Welcome to the re-launched Everton FC Shareholders’ Association website, efcsa.org. Whilst our website has been online for many of years the Executive Committee recognised that the website should be regularly updated to address many of the pertinent issues currently affecting the club.

In response, it is our intention to offer the reader a website that not only address’ matters pertinent to the team and the manager but issues that also concern the now all important business side of Everton Football Club.

We hope that the website will prove to be a valuable resource to not only members of the Shareholders Association and other shareholders of the Club, but also the wider Evertonian community who will be able to review and consider the business side of the Club and its impact on team affairs and ultimately the success of the Club.

We hope you find the site of interest and revisit it over the weeks and months ahead as it evolves.

Forum – Prof Denise Barrett-Baxendale, MBE

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Our next Forum will take place in the People’s Club Lounge at Goodison Park on May 4th from 7pm.

 

We are delighted that our guests on the evening will be Prof Denise Barrett-Baxendale, MBE.

 

Since joining the club in 2010 to lead the transformation of Everton in the Community Denise has also served as Chief Operations Officer of the Football Club and was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer in 2013.

 

Denise is currently Executive Chair of the club’s charity, Everton in the Community, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of Everton Football Club and serves as a Board Member of Sport England.

Denise has played an integral part in improving the match-day experience for supporters, in turn helping to increase attendances and enhance Everton’s reputation both nationally and abroad. 

 

 

 

The Hillsborough Disaster and The Sun Newspaper

 

The Everton Football Club Shareholders’ Association noted with interest the recent decision of Liverpool Football Club to deny journalists of The Sun newspaper access to their premises, players, and management staff due to its notorious coverage of the Hillsborough Disaster.

 

Everton Football Club and Evertonians in general, have for the last 28 years stood firm in support of our friends and family from across the park.

 

The Association’s support remains steadfast and we completely support the decision that Liverpool Football Club have made; after all it is the right thing to do.

 

We also call on Everton Football Club to continue to stand side by side with Liverpool Football Club, as they have done so since the tragedy, and apply the same sanctions by withdrawing all privileges to journalists from The Sun.

 

With the anniversary of that terrible day occurring this weekend the Association will be laying a wreath on Saturday at the Hillsborough Monument Memorial in the city centre and we urge all Evertonians to continue to support our friends and family from across the park.

 

We notified Everton Football Club yesterday of the content of this statement and our intention to publish today.

Forum – Alan Myers & Chris Matheson MP

Our next Forum will take place in the People’s Club Lounge at Goodison Park on Feb 23rd from 7pm.

We are delighted that our guests on the evening will be Alan Myers and Chris Matheson MP

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Alan was formerly Everton’s Director of Communications and as a professional journalist Alan had worked for Everton during his early career too before becoming the North West Bureau Chief for Sky TV. He returned to Everton in his dream job, introducing the now famous tea party, before leaving after too brief a time, later moving on to Blackburn Rovers as their Director of Communications.

Alan recently left Blackburn Rovers and is now working again with Sky

A True Blue, Alan is sure to entertain us with his stories of his life in football and will also answer questions raised by the audience.

 

 

Chris Matheson MP

 

An Everton Season Ticket Holder Chris is a member of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee and was one of the MP’s who questioned FA Chairman Greg Clarke when he was brought before the committee to discuss football governance.   Subsequently he was also one of the MP’s who recently voted that the UK Parliament has ‘no confidence’ in the Football Association.

During the Forum Chris will share his views on Football Governance and will be happy to take questions on this and his Culture, Media and Sport interests both within and outside Parliament.

 

 

Doors open at 7pm with the session planned to start at 7:30pm – tea and biscuits will be available. The event is free to members of the Shareholders’ Association with a nominal charge of £2 for all other attendees with non-shareholders being very welcome.

Attendees are asked, if possible, to bring along a contribution for the Foodbank.

If you’re planning to attend, and to help us manage numbers, please let us know if you can either by emailing our Secretary at hon.secretary@efcsa.org or by tagging us on twitter with @EFCSA

EFCSA Forum – Chris Matheson MP

Our next Forum will take place in the People’s Club Lounge at Goodison Park on Feb 23rd from 7pm.

We are delighted that Chris Matheson, the Labour MP for the City of Chester, will be one of our guests.

Chris Matheson MP

 

An Everton Season Ticket Holder Chris is a member of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee and was one of the MP’s who questioned FA Chairman Greg Clarke when he was brought before the committee to discuss football governance.   Subsequently he was also one of the MP’s who recently voted that the UK Parliament has ‘no confidence’ in the Football Association.

During the Forum Chris will share his views on Football Governance and will be happy to take questions on this and his Culture, Media and Sport interests both within and outside Parliament.

 

 

Doors open at 7pm with the session planned to start at 7:30pm – tea and biscuits will be available. The event is free to members of the Shareholders’ Association with a nominal charge of £2 for all other attendees with non-shareholders being very welcome.

Attendees are asked, if possible, to bring along a contribution for the Foodbank.

If you’re planning to attend, and to help us manage numbers, please let us know if you can either by emailing our Secretary at hon.secretary@efcsa.org or by tagging us on twitter with @EFCSA

 

 

EFCSA Forum – Alan Myers after the Tea Party

Our next Forum will take place in the Winslow Hotel on Feb 23rd from 7pm.

We are delighted to announce that our guest for the evening will be Alan Myers.

Alan Myers

 

Alan was formerly Everton’s Director of Communications and as a professional journalist Alan had worked for Everton during his early career too before becoming the North West Bureau Chief for Sky TV. He returned to Everton in his dream job, introducing the now famous tea party, before leaving after too brief a time, later moving on to Blackburn Rovers as their Director of Communications.

Alan recently left Blackburn Rovers and is now working again with Sky.

 

A True Blue, Alan is sure to entertain us with his stories of his life in football and will also answer questions raised by the audience. 

 

Doors open at 7pm with the session planned to start at 7:30pm.

All are welcome.

Attendees are asked, if possible, to bring along a contribution for the Foodbank.

If you’re planning to attend, and to help us manage numbers, please let us know if you can either by emailing our Secretary at hon.secretary@efcsa.org or by tagging us on twitter with @EFCSA

 

One Bradley Lowery

Everton Shareholders’ Association encourage Evertonians who were touched by Bradley Lowery’s story to take part in the Cards For Bradley initiative launched by Fans Supporting Foodbanks.

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Cards can be dropped off at the foodbank collection points in the Park End Car Park, The Wilmslow pub and upstairs at St Lukes Church before the Merseyside Derby on Monday 19th December.

EFCSA Forum – A successful evening with David Unsworth and Joe Royle

Why do both Merseyside clubs fail in their quest to develop local goalkeepers? Why can’t modern day fullbacks block crosses? These were just a couple of the questions asked at last night’s forum.

An enjoyable evening was held in the Peoples Lounge at Goodison Park where an audience of approximately 50 shareholders and their guests were entertained by the quick wit and wisdom of the inimitable Joe Royle, and future manager in the making, David Unsworth. The event was hosted by Darren Griffiths in his usual affable style.

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Topics covered were varied, and numerous, with an emphasis on the development of youth. A collection was made on the night for the “Fans Supporting Foodbanks” and EFCSA Committee member Dave Kelly is shown with the donations.

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Feedback following the event has been very positive and we hope to bring you news of our next Forum in the near future.

Youth Development: The future in their hands!

The Everton Shareholders’ Association is delighted to announce that our next Forum will take place on the 1st December 2016 in the People’s Club Lounge, The Sir Philip Carter Park Stand from 7:30pm.

 

Guest speakers on the night will be Everton legends Joe Royle and David Unsworth.

 

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As Professional Development Co-Ordinator Joe’s current responsibility is to facilitate the progress of young talent breaking through from the Everton Academy and Under 21 setup. This involves liaising closely with the Club’s coaching staff but in particular David Unsworth and using his contacts and knowledge to fast track their development using the loan transfer system.

David, the U23 Manager, encourages the younger players to take the opportunities presented to them and helps established players on their return from injury etc. The Under 23s are currently top of Premier League 2 and are scoring goals for fun!

Joe and David of course also have a 100% win record in the Premier League from their stint as Joint-Manager for the last of game of last season!

 

So if you want to know how their roles fit in with the Academy Director, Peter Vint’s overall strategy; who the club’s next rising stars are; who is starring out on loan; what the prospects are for the next few years; then come along and ask them face to face in a relatively informal atmosphere.

Doors open at 7:30pm with the session starting at 8:00pm – Tea and biscuits will be available. The event is free to members of the Shareholders’ Association with a nominal charge of £2 for all other attendees (non-shareholders are welcome) to cover the cost of the refreshments.

All attendees are asked, if possible, to bring along a contribution for the Foodbank.

If you’re planning to attend, and to help us manage numbers, please let us know if you can either by emailing our Secretary at hon.secretary@efcsa.org or by tagging us on twitter with @EFCSA

SpeedoMick is the Pride of Everton

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To say that walking down Goodison Road with SpeedoMick (aka Michael Cullen) on a match day is an experience would be an understatement.

We’d linked up with this wonderful character in The Winslow as we’d made arrangements to present a cheque to him for his charity.  Job done we walked towards the Fan Zone with him and that journey took over 20 minutes.  Every step of the way smiling people stopped, dropped some coins, and on occasions large notes, into his bucket and patiently waited to be photographed with this true blue celebrity.

 

His infectious character means he has a word for everyone, especially those he catches “looking”, and pretty much every donation generates a thank you and handshake from this humble man. He would surely be a worthy winner of the Pride of Britain competition that he’s been shortlisted for.  Whatever the outcome we were proud to meet him again and have no doubt that he’s The Pride of Everton and a credit to football in general.

John Vanderwerff our Vice-Chair presented Mick with a cheque for £500 from the Shareholders’ Association as a small contribution to Mick’s work and as he’s passed his initial target it’s onwards now to a crazy, but achievable target for this wonderful man, of £100,000.

Visit Mick’s Just Giving Page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/SpeedoMick to help him on his way.

Anne Asquith

anne-asquithIt is with great sadness that we report the passing of a true blue Evertonian – Anne Asquith (nee Morton).   Anne, a lifelong Evertonian who was also a member of the Ruleteros Society and the Shareholders’ Association passed away peacefully at home on Monday, 5th September 2016.

Her funeral will take place at 3pm, Friday September 16th at Springwood Crematorium (Rosemary Chapel) followed by a reception at Sefton Park Hotel.

Family flowers only please, but donations in memory of Anne can be made to the Linda McCartney Centre or Clatterbride Cancer Charity via Craven’s Funeral Services, 50 Lark Lane, L17 8UU.

A donation to the Everton Former players will be made from Anne’s estate.

Members of the Association or other Evertonians who knew Anne are welcome to attend both the funeral service and the reception. However, her son James would like to get some idea of numbers if possible (so nobody goes hungry and there isn’t too much waste – either of which would have horrified Anne!), so if possible please email him at james.asquith@efcsa.org to indicate your intention to attend.

 

Springwood Crematorium: Springwood Ave, Garston, Liverpool L25 7UN (https://goo.gl/maps/4rt8Xchqbz42)

Sefton Park Hotel: 37 Aigburth Dr, Liverpool L17 4JE (https://goo.gl/maps/n2pLCCfkHZp)

 

Anne Asquith – A True Blue Evertonian

Controversy surrounds Anne’s early years supporting Everton – competing sources (Anne and her younger brother Paul) have differing recollections. Anne always claimed to have been supporting the club and attending games long before Paul.

Paul’s recollection is somewhat different: “Anne’s first game was a Liverpool Senior Cup semi-final against (SECOND DIVISION) Liverpool. A winter’s evening midweek meant Mum insisted the only way I could go was if Anne would escort/take me.  She wasn’t very keen on this for some reason, but I produced one of my trademark tantrums and, on being told she would not be allowed out at the weekend if she didn’t, the little spoiled brat got his own way yet again!

I can remember every detail of that night. A fantastic experience for a young lad: a first derby with a full house and under the lights at Goodison.  I made my way to the railings at the front of the Boys’ Pen and absorbed every second of the game.  Anne stood behind me with her back to the field and chatted up two lads from the Dingle for the entire 90 minutes!

Her dedication to the cause for the last umpteen years and her work and support for the club cannot be questioned, but I am not convinced the teenager from Thornton was a dyed in the wool supporter at that particular moment.”

Whether it was the two lads from the Dingle or the eleven boys in blue on the field, Anne was soon a regular at Goodison Park enjoying many of the successes of the 60’s era. After marriage, Anne’s husband’s career would take them across the Pennines to Yorkshire and an enforced break from attending matches.  With her children starting to show an interest in football, and without the modern opportunities for indoctrination (replica kits, televised matches, etc.), Anne chose to buy season tickets and make the regular pilgrimage to Goodison Park with her young family.

Through the glories and disappointments of the following years Anne made the two hour drive to Liverpool for every home game and her involvement only grew. Season tickets led to buying a couple of shares and, in the turbulent period running up to Peter Johnson’s takeover, joining the Shareholders’ Association.  Throwing herself into the activities of the group, Anne soon got involved in producing the Association’s newsletter spending many hours chasing articles, wearing out her home printer and posting the editions out to members.  Having moved back to the area in the early nineties Anne soon joined the Association’s Executive Committee, serving in a number of roles over many years including Treasurer, Vice-Chairman and eventually Chairman.  She remained on the committee, regularly attending and contributing to meetings, until ill-health intervened earlier this year.

Anne’s other Everton passion over the last decade or more has been the Ruleteros Society who are famous for building links with our brother clubs in South America, principally Everton Chile.  Over two trips to the region, Anne visited three “Everton’s” in Chile, Argentina and Uruguay and fell in love with each.  In concert with other great ambassadors of our club like Tony Heslop and John Shearon, and using her influence as Chairman of the Shareholders’ Association, Anne helped to bring about the fantastic night of the Everton vs. Everton match in August 2010.  There were many smaller projects too, like the commemorative plaques installed at Goodison Park and the Estadio Sausalito in Chile which are dedicated to the players of both clubs who died in two world wars.

Since she passed away peacefully at home on Monday, 5th September Anne’s family have been touched and heartened by the many messages of condolence from Evertonians of England and beyond whose lives she touched. She is pictured above with Dave Hickson at a Shareholders’ Association event which helped raise funds for our Chilean brothers to create former players foundation modelled on Everton’s own.

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