September 21, 1891
This is the problem that is supplying subjects for controversy and giving rise to much perplexity. And yet the position is reduced to the simple one –either to buy the present site, with land adjoin or to secure a playing ground elsewhere. The meeting on Tuesday, which was attended by about three-fifths of the 500 members, was unmistakably antagonistic to the scheme propounded by the committee, however reasonably it had been conceived.
A feeling seemed to prevail that the project was being forced, upon the club willy-nilly –that the particular idea must be accepted or perish. The majority of the members resented anything like coercion and, not knowing exactly where they were, being led to, elected to refer the matter back for further consideration and negotiation on the part of the committee.
One thing was made clear by Mr. John Houlding, that if the adjoining land is put into the builder’s hands, and streets made, Everton will lose a strip six yards in width of their present circumscribed enclosure, and this would completely spoil the field of play, as well as curtail the accommodation of spectators.
The opposition at the meeting having had their own way, the chairman very naturally asked the masters of the situation what should be the next move, and it was promptly agreed that the committee communicate with the landowners with a view to an improved tenacity, and call the members together within a month. In the meantime every one whom it may concern should get posted up in the actual position of the club, so as to come to some definite and practicable decision, for there is no time to be frittered away.
Everton as club, are not rooted to the particularly piece of soil upon which they now cater football. The club has made a name, and has a host of enthusiastic followers, who as one speaker aid, would patronise the game whether played at Fairfield, or even the Dingle. The better plan would be for those who disagree with the committee’s scheme to form a committee among themselves, to make inquirers and present alternate schemes. The members could then make their choice.
(Liverpool Mercury: September 21, 1891)