Abused for wearing a Blue Union t-shirt
My day started by picking up my son and heading over to Goodison Park for two purposes: one was to use my right of free speech as a British citizen, and right as an Evertonian who has spent on average £1000 a season since my son was born 17 years ago and more money since I was 16 five years previously, along with all the money my father spent since 1972, as do many of my fellow Evertonians.
Secondly to support the team I love and worship like a religion, nothing but the love of my wife and my two children makes me happier than watching my beloved blues at the church of Goodison.
With regards to the March, we gathered together in the rain and marched together peacefully wearing scarves and Blue Union t-shirts, we were exerting our right to free speech as do all the supporters of the club.
During the game, we saw carefully edited shots of Bill Kenwright which had two reactions: boos and support, that doesn’t matter what camp you’re in, what it does is show the fans are split and as the wins dry up the tide will turn even more.
We drew the game, with a small squad who did play for the shirt, but with a bigger squad the score may have been 2 points better off. But with watching mid to late 70s, Mike Walker’s mediocre side etc, I left the ground it feeling like a defeat against a team we love to hate due to a certain League Cup Final in the 76-77 season.
But that wasn’t the saddest part of my day, a day which being an Evertonian will not be forgotten for the wrong reason. We always go to St Francis Xavier club near the Aldi for an after-match drink, discuss the ups and downs of being Evertonian. The moment was when my 17-year-old son, who was wearing a Blue Union t-shirt, was leaving the club with me, he was given abuse by so-called Evertonians, “knobhead” was the word they used…
How I kept my dignity, I don’t know, how I never caused mayhem I don’t know. Let them hold their heads in shame, just like the freeloading Board. But you know what, I want my 17-year-old to see silverware, not be happy with a penalty shoot-out win at Wembley.
So I will continue to fight for the right to free speech, the right to support my club, and the right with the Blue Union to want the best, because NIL SATIS NISI OPTINUM IS NOT WHAT OUR BOARD IS PORTRAYING.
Bill, I know you’re a blue and so am I, so you’re not any different; stop telling us you love the club. Do the right thing: if you love the club — let it go.