Fan view on Rooney return
On that sombre day, a little bit of all Toffees fans died, writes Joe Jennings, editor of the independent Everton fan site School of Science.
He was our boy wonder and a true Blue as his T-shirt had famously displayed. He had allowed us all to dream again after years of disillusionment and outright depression.
Rooney had offered Evertonians of all ages and generations something to latch on to.
A local lad, raised in our own academy, with astonishing ability.
More than anything or anyone, Wayne Rooney was the embodiment of all our hopes and dreams.
The street footballer that was destined for Goodison folklore. The lad who still ‘played out’ whilst playing for Everton and the Everton player with the Everton posters in his bedroom window.