However, in the immediate present; once it was accepted (by a significant majority it seems to me) that staying at Goodison was unfeasible, the focus of an increasingly heated debate has focussed wholly on whether a stadium located on one side or another of an artificial line spelt doom or glory for the Club.
Whilst for the aforementioned attachment I have to Goodison, I totally understand the desire to remain close to the centre of the city with which we are associated, I do not define my allegiance and active support for Everton Football Club on the basis that they remain in Liverpool 4,5, 6 or any other post code.
Those who were eligible were given the opportunity to vote on the issue and the majority of them did so. The decision by the Club to do this was unique and should be acknowledged as at least brave; for it could easily have backfired spectacularly in terms of the result they clearly wanted.
After much soul searching I voted "Yes". I am not proud of this decision, but neither am I embarassed. I have been a season ticket holder for 25 years and moving the ground five miles isn't going to change that. For all the chest beating currently evident on this site and elsewhere, I would hope that those who are now suggesting they will never go to Goodison again (let alone Kirkby) will quickly realise the folly of such a choice once they have calmed down. If they can't, then my honest view is that their passion for the Club is not as real as they would have us believe; else how could they make such statements (except in the heat of the moment when we all say things we immediately regret)?
The more rabid of contributors to this site, who use vitriol and spite to make their point when all else fails, who see the only valid viewpoint as being from those supporters who hold their own views and / or who live within the City boundaries, should be ignored. They lost the argument when they sought to divide the Club's supporters into an 'us and them'. Although he is not the only person guilty in this regard, I have been increasingly angered by the hysterical utterings of Tony Marsh on the subject of the ground move. I used to find Mr. Marsh's anti-Moyes rants occassionally pointed and sometimes amusing. However, his stance on this issue and his berating of fellow supporters has made me angry and sick in equal measure. Whilst I would not call for his exclusion from this site (it is not my site) I would suggest that he has overstepped the mark which allows him the title 'columnist'.
I will be at Goodison on Saturday as normal. Eventually I will be sitting in the new stadium too. I will, in both cases, be doing what I have done for more years than I care to mention: shouting myself hoarse and enjoying every minute of the roller coaster our team put's us through.
The decisions to move and to where have been made and I for one will be moving on from this issue now; getting back to supporting my team. I hope that is something we will all be doing.
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1 Posted 24/08/2007 at 14:26:39
2 Posted 24/08/2007 at 14:47:05
3 Posted 24/08/2007 at 14:56:15
Anyway, big game Saturday and lets hope everyone gets behind the boys tomorrow. COYB!!!
4 Posted 24/08/2007 at 15:04:51
Being a southern blue, the whole move thing doesn’t have too much effect on me. One thing that has effected me is seeing my fellow blues tearing into each other on this very passionate issue. I just hope that now "the vote" is done that we can start to show a little more unity for the rest of the season.
Onwards and upwards!!
5 Posted 24/08/2007 at 15:30:06
At last some sanity.
6 Posted 24/08/2007 at 15:31:12
The majority voted to give green light to the club to further investigate this possibility..
Now it’s time for us fans to close ranks again and show a united front to other teams and supporters to let them know that no matter what happens, we all support our club and will continue to do so.
COYB! and come on all Everton fans! Time to show the rest of the world what we are made off!
7 Posted 24/08/2007 at 15:35:10
Does anyone else not think the Kirkby stadium design is dull, un-inspiring, and generally out of the box rubbish.
If we had designs to build a brilliant, striking, stadium to be proud of, then I believe a lot of the "No" voters would’ve been swayed.
It’s the symmetrical, Identikit, cheap, design which really pisses me off. Total Crap. I thought we wanted a 55,000 all seater with possible expansion to 70,000 originally. Now its 50,000 with potential to go to 55,000-60,000. Why?
Cos its f****n cheap.
The whole plan is f****n cheap, done on a Tesco’s budget. I will always support Everton, but no number of images with floodlights on a dark night will make this proposed new stadium inspiring.
8 Posted 24/08/2007 at 15:44:43
9 Posted 24/08/2007 at 15:57:02
10 Posted 24/08/2007 at 16:21:55
11 Posted 24/08/2007 at 16:30:17
12 Posted 24/08/2007 at 16:30:39
You get what you ask for and on this occasion we have not demanded the best.
13 Posted 24/08/2007 at 16:46:46
14 Posted 24/08/2007 at 17:11:28
15 Posted 24/08/2007 at 17:27:50
16 Posted 24/08/2007 at 18:17:52
17 Posted 24/08/2007 at 17:44:47
18 Posted 24/08/2007 at 19:36:57
19 Posted 24/08/2007 at 20:21:21
"if this were a national election that would be classed as a landslide"
Paul - If this were a national election - A lot more people would have been eligable to vote...
My opinion is this situation is this;
There are approx 850 000 thousand people in the Liverpool area, and lets say for the sake of this argument 50% follow the reds 50% follow the blues. (We can argue all day about these percentages, also about the fact that a certain percentage don’t follow football and dont have a preference).
Assuming a 50/50 split, that gives in the region of 425,000 evertonians in the Liverpool Area.
15,000 supporters have decided on behalf of the other 410,000, that Everton FC are going to up sticks and leave Liverpool.
Its Just doesn’t seem fair, that such a small percentage of our fans, can make a decision of this magnatude.
Just because you have a season ticket, or are privilaged enough to be able to afford a season ticket, why does that make you anymore of a fan than any other fella out there, who may save all year to buy his son a kit for Christmas?
Therefore, How can this be considered general consensus of Everton fans?
20 Posted 24/08/2007 at 20:52:20
Personally I was more disappointed that, even though they were given a franchise 10000 didn’t bother to have their say.
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