Everton booked for Rooney testimonial

28/01/2016  37 Comments  [Jump to last]
An Everton side will travel to Old Trafford on 3rd August for Wayne Rooney's testimonial it is being reported.

The boyhood Blue, who turned out in Everton colours in Duncan Ferguson's testimonial last summer, has chosen his former club as the opposition for the fixture that will take place a week before the 2016-17 season kicks off.

The Daily Mail suggests that Roberto Martinez had to be persuaded to agree to the game in light of his reluctance to play United so close to the start of the new campaign.

The profits from the match will go to Rooney's four chosen charities, Alder Hey Childrens Hospital in Liverpool, the Claire House Hospice, Manchester United Football Club Foundation and the NSPCC.  

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Nick Armitage
1 Posted 28/01/2016 at 23:55:53
Dunno why Martinez gets any say, he'll be long gone by that time.
Tony Abrahams
2 Posted 28/01/2016 at 23:57:52
Who will Rooney play for?
Patrick Murphy
4 Posted 29/01/2016 at 01:18:20
It's interesting that Martinez hadn't originally wanted his team to fulfil that fixture with United, but following a meeting with the Everton hierarchy he gave the OK for it to go ahead, perhaps, he may have been told that his position isn't quite as secure as he thought it was – no proof for that – but normally the manager has a big say in these sorts of things, particularly at Goodison.

Unless Everton organise a midweek game prior to the start of the 2017 campaign it will be the first time in ages that Everton haven't approached the new season without a dress rehearsal at Goodison which has become a bit of a tradition in recent years.

Mark Andersson
5 Posted 29/01/2016 at 05:46:52
May be Rooney is edging his way back home. Don't be surprised if we buy him, it's good PR for the new owners.

Boy wonder returns home I've always followed his career and only watched England when he played.

You can not take away that he was born a blue. Even in his documentary he neither wore the red of Man Utd or our famous royal blue. He opted to wear a England shirt.

I'm happy for him to return.

Brian Hill
6 Posted 29/01/2016 at 05:49:42
Surely Rooney should be supporting the Everton Former Players Foundation, after all the poor lad may need it himself one day.....
Keith Edmunds
7 Posted 29/01/2016 at 06:20:33
What date does the season kick off?
Jim Bennings
8 Posted 29/01/2016 at 07:43:52
Good stuff!!
Brian Murray
9 Posted 29/01/2016 at 07:48:23
Keith. Lets get this shambles of a season over first before we start thinking of next season.
Dave Bowen
10 Posted 29/01/2016 at 07:57:18
Pretty certain most Everton fans hope Martinez won't be taking EFC to the Theatre of Yawns next season.
Peter Murray
11 Posted 29/01/2016 at 08:14:14
Well done, Rooney. Well done, Roberto.
Kev Smith
12 Posted 29/01/2016 at 08:24:13
I'd love him to come back because he's class but more importantly has passion and the stomach for the fight.

But, saying that... we've got Kone.

Terence Tyler
14 Posted 29/01/2016 at 11:44:34
Good of him to choose the Toffees. His heart has never left this club.
Mark Gardiner
15 Posted 29/01/2016 at 12:20:48
Just read an interview where Martinez has said we are not under achieving and that we are doing well and improving.

Most delusional man in the world, he must go!

Guy Hastings
16 Posted 29/01/2016 at 12:41:29
I'm looking forward to the two other Man Utd games next season when he turns out for us against John Stones playing in red.
Tony Heron
17 Posted 29/01/2016 at 13:17:25
The way things are going, it may be the only time we get to play Man Utd next season... unless we get them in a cup game!!
Ste Traverse
18 Posted 29/01/2016 at 13:46:56
Why are some still deluded into believing he's coming back?

Yeah, we are really likely to afford to pay him £300,000 a week.

Guy Hastings
19 Posted 29/01/2016 at 14:14:32
Ste 12: Stones for £40M plus Rooney – and they pay a chunk of his salary. Not saying it will happen and that I'm in favour, just that it's nothing is impossible. Except us keeping a clean sheet.
Paul Ellam
20 Posted 29/01/2016 at 14:34:08
Will Rooney be wearing red or blue? Or both? personally think him choosing us for this game is a nice touch and it gets my support.

I've never held a grudge against the lad, despite that silly badge kissing incident. He was, is, and always will be a blue!

Andy Stewart
21 Posted 29/01/2016 at 14:36:02
Won't be going. He chose to leave us. Don't care for his reasons or the excuses. He claimed to be one of us. He stopped being a blue the day he turned his back on us.

Don't want him back now he is old and useless thanks very much. Shouldn't be allowed to buy a shirt from the club shop. Yet another example of Evertonians being treated like mugs.

I couldn't believe the day trippers who applauded him at Goodison. At best he should be ignored.

Kev Clark
22 Posted 29/01/2016 at 15:10:54
What if we get into the Europa League? – hey, it could... happen. This then would be right in the middle of it, as it usually starts in July.
John Keating
23 Posted 29/01/2016 at 15:35:37
Kev ...... are you on something - illegal ??
Paul Kossoff
24 Posted 29/01/2016 at 15:58:13
About time all testimonials were stopped, but for players on hard times.

I hope Rooney has the decency to give all profits to charity, then of course he can claim them on his tax form.

Bun McGale
25 Posted 29/01/2016 at 16:15:35
What is wrong with you people? Absolutely no pride and more or less hoping that a player who claimed to be a Blue left us, played out the best years of his career with a rival, and from his performances lately is more or less done and now hoping he returns to see out his career here.

For me, it's a big NO. Yeah, let him have his testimonial but never forget his priorities lay elsewhere. Could you even imagine the rs entertaining a Michael Owen testimonial against Man Utd. No chance. They wouldn't turn up.

The more worrying thing for me is Martinez has even had an input in this. The Championship starts that same weekend and a record of 1 win in 10 in the Premier League suggests we are far from safe.

Mark Andersson
26 Posted 29/01/2016 at 16:23:27
Andy Stewart it's no wonder others call us the bitters, get over your self. Rooney's history and facts have been well documented. His sale saved the club, if he wants to return then good. As I have said, good PR as he is one of the most famous scousers in football

He would have achieved fuck all had he stayed here. History also proves that too.

Are you one of our so-called fans slagging off the current players like Stones, Kone or Howard.

Remember we used to be called supporters, so support anyone who plays for us or wants to play for us.

Jim Hardin
27 Posted 29/01/2016 at 17:53:32

Maybe Kev is referring to the Fair Play League spot. It might be the only advantage to being too nice and non-confrontational is that we are up there in the running for the fair play slot. We may have to bench players however if the card count starts getting too high. Is there some sort of factor for being screwed over by referees that gets added? If so, Everton wins the slot for sure, with apologies to Chelsea and Man City.

I am not sure why Rooney is slated for leaving to play elsewhere for higher wages and chancers to win things? I am sure many would give Stones a royal send-off when he goes to do the exact same thing.

Andy Stewart
28 Posted 29/01/2016 at 18:11:11
Jim – Is stones an Everton fan? Has he ever claimed to be "Once a Blue, Always a Blue"? I could settle for being paid £70-80k a week if it meant the chance to win something for my club. One trophy for Everton would mean more to me than 10 with some club I don't care about. It's like leaving your family business for a higher wage in my eyes. Some would do it, I'm sure; I wouldn't.
Ray Jacques
29 Posted 29/01/2016 at 18:34:26
At least the Mancs will see some goals at last. We will surely concede a few!!!
Keith Edmunds
30 Posted 30/01/2016 at 00:42:50
Brian 8; I'll be in the UK in August and I'd like to see a game. It would help my planning if I knew when the season kicked off. Anyone know?
John Codling
31 Posted 30/01/2016 at 04:58:52
That's right, fans, put your hands in your pockets and shelve out your hard-earned cash so a multi-millionaire can claim sainthood. It may go to charity but it is all tax-deductible so millionaire Wayne still makes loads a money out of it.

If he wants sainthood delve into his reputed 90 million pound fortune to do it. But why do that when you can just fuck Joe Public again.

Anyone who goes to this fiasco has more money than sense.

John Hughes
32 Posted 30/01/2016 at 09:16:44
Andy @ 19, I'm no day tripper I am a season ticket holder on the Lower Gwladys Street and have been going to Goodison Park since 1948.

I applauded Wayne Rooney at the testimonial so please do not generalise in your comments and try to be sarcastic to people who do not hold your view. I forgave Dave Hickson for going to LFC... eventually!

Andy Stewart
33 Posted 30/01/2016 at 15:05:05

I too am a season ticket holder in the Lower Gwladys, although admittedly not since 1948. It baffles me to hear you compare the late great Dave Hickson to Rooney.

Whilst being far too young to have seen him play, I was fortunate enough to have met Mr Hickson a number of times when I had a Saturday job at Goodison for 5 years (I couldn't afford a season ticket). He was sold by Everton not once but twice and ended up at (2nd tier I believe) Liverpool as a definite step down. He didn't choose them over us and never would have done so.

As for me being sarcastic to those that pathetically pine after Rooney like the girlfriend who dumped you 10 years ago for a better offer – how would you prefer for me to express my contempt? I may come across as an angry young man but, on this subject, that's exactly what I am.

Brent Stephens
34 Posted 30/01/2016 at 15:19:26
Keith (#25) – EPL tweet says season starts Sat 13th August.


Ray Roche
35 Posted 30/01/2016 at 15:21:04
Keith, apparently the Premier League kicks of on Saturday 13th August 2016. Let's hope we're involved.
Mike Hayes
36 Posted 30/01/2016 at 16:20:02
Love him or loathe him (he's a True Blue), he deserves to have Everton as his testimonial – he seemed to have a good reception when he was at Big Dunc's testimonial and I will be booking my seat to watch.
Keith Edmunds
37 Posted 31/01/2016 at 23:06:31
Thanks for your help Brent and Ray. First visit to GP in over 30 years! (assuming I can get tickets)
Ray Roche
38 Posted 31/01/2016 at 23:12:41
Keith, I think that the game will be at Old Trafford.
Keith Edmunds
39 Posted 01/02/2016 at 03:28:54
It's the first or second home league game I'll be going to, Ray, not the testimonial.

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