Meet The Fans Forum

The Everton Fans' Forum is one of the initiatives designed to help bring fans closer to the Club.

The Forum meets bi-monthly to provide honest and candid feedback on a host of issues and topics that are important to supporters.

The representative group are able to air their views to members of Everton's executive management team and other staff from the Club's various departments.

Here we meet the Forum members...



Ian Ball (Chairperson)

ian.ball@evertonfansforum.com  

Area of the Stadium: Lower Gwladys Street (GT2)
Point of Contact for: Disabled Supporters
Joined the Forum in: January 2017
 
What was your first match? 1978 vs Watford (I think) my mum’s brothers took me. My dad is a red and tried to make me one, but once I walked into Goodison the hairs on the back of my neck and my arms went up, it was electric, nothing like Anfield. I must've always been a blue but didn't know because of my Kopite dad.


Who is your all time favourite player? 
Bob Latchford / Neville Southall. Bob because he was the first goals I saw, he was massive to thr 7 year old me and I am lucky enough to have spent quite a bit of time with him in recent years.  Neville - well because he was just Everton wasn't he? Some of the saves that man pulled off were astounding.

Who is your favourite current player? Jordan Pickford / Seamus Coleman / Tom Davies. I just enjoy watching them. 

What is your usual pre-match ritual? Don't really have one, it all depends on who I'm meeting before the game, if I am meeting new fans I'm there early to take them around the outside of the ground and show them some scouse hospitality. If I'm meeting old friends they normally park outside mine and we walk down together.

Tell us one of your favourite matchday memories? The first game I brought my brother to. The smile on his face the knowing he was one of us, I still cherish that day 30 years later. 

What is your favourite away ground? Probably Old Trafford.

Who was the best player for an opponent you have seen at Goodison Park? Hard one this, Kenny Dalglish or Thierry Henry. The game was just effortless to them. If you could make one change to matchday what would it be?  To get rid of all the moaners and let people enjoy the game. Not to watch another goal against us.

If you could make one change to matchday what would it be?  To get rid of all the moaners and let people enjoy the game. Not to watch another goal against us.




Nick Mernock 
nick.mernock@evertonfansforum.com

Area of the Stadium: Paddock (PP4)
Point of Contact for: Fan Groups

What was your first match? My first game was Everton v Tranmere Rovers League Cup 2nd round on 3rd September 1968 with goals from Ball, Royle and two from Alan Whittle. It was a classic Everton team first team that night , unlike the second strings that get put out now , and I remember coming up the stairs in the main stand and seeing a floodlight illuminated Goodison for the first time. I know it’s a well worn statement , but Goodison under the lights is the best, and continues to be.

Who is your all time favourite player?
 My first hero was Alan Ball and my mum hand stitched a number 8 onto the back of my first Everton shirt ( non of that heat printing then) , although despite as a kid learning to sing “ whose the greatest of them all ...Alan Ball “ I must admit I occasionally changed it to Joe Royle.

Who is your favourite current player? 
Over the last few years the change over of players , and inconsistent seasons have made it difficult for one current player to stand out. For me if you play for the shirt , and Understand the club that’s a good start. Currently I think Digne looks a great player , and a really hope Michael Keane develops this year into a future captain. 

What is your usual pre-match ritual? 
Pre-match varies because of Sky changing days and kick off times . Saturdays is travel with my son and my mate Steve, park up and try and balance a KFC and a pint into pre match. If it’s Sunday lunchtime it’s watch my son Callum play first in the morning then dash over dropping him off while I miss the first ten minutes trying to find somewhere to park.

Tell us one of your favourite matchday memories?
 I went to the Cup winners Cup Final in Rotterdam with my wife Trish by coach , we had already lost my mate who fell down a flight of stairs the night before and ended up in hospital and little did I know I was to lose Mrs Mernock later. Great day in Rotterdam some beers with the fans in the afternoon, and then up to the ground a mass game of football against the Police outside the stadium , than a surreal cup final when you just knew you were going to win from the first minute. Saw us lift our first European trophy then on the coach for a long happy session home with bottles of everything flying around Unfortunately Mrs M has a low drink threshold but is to polite to say no when offered a drink , we had hardly got out of the car park before she was fast asleep and no amount of singing , or shouting saw her come round till she was helped onto the Ferry 

What is your favourite away ground?
 As an away ground I have always enjoyed Villa Park , we have a good record there as well as happy memories of cup semi-final victories (isn’t it about time we went back to neutral venues). I have to say Villa Park was best when it was still a standing section . I remember Standing on the Holte End for the semi-finals was immense as it was normally split and created such a good atmosphere.

Who was the best player for an opponent you have seen at Goodison Park?
 A lot of opposition players had a good day at Goodison , but consistently from a British perspective a great player for me was David Beckham on his day he could be a match winner on his own. From a non-British perspective it is Thierry Henry

If you could make one change to matchday what would it be? Bring back the cushions that used to be put on seats, and quite regularly lobbed on the pitch at the end of a bad game. At least that way people can express their anger with a cushion then go home and hopefully stop the pathetic booing , especially of our young players that some fools feel is appropriate at the moment.

 
Area of the Stadium: Park End (PE2)
Point of Contact for: EitC/Fundraising

Joined the Forum in: 
January 2014 

What was your first match? My first match was when I was 6 a friend took me to watch Everton v Aston Villa. I remember in those days standing on a crate so I could see the action. I was so overwhelmed by the atmosphere and the passion - once Everton touches you - well 52 years later it’s still in my blood

Who is your all time favourite player? It has to be big Bob Latchford. I used to sit between pro and anti atch supporters and even when he scored the anti latch supporter would still say he could have done better. Also loved Dave Thomas with those socks around his ankles and those in swinging crosses - just magic

Who is your favourite current player? My current favourite is Seamus Coleman - he sums up our club and has time for everyone. A true gentleman.

What is your usual pre-match ritual? Nowadays it involves getting to the ground early. I always walk the same route and still get excited when the old lady comes into view.

Tell us one of your favourite matchday memories? I have loads of memories but I was privileged to see us lift titles and FA cups - I hated that cannon league trophy but remember that atmosphere around Goodison and the team parading the trophy around the ground.

What is your favourite away ground? Sadly I don’t get away too much now but remember fondly Aston Villa and especially Wembley and hoping for a return there this season.

Who was the best player for an opponent you have seen at Goodison Park? Hard to say, if they ain’t in Everton colours I don’t care but probably Cristiano Ronaldo

If you could make one change to matchday what would it be? It’s a shame today’s game is becoming a non-contact sport. Officials are spoiling the game as I love to see good, fair tackles.

 
Area of the Stadium: Family Encolsure (FE9)
Point of Contact for: Families
 
Joined the Forum in: January 2016 (re-elected in 2019).

What was your first match? My first Everton game was with my husband Clem on 13th August 1995. It was Everton v Blackburn in the Charity Shield. Everton won 1-0 and even though I came from a family of Evertonians, at the age of 23 I had never been a game! Girls just didn’t go the match. I saw Dave Watson lift the trophy and I was hooked and have been going home and away ever since.

Who is your all time favourite player? There’s a few. Tim Cahill, Pat Van den Hauwe, Duncan Ferguson but Mikel Arteta wins it for me. I loved his friendship with Tim Cahill. I like they way he played and he didn’t look too bad either!

Who is your favourite current player?  In our team at the minute it has to be Seamus, he is an Evertonian I love him and everything he stands for. He’s what I expect from an Everton player and a gentleman. He just gets us Everton fans.

What is your usual pre-match ritual? When we go the game we all get ready for the match and everyone meets at my house. I always take my old Everton scarf on Matchdays, home and away.  We take my nephew and my friend’s little boy with us as well (we converted him). We sit in separate rows behind each other, it works well as we all whisper in each other’s ear!

Tell us one of your favourite matchday memories? Chelsea in Feb 2011. Phil Neville scored the winner to put Everton into the last 16 off the FA Cup.  Ashley Cole blazed his penalty over the stand and Neville placed his kick into top corner to seal the win. The celebrations were wild - the players with the fans! It was the best I’ve experienced. We met Phil Neville after the game, it was just the best day ever!

What is your favourite away ground?  My favorite away grounds are Aston Villa and Arsenal - the old and the new. Aston Villa is close to the pitch like Goodison and the Emirates is like a mini Wembley. I enjoy going to both.

Who was the best player for an opponent you have seen at Goodison Park? Thierry Henry - he was just class everything about him.

If you could make one change to matchday what would it be?  If there could be one change to my match day it would be heated seats. I’m always freezing and in the family enclosure we get wind and rain, so heated seats would be fab.

 



Lisa Vaughan
lisa.vaughan@evertonfansforum.com  

Area of the Stadium: Upper Gwladys Street (GS2)
Point of Contact for: Junior Supporters

Joined the Forum in: January 2015

What was your first match? 26th August 1980, League Cup v Blackpool.  We won 3-0 and I still have my ticket inside my programme.  I remember sitting in the main stand with my dad and I loved everyone singing and the sense of belonging.

Who is your all time favourite player? Pat Van Den Hauwe - nothing better than when he ran past an opponent and caught them in the face with his elbow.

Who is your favourite current player? Seamus Coleman - he gets us.  He understands the fan base and shares our commitment and vision.

What is your usual pre-match ritual? It depends upon the game.  I attend with family and we like to get to Goodison early.  Sometimes we meet up with friends, I hate being late and getting to Goodison just for the kick off.

Tell us one of your favourite matchday memories? The 4-4 Derby in 1991 - I was standing at the front of the Lower Gwladys with my dad.  Tony Cottee got the 4th to equalise in the 114th minute. Hysteria,  my dad shouted "I'm going!", I looked up and he'd jumped over the wall and ran onto the pitch.  He's still the same.

What is your favourite away ground? I love away games.  I like the Emirates but I haven't seen us win there yet!  I also like the Etihad (as their facilities are good) and Old Trafford (their catering is great). 

Who was the best player for an opponent you have seen at Goodison Park? Thierry Henry - he seemed like a magician.  Never saw him have a bad game at Goodison, seemed like he controlled everything and we couldn't get near him.

If you could make one change to matchday what would it be? Affordable, decent food and drink available.  Nobody wants to sit near a 'hangry' person at the game.




Tom Moore

tom.moore@evertonfansforum.com  

Area of the Stadium: Lower Gwladys (GT4)

Point of Contact for: Ticketing Issues/Away Supporters

Joined the Forum in: January 2017

What was your first match? A pre-season friendly against Gornik Zabrze in August 1991, played as part of the Robert Warzycha transfer. We won 3-0.

Who is your all time favourite player? Neville Southall. I was too young to see him at his absolute prime in the 80s, but even as I grew up in the 90s he was still immense.

Who is your favourite current player? Jordan Pickford.

What is your usual pre-match ritual? Usually a few pints in The Springfield or in town.

Tell us one of your favourite matchday memories? Watching a pre-season game in Tanzania. A group of Evertonians ended up sitting amongst the VIP seats, so we joined the dignitaries, including Robert Elstone, Leon Osman, and the Tanzanian president, at their half-time buffet. I don't think they were too impressed.

What is your favourite away ground? The old White Hart Lane.

Who was the best player for an opponent you have seen at Goodison Park? At his prime, Thierry Henry was probably the player I most feared.

If you could make one change to matchday what would it be? A private bar, solely for my personal use, so I can get a pint at half-time quicker than usual!

 



Louis Reed Foster

louis.reedfoster@evertonfansforum.com  

Area of the Stadium: Lower Gwladys (GT2)
Point of Contact for: EitC/Fundraising
Joined the Forum in: January 2017 


What was your first match? 
My first match was Aston Villa at home in 1998. We drew 0-0 and John Collins missed a pen.

Who is your all time favourite player? Tim Cahill and Leighton Baines. Two top players for us over the years. You could always rely on Cahill for a last minute equaliser or winner. He just never gave up. Baines was the best left back in the world for a few years and was one half of a great left side.

Favourite current player? Still love Bainsey but Seamus Coleman would be my choice these days.

Pre-match ritual? Walk along to The Dark House with my dad, have a few drinks with him and our mates. I'll often go and check out what's upstairs in St Luke's as well.

Favourite match day memory? Going to Kharkiv with my dad. I was 15 and meant to be doing mock GCSE's. We've been all over Europe together but that one sticks out as being particularly special.

Favourite away ground? Don't have one really but I'll go with the old Upton Park. It was a good traditional ground like Goodison.

Favourite opposition player? Easily Riquelme. He was the most classy midfielder I've ever seen. Cristiano Ronaldo and Thierry Henry both deserve a mention as well.

Change one thing about match day? Early kick offs, they're a nightmare with a hangover. I still think match days should be Saturday at 3pm but sadly those days are gone for good.


 
Annmarie Flynn

annmarie.flynn@evertonfansforum.com  

Area of the Stadium: Paddock (PK5)
Point of Contact for: Equality & Diversity/Ground Catering
Joined the Forum in: January 2018

What was your first match? Feb 1973, Spurs.  I was seven years old.  We lost that day (quelle surprise) but I still remember the thrill of walking up the stairs in that crowd with my beloved dad holding my hand tight.  I was seven years old and can still remember the smells, the noise and the sense of anticipation (and disappointment).   

Who is your all time favourite player? Duncan Ferguson.  The derby goal, the FA Cup; Man Utd; Hyypia….. should I continue?  

Who is your favourite current player? Seamus Coleman.  Cos he was an absolute steal; he's shown loyalty and dedication and despite that awful break he came back fighting. 

What is your usual pre-match ritual?  I pick up my sister, we switch on Radio Merseyside for the pre-match discussion, park up at the Isla Gladstone and walk to the Fans' Zone.  She has a couple of wines, I have a cider or a hot chocolate (depending on the weather :)) We join in the crowd activities and about 15 minutes before kick off we join the exodus and take our seats with fingers crossed.  

Tell us one of your favourite matchday memories? November 2017, my sister, my nephews and I came to the game the day after my darling mum Vera died.  We beat West Ham 4-0 that night (one of the few highlights of that season) and somehow I knew they'd done it for Vera or she'd done it for us!

What is your favourite away ground? Craven Cottage.  It's a lovely, traditional ground that reminds me of Goodison, the allocated seats are usually good and my mate lives round the corner so I can walk to the match (and the pub)

Who was the best player for an opponent you have seen at Goodison Park? Kevin de Bruyne - class.

If you could make one change to matchday what would it be? Six inches more cover from the roof in the Paddock!!!




Kieran Riley

Area of the Stadium: 
Upper Bullens (UB2)
Point of Contact for: International Supporters
Joined the Forum in: January 2018

What was your first match? 
Too young to remember, however confident it was during the 2002/03 season.
 
Who is your all time favourite player? It has to be Tim Cahill. As another one of my favourites, Mikel Arteta, put it in a recent interview, he was quite simply "the identity of the club". He gave everything for the club, and still to this day boasts about his love for the blues, despite leaving in 2012.
 
Who is your favourite current player? Seamus Coleman. The passion and excitement he brings onto the pitch is second to none. His defending and attacking is just a joy to watch down that right hand side, and with this, he is genuinely just a down-to-earth, nice guy.
 
What is your usual pre-match ritual? It depends on who I go with. If my dad comes the match, we will usually go and get some food on the way to Goodison, then get the bus from Old Swan, have a walk around the ground,  often talking about when his dad went with him, and then head to our seats. However, I often go down with my mate and his dad. As we drive up, we will talk about the line-up, put our bets on and give our score predictions; just like I'm sure everyone else will.
 
Tell us one of your favourite matchday memories? One that always comes to mind is when we played Crystal Palace in 2005. Although it wasn't a big game, I always remember my dad lifting me up with pure joy as both Mikel Arteta & James Vaughan's both scored their first Everton goals, and celebrating with my mate, as it was one of his first games. 
 
What is your favourite away ground? Couldn't say I have one as I don't get to many unfortunately. I've visited 3 away grounds with Everton; Wolfsburg, Wembley and Stoke. I look to get to more in the future, starting this season.
 
Who was the best player for an opponent you have seen at Goodison Park? Hard to think, but off the top of my head, I'd say Didier Drogba & David Silva are definitely up there.
 
If you could make one change to matchday what would it be? The queue for the toilet haha. Honestly, its a necessary evil, but I'm pretty sure I have missed some stand out moments in a game, all because I would be standing up somewhere else for a few minutes, instead of going at half-time.

 



Mike Thomas

mike.thomas@evertonfansforum.com  

Area of the Stadium: Park End (PE3)
Point of Contact for: Matchday Experience
Joined the Forum in: January 2018

What was your first match? Leyton Orient in the 2001-02 FA Cup, I thought I was a lucky charm because we won but that's definitely been disproven since.

Who is your all time favourite player? Leighton Baines, probably the only player in my time that could have slotted into any team in the world (and stayed with us). Him and Pienaar down the left were probably my favourite players to watch of that Moyes era.

Who is your favourite current player?  At the moment probably Richarlison, still very early days but I've always been a fan of flair players and he looks like the type that could get fans out of their seats with that bit of magic we've been lacking for a while.

What is your usual pre-match ritual? Not much of a ritual usually, my dad will pick me and my cousin up and head to the ground 5/10 minutes before kick off and we'll grab a pint at half time. But for the bigger games we can usually squeeze in a few on County Road pre-game and then a few more after depending on the result.

Tell us one of your favourite matchday memories? Making a bet with my Dad that if we beat United in the 2009 FA cup semi final, I could have the next day off school and him then having to explain why I was staying off school to my mum when we got back from London.

What is your favourite away ground? I used to like the big allocations we got at the likes of Wigan and Blackburn but in terms of the actual stadium, probably Old Trafford.

Who was the best player for an opponent you have seen at Goodison Park? Frank Lampard seemed to score a screamer every time we played Chelsea so he'd probably be the player I hated us playing against most.

If you could make one change to matchday what would it be?  Bring back the dodgy old scoreboard with the clapping hands.




Steve Ely
steve.ely@evertonfansforum.com  

Area of the Stadium: Upper Bullens (UB6)
Point of Contact for: Stadium Facilities/Supporter Safety

Joined the Forum in: January 2018 

What was your first match? Everton v Keflavik in 1971 in the European Cup, I was in the boys pen with my sister Linda, we won 6.2 and I remember being mesmerised by Alan Ball and Alan whittle.  I think Bally and Howard Kendall both got a Hatrick

Who is your all time favourite player? We all agree Duncan McKenzie is magic

Who is your favourite current player?  I remember the Stoke game in the pouring down rain and Duncan ran across the pitch dribbling his way around the Stoke team they just couldn't get the ball off him , he was magic to me as a kid. I adored him

What is your usual pre-match ritual? That's a hard one , none of the current team as of yet inspire me , maybe Coleman for his endeavour but in all honesty I can't pick one

Tell us one of your favourite matchday memories? Ohhhhhhh Andy is our King ohh and is our King ohh Andy is our King. The first time I saw us beat the Second club of the city

What is your favourite away ground? Anywhere where the toffees play really but if I had to pick one it would be Villa park , the memories of all the semi finals etc

Who was the best player for an opponent you have seen at Goodison Park? Has to be Bernie the bolt Wright for Walsall against us in the FA cup , he was that bad we signed him the week later. Seriously it has to be Ryan Giggs , I remember him ripping us to pieces as a young lad.

If you could make one change to matchday what would it be?  Better catering facilities for a start but that will hopefully come with the new stadium.  I would like to see our fans bring more flags and banners into the stadium and more new songs and chants. 



Jan Syme

Area of the Stadium: Main Stand Disabled Platform
Point of Contact for: TBC
Joined the Forum in: January 2019 

What was your first match? My first match was in 1967. I can’t remember who we played but I remember being fascinated by a little feller with red hair and another with white (Alan Ball and Alan Whittle). I was in Upper Bullens with my dad and big brother.

Who is your all-time favourite player? Pat Van Den Hauwe. I love how he now does so much for the Everton Family.

Who is your favourite current player?  Bernard. He never gives less than 100% and overcame so much to become a professional player.

What is your usual pre-match ritual? We pick up friends on our way in then have a tray of chips (naughty treat) off the van and a half of lager outside the Winslow in the warm weather.

Tell us one of your favourite matchday memories? Winning the Charity Shield against Liverpool in 1984.

What is your favourite away ground? I don’t go away, for health reasons, but I do make an exception for Wembley, so it has to be my favourite.

Who was the best player for an opponent you have seen at Goodison Park? I’ll go for Harry Kane because he’s always a threat but a decent feller too (I lived in Scotland for 20yrs so never got to see Beckham play at Goodison).

If you could make one change to matchday what would it be?  The one thing I’d change is the ability for us disabled supporters to be able to socialise before and during the match. Unfortunately, there just isn’t the space within the Goodison footprint.



Paul Quirk

Area of the Stadium: Family Enclosure
Point of Contact for: TBC
Joined the Forum in: January 2019 

What was your first match? Everton v Blackpool in 1971.

Who is your all-time favourite player? Alan Ball.

Who is your favourite current player?  Phil Jagielka.

What is your usual pre-match ritual? Arrive an hour before the match, usually have chips & gravy. Go to St Luke's church and be in the ground for a good half hour before to feel the atmosphere

Tell us one of your favourite matchday memories? 1985 Everton v Bayern Munich. Everton won 3-1 we got the the final of the cup winners cup final and Goodison was rocking.

What is your favourite away ground? Stadium of Light - Benfica

Who was the best player for an opponent you have seen at Goodison Park? Arsenal’s Ian Wright

If you could make one change to matchday what would it be?  Bring back the atmosphere to Goodison Park. 



Jamie Yates

Area of the Stadium: Gwladys Street
Point of Contact for: TBC
Joined the Forum in: January 2019 

What was your first match? My dad and my uncle took me to see us parade the League Division 1 Championship trophy, we beat Luton Town 3-1 on 9th May 1987. I remember stopping at a newsagents for a bag of Everton Mints, horse manure on Goodison Road, the green of the pitch and falling down the back of my seat which I was standing on, which flipped up when we scored and the Goodison roar caused me to leap in the air half in fright, half in jubilation.

Who is your all-time favourite player? Neville Southall, the best goalkeeper in football history in my opinion. Sheedy & Sharpy run him close and Big Dunc was my hero as an awkward 6ft+ teenager when he arrived in the mid-1990s.

Who is your favourite current player?  Andre Gomes is an outstanding footballer, I hope we can keep him. And Bernard is a magician, if we see the best of him while he’s with us we’ll see some wonderful football.

What is your usual pre-match ritual? I call it “the wanderings of an Everton nerd”. I arrive early, watch the crowd build in the streets around the ground. Soak it all up, do a couple of laps of Goodison, lay my hand on her brickwork and think about all that’s gone before and what is yet to come. Always pop into St Luke’s and make a beeline for any former players I spot!

Tell us one of your favourite matchday memories? James Vaughan's debut goal in April 2005. A beautiful sunny day at Goodisn, Everton destroyed Crystal Palace that day and were all set to finish in the top 4. There had been a buzz for a few weeks about this kid from the academy and there he was on the bench. On he came alongside Big Dunc who gave a real throwback of a performance that day, winning everything and bullying the Palace back four all game. Kevin Kilbane put on a show of proper old-fashioned wing play and made a great assist for Vaughany to clip home. Cue wild celebrations. Tim Cahill was brilliant that day too and scored two trademark goals, all energy, athleticism and persistence. Mikel Arteta had not long arrived and scored his first for the club, a belter of a free-kick. We could see we had a player on our hands in him and what a player he turned out to be. At half-time my mum called to tell my brother and I not to visit our grandparents in Woolton after the match as our grandad was poorly. Sadly, he died a few days later, so it's a bittersweet memory too.

What is your favourite away ground? I'm not really bothered to tell the truth. I've been to the Nou Camp which was an amazing experience, but I have fond memories of Barnet's old ground Underhill and Partick Thistle's Firhill too. Highbury was a classy ground and Ibrox has many similarities with Goodison. Celtic Park and Elland Road both left me underwhelmed. There's only one football ground for me.

Who was the best player for an opponent you have seen at Goodison Park? I genuinely never notice opposition players. I've seen Bradley Allen score a hat-trick for QPR at Goodison, I've seen Drogba roll around on the floor there. I was madly in love with Georgi Kinkladze in the mid-1990s. Opposition players are all just extras as far as I'm concerned.

If you could make one change to matchday what would it be?  That Everton always win? I have memories of scoffing a big eccles cake at half-time years ago. Did Sayers the bakers ever do any catering at Goodison or am I imagining things? I'd always prefer bakery style cakes, pies and pasties to hot dogs, although saying that I rarely go down at half-time anyway. I love matchday, I wouldn't like it to be predictable so in general I wouldn't change a thing.

 


Jazz Bal 


Area of the Stadium: 
Upper Gwladys (GS1)
Point of Contact for: TBC
Joined the Forum in: January 2019 

What was your first match?  Everton v Leicester, 20th March 1984 … I was invited to go with family friends; Kevin Richardson scored the opener to put us 1-0 up, but then Leicester equalised (Gary Linekar!!). A minute later, we had a penalty but Andy King couldn’t put it away. This was also were I heard my first ‘rude’ word and I got into trouble the next day at school when I kept calling people it!

Who is your all-time favourite player?  Tim Cahill; he epitomised all that I like in a player

Who is your favourite current player Seamus Coleman; his performance in his first game back following his leg break was unbelievable.

What is your usual pre-match ritual? Normally I get the train into town before meeting friends for a couple of pints on Dale Street, while discussing all things Everton. When I get to the ground itself, I like to soak up the atmosphere either in the fan zone or on the concourse (depending on time), before taking my seat.

Tell us one of your favourite matchday memories?  The 3-1 win against Rotherham earlier this season; it was my daughter’s first match and we made an afternoon/evening of it to celebrate.

What is your favourite away ground?  I don’t get to as many away games as I would like, but my favourite is Stamford Bridge; I prefer the old ‘away section’ though, which was right behind the dugouts.

Who was the best player for an opponent you have seen at Goodison Park?  Maybe not the best, but Frank Lampard always seemed to score cruical goals against us.

If you could make one change to matchday what would it be? Consistency of decisions by the officials; hopefully VAR will improve this, but we shall see!