So there is no way that we can turn down £50 million of ?free money?! If we want the club to develop, then let?s ensure that we grab opportunities like this ? because there are very few opportunities that will ?give? us such a parcel of land and stadium, without us being dogged by massive debt, as other clubs have discovered.
However, let?s keep Goodison as well! We like to think that we are unique as a club and band of supporters ? let the Board prove this. The figures that we are seeing in the press suggest that Everton are going to have to find £20 million to fund the new stadium and are likely to get £15 million for Goodison. The new stadium is also going to increase our ?revenue streams? to the tune of £10 million a year and Moyes is going to be handed a significant transfer kitty to deliver the Champions League football that is a prerequisite of having a new stadium?
What if, we keep Goodison? Think about the following suggestions:-
- Keep the Goodison pitch for reserve and youth teams to play on.
- Keep the Main Stand for supporters for the above games, more or less as it is.
- Put a hotel under one of the other stands with conference facilities etc that would increase further those precious revenue streams. What an experience for a non-Liverpudlian to be able to stay at Goodison the night of a match ? giving the club more revenue!
- Adapt one of the stands for local school initiatives such as ?Playing for Success?, offering community facilities that keeps the ?Everton Brand? to the forefront of the people of the City of Liverpool.
- House an Everton Museum, including the David France Collection in one of the stands.
- Use Goodison as a transport hub on match days ? offer free buses from Goodison to the new stadium on match days, maintaining the ?authentic Everton match day experience?. The buses could leave from behind the Park End and reduce congestion at the new ground.
- What a place to show prospective signings around! Two grounds? how attractive as a potential Academy signing to be able to play at somewhere so steeped in tradition and history?
Once Goodison has been demolished, it will have gone forever ? but those increased revenue streams of £10 million per year will mean that it will only take 18 months to earn the same amount of money that we would get from selling the Goodison site! Let the Board show that the Everton Way is different and that we respect our history by maintaining what we have. Bill: you don?t have to sell off the family silver to finance a new stadium, just display it in a different way!
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1 Posted 21/07/2007 at 18:26:46
2 Posted 21/07/2007 at 19:02:54
3 Posted 21/07/2007 at 20:48:31
4 Posted 21/07/2007 at 21:06:11
5 Posted 22/07/2007 at 03:44:24
6 Posted 22/07/2007 at 10:04:12
According to the latest statement from Wyness, the figures have changed. And according to one of the basic rules in life, there ain’t no such thing as free money. Tesco will have to account for this sum to shareholders. What will they say to them? I guess this is when the real truth of any deal will emerge ... it certainly won’t be from our side.
But then again, Wyness is now saying that even a 51% no vote will see the plan scrapped. And that’s definite. Until the next statement of course.
7 Posted 22/07/2007 at 13:03:02
8 Posted 22/07/2007 at 13:20:04
9 Posted 22/07/2007 at 16:46:59
I support the idea of moving, but do wonder if Tesco have a clause in the contract that forces us to stay for x amount of years. Otherwise if we kept Goodison and the attendances dropped etc, we could always move back. Or once we had more money, could redevleop goodison whilst still getting a a ground to use. But i would think that Tesco KMBC would have some clause to force us to stay for a certain length of time.
10 Posted 22/07/2007 at 22:09:48
11 Posted 23/07/2007 at 00:25:53
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