'Watching Tom's Debut Was My Proudest Moment In Football'

For Paul Judic, Everton is his life. 

A Park End Season Ticket holder for the past two-and-a-half decades, his memory bank of great days and nights out at Goodison Park goes deeper still. 


He saw Bob Latchford’s 30th league goal in 1977/78, witnessed Andy King's iconic derby winner a few months later, and was at the Bayern Munich game on that never-to-be-forgotten evening in 1985. 

Yet, for Judic, there has been no moment to beat the 83rd minute of Everton’s 1-1 draw with Southampton in April two years ago. 

It was at that juncture that a 17-year-old midfielder by the name of Tom Davies - a player Judic had first spotted as a six-year-old and got signed on at Goodison five years later - stepped on to make his first-team debut. 

“For me, and more so for Tom, it was a magical day,” says Judic, who continues to work as part of the Club’s Academy scouting network to this day. 

“Just to watch him warm up was absolutely unbelievable but to see him come on the pitch was the proudest moment of my life in football, absolutely. Words can’t describe how I felt.” 

Watch the story of how Paul spotted Tom in the indoor gymnasium of St Margaret Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Knotty Ash and followed his progress through the Academy to the first-team via a spell at Tranmere and starring for Liverpool School Boys in the video above. Users of the Official Everton App can also navigate to the 'Video' section.

As well as a catalogue of fan tales that can be found via our dedicated 'Home' tumblr site here, we’ve also brought you the memories of a host of Toffees heroes past and present during recent weeks, including Seamus Coleman, Francis Jeffers, Steven Pienaar, Wayne Rooney, Paul Gascoigne, Andrei Kanchelskis and Duncan Ferguson. Watch all our player videos by heading to our official YouTube channel here.

Friday 6 April - guarantee Your Season Ticket deadline. This will be the last date all 2017/18 Season Ticket Members will be able to secure their own seat before they are released to all Official Members on the Register Your Interest list.

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