A loyal Everton fan who has spent more than two decades working overtime to pay for Goodison Park Season Tickets for him and his four sons was shocked when Blues Club captain Phil Jagielka turned up at his factory in Flint to give him a well-earned afternoon off and a 2019/20 Season Ticket.
Dave Williams, 52, was halfway through his shift at Kimberly-Clark paper mill when he was approached by Blues defender Jagielka, dressed in a high-vis jacket, safety shoes and protective goggles.
In the latest surprise of the Club's Side By Side Season Ticket campaign, which has seen players past and present lending support to loyal Evertonians, the England international, 36, then chipped in to help Dave out with his duties and even make a round of brews for other workers at the plant.
On finishing his shift, Jagielka then broke the news to Dave that he was being gifted his Goodison Park Season Ticket for next term.
Dave was nominated for the surprise by his four sons, whose Season Tickets have been paid for by their father since they were old enough to attend fixtures.
Now in their 20s, Dave continues to take on extra hours with the company where he has worked since the age of 16 to ensure his sons can still afford to get to games on top of their other commitments.
"From when we were all kids, everything has been Everton and he's given us everything that we've needed," explained Dave's son, Dan, who joined Jagielka to surprise his dad at his workplace.
"We've always had Season Tickets and that's down to him paying for them. When the new kits came out, we always had them - if it was Everton he'd be sorting it out for us.
"Even now, he's the one who drives to the game every week, he doesn't ask for any petrol money off us and he's the first still to jump and do overtime to make sure we've got what we need - for Everton and anything else we need in life."
Dave's surprise comes after six-year-old Max designed a new Everton sleeve for his prosthetic leg alongside striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and 90-year-old Thomas Walker was joined on a VIP coach journey from his home to Goodison by Toffees legends Peter Reid, Graeme Sharp and Ian Snodin.
Everton first-team coach Duncan Ferguson also turned up to help 49-year-old fundraiser Dave Palmer coach his under-7s boys team in Ellesmere Port last week, with Jagielka's surprise completing the series.
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1 Posted 03/04/2019 at 07:28:22
This club makes me so proud, so often.
2 Posted 03/04/2019 at 07:28:49
3 Posted 03/04/2019 at 08:00:16
4 Posted 03/04/2019 at 09:28:03
5 Posted 03/04/2019 at 09:48:23
6 Posted 03/04/2019 at 14:05:11
Ive just sent a note to my dad to say Ill not be paying for next seasons ticket as I expect him to follow the great example 👍
7 Posted 03/04/2019 at 23:19:35
8 Posted 04/04/2019 at 10:26:52
9 Posted 04/04/2019 at 13:49:42
10 Posted 05/04/2019 at 00:32:34
11 Posted 05/04/2019 at 07:32:43
If only all professional footballers could display the humility and personal touch that Jags does. He is forever a true blue and a wonderful servant to our club. Long may his ageing legs keep him fit enough to be part of the set up and an example to everyone else. Class is permanent.
12 Posted 05/04/2019 at 11:02:43
I've often thought that another smart move by the Club would be to get each member of the 1st team squad to pay for the season ticket of a random supporter (a sort of "sponsor a fan" gesture) - it might help at least some fans to "reconnect" with the players who, with notable exceptions such as Jags and Seamus, seem so distant these days.
13 Posted 07/04/2019 at 16:34:42
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