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By David Charters Daily Post Staff


SURELY one is enough, the careworn Evertonian might say as he sucks the gravy from a meat and potato pie high in the Gwladys Street stand of Goodison Park.

Soon, however, as the familiar rhythm of the Z Cars theme fades into another nerveshredding performance, the diehard Blue will be able contemplate the prospect of another Everton - in paradise.



To reach this destination, he must cross 8,000 miles of ocean, tropical rain forests, desert, Inca ruins and snow-tipped peaks.

But the second Everton is there to be found, in an oval, all-seater stadium by the banks of a beautiful lake in the town of Vina Del Mar, near the Pacific Ocean.

Like the faltering giant of Walton, this Chilean Everton has enjoyed some glorious moments.

And next Wednesday, John Shearon is travelling to Vina Del Mar, a few miles from the famous port of Valparaiso, to forge closer links between the two clubs, leading to the official formation of the Ruleteros Society.

This perhaps tells of a difference in approach between Merseyside's Everton and their Latin American namesakes.

Our team is nicknamed the Toffees in celebration of a delightful humbug, while supporters of Corporacion Deportiva Everton are the Ruleteros, or the men who gamble on the spinning of a wheel. But such differences should make for an interesting friendship.

John, 42, a manager with an information technology firm, has contacted Goodison bosses, including deputy chairman Bill Kenwright, about his idea.

And with him he will be taking club souvenirs, including shirts signed by the first team players. In Chile, he will be staying at the home of Luis Ramos Vivanco, administration manager of CD Everton.

Meanwhile, arrangements have been made for the Ruleteros Society to meet above the Valparaiso restaurant in Hardman Street, Liverpool.

From all this, John hopes there could be transfer deals, cultural exchanges and friendly matches between the two clubs.

These could culminate in 2009, CD Everton's centenary. Over the years, our Everton has been the more successful with nine top-flight championships against CD's three, in 1950, 1952 and 1976.

But South American press cuttings have a familiar tone: " Evertonians returned to earth with a bump . . . Once again Everton's display pleased few . . . Everton's season was kicked back to life . . ."

Poor gates have been a problem with the average falling to 2,000 in the 20,000-seat stadium. At one point this led to a delay in paying the players' modest wages. But the ground fills with success.

And this season CD Everton, who wear blue shirts with a yellow stripe, have a good chance of being promoted back to the Primera A (first division).

However, with a glamorous stadium on the edge of Lake Sausalito, the Chileans provide a mirror for Everton's ambition to move into a new Goodison Park on the Kings Dock.

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Yes good idea. Except it will be the players coming from England to Chile. The English Everton is poorer than the Chilean one :eek:
 

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Yes good idea. Except it will be the players coming from England to Chile. The English Everton is poorer than the Chilean one :eek:
hehehehehe I really dont know..they're both with the water up to their ears in debt !!!! :howler:
 

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The problem for a player to go from Chile to England is that he needs work permit,don't you think?

Not many players from Chilean Everton have international caps...
 

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Guys...Another great shot of the Sausalito Reservoir and Stadium in Viña del Mar..Home of Ever for Ever..... Everton !!! ;)



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