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Get it right.

By Eddie  Cardus :  07/08/2007 :  Comments (4) :
A move to Kirkby will hand over the city to the Yanks to push their brand totally unopposed. And push it they will.

Once those red dollar signs start appearing, the likes of Liverpool City Council won't need much reminding (as if they ever did) where their future interests lie. A stadium in a public park will just be the start.

The net result being, those future generations of youngsters in the city with only one 'local' team from which to choose, will slowly succumb to totally unopposed local media bias, and the erosion of our traditional fan base will begin.

I know we need to improve revenue streams, move or redevelop Goodison Park, blah de blah, but Kirkby is not the RIGHT move.

I have accepted the club's stance that redeveloping Goodison Park was not an option, despite no available public feasibility study. I assume that the club's lack of exploration of other sites,was due to this so called 'exclusivity period' with Knowsley Borough Council, and a lack of finance, but this 'no plan B' statement is absolute rubbish! The club have treated us like idiots in saying this.

There is always a plan B, even if it means staying put. A CEO without a plan B is blagging or not doing his job. Plan B may cost more or deliver less. Let us not forget, Goodison Park may not be safe inside ten years, so what will the board do then if the Kirkby vote is a big fat NO? Plan B anyone?

So just what will Kirkby actually give us in real terms? An iconic new stadium design perhaps? No. Take away the blue bits and there is nothing at all which associates it with Everton Football Club.

Will it give loads more cash to Davie Moyes, and allow us to 'compete' in the transfer market? Well, up to £10M more was quoted, so only a blue billionaire or rule changes will ever allow us to compete with the likes of Manchester United in the transfer market again

No, in return for selling our home, our standing in the city, our heritage and ultimately our pride and our soul, we get a blue Meccano structure on a retail park on the outskirts of Merseyside, with enough extra money to maybe buy two Championship players. But it's ok because we got the deal of the century, a stadium and some land on the cheap.

Face it, over the years we've been crap, often. Yet even with the other lot winning penalty shootouts by the barrel-load and being the local and national media darlings, even after last day escapes, many humiliations and numerous false dawns, we still manage to recruit a sizeable percentage of mainly local support and remain a 36,000 strong big blue thorn in the side of the red franchise.

A move to Kirkby will not stop United taking our best players if they wish. A move to Kirkby will not guarantee Champions League football, nor will it guarantee sell-out attendances every fortnight. It will not boost our image locally or internationally, will not give us a prime location to maximise on other commercial interests nor ensure that fans get to the match easier.

The club owes it to the fans for their years of unswerving loyalty to now finally deliver on the motto. We are Liverpool's oldest club and this is our future at stake. It isn't like taking a chance on a young manager, overpriced player, or finding a new owner. Even a last-day relegation dogfight becomes insignificant compared to this in the long term.

If you have any doubts about Kirkby at all, if you feel any aspect of the move does not deliver up to the club motto, do the right thing for the long term future of Everton Football Club, listen to your conscience and vote no to Kirkby.

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Neil Pearse
1   Posted 07/08/2007 at 20:41:05

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And how do you think poor Leighton Baines feels today? Thinks he’s signed for the club from where he grew up - and now he find out that like Stubbsy he’s almost as foreign as Yobo and Arteta. Poor bloke.

(P.S. I was born in Maghull, so I sympathise with Leighton - I’m not from the area either.)
Tom Huyton
2   Posted 07/08/2007 at 21:51:33

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In all fairness Neil, he doesn’t mention Kirkby being ’foreign’ simply that the whole deal isn’t right for the club, and I agree!
Neil Pearse
3   Posted 07/08/2007 at 22:08:01

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Tom, I just wanted to show how silly a lot of this is getting when, according to many posters on this site, a true ’local lad’ such as Baines is actually from way out of town somewhere.

We are making ourselves a laughing stock. Imagine if we field a defence this season with Hibbert, Stubbs and Baines. Reporters comment: "Wow! A top Premiership team with three local lads in defence!" Our KEIOC friends look puzzled: "What do you mean? There’s only Tony!"

My scarf incidentally says ’Everton - Pride of Merseyside’. Not: ’Everton - Pride of Liverpool County Council According to the Boundaries Currently in Existence in 2007’.

I think we can safely continue to be the Pride of Merseyside in a new home in Kirkby. And in a stadium paid for largely by others, leaving our club with very little debt, and the ability at last to move on to challenge the so-called big four.
4   Posted 08/08/2007 at 19:05:23

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do you not listen neil??? it is not about kirkby. It is about the fact that the new stadium and everything about the project is cheap. it is not good enough. Compare the new images to OLD ones of kings dock. which do you think are better? i am sick of hearing about no voters supposedly being full of sentiment and not thinking with their heads. i think worrying about long term security over short term gains is very much using your head. If anything, plenty of yes voters are using their hearts over heads expecting the deal of the century to turn us into champions league contenders every year on 10 mil extra revenue. get real!!

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