56
IÂm not at all convinced this Jagielka/Stones thing is all that safe and the dream partnership that everyone is making out.
To me they always look like they have a error in them and coupled with Tim Howard being them then if your the opposition, you are always going to feel they will give you a chance in games.
Definetly need a centre half.
The young lad Galloway is very enthusiastic and talented but I donÂt heÂs ready for the hardships of central defence next season yet.
You need to be a fucking real arl-arse to be a defender in this league.
Even Stones, nice and pretty gr8 is on the ball, struggles big time with anything in the air, still not convinced about him defensively.
12 Posted 25/05/2015 at 09:40:00
13 Posted 25/05/2015 at 09:48:36
14 Posted 25/05/2015 at 09:51:58
Best of luck with a few more years on the pitch, wherever that may be.
15 Posted 25/05/2015 at 10:03:33
He was very important to the way we played. Bainsey would bomb on and we could push a high line knowing Distin would cover, utilising his pace.
Rumours of our interest in Johnny Evans are frankly terrifying.
16 Posted 25/05/2015 at 10:37:15
Manchester United havenÂt had a defence since Vidic and Rio parted ways, the thought of any average United central defender is a scary one.
Shawcross for me every time, a guy who can meet and greet a high cross with minimum fuss.
Yet again what was it yesterday that we conceded?? Yep... another header from a cross.
17 Posted 25/05/2015 at 10:49:28
18 Posted 25/05/2015 at 11:10:35
19 Posted 25/05/2015 at 11:21:36
20 Posted 25/05/2015 at 11:38:17
I only ask because of the recent rumours about his health and I was working so couldnÂt see for myself.
21 Posted 25/05/2015 at 11:41:42
Probably the right time for him to go although I actually thought he did pretty well when he came on Sunday. Especially as he hasnÂt played for a long time.
22 Posted 25/05/2015 at 11:55:15
23 Posted 25/05/2015 at 11:58:05
I did think he looked like he had aged a lot since last year though. Then again,,,,,
24 Posted 25/05/2015 at 12:06:53
Baines was there as was young Browning.
25 Posted 25/05/2015 at 12:48:32
26 Posted 25/05/2015 at 12:47:23
Also, at half time, he should be made to stay there and listen to a recording of the previous week's aftermatch excuses served up by his ridiculous Spanish mate in the brown shoes.
27 Posted 25/05/2015 at 13:32:29
28 Posted 25/05/2015 at 13:32:44
Good luck & thanks for the memories.
29 Posted 25/05/2015 at 13:41:00
30 Posted 25/05/2015 at 13:46:09
A true legend, thanks for all the memories sir we salute you
31 Posted 25/05/2015 at 13:50:43
32 Posted 25/05/2015 at 14:06:56
Thought he looked in good form and fitness and was pretty quick on his runs. He even managed to get high in the air for a cross as well as play a couple into the box, including the ball in to Naismith after the overlapping run he made.
33 Posted 25/05/2015 at 14:27:35
1-0 down with 10 to go and Distin comes on when we have a striker and two wingers on the bench.WeÂll never win anything with that attitude.
Instead of trying to win the game or at least get a result, we put a player on who been here 6 years or so. HeÂs never been brilliant. HeÂs been alright and formed a decent partnership with Jags.
We should have tried to win the game first. Distin then could have walked around the pitch with the rest of the underachievers and soak up his 20 seconds of applause.
Class my arse.
34 Posted 25/05/2015 at 14:46:57
35 Posted 25/05/2015 at 18:31:45
36 Posted 25/05/2015 at 18:46:10
38 Posted 26/05/2015 at 00:24:08
Bobby (#15) so very true, hate Martinez, hasnÂt got a fuckin clue! Hope to god we get some decent players in, otherwise weÂre fucked again!
39 Posted 26/05/2015 at 01:54:51
Distin proved me wrong and so did Martinez, but now is the time for both of these men to move on.
40 Posted 26/05/2015 at 11:16:54
Did a great job for us. Superb athlete and strong in the air. At least we had something to cheer on Sunday with him coming on.
41 Posted 26/05/2015 at 13:17:04
42 Posted 26/05/2015 at 18:38:26
Stop knocking the manager on here. Where were you all last year? The manager has been let down by a load of players who have the ability but did not step to the mark, none more so than Ross who reminded me of Nyarko in some of the games. Clueless.
43 Posted 27/05/2015 at 03:57:40
As an Evertonian, I wish you all the very best in life.
44 Posted 27/05/2015 at 19:13:26
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