EVERTON v WOLVES (BLUE BILL v SIR JACK)
With the impending second Blue Union protest taking place against Wolverhampton Wanderers, it’s as good a time as any to make comparisons between two men: Sir Jack Hayward lifelong Wolves fan and Bill Kenwright lifelong Everton fan.
It really does irk us somewhat when journalists like Martin Samuel see it fit to patronise Evertonians and tell us that Bill Kenwright is the biggest Bluenose on the planet.
He is an actor who has a way with words. Yes, he loves Everton and yes he used to sit in the boys pen. Our fathers and their fathers before them sat in the boy’s pen, and followed Everton everywhere after working 60 hours a week on the docks. What makes Mr Kenwright a bigger blue than anyone else?
When Sir Jack was looking for a new owner for Wolves Chief Executive Jez Moxey said: “Everything will be handed over – all the assets, the holding company, the academy facilities, the training ground, the bricks and mortar at Molineux, the players and the brand name. Any owner of Wolves is prevented from asset-stripping or selling the ground for housing and leaving the team with nowhere to play.”
Bill Kenwright can’t say this, because the cold hard truth of the matter is Everton Football Club do not have any assets left (an ageing squad?), because unlike Sir Jack he has asset-stripped his club – the club he loves so much. We no longer own the training ground, the Kitbag deal is a disgrace (but at least it looks good on Robert Elstone’s C.V), we are millions of pounds in debt, and we have no revenue stream for at least two seasons thanks to the shady Vibrac deal.
Sir Jack Hayward wanted “NOTHING BUT THE BEST” for Wolverhampton Wanderers. From 1990 to 2007 he invested £50million of his own personal wealth into the club. When it came to selling the club, Sir Jack did not seek to reclaim any of his millions on the basis the man who succeeded him invested £30million into the club. The new owner Steve Morgan bought the club for a nominal £10 fee with the guarantee of £30million of investment.
Everton Football Club’s chairman Bill Kenwright has invested nothing into the club since he took over from Peter Johnson in 1999. That’s not us exaggerating that is a fact. Actually, the whole board of Everton director’s have not invested a single penny into our great Club. John Wood’s, Robert Earl and Sir Phillip Carter between them have not even invested the sum of money Sir Jack Hayward sold Wolves for!
Mr Kenwright told the listeners in a recent radio interview with Christian Purslow: “I know Liverpool had five interested parties. Times that by ten and that’s how many I have had.” That’s fifty interested parties then that have approached Everton FC and not one of them has been in a better place to move the Club forward than good old ‘Blue Bill’?
His eleven years of lies and deceit are starting to catch up with him and the natives have become restless.
It really is annoying when journalist’s get roped in by Bill Kenwright and his way with words. It would suit you all better to actually look at the facts https://peoplesgroup.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/the_blue_union_update_01.pdf to see what exactly has gone on at Everton during his tenure. The man and his “friends” are out of their depths.
It is the Blue Union’s belief that an autonomous group of hard nosed businessmen should be appointed to sell the Club in the best interests of Everton Football Club and not the interests of their shareholders back pocket.
The club should be sold for the price of the debt, because thanks to Mr Kenwright any potential new owner will inherit a Club with no assets, an ageing stadium which has had no renovation/expansion work done to it for years (The Park End stand under Peter Johnson), a squad that has had no investment for three seasons, a merchandise deal that mean’s we will only pocket £3million a year regardless of sales and no revenue stream (TV money) for the next two years because someone in the British Virgin Islands is being paid £14million a year for their services.
On Saturday 19th November 2011 there will be a second Blue Union protest march before the Wolves match. We felt it an appropriate fixture for a protest. Sir Jack v Blue Bill – One sold his club for the debt and a nominal £10, not profiting from the deal and the other who is allegedly asking for £140m for a football club with little or no assets!
Anyone who wishes to attend the protest can do so by meeting at the council field on Spellow Lane at 2pm. Our message is clear Let Go If You Love The Club.
It’s time for change.