Dot's date with Diamond

Wednesday, 14 February, 2018 16comments  |  Jump to most recent

Lifelong Evertonian Dot, who turned 100 earlier this year, was treated to a special Valentine's day out with Blues Ambassador Graham Stuart on Monday afternoon.

Following Dot's 100th birthday celebrations back in January, her son-in-law contacted the club to see if they would be able to help make her landmark birthday extra special.

An invitation to Everton's state-of-the-art training ground was sent from club Ambassador Diamond promising an unforgettable experience for Dot with the chance to meet some familiar faces to thank her for her loyal support throughout the last 100 years.

After arriving at USM Finch Farm dressed all in blue and her favourite Everton scarf, Dot was met by her FA Cup winning Valentines date and given a tour of the facilities before being treated to her favourite meal of fish and chips in the Academy canteen along with her son, daughter and grandson.

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An RAF veteran who served as a typist during the Second World War, Dot took her son Mike to his first game at Goodison Park when he was just one and he is now a Season Ticket Holder after following in his mum's footsteps and falling in love with the Blues.

During her VIP visit, Dot was presented with blue roses, as part of the celebrations for Valentine's Day, by none other than Blues' captain Phil Jagielka and Wales captain Ashley Williams, she also got to meet Toffees youngsters Jonjoe Kenny, Morgan Feeney and Antony Evans before receiving a big bunch of flowers from Everton manager Sam Allardyce.

The final surprise of the day was a visit from Everton Giant Duncan Ferguson who sat down for a cup of tea with Dot and had a look at some of her war medals and Everton memorabilia from over the years.


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David Reid
1 Posted 14/02/2018 at 19:03:35
Nil Satis Nisi Optimum for our Dot.
John McFarlane
2 Posted 14/02/2018 at 19:10:19
A slight feeling of envy, but I've only got to wait another 20 years. If anyone from Dot's family reads this post, please pass my congratulations on.
Jeff Spiers
3 Posted 14/02/2018 at 19:14:10
Still going strong, Dot. Fancy playing left back?!
Paul Hewitt
4 Posted 14/02/2018 at 19:15:36
100 years supporting Everton. The lady needs a medal. All the best, Dot. xx
Mike Gaynes
5 Posted 14/02/2018 at 19:33:54

Centennial salutations, Dot!

Amazing to think she was born at a time when the Great War was still going on, Lloyd George was swapping telegrams with Woodrow Wilson... and women weren't allowed to vote in either nation.

Geoff Lambert
6 Posted 14/02/2018 at 21:27:23
And Dixie was still in junior school.
Laurie Hartley
7 Posted 14/02/2018 at 21:43:37
Lovely Story. Dot is most definitely a stayer – what an Evertonian.
John Keating
8 Posted 14/02/2018 at 21:44:56
You can get so pissed off with this football club but every now and again they excel themselves.
Mark Boulle
9 Posted 14/02/2018 at 22:09:30
Wonderful! She can't really be a centenarian can she?! I know plenty 60 and 70 somethings who don't look half as sprightly as Dot!
Andrew James
10 Posted 14/02/2018 at 23:50:33
Dot is not 100, c'mon?

She looks great for that age.

Well done to all and sundry!

Colin Grierson
11 Posted 15/02/2018 at 08:56:03
I'm just glad (and surprised) that Wayne never volunteered.

Happy Valentine's, Dot.

Mick Conalty
12 Posted 15/02/2018 at 09:54:25
Just heard on Radio Merseyside that Everton are world class as regards work in the community. That club's throughout the world want to follow our off-field community work???

Too bad we have got a fucking shit football team...

Dermot O'Brien
13 Posted 15/02/2018 at 12:03:46
Haha Colin.
Ian Hollingworth
14 Posted 15/02/2018 at 12:17:10
Reading whilst eating my dinner and just spat it out with laughter when reading Colin's post @11.

Lovely story though and congrats to Dot.

Pete Clarke
15 Posted 15/02/2018 at 15:00:54
I flew back home for my dads 90th a couple of weeks ago. He was not even the oldest at his party and they were all doing great.

Congrats Dot and hope for many more.

Keith Harrison
16 Posted 15/02/2018 at 17:54:24
Did she mention if she could play defensive mid?

Another great story from Everton. If we put as much effort into the managing, coaching and playing, we'd be world-beaters.

Congratulations, Dot, and may you grace a new stadium in your time.

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