With the season now at a close, Everton fans will be reflecting on what might have been and, most importantly, what potentially, the club could look forward to for the next campaign.
New signings have lifted expectation, while the stars of tomorrow have sounded the sirens of intent, following an impressive double by David Unsworth’s U23 side.
It is this expectation, loyalty, as well as the magical pull of Goodison Park, that has seen the usual rush of interest and season ticket renewal for the 2019/20 season.
But while this plays heavily on the minds of all the chosen faithful, one Evertonian is also looking to further grow a campaign that has seen a number of fans given the chance to cheer their heroes at the hallowed turf, often for the very first time.
Colin Morris, a high school cover teacher and Tickets4Toffees creator, has been a season-ticket holder for the past two seasons and currently occupies a place in the Upper Gwladys Street with his daughter.
January 2017 saw Colin diagnosed with a rare bone marrow disorder called aplastic anaemia. Three years worth of countless treatments, including chemotherapy last summer meant the 32-year-old couldn’t make all the games, which led to a decision to start giving his seats to fans, through social media.
Over the season Colin’s initiative managed to send around 20 Toffees to their first ever Everton games, with the father of two even purchasing tickets via StubHub at his own expense.
A fantastic and selfless achievement. But much like the project accepted by Marco Silva and Marcel Brands, Tickets4toffees won’t be stopping after the last ball is kicked this season, as Colin explains.
“The feeling it gives me seeing the delight on the faces of those fans when giving them the tickets was amazing,” he said. “I was making a difference.”
“It gripped me! So I have decided to do this every home game next season. But I couldn’t finance that so I started up Tickets4Toffees, with the aim to sending at least two Evertonians to every home game next season through fundraisers, donations and other any other avenues I can think of.
“I am working with a few local businesses and I’m that I will be able to announce two fundraiser football matches very soon,” continued Colin. I can also inform that a fundraiser via local business in Liverpool raised £255 over the Bank Holiday weekend.
“The response has been amazing.”
With a gofundme page already surpassing its monetary target, plus a lot of support across various paltforms, Colin’s vision is well on course to enrich the lives of those less fortunate, something he feels Everton has an incredible record of doing on a consistent basis.
“I firmly believe Everton’s work off the pitch have set the bar for other clubs,” he said. “The work our club does off the field is unbelievable, including of course Everton in the community.
“And of course, Speedo Mick is a huge influence for me, his story and what he has done for charities is truly amazing.
“The most important aim for me not self recognition, it’s purely about making a difference to many Evertonians. I’m going to put my all into making that possible and hope Tickets4Toffees can make a difference for many seasons to come.”