When football clubs first held AGMs, they were meetings for those who had invested their hard earned money into the club they loved to discuss the goings on with board members, and in the history of Everton Football Club AGMs, there have been some excellent debates.
Everton’s move to Goodison Park was first heralded at an AGM at The Sandon Hotel when George Mahon was told “you won’t have a ground to play in” when he suggested rejecting John Houlding’s latest rent increase.
His reply was simple. “I’ve got one in my pocket” and he smiled as he brought out the plans for Goodison Park.
Fast forward 130 years or so, through the dark days of the mid-2000’s when AGMs were banned, and briefly replaced by a “Fans Conference” and the Football Club AGM is nothing more than a few Powerpoint presentations, but delivered by people you actually want to listen to.
Step forward Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri – clearly a bit bored with the format, and presumably high on the reaction to his boast that he will plough money into Everton’s new ground at Bramley Moore Dock – for a Donald Trump moment.
It started off a bit weird, stating that he flew to Rome for coffee on a regular basis – but then we’d all do something a bit extravagant if we owned a football club – and then he realised he needed to bring it back to Everton.
“In front of the senate of Rome there is a coffee shop which is the best in the world. But in our offices we have better coffee. It is quite extraordinary!” He enthused.
Extraordinary indeed, as the instant the serve to us mere mortals isn’t worth the parking fine, never mind an EasyJet to Rome.
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