With the blues currently in Thailand and me sadly nowhere near joining up with them for any preseason gad about. It reminds one of the Everton on tour preseasons of the past.
I went with my father and my sister in a crumbly blue Ford Escort around the France, Belgium and Holland friendly games (Presume they were cutting down on expenses that year with the schedule).
The preseason tours now are far more elaborate, bringing with them a worldwide distribution element, like the product of a football team in a parcel being shipped to you around the globe. The tours come with a sense of glamour and commercial imperative also. So much so sometimes it is hard to remember they’re out there trying to get themselves ready for the start of the premier league.
Nevertheless for fans of Everton, this is the time to join holidays with following the team. Often because it is another land the experiences with the team can be closer and more intimate. The obvious limited numbers makes access somewhat easier.
As in the tour I started telling you about we had such moments, though I remember after visiting EuroDisney before the tour began, the Escort broke down and we spent an extra 6 or 7 days by the campsite we were at near Paris and missed Standard Liege destroy us in the first friendly. It was en route though and when we got going we stopped by the ground and had photos taken at the stadium and even got a Standard Liege shirt, probably for the novelty and possibly my dad kind of wanting to make up for it in some way that we missed the game.
On we went from Liege to watch the blues play Fortuna Sittard where this pic of me with Big Dunc was taken, just outside the ground. We also were in the same cafe as the team and there were a few free spaces at one of the tables with the team on. We ended up in Holland, in some strange european cafe sharing lunch with centre back Slaven Bilic, the then goalkeeper Paul Gerrard (who I think even Everton fans only really remember the Di Canio incident with relation to Gerrard) and the floppy eared buffoon that we call Francis Jeffers.
Everton on tour offers strange circumstances and opportunities like these that on the face of it seem pretty odd, but certainly memorable. This is my experiences going back a few years. But shares your memorable experiences with Everton on preseason friendly tours below.
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