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Everton need proof of progress to back up the promises

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Though Everton would win the FA Cup twelve months after Johnson's first involvement - and that is the club’s last trophy - he will be remembered as the Everton owner that could not stimulate the cash to deliver on his biggest promises.

I visited the likes of the San Siro and the Nou Camp and came away determined that Everton had to have something along those lines.” For exclusive articles, events and an advertising-free read for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month Get the best of The Independent With an Independent Minds subscription for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month Get the best of The Independent Without the ads – for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month At the cost of £10m, Johnson proposed a 60,000 all-seater facility on the edge of the city, one with four tiers and scope for hundreds of executive boxes where Everton would make the bulk of their money back.

Back in 1994, when Peter Johnson promised to invest £10million in Everton, there was a significant shift in the décor of Goodison Park, a stadium where the lounges and function spaces for years had felt more like those at a haunted hotel.

Johnson pitched it as an opportunity to “put Everton at the forefront of European and world stadia.” He would call it “the chance of a lifetime.” Everton, though, would remain where they were and a quarter of a century later, they are still there.

“It was another example of the pervading sense of torpor,” wrote Jim Keoghan in his book about the era, Highs, Lows and Bakayokos, and this prompted Johnson to spruce up the place; renaming rooms and decorating them with images reflecting the club’s history and traditions.

Everton would win ugly against Bournemouth.

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