My Everton #26: Lifting Legends Is My Trademark

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I was born in Vilhelmina, a small village in the north of Sweden close to the mountains, in 1978 - exactly 100 years after Everton (well, St Domingo FC) was founded. 

Coincidence? I think not.

I have developed a pretty crazy 'trademark' over the years.

It started with the legend that is Duncan Ferguson.

It was 2013, when Dunc was over with Everton Under-18s for the Gothia Cup (which we won), and a group of the Swedish Toffees attended all of the matches... He was fantastic with us and stayed behind to talk to us for a really long time. He's such a great guy.

Anyway, as we were talking, I asked if I could lift him up, it wasn’t planned at all. He said yes and it happened, so it then became a thing that the Swedish Toffees would do on trips to Merseyside. 

Since then, I’ve lifted up other legends, including Bob Latchford, Ian Snodin and Pat Van den Hauwe. 

Some people have declined the lift at first, but most of the time I just show people the picture of me lifting Duncan and then it’s hard for them to say no! 

Recently I lifted another hero of mine - Joe Parkinson. 

Every year when the Swedish Toffees are in Liverpool, we gather in Segura Bar and get the company of one or two former Everton players, telling stories and chatting with us. 

Joe had heard in advance about a Swedish guy who likes to lift people, so he was prepared! We had a nice evening speaking with him and at the end of the evening the lift took place. 

I usually lift players, but Joe also demanded to lift me and of course I said YES! He is a strong guy - it is not easy to lift this giant meatball of 91kg!

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My Everton #26: Magnus Lönnberg Discusses Unique Trademark!

Men in Blazers host Roger Bennett interviews Swede about lifting the likes of Duncan Ferguson and Bob Latchford.

My love for Everton started in 1985, a great year for the Club. I was aged seven and playing in a junior football team that happened to be named after Everton. 

The system at our local club Vilhelmina IK had every team named after a famous club - Everton, Roma, Liverpool and so on. Fate landed me on Everton.

I played my first games for Everton!

Since then, my love for Everton has grown every day. Supporting a club is about so much more than just winning football matches. 

I can't imagine life without football. How would that even work?! How people can live their lives without football goes beyond me.

The Swedish Toffees play a big part in my life. I have made friends for life. We have our group chats and we talk about everything with each other, we are like family. 

Other English clubs have a larger fan base than Everton in Sweden, but the Swedish Toffees grow every year and we have more than 600 official members today.

It is incredible, the way it is. It’s super close-knit.

We usually go on an official trip to Goodison Park once a year, but most of the group go a lot more.

I think my kids, Elmer Leighton (aged seven) and Elsie (aged five), will tag along in a year or two because I really want them to visit Goodison and create some lasting memories before we move to the new ground. 

They love wearing the kits and cheering when we score. They are, of course, already members of the Swedish Toffees.

I named my first born after Leighton Baines, the greatest left-back who ever played. I only managed to make it his middle name, but in the future, he can choose to be called Leighton, rather than Elmer. 

I'm not sure he'll carry on the tradition of lifting legends, though!

By Magnus Lönnberg, member of Swedish Toffees

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