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We have a dream Bill..... errr!..Don't we?

By John Sreet :  18/03/2011 :  Comments (13) :
Dear Bill,

I have just joined the 1901 club... no, Bill it's not a gentleman's club, it's the business section of the new Brighton and Hove Albion stadium, complete with restaurants, bars and plush seats. Being so far from Goodison and a blue for almost 58 years, I really miss the match occasion and the dynamic of a football crowd. So I've watching the rise month after month of this stadium and seeing it blossom into a thing of real quality; when invited to take a tour, I just couldn't resist, after all football is football and I miss pro football desperately.

Bill, it's not finished but it took my breath away and I know they are only a Division 1 side, Bill, but, 13 years ago THEY HAD A DREAM; now it's come to pass. What's more they dare to believe in greatness, dare to believe they could be a Premier League club, oh I know it's only a dream, but they have put their money into this dream, what conviction!

I have posted some stats on the stadium:

The American Express Stadium

? 13 years in planning and approval
? Third time lucky
? Project cost £100M - Fully funded
? £71M in actual construction cost
? 30 month build program
? £200k being spent per day, £4M a month
? 22,500 seater - expandable if required.
? 275 workers on site at peak
? New road interchange at Stanmer Park
? New bridge over the railway line at Falmer
? A new power supply from 2 miles away
? 14 lifts planned for the stadium
? Due for completion May 2011
? First league match August 2011
? Nine lounges and 11 bars
? World Class catering
? World Class facilities
? 14 Executive Boxes
? 2,509 Business Club Seats

Bill, it only holds 22,500, but they have even had the foresight to develop infrastructure to raise this to 30,000 should their gates increase.

The stadium is magnificent, simply magnificent, and for a 'paltry' (in footie terms of course) £100 million. They have even arranged for digital images and the colours and heroes of the opposing side to adorn the walls of the opposition section, in honour of their opponents. That's thinking differently!

Bill, where are the dreamers on our board, and where's our dream? When you look into the future, Bill, what do you see for Everton Football Club? Do you aspire to greatness? Bill, be nice to hear from you!

Hello anyone at home!

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Jay Harris
1   Posted 18/03/2011 at 20:54:27

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Bill only looks into the mirror and it's smoking.

Jim Lloyd
2   Posted 18/03/2011 at 21:33:21

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Nice article John,

Good luck to the fans and everyone involved in a club that dared to dream. I'm afraid our current board haven't got a dream between them, except for making money!
Gerry Quinn
3   Posted 18/03/2011 at 21:43:43

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......A crash of drums, a flash of light
My golden "ground" flew out of sight
The colours faded into darkness
I was left alone.......
Tony Cheek
4   Posted 19/03/2011 at 08:28:58

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Interesting stuff John, the stuff dreams are made of. Paricularly liked the bit about the opposition section.
Paul Holden
5   Posted 19/03/2011 at 09:32:34

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I too watch Brighton occasionally ? the new stadium is truly fantastic. I live in Worthing now, town awash with Blues... I'm always getting stopped in the street for a chat when I wear my top out and about. I'm planning to start Worthing EFC Supporters' Club ? 25 potential members I know of... Drop me a line at if interested.
Phil Bellis
6   Posted 19/03/2011 at 11:38:41

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As shown at Brighton, you don't need billionaires to have enterprise, planning and foresight.

This Everton Board has only one ambition ? to stay in the Prem, led (if only in name) by someone with the vision of Vince van Gopher.

David Hallwood
7   Posted 19/03/2011 at 12:48:28

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There is an intersesting article on the BBC website: suggesting that nothing is going to happen anytime soon.
Brian Waring
8   Posted 19/03/2011 at 14:07:26

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John, wake up! Come on wake up! It's time for work.
Eugene Ruane
9   Posted 19/03/2011 at 14:32:36

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David Hallwood (7), I just read that BBC piece again.

To me it absolutely nails what Kenwright is all about and how he operates.

The language is basically the language of a politician (and a fucking slippery one too). Non-specifics wherever possible.

Talk about 'well it depends how you look at it'.

What he says (and HOW he says it) is imo an insult to any Evertonian with half a brain.

Take for example... "But Kenwright, who admitted money is tight, said the club's latest accounts showed that they are still competitive"

'Tight'? 'Competitive'?

For 'tight' see utterly fucking skint. And 'competitive' could mean... anything.

I mean yes we CAN be competitive and HAVE been, but we're definitely not competitive on a REGULAR basis which is what is needed to be... um... 'competitive'.

It continues... "Chief executive Robert Elstone stated Everton 'walk football's tightrope of good financial management pretty well.'

'Pretty well'... really? I mean REALLY really!? Or do we owe millions and own fuck-nothing?

The Nick Clegg-speak continues... "From a financial perspective, the year was one which was underpinned by sensible business management," explained Kenwright in a statement on the club's website."

And... "This enabled us to continue to do everything within our collective power to help the manager in his concerted efforts to build a squad which would challenge the top four."

Seriously, are Evertonians not insulted by this?


How about this?

BK: "Our average attendance for Premier League games at Goodison Park rose to almost 37,000 during the course of the last campaign. That's a statistic which delights me but does not surprise me, simply because we are fortunate enough to boast the most loyal and knowledgeable crowd in British football."

This for me is maybe the most insulting and BK needs to be told FUCK OFF FAT HEAD, YOU'RE NOT TICKLING MY TUMMY!

And on it goes... "Kenwright also stressed that spending a vast amount of money, the likes of which Chelsea spent recently with the £50m capture of Fernando Torres from Liverpool, is not the sole factor in winning matches."

Ah, VERY clever the use of 'sole'... But again a trick as NO sole thing wins ANY matches.

ALL games are won by utilizing a combination of things and if one of the things you can utilize is a shed-load of money, statistics (nb: not my opinion!) says you win more football matches.

And here's a cracker... "Yes, those clubs fortunate enough to boast a rich and generous benefactor undoubtedly have a clearly defined advantage," added Kenwright. "But the outcome of crucial matches are quite often decided not by the size of the bank balance but more by skill, good fortune or the whim of a referee."

Ah there you go, money isn't even that important, it's bad refs and luck! (more smoke Bob!)

Then there's this from Elstone... "It will not stop us being ambitious."

Sorry but the only answer is YES IT FUCKING WILL, KNOB-HEAD!

They simply have no shame... "It is fair to say we have not got a big transfer war chest, I can't see us smashing our record transfer fee on a regular basis"

Durr ? ya think?

Or try... "We have to continue to invest in new players. We have brought in some talented youngsters from abroad. We have to be astute in the transfer market and the manager and the chairman have a good record in doing that."

Seriously, if you didn't know they were talking about Everton who would you think it was? Spurs?? Arsenal???

Phil Bellis for me nails it when he says 'this Everton board has only one ambition ? to stay in the Prem'.

THAT is the height of our ambition at the moment and until our shifty MPs are 'made accountable for their expenses' that's how it'll stay.

As for Brighton, they appear to have one thing we lack totally (on the field and off). Something for which there is ABSOLUTELY no substitute. A little imagination. Good luck to them.
Brian Waring
10   Posted 19/03/2011 at 15:37:56

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Eugene, statements like those are aimed at your Doddy's, and the other head-in-the-sand fans.

I could imagine them reading all that crap, and standing up at the end, clapping and whooping.
Michael Kenrick
11   Posted 19/03/2011 at 16:16:42

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It's good that they're on the ball, too...

That BBC piece is at least 5 weeks old.
Ged Alexander
12   Posted 20/03/2011 at 10:03:32

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Chaps, Brighton are on a long road from... bankruptcy. Let's get the story straight shall we?

I believe it is time Bill stepped down and gave the job to a proper businessman. But, in wishing for that, let me say what 'that' would mean.

Immediate sales of players to get rid of the debt and a five-year plan to rebuild Goodison Park during which time our biggest ambition would be to stay in the Prem.

I'm up for it ? it's a narrative with logic and if a benefactor comes in great.

But are you?!
Eugene Ruane
13   Posted 20/03/2011 at 17:00:16

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Ged - isn't what happens next down to exactly WHO comes in?

Your scenario might be spot-on; however, if a multi-squillionaire comes in, it could be VERY different.

I mean if it was Man City money, it could be more like pay off all debt, build a spanking new ground, keep any players we want AND buy a load of new dead-good ones. (Ones with pace, touch, vision... sorry, miles away for a moment.)

Yes of course that's an exaggeration but there are multi-millionaires and multi-billionaires and what they are prepared to spend (or not) is surely, to a degree, determined by their wealth.

Anyway (sadly) I don't think we'll be finding out, either way, anytime soon.

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