Tim Howard and Dr David France were both honoured at Everton's evening for North American supporters held in Orlando, Florida last night.
Howard, who spent a decade at Goodison Park and gained international fame for his exploits in goal for the United States at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, was voted as the first EFC North American All Star by members of supporters clubs across the Continent.
Dr France, meanwhile, was presented with the inaugural EFC North America Trailblazer award by EFC Fans Forum member Tony Sampson for his tremendous efforts in furthering ties between the club and America and Canada where he has lived for the past four decades since emigrating from Merseyside in the late 1970s.
Howard, who is now a regular pundit on NBC Sports and ESPN in the US, was the guest of honour at the event staged at The Plaza Live venue where he was interviewed by Darren Griffiths and Graham Stuart.
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Tim Howard pictured with his EFC North American All Star trophy and members of the steering committee behind the inaugural award (Photo courtesy Michael Setterberg)
Dr France has been a trailblazer across The Pond in strengthening ties between the club and its North American fans
The fans evening was a chance for US-based Toffees to hear from Howard, who is an international ambassador of the club, about his greatest memories as an Everton player, his thoughts on the new signings, and how he feels the team will do this season.
Darren also interviewed Dr France himself on stage who explained how following his beloved Blues changed once he moved across The Pond. David is feted with having travelled over 2 million miles supporting Everton from across the Atlantic but his greatest achievement was, of course, the enormous trove of memorabilia now known as the Everton Collection.
He stayed behind after the event to sign and dedicated copies of his latest book, Toffee Soccer which he co-wrote with Darren and ToffeeWeb's resident Everton historian, Rob Sawyer.
Sampson was also on stage during an interview with Jurgen Mainka, Executive Liaison for Everton in the USA, who spoke about the potential for growth in the States and how the relationship between the supporters across the Atlantic and the club can be nourished and expanded through engagement and technology.
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1 Posted 27/07/2021 at 22:43:12
2 Posted 27/07/2021 at 23:20:03
3 Posted 27/07/2021 at 23:27:20
And the good doctor is looking good!
Warmest wishes to David and Elizabeth. Can't wait to read the latest epic.
4 Posted 27/07/2021 at 23:31:36
Lyndon, apart from yourself, Tim and Doctor France it would be interesting to me, and I'm sure others too, to know who the others are in the photo. It seemed to be a good and successful day.
I only managed to watch in parts as the OS Live TV coverage was again awful, sound issues, crackling at first, then out of sync with the video, then buffering, freezing etc. The only way to watch was to Log out and then back in again. This was an issue too, as it took ages to Log back in, and obviously missing more of the game.
Why am I not surprised? I have contacted Everton FC and complained that this is an annual occurrence, and a disgrace for a Club of our standing that we have not had a proper Everton TV. They charge a decent fee each year to watch, which as a mug, I have paid, somehow expecting that it 'would be different this time' only to find the same old Laurel and Hardy Production.
5 Posted 27/07/2021 at 23:50:16
6 Posted 27/07/2021 at 00:00:24
7 Posted 28/07/2021 at 04:12:05
He also had a few interesting tidbits about his time with us. I guess he was technically tapped up by Moyes the season before joining us as they had a meeting in a hotel, where he told him that he wanted him at the club. He also mentioned that during his 10 years, he only knows of 2 teammates who had no interest in being part of the club. He said that every other player was touched by the club during their time here.
8 Posted 28/07/2021 at 06:29:58
Any other nominees from the gallery?
9 Posted 28/07/2021 at 07:31:45
I have to give Moyes his due, he generally was pretty thorough pre-recruitment, in checking players out, so I don't know what happened there as far as assessing their characters went. By the same token, he didn't always get it right player-wise either, I can think of a few well paid nightmares who should never have crossed the threshold. Still, all history now, but one we never seemed to learn from!
10 Posted 28/07/2021 at 07:54:58
Kroldrup & Nyarko?
Anyway, let's not have me go off topic. Looks like it was a fantastic evening and great to see the US blues out in force. We absolutely should be capitalising in this. It's not just Tim Howard, we have other ambassadors and player that have been touched by Everton.
I'm big on this because in a few years time, providing the retirement plan works out, I'm splitting my time between the UK, my house in Florida and hopefully Germany!!
11 Posted 28/07/2021 at 08:06:28
Looks like a Leeds Utd fan has been run-over by a motorbike!
12 Posted 28/07/2021 at 08:08:49
13 Posted 28/07/2021 at 08:21:29
The rest of the top was a decent design, shame the marking down the middle, has spoiled it.
14 Posted 28/07/2021 at 08:21:33
15 Posted 28/07/2021 at 09:38:30
16 Posted 28/07/2021 at 11:34:44
17 Posted 28/07/2021 at 14:33:57
18 Posted 28/07/2021 at 16:12:06
19 Posted 28/07/2021 at 17:57:22
Etoo never seemed too enamoured with us either!
20 Posted 28/07/2021 at 20:50:08
Surely Everton could come up with making the shirts available overseas, by getting the top sports shops into some kind of sales marketing, with a percentage going to the club.
21 Posted 28/07/2021 at 22:47:29
But Tim, man, Toffee Soccer??? Ugh. Yanks bringing us down again.
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