Everton caretaker manager David Unsworth and the Everton's Under-23 squad joined more than 200 brave fans by sleeping out in the Sir Philip Carter Park Stand last night as they tackled the elements at the Everton in the Community Goodison Sleepout.
Led by Unsworth, his back room team and Everton's Under-23 squad, who are current Premier League 2 champions, arrived at Goodison Park armed with sleeping bags and warm clothing to help see them through the night as they took part in the Goodison Sleepout for the second successive season. The gruelling fundraiser is aimed at raising awareness and money, with the funds currently standing at over £15,000, to assist the Club's official charity in combatting homelessness in the city of Liverpool.
With more than four times as many Evertonians taking part than last year, the Sir Philip Carter Park Stand looked slightly different to a matchday as fans opted for a variety of different sleeping options for the night; whether that be huddled at the back of the stand, in between the rows of seats, on top of the seats themselves or the relative shelter of the concourse - all in an attempt to keep warm as temperatures dropped as low as 5 degrees celsius.
On arrival those taking part were welcomed by the Club's Fundraising Team and treated to a Q and A with Unsworth and former manager and player, Joe Royle, along with soup, sandwiches and hot drinks ahead of their long and cold night. Some fans brought books, some brought guitars for an impromptu singalong whilst others just chose to reflect quietly on the night ahead from their positions whilst looking out across the Goodison Park pitch.
Speaking in the morning Unsworth said: “It's been another terrific yet eye-opening Sleepout here at Goodison Park and the fact that we have been joined by so many Evertonians is just fantastic.
“I was committed to taking part in this Sleepout and a promise is a promise. Nothing is more important to me right now than having been here tonight. Last year's Sleepout culminated in the launch of our ‘Home Is Where The Heart Is' campaign and less than 12 months later, we have raised more than a quarter of a million pounds and have secured a property to house vulnerable young adults on the cusp of homelessness.”
Everton in the Community's Executive Director, Phil Duffy, added: “The atmosphere has been so representative of the Everton family and yet again enforces that looking after our community is at the heart of everything that we do. Everyone deserves to have a roof over their heads and hopefully we can raise some much needed funds to further develop our work in supporting the city's homeless.” There is still the chance for people to donate by simply texting SOUT17 £3 to 70070.
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1 Posted 11/11/2017 at 17:25:42
2 Posted 11/11/2017 at 17:33:53
Sadly, this is not going to be reintroduced. But it is refreshing that ETIC sat down with u23s and discussed issues affecting the community and how they could help with that. Then the u23s came up with the idea of a sleep out, emulating a homeless person with an Everton twist by making it in the stadium itself.
What all of this does is to help the u23s stay grounded. To have a sense of representing that community, and the hunger and will to succeed.
For me, so many of these level of players, particularly at other clubs fall by the way side. Our own George Green, Spurs' John Bostock, Man Utd's Ravel Morrison. They get a fat pay-cheque, far more than even the average well paid man will earn, and this is before they have even kicked a football on the big stage. They will have a nice house, a nice car, gorgeous girls throwing themselves at the lads, and everyone will be telling them that the big riches, the fame, and the glory will now all follow. Then the lads fail to do the hard work they actually need to do to break into the first team.
I hope, that things like this, not only raise money for a great cause, the young homeless of Liverpool, but also get those young players to keep a grip on reality, to realise how they themselves need to work hard, and give them the hunger and desire that all the work they YTS lads had (from their hard work and desire to make the first team and not have to do it).
3 Posted 11/11/2017 at 17:53:58
Steve In my younger days beautiful girls kept throwing themselves at me pity is they all missed.
4 Posted 11/11/2017 at 18:01:09
5 Posted 11/11/2017 at 18:17:26
I suppose, if I'm honest, it's a sound reason why we should not be entertaining Allardyce or anyone else of that ilk as a manager - despite my instinct that he offers the best chance, apart from Hiddink, of keeping us safe. It also says a great deal for Unsworth.
Anyway, well done everyone concerned.
6 Posted 11/11/2017 at 20:32:23
7 Posted 11/11/2017 at 20:40:58
It's a substitute for, and a distraction from, the shambles that is the only metric that matters: the on-field condition of the team.
9 Posted 11/11/2017 at 21:23:46
That said, I think that much of the case that has been made against Allardyce over the last week has been disproportionate and, at times, hysterical. It has also been made without recognition that the whole game is riven with corruption far greater than anything Allardyce has ever done.
Jay Woods, I understand that feeling. I now think that the two sides of the club can work together though - provided Teary Bill doesn't try to persuade us that we can be shit on the pitch because we run a good charity.
11 Posted 11/11/2017 at 21:44:00
12 Posted 11/11/2017 at 21:56:19
13 Posted 11/11/2017 at 23:18:57
14 Posted 12/11/2017 at 11:02:28
15 Posted 12/11/2017 at 17:29:32
16 Posted 12/11/2017 at 21:25:04
17 Posted 13/11/2017 at 00:56:50
18 Posted 13/11/2017 at 14:54:10
I would have like to have taken part in this event but there is no way that I could commit to that amount of sponsorship. Surely it would have been better to ask for a £20 contribution and get an extra 15 people involved?
Note to organizers, next year charge £20 and you might just fill the Park End. What a message that would send out!
Still well done everyone who took part. My total respect and admiration. Makes me proud to be a Blue.
19 Posted 13/11/2017 at 16:18:44
Steve Ferns, thanks so much for your contributions on this TW thread – it's a sobering perspective.
Unsy, what a guy, what a character. I can't see Ronald Koeman ever doing this, except in a luxurious RV hidden out of the way of media and cameras, but coming out looking cold for the media on cue.
20 Posted 13/11/2017 at 16:57:33
Please address the correct person. My name is Jay WOOD (NB: no 's' on the end).
I presume you meant to address the crass comment @ 7 by my doppelganger Jay WOODS (NB: note the 's' on the end).
I have always, always, ALWAYS written in glowing positive terms about EITC. Something I always, always, ALWAYS am exceedingly proud of by my club, often defending their work against such naysayers as Jay WOODS.
Believe me, t'other Jay and I are pretty much diametrically opposed on just about any issue related to Everton.
I look forward to you being gracious enough in issuing an apology for mistaken identity.
21 Posted 13/11/2017 at 17:18:49
22 Posted 13/11/2017 at 19:34:44
23 Posted 16/11/2017 at 19:30:31
Honestly, it is things like this that keep me coming back, no matter how embarrassing the players are on the pitch. They are a good bunch of lads in the U23s which is why I was so made up Beni got his debut. I'd love to see more follow suit.
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