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Nev Hails 'Special' Evertonians

by Adam Clark @efc_adamclark

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Phil Neville today hailed Evertonians as sales of Half Season Tickets exceeded three times the number sold last year.

The 10-match package has become the must-have Christmas gift this year with hundreds of Blues fans snapping up Half Season Tickets since they went on sale last month.

Fans who have flocked to Goodison Park in the first half of the 2012/13 campaign have been rewarded with a succession of fine Everton displays.

However, skipper Neville knows the Club's impressive start simply wouldn’t have been possible without the backing of the fans.  

“Win, lose or draw Evertonians always support,” the 35-year-old told evertontv. “In my time at this Club we've had success and we've had disappointments and, throughout it all, the fans have always remained the same.

“I never forget the first thing the manager said to me when he sat down in my front room. He said, ‘as long as you give your best and you give your all, the Everton fans will take you to their hearts’. I thought at the time it was a throw away comment that most people say, but it actually was true. They're a special bunch of supporters.”

Along with creating a special atmosphere at Goodison Park every matchday, Everton fans travel all over the country every week to back David Moyes’ side - and their support does not go unnoticed.

Neville said: “Everywhere we go, not just in England, not just in Europe, our fans have travelled with us. Some of my fondest memories are of meeting fans in Australia, meeting fans in America, travelling to Nurnberg for a Europa League game and seeing 9,000 fans there, going to Sunderland away with 5,000 fans - that's a sign you're playing for a big club.”

Sales of Half Season Tickets are up an impressive 204 per cent compared to the same day last year and there’s also a significant increase in the number of under-16s securing their seat at Goodison Park, with 211 per cent more young supporters taking advantage of the great value compared to the 2011/12 season.

Kids under the age of 11 can catch all the home action in the second half of the Premier League campaign for the bargain price of £50, while junior Blues (11-16) can secure their seat from only £99.

Kicking off with Everton’s clash against Chelsea on Sunday 30 December, the Half Season Ticket guarantees a seat at some high-profile Goodison Park fixtures, including the visit of Manchester City and a final home game of the season encounter with West Ham United.

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