Everton fans were full of emotion and passion after securing the Premier League’s survival on Thursday night – and that includes Toffees superfan Tony Bellew.
Frank Lampard’s side officially avoided relegation after coming from 2-0 down to win 3-2 against Crystal Palace, allaying Toffees concerns after a poor season for the club.
Passion boiled over as Everton fans filled the pitch to celebrate saving their first flight status, and former boxing champion Bellew was at Goodison Park to soak it all up.
But, despite being at the heart of the celebrations and still on cloud nine, the ex-cruiserweight was straight on the phone to talkSPORT after the game.
After bursting into chants as Sports Bar hosts Jamie O’Hara and co-host Dean Saunders answered the phone, Bellew explained how the Toffees’ survival was a relief to him.
“It was on the line tonight, it really was,” Bellew said on the Thursday night show. “I have no words.”
“I’ve just been in the locker room and seen all the guys and just said what you’ve just done is amazing.”
Bellew has always spoken of his connection to his Everton, having used the club’s famous “Z-Cars” theme as his exit song throughout his career and including the club badge on his shorts.
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And the Liverpool-born star is also very passionate when it comes to defending his beloved toffees – as our own talkSPORT hosts found out last night.
“You’re the one who said we were going down, horrible little man,” Bellew joked with O’Hara. “And now look what happened to you!”
It was a good joke as the former boxer explained how much it meant to him to see Everton stay yo.
He even praised Tottenham for turning around the front four, before hanging up the call in good spirits and shouting “Up the Toffees!”.
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