This club has had many firsts and many stories that will be told for generations. But one that's on my mind tonight is about an Evertonian... he’s a lot like the thousands of others who stood in line to make their voice heard in this forum except for one thing — Richard Dodd is a fan of the future.
And tonight, I think about what the many Evertonians have seen throughout their century at Goodison — the heartache and the hope; the struggle and the progress; the times we were told that we can't, and the people who pressed on with that Evertonian creed: Nil Satis Nisi Optimum
At a time when fans' voices were silenced and their hopes dismissed, we lived to see them stand up and speak out and reach for the season ticket: Nil Satis Nisi Optimum.
When there was despair in the Johnson years and relegation loomed large, we saw a club conquer fear itself with a New Owner, new players and a new sense of common purpose: Nil Satis Nisi Optimum
If there is anyone out there who still doubts that Everton is a club where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our club, David Moyes’s pragmatism is the answer.
It's the answer told by the lack of queues that stretch around the stadium; by the absence of people who once waited three hours and four hours, many for the very first time in their lives, because they believed that this manager must be different; that their voices could be that difference.
It's the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Bullens Road and Main Stand — Evertonians who sent a message to the Board that we have never been just a collection of individuals or a collection of Upper and Lower Gwladys : we are, and always will be, Everton Football Club.
It's the answer that led those who have been told for so long by so many to be loyal, and hopeful, and optimistic of what they can achieve by washing their hands of our history and bend it once more toward a pragmatic utopia.
It's been a long time coming, but now, because of what we did on Saturday, in this season, at this defining moment, change has come to Everton.
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