Formally a turner at Shotton Steel and Stanlow Refinery. He took me to my first game – the famous 3-2 Leeds win in 1969. I couldn’t see over the Paddock wall, so he sat me on his upper arm the whole game to see (must have been in agony) and he bought me my first Alan Ball magazine too from the touchline!
He made me a little stool to stand on at the wall for the next few years. Got me into the Park End after horrendous queues through the tunnel from Chester, that night in 1970 we won the league.
He was there as we saw Latchford score his 30th and that great Dave Thomas cross for Bob’s goal in that superb Coventry 6-0 win.
He paid the ‘Mind your car’ lads over many years and always left a little early to get to the car and back through the tunnel before the queues. I think we only missed one late goal. He always bought me a bottle of pop and a straw and programme to wait outside the pub while he had a quick pint near the ground (those were the days!). Numerous memories... but I wanted to highlight some – as, like many of us, it was our special Dads who made us the Evertonians we still are after all these years. I would have loved us to have won something these last few decades for him – but never mind – that’s what true fans are all about.
Rest in Peace, Dad – I hope he’s having a chat with Ball, Labone and Young right now!
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1 Posted 18/05/2021 at 07:21:59
Your Dad now sits with the great Evertonian in the sky.
God bless. Rest in peace, Colin Edwards.
2 Posted 18/05/2021 at 09:03:35
3 Posted 18/05/2021 at 09:10:36
4 Posted 18/05/2021 at 09:13:31
5 Posted 18/05/2021 at 09:53:36
But the win at Anfield this season was a genuinely cathartic moment, and one I trust and hope Colin Edwards – and Dick Fearon, and the other members of our Blue family who have sadly recently left us – got some real joy from. This season ultimately fizzled into disappointment, but we won't soon forget how good winning there felt.
Once again, my sincere condolences.
6 Posted 18/05/2021 at 10:17:38
7 Posted 18/05/2021 at 17:08:52
8 Posted 18/05/2021 at 17:21:41
9 Posted 18/05/2021 at 17:51:29
10 Posted 18/05/2021 at 18:41:39
Condolences. Your dad's influence is there to see, and the glowing memories too. The best we can ever hope to leave behind. I rarely watch a match without Dad popping into my mind at least once, even fleetingly, and it's 21 years.
11 Posted 18/05/2021 at 18:53:59
Memories flood back of the days my dad took me to the game.
Cant remember the earliest ones as I was pre school age when he started taking me.
Instilled the eternal love of Everton Football Club from a very early age as I am sure your dad did for you.
A sad time for you mate and will be for a while.
I guarantee after your mourning period you will recall days with your dad at the game and tears will be replaced with smiles.
All the best mate
12 Posted 18/05/2021 at 19:19:04
13 Posted 19/05/2021 at 15:00:16
I remember going to the EFC v MU final of 1995 and reading the programme. Each team were given a two page spread about celebrity supporters. MUFC's were show business people with no connection to that city or population. In contrast, Evertonians like John Parrott and Rita Tushingham recalled being taken by their Dad or Grandad to their local team at goodison.
My first game in September1961, EFC played newly promoted Ipswich Town and my Dad took me to that one because My Mum was an Ipswich Lass! EFC won 5-2 and Ipwsich won the league under Alf Ramsey. One thing I remember was my Dad folding Everton Mints wrappers and flicking them at the back of unsuspecting supporters' heads on the old Paddock!
14 Posted 19/05/2021 at 16:08:56
15 Posted 19/05/2021 at 17:10:38
Sorry for your loss like you I was taken to Goodison by my Dad at the age of 6 and every visit I take I always think of my late Father. We both have great memories of going to games with Dad. All the best to you and your family.
16 Posted 19/05/2021 at 20:46:51
Your Dad will be joining the great Everton Family in Top Balcony in the Sky.
RIP Colin Edwards.
17 Posted 19/05/2021 at 20:59:17
I'm glad our common bond of devotion to Everton brings us solace at such times, you and your dad are part of the Blue Family – part of us all.
Every Evertonian wishes you and your family the very best.
18 Posted 19/05/2021 at 21:57:59
I know your sister Pat and I can honestly say your wonderful Dad has done a brilliant job with both of you, bringing you both up as very passionate and loyal Toffees.
I'm really sorry to hear of your loss but be consoled that your dad brought you up the right way and instilled in you the virtues to be a true blue!
RIP Colin 💙💙💙
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