There are the doom merchants who forcast that Blues will turncoat in their droves, changing allegence to support the only remaining club in the city. I am convinced this view is a knee-jerk reaction, fueled by a desparate few who will do anything to keep Everton under the indiffrent wing of Liverpool City Council.
All the time I have been an Everton supporter, since 1969, there has been always been a fickle few who have changed to support the Reds because they are more successful. But there have been an equal number who have come the other way during our years of success during the 80s. I am a firm believer that true football fans will never change their allegance and will support their club though good times and bad times. That I feel is not the issue in moving to Kirkby. The real issue is how the move will affect our home attendence?
If our attendence at Kirkby was to increase, then that would assume that Goodison Park is not servicing the popular appeal of the club. Is this assumption correct? If so, how do you measure a clubs popular appeal?
I beleive a good measure of a club's popular appeal is how well it is supported away from home. If you look at the away support for clubs visiting GP, you can soon see which clubs are well supported and which ones are not. It's no coincidence that clubs filling up our away end consistently have wide popular appeal.
If you look at away attendences at Portsmouth or Newcastle, both miles apart, Everton are one of the few clubs who consistently sell-out their away ticket allocation for these games. I don't need to tell regular attendees at GP which clubs will never sell out our away end.
So what will this all mean to attendences at Kirkby and GP? What is stopping long distance supporters from travelling to GP at the momment for home games? I'll tell you what: No secure off-street parking, poor obscured veiws, cramped stadium conditions, no direct rail link, poor catering facilities and toilets.
Having somewhere secure to park my car, with good motorway links, will give me one less reason not to drive 200 miles to watch my beloved Everton. Unfortunatly for middle England the car is king, so making it easier for the car user to travel to games will be a big plus.
Away attendances show that Everton do have wide popular appeal outside of Liverpool as well as inside. I can see our average attendances climbing well into the 40 thousands long after our honeymoon in a new ground is over. Our away support is showing us the way.
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1 Posted 20/09/2007 at 14:17:21
2 Posted 20/09/2007 at 14:34:42
3 Posted 20/09/2007 at 14:45:10
Main route into liverpool lime street isn’t too far away!
Saying that parking facilities are there for the coaches.
So how many travelby car?
more than the supporters who comevia coach and train.
somehow i think not.
4 Posted 20/09/2007 at 14:52:22
We only had 33k at the Blackburn game - 3k perfectly good UNobstructed view seats not sold.
My opinion is that it is the quality of football and lack of sucess that affects crowds.
5 Posted 20/09/2007 at 15:04:53
Do you think away fans will stop going to watch the their teams play against the RS?
As for obstructed views its never stopped evertonians going away games? whats the difference there?
Saying that some of the stewards are able to put you going away, or leaving your house...
6 Posted 20/09/2007 at 16:35:07
7 Posted 20/09/2007 at 16:54:48
8 Posted 20/09/2007 at 17:04:17
Better parking? It’s park and ride, mate....unless you’re one of the blue eyed boys with a parking permit for the 1000 places available.
9 Posted 20/09/2007 at 17:48:34
I don’t know how many cars that car park holds, but it’s a lot and then other people park in streets etc near the Stadium. the new stadium is supposed to have a Car Park for 1000 cars. So I can’t really see any improvement there.
It’s no use being able to get to the Stadium vicinity via a motorway if you can’t actually leave your car anywhere. I forecast it will be like Reading where I had to use a muddy field by the nearby Speedway stadium and got fleeced a tenner for the privelege. Any owners of muddy fields or similar near Cherryfield Drive will be rubbing their hands I’m sure!
One other point. How congested will that slip road off the M57 be with all those cars arriving on a Saturday, not just for EFC, but the largest Tesco in the solar system? Can’t say I’m looking forward to it and the public transport alternatives don’t look too hot either. Guess that’s waht will put off some people going in the years ahead...
10 Posted 20/09/2007 at 17:52:03
11 Posted 20/09/2007 at 17:58:46
12 Posted 20/09/2007 at 23:02:51
a new ground is essential if we are to compete
where its built?,who pays?
i cant see much option at this moment,even if it is technically wrong being just over the council boundary,
if any body saw the sunderland programme with peter reid ,
all you heard was im not leaving roker park, i wont re new my season ticket, six months after opening of the stadium of light
they are all back on the waiting list.no body likes change but we def need a 50,000 stadium and i think we will fill it if we have a team we believe in.
13 Posted 21/09/2007 at 00:22:35
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