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Jimmy's Whirlwind Visit

Snooker legend stops by Finch Farm to meet Blues.

Jimmy's Whirlwind Visit

Snooker legend Jimmy White was a surprise visitor to Finch Farm on Thursday morning - and he thoroughly enjoyed a tour of the facility.

Jimmy is on Merseyside to publicise his match against Ronnie O’Sullivan at the Echo Arena on 25 October and he was delighted to take the opportunity to pop into the Blues' training ground to say hello to a few of the players and, of course, the boss.

“The gaffer was great and he’s much taller than I thought he was," noted Jimmy, known throughout snooker as 'The Whirlwind'. "I’ve always really liked his character. He is who he is and I love the way he is so enthusiastic.”

On his way around Finch Farm, Jimmy met Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines, fresh from their elongated trip to Poland, Leon Osman, Phil Neville and Tony Hibbert.

“It’s always nice to meet people who are at the top of their game,” he said. “I meet quite a lot of musicians but to meet sportsmen at this level and for them to take time out to say hello is fantastic.”

Everybody who visits Finch Farm is never anything less than very impressed by it - and Jimmy was no exception.

“It’s a phenomenal complex and must be one of the best in the country - if not the best,” he claimed.  “It’s a terrific place and it’s really nice to come down here and meet the lads.”

A big football fan, Jimmy confessed to being a Blues supporter. His loyalty lies not at Goodison Park however, but at Stamford Bridge.

He said: “Everton are doing brilliantly this season but I have to say that I am a Chelsea fan and have been since I was 13-years old. I followed them well before the Russian money came in and I was always in the Shed.”

So can his team sustain their excellent start to the Premier League season and lift the title for the first time since 2009?

“I hope so,” he said cautiously. “We’ve started well and we’re looking very solid. But we still haven’t got a training ground like this though!”

Jimmy takes on Ronnie ‘The Rocket’ O’Sullivan at the Echo Arena on Thursday 25 October, with the legendary John Virgo who will be on hand to provide expert analysis and entertain the crowd.

“I’m really looking forward to playing in Liverpool," said Jimmy. "It would be great to see some of the Everton boys and supporters down there.”

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