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The Everton Fan Advisory Board has today launched a two-week consultation with Everton supporters to collect their views on the club’s Fan Engagement Plan (FEP) for the 2023-24 season.

All Premier League Clubs agreed to publish their own FEP by the start of the season, as part of their commitment to the Premier League’s Fan Engagement Standard (FES), introduced last March and designed to reinforce a club’s commitment to ensuring long-term meaningful engagement with supporters.

Everton’s 2023-24 Fan Engagement Plan was published on 31 August and sets out the Club’s current model for structured engagement with supporters across the globe and the work of the fan-focused departments within the Club, as well as providing a number of goals regarding engagement for the season.

The FAB survey seeks feedback on how familiar supporters are with the Club’s plans and also invites suggestions on areas for development and improvement. The results will be shared with Evertonians and with senior members of Everton’s hierarchy.

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The survey is active and will run until 23:59 (BST) on Wednesday 25 October 2023.

Dave Kelly, Chair of the FAB said, “Supporters are the lifeblood of any football club and that is no different for Everton. Involving, listening to, understanding and working with this Club’s greatest asset – our fanbase – will be fundamental to any future success.

“The Club already has a number of established channels to engage with supporters which it explains in its Plan. The intention of this survey is to better understand what the wider fanbase knows about the Plan and, more importantly, to get their views and ideas.

“We’ll be sharing the results directly with senior executives at the Club.”

The survey can be found here: www.tiny.cc/FABSurveyOct23


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Peter Hodgson
1 Posted 11/10/2023 at 19:11:43
The FAB survey is well intentioned I'm sure and I wish it well but To date engagement has amounted to ZERO, so good luck with that!
Michael Fox
2 Posted 12/10/2023 at 00:21:20
So the FAB need a FEP for the FES. What a load of bollox.

20 years ago the club knew exactly how the fans felt because they heard it in the stadium.

Jerome Shields
3 Posted 12/10/2023 at 06:17:38
The initial intention by the Club in setting up the FAB was to head off protests at that time. But what Barrett-Baxendale did was to set up a structure of engagement with fans which has proved increasingly effective at channeling the views of fans and acquiring pressure group status.

She also headed the Premier League review of Clubs in preparation for possible greater government regulation, that resulted in Everton being ultimately investigated by an independent commission.

She had not intended at the outset to achieve either of these outcomes, suddenly going quiet when the outcomes became apparent. She may surface claiming credit somewhere though.

Danny O’Neill
4 Posted 12/10/2023 at 07:20:41
Well, I was cautious about the Fans Advisory Board when it was first established. Would it be able to actually achieve anything or would it be a token gesture by the club? I wasn't sure.

I am not naive enough to believe it can make decisions. The board and owner will do that. But what it could do, is have a voice. Our voice. And try to influence on a range of issues. I am intrigued to see if a new start will allow it to influence more.

Regularly update on the supporters' feelings inside Goodison, at the away matches, in the streets and on the forums with contributions and views from supporters globally. As I've kept saying, we got accused, victimised and practically abandoned the hope to be soon previous regime. The relationship is fractured with the one constant in Everton Football Club. We are suspicious and hurting.

For the new owners, that needs repairing and the trust rebuilding. And it hasn't just been the last 2 years. It's been 30 years and more, with one constant thorn in our side holding us back.

With a new Chair of the FAB and likely new owners, I'm willing to give it a chance. Otherwise, we will just rant at each other on here and other places without having an effect.

With Moshiri and Kenwright gone, it may get a second crack at influencing the thought process of the board towards the supporters' concerns and wants.

Who knows, but I'm willing to give it a go. And by that, I mean I would gladly get involved if deemed suitable.

I have years of experience in influencing senior leadership (convince it that it's their idea). Most importantly, I have a lifetime experience of Everton from as early as I can remember (1976-ish). I've seen the full spectrum of underachievement to success to mediocrity to flirting with our proud heritage of remaining in the top flight of English football.

I didn't mean this to sound like a Danny party political broadcast, but I think I know enough about Everton and most importantly, the supporters. I mix with enough of them from all backgrounds.

A message to the new owners is that we need change. Real change at the top. Do not put up with and maintain what has failed for 30-plus years. It has to be a clean slate.

Wake this sleeping dog from its lazy slumber that has seen us rest on our laurels and almost walk off the cliff edge 4 times.

Change it and listen to your most important commodity, because they are constant. Your supporters. They are the ones who will be there no matter what.

The heart beat. The lifeblood. There will be many other descriptions. But we are Everton. Always have been, always will be.


Mark Murphy
5 Posted 12/10/2023 at 07:51:42
I've completed the survey and am in favour of a fans representative so long as it's not “that bloke who sat behind me at the Luton game” type.

But, if we have a competent board that is honest and doesn't include Bill Kenwright and attends the games and reinstates the AGMs, I'm not sure we'd actually need one.

Dave Abrahams
6 Posted 12/10/2023 at 10:12:53
I have just completed the survey, too many questions had just yes or no answers. I had a say on the last piece where you were asked to give your thoughts on how the future FAB should be run, saying basically any future way would be better than the way fans have been treated under the ownership and chairmanship of the arrogant and ignorant Bill Kenwright.
Michael Kenrick
7 Posted 12/10/2023 at 17:00:26
I'd been listening to the BBC Sounds Everton podcast series for much of the day and got well triggered when they came to 'Headlockgate', remembering the principled stand Danny O'Neill had posted often about taking. So I had only one thing in mind when I came to the last question in the survey and found myself in full 'Don Alexander' mode:

The 'Headlockgate' episode last season was an utter disgrace to this club and the subsequent behaviour of the board in condemning the fans and blaming them for the board's failure to attend games was nothing short of atrocious. Something must be done to make full and total amends for this egregious situation before there can be any meaningful fan engagement.

The eventual removal of part of that board of directors was not before time but the Chairman remains in place and appears to have escaped any sanctions as the rancour over his gross incompetence in leading Everton into a financial meltdown has been successfully muted by the club. He needs to be removed… immediately.


Don Alexander
8 Posted 12/10/2023 at 17:43:37
I also agree with Don.
Ian Hollingworth
9 Posted 12/10/2023 at 17:51:28
My response to the last question of the survey:

Last season we had headlockgate and unfortunately that clearly showed the current level of fan engagement at Everton FC.

The Chairman and board of directors were clearly prepared to throw the supporters of this club under the bus for their own benefit.

The board has gone but the Owner and Chairman were again prepared to throw them under the bus for their own survival.
I do not see how the club and fans can move forward with the current Chairman still in place.

Bill Kenwright must resign as Chairman of Everton FC with immediate effect.

Then there needs to be a clear plan in place on how the club and fans move forward together.

Danny O’Neill
10 Posted 12/10/2023 at 23:29:35
You know my stance Michael. There was no going back once they made that decision. Irreparable.

I will comment separately on the Kenwright thread.

They treated us with contempt and disrespect and for a long time now, can't even look us in the eye.

Derek Taylor
11 Posted 15/10/2023 at 16:44:29
When do we get to pick the team and have the last word on transfers? The Board's only responsibility is to provide the money to enable us to get on with the job of resurrecting the People's Club !

But then, who needs directors ? They know fuck all.

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