Goodison. From days long past to the present day, we have always been proud to call Goodison Park our home. Now it seems our destiny lies on a different path in a different stadium.
The significance of a new owner, a new manager and more importantly, new money, cannot be underestimated yet I feel we have a unique opportunity to pay tribute to our history in a truly Everton way.
After reading Lyndon Lloyd's brilliant article about our potential move, I started to think of a way that we could do this. I propose that within our club, we retire the word 'stadium' and replace it with the word 'Goodison', in honour of the Grand Old Lady, Goodison Road, the borough of Walton, the great city of Liverpool, all Everton players and every Evertonian worldwide.
A bit like retiring the number of a great player, I feel that we owe it to the place that has given us so much. It is inevitable that the club will sell naming rights for our new stadium and with the USM deal concluded for Finch Farm, the possibility of a Sky soundbite of "Live from USM stadium" seemed ever more real to me.
Whatever the sponsor, I don't feel that such a name would reflect our heritage or what it means to be an Evertonian. If we call a 'stadium' a 'Goodison' then we can join our past with our future. It will mean that we will still go to Goodison on Saturdays yet she'll just be on the banks of the Royal Blue Mersey (I hope).
"It's the Merseyside Derby live from USM Goodison". Or, "It's the Merseyside Derby live from USM stadium". You decide.
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