Everton keeper Tim Howard and midfielder Tim Cahill share the Chairman’s Blueblood prize for the season, which ends at Goodison on Sunday.
The American keeper had another strong season after he and the team got off to a slow start.
“It is special to win that award because when you come to a club like this you realize how deep the tradition is and how many big players have played here,” Howard told EvertonTV.
“It is nice that you become a small part of that. When you then get an award like that, and from the chairman himself, it is very special.”
Howard also said that the Toffees will go out in style this Sunday, despite not having anything to play for. After their scoreless draw last weekend at Stoke City, Everton is assured of finishing eighth on the table. The final game on Sunday will be against relegated Portsmouth.
“It is so important to go out on a high in front of the fans,” Howard told EvertonTV. “There’s not much left to play for but I am sure the manager will set his stall out and put a team out there to win.”
Howard will have a busy summer, as he is the top keeper for the United States in the World Cup. The U.S. is, of course, in the same group as England, and on June 12th Everton fans will have to take a day and root against their favorite goal keeper (if just for a couple hours).
Also on the pitch for the Americans will be their leader Landon Donovan, who spent three successful months with the Blues from January through March earlier this year in a loan from his American club, the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Everton fans are hoping David Moyes finds a way to get Donovan back in Everton Blue somehow again in the near future, possibly as soon as next January. Donovan has expressed interest in returning to Everton.
Howard’s future with the Blues is much more certain.
“It has been fantastic since I came here four years ago,” he said. “I could only dream that it would be like this. I am looking forward to what the future holds and hopefully I will be here a long time.”
For Toffee fans, the feeling is mutual.