Everton Football Club is in my blood.
I was born in Walton to a family of Reds, literally every one of them were Liverpool supporters. Not me, ever. As a young kid I could see the floodlights of Goodison from my bedroom window in Bootle and I was hooked.
I had to go see what was happening inside.
My dad, bless his heart, pretended to like both teams just so I wouldn’t be isolated. He took me to my first game in 1974, the derby at Anfield. It was a 0-0 draw but I didn’t care, I was transfixed by the colours, the noise and the crowd.
I have been a Blue now for more than 50 years, through some very, very good times and some dark times, too.
I have been there for many a trophy presentation and I’ve also been there when the old seat cushions were thrown on the pitch in disgust at how bad things were.
I was a Season Ticket holder throughout the 1980s. Those midweek games in the rain and cold and the often torrid displays of the early ‘80s soon were forgotten with the magical team that emerged midway through the 1984 season.
Trips to Wembley became commonplace, the football was a pleasure to watch and winning became a habit.
I’ll never forget the trip to Rotterdam and winning the European Cup Winners’ Cup. To this day, I think that side would have gone on to win the European Cup the following year.
For me, that was the pinnacle of My Everton.
I moved to the USA in 1990 and I have followed from afar ever since. With the advent of satellite and streaming I can now watch pretty every game and my American wife and kids make fun of me for yelling at the television.
I can’t wait to return one day in the future to visit our new stadium.
Here’s to the Blues… You’ll always be part of me.
By David Weights, Evertonian
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