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Thursday 13 February 2014

Everton reward Malaysian fan foiled by the weather

Richard Wee's hopes of seeing Everton for first time hit by postponement but meets his heroes

Evertonian Richard Wee's hopes of watching his boyhood heroes were hit by the weather but he went home to Malaysia a happy man

Richard Wee has been supporting Everton from his home in Malaysia for 30 years and so was looking forward to watching his first match at Goodison Park in the flesh having flown to the UK to watch the Barclays Premier League match at home to Crystal Palace.

However, Everton were forced to postpone the match less than an hour before kick-off because high winds had compromised supporter safety around the ground. Having posted via Twitter his anticipation of the match from his seat, Wee then tweeted his natural disappointment.

Fortunately, Everton became aware of his plight and got in contact of Wee and made sure that his evening did not end on a sour note. Wee met Everton manager Roberto Martinez and left-back Leighton Baines and got some first-team signatures. The next day he returned to Goodison Park and was given a tour of the stadium by Everton legend Graeme Sharp as well as meeting local and national media.

"I was gutted," Wee said of the moment he learnt that the match had been postponed. "My daughter asked me if I was OK." But he was appreciative of the club's response to his situation.

"Shout out to Evertonians all over the world. Appreciate the support! One day, will b back at GP to watch @Everton" he tweeted after his special day.

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Key Points

  • Everton fan Richard Wee disappointed after his first chance to see boyhood heroes after travelling from Malaysia denied by weather
  • Everton hear of plight through social media and give him a special evening
  • Wee also enjoys a tour of the stadium and gets some souvenirs the next day
Tags: Everton