Everton plan cosmetic upgrades to Goodison Park

, 9 June, 47comments  |  Jump to most recent
Everton have announced some proposed improvements for Goodison Park that will improve the aesthetics of the stadium this summer.

The club plan to upgrade the cladding on the corners of the stands and add three large banners to three sides of the ground for the display of Everton-related imagery.

They are also looking to add new exterior lighting for the start of the coming season and hope to finalise the location and installation of the planned Holy Trinity statue sometime during 2016-17.

Criticism of the dilapidated state and some parts of the outside of Goodison as well as leaks in the roof of the Gwladys Street end was raised last season.

As the Liverpool Echo report, the changes are cosmetic to temporarily improve the look of Everton's home and will not detract from the ongoing search for a permanent stadium solution, either by way of redevelopment or a new construction elsewhere.  

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Iain Latchford
1 Posted 09/06/2016 at 22:02:30
I've seen the plans for this as my friend works for the company who will be doing the banners. It's all superficial but you'll all be pleasantly surprised. It looks pretty good.
Tony Draper
2 Posted 09/06/2016 at 22:10:03
Commence Operation Woodison Exercise !
Commence Operation Woodison Exercise !

(Cue Thunderbirds theme music as the pitch seperates and a Fairy Liquid bottle powered by a 50p roman candle soars 30 feet into the sky, wobbles and scorches the pitch)…

All incompetent Operation Woodison Exercise !

All incompetent Operation Woodison Exercise !

Colin Glassar
3 Posted 09/06/2016 at 22:12:06
Will our lawnmowers be getting a coat of paint as well?
Garry Corgan
4 Posted 09/06/2016 at 22:17:31
Wow, last year they cleaned the roof and this year we're getting new banners! Onward and upward!
Tony Draper
5 Posted 09/06/2016 at 22:18:38
Real Madrid, Barcelona & Bayern must be shitting their kecks !
Iain Latchford
6 Posted 09/06/2016 at 22:21:42
The whole side of the main stand, Gwladys Start and Bullens Road will be covered virtually top to bottom in banners. It almost looks like the stadium had been wrapped. The banners look like like it's one big piece of material with various Everton images on. I think it has lighting underneath too, so can be lit up for night games. Like I said it doesn't change the structure at all, bit it hides a multitude of sins.
Raymond Fox
7 Posted 09/06/2016 at 22:27:16
We are still papering over the cracks in more ways than one.
Ok, its better than nothing!
Peter Mills
8 Posted 09/06/2016 at 22:34:16
Seems like a good idea, the place looks tatty, tart it up for 3 years.

I've been walking the Highline in New York today, a smart walkway with nice landscaping on an old railway line. There must be so much scope for that between the Liverpool/Southport railway line and the Dock Road, leading to a state stadium on the banks of the Mersey. Could this be our time?

Damian Wilde
9 Posted 09/06/2016 at 23:10:47
Read this (plus watch the video), very interesting (it mentions Everton). I think it's a goa



Daniel Joseph
10 Posted 09/06/2016 at 23:17:58
Seems reasonable to me. Why do people look for the negatives in everything our club do?

Why spend a mint on the missus you are getting rid of when you have new totty on the horizon?

Barry McNally
11 Posted 09/06/2016 at 23:34:00
Damien @ 9, thanks for the link. Could work at GP if they moved the Park End back a bit so that Gwlady's Street could be expanded therefore having two big goal end stands.
Damian Wilde
12 Posted 09/06/2016 at 23:52:01
No problem, Barry. I meant for a new stadium, but see your point. Aa my mate said 'clever those Germans'! Well, except Klopp and Hitler.
Andrew Presly
13 Posted 09/06/2016 at 23:52:34
Nick Entwistle
14 Posted 09/06/2016 at 00:01:20
Could they put the Liverpool crest on the urinals?
Rob Halligan
15 Posted 10/06/2016 at 00:05:13
Better on the toilet paper, Nick.
Nick Entwistle
16 Posted 10/06/2016 at 00:19:40
Touché, Rob
Anthony Dwyer
17 Posted 10/06/2016 at 01:13:40
I love Goodison but unfortunately I think it cant be salvaged.

New stadium on a water front would be nice.

Karl Masters
18 Posted 10/06/2016 at 01:14:29
Why not? It's a good idea. The 'Glass' screen on the side of the main stand is filthy and has needed cleaning or the whole thing replacing for at least 20 years now.

This might cut out some light to those areas though. I wonder how it will look from the inside of the Stadium? Maybe Iain Latchford could elaborate on that question?

Chris Jones [Burton]
19 Posted 10/06/2016 at 01:18:27
Damian (9) that design would make for a hell of a 'bear pit' atmosphere as well. The only concern is of a dickhead minority being tempted to drop things on people from a great height.
Paul Kossoff
20 Posted 10/06/2016 at 01:30:24
Embarrassing, the Red Shite get a new stand, we get a coat of paint oh and Daren Gibson, just to take your minds off things.
Brian Sephton
21 Posted 10/06/2016 at 05:09:33
Chris (#19), That could be sorted with a perspex type screen at the front which would help with the safety aspect. It would be a real bit though and to our shores at least unique but the outside could be better unless it is just showing the concept.
Ian Burns
23 Posted 10/06/2016 at 08:05:50
Damian (#9), thanks for that link. Fascinating concept and leaves some of these soulless new stadiums for dead. I love the idea that the sound is amplified with 97% of fans less than 50 metres from the pitch compared to two-thirds at the moment. I can just see this on the banks of the Mersey – what a sight!
Lenny Kingman
24 Posted 10/06/2016 at 09:18:13
Excellent work unearthing that Damian.

Great concept and a sure fire eye catcher on the banks of the iconic river. This would truly send out the message globally that the great football club Everton is back where they belong. At the cutting edge.

Damian Wilde
26 Posted 10/06/2016 at 10:56:46
No problem guys, thought it was worth sharing.

As mentioned, they'd have to check safety aspects, but I like that most people are near the pitch and as you've all said the atmosphere vould be great not just 'cause of this, but also 'cause of the sound being amplified.

I hope Mr Moshiri is aware of it!!

Damian Wilde
27 Posted 10/06/2016 at 11:00:24
I love GP, but think we do need to move, too old, too tired. Here's an older GP treat for you. Decent cup detby from 81. I thought we played well, Varadi (apart from his sitter) looked great. I'm too young to have seen him play, how good was he? And what about the likes of Eastoe?


Ian Burns
28 Posted 10/06/2016 at 11:35:59
Damien - Varadi was good for a short period of time but if memory serves me correctly he scored in a derby when he first arrived, celebrated at the wrong end and had a pie pushed in his face.
Simon Smith
29 Posted 10/06/2016 at 11:43:32
As much as I love Goodison and some of the cosmetic upgrades in recent years it just boils down to the old saying. ......
" You can't polish a turd !", although that lot across the park are giving it a really good go !!
Makes you realise just what a missed opportunity the King's Dock was and how we so desperately need the opportunity to develop the new docks location!
Stephen Jones
30 Posted 10/06/2016 at 12:33:17
Damien @ 27. Imre Varadi born in London to Hungarian parents if memory serves me right. Still smile at his nickname.....Olive. Another fine mess..........
John Hughes
31 Posted 10/06/2016 at 12:38:42
Stephen Imre Varadi wife's name was Olive.
Steve Carse
32 Posted 10/06/2016 at 12:43:12
if this is the sum total of the alterations, I take it then that there's no move this closed season to meet the required 91 additional places for the disabled?
Damian Wilde
33 Posted 10/06/2016 at 13:10:08
Cheers fella's, always good to hear about former players. Maybe with the odd old match highlights the site should have a 'Down Memory Lane' type feature.
Peter Morris
34 Posted 10/06/2016 at 13:36:08
A bit of tarting up for the old girl, dressing the window before we dupe the other lot into buying it for a fortune, and we move down to the waterside.
We live forever in hope!
Dave Roberts
35 Posted 10/06/2016 at 15:54:48
It's just to brighten the place up a bit while the new stadium is being built. And bloody hell it needs it, especially the outside of the Gladdy and Bullens!

Does anybody have a link to a drawing of what they have in mind?

Phil Walling
36 Posted 10/06/2016 at 16:10:27
Should be enough to see us through to the twenties, Dave, and then another 5-10 years whilst all the legalities are surmounted and Mosh finds enough dough to put a spade in the ground !
Dave Horne
37 Posted 10/06/2016 at 16:37:38
Phil #36,
I've been a long suffering, and oft time disappointed, supporter for about 60 years, and I know we still need proof about the new stadium. But the negativity and sarcasm from yourself and so many others is astonishing.
I think it was the neighbours who had the long lasting "spade in the ground" disappointment not us. That need not be the case this time around.
If this north docks site takes off it will put Anfield completely in the shade.
Please let's all look more on the optimistic side, Mr. Moshiri is doing ok so far.
Barry Lightfoot
38 Posted 10/06/2016 at 17:53:57
I have never been more confident about the stadium plans than now, I think this will happen and it will happen down in the docks.

Don't ask me why it's just an American cop show hunch and I haven't even spoken to Huggy Bear about the word on the street.
Mick Davies
39 Posted 10/06/2016 at 18:14:28
Must be bidding for a Champions League final
Peter Mills
40 Posted 11/06/2016 at 03:06:51
Don't forget we were all on the white rum after his Derby winner - Varadi and coke.
Eric Myles
41 Posted 11/06/2016 at 05:20:04
Stephen (#21), I'd say it's just showing the concept as the outer skin could be a variety of cladding materials from crinkly tin sheeting to grp or high tensile fabrics
Peter Barry
42 Posted 11/06/2016 at 06:11:45
Someone mentioned Varadi remember his song when he missed a sitter as he 'always' did 'Varadi Oh! Oh! , Varadi Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh!' to the tune of Volare.
Jeff Hough
43 Posted 11/06/2016 at 07:06:35
Ian at 28, if my memory serves me right the match was in the run up to Christmas and it was a mince pie they hit him with as he ran to the wrong end to celebrate.
Ernie Baywood
44 Posted 11/06/2016 at 15:00:21
I'm sure there's nothing to be read into this. Still never hurts to give the old lady a makeover now and then.
John Otway
45 Posted 12/06/2016 at 15:21:12
Dave Horne. 37. Hear, Hear. Just so utterly sick of the constant negativity from those like Messrs Kossoff and Walling at 20 and 36. It's like the fucking Chinese water torture.
Ian Riley
46 Posted 12/06/2016 at 22:00:20
It's all on a temporary basis. Five years time, we will be in our new stadium. No, haven't been drinking. It's going to happen.
Brian Wilkinson
47 Posted 13/06/2016 at 04:06:03
Jeff@43, I am pretty sure it was the middle of January, I may be wrong but I think we beat Wigan ath 3 nil in the cup, then drew our neighbours in the 4th round.

I should really know, I was in the Gwladys Street that game, but old grey cells may be playing tricks on me, so may be mistaking this for a different game,but 99% sure it was the cup game.

Brian Wilkinson
48 Posted 13/06/2016 at 04:15:18
SorryJeff@43, it was the previous season we beat Wigan Ath, but after checking for my own sanity, it was indeed the 4th round, when Varadi got a pie plum in the face from the Park end goal.
Mike Connolly
49 Posted 17/06/2016 at 22:45:30
just had a look at the suprastadio. it would be fantastic if we had this. A great view for fans even at the back of the stadium. That, the Docks and the Premier league. Well who knows with our chairman. He's pulled one rabbit out of the hat (Koeman) a few more wouldn't go a miss.


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