David was a passionate Evertonian, attending home and away games on a regular basis throughout the 1970s and 80s. Work and family commitments meant that his attendance became more sporadic after that, but he still managed to go when time allowed.
He was a constant visitor to ToffeeWeb and a regular contributor, composing a number of fan articles and delighting in the comments and debate they provoked. His erudite hand displayed a deep understanding of the game as well as a passion for our club. He was an excellent and persuasive communicator; a man of ideas and original thought, an enthusiast and the best matchday companion a man could want.
We went to games together for twenty five years, usually setting off later than intended, racing across the M62, covering the distance from West Yorkshire in about forty minutes in his low slung, state of the art, import; just having time for a quick bet and fish and chips before kick off.
Football memories are numerous. Our first game together was the Valentine's Day Massacre at Port Vale. We managed to gain access without tickets as he claimed to know Ron Futcher, only to get booted out with a police escort after David celebrated Everton's equaliser with too much enthusiasm for the Vale fans who surrounded us, "It is for you own safety," the Police explained. He was evicted from Elland Road, amidst similar scenes, when Rooney scored a glorious goal in 2004. I still feel the shame and taint of Judas when I remember denying to the stewards that I was an Evertonian too. Milner's equaliser punished me for my sin.
My lasting memory will be of David in Lyon, our final game together. We had driven down with my son, who had managed to get us tickets from a friend in Lyon. After the game, we drowned our disappointment in a bar smothered in Evertonians and sang our tribal songs into the night, David filming proceedings, his face alight with laughter and joy.
His passion and his enthusiasm for the team we love has helped to grow the next generation of Evertonians; both of his daughters and all three of mine carry his baton forward.
I have just re-read his last fan article. It is uncharacteristically gloomy – he was fed up with Rooney and fed up with Allardyce. He demanded a greater honesty from our club. But in recent weeks, like the rest of us, his old enthusiasm has returned. His most recent text, sent just two days before he died, suggests a trip to Portugal at the end of July to attend the Algarve Football Cup.
It is possible that you knew David. If so, then I know that his daughters, Rachael and Sarah, would love to hear from you and would welcome any memories you have of their great dad.
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1 Posted 05/07/2018 at 07:39:30
My only knowledge of David is through his contributions on this site, he has been someone whose views command attention. Lets hope that the wishes he expressed in his last fan article you have included in your post come to fruition.
May David rest in peace.
2 Posted 05/07/2018 at 08:19:22
3 Posted 05/07/2018 at 08:43:15
4 Posted 05/07/2018 at 08:46:01
5 Posted 05/07/2018 at 08:55:33
RIP, David. You will be missed by the whole ToffeeWeb community.
My condolences to all David's family and friends.
6 Posted 05/07/2018 at 08:57:45
7 Posted 05/07/2018 at 09:14:04
David from his posts loved Everton and really cared for the club, so very sad to hear of his passing. I hope you and his family are coping with this very sad news. Rest in peace David, goodnight God Bless.
8 Posted 05/07/2018 at 10:03:12
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10 Posted 05/07/2018 at 13:16:35
A wonderful last article.
11 Posted 05/07/2018 at 13:41:07
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13 Posted 05/07/2018 at 14:37:37
It is always sad that one of our own passes but at least he had the joy of seeing us win a few things.
Condolences to you and all the family.
14 Posted 06/07/2018 at 02:43:34
15 Posted 06/07/2018 at 03:18:23
A beautiful, touching tribute, Tom
Condolences to David's family and friends.
16 Posted 06/07/2018 at 05:07:14
Condolences to you Tom and all David's family.
17 Posted 06/07/2018 at 08:30:37
Watching the England game with my brother on Tuesday, cheering on Pickford's heroics, I had a moment of sadness as I knew how much David would have enjoyed the win. It's a strange thing for a football fan, knowing that whenever we go the game will carry on after us, there'll be highs and lows, victories and defeats that we never get to see. And there will be fans who stand where we stood, sing our songs and cheer for our team.
David was a man who found joy in everything in his life, from computer games to cocktails, films to football he lived every moment with infectious enthusiasm. Those who knew him will always miss him and when we watch the blues we will always remember him.
18 Posted 06/07/2018 at 14:54:38
Just being curious (or nosy); it sounds like a great friendship. I'd just like to know how it all began.
19 Posted 06/07/2018 at 21:51:12
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21 Posted 06/07/2018 at 22:07:18
For my part, it is always great to meet and talk with fellow Blues at Goodison who come from different parts of the country and it is nice to know that none of you are glory hunters. Thanks again for your reply.
22 Posted 06/07/2018 at 22:08:09
Top poster. One of the names, when you scanned down a thread, that you stopped at and wanted to know his view. Sad news and I offer my condolences to his family and friends.
23 Posted 06/07/2018 at 22:08:21
That is so right, it's brilliant when you meet a fellow blue in a random place!
24 Posted 06/07/2018 at 22:08:54
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