Blue Union Statement
The Blue Union wishes to announce that following significant fan feedback via our various constituent member groups, Saturday’s planned “day of protest” in conjunction with the Tottenham Hotspur home game has now been suspended.
As a group we have consistently stressed that we exist in order to represent the fans, to listen to their views and to provide the vehicle that can bring our collective ideas together and create a positive, all-inclusive, platform from which we can ensure that our concerns are heard.
The organisation of Saturday’s planned protest began in earnest following The Blue Union’s third and most recent public meeting, during which a clear consensus of opinion was reached amongst those in attendance that further positive action was supported, and that the nature of that action needed to be taken to “the next level”.
Since that meeting however, David Moyes and the players have managed to effect a significant upturn in form that now offers us the outside chance of UEFA Europa League qualification via the Premiership and, perhaps more significantly, has taken us to a very winnable FA Cup quarter-final at home to Sunderland, with the carrot of a mouth-watering return to Wembley that all of us so desperately crave.
Our motto has been and will remain; “support the team:oppose stagnation”. Supporting the team will always be our first priority as dedicated Evertonians who love our club and crave success.
With such a significant period of the season now upon us, it would be remiss of us to ignore the wave of feeling that has become apparent over the past few weeks, and indeed the personal feelings of the majority of our officers, all of which together are telling us, very clearly that “now is the time for unified support, not protest”.
Whilst we have taken this decision in what we perceive to be the best interests of all involved with Everton FC, we are keen to stress that we are extremely proud of the progress that has been made over the first seven months of our existence as a group and that our on-going commitment to the cause remains as strong as ever.
The future of our great football club remains of paramount importance to all involved with The Blue Union and our supporters should be assured that a short-term upturn in results on the field will not in any way divert our attention from the cold hard facts of the precarious situation that Bill Kenwright and his board have put the club in off it.
On-going activity away from the matchday environment - the targeting of club sponsors and partners – will continue as ever, and further future organised protests on a large-scale are a certainty.
For now though, we would urge all Evertonians – those who are with us and those of a differing outlook – to join together as one, leave all negativity behind for season 2011-2012, and roar the team on to what we all hope can be an ultimately successful end to the campaign.
The Blue Union