Third and final Goodison Granites phase

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Evertonians have a final chance to secure a coveted Goodison Granite as the third phase of the scheme is revealed.

Hundreds of Goodison Granites went on sale on Monday and sold out within hours as supporters rushed to guarantee a permanent legacy at the home of the Blues.

Now, the Club has responded to popular demand by extending the scheme for one final time to allow more Evertonians the opportunity to be a part of it.

The Goodison Granites, which will be on sale from Monday 30 June, will be located alongside the gates of the Park End car park.

The existing personalised engraved stones surround the famous Dixie Dean statue in its new location at the gateway to the stadium, and the ones sold earlier this week will form a commemorative wall alongside the iconic Goodison Road sign near the entrance to the popular matchday Fan Zone.

Supporters can purchase three varying sizes of Goodison Granites that will be engraved with personalised messages. The single stone can house two lines of 15 characters and costs £50, while the double stone is priced at £99 and can fit up to three lines of 15 characters as well as an Everton crest of your choice. The larger celebration stone can house three lines of 23 characters, plus any Everton crest, and costs £399.

The personalised stones can be purchased exclusively online at www.goodisongranites.co.uk from noon on Monday 30 June.

Goodison Granites Scheme Extended

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Evertonians will be given another chance to permanently leave their mark on Goodison Park as plans are revealed to extend the Goodison Granites scheme.

Last month, Roberto Martinez officially unveiled the new gateway to the stadium in front of hundreds of supporters, with the Club’s famous Dixie Dean statue taking centre stage, surrounded by a commemorative wall of personalised engraved stones.

The original allocation of Goodison Granites was incredibly popular, selling out within days of going on sale, so the Club and its Fans’ Forum have decided to extend the scheme to give more fans the opportunity to be a part of it.

The original development was co-ordinated by the Everton Fans’ Forum alongside the Club, and Chairman Tony Bott is delighted it has been so well received.

He said: “We always expected the Goodison Granites to be popular with Evertonians, so we’re really pleased to be able to extend the scheme and allow more Blues the chance to have a permanent legacy at Goodison Park. It just shows how important it is to fans to be part of the fabric of the Club and the stadium.”

The new plaques will be housed alongside the iconic Goodison Road sign near the entrance to the popular matchday Fan Zone. Supporters can purchase three varying sizes of Goodison Granites that will be engraved with personalised messages.

The personalised stones can be purchased exclusively online at evertonfc.com/goodisongranites from Monday 23 June.

Burnley FC launch Forever Claret scheme

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Burnley Football Club have announced a new scheme that allows fans to purchase high quality granite, commemorative stones which can be etched with a message of their choosing.

The ‘Forever Claret’ stones, supplied by Investors In Sport are to be located along the Bob Lord Stand,
Harry Potts Way, will replace the Clubs previous ‘Wall of Legend’ bricks and are on sale now just in time for Fathers Day!

The stones will create an iconic, permanent feature at Turf Moor and allow fans and loved ones to literally become part of Turf Moor.

There are numerous sizes of stone available with prices ranging from £50 to £399.

Further details available on the Forever Claret website.

 

Dixie Dean Wall of Fame unveiled at Everton

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Everton Football Club have remembered their greatest ever goalscorer Dixie Dean.  Roberto Martinez helped to officially unveil the new Dixie Dean Wall of Fame at Goodison Park on Bank Holiday Monday 5th May.

Plans to unveil a new gateway to the stadium were revealed in February and the Dean statue is the centrepiece of the area. The statue, which was originally unveiled in May 2001, is now surrounded by a commemorative wall made up of engraved stones.

The ‘Goodison Granites’, initiated and executed by Investors In Sport, sold out within days of going on sale, with Evertonians snapping up the personalised plaques as gifts and tokens of their passion for the Blues.

And hundreds of supporters turned up at Goodison Park for the launch event which coincided with the 86th anniversary of Everton’s greatest-ever striker’s 60th league goal in the1927/28 season.

The former striker netted his famous 60th league goal of a season on this day in 1928 and supporters got a glimpse of the wall outside the Park End yesterday, Bank Holiday Monday.

The new area has been a project co-ordinated by the Everton Fans’ Forum, with support from the Club and Investors In Sport.

Chairman of the Fans’ Forum Tony Bott said: ‘Dixie’s Wall of Fame was so popular when it was announced back in February with so many Evertonians quickly taking up the chance to secure their place on this piece of history that will forever leave its mark on our beloved stadium.’

Speaking to evertontv, Roberto Martinez said: “It was quite an exciting moment. We’d all been hearing a lot of good things about the project and what has been going on with the Fans’ Forum working really hard and the Club.

But you don’t see the picture until it gets unveiled and it was very impressive.  For me, it represents the two big pillars of everything we do on a daily basis; the fans and our heritage.

Dixie Dean is the iconic figure that represents all the top ambassadors and players we had at the Club. And then to have the fans with their names on the wall, it’s quite a special place to go and get inspired before any game at Goodison. It was great to see so many fans, so many happy faces and it’s a really nice memory to keep.”

Kerry  (Everton Family) wrote to say: “We have just been to the unveiling of Dixie and his wall and I just wanted to drop a line and say a big huge thank you for my Dad’s granite stone. We are all so pleased with how Dad’s stone looks and the rest of the wall and where Dad’s stone is placed is perfect. It really couldn’t have been better.

It really was fantastic for the Granite team to come up with an amazing idea and to give families, like ourselves, a place to go and remember loved ones. So just a big thank you for all your work. It was worth all the hours etc. put in by you and the team. Again today the club continued to make us so proud to be Evertonians and unveiled a piece of history that will never be forgotten and will always be cherished”.

Dixie Dean Wall of Fame to be unveiled

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Dixie’s on the move again – 86 years to the day since he headed his record-breaking 60th league goal.

The much-loved statue of Everton’s all-time top goalscorer, Dixie Dean, is moving from its berth  of the last few years, immediately outside the Park End of Goodison Park, back to near its original  site on Walton Lane.

And Blues fans can be among the first to see the new Dixie Dean Wall of Fame when  it is unveiled next week at Goodison.  The launch event will take place at 3pm on Monday, May 5 which is also the anniversary of  Dixie Dean’s famous 60th league goal.

Supporters will join a number of special guests to catch the first glimpse of the revamped  area.

The statue was originally unveiled in May 2001 and will now be surrounded by a  commemorative wall made up of personalised engraved stones that were designed, sourced and supplied by Investors In Sport.  The ‘Goodison Granites’ sold out within days of going on sale.

Chairman of the Fans’ Forum Tony Bott, said: “Dixie’s Wall of Fame was so popular when it was announced back in February with so many  Evertonians quickly taking up the chance to secure their place on this piece of history that will  forever leave its mark on our beloved stadium.  Everyone on the Fans’ Forum is hoping that many fans will come down on May 5 to show their  support and see their engraved plaque on the Wall of Fame.”

Cup winners Peterborough take their place in history

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Peterborough United’s success in lifting the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy for the first time in the club’s history, is to be immortalised in stone on Wembley Way.

Posh lifted the trophy by beating Chesterfield 3-1 at the weekend and Wembley is to mark the occasion by placing a commemorative stone into its Wembley Way project, adjacent to the Bobby Moore statue outside the stadium. The stone is the third in a series that will be presented to end of season winners in showpiece finals at at the National Stadium.

Peterborough Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Manager Darren Ferguson were presented with a replica for the club to keep as its own souvenir and the stone was supported by a letter of congratulation from F.A. Chairman Greg Dyke who said: “Reaching a showpiece occasion at the national stadium is always a tremendous experience for all involved, but victory ensures that it becomes an unforgettable occasion and I’m sure the day will live long in the memories of your players, staff and supporters.

“I am delighted to confirm that football supporters visiting Wembley from across the country and the world will soon be reminded of your success, as we shall be laying a commemorative stone into the Wembley Way project. The scheme will develop into an historic walkway to honour achievements, events and legends from Wembley Stadium’s past, present and future; all of which will sit alongside personalised messages from the fans who were there to see them. I trust it will provide a permanent reminder of your memorable day and of the club’s place in a Wembley roll call to be enjoyed by many generations in the future.”

Dixie Dean moves home

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Evertonians will have the chance to permanently leave their mark on Goodison Park, as part of new plans to restore the Club’s famous Dixie Dean statue to its original home and reshape the entrance to the stadium.

The statue, which was unveiled in May 2001 to celebrate the greatest goalscorer in the history of English football, will be the centrepiece of a brand new gateway to Goodison and will be surrounded by a commemorative wall made up of personalised engraved stones, produced and supplied by Investors in Sport, that supporters can purchase.

The new area, which will be called Dixie’s Wall of Fame, has been the focus of a project co-ordinated by the Everton Fans’ Forum alongside the Club.

The group of supporters, who meet monthly to discuss and input into key Club decisions, have been given the opportunity to actively participate and drive the project through from concept to completion.

Chairman of the Fans’ Forum, Tony Bott, said: “We’re really proud to have worked on a project that will forever leave its mark on the history of our Club. Dixie Dean encompasses all that is great about Everton and I’ve no doubt that many Evertonians will be proud to take up their place on Dixie’s Wall of Fame.

“The new area is one that that both the Club and its supporters can be proud of, and where our glorious heritage will sit side by side with our future to become a focal meeting point for fans at our beloved stadium.

“It’s the first time fans have been able to take up this opportunity to actually leave their mark on Goodison Park and I’ve no doubt it will be incredibly popular.”

The dedicated area will be unveiled on 5 May, the anniversary of Dixie Dean’s 60th league goal, and construction work is set to begin later this month.

The commemorative wall around the Dixie Dean statue will be made up of three varying sizes of ‘Goodison Granites’, that will be engraved with personalised messages from supporters.

The single Goodison Granite can feature a message of 15 characters per line on two lines and costs £50, whilst the double Goodison Granite at £99 can house any one of the 11 crests that have adorned the playing shirts throughout the Club’s history to feature alongside a message of 15 characters per line on three lines. The celebration Goodison Granite costs £399 and can feature any crest alongside a message of 23 characters per line on three lines.

The personalised stones can be purchased exclusively online at evertonfc.com/goodisongranites

LCCC Red Rose Wall now open

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The Red Rose Wall was opened at Emirates Old Trafford, by Lancashire player and LCCC Foundation Ambassador Jimmy Anderson,  to mark the Club’s 150th Anniversary Year.

The Red Rose Wall was created by Investors In Sport for the LCCC Foundation, the official charity and community arm of the Club who inspire communities through cricket. All proceeds from the Wall go towards the Foundation’s projects and programmes which include their Disability Cricket programme.

The Red Rose Wall has given fans the chance to purchase a piece of history and hold a permanent place within the ground to mark a favourite Lancashire CC memory, anniversary or loved one.

Situated under the newly redeveloped Pavilion the Red Rose Wall also features stones recognising Lancashire Legends past and present including Warren Hegg and Jack Bond who were also present at the opening.

The unveiling of the Wall was attended by customers who have purchased an everlasting reminder so they could see their stone for the first time and have pictures with the Legends in attendance.

 

Iconic “Our ‘Wall” to feature at the Den

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Millwall FC are offering their supporters the opportunity to become part of the fabric at The Den forever.

Our ‘Wall at The Den, is a designated area where personalised engraved stones will be set within an area of the Barry Kitchener Stand, at The Den, home of Millwall FC.

The scheme has been designed so that supporters can become immortalised within the landscape of The Den and will form a lasting tribute to players, supporters and memories from the past.

The project is managed on behalf of the club by Investors in sport.

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Legends inaugurated into the Wall of Fame

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Silverstone has announced that its recently launched Wall of Fame will now incorporate the Motor Sport Magazine Hall of Fame inductees. Now approaching its fifth year, the Hall of Fame has inaugurated over 20 international motor sport legends, from its founding members, including Sir Jackie Stewart, Ayrton Senna, Sir Stirling Moss and Jim Clark, through to present-day heroes such as Sir Frank Williams, Damon Hill, Adrian Newey and Tom Kristensen.

To celebrate the launch of the Silverstone Wall of Fame, in association with the Motor Sport Magazine Hall of Fame, Sir Jackie Stewart, three-time World Champion, two-time Grand Prix winner at Silverstone and one of Britain’s greatest racing drivers of all time, was presented with a commemorative brick bearing his name, which will be the first to be included in the Wall.

The Silverstone Wall of Fame will be a dedicated area, appropriately located near the historic Bridge section of the former Grand Prix circuit, where many of the Hall of Fame inductees have raced, and will become a major attraction for visitors to Silverstone. Its creation will form a lasting celebration to the legendary drivers and riders that have created history and unforgettable moments around one of the most iconic motor racing circuits in world.

Enabling fans to cement their place alongside the most revered names in Silverstone and motor sport history, the Silverstone Wall of Fame in association with Motor Sport Magazine Hall of Fame will feature fans’ names and dedications on personalised, engraved stones. Those people supporting the scheme in the initial phase will have their stones located closest to the already inducted motorsport legends.

Visiting the site of the new site, Sir Jackie Stewart commented: “Silverstone has always been a special place to me with the circuit being my home Grand Prix and having won here in front of the fans in 1969 and 1971. I was also pleased to become a founding member of the Motor Sport Magazine Hall of Fame back in 2010. It is now fitting that Silverstone will house Motor Sport Magazine Hall of Fame to form a lasting tribute to motorsport of all disciplines which both I and fans from across the world can be a part of.”

Richard Phillips, Managing Director of Silverstone Circuits Limited, said: “The partnership between the Silverstone Wall of Fame and the Motor Sport Magazine Hall of Fame is one we are very proud to announce. Silverstone Circuit is the most fitting location to honour such revered names and the perfect tribute to motor sport icons, past and present. It is a place where the Hall of Fame inductees will sit alongside commemorations and tributes to other famous drivers and riders, passionate motor sport fans, marshals, engineers and unforgettable moments in British motor racing history.”

“This is a fantastic opportunity for fans to take their place alongside legends of the track and become part of Silverstone and motor sport history forever.”

There are three size options available to purchase, ensuring that all members of the Silverstone and motor sport family can unite and have their own individual part of the sport’s history. Each stone is personalised for fans to choose their own message, and will be carefully sited within a grid to create an impressive show of support.

In addition, Motor Sport Magazine subscribers will receive special discounts and offers for the Silverstone Wall of Fame. Through the partnership, Silverstone is also to be granted access to the historic Motor Sport Magazine archives, charting motor sport history to the present day.

Stones for the Silverstone Wall of Fame, in association with Motor Sport Magazine Hall of Fame, are now on sale and available from £59. For further information visit www.silverstonewalloffame.com