Everton's Commitment of Care

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I read a sad article in The Guardian today about Stan Bowles, who's suffering from full onset Alzheimer's:

An afternoon with Stan Bowles: the twinkle is still there but the memories are gone

It went on to cite how the game as a whole fails to care for its former players, those who had careers before the riches of today meant that they'd be set for life.

In the midst of the story, though, it was lovely to see this quote:

'Alex Young, who died last week from a short illness after suffering from dementia, had better luck having played for Everton who operate... "a role-model system for former players".'

We all have criticisms about the way the club is run. But one area where Everton are beyond reproach is their sense of responsibility to their former players and the wider community through EitC. It's one of the things that makes us very special.

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Dennis Stevens
1 Posted 09/03/2017 at 14:46:24
All credit to Dr David France for his initiative, for without the Everton Former Players Foundation, our heroes of yesteryear would not fare so well either. It 's always been a source of some surprise to me that we don't hear more about the players union on these issues of welfare.
Ray Roche
2 Posted 09/03/2017 at 15:03:33
Didn't UEFA state some time ago that the Everton Former Players Foundation should be used as a blueprint for all European clubs in the top Leagues so that all their players could enjoy the help that Everton's Foundation give to our ex players?
Terry White
3 Posted 09/03/2017 at 15:32:18
Here is the link to the EFPF information on the Club's official website. Hopefully some will consider making a donation to this most worthy cause in appreciation of what our former players have meant to us in our lives.

Everton Former Players Foundation

Darren Hind
4 Posted 09/03/2017 at 18:30:34
Didn't see this one.

Well done, Robin, for flagging it up.

Thomas Lennon
5 Posted 10/03/2017 at 08:47:35
We can only hope the multimillionaires who play football now see fit to donate substantially and regularly.
George McKane
6 Posted 10/03/2017 at 09:21:46
I have done lots of work over the past few years with Ronny Goodlass's Charity "Health Through Sport" and the way Everton take care of each other is quite wonderful. Many Ex-players attend Ronny's Functions to help his Charity, they always talk about how Everton care and look after their ex-Players.

This evening, I have been invited to photograph a Special Event with (Dr Everton) David France and other True Blues at The Hilton Hotel and Liverpool One (Everton Two). The event is The Gladys Street Hall of Fame and EFC Heritage Society – lots of Everton Players of other Guests and I believe Lyndon will be there – be nice to meet him at last.

A wonderful night ahead with great ex-Players and personal friends like Ronny and John Bailey and others and then Saturday morning off to Goodison.

What a Life – Blue Skies everywhere.

Dermot Byrne
7 Posted 10/03/2017 at 09:29:29
I think there should be a % taken from every transfer and every players wages over a certain amount that goes into a fund for this. It could reflect the relative wealth of each club that way. No avoidance, just a new rule. Of course lawyers and others may moan but that is where the press could name and shame.
Stephen Ashton
8 Posted 10/03/2017 at 11:13:12
I thought the sentence before the Alex Young comment says so much about the awful selfishness in the modern game and made me so proud to be a blue.

'Nobby Stiles also suffers from Alzheimer's, but there is scant care from mighty Manchester United'.

Dave Abrahams
9 Posted 10/03/2017 at 14:13:42
As it says in the story about Stan Bowles, you have to wonder what Footballers Union do about cases like Stan's. Gordon Taylor, the leader of the Union, is probably the highest paid Union leader in the country... can't he do something for his ex-players?

Apologies if there is already in place something the players Union do for former members.

Steve Ferns
10 Posted 13/03/2017 at 21:18:49
I liked the story about Barca doing a fact-finding mission to see about the FPF and then taking it back with them. They've gone further than us though, and insist on a small percentage from every players pay packet.

What's 1% to these millionaires? And who knows... maybe one day they'll need the FPF? Enough former players go bankrupt now, 35% of English men, if I recall correctly.

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