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Everton have lined up a series of events to mark the Club’s departure from the historic Grand Old Lady next year.

According to a letter sent to thousands of fans, the festival would run across three nights between 30 May and 1 June 2025, and would feature an afternoon of live music on the middle Saturday.

The Club are hoping to get permission for evening sessions and a Saturday show for young people all featuring different types of music.

A stage is proposed in front of the Gwladys Street stand and up to 20,000 concert-goes would be accommodated.

The Blues will play their last match at Goodison Park against Southampton, in a game currently scheduled to take place on Sunday 18 May, after what will be 133 years since the famous ground was first opened in 1892 following the Club's move from Anfield Road.

 

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Ian Linn
1 Posted 04/07/2024 at 05:38:53
I don't think I'll be able to get there again.

I saw my first game there in 1979, got some good memories — and some horrible ones too! :)

Ian Jones
2 Posted 04/07/2024 at 05:47:40
Those nights will be worth it.

Just wondering, apart from the safety aspect with numbers, whether a stage set more centrally would be better rather than in one specific area.

Jim Bennings
3 Posted 04/07/2024 at 07:00:24
How good it would be to finish the last season at Goodison unbeaten there.

Okay, it won't happen but I really really hope we do put in a solid season and win a good 30 points at least at Goodison.

We did improve our home form towards the latter part of the last campaign but I think I'm right in saying since 2020 we've been far too passive at home and lost to far too many teams that should never be leaving Goodison Park with all 3 points.

Have a strong season, that will be the best way to say farewell.

Colin Glassar
4 Posted 04/07/2024 at 07:47:04
I just hope we don't ruin the send-off by losing our last game at home to Southampton. That would be typical Everton.

So many memories of good, and bad days, on Gwladys Street. I will miss the place but no sentimentality on my part, we should've moved years ago.

I just hope we can enter a new, bright era in the new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock to enthuse a new generation of Blues.

Scott Hamilton
5 Posted 04/07/2024 at 08:03:12
It will be a sad, sad day when the turnstiles close at Goodison Park for the last time.

But I am genuinely excited about the new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock and the new era that it (hopefully) represents. A steady climb up the table over the next few years will suffice.

Mike Corcoran
6 Posted 04/07/2024 at 08:15:26
Normally don’t enjoy outdoor gigs but I’d make an exception to play this one! Shameless self promotion but …..Check out my band !

YouTube quick show reel https://youtu.be/vKXE7EowS7g?si=89lLsqkS9BxrPrFo

Spotify https://open.spotify.com/album/6ZmiMARk0I833xC5g0vxCi?si=zZTVHzK3Tzihd4pFTsJFxQ

You could even download our LP for a measly fiver to support a struggling True Blue artist at https://thelunarpull1.bandcamp.com/album/the-workings-underneath

We play Future Yard, Birkenhead tomorrow night, if any of you are up for up, see https://www.seetickets.com/event/events-471-lunar-pull-album-launch/future-yard/2976659

Hopefully celebrating the wipeout of the Tory party!

Tony Abrahams
7 Posted 04/07/2024 at 08:22:18
Goodbye, Goodison Park – a place with hundreds of memories, starting from my very first game all those years ago.

It's going to be emotional at any given time, for any given one of us, at different times this season. I'm sure there will be times when the memories just smack us right in the face.

My first match against Altrincham, when I think it was John Connelly who got a broken leg. I remember coming from behind to score two very quick goals against Swindon Town (FA Cup replay) on a night I realised how special Goodison Park is under floodlights.

Andy King's goal, on a day I realized how special the Evertonians can make Goodison Park.

I could go on all day, but I'll finish with my last four special memories, starting with Dominic's header against Palace, Doucoure's thunderbolt against Bournemouth, Dominic again putting those red bastards to the sword.

But I'm going to finish with the most iconic moment since Dave Watson last picked up a trophy for Everton by remembering Richarlison with the flare on a day when the younger Evertonians had rallied around to make sure Everton,were gonna stay in the Premier League! 💙

Martin Reppion
8 Posted 04/07/2024 at 08:23:42
Great sound, Mike.

If you need a covers band as support...

Joe McMahon
9 Posted 04/07/2024 at 08:26:50
Spot on Colin. Just after Alan Ball died his family attended match at Goodison (Man Utd, I think). 2 up and we still lost 2-3.

Plenty of teams move to new stadiums, I just hope it's not over-the-top teary Bill style, as Goodison hasn't seen "Everton" success for decades.

Neil Lawson
10 Posted 04/07/2024 at 08:28:26
The night needs to end with an Eagles tribute band (or the real thing):

"You can check out but you can never leave…"

Mike Corcoran
11 Posted 04/07/2024 at 08:37:02
Thanks Martin, can you do Hotel California for Neil Lawson!
Mike Corcoran
12 Posted 04/07/2024 at 08:41:55
My first match aged 7, top balcony... at least I saw the Latch score and came back for more!

https://www.11v11.com/matches/everton-v-leicester-city-12-february-1977-83734/

Mike Corcoran
13 Posted 04/07/2024 at 08:44:31
My greatest Goodison night, aged 15!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qd9KC5Jem1Y

Dave Abrahams
14 Posted 04/07/2024 at 09:18:36
Colin (4),

Strangely enough or funny enough Liverpool lost their last home league game before an all-standing Kop was converted to an all-seater — 1-0 to the mighty Norwich City.

Jim Bennings
15 Posted 04/07/2024 at 09:42:03
Saddest thing for me was we never got any more European football under the lights at Goodison, which pretty much tells you everything about how poorly this club has performed for years.

Our last ever European night at Goodison was a 5-1 thrashing by Atalanta.

Scott Hamilton
16 Posted 04/07/2024 at 10:15:51
Mike (12),

I was 5 (1977) and it was a friendly against the Dutch side, Nijmegan.

I can remember everything about it except the score! Walking down County Road with my dad, with a bottle of Panda Pop each from the local newsagents (corner of Stuart Road).

Pork pie and a cup of tea that burnt my mouth at half time. The shock of seeing blokes pissing against the wall at the back of the stand!

Yep, jumpers for goalposts and all that…

Jack Convery
17 Posted 04/07/2024 at 10:57:31
I think they should get Graham Gouldman and his touring 10cc band to perform Forever Everton. He wrote it, original 10cc band members performed on it – Lol Creme, Eric Stewart and Kevin Godley, along with the then 1st team squad. The Farm to perform All Together Now too and whoever recorded Spirit of the Blues. Cheesy I know but it's gonna be cheesy anyway.

The Grand Old Lady has been more Miss Faversham in recent years but that derby win will have blown away many a cobweb. We'll not forget you, Old Girl.

Too many great memories, too many great teams, too many trophies, too many goals and I'll admit, too many heartaches, wrapped up in your walls and on that sacred pitch, to do that.

Mick O'Malley
18 Posted 04/07/2024 at 11:03:19
My first game was a friendly against Dundee Utd in about 1976. The excitement I felt when I got in the ground to see my team is something I'll never forget.

I got my first season ticket when Howard Kendall became manager. The games that will live long in the memory are to many to list but seeing us lift the Football League title and parade it round the ground in 1985 was something I'll never forget, and obviously the semi-final against Bayern Munich was the best atmosphere I've ever experienced.

As Jim says, let's make our last season the hostile tough place to get a result it used to be. I'm going to miss the place but it's time to move on and for a new generation of Blues we've got a fantastic new stadium for them to make their own special memories. 💙

Paul Washington
19 Posted 04/07/2024 at 11:44:19
I remember playing Southampton last game of season in 1974, we lost 0-3!

They had Mick Channon and Peter Osgood in their team. We spied them in the bar at Lime Street Station after the game, went for a chat and autographs.

They were great to us, then we were ordered out! Well, we were only 12 or 13!!

Jimmy Salt
20 Posted 04/07/2024 at 12:27:30
I don't think the result will matter in the bigger picture as long as we are not relying on it too heavily.

Just a day to reminisce and say goodbye.

Dave Abrahams
21 Posted 04/07/2024 at 12:41:10
Jack (17),

Yes, the Old Lady is showing her age now and when Kenwright took over from Miss Faversham and brought in Denise Barrett-Baxendale as Estelle it really went to the dogs.

Jeff Spiers
22 Posted 04/07/2024 at 12:48:06
Mine was 1960.

First visit, Boys Pen.

Bob Parrington
23 Posted 04/07/2024 at 13:08:57
Like it. We're looking at our family attending a game in or around October 2025 at BMD. This will be our sons and daughter, grandchildren etc, who are all Blues, 13 in all from Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne Australia. Age range from 6 years old to 78 years old.

All stems from me being born in Moreton on the Wirral and my Dad, who worked on Birkenhead docks, taking me to a game in 1954.

Would like to have been at the Grand Old Lady celebrations but can't do both. I hope the Goodbye celebrations go well for those of you who attend.

Barry Rathbone
24 Posted 04/07/2024 at 13:39:02
Mike 6

Great stuff, your next project should be some decent anthems for the blue boys.

Really excellent.

Dave Cashen
25 Posted 04/07/2024 at 14:00:46
1967 FA cup game against Liverpool

To this day, I havent heard a roar like the one which greeted Bally's goal - Although I've been close a few times. The best thing about it was they had packed Anfield too. The Kopites were on the outside looking in - On big screens over there

I just looked it up on YouTube by typing in - Alan Ball, scores for Everton in 1967 FA cup v Liverpool. I hope somebody with the technical skills can find it and put up a link. It belongs on this thread. Especially for younger blues who have never seen it. Brilliant footage and a brilliant little song mocking Liverpool thrown in for good measure.

We don't just see what Bally meant to Goodison. We get to hear what Goodison meant to Bally.

"When I ran back to the center circle after scoring against Liverpool. Pure elation welled up inside me. I was thinking; I just love this place. I want this place forever"

The feeling was very definitely mutual

John Keating
26 Posted 04/07/2024 at 14:17:13
We were Catholic, Protestants and others. Went to different schools and had a few scraps when we came out
Never liked SFX, I was a Friary boy.

Argued and fell out with mates and my family regularly. But for those 90 minutes as the lads came out to Z-Cars, we all loved each other, all best of mates. Nothing mattered, we were all Blue Evertonians and when the ball hit the net we were as one.

Hated Everton when we got rid of Bobby Collins, hated them when we got rid of Alan Ball…, but on both Saturdays after loved Everton.

Majestic ground and majestic supporters and if we can bring half of that to the new Everton Stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock, the good times will return.

Richard Duff
27 Posted 04/07/2024 at 14:48:03
Open Question, Will we be referring to BMD as a "lady" like Goodison? (and most Ships).
Dale Self
28 Posted 04/07/2024 at 16:01:20
Jack 17, is this true? Graham Fucking Gouldman?

Well, fucking of course we should do that but the band members once hated each other.

Graham Gouldman, I'm going to listen to the original 'For Your Love' right now.

Christine Foster
29 Posted 04/07/2024 at 17:18:05
I remember as a child, the 4 huge floodlights on and watching Alex Young, Roy Vernon, in an all-white kit in a passionate night filled with the cheers of a 62,000 crowd urging them on against Inter Milan in 1963, me standing on an upturned beer crate at the front of the wall by the dugout in Goodison Road, so close I could almost touch my heroes.

A draw, Young's shirt in tatters... funny how little things stay fresh. Jimmy Gabriel ruffling my hair and saying something to me, though I never understood a bloody word!

Standing outside the pub with a packet of crisps, waiting, almost running down the valley... more pubs... more crisps...

Clutching on to a program, running down Scottie as last orders at the top of Penny were being called..

Pinning the program on a wall before I tried to sleep.

So many snippets from a place that would be forever family folklore for me on another day 9 years later, to bringing my kids with us to their first match and watching the wonder in their eyes.

I want to stand in Gwladys Street a final time, just on my own and remember my friends and family who never left, smiling, laughing, their cheers now only heard by me. How much has it meant to be a Blue...

Jay Harris
30 Posted 04/07/2024 at 17:58:06
Christine,

You made me remember the big clock on the floodlight tower in front of the church and how we would keep looking to see how long was left but the Welsh Wizard and the Golden Vision saw to it that time didn't matter.

I remember climbing over the fence at the Boys Pen and running onto the pitch in 1963 after we beat Fulham to win the league.

I remember the derby matches when we were like sardines in the Gwladys Street with what felt like 100,000 and if somebody wanted to pee they just warned everyone and created a space. You couldn't possibly get out to go the toilet.

I remember that "Bayern night" and an atmosphere I have never felt before or since.

God we will miss the old girl and all her memories.

Christine Foster
31 Posted 04/07/2024 at 18:05:33
Jay,

I remember that too, sitting on my uncle's shoulders, standing in front of the old Directors Box on the pitch cheering as the trophy was held high.

Puff the Welsh Dragon, Roy Vernon never had a cigarette out of his mouth!

Where's your handbag, Gordon (West)?

Ed Prytherch
32 Posted 04/07/2024 at 18:33:12
Jack #17:

I saw 10cc at the Top Rank in 1973. They were a tight band and they had a good sound. Queen opened for them and they stole the show, at least in my opinion.

I was able to take good photos because the lighting was excellent and several of them were published in "Sounds", the weekly music tabloid.

Brian Hennessy
33 Posted 04/07/2024 at 19:27:58
So many great memories for me at Goodison.

That Bayern night was incredible. The football we played in the '60s under Harry Catterick was a pure pleasure.

Watching us win our first league title at Goodison in 1915 thanks to all those goals from Bobby Parker when I was just a teenager, is a memory I will take with me to my grave.

Mark Murphy
34 Posted 04/07/2024 at 19:31:03
“Watching us win our first league title at Goodison in 1915 when I was just a teenager,”

'Kin 'ell Brian, you're doing well!!

Mark Murphy
35 Posted 04/07/2024 at 19:34:45
DOH!!
You got me Brian!!
Steve Sweeney
36 Posted 04/07/2024 at 19:35:01
First ever game v keflavik 6-2, through to the quarter-final of the European Cup.

Then back on Saturday we beat the mighty Colchester 5-0, through to the FA Cup quarter-finals.

My first 2 games we score 11 goals, then Panathanikos do us on away goals, I think, and kopites of course knock us out in semi-final!

Bill Gall
37 Posted 04/07/2024 at 19:38:13
Well as an Evertonian from about 1956, I would love to be at the last season, but since leaving for Canada in 1976, I have been back on numerous occasions, with the last being in April of this year for the Nottingham, and the one I will always remember, the Derby Game, plus a ticket for the Brentford that I missed as I my diabetes acted up.
Was a season ticket holder before I left and I don't now how many other Blues will remember but one of my memories is after the game on Saturday going straight to the Bullens Road turnstiles to wait for cup tickets for a cup game on sale the following Sunday at either 12 noon or 2 oclock.
People I met from the club was M.Trebilcock, I think that's how his name was spelt, came in the Broadway the Tuesday after the final, and H.Catterick twice, when he was at the Grafton for the L.D.S.F.L. presentation dance.
My hope now is my health holds out that somehow I get to see a game in the new stadium, what a fantastic place it looks..
Nick White
38 Posted 04/07/2024 at 19:42:42
Will be a very surreal season at Goodison I think, especially as we get closer to the last game. Hope we can go out with a bang!

My 1st game was in 1986 in the Upper Bullens, a 6-1 win against Arsenal with Linekar getting 2. Sadly no highlights available as there was a dispute at the time with the TV companies I believe.

Peter Mills
39 Posted 04/07/2024 at 19:53:08
On February 17 1991, I attended a cup tie at Anfield. The game ended 0-0, largely due to an inexplicable decision by referee Neil Midgley, not to award Everton a penalty for a foul on Pat Nevin.

I got home from the game to find our family had been hit by disaster. My brother Charlie’s daughter, 7 year old Sarah, our little London mascot throughout our Wembley trips of the mid-80s, had died.

To say that football was irrelevant is an understatement. Yet, within a day, our family decided that we should be at Goodison on the Wednesday night for the replay, so family and friends, including my brother, did just that.

I’ve never been at an event that was so meaningless, yet so important at the same time. I was wracked by dilemma throughout the night - I could not stomach the thought of defeat, but could not bear the prospect of us winning, with the celebrations a victory would bring to Goodison.

The stadium produced a little miracle of compromise - a nonsensical, crazy 4-4 draw, with 4 equalisers for the Blues. Somehow, Goodison threw a cloak of small comfort over us.

A few weeks later, Charlie told me he was starting a charitable fund to purchase musical instruments for the pupils at Sarah’s school, and asked me to help him organise a Sportsman’s Dinner to raise money. My Dad had a tenuous link with Duncan McKenzie, so I phoned Duncan and asked him if he would speak. He could not have been more helpful, and immediately agreed. “Have you got an M.C. for the night?” he asked. “You need the best - I’ll ask Midge”.

So, the errant referee took on the role, was fabulous at it, and neither he nor Duncan would take a penny for what they did.

There have been so many memorable occasions at Goodison Park since I first attended in 1963, but that night was something special for our family. Some say the place is bricks, mortar and steel, but I have no doubts about the spirits that float around the place - I hope they find their way safely to our new home.

Dave Abrahams
40 Posted 04/07/2024 at 20:17:00
Steve (36),

That Keflavik game was a sickener for me listening to The Gwladys Street end booing and jeering Gordon West after an error which gave the opposition a goal.

He stood well away from his goal line, near the penalty spot, to escape the ridiculous and unworthy wrath of his own fans.

I have never forgotten that night.

Colin Glassar
41 Posted 04/07/2024 at 20:33:29
First game at home to West Bromwich Albion, 1968, we won 4-0. West, Labby Wright, Holy Trinity, Joe Royle etc… were all there.

Never looked back despite all the shite served up over the last few years.

Liam Mogan
42 Posted 04/07/2024 at 21:16:54
I'll be gutted when we leave. Goodison means everything to me.

First game was the 6-0 Latch 30 goals v Chelsea, second game 8-0 Wimbledon in League Cup, third game 1-0 Andy King derby. All as a 6-year-old. Still takes my breath away.

Over 30 years later, I took my 4-year-old to his first game, 1-0 Fellaini header v Man Utd under lights.

Too many highlights to mention. Bayern still the ultimate night. Sat with my dad on the barriers in the Gwladys Street at the start.

Now I sit with him, my son, my niece and nephew in the Top Balcony. It's my favourite place in the whole wide world.

Mike Gaynes
43 Posted 04/07/2024 at 22:16:36
Pete #40, what an extraordinary memory. Your reminiscences are always a privilege.

Charlie will be right on your shoulder at BMD.

Tony Abrahams
44 Posted 04/07/2024 at 22:37:40
How very sad, Peter, but such a perfect of example of why Everton Football Club is so important to us, even when we have got much more important issues going on in our lives.🙏💙
Eric Myles
45 Posted 05/07/2024 at 02:18:23
Dave #25, take your pick

LCAB

Alan McGuffog
46 Posted 05/07/2024 at 07:45:03
A very poinent post, Peter.

I recall that sad time so well. As I've told you before, Charlie was a good friend to me in my days in St Helens. I'll always recall meeting him in his rather grand office with the threadbare carpet and the huge photo of Goodison behind his chair.

And the conversations with him and Father Ashton. And I thought I was an Evertonian!
.

Dave Cashen
47 Posted 05/07/2024 at 10:10:35
Top man yourself, Eric.

Thank you

Mark Ryan
48 Posted 05/07/2024 at 10:21:09
Is there a plan in place so Evertonians can buy a piece of the ground when it is demolished, ie, get our hands on a brick, a bolt, an Archibald Leitch balustrade perhaps. Is there a proposal in place?
Barry Rathbone
49 Posted 05/07/2024 at 10:52:17
Mark 48,

I hope so, the bricks on the street end would match well with my place. The extension planned for my gaff would look even finer with 10k bricks from Goodison Park.

Certainly better than crushing for hardcore and those girders as lintels, wow!!

Peter Mills
50 Posted 05/07/2024 at 12:15:24
Alan #46, the people of St Helens and surrounding area were a tremendous support at that time.

Tony #44, let's hope the Club can be as important to others.

Mike #43 - Thank you.

Dave Abrahams
51 Posted 05/07/2024 at 12:57:12
Dave (25),

I think that quote from Alan Ball was made when he scored two goals in his first derby game at Goodison in a 3-1 win, Sandy Brown got the other goal as a sub playing centre forward in a shirt that had no number on it.

Tony Abrahams
52 Posted 05/07/2024 at 13:07:06
It always amazes me how you can remember things like this Dave, but you have to go to your diary (after listening to your wife) to remember anyone's bithday!
Dave Abrahams
53 Posted 05/07/2024 at 13:15:38
Tony (52),

That is a dirty stinking unsubstantiated lie, I never forget any body's birthday.

I might forget to send them a card but that's a different matter!

James Hughes
54 Posted 05/07/2024 at 13:18:59
Dave A, I am on the same page as you as the missus normally takes care of that.

I might forget to send them a card but that's a different matter!

Raymond Fox
55 Posted 05/07/2024 at 14:20:56
Still on the birthday theme, I'm shocking on dates if fact my memory for for a great number other things has now gone on strike.

Like James my wife looks after me on birthdays and other incidentals.

Danny O’Neill
56 Posted 05/07/2024 at 14:45:17
Some great memories. I first went to Goodison in 1976.

Like for many, it's going to break my heart leaving the place that we have all experienced so many memories.

I would suggest the club put the last game on the big screens at the new Everton stadium.

Give Goodison a send off Everton. She deserves it.

Brian Williams
57 Posted 05/07/2024 at 15:29:44
I consider myself quite an emotional person, especially when it comes to Everton, but despite having some of the best days/nights of my life in Goodison I'll look on leaving there for BMD as I've looked at moving house from houses I've loved living in.

Had great memories from all of them but have been lucky enough to make the move/s to bigger and better which is exactly how I look at the move to BMD.

I can't wait, and just hope I get as good a seat (positionally) as I have now in Goodison, which I'm not 100% sure I will.

UTFT.

Gordon Grimshaw
58 Posted 05/07/2024 at 19:18:00
72 now first game with my dad when I was 10 later being terrified in the boys pen you got in for 6 pence. Watching Alan Ball push Rowdy Yates on his back lol and the Liverpool supporters giving Gordon West a red handbag and he always put in the back of the net.
A life time of memories
Jay Evans
59 Posted 06/07/2024 at 08:30:11
Starting to feel real now, isn't it.

Some Evertonians will only ever know Goodison.
Some Evertonians will only ever know The Fourth Grace at Bramley-Moore Dock.

If you are lucky enough to be making the transition in about a year's time, then you should consider yourself very lucky.

Our move is a once-in-a-lifetime moment which (for me anyway) is going to feel both exciting and devastating. I think.

I know the move is for the best in the long term but how hard is it going to be at the Southampton game when it's time to leave the ground after the final, final whistle has blown?

It doesn't bear thinking about.

Mike Corcoran
60 Posted 06/07/2024 at 12:13:10
Liam at 42. Wimbledon 8-0 (Latchford 5, Dobson 3)!
Liam Mogan
61 Posted 06/07/2024 at 12:16:45
Yes Mike - can still see the scoreboard which looked massive to a 6 year old!
Mike Corcoran
62 Posted 06/07/2024 at 12:24:58
Barry Rathbone - thanks for the posso waves!
Dave Cashen
63 Posted 06/07/2024 at 12:47:40
Tony

To be fair mate, If I'm in a quiz, I want the fella who remembers Sandy Browns OTHER derby goal in my team.

More than happy for the fella who remembers everyones birthday to be in another team

Tony Abrahams
64 Posted 07/07/2024 at 15:05:33
That's all the justification he needs, Dave.
Dave Abrahams
65 Posted 08/07/2024 at 12:24:36
Dave (63),

Here's one for your quiz: the record books will tell you Hungary were the first foreign team to beat England at home – ignoring the fact that Eire beat them 2-0 at Goodison Park with Peter Farrell, Everton's captain, scoring one of the goals.

Eire had no relationship with Great Britain in 1948… although a United Ireland could possibly change that situation in the not too distant future.

Danny O’Neill
66 Posted 10/07/2024 at 15:12:05
Some great memories on here.

Random question for those who witnessed the 66 World Cup matches at Goodison, my dad always used to talk about Eusebio. Was he that good?

Danny O’Neill
67 Posted 11/07/2024 at 10:48:18
This topic will probably run.

We all have fond memories of the Grand Old Lady and I think they're going to struggle to get the supporters out of the ground on the last day. And away from the streets outside.

In terms of travel, for me it was either Hunts Cross to Kirkdale and the walk through the streets, or the 81D to walk along City Road.

It's going to be tough.

Sorry to sound repetitive, but can we take the Goodison Supper Bar to the Grand New Lady?

Daniel A Johnson
68 Posted 11/07/2024 at 18:22:34
When the mighty Goodison Park finally closes, can we also get rid of that god awful song Spirit of the Blues?

It's proper cringe… I fucking hate it.

Tom Bowers
69 Posted 11/07/2024 at 18:34:04
I cannot remember the first game I saw at Goodison but it may have been the Liverpool Senior Cup if I am not mistaken, back in the Fifties, so it's been over 70 years.

So many great memories and a few to forget.

Of course there have been a lot more disappointments at Goodison over the last few years but good ones were last season's win over Liverpool and also Doucoure's winner against Bournemouth will stick in my mind as well as the big FA Cup win when Bally scored with 60,000 at Goodison and 40,000 at Anfield.

Lets's hope the Blues finish in style.

Dave Abrahams
70 Posted 11/07/2024 at 19:17:14
Danny (66),

Whatever your dad said about Eusebio, add another 50 per cent to that ability. Add also a very fair player and an absolute sporting personality, modest and a gentleman to boot.

John McFarlane Snr
71 Posted 11/07/2024 at 20:33:23
Hi Danny [66],

Dave [@70] was correct in stating that Eusebio was not only a great player but also a gentleman. I had the good fortune to see all the World Cup games at Goodison, and I consider that Eusebio was head and shoulders above all in his attitude.

Don Alexander
72 Posted 11/07/2024 at 21:45:44
Danny, this is a clip from Brazil v Portugal at Goodison in the group stage.

Some cynically serious clogging no doubt (and Eusabio was inevitably as much in the cross-hairs as Pele) but that final goal was insanely powerful.

https://youtu.be/RVf6Cq49_-Y?si=_U4IIkbuj5ikhBfk

Danny O’Neill
73 Posted 12/07/2024 at 18:11:16
Don I can only imagine what it must have been like to watch Portugal v Brazil at Goodison with Eusebio and Pele on the pitch.

I'm always intrigued by the half circles behind the goals back then, even though they didn't exist by the time I started attending.

It isn't the World Cup, but as a host stadium for the Euros in 2028, we will get to experience some great teams and players.

Rob Williamson
74 Posted 12/07/2024 at 18:51:42
Danny - before anyone else jumps in with the answer - the half circles were a response to a dart being thrown at Bill Brown the Spurs keeper (1964-65?).

Initially the barrier was constructed of timber and scaffolding poles. They were then made more permanent in the concrete form you can see in the World Cup game you refer to. I can't remember when they were removed. Anyone else help with that one?

Brian Wilkinson
75 Posted 13/07/2024 at 22:53:54
Thought I would get Danny teary eyed here:

I know we will all shed a tear that final home game, but how great would it be if we could somehow win one of the cups, and parade it one final time around Goodison, with Coleman holding it aloft?

How's that for a bit of sentiment, Danny?

Paul Kossoff
76 Posted 14/07/2024 at 2024/07/14 : 08:15:20

We are all talking about Goodison Park being demolished and what to do with the remaining area.

Why don't we keep Goodison as a football ground, used for the Women's Super League and all the Under-21s games, and as a training facility?

Reduce the capacity to say 20,000. The whole community benefits – fans, shops, businesses and Everton, while we and future fans get to see the history of Everton and where all the greats played.

I'm sure we as fans would support a reduced refurbished Goodison Park. What do you think, any ideas?

Shouldn't Goodison Park be a grade-listed building protected from a flash-in-the-pan money-making idea from some housing property speculator?

How about putting the keeping of Goodison Park to the new owners — because once it's gone, as will soon come to pass, it's no good saying we should have kept it…

Do it now!

Michael Kenrick
77 Posted 14/07/2024 at 08:16:27
Paul, one word:

Safety Certificate.

Brian Williams
78 Posted 14/07/2024 at 08:30:18
I believe "what to do with the remaining area" has been planned for a good while has it not?

Goodison Legacy Project

Planit-IE fleshes out Goodison Legacy Project

Michael Kenrick
79 Posted 14/07/2024 at 08:46:36
Thanks for those links, Brian.

One thing that struck me was their vintage: January 2021. What do we know (if anything) about how these project proposals are progressing (if at all)?

The images show two different layouts and at best it seems to be a conceptual exercise rather than a cast-in-stone plan that will swing into action the day the gates close for the very last time…

Brian Williams
80 Posted 14/07/2024 at 09:19:22
Michael,

I thought the same thing myself and I really hope the plans don't fall by the wayside because, if the site was developed as per, it would be really beneficial to an area in great need of something good.

I'd be really disappointed if the land was just sold to a developer.

Dennis Stevens
81 Posted 14/07/2024 at 09:38:39
Perhaps the best hope is for the FAB to encourage any new owner to revisit the issue afresh.

Hopefully, they'll be open to suggestions.

Steve Brown
82 Posted 14/07/2024 at 09:43:09
Developed as per what?
Danny O’Neill
83 Posted 14/07/2024 at 10:10:31
Brian @75, Paul @76,

Goodison will be demolished and the sentiment is going hit hard with many tears as we walk away for the last time. It hurts thinking about it even though we have an iconic new stadium to look forward to.

I've for a while that I'd like to have seen a downscaled Goodison stadium for the U21s, U18s and the Women's team. It doesn't need to be big and would leave room for the affordable and social housing as well as the plan for a medical centre and social care.

Build on top of what will be the former Gwladys Street end. Then they've got the rest of the site to develop.

I know everyone will have different views, but I don't see the point in that small park in the centre. Literally across the road, there is Stanley Park.

James Marshall
84 Posted 14/07/2024 at 10:19:35
The planet keeps spinning regardless of sentiment. We'll move on, the ground will disappear and become flats or whatever – at the end of the day, it's just bricks & mortar.

Whether or not they do likewise, I suspect many Evertonians would be happy to see something similar to what Arsenal did with Highbury. If you haven't seen it, there's a good photo on the Wikipedia page of the before/after they closed it.

I haven't been inside, but I have driven past it and they kept the old east stand intact on the outside, turned it all into flats and basically kept the shape of the ground as it was.

Danny O’Neill
85 Posted 14/07/2024 at 12:03:12
What Arsenal did with Highbury looks good when I go past it on the train.

Unfortunately I don't think we could do that with Goodison. The locals would hardly have a view with all of those pillars!!!


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