The case for refurbishing Everton's traditional home
Ever since then Chairman Peter Johnson first proposed moving the club from Goodison Park to a new, purpose-built stadium in first Aintree and then Cronton Colliery, Everton's hierarchy has been insistent that redeveloping the Grand Old Lady within on its current site is logistically and financially unfeasible.
Through successive ground-move proposals in the two decades since Johnson unveiled his grand and eventually unrealised plan, there has been a movement of qualified and committed supporters arguing that despite the confines of the existing footprint, phased rebuilding the stadium on Goodison Road is possible and cost-effective without the need for a significant reduction in capacity in the interim.
The Goodison ForEver-ton group in 1998 were the first to publish a detailed feasibility in concert with Ward McHugh Associates into the possibility of redeveloping the stadium into a modern, 50,000+ all-seater on its current site in Walton
Engineer and Evertonian Tom Hughes put together an updated study on how Goodison Park might be developed in the midsts of Everton FC's proposal to move the club out of the city of Liverpool to neighbouring Knowsley.
An architect who consulted on the expansion of Newcastle United's St James's Park stadium, Trevor Skempton offered his own case for rebuilding Goodison Park in addition to other options for keeping the club in Liverpool against the backdrop of the club's Destination Kirkby proposal.
The arrival of Farhad Moshiri and the renewed prospect of Everton relocating with the help of his financial resources put a new stadium back on the agenda but, as Tom Hughes argues, redeveloping the existing stadium should remain a viable Plan B. [5.8MB PDF]