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'I love all of you, Everton are part of my soul': Tim Howard pens emotional farewell letter

The goalkeeper will play his 414th and final game for the club this afternoon.

After 10 years of service, Howard is leaving Everton.
After 10 years of service, Howard is leaving Everton.
Image: Everton/Twitter

AFTER A DECADE at Goodison Park, Tim Howard will make his final Everton appearance this afternoon – and he has penned an emotional farewell letter to the club’s fans.

The 37-year-old is moving home to America at the end of the season after spending ten years on Merseyside.

Howard, who moved to Everton from Man United in 2006, will play his final game for the Toffees when Norwich visit Goodison Park on the last day of the Premier League season.

The American international took to social media on Sunday morning to thank his team-mates and everyone associated with the club, saying ‘Everton have become part of my soul.’

“I remember the promise that David Moyes made to me 10 years ago: ‘once you walk through those doors, you’ll fall in love,’” he wrote.

“Today, I will walk through those doors one more time, and then I will depart.

“I will depart with love in my heart for the greatest of football clubs, the people’s club, Everton FC.

“I will always be thankful to so many. Of course, the fans – those who bring such passion and make Everton what it is. My team-mates. Among others, Tony Hibbert, Leon Osman and Leighton Baines were always a shining example of how a true Evertonian should train, play and act.

“Phil Jagielka has been the greatest and strongest captain, and it has been a privilege to follow him. Two great managers. David Moyes was the ultimate leader, combining strength and integrity. I am greatly indebted to Roberto Martinez for his decency and commitment to me as a player and a man.

“My wonderful chairman, Bill Kenwright, whose approving smile from the directors’ box will be an enduring memory; words cannot express my gratitude.

“And there are so many others that work at the club or support the club who are all part of my family, now and forever.

“I will soon walk out on the Goodison pitch, the 414th time I have been honoured and trusted to wear the famous Everton shirt. I will walk out of the tunnel one more time to hear Z-Cars and the thunderous applause of 40,000 Evertonians. I will hold these images and sounds with me wherever I go.

“I am going home to America. But after a decade in blue, this is my home. I love all of you, and am so grateful for what the club and everybody affiliated with it has given me.

“Everton, you have become a part of my soul. You’ll forever be in my heart. COYB!”

Howard completed a deal with Colorado Rapids in March to return to Major League Soccer after 13 years in England.

The goalkeeper was under contract at Everton until 2018 but an early release was agreed, allowing him to complete a full career circle after joining Man United from MetroStars (now New York Red Bulls) in 2003.

Manager-less Everton host relegated Norwich at 3pm.

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