Michael Keane shared some insight from Everton’s dressing room when he called 78-year-old supporter Rod as part of the Club’s Blue Family campaign.
Rod is isolated during the coronavirus pandemic and was told by Keane the Club would assist him in any way to make life easier at an extraordinarily difficult time.
The Sir Philip Carter Park End Season Ticket Member learned how one of his Everton favourites Dave Hickson remains an influence on players at Goodison Park today.
Watch Keane's chat with Rod by clicking the video at the top of this story or here.
Keane, capped 10 times by England, told Rod about his first few months working under “calm and approachable” manager Carlo Ancelotti – and explained why supporter optimism is replicated among the Toffees playing staff.
Rod, who was shocked to pick up his phone to a second high-profile Everton figure on the same day having previously spoken to Chairman Bill Kenwright, detailed the Blue thread running through his family of staunch Evertonians.
He also revealed the measures he takes to ensure his home stands out from those of Liverpool supporting neighbours.
Everton and official charity Everton in the Community (EITC) launched their ‘Blue Family’, campaign last week to maintain contact with fans and provide support and assistance to the most vulnerable, socially isolated and ‘at risk’ members of society across Liverpool – and beyond – in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Keane is one of a legion of prominent figures to join the Everton Fan Centre’s effort to remain in personal touch with Season Ticket Members and EitC participants, prioritising the elderly and isolated.
Blue Family has also seen the Club and charity introduce a referral form enabling fans and the wider public to refer people they believe might need a friendly voice to speak to at this difficult time.