Photographs taken in and around Goodison Park, home of my beloved Everton FC on matchdays during the 2006/07 season.
My intention was to capture that unique buzz in all its glory, from the lull on a Saturday morning before players, press and punters stroll up, the atmosphere builds and kick off time approaches. The tension of the game itself, 30,000+ Blues crammed in to the old ground willing the lads on from first whistle to laste. Finally the murmer and bustle as the crowds wind away down the narrow streets of Walton, delighted by a well earned three points, bemused by another bore draw or downcast in defeat. As we are all well aware, you never quite know just what you'll get with Everton these days!
There really is nothing like a wander down to L4 4EL on matchday and any time the thought of Everton leaving their home is uttered I am filled with an impending sense of dread and doom. I hope therefore that this collection of images goes some way towards capturing that special magic of goin' the match for fellow Blues everywhere.
Jamie Yates, May 2011