An American Everton fan’s dream to photograph a match at Goodison Park became a reality at the weekend – on what was to become a memorable day for the Club as Blues’ hero Duncan Ferguson took charge of his first game as caretaker manager.
Evertonian Quinn Bezenah, from East Lansing, Michigan, was invited by the Club to be pitchside after her plea to fulfil a lifelong ambition to photograph the Toffees at Goodison Park was widely shared on social media.
Quinn, 23, decided to support the Blues after meeting a Season Ticket Member back in 2010 and has been an avid Evertonian ever since.
Little did Quinn know that she would be photographing one of the most memorable matches in the Blues’ recent history as she captured caretaker manager Ferguson’s memorable 3-1 victory over Chelsea at a bouncing Goodison.
Quinn, a keen amateur photographer, was given access to all areas of Goodison Park, taking a range of photos, from Ferguson and his players arriving at the ground before kick-off, to capturing the Toffees stars walking out onto the pitch with Z-Cars playing and even Big Dunc’s unforgettable celebrations with Everton ball boys after goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison.
Not only did Quinn get the chance to capture Goodison on a matchday but she also received a behind-the-scenes tour and opportunity to photograph other areas of the Club in the week leading up to the Chelsea match including Everton’s headquarters at the Royal Liver Building and training ground at USM Finch Farm.
Reflecting on how the memorable day came about, Quinn said:
“I sent a tweet out to the Club last season, saying I would love to come and do some photography at Goodison Park for a game and here I am two seasons later and it’s been worth the wait.
“When I was introduced to the Club I did some research, watched some videos, read up and about a year later I got to come over to a match and just fell in love with being at a game and seeing the supporters’ real love for Everton, which is just incredible and it captured me.”