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Supporters Club Tour Goes To Denbigh

Dan Gosling, Robert Elstone and Graeme Sharp face fans' questions.

Supporters Club Tour Goes To Denbigh

The latest leg of the Everton Supporters Club Tour has taken in a visit to Denbigh.

Everton CEO Robert Elstone was joined by FA Cup hero Dan Gosling, Club legend Graeme Sharp and other senior figures from Goodison at the special event on Thursday night at the Denbigh Supporters Club in North Wales.

More than 90 members of the Supporters Club were present to talk to the Everton figures, ask questions, receive free merchandise and take part in a special prize raffle.

Mr Elstone fielded questions ranging from the quality of the beer at Goodison Park, to the potential for new investment in the Club, the move to Kirkby and the relationship with Liverpool City Council.

He confirmed a decision from the Secretary of State for the proposed new stadium in Kirkby was expected by November at the latest and that the Club is constantly in talks with potential new investors. He also stressed the importance of growing the Everton family.

He said: "We are travelling to our different supporters groups, visiting two or three a month. It is something we are doing throughout the year.

"It is so important to engage with our fans. I would like to think that by doing that we will be able to come back in a year's time and there will be 25 per cent more people here.

"We are an open Club and will answer any questions you may have. Nothing is out of bounds."

The evening began with Darren Griffiths, Everton's Media & Publications Manager, firing questions to Dan and Graeme before opening it up to the floor.

Dan Gosling talked about the emotion of scoring against Liverpool - and the fact his mum missed it because she was watching on ITV!

Sharpy reflected on his own famous goal against Liverpool - and the wealth of talent in the current squad.

Supporters pose their questions to Gosling, Sharp and ElstoneSupporters pose their questions to Dan Gosling, Graeme Sharp and Robert Elstone

He said: "Beating Liverpool this year will have made a massive difference in the changing room. It has always been a strong dressing room, but they will have taken a lot from that.

"A win against your biggest rivals gives you that little bit extra and with the togetherness there is in the squad right now I can see good times ahead. We may not have the depth of numbers of some of the sides above us, but there is a real unity and that can take you a long way.

"We have the Manchester United game coming up and whilst they will be favourites, they were also the favourites in 1995. When you talk about the famous team spirit of the past from the 80s and 95 but this squad is very close to that."

After a 30 minute Question & Answer session Dan signed individual photos for everyone present of that famous goal against Liverpool.

The evening continued with a Question & Answer session with Mr Elstone, Mark Rowan, the Club's Head of Media & Communications, and Robbie Anderson, the Head of Youth Development at the Academy.

The two hour event was completed by Clwyd Nash, the Chairman of the Denbigh Supporters Club, who thanked the guests from Everton for their attendance.

John WelshAny plans for the tour to visit Northern Ireland. ESCNI has currently 300+ members and we would welcome the opportunity to dicuss Everton matters with our VIP guests.

Friday 10th April 10:42 Report Comment
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