To my mind the arguments in favour of the move are all wrong.
The financial strength of any club is increasingly based upon the exploitation of its franchise and name. Think TV rights. Think shirts. Think corporate support. The physical stadium will play a decreasing role in the finances of a club. The big spending clubs base their financial power less on the people who turn up and more on the distant supporters and/or rich sugar daddies.
In effect financial strength relies upon the "virtual" club rather than the "real" one.
So the problem for us Blues is that our board has been inept in handling that side of things. The marketing and financing of Everton has been ludicrously amateur. Selling forward season ticket sales etc is short term approach - you can't carry on selling the family silver indefinitely. It's not a viable option.
In most business it is "differentiation" that creates value - What makes your offering different? And it is here that the club is throwing away its main asset. Goodison - smelly, ancient, crumbling is a well loved place. It "reeks" of football - admittedly an old flat-capped, brown-mixed, football rattles, "Golden Vision" type of smell - and that is its true appeal. Visiting supporters generally speak well of the atmosphere, especially those whose clubs have moved to the ubiquitous "surround-sound super-cantilevered, squeaky-clean, environmentally-friendly" stadia. They positively hanker over what we have - and our board wants to throw that away. Our very idiosyncratic club and stadium are our strength - once we move to Kirkby we'll be just the same as all the others and our competitive advantage will disappear.
I am not hankering after the good old days for the sake of them, but rather because they are the way forward for the club. Update the stadium, put more seats down the Park End, make it safe but keep its essence intact and then leverage the very difference of the offering. Throw away the stadium and you throw away the opportunity to be different.
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1 Posted 24/08/2007 at 17:20:44
2 Posted 24/08/2007 at 17:32:02
Kirby is, to be frank, not as attractive a proposition for investors as Liverpool is.
Final point, lost the vote, gutted but sincerely accept it.
3 Posted 24/08/2007 at 17:30:39
Anyway, let’s continue a sensible debate. We’re in this together.
4 Posted 24/08/2007 at 18:01:51
We need this move and its a giant step forward and I also votes yes and now looking forward to it
5 Posted 24/08/2007 at 18:33:29
It is something of a mystery how 30% never registered a vote though. I would think, that based on my experiences with Everton FC, that their database is inaccurate and many voting forms went astray or arrived too late. Some of course, copped out of a decision ( which is sad, but some people are like that ), whilst others were probably on holiday and could not vote.
Personally, I voted No, but I accept the vote although I do have reservations and I hope that should the Loop or anything else develop in the near future, the Club have the decency to look at it properly rather than pay lip service.
I hope we can now put aside some of the acrimony. We are one set of Fans. Ultimately, either opinion may prove to have been right, but for now I want to see us get the results on the pitch and give Rafa ’chip on his shoulder’ more to moan about!
6 Posted 24/08/2007 at 18:42:02
7 Posted 24/08/2007 at 18:58:40
Put it another way, you’re a kid, who loves Everton - you work hard rise through your organisation and make it to the top. You look back at Goodison and see it’s falling down. You fullfill the dreams of your childhood and work even harder to help both your company and the love of your childhood. Part of me thinks, prays, that Leahy is that kid.
Final point, lost the vote, gutted but sincerely accept it.
8 Posted 24/08/2007 at 19:21:48
9 Posted 24/08/2007 at 20:40:30
10 Posted 24/08/2007 at 21:15:31
I read someone disputing whether Kirkby was three and a half miles or four and three quarter miles away (from?).
Get out more.
11 Posted 24/08/2007 at 22:42:39
In the 60s when it was the state of the art ground in the land then perhaps. However these days it is a rusting, rotting crumbling parody of its former glory.
It would be like giving Lewis Hamilton a Morris Marina and telling him it is his competitive advantage.
A small die hard group may want crap toilets, appalling catering, and a mythical atmosphere, but i would wager most fans do not.
Football has moved on and now has to compete with a million other activities which take up weekends, whther it be shopping in world class retail parks or sitting on the sofa watching 200 channels of sky. It is also a premium entertainment service where people pay £30 for 90 minutes entertainment (unless we are playing Boro) therefore the facilities have to match the investment fans are prepared to make. A new stadium could deliver the world class facilities that fans desire and actually provide the club with the competitive advantage we do not have.
Ally a new stadium to the best squad and manager we have had in years and Everton becomes an attractive proposition for fans. Chuck in hotels, restaurants, bars and retails facilities and there is something for everyone and Kirkby becomes the leisure destination Goodison isn’t.
As for Tescos, they are a modern British success with £1 in every £10 spent in retail going through their tills. They are absolutely in this to make money. So what? They can make a billion from their retail park as long as we get a stadium and the facilities that allow the club to grow.
I completely agree that Everton’s marketing and self promotion has been atrocious, but the biggest marketing initiative we can undertake is to generate positive noise around Kirkby and continue to develop a winning team.
New fans who do not have a natural attachment to a club are not created by marketing initiatives, but by success. That is why there are kids all over the globe wearing Chelski, Man Ure and Shite tops.
Hopefully now all the infighting and moaning will stop. Fans were (misguidedly imho) given a vote and the vote came back yes. Lets get on with the future.
12 Posted 25/08/2007 at 01:56:11
13 Posted 25/08/2007 at 11:18:29
We are only a pawn in their game, their financial commitment to Everton FC is an insignificant, one-off, pill sweetener. If Tesco is the great panacea why do we still have a third world, third rate beer manufacturer on the front of our shirts? Answers on a pre-packaged sandwich wrapper please.
14 Posted 02/11/2007 at 17:36:00
No new fans will be attracted to the club on the premise that it’s different because it plays in a shithole.
’Leverage the very difference of the offering’...? If that means build success on the uniqueness of arguably (but only just) having the worst ground in the Premiership, then your are barking up the wrong tree. Now, consistently good football AND a new stadium - that might be something!
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