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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Press Conference

March 12th 1892 is a historic date in footballing folklore; it’s the momentous day on which two footballing groups split, a split that led to the formation of Liverpool Football Club and the relocation of Everton Football Club to Goodison Park; a split that instigated over a century of banter and endless arguments that have divided friends, families and loved ones; an event which influenced the very social fabric of Merseyside.

On the 118th anniversary of this famous event, the supporters groups, Keeping Everton In Our City and the Spirit of Shankly Supporters Union, are so concerned over the future of their clubs that they have put aside their legendary rivalries and, under the banner of “All Together Now”, as one, they will be calling for the establishment of an innovative historic district; a district designed to protect and celebrate their famous duopoly and ensure that their football clubs prosper for the benefit of all.

The supporters groups are calling for a design, planning and financial feasibility study into their proposed football quarter concept; a designated area which would contain the clubs stadia, educational, recreational, leisure and community facilities all sharing a sustainable transport infrastructure and paid for through public private finance initiatives.

The Football Quarter would be a centre of excellence for health and sports related studies and would offer a new opportunity to create another real tourist destination within the city, act as a catalyst for the regeneration of the Walton and Anfield communities and provide jobs in line with the Mersey Partnerships target of increasing visitor spend in the Mersey region by 54% to £2bn by 2020, a target which would see the creation of 14,000 jobs in the tourism sector.

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