Everton Former Players’ Foundation (EFPF) website journalist, Stuart Appleby interviews Everton legend, former player and manager for the Club, Joe Royle at a fundraising dinner for the Foundation at Goodison Park.
At the age of 16, Royle made his debut in the Everton first team and went on to become a true Everton Giant. His presence, power and goals made him a crucial member of the 1970 Championship winning side and is the reason why he is revered as one of Everton’s finest ever strikers.
Royle reignited his love affair with Everton when he became manager in November 1994. He famously steered the Club away from relegation, to immediate derby day success against Liverpool and the FA Cup in 1995 after a brilliant 1-0 victory over Manchester United in the final at Wembley.
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Stuart also interviewed 1987 League Championship winner, Paul Power, and recorded speeches by a host of former Blues, including winger Dave Thomas and midfield dynamo Martin Dobson.
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Stuart also interviewed pop star, singer, songwriter and member of Irish girl group B*Witched, Keavy Lynch. Keavy revealed why she supports the Blues, what it is like watching Everton at Goodison Park and what she’s up to at the moment in her music career.
What is the Everton Former Players’ Foundation?
EFPF is a registered UK charity which raises valuable funds to support former Everton Football Club players who need medical assistance or any other requirements to improve their lives. Established in 1999 through the work of Dr. David France, the late Everton legend and former captain Brian Labone and lawyer Norman Jones, the Foundation has continued to go from strength to strength.
The organisation is seen as a model for other football clubs throughout Europe, and since its inception, EFPF has helped many former players with physical, monetary or addiction problems through year-round fundraising activities and dedicated work.
If you would like to find out more about the EFPF’s history and donate to the charity, visit the Foundation’s website: http://www.evertonfpf.org