Deep Roots at Everton, and New Ones, Too

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Rory Smith extolls the virtues and excellent work by Everton in the Community:

To most fans, a club is a team, hopefully to win games. To all owners, a club is a business, hopefully to make money.

A club is more than that, though; there is another side, one which does its work not on the field at Goodison Park or in the suite of offices in the city, but in the tight warren of terraced streets that surround the stadium, in schools across Liverpool, in some of the most underprivileged parts of Merseyside.

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David Peate
1 Posted 04/03/2019 at 13:16:56
On St. David's Day, a stone was erected over the grave of Charlie Parry who was a former Everton player of the Victorian era. I was privileged to attend this remembrance in Oswestry.

Charlie died in 1921 in relative poverty and a marker was not erected over his grave. Due to the endeavours of the Everton FC Heritage Society with the assistance of others, arrangements were made to remedy this defect. Rob Sawyer was the architect of the event with more than 60 people in attendance.

This is yet another example of what Everton are doing in the community. Another and commendable side to the general commitment to football. Well done, Everton!

Paul Hughes
2 Posted 04/03/2019 at 20:11:59
A very similar piece, by Henry Winter, on EitC in this morning's football section of The Times. Remarkable, really, what the club has achieved. Link below may not work due to Times subscription restrictions.

Gerry Morrison
3 Posted 04/03/2019 at 20:49:14
Mes que un club surely applies to us.
Clarence Yurcan
4 Posted 04/03/2019 at 23:15:49
Or as we'd say in italiano (a superior language):

Piu che una squadra.

Karl Masters
5 Posted 05/03/2019 at 22:49:38
Whilst what happens on the pitch will always be paramount, it should be a source of pride that our Club is prepared to tackle these issues.

Since the Austerity cuts it’s even more vital that this work takes place.

For as long as I can remember Merseyside has had more problems than other parts of the UK. Tory Governments really aren’t interested. Labour won’t be in power any time soon and anyway politicians, eh? Do any of them really care about anyone but themselves?

It’s brilliant that the Club interacts with its City like this, mainly because we haven’t become an international consortium like other Clubs. There is still a massive Scouse heartbeat running through Everton.

Tim Taylor
6 Posted 06/03/2019 at 17:27:23
What fantastic stuff. Shame this kind of thing is buried behind all the usual BS in the "media".
Jerome Shields
7 Posted 07/03/2019 at 10:12:31
Everton in the Community does do excellent work in the Community, but the excellent work that Everton does in the Football Community is overlooked in this article.

Everton Football Club in the Football Community has provided a refuge for over-the-hill footballers, players whose careers have been stalled by injury, provided support to needy Clubs (paying more for players than they are worth), providing players to Clubs to push their ambitions on (we don't even mind that they come back and score against us), providing long-term and extended contracts to players, who may not even play for us, so they don't have to suffer the inevitable drop in income that they would suffer on the open market.

Everton also provided the financial security for potentially the next Real Madrid Manager to get the necessary international stepping stone he needed, the Dutch Football Federation, with an indirect subsidy so they can have the Dutch Manger they want, and so that the now old Big Sam can warm his bones in Dubai.

The Manager and DOF are good enough to work around this, sorting out players on loan, so the wages bill can be reduced and make more money available. Everton may tie the hands of Duncan Ferguson as their forwards coach, but they untie them so he can go home and feed his pigeons.

Everton have wonderful benefactors: Firstly in their billionaire friend who has cleared all loans and remortgages, provided for wonderful player contracts and money to buy more injured players, and kept the Wonderful Directors and Management that have organised Everton in the Football Community and got us to where we are now, even strengthening their ranks. Hopefully UEFA will relax their strict financial limits so that he can provide more money so that Everton in the Football Community can continue their Sterling work.

Secondly, Liverpool City Council, who spent £700, 000 on consultancy fees so that Everton could find a new home and have mooted that they will provide financial support in building it. Having had three failed attempts to find a new home, things now look promising.

It's is right that Denise Barrett-Baxendale should claim credit for Everton in the Community, though she has been out of that job for almost a year. There appears to be a link to Everton in the Football Community, so she can continue her work she is qualified for.

So Everton is a Wonderful Club (as described on a Spurs Website with stats provided) and most of the Premier League think so – except for our neighbours. Everton have a well established and compassionate (meaning: to suffer with) fan base.

Everton are now known the world over for these qualities. I am so glad that Everton are such a wonderful Club.

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