Everton latest: Malaysian fan waits 30 years for first game - only to be postponed

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Everton's game against Crystal Palace last night was called off due to the terrible weather in the North, with buildings around the stadium damaged. Ultimately, Merseyside police decided that they couldn't guarantee the safety of supporters, leading to the game being postponed.

But the big story to come out of the postponement was that Malaysian Evertonian Richard Wee had travelled all the way to Merseyside to finally watch his team in a live match after 30 years of support – only to be disappointed when the game was called off.

But the Toffees made sure he wasn't going home too unhappy, as the club took him to meet manager Roberto Martinez and Leighton Baines, before organising a stadium tour alongside Everton great Graeme Sharp as well as conducting interviews with local and national media, who are all fascinated by this bizarre story. Wee was taken aback by Everton's actions, and took to Twitter to praise the club.

"I wish to thank Everton for the great hospitality," tweeted Wee. "Really appreciate it, also much obliged to the many Evertonians sending warm messages.

"Today Everton just proved again that it is the people's club, taking extra effort to connect with the fans. Salute to the people running the club."

Meanwhile, manager Martinez believes that his side can cope with a busy schedule, with their game against Palace set to be rescheduled. Everton are pushing for a top four place and a busy run-in could seriously damage their chances, but Martinez has faith in his squad.

"Once you get the game called off then you need to adapt to it," he told The Liverpool Echo. "Looking at the squad I think we are capable of coping with a big amount of fixtures. If you want to have the mentality of a big team you have to be able to cope with a lot of games from the period of February until the end of the season."

Left Back Baines has been handed a boost for his World Cup chances, as England manager Roy Hodgson hinted that usual first choice Ashley Cole may have to make do with a place on the sidelines, with Baines starting in the England defence in Brazil this summer.

"It's a bit of a problem when you are a full back - you either play or you are an understudy. For years people have been understudy to Ashley. Now it's Ashley's turn to sit back, but we know what Ashley can do. We know how fit he keeps himself, how experienced he is. I certainly wouldn't write Ashley Cole out of any plans because he wasn't playing in his club team.

"But he will have to accept like everyone else that competition for his place in the club team and international team gets stronger all the time, and I will have a decision to make."

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