Day: June 8, 2009

Vics Back From The Brink. Again.

Football supporters perusing the website of the commercial and retail property company GVA Grimley might have recently spotted something that would take their fancy. “The property comprises a purpose built non-league football stadium. The stadium, its immediate surroundings and surfaced car parking stand on 1.93 hectares (4.78 acres) of the site. The remainder being currently undeveloped, is loose stone covered, resulting from derelict land reclamation carried out by Cheshire County Council”, the accompanying blurb says. The site is a little less forthcoming about one of the other minor details, although it does mention it in passing. The site is occupied by a seemingly perennially cash-starved non-league club called Northwich Victoria have, yet again, survived the axe at the last minute. The last time we reported from Northwich, the club was playing its home matches at nearby Altrincham after the owner of The Victoria Stadium, former chairman Mike Connett, locked the gates, cut off the electricity and barred the club for entering in display of such extraordinary petulance that the most rational explanation for it would have been to assume that he was having some sort of nervous breakdown. Connett now seems to be removed from the equation. The stadium was finally taken over by Deloitte & Touche in February after Connett’s company, Beaconet, was wound up after failing to pay a five figure sum owed to the Royal Bank...

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Liverpool & Everton – The Case For & Against Ground-Sharing

Ground-sharing, although commonplace in the rest of Europe, has always been something of an anathema in England. The very existence of both Liverpool and Everton started with a row over rental rates at Anfield. Everton had baulked at an increase in rent at Anfield, which led to them leaving for Goodison Park and the ground’s owner John Houlding forming a new club, Liverpool FC, to play at the stadium. One hundred and twenty years on from that fateful row, there still hasn’t been a successful case of two clubs sharing the same stadium at the top end of English football but the question of whether it makes sense for two clubs in such close proximity to build two separate stadia has been raised again by Warren Brady, the head of Liverpool City Council and the head of the city’s bid to be included in the 2018 World Cup. Brady states that, “we’ve got to do something if we are serious about being a bidding city for the World Cup” and that, “I don’t want to see everything migrate down the M62 to Manchester where there are two fabulous stadiums”. It’s important to correct Brady on one important detail. The city of Liverpool will almost certainly not lose out to Manchester in bidding for the 2018 World Cup. FIFA rules state that, under normal circumstances, one city may have two...

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