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Are we cutting off our nose to spite our face?

Liverpool FC,, Andy Carroll

It seems Fenway Sports Group (FSG) have made a decision on the proposed new stadium. They have decided to go ahead with the pre Hicks and Gillett stadium plans once they have secured the finance to start construction. This all means there will be no need to submit a new planning application, which according to reports would have been required by the Hicks and Gillett design. FSG have been working with Manchester-based architects AFL, the firm which submitted the original design when Liverpool announced their intention to move to Stanley Park back in 2000.

It was this design that was submitted for planning permission in 2003 and approved a year later, these plans will become the blueprint for a new 60,000-seat stadium with estimated cost coming in around £300 million. The club needs to put in place the finance to kick-start the scheme, and no immediate work will begin, steering well clear of the “A spade in the ground within 60 days” statement.

In my opinion the one thing I felt that Hicks and Gillett got right was the design of the new stadium and throwing out the “off the shelf” look of the AFL design. I felt the design was exciting and gave us a stadium to be proud of, a stadium that was different to the standard round bowl. As much as I like Arsenals Emirates stadium, is it really any different to The Reebok Stadium, Manchester Cities Eastlands etc.

I hate everything to do with the Hicks and Gillett era and yes I hate the thought of them being able to point to the stadium and say that was our design. But I am not one to cut off my nose to spite my face, and I remember when I first see the Hicks and Gillett design, I was very impressed, unlike the AFL design, which left me feeling very underwhelmed.

If we can’t stay at Anfield, I for one would once again love to move to an iconic stadium, one that resonates around the world, one that future generations of Liverpool supporters can be proud of, unfortunately its not the design being resurrected at the moment.


Liverpool FC,, Andy Carroll


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