Fans-tastic football camera show focuses on life off the pitch

By Administrator on Jul 31, 08 10:09 AM in Journalists

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Story by Vicki Kellaway
THE highs and lows of being a Liverpool or Everton fan have been captured on camera for a city exhibition.

Tabitha Jussa spent much of last season at Anfield and Goodison, but her target was not the action on the pitch, but the spectacle in the stands.

She snapped everyone from children, stewards and diehard fans to the scores of ex-footballers who turn up to support their former teams

Ms Jussa's photographs, entitled The 12th Man, are about to go on display at Liverpool's Central library, alongside part of a priceless collection of Everton memorabilia.

She said she wanted to give an insight into Merseyside's unique community of football supporters.

Ms Jussa said: "Football is such a major part of Liverpool's culture and the city's passion for the game is famous all over the world.

"The 12th Man aims to show the spiritual beliefs, hopes, loyalties and unmovable support that comes from the twelfth men and women of each team."

Retired Everton players Kenny Birch, Tommy Jones and Fred Pickering, and Tony McNamara, the first man to play for Liverpool and Everton, are among fans featured in the exhibition, which opens tomorrow.

It will run alongside a display of memorabilia taken from the Everton Collection, which contains more than 6,000 items dating back from the club's birth.

It includes programmes and player contracts.

Everton Collection project officer Max Dunbar said: "The items show the history of Everton and Liverpool supporters."

The 12th Man show runs until August 31.

vickikellaway@liverpoolecho.co.uk

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