More fan engagement required above & beyond stage 2 of the public consultation

Stage 2 of public consultation re Bramley Moore and Goodison Legacy Project On 9th May, Everton Football Club announced plans for the second stage of the public consultation regarding the Bramley Moore Stadium and the Goodison Legacy Project. In line with the previously advised timetable the dates are 26th July through to 25th August 2019. […]

Further consultation required on the initial Everton proposal regarding Bramley-Moore capacity

This evening Everton Football Club made a major announcement in regards to the proposed capacity of the new Bramley-Moore stadium: Everton Football Club has announced it is proposing a capacity of 52,000 for its new stadium, with the potential for this to rise to 62,000 in the future. The proposed capacity and design of the new stadium […]

Time for boldness

Whilst attention understandably has switched to the final games of the most disappointing season imaginable and particularly the leaving date of the soon to be departed Allardyce and CEO Robert Elstone, it’s probable matters are coming to a head in the boardroom regarding the final budgets, design and capacity of Bramley -Moore. It’s a well-worn […]

The Bramley-Moore capacity debate

The great Bramley-Moore capacity debate rumbles on with seemingly contradictory comments in recent weeks, vacillating from greater ambition as stated at the beginning of the year to a more cautious approach last week “future-proofing” not growth. This was topped yesterday by the club’s official statement regarding 99% of respondents wished to have a stadium with […]

The Business case for a smaller capacity?

On 16th March, Robert Elstone attended the Downtown in Liverpool business breakfast, “The Everton Stadium and associated regeneration”. During the course of his comments he discussed the business case for capacity, executive/premium seating and the overall costs of the project. His view was that the business model was “tight”. The context being how much incremental […]

Unnecessary caution at business breakfast meeting on Bramley-Moore

This morning saw the greatly anticipated business meeting “Everton Football Stadium and Associated Regeneration” hosted by “Downtown in Business” featuring Everton’s current CEO, Robert Elstone and Liverpool City Council Mayor, Joe Anderson.   The meeting was split into two parts, Robert Elstone speaking first followed by Joe Anderson. I don’t intend going through the meeting […]

Some analysis of the proposed funding scheme for Bramley Moore:

So how does a City Council suffering from acute spending cuts borrow £280 million?   Since 2004, major local authorities have been able to borrow (mainly for capital projects) without government consent, provided they can afford the borrowing costs, a limit defined by “prudential” borrowing guidelines. Put simply if a council met the guidelines then […]

Update on Bramley Moore financing following Annual General meeting

This article focuses on the Bramley Moore stadium and the details provided regarding the proposed funding arrangements. I suppose the first thing to say is that it is clear that there are still a huge number of variables, many beyond the control of the club, so pinpointing precise numbers is all but impossible. However, it […]

My latest thoughts on Usmanov, Arsenal and Everton

On 29th September Arseblog ran a story claiming that Kroenke (the 67% shareholder of Arsenal) had made a bid to acquire Usmanov’s 30.04%.   Given I’ve consistently held the view that Usmanov will not sell his Arsenal holdings and join his business partner Farhad Moshiri at Everton I thought I’d update and perhaps clarify the reasons […]

Updated thoughts on stadium financing, the ICBC deal and potential funders of Bramley Moore

Who will be financing the Bramley Moore Stadium development? Bear with me on this article. It’s a little technical, but hopefully written in an understandable manner – it draws conclusions from what is in the public domain which may indicate the possible providers of the stadium finance. Just over 3 months ago the Liverpool City […]