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'New stadium wait could work in Everton's favour - if they'd gone to Kirkby they could have become another Wigan'

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Sports and architectural historian Simon Inglis is the author of books such as Football Grounds of England and Wales; Football Grounds of Britain; and Football Grounds of Europe.

“I think if the plans for Kirkby had gone ahead then Everton would be forever consigned to be another Stoke, Middlesbrough or Wigan.

In a three-part special, Chris Beesley speaks to a doyen in the field when it comes to football stadia writing, about Everton's proposed move to Bramley-Moore Dock and the issues clubs face when building new homes.

Birmingham-born Inglis also penned Engineering Archie, the illustrated biography of prolific football ground designer Archibald Leitch, the man whose trademark criss-crossed steel balustrades are an iconic feature of Goodison Park and his Twitter followers include a certain Dan Meis.

“Had they gone to Kirkby perhaps it would have been a mistake.

Players like Wayne Rooney who started their careers around the time of the move from Goodison Park have long since retired.

“When you've got owners with vision, big money and big egos you're going to get stadiums that fit that.
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