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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1 Posted 03/04/2017 at 08:30:21
2 Posted 03/04/2017 at 09:04:05
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.
3 Posted 03/04/2017 at 20:25:45
4 Posted 04/04/2017 at 16:51:59
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.
5 Posted 04/04/2017 at 17:03:05
It seems so bloody obvious now!
6 Posted 04/04/2017 at 17:44:59
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!
7 Posted 04/04/2017 at 18:02:45
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.
8 Posted 04/04/2017 at 18:22:59
9 Posted 04/04/2017 at 18:25:31
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!
10 Posted 04/04/2017 at 19:01:21
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!
11 Posted 05/04/2017 at 11:11:57
Not necessarily related to Everton's move but it will have the other lot choking on their breakfast's.
13 Posted 07/04/2017 at 00:27:41
Not much more than we get at Goodison.
14 Posted 07/04/2017 at 02:37:44
15 Posted 11/04/2017 at 11:48:30
16 Posted 13/04/2017 at 09:24:49
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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