Fan event at Finch Farm

Rob Halligan 31/07/2019 11comments  |  Jump to last

A fan event was held at Finch Farm today for all those fans who attended every game, home and away, last season. Obviously, not everyone who didn't miss a game last season could attend due to work commitments or being on holiday. The official site says about 450 were in attendance.

Anyway, the event was scheduled to start at 3:30 pm and finish at about 5:30 pm. Upon arrival at Finch Farm, we were given a voucher for food and drink, although no alcohol was available. As the event was held outdoors, several activities were set up, including darts football, hit the crossbar (a bit like the one on Soccer AM when a ball is thrown at a small net and you have to volley the ball), pool football and a golf challenge. The food consisted of a burger and chips, or pulled pork and chips, and a fizzy drink or water. Surprisingly, the food was quite good!!

In attendance were Seamus Coleman, Richarlison, Michael Keane and Tom Davies. All of them posed for photographs and signing shirts etc, before being interviewed on the stage. Marco Silva and Denise Barrett-Baxendale were also present, thanking all the fans for their wonderful support last season. A wonderful gesture was announced by the CEO when she said one free away ticket would be available for everyone who didn't miss a game last season, although I'm not sure if this includes those who couldn't attend the event today? The good thing about the free ticket is that you can pick your own game.

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Although we didn't see much in the way of facilities at Finch Farm, the area we were in looked immaculate. I wish my lawn could look like the pitch we were on, but we could see an enclosed pitch just behind us, and this pitch looked like a snooker table. This pitch is provided for academy games, as there are two very small stands on one side of the pitch.

Overall, it was a fairly decent day. It's good that the club think of the fans in this way. Here's looking forward to a successful season for the club.

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Mike Gaynes
1 Posted 01/08/2019 at 00:45:43
Rob, congratulations, my friend. Your devotion deserves recognition, and I'm glad the club honored you and your fellow fanatics appropriately.

Well done, ya big shot-stopper, ya!

Bill Watson
2 Posted 01/08/2019 at 01:37:18
Quite a good event... although, like Rob. I would have liked an opportunity to have had a look around the indoor facilities.

Transport was provided by Maghull Coaches (actually double-decker buses) and, oddly, we went via Gateacre, Woolton and Hunts Cross. At one stage ,we parked up by the Black Woods, for close on 20 minutes, finally arriving at Finch Farm just after the appointed time of 3:30pm.

The return journey was via the more direct route of the Knowsley Expressway and the M57.

All-in-all, a pleasant afternoon.

Martin Nicholls
3 Posted 01/08/2019 at 08:19:21
A good idea but a "closed shop" event while Bournemouth remain in the PL - that's the one away game that it has become impossible to get tickets for unless one has the "perfect" (including that particular game!) away attendance record. Maybe something like the Camp & Furnace event of two years back is a more inclusive type of idea?
Derek Knox
4 Posted 01/08/2019 at 08:37:49
Thanks Rob for your information on the day, glad you all enjoyed yourselves. I was beginning to think that TW had 'frozen in time' as Moise Kean's imminent signing seems to be dragging on indefinitely, hope it's just a glitch, or to be a double/triple unveiling.
Brent Stephens
5 Posted 01/08/2019 at 09:11:28
Martin, my thoughts, too. That was the only game I couldn't get a ticket for. If Rob were a gentlemen, he'd have offered his FF visit opportunity to me!

"A wonderful gesture was announced by the CEO when she said one free away ticket would be available for everyone who didn't miss a game last season, although I'm not sure if this includes those who couldn't attend the event today? The good thing about the free ticket is that you can pick your own game".

Get your name down for that final at Wembley, Rob.

Dave Abrahams
6 Posted 01/08/2019 at 09:22:30
I take my hat off to fans like you Rob,I bet last season wasn’t the only one in which you never missed a game home and away, lots of people can follow a successful team, it takes special fans, like yourself, to follow a team like ours, were success has eluded us for such a long time, give yourself a big pat on the back. You deserved such a day yesterday Rob, and give thanks to EvertonFC, it’s not every club who thanks the fans like this.
Michael Lynch
7 Posted 01/08/2019 at 09:40:21
That's some feat, 450 fans getting to every single game. I'm not sure whether you should be congratulated or offered therapy by the club though.
Julian Exshaw
8 Posted 01/08/2019 at 15:55:22
Credit to Everton FC for in turn crediting and acknowledging great fans like Rob. When will the rest of this greedy football world remember that the game lives on its traditions and its great fans and not on betting companies and worldwide sponsorship etc?
Jimmy Halliday
9 Posted 01/08/2019 at 18:14:49
A good day was had but as Rob said would have been better if we could have had a nose around ๐Ÿ‘ great that the club do this and reward us supporters attending home and away week in week out I wonder how many other clubs do it? Big thanks to Everton and the caterers and definitely the live band Mojo Circus (I think that’s what they were called) they were great ๐Ÿ‘
David Pearl
10 Posted 01/08/2019 at 20:02:14
Good to hear they did this... and of course not serving you the match day pies also a plus. I hope a veggie burger was also an option. Was Brands there or was he busy?
Jerome Shields
11 Posted 01/08/2019 at 21:45:33
Thoughtful of Everton and well deserved by the fans. Hope you all had a great day.

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