English soccer club Everton has loyal fans in the US too

07/02/2016  10 Comments  [Jump to last]
Using the release of Creed as the backdrop, this article in the LA Times puts forth the case for Everton's aspirations to become the American People's Club, with the help of Everton USA's Marshall Lamm and David Kurtz.

Still, such following pales in comparison to the size of the US fan bases enjoyed by EPL clubs Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea. But the passion for Everton is deeper, Lamm insists.

"Once you've chosen Everton – you'll never be the same," he said. "The tradition, the family nature of the club. You're not going to want to leave. And you're not going to jump around.

"There are no half-ass Evertonians."

» Read the full article at LA Times


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Danny Broderick
1 Posted 07/02/2016 at 09:27:21
I've always thought we failed to take advantage of having some top worldwide players on our books. We could have built up our name in Australia through Cahill, America through Howard & Donovan. We haven't even done anything through having Chang as our sponsor – Leicester City were selling all the merchandise in our pre-season friendlies over there while we had 1 hut apparently!

If we get American owners, that may change, but as ever, we may have missed the boat...

Michael Williams
2 Posted 07/02/2016 at 14:24:24
Of course some of the TW commenters ripped Roberto Martinez for going to the BlazerCon in New York during an international break where he was the only Prem League coach to be interviewed in front of the fans. It's the largest American football convention in the states.

I agree Danny that EFC needs to do more marketing. I went to a Chelsea/Napoli game in Washington, DC. Chelsea had several tents near the entrances where they gave away thousands of plastic Chelsea flags to the fans. Lots of kids, even mine, waved them at the game and took them home.

Ron Marr
3 Posted 07/02/2016 at 20:28:56
There were a lot of Everton fans at Blazercon. Rog Bennett one of the hosts of Men In Blazers is very funny, popular and a Blue.

I'm a Liverpool lad from Old Swan who has lived in California for 35 years, and my American wife has become a Blue. I've taken her to one game at Goodison, unfortunately it was Palace last season when we lost 3-2.

The Everton USA fans group are taking their third annual trip to Goodison around St Patty's Day for the Arsenal game.

Anthony Dwyer
4 Posted 07/02/2016 at 22:03:59
I've said it many times, we missed the boat to become massive in Aus with Tim and massive in the States with Donavan, Howard, McBride and so on.

Howard and Cahill could and should have catapulted us into the minds of these huge, rich and football starved places.

Unfortunately everyone else has now taken advantage of these situations.

Dave Long
5 Posted 08/02/2016 at 01:56:55
Here in Japan, the sports shops are full of Chelsea, Man Utd etc. Now they have Leicester shirts... why can't we market our club in Oz, SA and USA?
Niall McIlhone
6 Posted 08/02/2016 at 09:07:26
There is huge potential for Everton FC to raise the profile in the States, and despite a troubled time of late at the club, Tim Howard remains a very prominent figure in the game Stateside and it is my hope that we can somehow retain Tim's services( after retirement) as some sort of ambassador if, as seems likely now, he returns to have his swan song in the MLS this summer. There is a place for more traditional clubs like EFC in the hearts of American fans, you could make comparisons with baseball , and the resonance that old teams like the NY Yankees and Boston Red Sox have with people in the UK and elsewhere ?

I am sure that if a US consortium takes charge of the there will be big changes/improvements to the commercial operation- Danny #1: If Leicester City win the Premiership they will have pole position in the Thai merchandise market given their ownership, you will be able to buy a Foxes shirt easily over there! We have missed the boat with the Chang deal, even though my friend in Phuket tells me that the Thais routinely refer to Everton as "The Changs".
Scott Bosworth
7 Posted 08/02/2016 at 17:32:01
Ron--
I'm another California Blue--where abouts are you located? I'm in Orange County.
Ron Marr
8 Posted 09/02/2016 at 03:52:37
Scott, work in San Francisco, live in the 'burbs. Long time Warriors fan. Saturday was a great day with Everton beating Stoke followed by the Warriors beating OKC.
Ivan Varghese
9 Posted 10/02/2016 at 18:31:01
There is a Seattle Everton supporters club. Most here are MU and Chelsea supporters. Microsoft and Amazon are full of them.
Ron Marr
10 Posted 11/02/2016 at 05:02:34
Yep most people I meet are Man Utd fans and I have to explain to them that Everton is part of Liverpool. Fox Sports when they televised the Carlisle game displayed a map of England with Everton on the South Coast ???WTF

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