It’s enough to make your heart go ‘whoa’…

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An American Toffee tries to capture what it felt like to live through a relegation battle while going through a personal crisis.

Liz contracted Long Covid as a result of a coronavirus infection in March 2021 and battled the debilitating effects in tandem with Everton's own struggles on the pitch.

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Tony McDonald
1 Posted 05/06/2022 at 12:43:33
Please read this!

If you don't know how challenging it is to be an Evertonian this season (who doesn't?) then this article puts a lot of it in perspective.

Thoroughly good read. Thank you, Liz!

Dave Abrahams
2 Posted 05/06/2022 at 12:58:30
Tony (1), I second that, a great story of a lady Evertonian following the Blues last season and her despair at how we were doing and her own bigger suffering with the long Covid throughout the season without looking for any sympathy,

Her season following the Blues mirrors exactly the feelings many of us felt, especially as the season drew to the end, Liz really lives for the Toffees and loves them with a passion, a female Danny!!

Neil Copeland
3 Posted 05/06/2022 at 13:15:49
That's a great article, Liz, thank you and I hope your recovery is accelerated soon.

Last season gave me one of my worst and best experiences in supporting the blues for 50 years. I both hated and weirdly loved it at the same time.

It would be great to actually win something again though!


Christine Foster
4 Posted 05/06/2022 at 13:44:24
Liz, what a journey, what a year.

Covid and an Everton supporter, it's a dreadful combination at the best of times, but this year? You may well have run the gambit of every despairing moment.

Being an Evertonian is like any other debilitating illness at times, but the truth is you have joined the world's best family support organization. Everton Supporters Club. We offer the best humor, advice, care and understanding that's impossible to find anywhere else.

We ridicule others but mostly ourselves, our knowledge of all things Everton is unsurpassed, our love for all things Blue is ridiculous, but our pride in this great club cures all.. from the many to the new.

John McFarlane Snr
5 Posted 05/06/2022 at 14:01:39
Hi Liz. I think that what Dave [2] has written will be echoed by thousands of Everton fans throughout the world, but I would recommend a strong seat-belt for the foreseeable future. Best wishes to you, and hopes of a speedy recovery.
Jack Convery
6 Posted 05/06/2022 at 14:19:06
Liz, as someone who often endures the nightmare of wanting to roar with joy but numbness of the mind prevents it, I feel your pain. I hope you make a full recovery soon and this blight on mankind is sorted out and kicked in to touch for good.

I'm sure I speak for every Evertonian, when I say 40,000+ blue hugs are on their way to you, including my own. Take care and give us an update any time soon.

Sean Kelly
7 Posted 05/06/2022 at 14:19:26

Best wishes to you from a fellow sufferer of all things Everton and the horrors of Long Covid. I got exactly same responses from my doctors: “It will ease and get better but we don't know when."

They don't know. But it has eased and is not better – let's just hope this also applies to Everton.

Best wishes and kind regards.

Danny O’Neill
8 Posted 05/06/2022 at 14:21:04
Liz, when you do set foot in our city and Goodison the goosebumps will hit you as much as they continue to do so with me and I've been going since I was a child. I still am a child when it comes to Everton. I'm frequently reminded of that.

A great read and gives me sanity that I wasn't alone.

I refused; absolutely refused, to give up this season. I have no idea if that made a difference but I was absolutely not throwing the towel in.

See you at Baltimore?

Neil Copeland
9 Posted 05/06/2022 at 14:41:36
Danny, are you going to the US pre season tour? I am in the process of trying to sort out flights, hotels etc,

Be good to catch up if you are.

Danny O’Neill
10 Posted 05/06/2022 at 15:56:54
Planning to stay in Annapolis, Neil.

Possibly one of my favourite US towns. I spent quite a bit of time there over the years. Some great music bars.

Steve Brown
11 Posted 05/06/2022 at 17:03:53
The Simpsons cartoon in the story sums up exactly what being an Everton supporter feels like!
Neil Copeland
13 Posted 05/06/2022 at 17:48:38
Danny, I haven't booked yet but will probably keep it simple as I don't know The States very well, although I have been to Wisconsin a few times in the past (and Chicago),

My daughter and her boyfriend are going with me although not to the football.

Where is Annapolis in relation to Baltimore and Minneapolis?

Edit: just googled it, about 30 miles from Baltimore.

Paul Kernot
14 Posted 07/06/2022 at 01:51:25
Hi Liz. What a roller coaster of emotions and absolute hell you've endured. And, as your article points out, as have our beloved club and supporters.

Nothing like you of course but, as Everton supporters, yes we've been put through the ringer and we never want to go back there again. However, with very little in the way of funds (understanding and genuine, practical help in your case), there's no guarantee it won't continue into next season.

All we and you can do is to keep the faith and believe. You're both an inspiration and also a sad indictment on health support all over the world.

Bernie Quinn
15 Posted 07/06/2022 at 04:03:09
Hi Liz,

I really felt for you, on reading your article - not a pleasant time at all. I haven't had Covid (yet!) but it was bad enough without it.

So let's remind ourselves of the Everton Christmas song of a couple of years ago, "Bring Me Sunshine" – and hope it happens this coming Season. Evertonians deserve it. God Bless.

Tony Abrahams
16 Posted 07/06/2022 at 04:57:11
I'm actually in America right now, on a family holiday, and have just decided to give myself a little read-up on Everton after completely staying off the internet for a full week, and have just come across this very true-to-life story.

I hope Liz and Everton continue to keep getting better, and that last picture of the players by the tunnel, with Holgate holding his hands over his mouth, Godfrey looking like he's staring in disbelief, Jonjoe laughing because his boyhood club have made it by the skin of their teeth, Duncan Ferguson thoughtfully thinking that he knows the real reason why he fell in love with Everton, and Paul Clement possibly thinking he's never seen anything like this at any of his previous very big and successful clubs, is simply awe-inspiring.

Even though I'm on vacation, and have given myself an Everton ban for a week, my mind has drifted back to that Crystal Palace match quite a few times, with my thoughts then moving on to Everton winning something again, for all our wonderful young toffees, who's passion kept Liz going, and Everton in the Premier League, even if a Leeds fan told me today, he genuinely misses the Championship!

Mike Gaynes
17 Posted 07/06/2022 at 06:33:28
Tony, mate, you're over here? Where? Come on, let's meet up. Let me take your clan to dinner.
Tony Abrahams
18 Posted 07/06/2022 at 13:28:23
Haha I'm in the place you've got no time for Mike, but at least my young twins are having the time of their lives, watching parades or going on the Rollercoasters and the water-slides.

I've been very impressed by the friendly nature of most Americans though, so maybe If I'm lucky, we will get to have that dinner sometime in the future mate!

Mike Gaynes
19 Posted 07/06/2022 at 13:59:05
Ah, yes, Tony, the place where the state bird is the mosquito. Glad you and yours are having a good time.

Stay safe. I'll hope to see you and your dad on Merseyside this fall.

John Pendleton
20 Posted 10/06/2022 at 21:01:33
Hi Liz, I can give you no greater compliment than to say you got me angry, depressed, elated and relieved all over again.

I'm sure that article took as much out of you physically as it did emotionally. Here's hoping for as speedy and as full recovery as possible.

Simon Dalzell
21 Posted 15/06/2022 at 00:57:17
Brilliant read Liz. Stick in there.

I'm knocking 60 and have had poor health for 25 years. I sympathize greatly. As a result, I visit my spiritual home less than I used to. I have plenty of days like the ones you've endured and admire your strength.

I managed to attend the Palace game and have never experienced such lows then highs. Wow, what a night! I was with my son which made it special.

Win the FA Cup or stay up in this fashion. I'll take the latter every day, but please never again. No embarrassment in celebrating maintaining our long unbroken history in the top league.

Thanks for this article, Lyndon.

Danny O’Neill
22 Posted 15/06/2022 at 02:27:31
Lovely article spoken from the heart.

I note it's a link so not a direct post so, if you're reading, Liz, I hope you're well and get to see Everton when they travel to The States this summer.

They may put us through every emotion thinkable, but they're worth it.

Dave Cashen
23 Posted 20/06/2022 at 19:34:40
A superb read.
Kim Vivian
24 Posted 22/06/2022 at 10:17:18
"The paradox of true strength is being able to face your weaknesses."

That should be on a poster somewhere if it isn't already.

Fabulous, emotional read that, Liz. I don't know what your day job is but, if you're not a journalist or something similar – you should be.

Hope to see you on ToffeeWeb more in the future as we climb back up the ladder.

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