Area of the Stadium: Family Encolsure (FE9)
Point of Contact for: Families
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2016 (re-elected in 2019).
What was your first match? My first Everton game was with my husband Clem on 13th August 1995. It was Everton v Blackburn in the Charity Shield. Everton won 1-0 and even though I came from a family of Evertonians, at the age of 23 I had never been a game! Girls just didn’t go the match. I saw Dave Watson lift the trophy and I was hooked and have been going home and away ever since.
Who is your all time favourite player? There’s a few. Tim Cahill, Pat Van den Hauwe, Duncan Ferguson but Mikel Arteta wins it for me. I loved his friendship with Tim Cahill. I like they way he played and he didn’t look too bad either!
Who is your favourite current player? In our team at the minute it has to be Seamus, he is an Evertonian I love him and everything he stands for. He’s what I expect from an Everton player and a gentleman. He just gets us Everton fans.
What is your usual pre-match ritual? When we go the game we all get ready for the match and everyone meets at my house. I always take my old Everton scarf on Matchdays, home and away. We take my nephew and my friend’s little boy with us as well (we converted him). We sit in separate rows behind each other, it works well as we all whisper in each other’s ear!
Tell us one of your favourite matchday memories? Chelsea in Feb 2011. Phil Neville scored the winner to put Everton into the last 16 off the FA Cup. Ashley Cole blazed his penalty over the stand and Neville placed his kick into top corner to seal the win. The celebrations were wild - the players with the fans! It was the best I’ve experienced. We met Phil Neville after the game, it was just the best day ever!
What is your favourite away ground? My favorite away grounds are Aston Villa and Arsenal - the old and the new. Aston Villa is close to the pitch like Goodison and the Emirates is like a mini Wembley. I enjoy going to both.
Who was the best player for an opponent you have seen at Goodison Park? Thierry Henry - he was just class everything about him.
If you could make one change to matchday what would it be? If there could be one change to my match day it would be heated seats. I’m always freezing and in the family enclosure we get wind and rain, so heated seats would be fab.
Area of the Stadium: Upper Gwladys Street (GS2)
Point of Contact for: Junior Supporters
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What was your first match? 26th August 1980, League Cup v Blackpool. We won 3-0 and I still have my ticket inside my programme. I remember sitting in the main stand with my dad and I loved everyone singing and the sense of belonging.
Who is your all time favourite player? Pat Van Den Hauwe - nothing better than when he ran past an opponent and caught them in the face with his elbow.
Who is your favourite current player? Seamus Coleman - he gets us. He understands the fan base and shares our commitment and vision.
What is your usual pre-match ritual? It depends upon the game. I attend with family and we like to get to Goodison early. Sometimes we meet up with friends, I hate being late and getting to Goodison just for the kick off.
Tell us one of your favourite matchday memories? The 4-4 Derby in 1991 - I was standing at the front of the Lower Gwladys with my dad. Tony Cottee got the 4th to equalise in the 114th minute. Hysteria, my dad shouted "I'm going!", I looked up and he'd jumped over the wall and ran onto the pitch. He's still the same.
What is your favourite away ground? I love away games. I like the Emirates but I haven't seen us win there yet! I also like the Etihad (as their facilities are good) and Old Trafford (their catering is great).
Who was the best player for an opponent you have seen at Goodison Park? Thierry Henry - he seemed like a magician. Never saw him have a bad game at Goodison, seemed like he controlled everything and we couldn't get near him.
If you could make one change to matchday what would it be? Affordable, decent food and drink available. Nobody wants to sit near a 'hangry' person at the game.
Area of the Stadium: Lower Gwladys (GT4)
Point of Contact for: Ticketing Issues/Away Supporters
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What was your first match? A pre-season friendly against Gornik Zabrze in August 1991, played as part of the Robert Warzycha transfer. We won 3-0.
Who is your all time favourite player? Neville Southall. I was too young to see him at his absolute prime in the 80s, but even as I grew up in the 90s he was still immense.
Who is your favourite current player? Jordan Pickford.
What is your usual pre-match ritual? Usually a few pints in The Springfield or in town.
Tell us one of your favourite matchday memories? Watching a pre-season game in Tanzania. A group of Evertonians ended up sitting amongst the VIP seats, so we joined the dignitaries, including Robert Elstone, Leon Osman, and the Tanzanian president, at their half-time buffet. I don't think they were too impressed.
What is your favourite away ground? The old White Hart Lane.
Who was the best player for an opponent you have seen at Goodison Park? At his prime, Thierry Henry was probably the player I most feared.
If you could make one change to matchday what would it be? A private bar, solely for my personal use, so I can get a pint at half-time quicker than usual!
Louis Reed Foster
Area of the Stadium: Lower Gwladys (GT2)
Point of Contact for: EitC/Fundraising
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What was your first match? My first match was Aston Villa at home in 1998. We drew 0-0 and John Collins missed a pen.
Who is your all time favourite player? Tim Cahill and Leighton Baines. Two top players for us over the years. You could always rely on Cahill for a last minute equaliser or winner. He just never gave up. Baines was the best left back in the world for a few years and was one half of a great left side.
Favourite current player? Still love Bainsey but Seamus Coleman would be my choice these days.
Pre-match ritual? Walk along to The Dark House with my dad, have a few drinks with him and our mates. I'll often go and check out what's upstairs in St Luke's as well.
Favourite match day memory? Going to Kharkiv with my dad. I was 15 and meant to be doing mock GCSE's. We've been all over Europe together but that one sticks out as being particularly special.
Favourite away ground? Don't have one really but I'll go with the old Upton Park. It was a good traditional ground like Goodison.
Favourite opposition player? Easily Riquelme. He was the most classy midfielder I've ever seen. Cristiano Ronaldo and Thierry Henry both deserve a mention as well.
Change one thing about match day? Early kick offs, they're a nightmare with a hangover. I still think match days should be Saturday at 3pm but sadly those days are gone for good.
Area of the Stadium: Paddock (PK5)
Point of Contact for: Equality & Diversity/Ground Catering
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What was your first match? Feb 1973, Spurs. I was seven years old. We lost that day (quelle surprise) but I still remember the thrill of walking up the stairs in that crowd with my beloved dad holding my hand tight. I was seven years old and can still remember the smells, the noise and the sense of anticipation (and disappointment).
Who is your all time favourite player? Duncan Ferguson. The derby goal, the FA Cup; Man Utd; Hyypia….. should I continue?
Who is your favourite current player? Seamus Coleman. Cos he was an absolute steal; he's shown loyalty and dedication and despite that awful break he came back fighting.
What is your usual pre-match ritual? I pick up my sister, we switch on Radio Merseyside for the pre-match discussion, park up at the Isla Gladstone and walk to the Fans' Zone. She has a couple of wines, I have a cider or a hot chocolate (depending on the weather :)) We join in the crowd activities and about 15 minutes before kick off we join the exodus and take our seats with fingers crossed.
Tell us one of your favourite matchday memories? November 2017, my sister, my nephews and I came to the game the day after my darling mum Vera died. We beat West Ham 4-0 that night (one of the few highlights of that season) and somehow I knew they'd done it for Vera or she'd done it for us!
What is your favourite away ground? Craven Cottage. It's a lovely, traditional ground that reminds me of Goodison, the allocated seats are usually good and my mate lives round the corner so I can walk to the match (and the pub)
Who was the best player for an opponent you have seen at Goodison Park? Kevin de Bruyne - class.
If you could make one change to matchday what would it be? Six inches more cover from the roof in the Paddock!!!
Area of the Stadium: Upper Bullens (UB2)
Point of Contact for: International Supporters
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What was your first match? Too young to remember, however confident it was during the 2002/03 season.
Who is your all time favourite player? It has to be Tim Cahill. As another one of my favourites, Mikel Arteta, put it in a recent interview, he was quite simply "the identity of the club". He gave everything for the club, and still to this day boasts about his love for the blues, despite leaving in 2012.
Who is your favourite current player? Seamus Coleman. The passion and excitement he brings onto the pitch is second to none. His defending and attacking is just a joy to watch down that right hand side, and with this, he is genuinely just a down-to-earth, nice guy.
What is your usual pre-match ritual? It depends on who I go with. If my dad comes the match, we will usually go and get some food on the way to Goodison, then get the bus from Old Swan, have a walk around the ground, often talking about when his dad went with him, and then head to our seats. However, I often go down with my mate and his dad. As we drive up, we will talk about the line-up, put our bets on and give our score predictions; just like I'm sure everyone else will.
Tell us one of your favourite matchday memories? One that always comes to mind is when we played Crystal Palace in 2005. Although it wasn't a big game, I always remember my dad lifting me up with pure joy as both Mikel Arteta & James Vaughan's both scored their first Everton goals, and celebrating with my mate, as it was one of his first games.
What is your favourite away ground? Couldn't say I have one as I don't get to many unfortunately. I've visited 3 away grounds with Everton; Wolfsburg, Wembley and Stoke. I look to get to more in the future, starting this season.
Who was the best player for an opponent you have seen at Goodison Park? Hard to think, but off the top of my head, I'd say Didier Drogba & David Silva are definitely up there.
If you could make one change to matchday what would it be? The queue for the toilet haha. Honestly, its a necessary evil, but I'm pretty sure I have missed some stand out moments in a game, all because I would be standing up somewhere else for a few minutes, instead of going at half-time.
Area of the Stadium: Park End (PE3)
Point of Contact for: Matchday Experience
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What was your first match? Leyton Orient in the 2001-02 FA Cup, I thought I was a lucky charm because we won but that's definitely been disproven since.
Who is your all time favourite player? Leighton Baines, probably the only player in my time that could have slotted into any team in the world (and stayed with us). Him and Pienaar down the left were probably my favourite players to watch of that Moyes era.
Who is your favourite current player? At the moment probably Richarlison, still very early days but I've always been a fan of flair players and he looks like the type that could get fans out of their seats with that bit of magic we've been lacking for a while.
What is your usual pre-match ritual? Not much of a ritual usually, my dad will pick me and my cousin up and head to the ground 5/10 minutes before kick off and we'll grab a pint at half time. But for the bigger games we can usually squeeze in a few on County Road pre-game and then a few more after depending on the result.
Tell us one of your favourite matchday memories? Making a bet with my Dad that if we beat United in the 2009 FA cup semi final, I could have the next day off school and him then having to explain why I was staying off school to my mum when we got back from London.
What is your favourite away ground? I used to like the big allocations we got at the likes of Wigan and Blackburn but in terms of the actual stadium, probably Old Trafford.
Who was the best player for an opponent you have seen at Goodison Park? Frank Lampard seemed to score a screamer every time we played Chelsea so he'd probably be the player I hated us playing against most.
If you could make one change to matchday what would it be? Bring back the dodgy old scoreboard with the clapping hands.
Area of the Stadium: Upper Bullens (UB6)
Point of Contact for: Stadium Facilities/Supporter Safety
Joined the Forum in: January 2018
What was your first match? Everton v Keflavik in 1971 in the European cup , I was in the boys pen with my sister Linda, we won 6.2 and I remember being mesmerised by Alan Ball and Alan whittle. I think Bally and Howard Kendall both got a Hatrick
Who is your all time favourite player? We all agree Duncan McKenzie is magic
Who is your favourite current player? I remember the Stoke game in the pouring down rain and Duncan ran across the pitch dribbling his way around the Stoke team they just couldn't get the ball off him , he was magic to me as a kid. I adored him
What is your usual pre-match ritual? That's a hard one , none of the current team as of yet inspire me , maybe Coleman for his endeavour but in all honesty I can't pick one
Tell us one of your favourite matchday memories? Ohhhhhhh Andy is our King ohh and is our King ohh Andy is our King. The first time I saw us beat the Second club of the city
What is your favourite away ground? Anywhere where the toffees play really but if I had to pick one it would be Villa park , the memories of all the semi finals etc
Who was the best player for an opponent you have seen at Goodison Park? Has to be Bernie the bolt Wright for Walsall against us in the FA cup , he was that bad we signed him the week later. Seriously it has to be Ryan Giggs , I remember him ripping us to pieces as a young lad.
If you could make one change to matchday what would it be? Better catering facilities for a start but that will hopefully come with the new stadium. I would like to see our fans bring more flags and banners into the stadium and more new songs and chants.