In addition to his emotional farewell on the pitch at Goodison Park this afternoon, Tim Howard has penned a heartfelt tribute and goodbye message to the Everton fans whom he has represented for a decade.
Howard joined the Toffees on loan from Manchester United in 2006, signed on a permanent deal a few months later and has since made 414 appearances in all competitions. He played in goal for the last time today in the 3-0 win against Norwich City before he departs for Major League Soccer side Colorado Rapids.
Under the title "Grateful", the American posted his message to Blues fans on Twitter prior to his final match this afternoon, expressing his love for Everton and his teammates.
"I remember the promise that David Moyes made to me 10 years ago, ‘Once you walk through those doors, you'll fall in love',” Howard wrote.
“Today, I will walk through those doors one more time, and then I will depart. I will depart with love in my heart for the greatest of football clubs, the people's club, Everton FC.
“I will always be thankful to so many. Of course, the fans — those who bring such passion and make Everton what it is. My teammates. Among others, Tony Hibbert, Leon Osman, and Leighton Baines were always a shining example of how a true Evertonian should train, play and act.
“Phil Jagielka has been the greatest and strongest captain, and it has been a privilege to follow him. Two great managers. David Moyes was the ultimate leader, combining strength and integrity.
"I am greatly indebted to Roberto Martinez for his great decency and commitment to me as a player and a man. My wonderful chairman, Bill Kenwright, whose approving smile from the Director's Box will be an enduring memory — words cannot express my gratitude.
“And there are so many others that work at the club or support the club who are all part of my family, now and forever.
“I will soon walk out on the Goodison pitch, the 414th time I have been honored and trusted to wear the famous Everton shirt. I will walk out of the tunnel one more time to hear Z-Cars and the thunderous applause of 40,000 Evertonians.
“I will hold these images and sounds with me wherever I go. I am going home to America. But after a decade in Blue, This is my home. I love all of you, and am so grateful for what the club and everybody affiliated with it has given me.
“Everton, you have become a part of my soul. You'll forever be in my heart.”
» Watch: Tim Howard's emotional farewell
Reader Comments (42)
Note: the following content is not moderated or vetted by the site owners at the time of submission. Comments are the responsibility of the poster. Disclaimer
1 Posted 16/05/2016 at 00:46:52
2 Posted 16/05/2016 at 01:17:21
3 Posted 16/05/2016 at 01:19:46
4 Posted 16/05/2016 at 01:44:41
5 Posted 16/05/2016 at 02:00:37
6 Posted 16/05/2016 at 02:02:15
7 Posted 16/05/2016 at 05:44:31
It's a shame that his last season was tainted by a manager refusing to pull him out of the firing line when he clearly needed it, and by a minority who chose to publicly slate a long term Evertonian who wasn't picking himself.
It's a credit to Tim that he could accept and rise above that. Congratulations to him on his Everton career and good luck for the future.
8 Posted 16/05/2016 at 05:57:40
Excellent post, Ernie (7).
9 Posted 16/05/2016 at 06:15:01
10 Posted 16/05/2016 at 07:33:20
I know you have not logged on t this thread yet, but I also know that as soon as you see TH's name, you will.
You will probably have gathered that the empty seats behind Tim were those that had been occupied by Norwich fans, but you would have been delighted with the reception from all around the rest of the stadium (the link doesnt capture that ). To a man the faithful stayed to give him a send off that reduced him to tears.
clean sheet too . .You would have loved it
11 Posted 16/05/2016 at 07:34:34
Nice words, I think he'll be given the respect he deserves should he ever come back to Goodison .
12 Posted 16/05/2016 at 08:14:31
Good luck in the future and come back and see us sometime.
13 Posted 16/05/2016 at 08:51:13
I know Norwich, were poor, but Howard's, concentration levels looked so much sharper than what we have become accustomed to, these last twelve months. And what about his bit of skill in the second half?
Good luck Tim, you look a much better keeper, when you play on the front foot, and I think you also looked a lot more relaxed when you had the ball in your arms yesterday. Not in so much of a hurry to get rid of it, which definately seemed to relax you a lot more.
14 Posted 16/05/2016 at 09:06:09
15 Posted 16/05/2016 at 09:52:36
16 Posted 16/05/2016 at 10:16:59
All the best for the future.
17 Posted 16/05/2016 at 10:17:41
18 Posted 16/05/2016 at 10:19:24
19 Posted 16/05/2016 at 10:25:26
20 Posted 16/05/2016 at 10:27:30
21 Posted 16/05/2016 at 10:27:46
22 Posted 16/05/2016 at 10:59:53
Good luck and best wishes for this new chapter in your life with the Rapids...
23 Posted 16/05/2016 at 12:02:50
Tim Howard has been a great servant - 10 years of service and clearly has the club in his veins now like the rest of us. We as supporters have this deep rooted love for Everton, but do we really know how that same feeling must be for a player? 10 years is a long time to be in one job, and a very long time to be at one football club.
I have nothing but respect for the man, and wish him every bit of luck he deserves going forward.
A quality goalkeeper, and a quality human being.
24 Posted 16/05/2016 at 12:07:36
You were a shite goalkeeper.
25 Posted 16/05/2016 at 12:11:53
26 Posted 16/05/2016 at 12:14:15
28 Posted 16/05/2016 at 12:21:48
I still don't get this "service" and "loyal servant" thing. Our club provided him with a decade of highly lucrative employment - millions of pounds worth. Was he doing us a big favour by reluctantly trousering it?
29 Posted 16/05/2016 at 12:27:21
Howard had his up's and downs but he was a solid GK for most of his Everton career. I was glad he got a good send off yesterday. I wish him the best of luck for the remainder of his career.
30 Posted 16/05/2016 at 12:33:28
31 Posted 16/05/2016 at 12:45:20
32 Posted 16/05/2016 at 13:23:00
He was excellent yesterday though and you could clearly see and hear his passion for the club during his speech and walkabout.
Good luck with your new adventure Tim.
33 Posted 16/05/2016 at 13:45:20
Tim could have gone back to United in 07 and sat the pine collecting trophies, instead he wanted to play for a manger that wanted him and a club that supported him. He made that choice. He could have left ECF a few times I'm sure and gone to a club who maybe was a little higher up the table. Maybe a club that wasn't finishing 7th all the time. He chose to stay at ECF.
Tim you may have not been the best keeper, but you played your arse off every time. As an American seeing you play in England when the world says we can't hang over in Europe and you did it for 10 years, made me proud. Even though now you will play for Colorado and I'm an Union supporter, I will still wish you the best of luck.
34 Posted 16/05/2016 at 13:45:21
35 Posted 16/05/2016 at 17:22:40
36 Posted 16/05/2016 at 18:45:56
Good luck Tim and thanks.
37 Posted 16/05/2016 at 18:54:06
38 Posted 16/05/2016 at 18:56:23
39 Posted 16/05/2016 at 19:02:17
40 Posted 16/05/2016 at 19:03:56
41 Posted 16/05/2016 at 21:36:45
42 Posted 16/05/2016 at 22:50:49
Southall, West, Wood, Martyn and Howard - probably the only 5 class keepers that we have had in all those years, in my opinion.
43 Posted 17/05/2016 at 01:15:40
I know we disagree on much over Howard but that was a nice summary for those like me that could not be there. A clean sheet was a nice way to go out too. The YouTube farewell interview was moving.
The fact that Naismith stayed out on the pitch for Tim, given how he must have been feeling, shows what a person and still a Blue he is. I figure that if Naisy respects someone then they must be okay. COYB.
Add Your Comments
In order to post a comment, you need to be logged in as a registered user of the site.
Or Sign up as a ToffeeWeb Member — it's free, takes just a few minutes and will allow you to post your comments on articles and Talking Points submissions across the site.