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Jay Wood

1 Posted 17/12/2019 at 10:20:50
This has got to be right up there with the very best articles it has been my pleasure to read on TW, or even beyond.

What a truly amazing club and supporters we have.

So many laugh out loud tear-inducing quirky moments and memories.

Just past 7am in the morning here in Brazil and this one piece has set me up brilliantly for the day.

Thank you all concerned for sharing.

Superb stuff!

Tony Abrahams
2 Posted 17/12/2019 at 10:56:59
Agree Jay, but I’m only up to the part where they stopped drinking at 8AM, after that marvellous occasion in Rotterdam, and even now some 34 years later, I’m still deciding if it’s this, what cost us the treble!
Mark Andersson
3 Posted 17/12/2019 at 11:34:36
Great read...
Alasdair Jones
4 Posted 17/12/2019 at 13:07:57
Excellent article and a great read.

Ray is a most engaging character and I had the pleasure to spend an afternoon with him at Goodison. The game was vs Wimbledon in 1989.

A friend of mine, Tom Duke knew Ray, the connection I think being Finance/Banking. He invited Tom up to attend a game so I went along with Tom's son. We journeyed up from Warwickshire and met Ray at a hotel off the East Lancs where I left my car. Then off to the game with access to the staff/ directors car park behind the Park End where we ran into Colin Harvey, then manager.

From there into the executive Lounge where Ray seemed to know everyone. The game I remember was poor ending 1-1 but Ray got us some photo ops with the players as they headed into their lounge. I remember in particular Kevin Sheedy and Martin Keown who quizzed me as to the best route back to Oxfordshire where I guess his family were still living.

Tremendous day out and grateful to have spent time in the company of this most generous and welcoming guy. So if for one reason or another you read this comment Ray, many thanks again for a great day out.

Jay Wood

5 Posted 17/12/2019 at 13:10:22
As well as reading the article, I strongly suggest people click on the final YouTube video also in which Ray is telling his story in his own words.

He throws in a cracking story about Howard Kendall and John Bailey, when the latter told his manager he was taking up a job offer in Cape Town.

Joe Bibb
6 Posted 17/12/2019 at 14:45:18
Great article but Ray needs to check on that Chair, it has the Everton Crest and Moto on it which wasn't created until 1938.
Joe Bibb
7 Posted 17/12/2019 at 14:45:19
Great article but Ray needs to check on that Chair, it has the Everton Crest and Moto on it which wasn't created until 1938.
Paul Kelly
8 Posted 17/12/2019 at 18:37:24
Brilliant article, truly was, the Wogan appearance was quality.

Any chance of a pre match invite Ray? Sounds the nuts in there.

Eddie Dunn
9 Posted 17/12/2019 at 20:23:18
Tony, I got back to east London early the next morning(at the time )with my mates and we put the vhs of the game on and had a few cans. We were wrecked, been up all night in Rotterdam, but it explains a lot about our performance the following Saturday.
Karl Masters
10 Posted 17/12/2019 at 23:27:25
I’m picturing Ancelotti, a couple of Italian coaches, a Priest and Ray crawling under a roller shutter to leave Goodison at 1am, after a few too many bottles of Chianti to celebrate beating Liverpool at Goodison later this season!

Fantastic article. Loved it and thank you for sharing it.

Andrew Heffernan
11 Posted 19/12/2019 at 17:11:51
Great stories, this is what makes a club, not agents, TV or synchronised flag waving.

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