Martinez Lauds Fundraising Fans

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez has thanked the Club’s fans after they raised thousands of pounds for those affected by flooding in Carlisle.

Blues fans, spearheaded by the Club’s Fans’ Forum, have raised well over £7,000 for the Carlisle Community Supporters Trust.

Sunday’s FA Cup fourth round clash is swiftly approaching and will itself provide welcome respite for the supporters of the Cumbrian outfit, many of whom have been severely hit by the devastating flooding which struck before Christmas.

Martinez said: “They have been through a very tough period but as a football team at the centre of there community, they reacted in an incredible way. They have been an example with players going to on the streets and helping the neighbourhoods around.

“Our Fans’ Forum at Everton has been one of the few that has showed that respect and togetherness and they have raised a lot of money to provide help to the club and the community.”

Carlisle’s chairman had criticised some Premier League sides for their lack of willingness to help his club at their time of need.

But Everton’s benevolence won’t go un-noticed this weekend.

“As a football club, that is what we are,” Martinez continued. “We are very aware of the tough times Carlisle had and I am sure we can all enjoy a big footballing occasion and concentrate on a big match in the fourth round of the FA Cup.”

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