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Robert Elstone, 23rd December 2011 - 10:58
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The Christmas holiday period is always a good time to reflect on the past 12 months and an opportunity to look forward to the year ahead.
Firstly, as always, a big thank you from everyone at Everton; myself, the Board, the manager, the players and all staff for your continued, magnificent support. Together we have faced up to a quite a few challenges in 2011; challenges which shape our dreams, ambitions and aspirations, challenges we don't take lightly. We may not always agree on how we work our way through those challenges, but I'm sure we agree that the path wehave chosen requires hard work and foresight from us, and foundations supplied by you - your support for Everton Football Club. We will do all we can to ensure we continue to deserve your trust and loyalty and at the same time, commit to keep looking for improvements in all we do.
I am reminded on a regular basis of the high regard other Clubs and the football at large have for us. Whether it's our heritage, our home, our Academy, our community efforts, the way we go about our business or the simple reality of living up to the ‘People's Club' ethos- people respect Everton. In large or small ways, all of us have contributed to that status. We should be proud of that. Our achievements in 2011 should also make us proud,achieving a league finish which in other seasons would have seen European football return to Goodison, the emergence of more great young players, more England caps, awards galore for our community work, a new, higher-value deal with Chang, almost 24,000 season ticket holders, travelling support selling out at away games, a supporters' club network more joined up than ever with the Club, a fans' forum to advise and challenge us, and, if you will allow me to say it - a lot of people working very hard here to keep Everton a respected and 'looked up to' football club.
Some staff at Goodison will have the unexpected bonus of a Christmas break this year, the result of fixture scheduling that can only leave you ‘scratching your head'. I know many of the staff here will use that time, like many of you, to take the all-too-familiar trip up to the North East on Boxing Day. For those of you with us, enjoy the day.
The next few weeks will see Landon back with us and I know we are all looking forward to that. You can rest assured that we will be doing everything we possibly can to ensure he will not be the only arrival at Finch Farm next month. Also be assured that we continue to respond to inquiries about the Club and, at the same time, push outwards with contacts and advisors looking for that new investment.
2012 will be another exciting, challenging and busy year!
For everybody, from everybody at the Club, have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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