It is the morning after Everton beat Liverpool at Anfield for the first time since 1999 and Michael Dullaghan is still celebrating.

The inspirational fan - who caught the eye of Bill Kenwright last year with his Twitter support - greets the ECHO with a high-five.

"We won last night! I'm made up. We scored two goals and I celebrated all night!" he says.

You get the feeling this is going to be a positive interview.

The ECHO meets Michael, 41, outside the Inclusive Hub in Kirkdale. Gerard Starkey started the Hub four years ago to support children and adults of all ages and abilities through boxing and has an estimated 500 members currently on board.

*Read more about the Inclusive Hub with a special report from Sam Carroll HERE.

With sessions stopped due to lockdown, Michael poses expertly for photos outside the Hub like a natural. He raises his fists in celebration, and explains how he acknowledged the famous victory over arch-rivals Liverpool.

"I was dancing all night to Spirit of the Blues!" he says. This is no mean feat, either. His entire family support Liverpool, but Michael fell in love with Everton and Goodison Park when he was younger.

"A couple of Reds took me to Goodison Park, we had a drink and some eats," Michael explains. "I'm missing it. After lockdown I'm going to go back."

Everton chairman Kenwright sent him a letter and several new kits earlier in the season after being made aware of his posts asking for friends.

Kenwright told Michael he will take him to Finch Farm to meet Carlo Ancelotti and his squad when lockdown ends, while Hollywood star - and Fulham supporter - Hugh Grant is taking him for a pint next time Everton play at Craven Cottage.

Robert Starkey, a volunteer at the Hub who first noticed Michael online, explained: "I stumbled across his profile in July last year. I seen him doing pad-work on a video on Twitter, saying he missed being in the gym.

"So I spoke to his family, gave them my number, told him what the Inclusive Hub are about and collected him two weeks later. Before lockdown I was bringing him every other Saturday or Sunday and he absolutely loves it.

"But it's been great to see him grow, especially on Twitter where he has become a celebrity.

"When he started coming he was on about 3,000 followers. He was doing boxing videos and press-ups. Then he started getting more confidence, releasing more videos, and then it blew up!

"And then he lost an account and built his followers right back up. He's been getting more confident, he's so positive, and he's great to be around."

"There are some di******* though," Michael interjects.

Michael is a keen Evertonian, boxer and artist - Thundercats, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, A-Team, Power Rangers, David Hasselhoff, Carlo Ancelotti and Kenwright amongst his favourite subjects to draw - but what does he love most?

Everton fan Michael Dullaghan with his carer Bob Starkey. Photo by Colin Lane

"I love boxing, I really do," he replies. "But I love Bob more!" he says to Starkey.

"And I like you, because you're an Evertonian," he tells the ECHO. In truth, there is no-one Michael doesn't like.

Michael has some big dreams for the future. He hopes to take his drawings of Everton players to Finch Farm when invited by Kenwright, and, with his 42nd birthday approaching next month, his ideal present would be a gift from the club he adores.

But who is his favourite player?

"Me and Bill [Kenwright] are good mates now but my favourite Everton player is Dominic," Michael explains. "Dominic is my best mate. He sent me a video, and Mason did as well."

When lockdown ends, Robert hopes to bring Michael to the Hub on both days of the weekend.

"Just to see him, he's great to be around," Robert says. "He's so bubbly and positive and even in the struggle we've had over the last 12 months, he's just cracked on. He just loves life."

Michael attends art college and works in a cafe, but his internet antics have not escaped the attention of social media giant Twitter.

"Twitter sent me t-shirts!" he explains. "I have so many people who I can talk to on Twitter. It feels nice to know I'm loved."

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Michael is onto his second Everton tattoo - the club crest on his arm like Duncan Ferguson and 1878 on his forearm - and is hopeful of taking his girlfriend to Goodison Park when supporters return to the stadium in the near future.

But Michael is just one of the many success stories being inspired by the Inclusive Hub across Liverpool right now.

Robert adds: "It's been quite difficult with the pandemic with the restrictions in place but even just the little things we could do, giving parents respite, little sessions, it's been great. It's putting smiles on faces.

"It's changing lives, I suppose. It's a big family atmosphere and I love it."

It is almost time for Michael to go home. He gets out his phone and shows the ECHO the charity boxing trophy he won, as well as various pictures with friends and family in the full range of Everton kits sent to him by Kenwright.

A few hours after the interview there is a buzz from my phone. A message from Michael.

"I want to say thank you for today, I apologise feel knackered mate I’m sorry about that doing that again sometime, cheers Sam," he writes. I have another one from Robert. "Michael fell asleep in the car on the way home."

Dreaming of a bright future, for himself and Everton, no doubt.