Tim Howard’s superb goodbye letter to Everton fans [Facebook]

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Tim Howard’s final match

Tim Howard will have an emotional Sunday, as the American goalie plays his final match at Goodison Park for Everton.

The Toffees close out their 2015-16 campaign with a home match against already relegated Norwich.

It’s been a rough end of the season for Everton, who have sacked Roberto Martinez in recent days. Despite having one of the best collection of players in the club’s recent history, the side have failed to produce the goods, while committing far too many mistakes this season.

Howard has come in for his fair share of criticism from the Everton faithful this season, as he hasn’t reached his own high standards.

But all that negativity should disappear on Sunday against the Canaries, and Howard will feature in his final match for Everton.

10 years at Everton

Howard has been on Merseyside for 10 years following a move from Manchester United.

He is returning to America to finish his career with the Colorado Rapids in the MLS.

The keeper has taken to Facebook on Sunday to post a brilliant goodbye letter to his team mates, the club’s staff and the fans.

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The full letter is here:

GRATEFUL

I remember the promise that David Moyes made to me 10 years ago: “once you walk through those doors, you’ll fall in love.” Today, I will walk through those doors one more time, and then I will depart.
I will depart with love in my heart for the greatest of football clubs, the People’s club, Everton FC.

I will always be thankful to so many. Of course, the fans– those who bring such passion and make Everton what it is. My teammates. Among others, Tony Hibbert, Leon Osman, and Leighton Baines were always a shining example of how a true Evertonian should train, play and act. Phil Jagielka has been the greatest and strongest captain, and it has been a privilege to follow him. Two great managers. David Moyes was the ultimate leader, combining strength and integrity. I am greatly indebted to Roberto Martinez for his great decency and commitment to me as a player and a man. My wonderful Chairman, Bill Kenwright, whose approving smile from the Director’s Box will be an enduring memory; words cannot express my gratitude. And there are so many others that work at the club or support the club who are all part of my family, now and forever.

I will soon walk out on the Goodison pitch, the 414th time I have been honored and trusted to wear the famous Everton shirt. I will walk out of the tunnel one more time to hear Z-Cars and the thunderous applause of 40,000 Evertonians. I will hold these images and sounds with me wherever I go. I am going home to America. But after a decade in Blue, THIS IS MY HOME. I love all of you, and am so grateful for what the club and everybody affiliated with it has given me. EVERTON, you have become a part of my soul. You’ll forever be in my heart. COYB!!! Your #24,

Tim Howard

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Enjoy Tim Howard’s superb social media update below.

GRATEFUL I remember the promise that David Moyes made to me 10 years ago: "once you walk through those doors, you'll fall in love." Today, I will walk through those doors one more time, and then I will depart. I will depart with love in my heart for the greatest of football clubs, the People's club, Everton FC. I will always be thankful to so many. Of course, the fans– those who bring such passion and make Everton what it is. My teammates. Among others, Tony Hibbert, Leon Osman, and Leighton Baines were always a shining example of how a true Evertonian should train, play and act. Phil Jagielka has been the greatest and strongest captain, and it has been a privilege to follow him. Two great managers. David Moyes was the ultimate leader, combining strength and integrity. I am greatly indebted to Roberto Martinez for his great decency and commitment to me as a player and a man. My wonderful Chairman, Bill Kenwright, whose approving smile from the Director's Box will be an enduring memory; words cannot express my gratitude. And there are so many others that work at the club or support the club who are all part of my family, now and forever. I will soon walk out on the Goodison pitch, the 414th time I have been honored and trusted to wear the famous Everton shirt. I will walk out of the tunnel one more time to hear Z-Cars and the thunderous applause of 40,000 Evertonians. I will hold these images and sounds with me wherever I go. I am going home to America. But after a decade in Blue, THIS IS MY HOME. I love all of you, and am so grateful for what the club and everybody affiliated with it has given me. EVERTON, you have become a part of my soul. You'll forever be in my heart. COYB!!! Your #24, Tim Howard

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