Crystal Palace fans came away from Saturday’s game at Goodison Park feeling a little sorry for themselves after falling to a 3-1 defeat but thanks to the events that took place in the 29th minute, everyone in attendance was given a healthy dose of perspective.
A week or so ago, a Merseyside family were given the tragic news that 29-year-old Anthony Condron had been killed whilst on a night out in Liverpool. It was bolt out of the blue for everyone that had known and loved him, leading thousands to send them messages of condolence in the time that has followed.
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For now, we know that three men will appear in court over Anthony’s murder but in truth, no prison sentence will be seen as worthy to those who knew him. A much loved man, “Ant” as he was known to many, had always been a massive Everton fan; news which prompted the Toffees supporters to rally round his family and organise a minute of appreciation for his life at last weekend’s game.
Having been asked by numerous Everton fans to spread the word amongst our own supporters in the days leading up to the game, I was only too happy to oblige. There are some people who whinge about the regularity with which football matches now honour those who have passed but for me, circumstances such as Anthony’s are truly worthy of a moment’s reflection from anyone.
I know how much the minute of applause meant to his family and friends having seen their messages spread across social media in the 48 hours since the game took place and whilst it was never going to fill the hole left by his passing, it’s great to know that something so simple can make such a difference to those who are still grieving over his loss.
It sounds like a cliche but events such as those involving Anthony truly put life into perspective. Football may be “just a game” to plenty of people across our country but the manner in which supporters came together to honour him on Saturday speaks volumes for the true meaning of the game in the hearts of those who attend matches from week to week.
Rest in peace, Anthony Condron.