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The parents of Evertonian Matthew Daulby have described their son as "a vibrant, loving and funny teenager" who had "a huge zest for life" and revealed plans to launch a foundation to fight knife crime in the 19-year-old's honour.

Evertonians are being asked by fan groups to applaud when clocks at Sunday's match reach 19 minutes to remember the Blues Season Ticket Member, who was tragically murdered in July while on a night out with friends.

However, Matthew's family are keen to ensure the tribute to Matthew also raises awareness of the devastation caused by knife crime and wish to encourage young people to "choose life, not a knife".

"Never in a million years did we think knife crime would affect our family, it doesn't happen to you and yours," read a family statement posted on social media.

"This clap is so important to spread the word of how utterly devastating carrying a knife is. Our family has been ruined and can never be repaired."

Matthew, from Lydiate, was due to start a management course this month at Hope Street University, which was part of his apprenticeship.

A music enthusiast, he was also looking forward to a holiday in Ibiza at the time of his death. 

Matthew’s parents, Gary and Angela, and brother, Tom, now want to start a foundation in Matthew’s name to try to prevent more youngsters losing their lives to knife crime and to help those without the level of support they have so gratefully received. 

"Matthew was such a vibrant character and had a huge zest for life,” said Gary. "That's why we are promoting the message that 'Matthew says choose a life, not a knife'. That's the message we want people to have in mind when they clap for Matthew on Sunday.

"Going forward, we want to set up a foundation to raise awareness of the devastation caused by knife crime but also to fund events that will help get the message through to young people who may not pick up a newspaper or watch a TV programme and need to be engaged through social media and other ways.

"We are also so grateful for the level of support we have received from family and friends, who have just been incredible. But how do you manage if you don’t have the support? 

"We also want to look at bleed bags and supporting the calls to have them available alongside defibrillators. There’s so much we can do to ensure losing Matthew is not in vain."

Members of Matthew's family and close friends will be in attendance when Everton welcome Arsenal on Sunday.

As a 10-year-old in April 2015, Matthew was a mascot for a 1-0 win over Burnley, walking out with captain Phil Jagielka and meeting players including current club skipper Seamus Coleman, a favourite of Matthew’s alongside Leighton Baines, Richarlison and Jordan Pickford. 

"Matthew loved going to Goodison with all of his family. He really enjoyed his family holidays with his cousins. He loved his family, loved family life and had a great sense of humour,” said Gary.

"He will never get to see and do all the things he had planned and we want fans to applaud on Sunday and to raise awareness that this can happen to anyone, as it has to Matthew and to us as a family."

The thoughts of everyone at Everton Football Club continue to be with Gary, Angela and Tom, Matthew’s family, and his many friends, and all supporters are encouraged to join in Sunday’s applause when the clock reaches 19 minutes.


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Peter Mills
1 Posted 15/09/2023 at 19:03:02
Far more important than big finance and takeovers. We will remember Matthew on 19 minutes. May he rest in peace.
Danny O’Neill
2 Posted 15/09/2023 at 19:33:33
Very sad. I've been dealing with a situation at work where a young employee walking home was assaulted by 3 individuals.

He was in critical care for a couple of days but fortunately now at home with his family recovering. He is going to need restructuring surgery on his face, but he should be okay. I'm in touch with his family.

Goodison will pay tribute to the lad. It's sad that we have to. I've been in difficult situations but I honestly don't know what goes through some people's minds at times.

Young lives taken away for no reason other than bravado and ego.

Tony Everan
3 Posted 15/09/2023 at 20:06:06
RIP Matthew, and respect to the family for highlighting the problem of knife crime and doing something positive. If it makes just one young lad think differently about carrying a knife, it will have been a success.
Stephen Vincent
4 Posted 15/09/2023 at 20:08:04
Just to echo the thoughts of the first two comments and to add my own condolences. Goodison will do what Goodison does best - remember its own.
Neil Tyrrell
5 Posted 15/09/2023 at 20:55:40
No doubt the applause on 19 minutes will ring throughout the ground, away support included. It's the kind of thing all supporters come together on apart from the occasional dickhead breaking a minute's silence.

RIP Matthew 💙

Jack Convery
6 Posted 16/09/2023 at 02:25:33
RIP Matthew. We will do you and your family proud come Sunday. My condolences to Matthews' family and friends.
Kieran Kinsella
7 Posted 16/09/2023 at 02:37:37
What an awful and unnecessary tragedy. His whole life in front of him and cut down by two other idiots who've in the process destroyed their own lives too.

As Tony Everan said, respect to the parents because when you think what they're going through to have the wherewithal to take a step back and share the bigger picture to hopefully prevent more tragedy is something very noble. RIP young man.

Tony Abrahams
8 Posted 16/09/2023 at 08:35:26
Very good point being made by Tony and Kieran, because this type of tragic loss is happening far to much all over the country right now.

Love is stronger than hate, and although it must be killing them inside, it does show the incredible strength of the Daulby family. 🙏💙

Jim Lloyd
9 Posted 17/09/2023 at 12:47:21
God bless you lad. your family are doing wonders in your memory, and Evertonians and Arsenal supporters will salute you, and salute your family too.

Neil Copeland
10 Posted 17/09/2023 at 12:54:19
Tremendous strength and resolve being shown by his family who are determined to bring some good from a horrendous experience.

Well done to the Daulby family and RIP Matthew. Goodison will honour you today. 💙

Dale Self
11 Posted 17/09/2023 at 12:56:59
Truly heartening responses mates. To the Daulby family and their heroic efforts to save others.
Eddie Smith
12 Posted 17/09/2023 at 13:25:03
God Bless, Mathew.

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