The sad story about little Everton fan Rhys Jones will always remain in the minds of Blues.
The boy was one month from his 12th birthday when he was shot and killed walking home from football practice back in 2007. The club played at home against Blackburn Rovers three days later and commemorated the season ticket holder with a minute-long round of applause. Players also laid a floral tribute, football boots, and football shirts at the scene of the crime.
Earlier this year, ITV commissioned a four-part drama series about Jones, based on the boy’s murder and subsequent investigation. Titled ‘Little Boy Blue’, the crew has been filming around the Croxteth area over the last couple of months.
On Sunday during the game with West Ham United, the club is asking fans to recreate the minute’s applause given to the young boy for filming purposes. Here is a message from his father Stephen Jones -
| A Rhys Jones Drama, 'Little Boy Blue', is set to film at Goodison on Sunday. Here is a request to the Goodison faithful from Rhys' dad. pic.twitter.com/24XvQhuVsf— Everton (@Everton) October 27, 2016
With Sunday’s game also being used to mark the one year anniversary of the death of former player and manager Howard Kendall, the event promises to be a poignant and emotional day for Everton fans around the world.
RIP Rhys Jones, and RIP Howard Kendall - Blues forever, gone but not forgotten.