AN Everton fan who is also an amateur poet had a day to remember after some of his verses caught the eye of the club’s top brass.
Proud Evertonian Paul Jones, of Marford, was given a personal invite from Toffees chairman Bill Kenwright to Goodison
Park to be guest of honour at the club’s FA Cup tie against Swansea City.
The invite was extended after a poem Mr Jones penned called Nil Satis Nisi Optimum, conveying what it is like to be an Everton fan and recalling the history of the club, tugged at Mr Kenwright’s heart strings.
Mr Jones, 29, said: “The day came about as a result of me sending Mr Kenwright a poem I had printed on canvas at Christmas, which I had originally written for my dad.
“He was so touched he phoned me later that evening to thank me.
“But then out of the blue came an invite for me, my dad and brother to join him at Goodison Park.”
It was a special honour for the Jones family, who are all big Evertonians.
Mr Jones said: “Trips like this don’t come around very often and I will cherish it forever. The red carpet was rolled out and Bill was waiting for us in reception and escorted us up to the director’s lounge for a bite to eat and a drink.
“Come kick-off time he escorted us to our seat and there we were sitting right at the very front of the director’s box. It was not the best of games, but the result was right and the way we were looked after was second to none and we were treated like royalty.”
Mr Jones, with his dad Phil and brother Nick, also enjoyed having a drink with former Everton legend Joe Royle.
He signed several canvas prints of the poem and the proceeds of their sales have so far have gone to Gresford Football Club and the Everton Supporters’ Club.
Mr Jones said he intends to auction other signed prints for Nightingale House hospice, where his grandparents spent the time before they died.
Anyone interested in obtaining copies of the Goodison Park poem can contact Mr Jones on 07525824679.