The Blues teamed up with Stagecoach last weekend to invite 20 veterans for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Everton’s HQ before being bused over to Goodison Park in a specially-wrapped ‘poppy bus’ to watch the team beat Brighton.
Last Saturday, Everton’s Official Club Partner invited the 20 veterans from Everton in the Community’s Knowsley Veterans’ Hub (KVH) programme to have a look around the Club’s offices at the Royal Liver Building before receiving a legacy talk from a member of the Everton Heritage Society and being transported to the stadium for the Club’s Remembrance Day fixture against Brighton.
The event was a part of the Blues’ Remembrance Day proceedings with the veterans also receiving a standing ovation from the Goodison faithful after taking to the pitch for the minute’s silence in a touching moment.
Mike Royden from the Everton Heritage Society did an in-depth talk on the Club’s First World War legacy and those former Blues players who tragically passed away during the war.
Everton in the Community plays a positive role in Liverpool and has an extensive veterans program that has supported approximately 500 veterans since February 2016, 10 veterans have been moved away from homelessness and supported 10 veterans suffering with mental health issues.