Monday 30 September 2013
Everton are giving hundreds of servicemen and women the chance to see Barclays Premier League football for free at Goodison Park this season.
The club are supporting the Tickets For Troops scheme and members of the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force are able to apply for the complimentary tickets for three matches.
The scheme starts with Monday night's visit of Newcastle United with all of the special tickets already taken.
"It is fantastic that Everton want to demonstrate their support and appreciation in such a generous way"
But they are available for the fixtures against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, 3 November, Norwich City on Saturday, 11 January and West Ham United on Saturday, 1 March.
Servicemen and women who miss out in the ticket ballot can still benefit from a discounted ticket programme for the matches.
"The remarkable work carried out by the Armed Forces deserves to be recognised all year round so we have dedicated an allocation of tickets for a number of home games throughout the season and look forward to welcoming service personnel through the turnstiles at Goodison," said Toffees chief executive Robert Elstone.
Tickets For Troops chairman Lord Marland was full of praise for Everton's scheme.
"The men and women of Her Majesty's Armed Forces are doing such an extraordinary job during these difficult times and it is fantastic that Everton want to demonstrate their support and appreciation in such a generous way," he said.
Tickets For Troops provides free tickets for sporting, musical and theatrical events to Armed Forces personnel and has enjoyed a long partnership with Everton and the Premier League since the scheme started in 2009.
More than 85,000 football tickets have been donated to the charity and during last season more than 35,000 were given to servicemen and women around the UK.