Chance of a lifetime: (From left) Ridhwan, Wee and his daughter posing with Everton jerseys and former Everton midfielder Graeme Sharp during the tour.
PETALING JAYA: An Everton fan who made the journey to England to catch his favourite club in action almost came home disappointed due to a game postponement.
He was, however, spared the agony by a photograph which he tweeted.
Malaysian Bar secretary Richard Wee, who was eager to watch the match of his lifetime, arrived early at Goodison Park and posted a picture of him looking excited with the stadium in the background.
“Finally, 30 years since supporting @Everton, will b watching EFC ‘live’ for 1st time. @MyToffees,” he wrote.
His excitement was cut short when the police and safety officer advised that the match between Everton and Crystal Palace be postponed due to bad weather.
The game was supposed to take place on Wednesday evening.
Wee’s photo, which he tweeted about an hour before the postponement was announced on Everton’s Twitter account, later went viral.
Officials from Everton Fan Club saw the photo and somehow managed to locate Wee.
Wee, who was accompanied by his daughter and fellow fan Ridhwan Razak, was then taken on a tour which included the players’ lounge and dressing room. He also chatted with club manager Roberto Martinez and player Leighton Baines.
In one of the photos tweeted out by an official at Everton Football Club, Baines was seen signing club merchandise for Wee.
“Wish to thank @Everton for the great hospitality. Really appreciate it,” Wee tweeted.
Stories on Wee’s experience with Everton also appeared on foreign sports websites. The photo has now reached about 7,300 retweets.