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The sun has continued to shine today - and rightfully so!
Yesterday (Sunday) was an amazing day for anyone associated with Everton Football Club. The result, it goes without saying, was outstanding.
But the sight of Phil Jagielka wheeling away in celebration after netting the crucial penalty is just one of the many great memories the day will evoke for those who were present at Wembley - or watching on television.
The passion, colour, volume and dignity shown by the many thousands of Evertonians who attended the game was something for which we can all be proud.
There is no doubt which set of fans on the day created the greatest noise - or colour. That level of support and backing was cited by virtually every member of the team and coaching staff in the wake of the famous penalty shoot-out victory.
I lost count of the number of flags being furled - or Marouane Fellaini wigs donned! Such euphoria and excitement is something our loyal fans so richly deserve.
There have been so many giant steps made by the manager and his players in recent seasons. But now we have something tangible to look forward to and prepare for - Everton's first appearance in a major final for 14 years.
I know the focus is now on securing a ticket for the final on May 30th and we hope to release further information following confirmation of the prices later this week.
One aspect of the final process we will not be relishing is ticket distribution because once again demand will outweigh supply and many supporters will unfortunately not be able to join us back in the capital city.
We are due back at Wembley this week to understand exactly how many tickets we will be given but we do know already it will be significantly less than the 32,000 we had for the weekend.
The fact that so many of our loyal supporters were at Wembley this weekend led us to the decision to extend the early bird period for Season Ticket purchases beyond the original April 18 deadline.
The early bird period has now been extended until midnight on Saturday, April 25 if you purchase online. It means fans have even longer to take advantage of the 10% reduction on prices. It also means that fans can secure their Season Tickets in person on Saturday prior to our Premier League encounter with Manchester City.
Reaching an FA Cup final is a massive achievement. But to do so having overcome the likes of Liverpool, Aston Villa and Manchester United makes it something special indeed.
It sends out a message - about the quality of the squad we have here at Everton and the Club's ambitions. The current economic climate is something I have talked about a number of times in this blog. But despite that, sales of Season Tickets are encouraging.
I am certain that is down to the quality of the product on the pitch. Reaching an FA Cup final underlines that quality. After the euphoria of Sunday I am sure there will be a carnival atmosphere inside Goodison for the visit of Manchester City this weekend.
Where better to reflect on the achievement than here at Goodison, alongside the same fans who were at Wembley to savour such a special day?
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