Everton Stadium 'on track' as ceremony marks completion of structure

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Everton and construction partner Laing O’Rourke held a "topping out" ceremony at Bramley-Moore Dock today to mark the completion of the structure of the club's new stadium.

Dignitaries from both parties jointly celebrated the achievement which comes just 20 months since work began on the semi-derelict site on Liverpool's north docks.

All four stands have now been erected to full height, with the final sections of steelwork and terracing units being installed on top of the east stand, where the "topping out" ceremony and speeches took place.

Following tradition within the construction industry, a fir tree was hoisted atop the east stand in a symbolic gesture that has several origins, including a Native American belief that no building should be taller than a tree.

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Chief Stadium Development Officer, Colin Chong, who poured the concrete mix into the final slab at the ceremony, praised the “professionalism, commitment, dedication and effort” of all involved in the stadium development.

He added: “It’s a real milestone! Topping out ceremonies are very common in the building industry, but to do it in such circumstances, where the relationship with the contractor is absolutely fantastic, makes this a great occasion.

“Laing O’Rourke have taken on their responsibilities wholeheartedly and it’s a pleasure to be a part of this ceremony.

“The project has had to overcome many hurdles, but what can’t ever be questioned is its importance to the future of Everton Football Club and, more dramatically, its importance to the economy and the people of the Liverpool City Region.

“That is why we should all take immense pride in ‘topping out’ while the project remains firmly on track.”

Work continues at Everton Stadium to complete the roofing structure on the west and east stands, while the initial fit-out has begun simultaneously on numerous levels of the two main stands. The ground is projected to open during the 2024-25 season.

Quotes sourced from EvertonFC.com

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Larry O'Hara
1 Posted 19/04/2023 at 20:15:08
Any chance Kenwright was there in a concrete overcoat….?
Craig Walker
2 Posted 19/04/2023 at 20:23:45
Topping out ceremony a few weeks before the team have a bottoming out drop from the highest division after 69 consecutive seasons.

I feel proud of the new stadium efforts but words don't describe the sadness and anger I feel over our fall from our once lofty position in English Football to watching the likes of Maupay, Godfrey, Iwobi etc trying to maintain our Premier League status.

It feels futile this time. Decades of mismanagement and mediocrity have caught up with us. We've been surpassed by the likes of Brighton and Brentford. There isn't even a Richarlison talisman this time.

Hope we can find investment and start again.

Mal van Schaick
3 Posted 19/04/2023 at 20:59:50
We can only hope by a run of good results that we can maintain our status in the Premier League, and yet again if we do, we have another rebuild job.

Given that we have an impending financial investigation and we may be yet again restrained on finances, it doesn't appear that our situation won't improve dramatically over the next few months and could drastically worsen if we are relegated.

The failure to improve the squad with decent strikers has compounded our situation.

Joe McMahon
4 Posted 19/04/2023 at 21:19:12
World class stadium, with the equivalent of the Dog and Duck playing in it. Absolute farcical state of affairs.
Peter Carpenter
5 Posted 19/04/2023 at 21:33:41
I'm surprised our Bill missed out on a chance like that to get his ugly mug in the papers. Still too dangerous for him? Poor thing…
Tony Everan
6 Posted 19/04/2023 at 21:37:03
Craig, also 120 seasons out of the 124 top-flight seasons ever played. More than any other club.

Captain Seamus won't allow the club to go down, he'll rally the troops and get us over the line.

Barry Shearer
7 Posted 19/04/2023 at 21:43:09
Yeah, the league position sucks right now, but come on, let's talk about the stadium.

This is great news. I've been going to Goodison since the '70s and will miss it. Now I won't feel jealousy going to The Emirates or The Etihad. This is a promise delivered, especially after the disasters of Kings Dock and Destination Kirkby.

Joe McMahon
8 Posted 19/04/2023 at 21:49:44
Barry, Kings Dock would have also been a very good stadium and years earlier. But we have You Know Who to thank for that colossal fuck-up, and the years lost and revenue because of it.
Phillip Warrington
9 Posted 19/04/2023 at 22:27:51
A lot like the saying "nice body, shame about the face", we will have a great stadium but a shame about the team.

On a brighter note, come on you Wrexham, my second team and place of birth. With a bit of luck, Wrexham will be promoted and Everton will avoid relegation.

Bill Gall
10 Posted 19/04/2023 at 22:31:06
No video of a historical occasion — or is Bill Kenwright going to Photoshop himself onto still photos?
Barry Rathbone
11 Posted 19/04/2023 at 22:36:46
I just can't get excited about it knowing almost all clubs who build a newie hit the skids. Although most have the decency to wait till they move in, not us; we embraced disaster as soon as the first hi-viz jacket appeared.

I thought Spurs might disprove the curse but Kane is on his way and 3 of the highest-profile managers have all failed in the new place. More chance of them going backwards rather than forwards now.

I suspect the new stadium has already killed us and purgatory awaits…

Tom Bowers
12 Posted 19/04/2023 at 22:50:50
It will be the best stadium in the Championship!!!!
Jerome Shields
13 Posted 19/04/2023 at 23:14:06
Actually, the new Everton Stadium is going ahead full steam and will be finished. Builders would not be there if their money was not guaranteed or there was a wiff of a shortfall. The stadium will be built in all its glory – I would bet the farm on it.

I know there is nothing but doom and gloom but it might be better thought of as a difficult birth. With the Board out of sight but in our minds, the owner a Space Cadet, with players who can beat Arsenal but put in an awful display against Fulham as if they are allergic to a football, a manager and fans who are fit to be tied, and the Premier League wondering what to do with a basket case of a club, God knows were this is all going to end up; I don't think a Club in history has had such a CV.

Yes, Bramley-Moore Dock is as good as place as you can get for a phoenix to rise from the ashes. I have lived long enough to see such situations unexpectedly turn around, with the emergence of the right people.

Si Cooper
16 Posted 19/04/2023 at 00:07:50
Barry (11), you sound like a Spurs fan! What I'd give to be in their ‘lowly' position, especially given how flaky they were even up to around 8 years ago.

They will accrue a fortune from selling Kane, having had a fantastic return from him goal-wise for plenty of years. They just need to appoint the right manager and they will be somewhere in the Top 6 for the foreseeable future.

Tony Abrahams
17 Posted 20/04/2023 at 00:21:08
So we are coming out of Hell and going into Purgatory, Barry? Brilliant that, mate, hopefully Heaven isn't very far away!
Laurie Hartley
18 Posted 20/04/2023 at 01:47:20
Jerome #13 – good post that.
Danny O’Neill
20 Posted 20/04/2023 at 03:28:47
Earlier than usual start for me.

Good news on the progress being made on the stadium. It is going to be the best and most iconic stadium in the Premier League.

I hope we move the statues, even though I am torn as to whether they should stay where they are. Maybe we can replicate / duplicate? Dixie and the Holy Trinity. Is it time to consider one for the '80s team?

I've been thinking about naming of the stands. Do we go for ex-players? That would be the obvious route, but I'm not so keen as it isn't original.

1878, The Originals.

Or take our names with us? Gwladys Street, Bullens Road, Goodison Road, even County Road? Maybe one of the river facing stands named after the Mersey?

Eric Myles
21 Posted 20/04/2023 at 04:11:01
Danny, we could name the Boys Pen after our chairman, and maybe the bike parking sheds after Uncle Cyril.

The Boys Pen will be only big enough for one (largish) person and Kenwright will have to buy a season ticket for it from his own pocket if he wants to attend games.

Jerome Shields
22 Posted 20/04/2023 at 05:14:50
Laurie #18,

Thanks. I do genuinely believe that.

Danny O’Neill
23 Posted 20/04/2023 at 05:19:25
Eric, I cringe at the thought. I think the Boys Pen must have been before my time as I don't recall it.

'The Ledge' as me and my mates used to refer to it. That is part of my Goodison memories. Where we tied our younger brothers and cousins to with scarves before heading into the middle of the lower Gwladys Street terrace and leaving them to it. Ironically, they probably had the best unobstructed view in the whole of Goodison whilst we swayed in the crushes trying to look over people twice our size but loving the atmosphere.

Visiting them at half-time with a cheap orange pop drink with a straw and half a sausage roll.

The Ledge. There's a thought. It might mean something to some Evertonians, maybe not everyone.

In the real world, I think corporate sponsorship will take over in both stadium and stand naming.

Steve Brown
24 Posted 20/04/2023 at 05:44:15
Well done to Colin Chong, the only employee at Everton Football Club who appears to be doing his job well.
Eric Myles
25 Posted 20/04/2023 at 06:17:26
Danny, the Boys Pen was a cage at the top right corner of the Gwladys Street terracing, looking at it from pitchside. I just like the image of Kenwright being confined to a cage on matchdays.

I've yet to see any renderings of the external works and the lighting provisions. I'd be all in favour of lamposts that have red lanterns dangling from them with in-built speakers playing "By the banks of the Royle Blue Mersey"

Eric Myles
26 Posted 20/04/2023 at 06:26:19
The stands could be a combination of ex-players and sponsors names:

The Hummel Alan Ball Stand

Colin Harvey's Bristol Cream Stand

The Howard Kendall Mints Stand

Brian Labone's Heated Stand (with heated seats for for the prawn sandwich brigade)

The Gordon West Stand (on the west side of the stadium of course)

You can tell why my career in marketing and advertising came to nothing!!

Eric Myles
27 Posted 20/04/2023 at 06:31:58
The toilets could be the Kenwright is a Shithouse block?
Tom Hughes
28 Posted 20/04/2023 at 06:39:03
Danny, I used to tie myself to the front of the barrier on the ledge in the '70s. Gave a great view over the heads of the lower section.

Stupidly stood behind the barrier once for a big crowd against Leeds. Didn't make that mistake again. I can even spot myself tied to the barrier on footage of the Andy King derby...

Alan J Thompson
29 Posted 20/04/2023 at 06:59:42
Just as well the Board were absent from this important ceremony as building sites can be very dangerous places, not to mention that they might not be around to see where their vacated seats might have been.
Colin Glassar
30 Posted 20/04/2023 at 07:33:51
Well, at least we are doing something right.

So much for the media-driven, "Everton's new stadium 3 months behind schedule" campaign.

Dean Johnson
31 Posted 20/04/2023 at 07:43:39
New stadium, new league.

If not, it will happen the following season.

I think we need to do a Villa before we can even think about a clear-out.

Danny O’Neill
32 Posted 20/04/2023 at 07:55:49
Dean, with due respect, I think you must be my alter Everton ego.

Beat Palace and then Newcastle and the world will be a different place next week, with Leicester to go.

We could be safe in 3 games time with Brighton to face. Somewhere we can pick up points from and a win against Bournemouth.

If I may, we might even nick one against City.

New stadium. Same league.

Martin Mason
33 Posted 20/04/2023 at 08:06:58
A wonderful achievement by EFC and at polar opposite to the shambolic way that they run the footballing side of the club.

Same league next season? Too close to call for me but we are where we are and it's how we react to events after this dreadful season that will define us. I'm going for a real surprise from Everton at Crystal Palace.

David Bromwell
34 Posted 20/04/2023 at 08:22:13
This is of course very good news, and in better times something we would all be celebrating.

Unfortunately it is difficult to think beyond Saturday, when team news will be critical. Let's hope our Captain is fit and can play, Calvert-Lewin for 70 minutes will be a bonus, and everybody who plays will have to be at their very best.

That stadium is fit for a top team and, after all these years of waiting, please God let's not blow our chance now.

Jim Bennings
35 Posted 20/04/2023 at 08:40:39
The stadium looks great but it's a travesty that we are leaving Goodison with one of the worst ever teams we've had.

It would have been great finishing up at Goodison with at least two or three cult hero's playing for us and a team challenging at least that top six.

Even if we do somehow stay up this season then we can't start celebrating and bugging up an achievement like we did last season after the Crystal Palace night, it was frankly a relief nothing more.

The mere fact that the club has now found itself in the exact same situation 12 months on tells you all you need to know about the ineptitude on every level.

What will it be in another 12 months?

Things need to change on the pitch.

Karl Masters
36 Posted 20/04/2023 at 08:46:30
Danny O’Neill - I’m in your camp… there’s still more than hope. Things need to change, but relegation isn’t going to help, and there’s still opportunities to make sure it doesn’t happen.
Mark Ryan
37 Posted 20/04/2023 at 08:49:18
Its looking great. Really chuffed it's actually happening. Been waiting a long long time. Thanks Mr Moshiri. Credit where credit is due
Jim Lloyd
38 Posted 20/04/2023 at 09:14:38
Well, we can't do much about the board, except hope they're never seen at an EFC occasion again, especially the opening ceremony! We can't do much about the team we've got, except support them. What'll happen in the next few months regarding the independent commission's findings...f**k knows.

But that ground is magical. Bloody right Mark, without Mr Moshiri, it wouldn't be there. It's our future. When St Domingo's started off, Stanley Park was one of the places they played. We've had a bad time and going worse for decades. I'll leave Martin Mason to explain why!
But this ground is our new home.
As for naming a stand, instead of that lizard, I'd hope one of the stands have. St Domingo's for it's name.
Paul Turner
39 Posted 20/04/2023 at 09:54:49
"The Ledge. There's a thought. It might mean something to some Evertonians, maybe not everyone."

It'll mean something to any Fairport Convention fans on here...

"See yer on the Ledge" doesn't quite have the same feel, though!

Jim Lloyd
40 Posted 20/04/2023 at 09:57:41
Nice one Paul :)
Brian Harrison
41 Posted 20/04/2023 at 09:58:48
The new stadium looks really impressive and I am sure when its finished it will be among the best stadiums around. Danny got me thinking when he mentioned about what would they do with the holy trinity statue and the Dixie statue, would seem odd if they weren't moved to the new stadium.
I would also suggest the name for the new stadium should be the Sir John Moores stadium, he epitomised everything that this club stands for, and it was his drive and money that made Everton the successful club it used to be.
Dave Abrahams
42 Posted 20/04/2023 at 10:06:41
My name for the new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock would be “The New Goodison Park” but I think whoever buys the naming rights will choose the name of the ground.

I hope it's not “Mitty's Tripe”, remember that firm, not far away from where the new ground is now.

Mark Murphy
43 Posted 20/04/2023 at 10:48:02
“The People’s Stadium”
That would boil some piss!!
Tony Everan
44 Posted 20/04/2023 at 11:05:10
It’s enough to make any Evertonian have mental issues.

On the one hand we have an owner who as been totally out of his depth on the football side, and willing to trust a decades long, proven incompetent, part time and amateur chairman.

Whilst on the other hand the same owner has incredibly managed to bring to existence one of the world’s most magnificent football stadiums for Everton FC.

Absolute incompetence sharing the same bed as spellbinding accomplishment.

Christine Foster
45 Posted 20/04/2023 at 11:21:24
Trinity Park... a homage
The Mersey Royal.. not the football club but the royal blue Mersey..
The Colosseum.. Adversarial, you know its intimidating..
Thunderdome... "an arena for steel-cage fights to the death" Rather like that one..
Barry Rathbone
46 Posted 20/04/2023 at 11:32:35
Si Cooper @16,

8 years ago, Spurs finished 3rd, hardly languishing in the doldrums.

Even further back, in 2010, Gareth Bale led their glorious charge through the Champions League. Not sure where you magicked this idea of Spurs being poo as per your timeline.

Talking of which, I doubt Merlin the Magician can rescue them from the new build curse which is beginning to destroy them right before our very eyes. The curse will have them in the Championship within 3 seasons, mark my words.

The media will have a field day when they visit us at the new stadium and we return the favour at their gaff.

Paul Hewitt
47 Posted 20/04/2023 at 11:38:03
How about calling it The "I told you it would get built, you kopite twat" Stadium.
Danny O’Neill
48 Posted 20/04/2023 at 11:57:18
I like the references to New Goodison. I like the Trinity Park suggestion. Maybe something linked to Prince Rupert's Tower would be appropriate.

Just to rub it in, let's have a Royal Blue Liver Bird perched on top of one of the stands looking over the Mersey.

Controversial, but we were the first to use it as a symbol.

The bird is blue. The city is ours, not theirs.

Barry Hesketh
49 Posted 20/04/2023 at 12:03:12
I don't know what the new place will end up being named, but I'm not an advocate of retaining previous associations for sentimental reasons. A new and fresh start is required, particularly given the last 30 years or so. We can pay homage to great players etc by all means in certain areas of the new stadium; keeping a thread of the history of the club is right and proper.

When we left the other place to move to Goodison, we didn't carry forward references to the old ground; whilst the circumstances are different in nature this time around, I don't see a necessity to do it any differently.

Goodison Park will always be fondly remembered by those of us who have visited the Old Lady throughout its time and the memories made there will never be forgotten; however, the new stadium is mostly for the future generations, making their own cherished memories and attaching them to the new stadium.

Robert Tressell
50 Posted 20/04/2023 at 12:16:16
Barry, I think the stadium curse is little more than the fact that a new stadium cannot save a badly run club from its own failings (or yo-yo status).

Bolton, Derby, Borough, Sunderland etc weren't cursed by their stadiums so far as I can tell.

Arsenal have taken a while to bounce back from the stadium (and the post Wenger instability) but show no sign of going down. Likewise Spurs would be a shock departure from the Premier League.

As for us, we've been on the slide for a decade and the reasons for it have little or nothing to do with the stadium. The fact is we should be an established Top 10 side with cup runs and forays into Europe, based on the level of investment.

The stadium costs constrain our spending from here, but they're not the reason we got here.

The fact is, we need a new stadium. We just do.

Brian Wilkinson
51 Posted 20/04/2023 at 12:17:36
Shame McCartney doesn't pop some money in as investment.

Has a ring to it, The Macca Stadium. That would tip some Reds beyond boiling point, new stadium opening full of Everton season ticket holders with tickets for the McCartney gig, belting Beatles and McCartney classics out.

To see both Everton and McCartney play at our new stadium, is something I would fulfil and take to my grave.

Not going to happen but anyone can dream.

Tony Everan
52 Posted 20/04/2023 at 12:34:09
Etihad sponsorship was reported as £67.5m per year for Man City, so I don't know what we will achieve, any guesses?

Whoever stumps up the most cash so we can improve the squad season on season can call the Stadium whatever they like as far as I'm concerned (within reason).

John Chambers
53 Posted 20/04/2023 at 12:35:36
A couple of points.

Colin Chong says the stadium is ahead of schedule but the text says it will be ready in the 2024-25 season. I'm sure when work started, the target was to have it ready for the 2024-25 season. It would be nice to have a stated date when we expect to move in.

Secondly, for all those doom merchants saying it will be the best stadium in the Championship, I'm confident we'll get promoted next season so will be back for 2024-25… (hopefully ;-)

Danny O’Neill
54 Posted 20/04/2023 at 12:37:36
I've often thought that one, Brian @51.

I don't know Paul McCartney's football allegiance or whether he is actually interested or ever has been interested in football.

Speke born, moved to Allerton. I believe his dad watched Everton from the Upper Bullens. His family were apparently mostly Evertonians.

Yet he has been quoted as saying he supports both Everton and Liverpool as it is all Liverpool.

I can't quite get my head around that. It confuses me.

Danny O’Neill
55 Posted 20/04/2023 at 12:42:58
I know it was before FFP / P&S implementation, but didn't Man City effectively sponsor themselves through the owners?

I suppose similar to what Usmanov may have been doing with Everton, but it was a bit more open if I remember?

Jimmy I'Anson
56 Posted 20/04/2023 at 12:45:03
John (53), you beat me to it.

Lyndon, your statement "The ground is projected to open during the 2024-25 season" is only correct if the stadium is months behind schedule. Which it isn't, and until someone from the club or Laing O'Rourke says otherwise, it will be ready on 14 June 2024. That's 150 weeks after the start date.

Of course, weather permitting etc, this could change in the future, but even if it falls 2 months behind schedule, it will still be completed before the start of the season.

Mark Murphy
57 Posted 20/04/2023 at 12:46:53
Re Paul McCartney, I heard he was a Blue but the Beatles were advised not to publically advertise their choice of club so as not to alienate a section (in this case the cultish side) of the fan base.
Peter Carpenter
58 Posted 20/04/2023 at 12:58:18
The 'Great Stadium, Shame about the Team' Arena.
Danny O’Neill
59 Posted 20/04/2023 at 13:01:43
Mark, you have just made me feel sick.

Those clips of the piss stained terraces on the Kop singing "She Loves You".

Nauseating. And that's even before we get to Gerry and the Pacemakers.

I think I'm getting worse as I get older.

Bill Gall
60 Posted 20/04/2023 at 13:22:51
I was thinking about what the stadium will be called, and what I would like it to be known as.
Like many people from Liverpool I went to the Isle of Man and on the boat journey back home the first thing you looked for and seen on the horizon was the Liver Building that gave you that little tinge that you where back home.
Now the first thing you will see is this magnificent new stadium so to me it should be known as the Blue Horizon Stadium and not named after someone who's company pays for naming rites.
Mark Daley
61 Posted 20/04/2023 at 13:45:10
Shea Stadium
Barry Rathbone
62 Posted 20/04/2023 at 13:46:21
Robert Tressell 50

"𝗕𝗮𝗿𝗿𝘆, 𝗜 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗸 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗱𝗶𝘂𝗺 𝗰𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗹𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗮𝗰𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗮 𝗻𝗲𝘄 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗱𝗶𝘂𝗺 𝗰𝗮𝗻𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝘀𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗮 𝗯𝗮𝗱𝗹𝘆 𝗿𝘂𝗻 𝗰𝗹𝘂𝗯 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗶𝘁𝘀 𝗼𝘄𝗻 𝗳𝗮𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀."

That's what I'm railing against – the populist notion a newie will be a silver bullet given the plethora of evidence to the contrary.

Improvement on Goodison Park facilities, for sure, but it is notable financial powerhouses Man Utd and Liverpool swerved new builds in favour of controlled expansion at their grounds, both sustaining excellent transfer budgets and silverware as a result.

They avoided the cart before the horse policy chosen by others and now us.

"We're doomed I tell you — DOOMED!!"

Eric Myles
63 Posted 20/04/2023 at 13:58:45
Trinity Park has a nice ring to it for us older fans, but I expect if it was put to a vote, Paul Hewitt's suggestion would win out.
Derek Thomas
64 Posted 20/04/2023 at 14:07:50
McCartney is an Evertonian – like many who fill in C of E or RC on a form – in name only.

The stadium name (and address) should be ...

The W R Dean Stadium.
New Goodison Park,
Bramley-Moore Dock,
Regents Road, etc, etc.

Though it'll go to the highest bidder.

Alan McGuffog
65 Posted 20/04/2023 at 14:29:59
The Marc Hottiger Arena?
The Michael Madar Stadium?
The Danny Williamson Oval?

Can't decide… 🤔

Robert Tressell
66 Posted 20/04/2023 at 14:38:09
Barry, I think we're largely on the same page except the RS haven't been anything like as extravagant spenders as Man Utd. And once BMD is finished it will be the best stadium in the city by some measure. Much better than a redeveloped Goodison would have been.
Ray Said
67 Posted 20/04/2023 at 14:42:01
I was at the dock a couple of weeks ago and there was one poor brickie all alone and totally cheesed off doing the facings which look great by the way. The brick facings remind me of Ibrox and are very impressive in giving the place a historical look in keeping with the surroundings. It would be nice to have it named River Mersey (fill in sponsor name) stadium with the four stands named for Dixie, Sir John Moores, Saint Howard and Goodison.
Tom Hughes
68 Posted 20/04/2023 at 15:10:35
Robert #66

Have you seen any designs for a redeveloped Goodison costing £500-750m? Or indeed one for half those amounts?

If not, you can't possibly comment so assuredly.

John Daley
69 Posted 20/04/2023 at 15:15:54
‘Roll up! Roll up!

What spectacular sights worthy of the setting await you upon entry to the imposing arena Commodus himself would consider craps all over the Colosseum?

Come see Alex Iwobi doing his version of ‘closing down’, which consists of sprinting in a Captain Jack Sparrow style, arms flapping about all over the shop, more animated character than man, before suddenly stopping dead in his tracks like he’s teetering over a cliff edge.

Pick your jaw from the floor as Michael Keane and James Tarkowski perform interpretive dance moves while wearing those massive magnetic boots from the prison facility in Face/Off.

Thrill to Dominic Calvert-Lewin disintegrating to dust as though simply taking to the pitch has the same effect as Thanos snapping his fucking fingers.

Never miss a single moment of Neil Maupay battling to get on the end of a gilt-edged chance in the box: Link

All this and more can be yours to behold, come rain or shine, Premier League or Championship.’

May as well call it Potemkin Village and have done with it.

Danny O’Neill
70 Posted 20/04/2023 at 15:31:02
I don't personally see what isn't positive about the new stadium in terms of the club's strategy.

Providing they make changes at the top.

The chance to reinvest in Goodison went back in the 80s. Me and my mates (blue and red) spoke about it often. We would have had to buy up and bulldoze the Gwladys Street school and those two streets of houses opposite the Bullens Road. Then turn Goodison 180 degrees.

Like what Tottenham have done.

The team might be shit and will just about pull us over the line. But the stadium is positive and the future.

Robert Tressell
71 Posted 20/04/2023 at 15:58:11
Tom # 68, that's a very fair point. There might have been opportunities to do something very grand on the existing site. But rather than be boxed in a residential area, we're going to be in the showpiece redeveloped city docks area which is the most modern part of the city. It's a better place for a stadium in my view (though I accept my biases on this and there's certainly merit to alternative views).
Stephen Vincent
72 Posted 20/04/2023 at 16:00:03
The stand that backs onto the sewage works should surely be called the Sandy Brown End.
Alan J Thompson
73 Posted 20/04/2023 at 16:18:07
We could name it in honour of the man who is raising the cash to see it through - "Good 1 Son"
Pete Clarke
74 Posted 20/04/2023 at 16:26:45

Great news that the stadium is coming along nicely. Pity Laing O Rourke aren’t our board.
I love the idea of having a blue cormorant on the roof. In fact I would love to see Bertie and Bella in blue and both looking out over the Mersey. It’s a bit of history that belongs to the whole city so let’s have our share back.
Would be great to have the stadium named as something meaningful like St Domingo Park, Howard’s Way, Mersey View, The Dockside or The Waterfront etc but I think we all know that naming rights will go to the highest bidder. Hopefully it’s not The KFC Arena or something really naf.
As long as all the urinals have BKs face in them then that’ll be a relief for some of us.
Barry Hesketh
75 Posted 20/04/2023 at 16:39:15
Elon Musk's SpaceX has been ridiculed on social media for describing the explosion of its Starship rocket as a "Rapid Unscheduled Disassembly". I wondered why our dynamic CEO wasn't present at yesterday's 'Topping Out' ceremony, she's obviously joined Elon Musk's organisation.
Dale Self
76 Posted 20/04/2023 at 17:14:35
Barry, I could be off but that looked like an intended distraction from the shitshow earnings announcement by Tesla, down 20+%.

“Hey everyone look over here. (Seconds later) no wait, don’t. “

Barry Rathbone
77 Posted 20/04/2023 at 17:47:43
In terms of naming the stadium, I've always gone for "Dixieland" referencing our illustrious centre-forward.

Marvellously it even has its own song.

David West
78 Posted 20/04/2023 at 19:10:49
How many more milestones will come and go with the no show from the board?

Survival from relagation?

Relagation itself?

Completion of the stadium?

Opening the stadium?

How can they cling on like this? These should be mementous days, yet they are passing by with no CEO, Owner or Chairman present...

Are they thinking it will all be okay if we don't go down? IT WON'T!!!!!

There should be a new CEO & Chairman already, celebrating these milestones. Allowing fans to get behind the people that should be trying to take the club forward, yet we are left with a board hiding waiting for some good news to pop out and say "Look what we've done"

Just leave let us all move on!

Joe McMahon
80 Posted 20/04/2023 at 19:45:33
All about opinions, but I'd like the name to be The Bramley-Moore Stadium (as that's where it is). Anyway, it will have a sponsor and naming rights.

It used to be City of Manchester Stadium but now of course its The Ethiad.

Si Cooper
81 Posted 20/04/2023 at 22:27:59
Barry (46), I said they were ‘flaky’ up to about 8 years ago (a guesstimate on when Pochettino’s influence really started to pay dividends). That’s ‘flaky’ as in very inconsistent / likely to crumble - sorry if my intended meaning didn’t come through. I stand by that assessment and think a lot of others would go along with it.

I really don’t see them falling back as you believe they will but I don’t have a crystal ball.

I was a denizen of the ‘Ledge’ in my youth though my perception was that most of us were teenagers rather than kids and I never noticed that anyone was actually tied on. It felt like a pretty good arms and legs work-out and the unobstructed view was certainly worth it.

Paul Kossoff
82 Posted 20/04/2023 at 23:37:15
Eric 27, 😂😂😂😂😂
Derek Knox
83 Posted 21/04/2023 at 10:53:11
Dave A @ 42, " I hope it's not “Mitty's Tripe”, remember that firm, not far away from where the new ground is now."

Well, we have had enough tripe served up on the pitch recently to last a lifetime.

By the way, great seeing you again Saturday and all the others who turned up, pity 'Mitty's Tripe' came back to haunt us again versus Fulham.

Tony Everan
85 Posted 21/04/2023 at 13:03:30
These new photographs are the best yet, from the roof of the Tobacco Warehouse. They capture the beauty of the stadium and it’s stunning backdrop.

I can just imagine it lit up in anticipation for an evening match sparkling like a jewel in a spectacular sunset.


Rob Halligan
86 Posted 21/04/2023 at 13:49:11
Tony, they are not quite new photos, probably a good few weeks old, as both the tower cranes on the west side have since been taken down since those photos. It just goes to show though, that the media are determined to show, or make it appear, that the stadium is way behind schedule.
James Flynn
87 Posted 21/04/2023 at 15:18:24
JD (69) - :Pick your jaw from the floor as Michael Keane and James Tarkowski perform interpretive dance moves while wearing those massive magnetic boots from the prison facility in Face/Off."

What a description! Made me laugh. You still got it.

"Never miss a single moment of Neil Maupay battling to get on the end of a gilt-edged chance in the box."Link

For 2 more season after this one!

Sean Kelly
88 Posted 22/04/2023 at 22:29:48
Wanted a new stadium and proper football investors for years. Look how that ended up. Not interested in BMD. We will be the laughing stock of the football world playing Stoke and Rotherham in Cretin Bill's new toy. Stick it up your arse Bill and Moshiri.
Will Mabon
89 Posted 22/04/2023 at 22:42:38
I never wanted the big money, Sean.

Of course I had no way of knowing how it would turn out but the feeling of loss of control or ownership, of community, never felt right. We were the best team that didn't have the dosh. Now look.

All good when it works out perhaps, but when it doesn't...

90 Posted 28/04/2023 at 11:03:45

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