First things first, I am a 17 year old Evertonian, living in Warrington, and I'm going to vote yes to Kirkby. Obviously, from my opening statement, I am from the younger generation of blues, and I don?t live in the area of Liverpool. Due to these factors, some people may say, that I don?t really have much of a right to discuss the ground move.
My age may imply that I have a limited emotional tie to Goodison, and my location clearly shows that the ground move will have no impact on my match day, as I have to travel to Goodison by train anyway. But I feel that the amount of time and money that I have given to Everton over the years entitles me to portray my point of view.
I have never experienced success as an Evertonian and growing up in the Manchester area I was ?lucky? enough to have to endure the success of Manchester United in the 90s. I was too young to fully understand the 1995 FA Cup win, so the fourth place finish a few seasons ago was the biggest ?success? I have witnessed. Unfortunately I was not able to go to Goodison regularly that season, as I was working every weekend to pay for a season ticket for the following season, and we all know what happened that season.
Walking around that season, with my ?Rafael Beneathus? t-shirt was fantastic and I loved all the comments I got, but I?d much rather be wearing a ?champions? T-shirt, and I don?t believe I will ever be able to do this unless we move to Kirkby.
Being able to move to a brand new stadium, with limited amount of debt is a fantastic opportunity, and if it allows me to witness players like Mikel Arteta in a blue shirt for a longer period of time, as opposed to players like Scot Gemmill, I'm all for it.
Goodison is falling apart, paying £30 + for a derby ticket this season, when I'm sat at the back row of the Street End and I can barely see any of the Park End was, fortunately, worth every penny due to the result, but personally I would maybe have preferred to have witnessed all of the game.
I went to Wigan away this season, and the concourse at half time was scary, I could barely move, yet I was still able to witness clearly all of the match. In my opinion watching a game of football at Goodison gives you a worse view than at the JJB. Is that really right for a club like Everton?
Don?t get me wrong, I love Goodison. I have fantastic memories of the place, and I truly believe that the nature of the ground, in terms of where fans sit, has won Everton many points over the years (12th man etc), the atmosphere Goodison can generate, especially under the lights, is second to none. However, I really think that we can recreate this atmosphere at any ground, in any place we call home. Irrespective of whether this is in Liverpool or in Kirkby, Evertonians will support their team.
Unfortunately we all know that money is the most important thing in football, and the extra income that we will generate will help us to pay the extra wages to keep hold of our most important players, and ultimately compete with other clubs. We need to move to be successful, and Kirkby may not be , the ideal solution for everybody, but it gives us an unrivaled opportunity to own a fantastic state of the art stadium, while only contributing minimum amounts of money ourselves.
Watching the Premiership years on Sky, instead of doing, in the eyes of some, something more productive, I see how far we have progressed as a club since the 90s, but we need to progress further, we deserve to, and the only way we will do this is by moving to Kirkby, or by getting a rich Russian investor, and I get the distinct impression that only one of these is a realistic option. Nil Satis Nisi Optimum.
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1 Posted 30/07/2007 at 23:34:53
I’m an old fogey and although I can’t fault your reasoning and even the economics, the move just feels wrong.
But keep the faith wherever we end up!
2 Posted 31/07/2007 at 14:34:46
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