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The Stadium Issue

Proposals to upgrade or relocate Everton's home

Once a symbol of Everton's pioneering role in the English game, in the decades since the club's golden spell in the mid-1980s, the question of what to do about Goodison Park has become an increasingly prominent issue. From redevelopment of the Grand Old Lady to a move away to a brand-new purpose-built ground, the stadium debate has vexed successive administrations and this page chronicles the various solutions that have been put forth to date.

  • Bramley-Moore Dock

    With the arrival of Farhad Moshiri as a major then majority shareholder and financier in 2016, the club settled on a second proposal to relocate Everton to the city's waterfront at Bramley-Moore Dock ahead of another brownfield site at Stonebridge Cross.

  • The "Tunnel Loop" Alternative

    A way to keep Everton in the city of Liverpool in the district from which the club took its name emerged as a potential missing "Plan B" in 2007 at a time when the club was committed to pushing through a move to neighbouring Knowsley Borough.

  • Destination Kirkby

    The proposal to relocate Everton to Kirkby as part of a £400m regeneration scheme was put to a vote by supporters in August 2007 but was left dead in the water when the wider scheme was called in by the Government.

  • Ground-Sharing

    The abhorrent idea of sharing a stadiium with neighbours and arch rivals Liverpool had a short lifespan. With little appetite for it on either side of the blue-red divide, it was ultimately killed off when the reds pressed ahead with the expansion of Anfield.

  • The Kings Dock

    A dream move to the banks of the Mersey proposed by Bill Kenwright's Board in 2002 ultimately fell apart two years later as the projected costs – the £30m contribution required of the club would be small beer a decade later as the Premier League became awash with broadcasting cash – rose beyond Everton's reach.

  • Redeveloping Goodison Park

    Beginning with the Goodison For Ever-ton group in 1998, studies published by qualified Everton supporters have challenged the assertion from the club that the Old Lady can't be redeveloped on its current site in Walton

  • Peter Johnson's Relocation Proposal

    The former chairman's plans to move Everton to Kirkby Golf Course and then Cronton Colliery were grand but ultimately made no headway before he sold his stake in the club at the end of 1999.


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