An event to celebrate Everton FC goalkeeper Tim Howard’s 10 years of service to the club took place in Ellesmere Port yesterday (Sunday, May 8).

The football club’s Ellesmere Port supporters club put on the event at the Purple Olive restaurant in Little Sutton to thank American keeper Tim, who will leave at the end of the season to join MLS side Colorado Rapids.

After speaking fondly about his time at Goodison, Tim posed for photographs with each of the guests and was happy to sign pictures and memorabillia.

Everton and USA goalkeeper Tim Howard signing a football boot for Finlay Ehlen (seven) from Stanney Oaks

Everton MC Darren Griffiths and Everton legend Graeme Sharp were also on hand to entertain guests with humorous stories from years gone by.

Chairman of the Ellesmere Port Evertonians Dave Cockram said: “We organised the event to say thank you to Tim for his service to the club for the last 10 years.

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“Tim has been an amazing player for Everton and has been fantastic here today. He’s had so much time for everyone, he posed for hundreds of pictures and took time out to talk to everyone.

“Thanks to everyone who came along and to the management and staff at the Purple Olive for their great hospitality and delicious food as always.”

Ellesmere Port youngster George Shaw presented Tim Howard with a bottle of vodka to say thanks

At the end of the event Ellesmere Port youngster George Shaw, nine, who has cerebral palsy and found fame earlier this season when a video of him playing football went viral, presented Tim with a bottle of vodka as thank you from the supporters club.