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A Different Way? The Everton Way?

By Stephen Viney :  21/07/2007 :  Comments (11) :
Everton, the ?People?s Club?, supposedly has a ?different way? of doing things. We know our history, we are passionate fans, we like our Match Day routines, we want to see ?Nil Satis Nisi Optimum? reflected in all things Everton, and, above all, we expect the Board and Manager to deliver high quality of football that reflects our motto.

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:-

  1. Keep the Goodison pitch for reserve and youth teams to play on.
  2. Keep the Main Stand for supporters for the above games, more or less as it is.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. House an Everton Museum, including the David France Collection in one of the stands.
  6. 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.
  7. 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?
I?m sure that there are many other ways in which Goodison could be used to increase the revenue streams that we hear so much about and that are so vital in the current football world. I can understand that the Club needs the ?free money? that is being offered by Tesco, and I can therefore support the move? but if we are getting that much ?free? then surely the Board can stretch themselves a little bit in the short term to maintain Goodison as a complex that promotes all things Everton?

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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John Patrick McFarlane
1   Posted 21/07/2007 at 18:26:46

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Stephen, that is just too imaginative and innovative for our board to consider. The hotel idea is a really good one, as is the notion of having a museum and transport from Goodison to Kirkby. I would be interested to see what LCC would make of these various uses of Goodison Park. It would certainly help to gauge what their real motives were.
2   Posted 21/07/2007 at 19:02:54

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and who would stay in the hotel for the other 95% of the time.
3   Posted 21/07/2007 at 20:48:31

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That’s a wonderful idea. As for the occupancy of the hotel the rest of the time, are there that many hotel rooms vacant in Liverpool that another wouldn’t be successful?
David OBrien
4   Posted 21/07/2007 at 21:06:11

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Yea, very imaginative, but if Everton no longer play there the only people who will truly associate it with Everton are the ones who saw Everton play at Goodison. You have to think of the young fans and future generations. Christ we used to be at Anfield
Mike Dolan
5   Posted 22/07/2007 at 03:44:24

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Well this truly lateral thinking. Maybe we could just maintain a postal box in Liverpool just to satisfy the parochial few who think it?s better for the club to function on life support and crisis management . Rather than dwell on the prospect of a new stadium that is basically free (I have no read any where about the cost?s of leasing Tesco as opposed to owning Goodison). The Devil is in the details. What happens in 20 years when Tesco goes broke and is bought out by an asset stripping concern? I do think that this offer of a new stadia will finally be the thing that attracts the new investment that we need. I really have to credit our manager and board for keeping us on a slow but steady course upwards. We are a tough club to beat right now. Every year we get a little stronger. Everton is a team again
6   Posted 22/07/2007 at 10:04:12

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I give every credit to DM for what he and his staff have achieved.

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.
Shaun Brennan
7   Posted 22/07/2007 at 13:03:02

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Who’d want to stay in a hotel in Walton?
8   Posted 22/07/2007 at 13:20:04

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I thought Her Majesty already operated one large hotel in Walton.
9   Posted 22/07/2007 at 16:46:59

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I like the idea of keeping the ground and the like.

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

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Sounds like great idea in principle and i know the board are spouting all kinds of shit but hav’nt the club stated that the safety certificate for the ground is going to be in question within the next ten years even with exstensive repairs being done at the end of every season,which lets face it there will be no chance of them doing as they will say it takes money away from the manager.
11   Posted 23/07/2007 at 00:25:53

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Never going to happen though

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