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1 Posted 07/03/2020 at 19:39:38
2 Posted 07/03/2020 at 20:24:03
3 Posted 07/03/2020 at 20:35:39
4 Posted 07/03/2020 at 20:45:44
This is fine, funny, sad writing from Ed Bottomley.
"Beautifully shite" sums up quite a lot.
5 Posted 07/03/2020 at 20:53:54
Difficult, difficult time my friend. I pray your wife has a decent quality of life and you and yours will be celebrating a few more birthdays yet
6 Posted 07/03/2020 at 20:56:35
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8 Posted 07/03/2020 at 21:13:50
Len #3, I lack the words. May there be joy and peace for you and your wife in the time that remains.
9 Posted 07/03/2020 at 21:15:01
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12 Posted 07/03/2020 at 21:24:03
13 Posted 08/03/2020 at 01:50:03
A very heart-wrenching account by Ed and also a reminder that there are some things in life that are even more important than Football and Everton of course!
Belated condolences to Ed and his family, and also a thank you for sharing his story with us all.
14 Posted 08/03/2020 at 07:41:40
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16 Posted 08/03/2020 at 10:40:46
And to everyone else, thank you so much for your kind thoughts.
17 Posted 08/03/2020 at 10:45:40
My heart goes out to Ed and Len and indeed to all ToffeeWebbers who are going through similar trials. My best mate from school is one such person and it is agonising to feel his pain. it puts into some perspective the behaviour of the idiots who are stockpiling at the expense of those who can't afford to or who can't physically do it. There are people out there who are genuinely suffering and those who aren't should get on with life with a glad heart rather than overreact.
Rant over. My best to Len and his family and what a poignant piece of writing from Ed. An unimaginable thing to get over!
18 Posted 09/03/2020 at 19:12:37
Fantastic fighting spirit by the Bottomley & Hawkins, families.
Superb, and my hope and prayers are with you at these difficult times, but the Everton band of brothers and sisters is unwaning and with us all in the difficult days that life brings us.
19 Posted 10/03/2020 at 09:30:10
Not just a very moving piece, but an incredibly well-written piece - warm, emotional, funny, informed and sorrowful all at the same time. I'm proud to be on the same team as this guy.
Thanks for sharing, Ed.
20 Posted 13/03/2020 at 11:40:42
To Len, I offer my hope that you and your wife can find a way through this vale of tears. 59 years ago and before the kids arrived the girl I married would accompany me to Everton's home and away games. She also suffers a terminal illness and it takes enormous effort for her to draw breath. We may be 12,000 miles from the terraces of Gwladys Street yet she never fails to whisper "How did we get on"?
I wish that more often I could give her a cheerful reply. I sometimes wonder if our players, coaching staff and directors fully appreciate what the club means to its loyal and long-suffering fans.
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