Football: Chang aims to add fizz to Toffees' FA Cup semi chances

An Everton fan taking a wefie with Spaniard Gerard Deulofeu (centre) and Irishman Seamus Coleman at the InterContinental Singapore during the pre-season Barclays Asia Trophy.
An Everton fan taking a wefie with Spaniard Gerard Deulofeu (centre) and Irishman Seamus Coleman at the InterContinental Singapore during the pre-season Barclays Asia Trophy. PHOTO: CHANG BEER

There is not much for Everton fans to cheer about in the English Premier League this season, with their team currently languishing in 11th place and on course for their lowest points total since 2003-04.

But they could still find joy in the FA Cup this weekend when the Toffees play Manchester United in the semi-final. Watford and Crystal Palace make up the final four teams this year.

Ahead of the crunch match, Everton's shirt sponsors Chang Beer have stepped in to give the supporters a boost.

The Thai beverage company will host a pre-match party at Five Square at Great Eastern Centre, before screening the match, which kicks off on Sunday at 12.15am. Everton jerseys and Chang beer will be offered as prizes at the party.

Sebastian Loh, commercial manager of Chang Beer, Singapore, said: "This makes the bond between Chang and Everton FC that much more special and relevant."

The party is also open to the 100 members of the public on a first-come-first-served basis.

To sign up, e-mail your name, NRIC number and mobile number to renyew.boo@imsg.sg. Each visitor can bring one guest. Details of the guest should be in the e-mail.

Tommy Low, chairman of the Singapore Everton Supporters' Club, said: "We are very thankful to Chang Beer. The match kicks off late and we were struggling to find a venue, so when the news came in we were very pleased.

"We'd definitely be dressing the place up with more banners and maybe hang up some jerseys. You can expect to see a lot of blue shirts that night."

And while the Toffees have not won in their last five matches, Low is hoping that the romance of the FA Cup is very much alive.

He said: "In the FA Cup, miracles do happen. The underdogs always have a chance to overcome the favourites."

There is reason for the Toffees to be positive. The last time the two sides met in the FA Cup was also in the semi-finals - in 2009 when Everton won 4-2 on penalties.

Low, a Republic of Singapore Air Force regular, said: "If we get past United I think we have a good chance of winning the Cup. A trophy is long overdue."

Everton last won the FA Cup in 1995. And the Toffees' victims that year? Yes, Manchester United.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 18, 2016, with the headline 'Chang aims to add fizz to Toffees' FA Cup semi chances'. Print Edition | Subscribe