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John McFarlane Snr
1 Posted 09/09/2019 at 22:17:27
Hi Rob, Yourself and Billy, are to be congratulated on the quality of your article, I hope sufficient 'ToffeeWebbers' take the time to read it, which would make your efforts worth while.

I know that you'll probably view it as a labour of love, I also believe that your articles don't receive the appreciation they deserve. Speaking as one who is immensely proud of our history, I can only thank you for your dedication and commitment.

Derek Thomas
2 Posted 09/09/2019 at 23:57:09
Well done Billy and to Rob for bringing this to our attention. Close spectators Vs running track. Nothing new under the Sun as is said.
Bill Watson
3 Posted 10/09/2019 at 01:24:05
Thanks, Billy and Rob, for a fascinating glimpse into the our past.

What vision and foresight our committee had in seeing this formidable project to fruition.

Alan J Thompson
4 Posted 10/09/2019 at 06:04:51
Another first for Everton, the referee having his own bunker, sorry, changing room.

1892 and building a ground capable of holding 50,000. You'd never get away with it today... oh, hang on...

Seb Niemand
5 Posted 10/09/2019 at 11:32:45
Does anyone have any idea how the current pitch aligns to the original pitch laid down all those years ago?
John McFarlane Snr
6 Posted 10/09/2019 at 18:11:42
Hi Seb [5] the drawing of the ground was published in the Outdoor Magazine in November 1892, when the Blues entertained Heart of Midlothian. T.

he book 'Goodison Glory' states that, "The original church of St Luke the Evangelist is clearly visible. This was a temporary structure that was eventually re-sited in Blowick near Southport, making way for the present church in 1901"The alignment therefore, was [as it is today] with the goal areas in the Park End and Gwladys Street.

Pete Jones
7 Posted 10/09/2019 at 22:15:28
It is rare for me to write anything that doesn't acknowledge Billy's work on Bluecorrespondent; neither Rob or myself can think of another football club which has a resource this good. Together with the Everton Collection board minutes, we are uniquely fortunate to have such treasure troves of information.
Phil Parker
8 Posted 11/09/2019 at 11:59:38
Great stuff lads, interesting that the playing pitch size in the report, if accurate, is 128 yards by 85. Goodison in my day was always 112 x78, our neighbours in our old ground 110 x 75.
Steve Ferns
9 Posted 11/09/2019 at 12:05:04
Thanks to Rob and Billy for that excellent and interesting insight.
David Pearl
10 Posted 12/09/2019 at 01:24:54
Yes excellent read, thank you l enjoyed that. Some great articles on ToffeeWeb recently.
Paul Birmingham
11 Posted 14/09/2019 at 14:31:26
Great read, and their always welcome. Amazing how fast the years go by, but this is priceless.

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