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Liverpool FC and Everton FC fans' groups unite to promote city football quarter
Published : 13 Mar 2010 06:50:00
LFC and EFC fans meet LIVERPOOL and Everton fans have joined forces to campaign for a football quarter in north Liverpool. Under the banner 'Altogether Now', supporters groups Keep Everton in Our City (KEIOC) and the Spirit of Shankly have cast aside their rivalries to promote a pioneering concept that would have benefits, not only for the two football clubs, but the surrounding Anfield and Walton areas. An open letter has been sent to the city's key decision making agencies to request the co-funding of a feasibility study to examine the idea. The football quarter is intended to be a groundbreaking regeneration programme centred around Stanley Park which will stimulate a wide range of social and economic benefits to the area. The move was officially announced on Friday at Anfield's historic Sandon pub, exactly 118 years to the day since the split that resulted in the creation of two clubs in 1892. Colin Fitzpatrick of KEIOC said: 'An independent feasibility study into which the fans would have some input would demonstrate the need and viability of a programme that would kickstart regeneration in the north Liverpool community, maintain Liverpool's position as a world centre for football excellence and provide opportunities for thousands of Liverpool people.' Both clubs have seen plans for new stadiums stall in recent years, an issue highlighted in the letter that has also been sent to both Liverpool FC managing director, Christian Purlsow, and Everton FC chief executive Robert Elstone.