To the assembled media Liam Fogarty introduced the author of “across the park”, Peter Lupson, who opened the proceedings with stories of the much maligned John Houlding and George Mahon, charismatic tales of how the clubs, whilst separate, had an overwhelming sense of style and dignity; worshipping together, dinning at their opponents ground after derby games and how in 1906 it was the Liverpool team who met the FA cup winning Everton team at Lime St to lead the congratulations.
On the exact day the split occurred 118 years ago, at their original meeting place prior to 1892, KEIOC and the Spirit of Shankly group jointly promoted a press conference to officially launch the All Together Now campaign; a campaign whose aims and objectives would surly warm the hearts of our founding fathers; the promotion of a football quarter to celebrate the world famous duopoly, a concept that is designed to appeal to supporters, residents and the business communities; to deliver tangible benefits to the many, to act as a catalyst for the regeneration across north Liverpool.
The panel, consisting of leading KEIOC and Spirit of Shankly members spoke passionately and with knowledge on a proposal that has seen unprecedented support across the divide; leader of the Labour group at the council, Joe Anderson, spoke with equal passion and support of the concept as had council leader Warren Bradley earlier in the day and leading academics in the city.
KEIOC chair, Dave Kelly, described the cross party support and cross park support that has seen almost a thousand fans sign up in little over a day to the Football Quarters social networking site on face book
Later that night Granada Reports ran a mini feature on the story as did Sky Sports News the following day in addition to all the radio and press exposure.
The strategic alliance will now pursue those they have written to in a joint open letter asking for support for a feasibility study into the viability of the concept.
[pictures reproduced courtesy of Mealeys photography]