Bound for Bramley-Moore Dock

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Thought I would update the lyrics for the song Botany Bay:

Farewell to old Goodison forever,
Farewell to the Winslow as well,
Farewell to the well known old lady,
Where legends and fans used to swell.

Singing toorali orali addity,
Singing toorali toorali ai,
Singing toorali toorali addity,
We’re bound for Bramley-Moore Dock.

Not leaving old Goodison we cares about,
Not cause we miss pillars and posts,
But because of the old lady crumbling,
We hope to lay all the past ghosts.


There’s a chairman and owner commanders
There’s the stewards and all of the crew
There’s the first and the second class players
Knows what we poor fans go through.


If I had the wings of an eagle,
And I had the arse of a cow,
I’d fly over Anfield tomorrow,
And shit on the Kopites below!


Now all of my ToffeeWeb posters,
Take warning and don’t give a frown,
We need to move over to BMD
Before the old lady falls down.

Chorus x2

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Brian Wilkinson
1 Posted 07/06/2022 at 10:26:46
Sorry the above is a reworking of the song bound for Botany Bay.

Over to Dave Pearl to lay down the vocals and backing track :-)

Danny O’Neill
2 Posted 07/06/2022 at 10:58:45
I love Goodison with all my heart. I get emotional every time I visit.

I love the Goodison Supper Bar. I love the Winslow. I love the Brick. The Saddle and now the Dark House. The walk from Kirkdale Station. The experience of those streets will never be replaced or forgotten. But they need replacing with a new history that we need to build.

Every time I go it takes me back to my childhood and reminds me of some embarrassing photos of me with dodgy haircuts and 70s trousers I wish my mother had not dressed me in. If I figure out how to upload photos onto this site, I'll share them for a laugh.

But the Goodison I was at as as a youngster is hardly different to the one I attended, emotionally drained a couple of weeks ago. It is pretty much the Goodison I stood at in the 80s and hasn't changed much. Which speaks volumes for how our club has progressed. Or hasn't more to the case.

She's a Grand Old Lady, but her time is sadly done. I'll miss her, I'll always remember her, but it's time to move. It has been for decades.

We are taking over the banks of the Royal Blue Mersey and taking back our City. And bringing home that 10th league title.

Stephen Vincent
3 Posted 07/06/2022 at 13:55:43
Danny, I don't know whether to admire or pour scorn on your constant optimism. Mind you, you don't add a time frame for bringing home that 10th title.

I love Goodison Park.
I love it when it's jumping.
I love it when it's full (and I have been there with over 70,000 people inside).
I love it when it is empty (less than 4,000),
I love the cramped concourses,
I love the scouse pies (even the new ones),
I love that it is the only club ground to host a World Cup Semi-Final,
I love that it was the first to host an American baseball game.
I love that it is the first ground to have undersoil heating.
I love the Archibald Leitch criss-cross.
I love that it has staged more top-flight games than any other ground.
I love that it was the first club ground to hold an FA Cup Final.
I love that it was the first club ground to be visited by a reigning monarch (George V).
I love that it was the first ground in Britain to have 4 double-decker stands.
I love St Luke's and the Littlewoods Clock in the corner.
I love that it was the venue for my first date with my now ex-wife.
I love the look on my son's face the first time I took him to a game there.

In short, I love the Old Lady and cannot imagine life without her.

Tony Abrahams
4 Posted 07/06/2022 at 14:03:24
Those were my thoughts when I walked along Bullens Road after the Palace match, Stephen. That intimacy between the streets and Goodison Park is going to be impossible to replicate, but Danny is right, we have to move because Everton have stood still for a lifetime.
Stephen Vincent
5 Posted 07/06/2022 at 14:39:14

My son and I walked right around the ground after the Palace game and no matter how they try to recreate that feeling, they never will. It is an atmosphere that has developed organically over all those decades and it isn't something anyone can just put in place.

Goodison Park is more than just about the ground, it is about The Winslow, The Oak, The Brick and The Dark House, it's about the cramped streets of terraced houses around it, it is about looking at her across the park as she beckons to you on match days.

Now stop getting me all emotional and go and pet a dolphin.

Danny O’Neill
6 Posted 07/06/2022 at 15:44:17
It was unbelievable, Stephen. I thought about going to have the customary respectable drink in the Arkles for my Grandad and smugly smirk at the reds that reside in there, but turned around and went to the Winslow before heading back to town to get a couple of hours sleep before catching the early train.

Nothing will replace our Goodison Park. She will always be part of our history.

But we march on. Marching down to Bramley-Moore Dock. All the windows open wide.

We are respected.

The 10th League title is lifted at our first season in the new stadium. There you go, I've given you a time frame.

And I'll buy you one in the White Horse. Or the Elephant. Or the Wine Bar across the road for that matter!!

Dave Abrahams
7 Posted 07/06/2022 at 15:59:39
I tend to agree with Danny and Tony but emotionally understand Stephen so will go with the words of a song that Leonard Cohen wrote for a dear old friend and lover: “So Long, Marianne”.

It can be interpreted as a song for a beautiful, gracious eternal woman, and of course is what Goodison Park was and will be in our minds until we fade away.

Dave Abrahams
8 Posted 07/06/2022 at 16:05:28
By the way, Tony, get off that bleedin' iPad, you're on holiday! Get out and enjoy the sights while your searching for my present.
Brian Williams
9 Posted 07/06/2022 at 16:06:19

Better to go with Bob Dylan and "Times They Are A-Changin'".

And we have to start changin' and movin' with them, mate, because we haven't up to now and look where it's got us.

Nostalgia's all well and good but it should never hold us back.

Onwards and upwards.

Oh, Tony, don't forget my prezzie either, it's the G45. :-)

Dave Abrahams
10 Posted 07/06/2022 at 16:22:03
Brian (9),

Yes a very good alternative and brilliant song, and of course we do have to move with the times but it's going to be hard letting go of Goodison Park.

I was over in Birkenhead yesterday for a very sad occasion which nevertheless turned out to be a nice day because of the many lovely people I met ever there and they helped to brighten the event.

Chris Hockenhull
11 Posted 07/06/2022 at 17:30:35
Brian & Dave… you know I’ll go with that too. As he said “Don’t Look Back”
Jack Convery
12 Posted 07/06/2022 at 21:48:54

You're in my heart, you're in my soul
You've been my life as I grew old
You are my mother, you're my best friend
You're in my soul. ( forever ).

Brian Williams
13 Posted 07/06/2022 at 21:55:45
Jack, the lyrics read "you are my lover, you're my best friend."
Freudian slip there!
Dale Self
14 Posted 07/06/2022 at 22:11:22
Okay but when it gets sloppy in the second half after a couple of pints, Shane McGowan is an Evertonian. I think that is a tap-in with maybe the tap-on (open).
Brendan McLaughlin
15 Posted 07/06/2022 at 22:21:57
Brian #13

Being a bit unfair on Jack (#12). He obviously changed the lyric deliberately...we've all had dozen's of lovers but only one mother!

Brian Williams
16 Posted 07/06/2022 at 22:40:32
Now, now Brendan don't be bragging! 🤣
Derek Thomas
17 Posted 07/06/2022 at 22:43:52
Sterling effort Brian, just change Swell to Dwell at the end of the 1st verse and its perfect😁
Brendan McLaughlin
18 Posted 07/06/2022 at 22:55:19
FFS Brian #16
How the hell did you know I was adopted?
Paul Birmingham
19 Posted 07/06/2022 at 23:29:36
Inspirational Brian, and thus the drive for some new Everton songs, to embrace the new ground and new Everton era, has begun.

Any such songs when written, will be worthy of any great Hymn that has been written, such is what EFC, means and brings to our lives.

Bernie Quinn
20 Posted 08/06/2022 at 00:25:18
Stephen and Danny - You;ve been and went and done it! I'm all nostalgic and welling up with tears. I accept she is starting to crumble but she is MY Grand Old Lady, and when the Club moves, they are leaving a vital part of our history. I would love the new stadium to be named "Goodison 2 (Too)"
Danny O’Neill
21 Posted 08/06/2022 at 06:26:28
I'm very excited about the new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock. An iconic stadium in an iconic setting on one of the most famous waterfronts in the world. Designed to reflect our city's maritime heritage. A ship looking out over the Mersey Estuary towards the world. Not many stadiums can or will rival that.

It's all hindsight now, but the time we spent eventually getting to this point, and with all the failed projects, we could have done a Tottenham. We could have bought the houses off the Bullens Road, offered to finance and relocate the Gwladys Street school and turned Goodison 90 degrees with the expanded land. It's similar to what they done to expand the Kemlyn Road, the really big stand and now the Analfield Road.

It wasn't to be. But in a couple of years, we will have a stadium that we can be as proud of as we have been of Goodison Park.

Andy Meighan
22 Posted 08/06/2022 at 07:15:07
A fitting song for the Old Lady would be Don't Look Back in Anger. Let's face it, it's a dilapidated dump now, as much as I love the place. I just hope the atmosphere for the Chelsea, Brentford and Palace games etc can be replicated at Bramley-Moore Dock.

The old Judy is tired now and needs putting to sleep. As others have stated, we've got to move on, I feel sorry for the Goodison Supper Bar (best chippy in the city), The Winslow, The Harlech, The Cheppy, The Dark House etc. I just wonder if they'll survive without the matchday revenue.

Alan McGuffog
23 Posted 08/06/2022 at 08:00:18
A genuine enquiry:

When did folk first start making reference to "The Old Lady"... Goodison Park, that is??

Andy Meighan
24 Posted 08/06/2022 at 08:21:30
Alan 23. First time I heard it called that was when Peter Johnson was chairman. Must have been around the time Kirkby was being mooted, so I think he actually coined the phrase.
Bernie Quinn
25 Posted 08/06/2022 at 08:33:01
Andy and Alan,

At least give her the courtesy of the full title of "Grand" Old Lady. The name is older than what you are thinking. She was called that when I lived over there back in the 1960s.

Phill Thompson
26 Posted 08/06/2022 at 08:54:48
Dave #7,

Ah thanks for the memories that “So Long, Marianne” brings back! It's very apt for our new stadium. Maybe it for-tells the future, with naming rights I can't see Bramley-Moore Dock being a long-term name, and the beauty of the stadium design is there for all to see.

“Oh you really are a pretty one,
I see you've gone and changed your name again...”

Dave Abrahams
27 Posted 08/06/2022 at 10:04:35
Phill (26), yes Leonard Cohen’s songs, with lyrics that always made you think, if Leonard had been interested in football, with his integrity, would have chosen to be an Evertonian.
Peter Mills
28 Posted 09/06/2022 at 09:21:14
I’ve now got a picture in my mind of Tony Abrahams getting off the plane carrying a big toy donkey for his Dad.
Brian Wilkinson
29 Posted 25/06/2022 at 16:00:52
I might be being a bit biased here Danny but looking at the stadium across the park it looks all mishmashed to be me

Looking at the Bramley Moore stadium all four corners of the ground are linked together and looks much better.

Will be tough to say goodbye to the grand old lady, but what a stadium and location we have got at Bramley Moore, anyone visiting Liverpool will be drawn to the stadium, we already have a world wide fan base, but this location will blow the shite across the Park out of the water.

Exciting times ahead.

Ray Said
30 Posted 25/06/2022 at 16:17:17
Yes its a great location and an exceptional design but the fundamental flaw remains that the capacity doesnt allow for much growth in attendance figures. We sell out Goodison, we have a waiting list for season tickets and the BMD stadium will give us 13,000 new seats over current capacity. I expect we will be at full capacity very quickly with no room for growth based on on field success.
Ray Said
31 Posted 25/06/2022 at 16:17:18
Yes its a great location and an exceptional design but the fundamental flaw remains that the capacity doesnt allow for much growth in attendance figures. We sell out Goodison, we have a waiting list for season tickets and the BMD stadium will give us 13,000 new seats over current capacity. I expect we will be at full capacity very quickly with no room for growth based on success.
Joe McMahon
32 Posted 25/06/2022 at 16:47:52
For me "the good times" have been very sporadic, I'm 52 so wasn't around in the 60's. It's a very dated ground now (and has been for a long while). These last few years i've been frustrated by much better modern facilities at many away grounds. Can't wait for BMD, (even though I wish it had been Kings Docks for a few years now). However BMD will be fantastic and no restricted views!

On saying this, I agree with what Ray says, the capacity is too low. The Rolling Stones may have stopped rolling for them to play there. However, Muse, Foo Fighters, Liam Gallagher et al may do. A good design for Rock!

Nick White
33 Posted 25/06/2022 at 18:32:07
Went on the Mersey Ferry earlier for the 1st time in years. Round trip from the Pier Head. Great view of the new stadium build! Can see the steel stands going up now. Highly recommended!
Brian Murray
34 Posted 25/06/2022 at 18:53:44
Gona knock spots off that loft conversion off Priory Road. Plus the land next to it, the new Blue Plaza bit like The Baltic Triangle apparently. A real money-spinner. Beats having a glass of mild on Breck Road in the Lutine Bell for them other shower.
Danny O’Neill
35 Posted 25/06/2022 at 19:23:35
It's going to be fantastic. Taking back our city and they can keep our old place.

With regards to capacity. There could be options.

Not just building but safe standing.

Schalke can accommodate in excess of 62,000 for a Bundesliga match but only a out 54,000 for internationals.

I personally think think the club has been realistic.

But there should be scope for growth if needed.

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