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.

Everton Crazy by David France

Everton Crazy - Front CoverAbout the Book

David France serves proudly as the Life President of the Everton Football Club Shareholders’ Association, and while some of our fellow shareholders may be unaware of that fact we are sure that all Evertonians are aware that David has written 16 books that tell the story of Everton.

He established Gwladys Street’s Hall of Fame that salutes 120 of the men who made the club what it is and organised the most passionate celebrations in the football calendar.

He formed the EFC Heritage Society to promote the club’s rich history, registered the Everton Former-Players’ Foundation – the first charity dedicated to alleviating the medical concerns of ex-footballers and assembled the finest collection of football archives in the world to protect the treasures from our past before transferring them to public ownership as the world renowned Everton Collection.

However, few of us know much more about David other than his status as Doctor Everton.

This beautifully-crafted autobiography provides a portrait of a man who has travelled the equivalent of four times the distance to the moon and back following our beloved club. It sparkles with the intimacy of someone peering through the mists of nostalgic romanticism, blind optimism and yearning for the lost Everton of his and perhaps your youth. With no little humour, the book captures the impact that six decades of majestic highs and humbling lows have had on an otherwise well-balanced soul.

“Doctor Everton is more than a football fan. ‘Everton Crazy’ is more than a football book. Both are truly inspirational”  Alex Young, Everton & Scotland

About the Author

Raised as a Blue by a Blue, David’s memoirs chronicle the club’s graduation from his childhood crutch to faithful companion. His tales are fascinating – hitchhiking to games in the Sixties and flying Concorde to them in the Nineties. Then there are his anecdotes related to fleeting meetings with Dixie Dean and TG Jones and friendships with Dave Hickson, Brian Labone, Alex Young, Alan Ball, Howard Kendall and many more.

“After a 40-year exile, Doctor Everton renewed my self-esteem and faith in humanity. After reading ‘Everton Crazy’, I realise that mine is not the only life he has changed”  Tony Kay, Everton & England

Of course, there is much more to David’s life than his role as Doctor Everton and this candid autobiography interweaves an incredible roaches-to-riches story with a royal blue odyssey. Throughout sixty seasons and two million miles, his devotion to all things royal blue is incomparable. It’s unimaginable. It’s unrivalled. It’s proof that this book is aptly titled.

During his schooldays and apprenticeship on Merseyside, university studies in Europe and the USA, his executive career in the US oil & gas industry and lengthy retirement in some of the most beautiful spots in North America, the David has been devoted to Everton Football Club.

Known for his trail-blazing initiatives to celebrate our rich heritage and improve the lives of our old players, Liverpool’s Freedom of the City Panel awarded him the title of Citizen of Honour for his services to football in 2011 – the first person to receive this specific honour since Bill Shankly. The following year, he received an OBE for his services to football in both the United Kingdom and Europe.

“Even though he never donned a royal blue jersey, David France is just as important to Everton Football Club as those who did”   Bill Kenwright, Chairman, Everton Football Club

How to get one of these prized and limited edition books

Priced at £18.78, the book is published as a limited edition of only 1,000 copies.

It will be launched at Everton Two located in Liverpool City Centre on Tuesday 27 September 2016 and be available subsequently at Waterstones and other fine bookshops on Merseyside.from deCoubertin Books

Copies can be preordered here http://www.decoubertin.co.uk/dreverton

All royalties from this insightful publication will be donated to The Everton Former-Players’ Foundation (registered charity No 1080101) and Everton in the Community (registered Charity No 1099366).

Meet Doctor Everton and friends in person at the following book signings

Tuesday 27 September at Everton Two in Liverpool 1 time to be confirmed

David France with Ronny Goodlass (Radio Merseyside), Tony Kay (League champion), Derek Mountfield (ECWC winner, League Champion, FA Cup winner) and Derek Temple (FA Cup winner)

Friday 30 September at Everton School 6.30 pm

‘Everton Heritage Society Celebration’ in aid of Everton in the Community

David France with talks by Peter Lupson – Founding Fathers of Merseyside Football and Brendan Connolly – England International Caps … also Ballot Results for Gwladys Street’s Hall of Fame 2017

Saturday 1 October at Pritchards in Crosby 10.30am

David France with Ronny Goodlass, Tony Kay and Derek Temple.

Saturday 1 October at Broadhurst in Southport 12.30pm    

David France with Ronny Goodlass, Tony Kay and Derek Temple.

Saturday 1 October at Waterstones in Ormskirk 2.30pm

David France with Ronny Goodlass, Tony Kay and Derek Temple.

Tuesday 4 October at Waterstones in Liverpool One 6.30 pm

‘An Evening with Dr Everton and Friends’ – a crazy celebration of all things Everton

Further details: 0151 709 9820

http://www.waterstones.com/events/an-evening-with-doctor-everton-himself-david-france/liverpool

David France with Ronny Goodlass, Mike Hughes (Radio Merseyside), Tony Kay, Dave Prentice (Liverpool Echo) and Derek Temple.

Wednesday 5 October Linghams in Heswall 7.00pm

‘Another Evening with Dr Everton and Friends’ – a celebration of all things Everton

David France with Ronny Goodlass, Tony Kay, Dave Prentice (Echo) and others

Saturday 8 October    Wardleworths in St Helens 10.30am

David France with Ronny Goodlass, Tony Kay, and others

Meeting with Farhad Moshiri

When our Chairman last met with Bill Kenwright, in his London office in March 2016, it was a very positive meeting. John Blain spent almost 90 minutes with Bill covering a range of subjects including the last AGM and Bill’s hopes for the future.

Of course we had all recently heard of a significant change in the shareholding of the football club and both John and Bill agreed that now was a time for looking forward not backwards.   Bill was keen to foster good relationships with the minority shareholders and, with Mr Moshiri being of the same mind, Bill promised to arrange a meeting with our new largest shareholder.

Mr Moshiri is, as one might expect, a very busy man and so arranging the logistics of a meeting took some time. Nonetheless, Bill came through on his promise and John travelled down to London on July 19th to meet with Mr Moshiri, and Bill in Mr Moshiri’s Mayfair office.   The meeting started late afternoon and soon after Mayor Anderson had concluded his well publicised meeting.

As the Mayor said Farhad Moshiri is a very impressive character, of course he’s also a very successful businessman and as John discovered a true lover of football.

Throughout the 90 minute meeting this humble man was both candid and very honest about our football club. The detail about much of what was said is rightly confidential and certainly not for publication. However, it is quite clear that Farhad has serious plans for our football club and that he intends to deliver key objectives in a structured and sustainable way.

The recruitment of Ronald Koeman, who was 1st choice as our new manager, was the first piece of the jigsaw with the financial cost of exiting the previous management team and bringing in Ronald and his team being significant.  Once the manager (and his team) was in place, and consistent with the intent to adopt a traditionally continental structure, the next step was to appoint a Director of Football.

Steve Walsh was a great catch with Farhad’s vision for the future and Bill’s passion for our heritage being the key to attracting him to our club. Leaving Farhad’s office knowing this would definitely happen was one of the many positive messages John received during the meeting.

It is quite clear that Farhad and Bill are working closely together behind the scenes to lay a very solid foundation for the future. Improving the balance sheet has started and will surely continue as both on-field and off-field performances improve.  Fundamental to our future is obviously the need to improve our commercial performance and key to this is an essential need for improvement in stadium facilities.  We lag far behind our current and aspirational peers in this respect making the construction of a new stadium almost inevitable and Farhad seems determined to make sure that the new stadium is “special”.

Throughout the meeting both Bill and Farhad were periodically interrupted by phone calls and text messages. The need to improve the playing squad through retention of existing players and the bringing in of others is clearly an intense activity.   With the huge increases in TV revenues and the “Moshiri Effect” it’s clear that clubs, players, and their agents have very high financial expectations.  Everton shareholders and fans in general should be comforted by the knowledge that a very successful business-man is at the helm, that he has a vision of where we are going, and is executing to a plan to get us there.

All too quickly the meeting had to draw to a close but John was pleased to hear that Farhad and Bill are both keen to retain very good relationships with the minority shareholders.

Since the meeting John and Bill have exchanged emails and have agreed to diarise regular meetings throughout the year.

Award for Gerard Deulofeu

The first trophy of Ronald Koeman’s reign was awarded to Gerard Deulofeu earlier today when he was presented with the Shareholders’ Association’s Outstanding Young Player of the Year Award at Finch Farm.

Alongside Mr Koeman the Ena Jones Trophy was presented by Executive Committee Members Andy Craven and Dave Kelly.

Young Player Award 2016 - Gerard Deulofeu

Since joining the club from Barcelona in 2015 the 22 year-old Catalan has become a firm favourite amongst the Everton fans and is sure to be a popular winner of this prestigious award.

Selected by the first team manager his selection was one of last acts of our previous manager Roberto Martinez.

Gerard was delighted to receive the award and joins an illustrious list of previous winners which in recent years has included John Stones, Ross Barkley and Tyias Browning.

79th Annual General Meeting

The 79th Everton Shareholders’ Association AGM is scheduled to be held at Goodison Park on 19th August, 2016, starting at 8pm. This date will be confirmed shortly, taking into account the 2016/17 fixtue calendar.

Members of the Association should already have received, via post or email, a preliminary notice of the meeting, as well as copies of minutes of last year’s AGM and a form for nominations to the Executive Committee for the forthcoming year. If you are a member and have not recieved these documents please download a copy from the links below, but also take a moment to visit this page and update your contact details with us.

Minutes of the 78th AGM, held on 20th August, 2015, are available as a pdf here, or in MSWord 97 format here.

The Preliminary Notice of this year’s meeting is also available in as a pdf here, or in MSWord ’97 here.

May we remind you that the annual subscription of £20.00 is due by the end of August for the membership year to July 2017. This can be paid at the AGM, via Paypal at this link, or by sending a cheque to:

Hon. Treasurer
Everton Shareholders Association
7 Church Close
Stow Longa
Huntingdon
Cambs
PE28 0TW

We hope once again to make the draw for the Shareholders’ Association Directors’ Box tickets at the end of the meeting for all scheduled home Premier League matches for the coming season. The draw is only open to all members of the Association for who have paid their 2016/17 subs!

Finally, we are always looking for fresh faces on the committee and with a number of the current members intending to stand down at the AGM, now is a great time to put yourself forward. If you have something to offer, or you know another member who does, please consider completing this form and sending it to the Secretary (email: hon.secretary@efcsa.org) by 19th July. In the event of there being more nominees than spaces on the Committee, all nominations will be put to the membership in an election.

The Tony Heslop Award – Kieran Dowell

The Tony Heslop AwardTONY HESLOP PHOTO (1)


The Everton FC Shareholders’ Association alongside the Ruleteros Society and the Everton Heritage Society are delighted that in Kieran Dowell we have an exceptional winner of the very first Tony Heslop Award.

 

 

 

 

The Tony Heslop Award will be presented annually to the Everton Academy Graduate who represents The People’s Club with distinction and passion and is awarded in honour of our friend and colleague Tony Heslop.

Tony was a long time member of the Executive Committee of the Everton Shareholders’ Association, a founding member of the Ruleoteros Society, a member of the Everton Heritage Society and a Trustee of the Everton Collection.

The presentation was made to Kieran by Tony’s niece Rosie alongside his wife Angela and other family members and friends at St George’s Hall during the Academy Award Evening.

 

Kieran DowellBorn in Ormskirk Kieran Dowell has been associated with the Blues since he signed on with the Club’s Academy as a seven-year-old.

His silky skills, dribbling ability and eye for the goal means he can play in a variety of attacking positions.  His promise has been highlighted by the international recognition he has received, having already appeared for England at U16, U17 and U18 level.

Born in October 1997 the youngster was rewarded for his progress when he made his senior Everton debut in the Europa League  against FC Krasnodar in December 2014. He subsequently signed his first professional contract – in March 2015 – a deal which will run until the end of the 2016/17 season.

Although he’s one for the future, Dowell is an established member of David Unsworth’s Under-21, in recent weeks he has been in and around the 1st Team Squad and made his Premier League debut in the recent home game against Bournemouth,

 

 

 

 

EFCSA Annual Dinner 2016

The Shareholders’ Annual Dinner will this year take place on May 14th in the Alex Young Suite from 19:30. 

The Dinner quickly sold-out last year as this is an affordable must attend event for all Evertonians and being a shareholder or member of the Association is not a requirement.

 

The dinner will take place fifty years to the day since we beat Sheffield Wednesday in that famous FA Cup Final. We are therefore immensely proud that our special guests this year are the goal scorers on that day Derek Temple and Mike Trebilcock.   The FA Cup itself will also be present and all attendees will have the opportunity to have their photography professionally taken with the famous trophy and the Everton legends.

 

Tickets prices have been maintained at £40 per person and with further guest announcements, that will include existing squad members, demand is again expected to be high.

You should reserve your place as early as possible by contacting the Association via email at hon.treasurer@efcsa.org or chair@efcsa.org or on Twitter via @EFCSA

 

Proceeds from the evening will result in a contribution being made to the Everton Former Players’ Foundation.

Major New Shareholder

The statement earlier this evening by the club of a major new shareholder is of course of great interest to all Evertonians.   The promise of new investment in the football club is at face value exciting too and we look forward to hearing in due course what that actually means.

Mr Moshiri’s proposed acquisition of 49.9% of the stock clearly means changes will be made at Board Level and we look forward to hearing about that in more detail. The brief statement implied an ongoing involvement from Bill Kenwright which we welcome as good news.

Like all Evertonians, shareholders and fans alike, we look forward to more announcements from the Club about our new Board and their plans for the future.

 

 

EFC 2015 AGM – The Questions – Update 2

The Everton Football Club Shareholders’ Association was formed in 1938 and for more than 75 years has represented the interests of shareholders during generally positive dialogue with the Club. We haven’t always totally agreed with everything the Club has said, and done, but we have respected them and always been open and honest.   They in turn have reciprocated and we have enjoyed ready access over the years to the leaders of our Club.

In 2013 we successfully canvassed shareholders and, with their support, forced the first General Meeting in many years with one major objective, the permanent reinstatement of Annual General Meetings. Our requisition was passed by a show of hands with the visible, and enthusiastic, support of the Chairman of the Board, Bill Kenwright.

In November 2015 we had the latest of the now permanently reinstated Annual General Meetings. Unfortunately our Chairman was unable to attend and he was sadly missed. After months of preparation the Association was both shocked, and disappointed, when the Club steadfastly refused to answer all the questions posed by Shareholders.

Since the latest Annual General Meeting the Association has initiated dialogue with the Club on numerous occasions via letter, email and telephone. We have attempted to find common ground with an underlying objective of getting answers to the questions that were asked in good faith by Shareholders.

The Club has refused to meet or engage with the Association.

The chronology of events can be viewed here EFC 2015 AGM – CHRONOLOGY – FINAL and we hope that fair-minded people will respect that we have tried to engage with the Club on a timely basis and that we are being as transparent as we possibly can. However, it is very clear that for whatever reason the Club does not want to answer the questions.  We at the Association do not accept that their reasons, as presented, are valid; we believe that our fellow shareholders on the Board, acting in the best interests of all Shareholders, should ensure that all these questions are answered.

Our Club Chairman has always been very helpful, even during the difficult times of 2013 he would engage and meet with us whenever it was needed.   We hope he will meet with us now because our football club is far more important than any of the personalities involved.  Clearly we understand that he is not in the best of health and we all wish him well in this respect but if he is unable to meet with us we hope, and expect, that one of his Board colleagues will be encouraged to do so in his stead.

 

The “2015 AGM – Questions Document” can be found here Everton FC AGM 2015 – Questions by Category as at 211115

The Tony Heslop Award

TONY HESLOP PHOTO (1)

 

A little over a year ago we suddenly lost a truly great Evertonian in Tony Heslop.

Tony was an enthusiastic and invaluable member of the Executive Committee of the Everton Shareholders’ Association, a Founding Member of the Everton Heritage Society, a Trustee of the world famous Everton Collection and a Founder of the Ruleteros Society.  Tony is still greatly missed by Angela his wife, all his family, friends and colleagues

With today (January 24th) being Tony’s birthday the Heritage Society, the Ruleteros and the EFCSA are delighted to announce in his memory the TONY HESLOP AWARD.

This award will be presented for the first time later this year, and each year thereafter, to the “Everton Academy Graduate who represents ‘The People’s Club’ with distinction and passion”

 

 

 

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http://www.evertoncollection.org.uk/

EFC AGM 2015 – The Questions – Update

The Association was disappointed that despite working with the Club for over six months the vast majority of the questions we collated on behalf of Shareholders were not answered during the AGM.

On November 30th we formally wrote to the Club and the detail included our surprise at the position the Club has taken on the matter.   Last week we received a formal response from the CEO and after a meeting of our Executive Committee on December 21st we will act upon it in due course.

The Association remains convinced that the questions which were submitted in good faith by Shareholders should be answered.

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