Phil Makes David's Day
Skipper delivers last in our series of surprises.
A devoted Wirral father received the surprise of a lifetime when Everton skipper Phil Neville turned up at his workplace with a Season Ticket on Wednesday.
The Blues captain paid a visit to loyal Evertonian David Pritchard after he was nominated by his wife Tracy as part of the Club’s Make Their Day series.
David has been a rock for his family during a difficult time which has seen Tracy battle Crohns disease and the couple’s nine-year-old son Jay diagnosed with a rare genetic condition.
Lifelong Evertonian David was busy repairing cars at Howard Basford in Mold when Neville appeared unannounced to hand him his ticket for the 2013/14 campaign.
David said: “I'm totally gobsmacked. I had no idea whatsoever and my wife and the family have given nothing away, they've covered it up really well. I've been a massive Blue forever, I love my football and this means so much. You work hard and do everything you can for your family and this is an amazing way for them to tell me that they appreciate that."
Neville admitted it had been humbling to meet David and his family and added: “He has dedicated his life to his family and they have said what a special person he is and it’s great that Everton can surprise fans like this.
"These are special moments and he deserves it. He has been an Everton fan all his life and it’s great to be rewarded. It’s a special day and it’s one of the highlights of my year. Dave has given up everything for his family and now he can look forward to coming to Goodison with his son and cheering on the Toffees.”
Over the last few months, hundreds of supporters have nominated their fellow deserving Blues to receive the special treat, with Everton legend Graeme Sharp selecting the lucky winners.
Along with supporting his family and working full-time, David, 41, from Eastham, is also a voluntary FA coach and runs his own football team in Wirral.
Tracy said: “David works really hard to support us and take care of us. He puts all his time and effort into looking after me and the kids and doesn’t have time for himself really.
“When I tell him to go to Everton games he always says we can’t afford it and he makes sure the children get to do their activities first. So winning the Season Ticket is just amazing for him. This is a dream come true.”
With Season Tickets for kids under 11 priced at just £95, the family now plan to purchase a Season Ticket for son Jay so that he can enjoy every home game with his dad next term.
“It’s going to be amazing, father and son next to each other cheering on the Blues,” added Tracy.
Season Tickets for the 2013/14 campaign are now on sale with the Early Bird window open until midnight on Friday 19 April.
Kids under 11 can secure their Season Ticket for just £95, while Under-16s start from £149 and adult prices start from £427.
Supporters can save up to £96.63 on their Season Ticket if they buy before the Early Bird deadline - that equates to as many as two-and-a-half free games.
Season Tickets can be purchased online, by calling 0871 663 1878 or by visiting Park End box office or the Everton Two store.