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Gary Ablett - Everton Press release

Tuesday Jan 3, 2012

Tamworth fans are requested to observe the period of silence at Goodison Park on Saturday as the Toffee's pay their respects to Gary Ablett. Having just lost our President we are unfortunately only to aware of the hurt that the club and fans are feeling at this moment in time. The Lamb fans as they have shown home and away in similiar circumstances will show the utmost of respect to the memory of a Everton and Liverpool legend.

Everton supporters will be given the opportunity to pay their respects to Gary Ablett ahead of the FA Cup match with Tamworth at Goodison Park on Saturday 7 January.

The Club had examined the option of a period of silence prior to Wednesday's Premier League fixture with Bolton Wanderers but, at the request of Gary's family, this will now happen at the weekend.

Media and Publications Manager Darren Griffiths said: "We have spoken with Gary's family over the last two days and they have indicated that they would like to come to Goodison Park on Saturday. In accordance with their wishes, we will now pay our respects to Gary before we play Tamworth."

The players will wear black armbands against Bolton and official books of condolence have been opened today in both the Everton One and Everton Two stores.

Gary - who served Everton with distinction as a player and a coach - passed away earlier this week at the age of 46, following a long battle against non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.

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