I personally took pure pelters when I was part of KEIOC and when I was fighting against the Kirkby move.
I took personal abuse online and had some very close calls face to face (@Bally will remember that night in The Primmy with the dozy old cunt at the bar) all because "You hate the club because you don't want us to move to Kirkby"
But I put up with much fucking less than some people at the time.
And do you know why we put up with it? You know why we didn't want Kirkby, why we opposed it so badly, so desperately, so angrily?
So we could still maintain hope that we would have a night like tonight. A night where we saw plans for a "game changing" stadium on the Docks. So that we could maintain hope that one day a billionaire would come in with a plan and would turn the club around and move us to a world class stadium on the Liverpool skyline.
We did it so that our grandchildren could watch Everton in style.
We did it so that we weren't beholden to a supermarket, tucked away behind a housing estate, with Goodison nothing more than a Tesco car park.
We did it so that Everton were forced to do this properly.
And we were right. We have witnessed the future of Everton unveiled tonight and we should all be delighted at the prospect, but we should never forget that we could have missed out on this.
I'm rather late to the party, but I just saw the pics and have spent the last few hours catching up on the details.
All I can say is fucking hell, we hit gold with that architect. That stadium design is better than anything I had in my head. It's unique, it has character, it's not a shitty ass bowl, it feels Everton before a digger has even moved in. I absolutely love it.
And it is 100% the opposite of that shithouse shoebox with the corner missing we were going to get in Kirkby. Just the design (before even going into the location, the transport issues, the economic ties to a fucking supermarket), the design alone screams Premier League and not League 2.
And I'm so glad there was a passionate, knowledgeable and stubborn as fuck group of individuals in KEIOC who put the jammers on what would have been the biggest fuckup since that fella told The Beatles to piss off.
That Kirkby shoebox was a disgrace. This new design (please God let it happen) is just beautiful and screams out for a great team to do the stadium justice.