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.


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.


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

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.

General Meeting Proxy Submission Deadline

Shareholders who are unable to attend Tuesday’s General Meeting and wish to send a proxy in their place are reminded that the deadline for submitting the paperwork to the club is 7 PM this Sunday (April 27th).

Following queries from some of our members, the club have confirmed that the Park End reception will be open from 9 AM to 7 PM on Sunday and a staff member will be available to collect all proxy forms.

EFCSA Meeting with the Club on December 13th 2013 discussed Stadium Plans, The Fans’ Forum and more

Members of the Everton Shareholders’ Association Executive Committee met with club CEO Robert Elstone and Director of Communications Alan Myers in mid-December in the latest of our quarterly meetings with the Club. In the following meeting notes you can hear the views of CEO Robert Elstone on Stadium plans, the Fans Forum & the Away Fans Initiative.

Shareholders are welcome to suggest subjects for future discussion for inclusion on the agenda for our next meeting (March 4th) get in touch and tell us about it.

Quarterly Meeting – Meeting Notes and Actions

Everton Football Club and

Everton FC Shareholders’ Association

Goodison Park, 13 December 2013, 10:15am – 11:15am

John Blain                      Chairman, EFCSA
Robert Elstone              CEO, Everton FC
Alan Myers                      Communications Director, Everton FC
Michael Owen                Executive Committee Member, EFCSA
John Vanderwerff          Executive Committee Member, EFCSA


  1. Introductions
  2. Update on progress towards 2014 General Meeting
  3. Timing of the publication of Company Accounts
  4. Effectiveness of Fans Forum and Supporters Liaison Officer
  5. Club position on proposals for safe standing at Premier League games
  6. Update on proposed new stadium
  7. Update on Away Fans’ Initiative, Everton and Overall
  8. AOB


This meeting is part of a series scheduled for 2013 and 2014 that will take place on a quarterly basis between Everton FC, represented by the Chief Executive Robert Elstone and supported by selected colleagues. The Association is to be represented by the Chairman, John Blain, and representatives of the Shareholders’ Association Executive Committee.

For this meeting Mr Elstone was supported by Alan Myers, the Everton FC Communications Director. John Blain attended with Executive Committee Members Michael Owen and John Vanderwerff.


The meeting took place in Mr Elstone’s office at Goodison Park and lasted for 60 minutes.

Update on progress towards 2014 General Meeting

Mr Elstone informed the meeting progress had been made towards changing the Articles of Association and these would be placed before the Board for approval at the Board Meeting on December 19th. However, no discussions had yet taken place at Board level concerning the timing of the 2014 Annual General Meeting.

Mr Elstone further noted, in response to a query from Mr Owen, that Robert Earl would be attending the Board Meeting by telephone conference.

Timing of the publication of Company Accounts

Publication of the Company Accounts has been delayed by the Club’s auditors seeking further clarity on a particular matter.

Mr Elstone explained that the ‘look and feel’ of the document had been updated to improve readability and he was now expecting publication to occur in January 2014. He confirmed that it would be unlikely for the Club to host an AGM in line with historical timing, immediately after the publishing of the Annual Report and Accounts.

Effectiveness of Fans Forum and Supporters Liaison Officer

Mr Elstone felt that the Fans’ Forum worked well and continued to make a contribution to many areas of the Club. The group fulfilled many roles but served two key functions, firstly, a sounding board for ideas and policies proposed by the Club and secondly, providing feedback from fans on existing activities and new ideas and opportunities.

He added that the Club is reviewing how the Forum might be further improved – which it naturally does across all areas of the Club, and identified a need for the group to be a little less bureaucratic (spending less time on the Forum ‘rules’) and be less cautious in making decisions (and suggested that this was understandable given the unfair scrutiny levied on the group, earlier in the year). On the whole, Mr Elstone was pleased with the Forum’s contribution. He concluded by noting that as part of the search for improvements, the Club was looking at other Clubs’ Forums and communication vehicles to see if Everton could learn from others.

Following a brief discussion of potential improvements, Mr Vanderwerff suggested the Forum could publish an annual statement of contribution, matters discussed and decision made. Mr Elstone agreed. He also agreed that the Club would consider disallowing the option of anonymity such that all Forum members should be identifiable to the wider fan base. All agreed that work needed to be done raising the profile of the work of the Group and the general awareness of its accessibility.

On a final matter, we discussed the selection and composition of Fans’ Forum members. John Blain expressed the view that the debate should have been made public by the Club.

Club position on proposals for safe standing at Premier League games

Mr Elstone explained that this is a delicate subject and the Club formally doesn’t have a view one way or another at this time.

The Club will continue to monitor closely any developments.

Update on proposed new stadium

Mr Elstone explained that discussions and high level planning continues with up to one and a half days per week of his time being spent on this. Operating to a high-level brief to create a stadium that would provide for the “most atmospheric home-end in world football” he explained that consultation with the Council and finding a preferred site means this is an evolving project. Nonetheless the work is sufficiently progressed that if funding was available the Club could move very quickly.

Mr Elstone described the current work as a ‘phenomenally exciting scheme’ with council buy-in and providing a significant amount of regeneration in Liverpool. He also explained that this was on the agenda for the forthcoming Board Meeting.

Update on Away Fans’ Initiative, Everton and Overall

We spoke for a while about this initiative and the different approaches that clubs had taken to investing the £200k per year that has been set aside by the clubs to enhance the away match experience. Mr Elstone reiterated what he had said in previous meetings that this is supposed to be about filling the away ends of grounds. He noted that the ticket price subsidy the Club had announced for our own fans accounted for about 25% of the total spend.

Additionally the Club would soon announce a new role of ‘Away Fan Ambassador’ who would be available 8am through 8pm on match days to support the needs of away fans including providing live updates (presumably through social media platforms) of things such as traffic and weather updates.

He is though really frustrated by the actions of what he called the ‘less proactive clubs’ who’d used the whole £200k to simply knock a few pounds off tickets for their own fans, especially those clubs who have a 100% away following anyway and so their actions are very unlikely to increase attendances.

He has (or will) asked the Premier League to be more specific about their expectation for the use of these funds as the scheme continues in 2014/15 and 2015/166.


As our meeting had started a little late and Mr Elstone was already late for an important conference call we ended the meeting without really addressing AOB from either party.

Next Meeting and Actions

The next meeting is scheduled to take place at Goodison Park at 10am on March 4th 2014

The Class of ’63

The Everton Former Players Foundation is behind an exciting new project that they are convinced will be of massive interest to Evertonians of all ages.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 league championship triumph, the EFPF is backing a play that will tell the story of that momentous season. Chairman Laurence Lee takes up the story.

“We were approached by a local playwright, Mike Howl about this idea he had about writing a play to commemorate the1963 title win. We were very excited about it and everyone has worked extremely hard to pull it together. It was a terrific reason with some of the best players to have ever worn the royal blue jersey and the likes of Derek Temple and Tony Kay will actually be a part of the production”

The play, called Everton – The Class of ‘63’ will be staged over three days at The Dome Theatre in Liverpool’s Central Hall. The show, which also features live music from the 60’s, as well as many of the much loved Everton ‘Anthems’, is a celebration of a great team, a great manager – Harry Catterick, and a great set of supporters!

Click the image to buy tickets at the Dome Theatre’s website, or call the booking line on 0871 288 4727.

An Evening with Alan Myers

The Shareholders’ Association has two upcoming forums, and a number of other planned events, which we hope will be of interest to our members and other Evertonians.

On Monday December 2nd Alan Myers, Everton’s new Head of Communications, has agreed to talk to us in The People’s Lounge at Goodison Park. Alan has had an eventful start to his latest period of employment with the club, the change to the Club Badge and the reaction to it being just one issue he’s had to deal with. Alan will talk about that and any other issues you care to raise, including the challenges facing the communications and press office, priorities for the season and the part the fans play.

Alan is a true Evertonian and an honest man with a good sense of humour and he will, I’m sure, have tales of what went wrong as well as what worked well. This promises to be a good, open-ended evening and one not to be missed. It starts at 7.30 in the People’s Lounge but there is tea and coffee from 7 onwards. It is free to Association members, who can bring a friend or two. There will be a charge of £2 for non-members.

For catering purposes, could you let me know of your intention to attend? My e mail address is tony.heslop@efcsa.org and my phone number is 0151 920 0227.

Details of future events will be publicised here in the coming weeks.

– Tony Heslop



Shareholders Association AGM


Notice is hereby given that the 75th Annual General Meeting of The Everton Football Club Shareholders’ Association will be held in the People’s Club Lounge, Goodison Park, Liverpool, L4 4EL on Tuesday 20th August 2013 at 7.30 pm for the purpose of considering the following ordinary business.

To receive and approve minutes of the 2012 Annual General Meeting

To receive and consider the report of the Executive Committee

To receive and approve the audited Balance Sheet and Statement of Accounts

To approve the appointment of the Auditors

To approve the Annual Subscription

To receive an announcement of the membership of the Executive Committee for the ensuing year (please see note 1)

Any Other Business

Tea and coffee will be available in the People’s Club Lounge from 6:30 p.m.

Note 1: One of the current members of the Executive Committee of the Association, Paul Gabbutt, has resigned from the Committee. The other 13 members of the Executive Committee have notified the Secretary of their intention to stand again. One new nomination has been received (from Michael Owen), therefore an election will not be required to determine membership of the Executive Committee for 2013/2014. Details of the members of the Executive Committee will be available for information at the Annual General Meeting.

Following the formal business of the meeting a ballot will be held to allocate the Shareholders’ Association tickets for the Directors’ Box for home fixtures. As agreed at the 2012 Annual General Meeting, only current members who have not been allocated the tickets during the preceding 12 months will be entered into this ballot. However, due to the proximity of the AGM to the first home match of the season (West Brom on Saturday August 24th), and to ensure the tickets will be used, the Executive Committee have determined that the draw for this match will limited to those present on the night.

We backed John Stones in January, now he’s repaid us in August

Beginning with the 2011/12 season, the Everton Shareholders’ Association were Magaye Gueye’s shirt sponsor and we were delighted to have the opportunity to meet with “Maggie” and witness his contribution to the first team – particularly his performance in the Cup quarter final replay at Sunderland in 2012 and the 4-0 league win over the same club 2 weeks later at Goodison.

Magaye returned to his home country of France in the 2013 January transfer window, joining Brest on loan. In the same transfer window, John Stones signed from Barnsley in a £500,000 deal. Hearing glowing reports of the then 18 year old defender from Barnsley fans, we eagerly accepted when the club’s commercial team offered us the opportunity to switch our sponsorship to the new No. 26.

That investment, with perhaps a little assistance from the coaching staff and the player’s own hard work, looks now to be bearing fruit with Stones’ stand-out performance against Juventus in this morning’s ICC Gold Cup tie in San Francisco.

Those who travelled to the states (or who employed matchsticks to keep their eyes open for the 4AM UK kick-off time) will have witnessed an assured performance from Stones in a back line which had to contend with the Italian champions star forwards. Even before the drama of the penalty shoot-out, Stones was being mentioned as a Man of the Match candidate by commentators and fans. And then he stepped up and did this…

[Having received notification from Everton that the YouTube video of John stones’ penalty previously embedded here infringed their rights, we have removed this video. You can still watch an official video of the cheeky spot-kick (as well as other videos from the US tour) here on the Official Everton FC YouTube channel.]

Quite rightly, John Stones is the talk of the Everton internet today. The Everton Shareholders Association are proud to have sponsored John in his first season for the club and have already taken up the opportunity to sponsor him again this year. We wish him and his colleagues all the best for the coming season both on and off the field.

We’ve snapped up John Stones’ sponsorship package, but some of the other 1st team squad are still available. If you or your business would like to sponsor an Everton Player this season, get in touch with Carl Bradshaw (carl.bradshaw@evertonfc.com) for more details.

SA Young Player of the Season Rewarded with Professional Contract

Following on from receiving the 2012/2013 Ena Jones Trophy for Outstanding Young Player from the Shareholders’ Association earlier this week, defender and Academy graduate Tyias Browning has been rewarded for his progress over the last year with his first  professional contract.

Quoted on Everton’s official website, Browning said “I’m delighted – it’s what I was working towards for the last eight years. I’ve got the opportunity of another two years to try and make it to the first-team. I wouldn’t be here without the academy and I’ve enjoyed every moment as well. I’ve got two years to try and earn many more years. Last season was my best at the club but it’s only the early stages. Hopefully I will have many more.”

Browning has been with the club since the age of 10, and the two year deal means he’s committed his future to Everton until 2015. Browning is pictured below being receiving the Ena Jones Trophy for Outstanding Young Player of the Season from SA  Executive Committee member John Vanderwerff , flanked by manager Roberto Martinez and SA Chairman John Blain.

The Association would like to wish Tyias the best of luck for the coming season and hope his hard work will see him receive further recognition throughout his career.

Roberto Martinez Presents the Young Player of the Year Award

The Ena Jones Trophy was today presented to Tyias Browning as the Shareholders’ Association Outstanding Young Player of the Year at a ceremony held after training at Finch Farm by manager Roberto Martinez.

Roberto Martinez Presents the Ena Jones Trophy to Tyias Browning

Roberto Martinez Presents the Ena Jones Trophy to Tyias Browning

The award was created in memory of Ena Jones who was a Life President and Honorary Secretary of the Association between 1968 and 1996. Tyias was selected by David Moyes and joins an illustrious list of former winners who were each selected personally at the time by the team manager.

The first winner of the award in 1996 was Michael Branch who enjoyed an encouraging start to his Everton career before losing his way and becoming something of a journeyman. He was followed in 1997 by Michael Ball who played more than 100 games for the blues in a 5-year career after his debut as a 17 year old and before he was sold to Rangers for £6.5m in 2001.

Francis Jeffers won the award in 1999 and famously linked up well with Kevin Campbell and scored at a rate of better than 1 in 3 before being transferred to Arsenal in an £8m deal in 2001. The award in 2000 went to Peter Clarke whose appearances were limited and spent a fair amount of time out on loan before transferring to Blackpool in 2004.

Nick Chadwick was a prolific scorer at youth level and was recognised with this award in 2001. He made limited impression at first team level and was transferred to Plymouth Argyle in 2005 for £250,000. In his first season he scored the Argyle’s fastest ever league goal in 11 seconds. In 2002 the outstanding young player was Sean O’Hanlon who became the first and so far only award winner not to make a first team appearance. He transferred to Swindon in 2004 and became team captain in 2005.

Remember the name … Wayne Rooney was the winner of the award in 2004 (there wasn’t a winner in 2003) and he made a massive impression on the club from his first team debut as a 16 year old in 2002. He was for a time our youngest goal scorer and the most expensive player of his age (18) when he transferred to Man Utd for a fee in excess of £25m. The oldest winner of the award, Tony Hibbert, was the outstanding young player of 2005 at the age of 24. Tony has gone on to attain legendary status amongst the fans and with more than 250 league appearances under his belt remains a valuable member of the first team squad.

Victor Anichebe won the first of his two awards in 2006 (the second came in 2008) and has been somewhat of an enigma with regards to fulfilling the potential he showed when he made his reserve team debut was as a 15 year-old and later scored his first premier league goal as an 18 year-old in 2006. An Olympic Silver Medallist with Nigeria Victor finished last season strongly and is a valuable member of the first team squad. Sandwiched between his two awards was the 2007 winner James Vaughan. He became Everton’s and the Premier League’s youngest goals corer at 16 in 2005. His career was blighted by injury and despite scoring the penalty shootout against Man Utd in 2009 he transferred to Norwich City in 2011.

Jack Rodwell became the second double winner when he won the award in both 2009 and 2010. In a 5-year first team career he only made 85 league appearances and seemed to frequently get injured at the wrong time. Despite this he transferred to Man City for up to £15m in 2012 where his injury problems seem to be continuing. Acquired from Sligo Rovers in 2009 for a pittance Seamus Coleman spent part of the 2009-2010 season on loan to promotion winning Blackpool before making his Everton debut in 2010-2011 as right sided midfield player. His blistering pace and developing defensive skills have established him as the current first choice right back.

Frenchman Magaye Gueye joined in a £1m deal from Strasbourg in 2010 and after a sticky start enjoyed some fine performances in the 2012 cup run. He subsequently lost his way a little and spent last season on loan at Brest and played for Senegal in the 2012 Olympics. He’s back at the club now under new manager Roberto Martinez and has two years remaining on his contract.

Finally, our Outstanding Young Player of 2012-2013 is Tyias Browning. Selected by David Moyes as one of his final acts before leaving the club Liverpool born Tyias is noted for his pace and strength at right back and as a 19 year-old has already been capped by England at both U17 and U19 level.

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