Goodison Park has been the home to Everton Football Club since 24th August 1892. It is the original purpose-built football stadium in England.
However there is no disputing that after two world wars and 116 years of service, it is now holding the club back and it needs to be redeveloped if it is to continue to be the home of Everton. Some critics have suggested that the Everton board have purposefully neglected the stadium because of an ulterior motive - namely they want to uproot sticks and start a new build somewhere else because it's the easy option.
The club’s Chief Executive has identified several problems with Goodison Park as it stands:
Architect Trevor Skempton told Bill Kenwright at the 2007 AGM that:
“I was working in Newcastle for the city council in 1990. At that time Newcastle had 4,000 seats and an average attendance of 23,000. Their ground was the worst in the old Second Division. The Magpie Group took over the club, but before they took over, the old Board issued a document, which I have at home, saying that they could only accommodate 33,000 in a stadium at St. James’ Park. We were asked to look into it and we said that they could expand the ground — even as far as 80,000 if they were prepared to do it in certain ways.
The club was taken over and I don’t see anybody having poured money into a black hole in Newcastle. Average attendances are now over 50,000. This has been built up, gradually, by a business plan. Sound business principles. It’s a pity they haven’t got a manager like David there or there’d have been no stopping them. The fact is that they’ve built up their fan base, everybody talks about them being a big club but they’re no bigger than Everton.
They were averaging 23,000 in 1990. Kevin Keegan started taking them forward; they built it up bit by bit by bit. In the next few years they are building another stand at the Gallowgate, to take their capacity up to 65,000. That is a club that has not been bankrolled by a sugar daddy; it is a club that is run on aggressive but sound business principles.”
In short, he believes that Everton should redevelop Goodison Park and with an impeccable record like his, who are we to argue?