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If you’ve never participated in a Blues On Tour away day before, my recommendation is give it a go!

Getting up at 6am on your day off is madness, but not when Everton are involved. After arriving at the Park End Reception at 7.30am, we made our way to the Captain’s Table for the free breakfast. The room was buzzing, with fellow supporters all happily tucking in, discussing the day and the game ahead.

After putting our souvenir Blues On Tour place mats and beer mats safely away, we made our way to the coaches. Four coaches containing 200 supporters were ready to make the journey to London.

If you’ve never travelled away before, one of the highlights are our away stewards. We were greeted by Margi (once met, never forgotten), who checked our free travel tickets and handed us our meal deal vouchers (a free pie, bag of crisps and soft drink at Upton Park) – another great idea and an appreciated touch, as was the free programme that was waiting for us after the game.

We were anticipating the journey to drag but a variety of DVDs were shown; the Duncan Ferguson Story in particular went down well.

The biggest difference between home and away matches is the atmosphere – and it hit us as soon as we entered. Hundreds of Evertonians were singing and jumping and were very up for the game ahead.

The match will probably be remembered for Deulofeu’s perfect precision pass to Lukaku for the equaliser (cue much celebrating). A much improved second half and it was a point to discuss as we clambered back onto the coach for the long journey home.

And, to that end, a huge thank you to Mick, our driver, and all the other drivers and stewards who accompanied us to London. And a special thank you to Christine Prior, Supporters’ Liaison Officer, for organising the entire day.

There’s a Blues On Tour trip to Norwich City soon.

It’s a 5am departure. Only for Everton!

Lisa Vaughan,
Fans’ Forum Member

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