A New Stadium – A New Era

by   |   02/04/2017  15 Comments  [Jump to last]

It's easy to get caught up in the 'sentimentality' of our home of 125 years. Some people outside L4 love to wax lyrical and look upon Goodison Park as "The last proper football stadium."

Personally, no matter how many great memories I have of the place, it's become a symbol of a club reliant on trading on past glories. We were one of "the big 5" who voted for establishing a "Premier League" then waved that particular train goodbye as clubs who identified the commercial side of football left us trailing in their wake. It's taken us 20 years to even recognise we were becoming an also-ran, on a par with Stoke, or Southampton.

The opportunity to erect a new, world- class stadium can put us back amongst the so called elite. Not only will the publicity generated by this exciting project propel the club forward, it will make every other club in Europe take note of how big this club is. Make no mistake, no matter how much it hurts, we are irrelevant when it comes down to attracting top European talent.

The one constant that has kept us treading water over the past 20 years is the fantastic fanbase; without that support, I firmly believe we could have sunk into footballing obscurity. We mustn't forget the work of KEIOC, who should have a plaque at the entrance of any new waterfront stadium in recognition of the (unpaid) work they all did, saving the club making what could have been a fatal move to Kirkby.

I had an interesting chat at a match a few months back, a guy told me that most players want an executive box thrown in to entertain their family members on a match day, and that Everton lagged far, far behind their peers when it came to 'extras' on their contract such as this. A new world-class facility can attract players, fans, corporate sponsorships and publicity.

We mustn't let anything distract us from our goal of moving away for Goodison Park within three years. As sad as that may be for some, it will mean we can finally put this club back where it belongs. The days of "plucky little Everton" can be consigned to the dustbin of history.

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Thomas Lennon
1 Posted 03/04/2017 at 08:30:21
A bit over-optimistic; the stadium gives us a chance of rejoining the big clubs, nothing more. There is no magic solution that will put us up there in a year or keep us there. It will take years to achieve top four status.
Dennis Stevens
2 Posted 03/04/2017 at 09:04:05
I tend to view Goodison Park more as the first proper football stadium! There's nothing, of course, that prevents the club achieving a return to the big time in a state-of-the-art modern world-class stadium at Goodison Park.

It is not the location that is holding the club back, rather the ambition & ability, or lack thereof, of successive Boards. At least the proposed move to the banks of the Mersey indicates that we are at last seeing improvements in the calibre of Board members leading the Club forward.

Harry Wallace
3 Posted 03/04/2017 at 20:25:45
I agree. Very very important for our future
Dave Abrahams
4 Posted 04/04/2017 at 16:51:59
Dennis Stevens a good post especially the second paragraph.

Kevin hope this new stadium helps us to get back into the leading clubs in the Premier League, I agree whole-heartedly regards to those who fought as KEIOC to get us away from Kenwright's scheme to take us to Kirkby – what a disaster that would have become.

Peter Warren
5 Posted 04/04/2017 at 17:03:05
Well said about KEIOC. I was fairly ambivalent at the time but now I'm older look back and think it would have been the end of our club – we need to be in the city even if (which it wasn't) the deal of the century etc.

It seems so bloody obvious now!

Thomas Lennon
6 Posted 04/04/2017 at 17:44:59
Kirkby was a solution born of its time which in hindsight would have left us somewhere less attractive than on the waterfront.

However, it would have meant us already playing in a new 55,000-seater stadium when Moshiri turned up and thus now putting more money into the squad, further down the road of boosting income. We might be threatening top four by now.

Swings and roundabouts.

Both have access problems, both quite isolated locations, both funding issues still outstanding.

All considered though, still happier to be ending up on the docks, happier to be working with LCC than against, a better image to sell and a glimmer of hope that we will match LFC one day!

John Keating
7 Posted 04/04/2017 at 18:02:45
Thomas, sorry to disagree but Kirkby would have left us a bit more than "less attractive".

The new 55,000-seater stadium you refer too would have been on par with a poor Bolton, Wigan, Huddersfield stadium – take your pick.

Finally, I doubt Moshiri would never have looked at us in Kirkby, we were lucky we were still at Goodison when he came calling.

Let us never forget that the main culprits of the disaster of that planned move are still alive and kicking – unfortunately – at the Club, hanging on the coat tails of Moshiri and basking in the glory of a move we could only have dreamed of 5 years ago.

Ray Roche
8 Posted 04/04/2017 at 18:22:59
Thomas, "We might be threatening the top four by now", or more likely, fighting relegation from the Championship in front of 15,000 fans.
Brent Stephens
9 Posted 04/04/2017 at 18:25:31
Thomas (#6), "Both have access problems, both quite isolated locations".

Thomas, I wouldn't necessarily have wanted to go to Kirkby but it has good access (right on the M57, not far from M58 and East Lancs Road). And everywhere is an "isolated location" – depending on where you're coming from. Not sure I see where you're coming from!

Tony Abrahams
10 Posted 04/04/2017 at 19:01:21
Thomas, I'm sure the people at KEOIC, have said in the past that Kenwright told them he didn't even want to go to Kirkby? But the magician did though, so he obviously had to go along with it.

Good post, Kevin, when it gets closer to leaving Goodison, I think I will find it very hard, but hopefully we can rebuild the boys pen for Bill, and our club can finally move on again!

Patrick Murphy
11 Posted 05/04/2017 at 11:11:57
Liam # 11
Not necessarily related to Everton's move but it will have the other lot choking on their breakfast's.


Liver Building

Eric Myles
13 Posted 07/04/2017 at 00:27:41
Thomas (#6), we would not have been in a 55,000-seater stadium in Kirkby because transport restrictions would have limited the attendance to 40,000.

Not much more than we get at Goodison.

Eric Myles
14 Posted 07/04/2017 at 02:37:44
Ray (#8), just imagine... Kirkby AND Martinez combined.

['Shudders']

Brian Murray
15 Posted 11/04/2017 at 11:48:30
Tony Abrahams (#10), I'm all for building Bill a Boys Pen and leaving him in it. New stadium needs to be at least 55,000 otherwise we are saying we can't be bigger than them shiesters in any way, which hopefully Moshiri believes is possible and is thinking big, big, big...
Tony Cunningham
16 Posted 13/04/2017 at 09:24:49
I struggle a bit (with myself) over what size is best for our new stadium. After watching Juve on Tuesday and seeing how they opted for a smaller stadium, I can see the benefits of aiming for quality and not quantity.

I'd rather a state of the art 50,000 stadium rather than a lifeless bowl at 55,000. We need tight, compact and intimidating and I'd settle for a few thousand less to have some great qualities that create atmosphere.

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