Billy Ingham is one of the Blues’ most senior fans as he has supported his favourite club for over 70 years and has never missed a home game. The 86-year-old was picked among million of other fans and has told the Liverpool Echo that he feels tremendously honoured.
“To be an Evertonian and to be shown watching Everton in an advert about the club is something that makes me so proud,” he told the local newspaper. “I’m so proud about the club and I’m made up to be on television. It’s so exciting – I’ll never forget it. I will be absolutely thrilled.”
The ad shows Mr Ingham getting his Everton scarf on and getting ready to go watch the team of his heart after enjoying a cupper. He then picks his crane and looks at the photo of his late wife before leaving his house at Kirkby to go watch Marouane Fellaini and the rest of the Blues at Goodison Park.
Whilst he is sitting in the stands he anxiously watches the game and it is evident that the expression on his face shows the exact same sort of thrill and suspense that it had when he was a young lad watching his favourite club.
The 86-year-old has always been a passionate Toffees’ fan and he proved that by not following the footsteps of his father who was an avid Liverpool fan and now he is very popular and known around the Goodison Park area.
An acquaintance of his wrote: “Billy, congratulations on representing Everton, Barclays couldn’t have chosen a better person. I have very fond memories of drinking with you in the supporters club for many years. Good to see you looking so well.”
There are other characters in that advert but Mr Ingham definitely makes the biggest impression as a true lifelong Blue.
A Barclays spokesman told the Liverpool Echo: “Barclays wanted to start the next three years of the Barclays Premier League sponsorship by thanking all those fans that make the league what it is. Billy is a lifelong Everton fan, who has followed the club through thick and thin since the 1940s.
“His support and dedication is inspiring and we were delighted when he agreed to appear in the advert – he and people like him are the heartbeat of football.”
You can check the advert below: