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 Post subject: KEIOC present Football Quarter concept to Everton Shareholde
PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 12:00 am 
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Tuesday, February 23, 2010
KEIOC present Football Quarter concept to Everton Shareholders
Last nights Shareholders AGM saw KEIOC give an hour long presentation on a possible alternative solution to Everton’s stadium problem to approximately sixty shareholders and other interested guests. The theme was the past, the present and the future and the presenters, Dave Kelly, Colin Fitzpatrick and Trevor Skempton kept the attention of those present with analysis, conceptual drawings and explanations of how an exciting future for Everton could be obtained.

The past section saw a surgeon’s scalpel taken to the recently failed Destination Kirkby project. KEIOC’s secretary, Colin Fitzpatrick, illustrated that even operating at the highly optimistic levels Everton were projecting, Kirkby would only provide income levels similar to those being seen at Anfield today, meaning that Everton would continue to significantly lag behind the premierships leading clubs when it came to matchday income generation. The present section graphically demonstrated Everton’s dire need to compete on an equal footing within their premiership peer group.

KEIOC proposed the commissioning of a feasibility study into a designated football quarter in the city. An area that would celebrate the city’s two great football teams in conjunction with leisure, recreational, educational and social amenities, all served by a tram - train light railway running on the Bootle link line. The scheme would act as a catalyst for the regeneration of one of the most deprived areas of the city.

Specifically for Everton KEIOC suggest the phased redevelopment of Goodison Park into a SMART stadium; a stadium that would provide income on as many of the days the stadium isn’t in use a football facility.

The shareholders were unable to finalise the wording of a resolution on the night but expect to submit an appropriately worded resolution to the board of directors soon.

KEIOC remain confident that an amicable solution to the stadium problem can be found; one that will ensure Everton’s continued presence at the top table in English football. Everton can’t afford another failed stadium project, time to lead not be led.

KEIOC would like to thank the small group of shareholders for the substantial donation that has been received, following this presentation, which we can assure them will go towards our ongoing campaign.

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some noteable incorrect reporting that a third of the guests had left by 9.30 though.......... ... -25892565/

Everton FC shareholders urged to question board by KEIOC
Feb 23 2010 by Gary Stewart, Liverpool Echo

AROUND a hundred of Everton’s shareholders were treated to a call to arms by a campaign group pledged to keeping the club in the city.

Fans with a stake in the club invited Keeping Everton in our City (KEIOC) to come and speak to them at Goodison Park following the failure of the Destination Kirkby bid.

Group secretary Colin Fitzpatrick picked over the bones of the proposed move to Kirkby before explaining their own idea of a ‘Football Quarter’ across Stanley Park, including a rebuilt Goodison, alongside Anfield, a new hotel complex, and backed by the city council and universities.

He said: “Liverpool and Everton are the most famous duopoly in football. We have brought back 64 major trophies to this small patch of land across a park.

“We have spoken to the Spirit of Shankly people and they are in agreement.

“With two world class stadia, ten minutes from the city centre, this could be the capital of football.”

But it was not the details of the plan that was important, he said.

Group chairman Dave Kelly said: “We’re not saying this is the template.

“We’re just saying let’s have a vision like our forefathers did.

“I don’t care what the vision is as long as there is one.

“At the moment we have nothing.”

He called on the minority shareholders present at Monday night’s meeting to talk to members of the board and try to make their voices heard.

“Maybe they’re not listening. I say make them.”

By 9.30pm a third of attendees had left and the rest disagreed on the wording of a plea to the board for a new feasibility study.

One shareholder asked who would stay in a hotel in Walton while another said the plans were unaffordable.

Colin Fitzpatrick said: “It’s not about affordability. If we build what is affordable we don’t build anything. Kirkby was supposed to be affordable.

“We can’t afford to do nothing.”

The meeting ended with shareholders promising to the bring up the idea at their next association meeting.

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