Ambassadors Visit Army Reserve Centre Ahead Of Armistice Day

Everton ambassadors Graeme Sharp, Graham Stuart and Ian Snodin headed to Bootle Army Reserve Centre on Friday to meet service personnel and learn more about a new supporters' club set up for serving Evertonians stationed all across the globe.

The Tri-Service Toffees is an officially-endorsed supporters’ club for those in the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force, whether regular or reservist.

It is one of only a handful of official football supporters’ clubs solely for current servicemen and servicewomen in Britain and was established by Warrant Officer Class-1 Jazz Bal, a member of Everton's Fans' Forum who is currently in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (British Army).

Ahead of Armistice Day on Monday 11 November, Sharp, Stuart and Snodin were invited to Bootle by the Tri-Service Toffees and 238 (Sefton) Squadron, The Royal Logistic Corps for the event, which was also supported by The Rifles’ North West recruiting team and saw members of Everton in the Community's Knowsley Veteran's Hub in attendance.

Sharp, Stuart and Snodin were given a tour, which included viewing a range of service vehicles and weapons systems, before being taught about some of the equipment used by the British Army and sitting down to a breakfast prepared by the regiment.

All three then posed for photographs and signed autographs, as well as taking questions from the group of approximately 40 service personnel about their careers and time with the Blues.

A selection of Everton flags, scarves and pin badges were also gifted to members of the Tri-Service Toffees who are set to begin tours in the coming months.

"It was a fantastic morning meeting all the members of the Tri-Service Toffees and finding out more about the supporters' club, their plans and also what their day-to-day work entails," said Sharp.

"These are brave men and women who are serving their country and also have a massive love for our football club.

"I would like to thank them for their hospitality and their service and I hope they enjoyed the visit as much as we did."

Everton held a Remembrance tribute ahead of the Club's game against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend.

A service will also take place at Goodison Park on Monday to remember those who died during the two World Wars, including a number of Everton players.

The Everton Heritage Society have produced a booklet about the fallen of Everton Football Club, which can be read here.

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