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Why I'm a fan of Everton: It runs in the family

The RBM crew tells you how and why we are Toffees through and through!

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Welcome to the refreshed Royal Blue Mersey!

To celebrate the new look and feel of our sports communities, we’re sharing stories of how and why we became fans of our favorite teams. If you’d like to share your story, head over to the FanPosts to write your own post.

Each FanPost will be entered into a drawing to win a $500 Fanatics gift card. We’re collecting all of the stories here and featuring the best ones across our network as well.

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It’s a little bit clichéd but the fact of the matter is, I’m an Everton fan because it runs in the family. More specifically, my dad is an Everton fan and therefore so am I.

In fact, my father is the classic English football fan. Back in his teens and 20’s he went to games regularly with his brother, occasionally sneaking into Goodison Park to do so and even went to the old Wembley. He was even there for the infamous win over Bayern Munich. I know, I’m jealous too.

At some point, that love for the Toffees must have spilled over to me and I was a supporter from there on out. The stick I’d receive from kids in school, who were all Liverpool fans, only strengthened the bond.

There’s something special about supporting the underdog in a two-team city, especially when the other club is Liverpool.

My first game was a 6-0 win over West Ham United back in 1999, when I was seven years old, featuring a hattrick from Kevin Campbell no less. Not a bad way to officially start the love affair.

Since then the affection for the club has grown and I remain a fan to this day, although my work in football journalism means I have to keep my allegiances to myself whenever I’m covering rivals Liverpool across Stanley Park!

Follow Sean on his Twitter at @Sean_Lunt and read all his RBM work right here.

Tell us why you’re a fan of the Toffees! Write your own cool/amazing/interesting story of how or why you became an Everton diehard!


  1. Go to the FanPosts section and write a post with the headline 'Why I'm a fan of Everton'.
  2. The post should be under 800 words.
  3. We will collect these posts into a section and they will be automatically entered into a random drawing.
  4. That's it!

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