PETALING JAYA: Barring another bout of bad weather, Everton fan Richard Wee will be in a VIP box at Goodison Park tomorrow for a second shot at watching his favourite team live thanks to a special invitation.
He said the invitation reaffirmed his three-decade long support for the club.
“It’s such a privilege and it goes to show the sort of club Everton is,” he said.
The 40-year-old, who is the Malaysian Bar secretary, struck a chord with the team in February when adverse weather foiled his lifelong dream of watching the Toffees play live in a game against Crystal Palace.
An hour before the game, Wee had posted a picture of him looking excited with the stadium in the background. Officials from the Fan Club saw the photo and managed to locate him, after the game was postponed.
Wee, his daughter and fellow fan Ridhwan Razak got a tour of the club and met with Everton manager Roberto Martinez and player Leighton Baines.
Wee said the invitation to be the club’s guest of honour in the game against Manchester City on Saturday was unexpected
“Initially, I was reluctant (to accept the invitation) because there were 38,000 others who also missed the earlier game,” he said.
What changed his mind was the opportunity to take part in Everton in the Community (EITC) programme at a clinic and home for the disabled, which will take place today.
Wee, whose trip was sponsored by the Everton’s international betting partner Dafabet, will also be taking part in the club’s pre-match events.
“I’ve been waiting 30 years for this opportunity and I hope they win,” said Wee.