My Everton #106: Ted Sagar Was My Great Grandad

AS: My great grandfather was Ted Sagar. It's a really cool thing I'm able to talk about to people and it's given me such a strong connection to Everton.

People are always interested when they find out and I love talking about him.

He was such a legend for Everton – he won trophies with the Club, he had the longest playing career in our history (almost 23 years) and he remains our oldest-ever player at 42 years and 282 days when he played his final match against Plymouth Argyle in November 1952. I know he played for England, too.

Every time I come to Goodison and see his plaque on the side of the stadium it's a special feeling and it's something that fills my whole family with pride.

My grandad, my mum and my little brother are all massive Evertonians. My brother has been a mascot and met André Gomes at the hug-a-thon he did. Then my other brother and my nan are both Liverpool fans, so there's a little bit of a divide, which always makes derby day interesting!

But I'm a Blue - I always have been. How could I not be?!

I met Lauren in school. We used to smile at each other but we were both always too shy to speak to each other, then I remember one day in science we got paired together for something and we've been best friends ever since.

We do quite a lot together and we're in similar positions in life. Everton will always be one of the things we have in common and something we always end up talking about as well – in good and bad times!

By Aliah Sagar, Evertonian

LM: I have been an Official Member of Everton since I was really young. My family used to make fun of me because I used to have the biggest crush on Wayne Rooney... I had pictures of him on my wall from the packs they used to send out and things like that!

That's where it started. I used to play football with my brothers – I wasn't the best but I have always loved football and I still play now.

It's very much a family affair, Everton. When we come to games, we have traditions like always sitting in the same order. We used to go to as many games as we could and now we have Season Tickets and we will go come rain or shine.

It's something that brings Aliah and I closer together, too.

For me, Everton means a connection to home. When I moved to London for university, coming home and going to the games would give me a great chance to see all of my family and friends.

My brother, Alex, lives in Vietnam and stays up through the night to watch our games but he always comes home for the Boxing Day game as well.

During lockdown we had a family Zoom call every Sunday and Everton would always be the big topic of conversation!

By Lauren, Evertonian

Everton and hummel have launched a limited edition shirt to champion equality in football and to raise funds to support the Club and Everton in the Community's award-winning inclusion work.

The shirt, which has now sold out online but will be available to purchase in store at Everton One and Everton Two from Friday 29 September, is a celebration of hummel’s 100-year commitment to raising awareness of social issues and inspiring change through sport.

To launch the equality shirt, players from across Everton's men's, women's, Under-21s and amputee football teams took part in a photoshoot, alongside supporters - including Aliah and Lauren - representing the diversity of the Blues' fanbase.
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