'Sorry for your loss'

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Ed Bottomley, once of this parish, writes a beautiful piece where he looks back on one of the most difficult days of his life, and how even in our darkest moments, our passions and obsessions can provide moments of light.

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Duncan Adams
1 Posted 07/03/2020 at 19:39:38
Very poignant. Best wishes to Ed and his family.
Tony Abrahams
2 Posted 07/03/2020 at 20:24:03
So sad, but what a tribute to his little boy. Everything always resolves around football and Everton, for so many people, and I genuinely hope Ed makes it back to Goodison before we play our final game there, if just to honour his little boy William R.

Len Hawkins
3 Posted 07/03/2020 at 20:35:39
September 17th is also my wife's Birthday she sadly has a terminal illness and will not see many more birthdays. My condolences to you and your family Ed and God Bless little William.
Tony Hill
4 Posted 07/03/2020 at 20:45:44
I'm very sorry, Len.

This is fine, funny, sad writing from Ed Bottomley.

"Beautifully shite" sums up quite a lot.

Darren Hind
5 Posted 07/03/2020 at 20:53:54
Superbly done Ed. Moved this grumpy old git to tears.


Difficult, difficult time my friend. I pray your wife has a decent quality of life and you and yours will be celebrating a few more birthdays yet

Peter Mills
6 Posted 07/03/2020 at 20:56:35
Lyndon - Thank you for publishing this. Do you think Ed is still of this parish? If so, I send him sincere condolences, and thank him for a wonderful article.
Alan McGuffog
7 Posted 07/03/2020 at 21:05:15
Simply the best thing I have ever read on ToffeeWeb.
Mike Gaynes
8 Posted 07/03/2020 at 21:13:50
An extraordinary piece of writing. Thank you for sharing this with the world, Mr Bottomley.

Len #3, I lack the words. May there be joy and peace for you and your wife in the time that remains.

John G Davies
9 Posted 07/03/2020 at 21:15:01
Great post. Beautiful tribute to young William. The importance this club of ours has in people's lives should never be underestimated.
John G Davies
10 Posted 07/03/2020 at 21:18:15
Also thoughts are with Len. Keep your chin up mate, a terrible time for you and your family. The power of positive thinking can make a big difference.
Peter Mills
11 Posted 07/03/2020 at 21:21:06
And very best wishes to Len and Mrs Hawkins.
John McFarlane Snr
12 Posted 07/03/2020 at 21:24:03
Hi Ed, such a poignant story, I'm struggling to express in words how I feel. for you and your family.
Derek Knox
13 Posted 08/03/2020 at 01:50:03
Yes, it's strange how Everton unites us all, yet can trigger such emotions that range between euphoria (not as often as we would like) and downright sadness too.

A very heart-wrenching account by Ed and also a reminder that there are some things in life that are even more important than Football and Everton of course!

Belated condolences to Ed and his family, and also a thank you for sharing his story with us all.

John Cook
14 Posted 08/03/2020 at 07:41:40
Len, my heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family. From bitter experience, I understand what you are going through. You will find great comfort on this website, I know I have. We are one big family that come together to share each other's distress, I find. Rest assured, from everyone here you will have our support. NSNO
Tony Abrahams
15 Posted 08/03/2020 at 08:00:36
Being a little bit selfish maybe, but I pray that the 8th March is one of those nice days when you can forget your troubles for just a little while, Len. I'm aware that you must be living with a constant pain in your mind, and can only echo the sentiments of everyone else, in wishing you some happy and peaceful times.
Len Hawkins
16 Posted 08/03/2020 at 10:40:46
I must apologise to Ed after reading his wonderful story, the date 17th September hit home to me, being also my wife's Birthdate. I did not intend to derail his story and I feel heartily sorry that he and his family never saw William grow. Losing an infant must be the worst thing you could have happen to you.

And to everyone else, thank you so much for your kind thoughts.

Dave Williams
17 Posted 08/03/2020 at 10:45:40
My god, what a piece to write!

My heart goes out to Ed and Len and indeed to all ToffeeWebbers who are going through similar trials. My best mate from school is one such person and it is agonising to feel his pain. it puts into some perspective the behaviour of the idiots who are stockpiling at the expense of those who can't afford to or who can't physically do it. There are people out there who are genuinely suffering and those who aren't should get on with life with a glad heart rather than overreact.

Rant over. My best to Len and his family and what a poignant piece of writing from Ed. An unimaginable thing to get over!

Paul Birmingham
18 Posted 09/03/2020 at 19:12:37
This story puts life in perspective.

Fantastic fighting spirit by the Bottomley & Hawkins, families.

Superb, and my hope and prayers are with you at these difficult times, but the Everton band of brothers and sisters is unwaning and with us all in the difficult days that life brings us.

Les Green
19 Posted 10/03/2020 at 09:30:10
I visit this site every day, and most days I never feel the need to log in and make a contribution, but today this piece put my arm up my back and made me log in to comment.

Not just a very moving piece, but an incredibly well-written piece - warm, emotional, funny, informed and sorrowful all at the same time. I'm proud to be on the same team as this guy.

Thanks for sharing, Ed.

Dick Fearon
20 Posted 13/03/2020 at 11:40:42
Before Ed's heartbreaking yet magnificently uplifting message slowly disapears from these pages, would it be possible for it to be put into a stand-alone piece that I can print?

To Len, I offer my hope that you and your wife can find a way through this vale of tears. 59 years ago and before the kids arrived the girl I married would accompany me to Everton's home and away games. She also suffers a terminal illness and it takes enormous effort for her to draw breath. We may be 12,000 miles from the terraces of Gwladys Street yet she never fails to whisper "How did we get on"?

I wish that more often I could give her a cheerful reply. I sometimes wonder if our players, coaching staff and directors fully appreciate what the club means to its loyal and long-suffering fans.

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