Malaysian Everton fan given VIP treatment after 6,600-mile journey to attend postponed game

Posted by Chris Wright

Seeing as though it was left until roughly half-an-hour before kick-off before the call was made, the decision due to postpone Wednesday night's meeting betwixt Everton and Crystal Palace at Goodison due to the adverse weather conditions proved to be a significant annoyance to many fans, especially the 2,000 or so travelling Palace fans who had traipsed 230 miles up the country in order to attend.

Their plight, however, was nothing compared to that of Everton fan Ric Wee, who made the 6,600-mile journey from Malaysia in order to realise his 30-year-long dream of watching his beloved side 'live' for the very first time.

Sadly for Ric, it wasn't to be, as heavy winds and spiralling rain storms put paid to the evening's entertainment when part of a building collapsed outside Goodison and several major roads approaching the stadium were closed on safety grounds, meaning hundreds of inbound local fans were unable to reach their destination -- with lifelong supporter Ric left to disappointedly Tweet a photo of his now-redundant match ticket.

However, after several Twitter-based fans alerted the club to Ric's situation, Everton then did their level best to make it up to their new "Malaysian friend" by tracking him down before he made it out of the stadium and offering him a personal VIP tour of the premises -- a tour which also included special meetings with two of his Toffees heroes, Leighton Baines and manager Roberto Martinez.

While, admittedly, it hardly makes up for the squandered airfare, Everton have long had a reputation as a good, family club and it's little gestures like this that continually set them apart.

Well played that football club.


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