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Why I'm a fan of Everton: We do not choose, we are chosen

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

Everton v Watford - Premier League Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

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.

Come Fan With Us!


It was over a couple of decades ago - a distant uncle of mine who lived a stone’s throw from Goodison Park was visiting us in Kenya where I was born and raised. He’d heard that I was about five years old and was starting to get interested in football, so he brought me a calendar of his favorite team - Everton.

He went on to tell me stories of past greats like Dixie Dean and Alan Ball and how the team in the early eighties was starting to develop chemistry under Howard Kendall and had been taking the First Division by storm.

The first few years of my awareness of Everton were great - the Blues swept all before them, winning the League title and FA Cup multiple times. And as I grew up my uncle continued to send presents: a scarf, a jersey, a plush toy as the years went on.

Fans come in all sizes and shapes from everywhere in the world, and the Everton community welcomes them with wide-open arms. We even have a saying -

Evertonians are born not manufactured

We do not choose; We are chosen

Those who understand need no explanation

Those that don't understand don't matter

It’s like falling in love, there’s no reasoning, you just know - that’s how it is when you’re an Everton fan. Where you are and what you’re doing don’t matter, the club finds you and embraces you, which is why this is also known as the People’s Club.

That early success ended and apart from a sole FA Cup triumph in 1995, the barren spell has stretched on and on. Players have come and players have gone, and indeed, managers have come and gone but the Toffees have remained steadfast in our love, our collective Blue heart beating strong and proud.

And even now, with a new owner, a new stadium on the horizon and a new era of success beckoning, one thing has not changed - the humble passion of an Everton fan, a family which I proudly proclaim to be part of.

Follow Calvin on his Twitter at @Mr_Faded_Glory 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!

Instructions

  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!

Fine Print

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. SB Nation Why Are You a Fan Reader Sweepstakes starts on 8:00am ET on May 25, 2017 and ends at 11:59pm ET on June 8, 2017. Open only to eligible legal residents of the United States, 18 years or older. Click here for Official Rules and complete details, including entry instructions, odds of winning, alternative method of entry, prize details and restrictions, etc. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Sponsor: Vox Media, Inc.