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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1 Posted 13/02/2017 at 19:51:47
2 Posted 13/02/2017 at 20:05:27
Retiring words is insanity... so yes, it stands a great chance of happening!
3 Posted 13/02/2017 at 20:18:53
4 Posted 13/02/2017 at 20:36:08
No problem with Goodison being incorporated into the name of any new home, but I struggle to understand the whole retiring of the word 'stadium' within the club ranks and how it would work in practice.
Would we only swap out the word 'stadium' for 'Goodison' when referring to our own stadium? What about those belonging to other clubs? Do we call those Goodison's now as well? Wembley 'Goodison', the Emirates 'Goodison' etc? If not, are we just talking selective retirement, then?
Would we still refer to a 'ground' as a 'ground', or would that now be considered a 'Goodison' too, the same as..err...Goodison 2?
5 Posted 13/02/2017 at 23:47:56
And Sky will be replaced by NBC, who actually do a far better job with their expat Brit crew.
6 Posted 14/02/2017 at 00:52:13
People make places, with very few exceptions, and as long as the designers keep the 'people' in mind when they draw up their plans for the new stadium, Evertonians will over time make that place, 'our' place and that arena will become just as atmospheric and daunting to our opponents as Goodison has become.
Goodison has served Everton and Evertonians very well indeed and it will always be cherished by all those who have been lucky enough to witness some fantastic occasions there, but we have to leave, albeit it with a tear in our eye. However, the memories will always be with us and hopefully we'll make even better memories at the new place if and when we move.
As far as I'm concerned, they can call the new stadium whatever they like, within reason, as long as it's home to Everton FC and its supporters, the name doesn't really matter. If we don't care for its given name, we'll use our own more suitable name for it, regardless of what the suits may like us to call it.
7 Posted 14/02/2017 at 06:35:02
Can you imagine the faces on the young kids waiting in the rain outside the new Lidl on Goodison Road having paid £35 to be shown around.
9 Posted 14/02/2017 at 11:11:46
I have some great memories of Goodison but the club needs to move on now. The most important thing for me is to replicate the 'Bear Pit' athmosphere that has become synomonous with the Old Lady.
10 Posted 14/02/2017 at 15:42:30
Apart from naming rights, Everton should feature in the stadium name and/or the local district, eg, The USM Everton Bramley-Moore Dock Stadium.
12 Posted 14/02/2017 at 17:05:28
13 Posted 14/02/2017 at 17:54:38
Everyone knows the correct name is (and will always be to those with any sort of standards) the Stanley Park Priory Road Anfield Road Mere Green Field Goodison Park and the new ground should, quite rightly, be called the (Sponsors Name if we have to) Stanley Park Priory Road Anfield Road Mere Green Field Goodison Park Bramley-Moore Dock (and nothing more or less than that not Ground, Stadium or anything else bolted on when it means absolutely nothing... )
Personally I think Sunderland did well naming their new ground The Stadium of Light, if we could pull something off like that thats probably the best we could hope for but the name Goodison should stay firmly where it belongs in Goodison.
14 Posted 14/02/2017 at 18:07:15
16 Posted 14/02/2017 at 18:17:19
Sunderland apparently chose the name to represent the new stadium shining like a miners light over the city (as it was built on a pithead etc alongside the city's mining heritage).
Benfica's ground is known as the Stadium of Light as it is "within the neighbourhood of Carnide, the area located north of the stadium called 'Luz' (literally, 'Light'), after the church of Our Lady of the Light, "Light" referring to the Catholic concept of the presence of god". Its formal name however is, and always has been, the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica.
So the Stadium of Light is Sunderland's ground's formal name, whereas it is Benfica's grounds nickname.
But let's be right, Sunderland nicked it, didn't they? :)
17 Posted 14/02/2017 at 18:21:04
Lisbon, though, beautiful city, well worth a visit.
18 Posted 14/02/2017 at 18:27:33
19 Posted 14/02/2017 at 18:27:46
I was working down in the West Country a few years ago, and there was a couple of Sunderland fans staying at the same pub as me. We got talking in the bar over several nights and they explained all that to me, after I gave them a bit of a hard time over it, and why they're called the Black Cats.
Good lads, proper fans of a proper club, loved their ale too.
I can guess how they must be feeling bout the stuff going on there over the last several seasons.
20 Posted 14/02/2017 at 18:33:23
(The Black Cats were the guns which defended the city in the war weren't they?)
21 Posted 14/02/2017 at 18:39:24
22 Posted 14/02/2017 at 18:39:57
From what I can remember (my memory is worse than Ray's) it was a nickname for the miners, coming out of the dark into the light. I could be wrong, as strong drink was involved.
23 Posted 14/02/2017 at 18:56:48
24 Posted 14/02/2017 at 18:59:04
25 Posted 14/02/2017 at 19:04:19
A lot to some of this stuff isn't there. I'm pretty sure none of that stuff came up in our late-night debates.
A common detestation of Thatcher and all her works and pomps, I do recall though.
26 Posted 15/02/2017 at 09:51:47
27 Posted 15/02/2017 at 11:22:33
How about calling the new ground Ma Eggertons? after the pub round the back of Lime Street Station. The London Blues and a few local lads used to meet for a couple of pints before the train back to Euston. I don't even know if the place is still there.
28 Posted 15/02/2017 at 12:00:37
Maybe Peel Holdings know how desperate Everton are to build their new ground at the Bramley-Moore site, that they are screwing them to the floor over the price of the land. I wonder if the same enthusiasm will be there if Everton have to move to Stonebridge Cross instead of the Bramley-Moore site?
I would really hope that we hear something positive from the club, as they seem very reluctant to want to discuss where the new ground will be. Yes, we have had soundbites saying we know where the fans want the ground.
Well, like all things, the longer we delay, the costs will keep rising... both in land price and the cost of building the new stadium.Seeing as the club have ruled out any reconstruction of Goodison then they need to make the choice of venue very quickly.
29 Posted 15/02/2017 at 16:14:33
I like going to the match, letting off a bit of steam and occasionally having a few pints. I couldn't cope if we moved to a soulless, concrete, corporate arena. I would end up ramming a selfie stick up some tourist's arse as we got turned over.
As a club, West Ham have won the lottery moving to the Olympic Stadium, I bet Gold and Sullivan will make a tidy profit in a few years time whilst their fans will have to get their binoculars out to watch the game and pay a fortune for the privilege.
If we do move and, that's a big if in the current climate, we need to put the fans first and keep the meeting rooms, lounges, suites for the prawn sandwich brigade well away from the fans.
30 Posted 15/02/2017 at 16:48:05
31 Posted 15/02/2017 at 18:58:00
Been too many false dawns, I just want a stadium to be proud of and hopefully at the same time stick 2 fingers up to that lot that play in red!
32 Posted 15/02/2017 at 19:20:13
Like most of us I pray he pulls off a Dock move but he is wisely not saying it is a done deal. However behind the headlines of the likes of the useless Echo, I do reckon he is working hard for it to happen.
Until he tells us, we are jumping ahead of ourselves trying to name the new ground and risking huge disappointment.
Cautious optimism is where I am.
33 Posted 15/02/2017 at 22:24:17
The atmosphere is paramount which comes down to location and design.
34 Posted 15/02/2017 at 22:58:39
35 Posted 16/02/2017 at 13:04:23
36 Posted 16/02/2017 at 14:39:43
One of them is..
Or maybe the tannoy where you sit is newer than the one in the upper Gwladys (my guess, fitted in 1931)
37 Posted 16/02/2017 at 18:13:47
Would be nice if Mr Moshiri decided to simply name it Goodison Park. How would that look, and play, riverside?
38 Posted 16/02/2017 at 18:34:14
Come 2025, I don't think I'll be around to care much!
40 Posted 16/02/2017 at 19:14:57
It won't be Goodison, it's sad but time to move on.
41 Posted 16/02/2017 at 20:22:55
It'll be interesting to see how things develop in the coming months at Arsenal as its major shareholders decisions may impact upon Everton FC .
42 Posted 16/02/2017 at 20:31:52
43 Posted 17/02/2017 at 15:41:10
I recall Joe Anderson predicting the stadium could be with us in 2 years, back in July.
Surely this time we haven't been served up a load of bollocks.
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