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‘The most fun I’ve had in Halifax all year’: Kitchen Parties turn Evey Hornbeck into a Wanderers fan

This time a year ago, Evey Hornbeck would not have believed she would have enjoyed watching professional soccer, even for one game, never mind a full season.

“I would have said I hate soccer, I hated playing it and I hated watching it,” she said.

All it took was one game at the Wanderers Grounds to bring about a transformation.

“The first game I went to, I was in one of the suites and I looked down at The Kitchen and realized that’s where the fun was,” she said.

Evey in The Kitchen with friends Madi and Natasha.
Evey in The Kitchen with friends Mädi Kircher (centre) and Natasha Squires (left).

The next home match Evey was right there in The Kitchen feeling the passion of the fans and following the action on the pitch in a way that was fun.

“It’s really the energy in The Kitchen, it’s so exciting but it’s also very engaged, so for me — somebody who is learning about the game — having the whole crowd around me reacting to every little thing helped me learn quickly,” Evey said.

As a way of adding to her experience as a new fan of a new team,  she picked a favourite Wanderers player early in the season.

“I selected Elton John because he seemed nice at the kit reveal and I didn’t know he was going to be the captain and it’s been really cool to see him play,” she said. “It really helped me get into the game, it gave me something to cheer for and to look for.”

Evey's favourite player Elton John in action at the Wanderers Grounds against Pacific. Photo: Trevor MacMillan.
Evey’s favourite player Elton John in action at the Wanderers Grounds against Pacific. Photo: Trevor MacMillan.

The Wanderers became a big part of her summer and the home matches were great days out with friends.

“It cemented our friendship in a whole other level and the group grew over the course of the season and we’ve all bought season tickets for next year,” she said.

Feeling like a part of things, Evey started taking photos at the games which led to her meeting other fans.

Evey Hornbeck and friends in The Kitchen.
Evey Hornbeck and friends in The Kitchen.

“Once I started posting about it, members of the Privateers supporters group connected me with through social media and we got into group chats with other female supporters of the team,” she said.

Feeling a part of it she started getting some chants going herself.

“I would cheer ‘Go Elton’ and when I met him he said ‘Oh yeah, I can hear that sometimes.’ And we did a Rocket Man cheer at one point and I helped lead that cheer!”

Evey on the Wanderers Grounds pitch alongside Elton John at the team's last home match.
Evey on the Wanderers Grounds pitch alongside Wanderers skipper Elton John at the team’s last home match in the 2019 season.

Since becoming part of the Wanderers faithful, Evey has taken her mom to the Wanderers Grounds, when she visited Halifax, as well as her godmother.

“I just said to them, it’s going to be so much fun you won’t sit down the whole time and we’re standing the whole game and you’ll get the hang of the chants. They had a great time.”

It might not have all happened without her husband’s purchase of the season seat he ended up not being able to use, because he actually covered the Wanderers for the Canadian Premier League.

“I said yes I’ll use it sometimes and you can give it to friends so it won’t go to waste, but when I went to the first game in The Kitchen the ticket was mine,” she said. “It’s the most fun I’ve had in Halifax all year.”

Evey with her mom (left) Nancy Bickford and godmother (right) Kathy Brown.
Evey with her mom (left) Nancy Bickford and godmother (right) Kathy Brown.

Join Evey and book your spot at the Grounds next year, even if you haven’t watched a match before.

2020 memberships are available now from this link to be a part of the Wanderers experience next year.

Tickets in The Kitchen, including fees and taxes are as low as $17.48 if you get season seats.

Remember you get big savings by becoming a member with single game tickets costing $27.64 when you add on the extra fees and taxes.

And getting season seats scores you a subscription to One Soccer valued at $144 so you can stream the Wanderers away games live and watch with friends for FREE.

Come on you Wanderers!