EFCSA publish minutes of quarterly club meeting

14/08/2015  4 Comments  [Jump to last]
The Everton Shareholders Association recently held their quarterly meeting with representatives of Everton FC and have published the minutes of the discussions.

The summary of the meeting between Chief Executive, Robert Elstone, Head of Media & Communications, Bryan Doogan, and Director of Media & Communications, Richard Kenyon, from Everton; and Chairman John Blain, Vice-Chair, Anne Asquith, and Executive Committee Member, Tom Hughes, from EFCSA includes updates on the timing of the forthcoming AGM and the stadium issue.

On the latter question, Mr Elstone confirmed that the proposal for a new stadium for Everton at Walton Hall Park continues to progress but that no formal Planning Application is likely to be submitted for another nine months at the earliest.

Mr Hughes led discussions over the redevelopment of Goodison Park as an alternative, an option that the club have passed over because a new build elsewhere is regarded as more financially viable a club study suggests that the current footprint would only support a redeveloped capacity of 34,000 lack and the prospects of selling naming rights are diminished if the club stays put.

The summary notes that, "Mr Elstone was interested in what Tom Hughes had to say and in particular his informed insistence that the stadium could be re-developed to a higher capacity whilst maintaining its heritage," and that the club would "always be willing to review and consider any plans to redevelop Goodison Park."

Furthermore, when asked by Mr Blain whether the club would entertain working with a "well-backed Fans Group" to deliver financing of a redevelopment project at Goodison Park, Mr Elstone confirmed that he would be interested but admitted that previous conversations on this matter had not progressed as the organisations in question "were unable to raise necessary funding."

Though the exact date for the club's Annual General Meeting has not yet been set, EFCSA expect it to take place November following the publication of the annual accounts the previous month.

Finally, Mr Elstone confirmed that the club's Board was functioning as normal, that a Board Meeting had taken place last month and that he and Chairman Bill Kenwright had recently had a long meeting.

Quotes sourced from EFCSA.org

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Steve Hogan
1 Posted 14/08/2015 at 08:11:15
Not a very optimistic meeting with Elstone by the sound of it?

A bit like Roberto's tactics: can't change, won't change.

Kevin Tully
2 Posted 14/08/2015 at 11:07:19
I really do believe this piece should have more prominence on this site. WHP was presented to the AGM as a viable scheme at the time. There was a section of the club's official website devoted to 'The Opportunity' which has now been removed.

Robert Elstone was said to be spending 1.5 days per week preparing the necessary funding mechanisms, identifying partners, blah blah....

Now we find we are no further on in relation to WHP, or redeveloping Goodison, after this statement ; Club chairman Bill Kenwright said:

"On my journey to our home games, as I pass Walton Hall Park, I inevitably think that I am only a minute away from our beloved Goodison. For several years now I've also thought, if only it was available for our new stadium, it ticks all the boxes.

"Liverpool council wants to see a comprehensive regeneration of the area and believes more than 1,000 jobs could be created in the process.

"The council will be involved as an official partner, along with housing association Liverpool Mutual Homes, which will build new homes as part of the overall regeneration scheme."

Every Blue is being taken for a ride, again!!

Eric Myles
3 Posted 14/08/2015 at 11:31:43
The club would "always be willing to review and consider any plans to redevelop Goodison Park."

Then I hope Tom and the EFCSA take them to task on this in every meeting hereafter until they can disprove that his plans are viable.

Naming rights shouldn't be a problem as we can get sponsorship for each new stand and even rename it if the money is good enough (maybe not Gwladys Street though).

Tony I'Anson
4 Posted 14/08/2015 at 21:44:30
To raise any significant funds from the fan base, there has to be a project to raise funds for.

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