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'14 to West Ham!' Explanation behind Everton fan's strange shirt number has left Blues fans laughing

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The reason behind the unusual shirt number worn by an Everton fan undertaking the crossbar challenge at Goodison Park yesterday has been revealed - as a 44 year old dig at rivals Liverpool!

The fan who took part yesterday wore an Everton shirt with the words "14 West Ham" on the reverse.

"Fourteen to West Ham!"

"When it arrived at London for the game only 14 fans left the train to meet the escort.

"It was during this season Liverpool Football Club only took 14 fans to Boleyn Ground stadium for a game against West Ham United (a game which ended 0–0).

Until older Blues fans revealed that it referred to an infamous incident in 1975 when the Echo reported on a midweek trip to West Ham in which only 14 Liverpool supporters attended the away game.

"There has often been a debate about why this happened, some blame it being a midweek game, others talk about it being a protest against how the club were treating Bill Shankly and others claim that the fans were intimidated by the hooligans of West Ham United."
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