Expat Evertonian. The Diary of a football fan working abroad.
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This is a humourous and touching account of an Everton fans' unexpected move abroad to Kenya. It is loaded with adventure and surprise. Football fans everywhere will relate to the need to 'get the result' no matter where they are in the world.
On Friday, 1 September 1989 Cliff Green boarded a plane from Heathrow to Nairobi to begin what he imagined to be a two year interlude to his teaching career in the UK.
He was 27 and had never lived overseas before. In all respects he was very much a 'homeboy' being immensely attached to the British culture notably pop music, English pubs, Coronation Street and, most significantly, Everton Football Club.
On 15 March 2011 he returned to England after more than two decades of teaching overseas in a journey that included Kenya, Bermuda and Uganda
There was also a personal journey of discovery and adventure loaded with humour and surprise and, while the pull of British culture diminished, the passion for Everton just grew and grew, no matter how difficult it may have been to 'get the result'.
About the Author
Cliff Green was born in Andover, Hampshire and he developed a love for football from an early age
He became besotted by Everton during the 1970 championship run-in idolising the Holy Trinity of Kendall, Harvey, Ball as well as his favourite centre-forward of all time, Joe Royle.
After a career as an accountant and a teacher, he left the UK and headed to Nairobi, where he spent his time teaching and trying to find out the Everton scores.