The Mayor quipped at the dinner that he could confirm that no announcement would be made next (i.e. last) week "just don't ask me about the week after".
Now, a light-hearted tweet that he posted on Saturday in response to a fan's query as to whether anything was happening in the coming week is pointing to Thursday as a potentially big day for Blues fans.
Just seen my diary for next week, my office have cancelled my weekly fitness session and my hairdressers appointment for Thursday, just saying
Rumours have been intensifying that the Blues have completed a land-purchase agreement with Peel Group for Bramley-Moore Dock and the adjacent Nelson Dock which has been earmarked for potential car parking or other open space at the new ground.
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1 Posted 20/03/2017 at 07:28:15
'Just don't ask me about next Thursday..ooh, guilty' (overbite smile, upward glance)
2 Posted 20/03/2017 at 07:45:53
It's all part of the plan.
3 Posted 20/03/2017 at 08:00:40
4 Posted 20/03/2017 at 08:27:04
And the Reds wept as they witnessed a seismic shift in Power on Merseyside.
I'll have some of that.
5 Posted 20/03/2017 at 08:44:46
6 Posted 20/03/2017 at 09:29:04
Thanks! I was freewheeling along quite nicely enjoying the ride then you go and poke a broom handle straight between the spokes of my front wheel.
Please, Please move away from the "OLD" Everton and give Mr Moshiri some credibility.
7 Posted 20/03/2017 at 09:36:44
8 Posted 20/03/2017 at 09:51:05
Just wait, as soon as this is official, listen to the darkside fans bombard the local radio stations and media wailing about how this is being funded by local tax payers or this is a heritage site that must be left as it is, as my granny will not be able to see the river if those nasty blues build this stadium!!! You get my drift, people... AND they say we are bitter?
9 Posted 20/03/2017 at 09:55:46
Is that true? Not asking for sources. But if you tell us it's true and you really know, that is another massive sign. You know it to be true?
10 Posted 20/03/2017 at 11:25:11
11 Posted 20/03/2017 at 11:57:32
12 Posted 20/03/2017 at 12:06:26
13 Posted 20/03/2017 at 13:40:33
He said "I'd love something iconic that you look at an think That is Everton !".
Just not some bloody polystyrene castle like WHU had.
14 Posted 20/03/2017 at 13:50:58
15 Posted 20/03/2017 at 14:14:41
16 Posted 20/03/2017 at 14:47:06
Joe O'Brien (#3) it will be sooner. The other one is on 25th December this year.
17 Posted 20/03/2017 at 15:26:38
Not a footy thread I know, but Dad will be looking down on us.
Can't think of a better place for our Glorious new Stadium
18 Posted 20/03/2017 at 16:04:08
19 Posted 20/03/2017 at 16:18:26
Gotta be Sunday.
20 Posted 20/03/2017 at 17:02:04
21 Posted 20/03/2017 at 17:03:08
22 Posted 20/03/2017 at 17:06:39
23 Posted 20/03/2017 at 17:22:49
24 Posted 20/03/2017 at 17:29:48
25 Posted 20/03/2017 at 18:26:38
26 Posted 20/03/2017 at 19:05:44
27 Posted 20/03/2017 at 19:16:27
28 Posted 20/03/2017 at 20:50:27
29 Posted 20/03/2017 at 21:10:23
30 Posted 20/03/2017 at 21:13:01
And its my birthday
A great present which, hopefully, will stop me moaning about the King's Dock fiasco...or will it?
31 Posted 20/03/2017 at 21:13:45
32 Posted 20/03/2017 at 21:38:37
33 Posted 20/03/2017 at 21:49:11
34 Posted 20/03/2017 at 21:55:39
35 Posted 20/03/2017 at 23:14:21
36 Posted 20/03/2017 at 23:21:48
Were you the Gerry Quinn we sold to Hartlepool in 1965 'One game was too many for us' (Catterick) who ended up at Marine sacked by Roly for too many George and Angelas?
37 Posted 21/03/2017 at 01:50:49
Cos it would be a bit difficult, to accuse a club that's just announced a £300 million [or thereabouts] new ground project, of lack of ambition!!
38 Posted 21/03/2017 at 01:57:19
My money is on Lukaku staying one more year at the absolute tops, and I don't think any of us will be surprised if he leaves in the summer either. Fingers crossed he doesn't, obviously.
39 Posted 21/03/2017 at 07:39:40
40 Posted 21/03/2017 at 08:34:42
41 Posted 21/03/2017 at 08:56:15
"The Child that is born on the Sabbath Day
Is bonny, blithe, good and gueye"
42 Posted 21/03/2017 at 09:04:29
If the announcement is made I wonder what information we can expect? Will they already have some design sketches for what the architect is envisaging? Capacity estimates? Fingers crossed...
43 Posted 21/03/2017 at 09:09:30
44 Posted 21/03/2017 at 09:35:59
45 Posted 21/03/2017 at 10:15:17
I hope the club plan to incorporate an area around the ground to encourage fans to get there early. Shops, bars etc – a fan zone. If you have visited any of the big European clubs (Ajax, Barcelona etc) they all have an area such as this that enhances the matchday experience. This also brings in more tourists.
46 Posted 21/03/2017 at 11:07:50
Then we can concentrate on pinning Barkley and Lukaku down to long contracts as our next big thing.
47 Posted 21/03/2017 at 12:16:15
This is an initial agreement but doesn't involve a contract being signed.
48 Posted 21/03/2017 at 12:32:28
49 Posted 21/03/2017 at 12:37:20
You have given me an idea for a banner at the derby.
Up the toffees
50 Posted 21/03/2017 at 13:03:22
51 Posted 21/03/2017 at 13:08:21
Amid much media hype and lots of flashbulbs, Everton will announce their shiny new ground, replete with golden photos of the new stadium and talk of a return to our brilliant past.
All of the media and the vast bulk of supporters will crow about the new ground. Except that, hidden in the small print will be the subtext that actually the new ground is dependent on a factor outside of the direct control of the owners.
In other words, the club will want you to believe that they have done absolutely everything to make the new ground happen but they cant control everything. And, of course, that unknown factor will ultimately prevent the new ground seeing the light of day.
ps: I am not a Kopite.
52 Posted 21/03/2017 at 13:20:24
53 Posted 21/03/2017 at 13:34:25
Car or yacht, Clive?
"Can I mind yer yacht, mister?"
54 Posted 21/03/2017 at 13:52:11
55 Posted 21/03/2017 at 14:00:26
56 Posted 21/03/2017 at 15:22:35
57 Posted 21/03/2017 at 15:42:26
58 Posted 21/03/2017 at 15:46:00
59 Posted 21/03/2017 at 15:49:41
60 Posted 21/03/2017 at 16:31:25
That it is to be part of a regeneration which will include a hotel, restaurants business premises and housing.
Such an idea is inconceivable if plonked right in the middle of the whole project is a sewage treatment works. Surely if the plan goes ahead another site would be deligated for the said treatment works.
Which brings me to ask, if Peel are the owners of the land , can they legally oust the sewage firm from the area?
61 Posted 21/03/2017 at 16:33:02
Two of my relatives, my uncle Peter and my great uncle Tom died in Goodison and I won't enjoy not being able to remember that with respect and sadness as I look around the place today and remember. Just like Bill my first memories of Goodison are usually to do with the Boy's Pen and my dad seeing me in through the turnstile for sixpence and I'd meet him in the front corner with him on the other side of the fence. He would leave the game a little bit before the final whistle to make sure he was there to meet me when I came out.
I won't enjoy realising that the place I saw my team parade trophies around in '63, '66, '70, '84,'85',87 and '95 isn't there anymore and has become a forgotten housing estate or whatever in some quiet, deserted and increasingly run-down area of Walton.
Why can't it be left to the City of LIverpool? This is not Anfield we are talking about here this is the original Theatre of Dreams built for football.... .the first in the world. Let the Everton Ladies and the young Everton teams play there including what used to be called the 'reserves'. Let the finals of the kid's leagues and school leagues be played there. It could be owned by the City of Liverpool, as a gift from Everton Football Club for the benefit of the people of the city.... .including kopites.
She's old and she's tired but she's far from dead. She is famous and has so many firsts connected with her that she should not be allowed to waste away. The City of Liverpool is renowned the world over for it's self inflicted desecration of it's own heritage, the Cavern, The Customs House, The Overhead Railway and many more. Don't let it happen again.
Keep Goodison alive.
62 Posted 21/03/2017 at 16:45:53
63 Posted 21/03/2017 at 16:46:44
64 Posted 21/03/2017 at 17:11:47
65 Posted 21/03/2017 at 17:18:38
66 Posted 21/03/2017 at 17:34:30
Great post Dave. I hope Goodison has a fitting end worthy of its glorious history.
67 Posted 21/03/2017 at 17:41:46
68 Posted 21/03/2017 at 17:43:21
69 Posted 21/03/2017 at 18:12:26
This is going to break our neighbours hearts if and when we land the waterfront.
70 Posted 21/03/2017 at 18:28:51
In all seriousness this is very exciting. I am looking for a four sided ground with a huge atmosphere. Steep sided stands too. And no less than 60,000. Coyb
71 Posted 21/03/2017 at 18:46:02
72 Posted 21/03/2017 at 18:57:06
73 Posted 21/03/2017 at 20:55:43
74 Posted 21/03/2017 at 21:10:12
Who knows what may unveil in the next days and weeks, but here's to hoping it's positive news for EFC and its supporters.
75 Posted 21/03/2017 at 21:11:16
76 Posted 21/03/2017 at 21:31:21
Apparently, the club has learnt it's lessons from their amateur hour past of announcing projects before they knew all the intricacies of what was involved with the actual delivery. The beauty of this project is a blank canvas, and they can build around the clock if they so wish. The Emirates took just over two years to build, so I would say a kick-off for 2020-21 is easily achievable on a site such as this, there will be no objections or hold-up's as regards to planning permission. They have already started addressing transport issues in the area.
I am not getting too excited about a Thursday announcement, but there is a chance the club may be much, much further ahead in the progress of building a new stadium than any of us could imagine. Then it's time for massive sesh...
77 Posted 21/03/2017 at 22:04:35
There is as much chance of it being moved as there is of a landing stage for ferries and hovercraft and a terminal for Branson's space plane.
Given that the city council don't own the land or control merseytravel and central government controls the purse strings for trunk roads, can someone explain why Joe Anderson matters in all of this?
78 Posted 21/03/2017 at 22:24:04
Where can I read Nevs interview?
79 Posted 21/03/2017 at 22:24:35
80 Posted 21/03/2017 at 22:29:05
In my mind that means the development of the north docks as a business, residential and social area is dead in the water. Literally. Because of a sewage works, hmm.
Does anyone have any ideas how to get around this problem? Cue the ToffeeWeb experts.
My own take on this would be we (bluenoses) march on the town hall with banners and placards proclaiming, NO SHIT JOE.
81 Posted 21/03/2017 at 22:32:46
82 Posted 21/03/2017 at 22:34:10
83 Posted 21/03/2017 at 22:52:23
No, if we leave, let's make a clean break of it. As Moshiri stated, we don't want to become a museum. I'll learn to love the new ground as much as I love the old one (unless it has a running track)!
84 Posted 21/03/2017 at 23:36:25
I once tried to have Goodison declared a listed building by English Heritage and a UNESCO World Heritage Site but was told only the owners can do that.
Maybe as our new owner hopefully doesn't need the £10 mill it would fetch it could be preserved and made into the permanent home of The Everton Collection and used for matches as you suggest.
85 Posted 22/03/2017 at 07:51:50
86 Posted 22/03/2017 at 08:48:51
We are so lucky to have had such a great stadium. Love the place.
87 Posted 22/03/2017 at 10:23:38
88 Posted 22/03/2017 at 10:52:05
89 Posted 22/03/2017 at 13:36:16
Liverpool mayor, Joe Anderson, is trying to force Everton to incorporate a running track into Everton's new stadium plans in order to facilitate his vanity project of the Commonwealth Games.
We'd be stuck with a white elephant that our fans have indicated they don't want for ever, ruining the whole concept of being on top of the action and creating the atmosphere we want to reproduce from Goodison.
It's been a disaster at West Ham and in no way should it be allowed to happen to Everton just because the cheapskates at the club would get money for allowing it.Marry in haste, repent at leisure!
It's a football stadium, not an athletics stadium, Joe Anderson, move on and leave us alone, we'll decide what the design is.
90 Posted 22/03/2017 at 13:39:59
It's a fear plenty share, I can see that, but it may just be the price we have to pay to get the thing built. And you know this one ain't going out for a vote, don't you.
91 Posted 22/03/2017 at 15:22:11
If there is money on offer, take it.
92 Posted 22/03/2017 at 19:40:35
Just about to watch the Germany v England game, hopefully to see Ross come on as sub.
Dortmund's stadium would do me fine, thank you very much. Obviously not its capacity (81k) but the way the stands are arranged is exactly how I'd love to see the RBMS look!!!!! Oh, that's the Royal Blue Mersey Stadium, by the way.
93 Posted 22/03/2017 at 19:55:00
94 Posted 22/03/2017 at 21:33:15
As for the running track, I think it will happen but Man City have shown it can be taken away after the games easily enough.
95 Posted 22/03/2017 at 21:41:18
96 Posted 22/03/2017 at 21:42:41
97 Posted 22/03/2017 at 22:07:47
98 Posted 22/03/2017 at 22:31:54
99 Posted 22/03/2017 at 23:02:21
100 Posted 22/03/2017 at 23:03:30
Our current ground is adjacent to the biggest shithole in England.
101 Posted 22/03/2017 at 23:12:56
102 Posted 22/03/2017 at 23:18:03
103 Posted 22/03/2017 at 23:39:12
I was in town a lot but I did eat on the terrace right opposite the old tobacco warehouse and there was no hint of sewage. I had the window open at night and again it was fine.
104 Posted 23/03/2017 at 08:05:25
105 Posted 23/03/2017 at 08:16:28
Forget the Rooney, Lukaku and Barkley stuff, this will put us right back where we belong.
106 Posted 23/03/2017 at 08:43:09
Personally, I've always been keen to move in recognition we need to keep up with the teams around and above us. For me it had to be the right place Kings Waterfront was. Kirkby was not. Walton Hall Park was not. Bramley-Moore / Nelson Docks is.
Whilst Billy Bullshit will no doubt be front and centre again, I think the reason many of us sceptics have optimism is because he's no longer the kingmaker. The only reason LCC has put their neck on the line again is because of this.
My only regret is that my old man passed away last year and I'd loved to have discussed this with him today, on his birthday. He didn't have memories from 1936 as that was the year of his birth, but he also recognised the need to move on and progress, in order to challenge.
107 Posted 23/03/2017 at 08:51:56
The day I realise it's actually going will be a sad one... even if I'm filled with excitement for the future.
Feels pretty real. Any word on press conferences or anything?
108 Posted 23/03/2017 at 08:53:42
Nil satis nisi optimum... Onwards and upwards, Blues!!!
109 Posted 23/03/2017 at 08:59:07
110 Posted 23/03/2017 at 09:25:04
Interesting tweet from the pub.
111 Posted 23/03/2017 at 09:28:15
I also hope there are some reassurances regarding the smell of sewage!
112 Posted 23/03/2017 at 09:33:12
Also, did you know all the old dockers pubs are being done up and ready for re opening so there will be plenty of watering holes on the way to our new ground on the banks of the Royal Blue Mersey.
113 Posted 23/03/2017 at 09:40:22
This is what it's like to be Everton
This is what it's like to be poor
You've built a shit stand
We'll build on Bramley-Moore, Bramley-Moore.
114 Posted 23/03/2017 at 09:49:28
My light-hearted comment #104 (intention important !) was to joke how we often have great news and then pessimists seem to get scared. You may notice it was full of hope and excitement about today.
But you managed to see it as crass and pissing on people's memories. Well pissing on people's memories is not the intention at alI and, if I weirdly wanted to do that, I have better word skills than that kind of comment.
If you define "crass" as "lacking intelligence or sensitivity", then re intelligence, hands up! Re sensitivity, well that is so subjective and there is a great phrase: "Just because you're offended, doesn't make you right."
So yes, I could have shared stories with you about my late granddad and Dad at Goodison and waited to take offense but silly me, I was just excited about a new ground.
Now I will go back to being excited!
115 Posted 23/03/2017 at 10:18:01
But most of all we hate Big Ron
And we'll hang the Kopites one by one
On the banks of the Royal Blue Mersey
So to hell with Liverpool and Rangers too
We'll throw them all in the Mersey
And we'll fight, fight, fight,
With all our might
For the lads in the Royal Blue Jersey
116 Posted 23/03/2017 at 10:52:04
Kopites are woolys, the city's all ours.
117 Posted 23/03/2017 at 11:10:34
I got day mixed up and was gutted yesterday when no news!
118 Posted 23/03/2017 at 11:20:26
We're expecting a ground-breaking stadium on the docks, we get ring fenced money for a new retail ground with Asda in Widnes. I know those days should be gone, but I can't shake the expectation for disappointment.
119 Posted 23/03/2017 at 11:24:41
What a huge date this is going to be in our history.
120 Posted 23/03/2017 at 11:29:32
121 Posted 23/03/2017 at 11:29:34
122 Posted 23/03/2017 at 11:46:30
123 Posted 23/03/2017 at 11:51:06
124 Posted 23/03/2017 at 11:51:41
125 Posted 23/03/2017 at 12:00:38
I think the forum is available but don't shout at me if it doesn't work... :)
126 Posted 23/03/2017 at 12:06:51
127 Posted 23/03/2017 at 12:19:12
Joe, why thank you, kind sir. 😂
I'll not blame you yet, Patrick. 😛
128 Posted 23/03/2017 at 12:33:19
TW has a thread for this report here.
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