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PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 11:35 pm 
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Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Press Conference
March 12th 1892 is a historic date in footballing folklore; it’s the momentous day on which two footballing groups split, a split that led to the formation of Liverpool Football Club and the relocation of Everton Football Club to Goodison Park; a split that instigated over a century of banter and endless arguments that have divided friends, families and loved ones; an event which influenced the very social fabric of Merseyside.

On the 118th anniversary of this famous event, the supporters groups, Keeping Everton In Our City and the Spirit of Shankly Supporters Union, are so concerned over the future of their clubs that they have put aside their legendary rivalries and, under the banner of “All Together Now”, as one, they will be calling for the establishment of an innovative historic district; a district designed to protect and celebrate their famous duopoly and ensure that their football clubs prosper for the benefit of all.

The supporters groups are calling for a design, planning and financial feasibility study into their proposed football quarter concept; a designated area which would contain the clubs stadia, educational, recreational, leisure and community facilities all sharing a sustainable transport infrastructure and paid for through public private finance initiatives.

The Football Quarter would be a centre of excellence for health and sports related studies and would offer a new opportunity to create another real tourist destination within the city, act as a catalyst for the regeneration of the Walton and Anfield communities and provide jobs in line with the Mersey Partnerships target of increasing visitor spend in the Mersey region by 54% to £2bn by 2020, a target which would see the creation of 14,000 jobs in the tourism sector.


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Liverpool FC and Everton FC fans' groups unite to promote city football quarter
Mar 13 2010 by David Randles, Liverpool Echo

LIVERPOOL and Everton fans have joined forces to campaign for a football quarter in north Liverpool.

Under the banner “Altogether Now”, supporters groups Keep Everton in Our City (KEIOC) and the Spirit of Shankly have cast aside their rivalries to promote a pioneering concept that would have benefits, not only for the two football clubs, but the surrounding Anfield and Walton areas.

An open letter has been sent to the city’s key decision making agencies to request the co-funding of a feasibility study to examine the idea.

The football quarter is intended to be a groundbreaking regeneration programme centred around Stanley Park which will stimulate a wide range of social and economic benefits to the area.

The move was officially announced on Friday at Anfield’s historic Sandon pub, exactly 118 years to the day since the split that resulted in the creation of two clubs in 1892.

Colin Fitzpatrick of KEIOC said: “An independent feasibility study into which the fans would have some input would demonstrate the need and viability of a programme that would kickstart regeneration in the north Liverpool community, maintain Liverpool’s position as a world centre for football excellence and provide opportunities for thousands of Liverpool people.”

Both clubs have seen plans for new stadiums stall in recent years, an issue highlighted in the letter that has also been sent to both Liverpool FC managing director, Christian Purlsow, and Everton FC chief executive Robert Elstone.

Paul Rice of Spirit of Shankly said: “We are urging city leaders to explore the huge potential of this initiative.

“The lack of progress and failed schemes affecting both clubs over the last decade means critical action should be taken now if we are to secure a positive future for fans and the local community.”

The aims of “Altogether Now” include developing the football quarter into a centre of excellence for health and sports related studies while offering an opportunity to create a popular tourist destination within the city.

The initiative would also act as a catalyst for the regeneration of Walton and Anfield communities and provide jobs in line with the Mersey Partnerships target of increasing visitor spend in the region by 54% to £2bn by 2020.

Liverpool Labour leader, Joe Anderson, expressed his support for the proposal.

He said: “I think it’s an excellent idea. We’ve got a great opportunity, not only for the clubs, but also for health, education and to support the regeneration of the area.”


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