An Everton shareholder whose first game at Goodison featured Dixie Dean in goalscoring form was invited to sit alongside manager Roberto Martinez for Monday night’s game against Crystal Palace after winning over the Blues boss and CEO Robert Elstone at the recent General Meeting.
Peter Owen, who will turn 90 next year, attended the event at Liverpool's Philharmonic Hall last month and asked about the possibility of the Club installing a lift or escalator to help him reach his seat in the Upper Bullens.
While Robert explained that Peter’s request could unfortunately not be fulfilled, Blues boss Martinez liaised with Everton’s CEO to offer the lifelong Evertonian, who has attended games at Goodison for more than 80 years, the chance to sit in the dugout for the Premier League visit of the Eagles, as well as a chance to meet first-team players and staff.
Martinez said: “We wanted to recognise Peter’s incredible passion for the Club and the fact that he has been coming to Goodison and supporting the team for more than 80 years, so it was great to give him a special experience on Monday night.
“He has accumulated many fantastic memories from supporting the team over the years and it’s nice to be able to leave him with one more. Evertonians are truly special supporters and Peter is a great example to us all of that level of dedication. Just inspirational.”
Peter, who was overwhelmed with his unique experience, told evertontv: “The way I have been looked after by the Club has been absolutely out of this world. The more I see of this Football Club, the more I understand just how professional it is. It’s unbelievable.
“I was a boy when I came to watch my first game at Goodison and Dixie Dean played and scored. I was hooked and I’ve supported Everton for all these years, so I am really delighted to have had this experience and to have been invited by the manager and the Club.”
CEO Elstone added: “It was a pleasure to invite an absolute gentleman, who has been supporting the Club since the mid-1930s, to Goodison and it’s a true honour for myself and Roberto to meet him.
“We couldn’t quite oblige with Peter’s request, but we found him a fantastic seat, a spot next to Roberto in the dugout.”