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      Goodbye Melwood, hello... Kirkby

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      Goodbye Melwood, hello... Kirkby
      Oct 27, 2020 09:54:10 am
      Or 'The AXA Training Centre' if you prefer that sort of thing!

      No idea how much money has crossed hands for this - hopefully it will be similar to Man City and about £3 billion.

      Liverpool FC and AXA have expanded their partnership to include the naming rights of the Reds' new Training Centre in Kirkby.

      The state-of-the-art facility will be officially known as the AXA Training Centre and marks the club’s first training complex naming partner.

      The renewed agreement will see AXA expand its original training kit relationship to one focused more holistically on training as a whole and become the club’s official training partner, incorporating all LFC training apparel.

      Jürgen Klopp’s side are preparing to move into the club’s new Training Centre in mid-to-late November, with the finishing touches being made in preparation.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiWeLpaBBtM
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      Re: Goodbye Melwood, hello... Kirkby
      Reply #1: Oct 27, 2020 10:04:51 am
      Cracking facility.

      But lets think about the players who went through melwood, or the players that were made there. Incredible history
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      Re: Goodbye Melwood, hello... Kirkby
      Reply #2: Oct 27, 2020 10:05:42 am
      Big arl unit int'it?

      It was originally getting done by carillion wasn't it?

      As you say John it'd be interesting to know the revenue gained vs the build cost.
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      Re: Goodbye Melwood, hello... Kirkby
      Reply #3: Oct 27, 2020 11:02:32 am
      At least I can see where my insurance premiums are being spent...😎

      Looks good and well overdue..👍🏼👊🏼
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      Reply #4: Oct 27, 2020 11:12:39 am
      Looks great doesn’t it.

      Just really wish they named it after Ronnie Moran like Phil Thompson suggested they should do after he passed away. Nobody spent more time at melwood than him so it be fitting if the new training ground was to be named after him in his honour.

      Also, I hope it has a champions wall like at melwood, I really liked that touch.
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      Re: Goodbye Melwood, hello... Kirkby
      Reply #5: Oct 27, 2020 11:17:39 am
      Looks great doesn’t it.

      Just really wish they named it after Ronnie Moran like Phil Thompson suggested they should do after he passed away. Nobody spent more time at melwood than him so it be fitting if the new training ground was to be named after him in his honour.

      Also, I hope it has a champions wall like at melwood, I really liked that touch.

      Simple little thing like name the facilty after Ronnie. Name the training pitches after Tom Saunders, Reuben Bennett and Geoff Twentyman
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      Re: Goodbye Melwood, hello... Kirkby
      Reply #6: Oct 27, 2020 12:55:47 pm
      Looks good. Looks like they turned down Orrell pleasure pitches..

      https://www.bootlehistory.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=26407



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      Reply #7: Oct 27, 2020 01:40:36 pm
      Simple little thing like name the facilty after Ronnie. Name the training pitches after Tom Saunders, Reuben Bennett and Geoff Twentyman
      Hopefully when the contract with AXA expires they might honour one of the old boot room in the name of the training facility
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      Reply #8: Oct 27, 2020 01:50:02 pm
      Hopefully when the contract with AXA expires they might honour one of the old boot room in the name of the training facility

      Doubtful, as teams are always looking for ways to maximize revenue. The more time passes the more they do.
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      Reply #9: Oct 27, 2020 04:48:09 pm
      Looks absolutely amazing, I did a tour of Melwood a few years and the facilities are top notch as you'd  expect for a team like Liverpool, so I'm sure this will be even better, what a wonderful place to train and work.
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      Reply #10: Oct 27, 2020 11:33:58 pm
      Will they start doing a Training complex Tour?

      Wow, looks fit for Kings!!!
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      Reply #11: Oct 28, 2020 06:52:10 am
      Cracking facility.

      But lets think about the players who went through melwood, or the players that were made there. Incredible history
      Absolutely mate,got fond memories of walking there as a kid with me mates ( live about 30minutes away by foot) as a kid in the early 80’s,used to borrow a ladder from one of the obliging residents close by and take turns up the ladder watching the players train.
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      Re: Goodbye Melwood, hello... Kirkby
      Reply #12: Oct 28, 2020 06:58:49 am
      Will they start doing a Training complex Tour?

      Wow, looks fit for Kings!!!

      And we are, Kings of England. Hope, we will still be.
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      Reply #13: Oct 28, 2020 07:35:34 am
      There will be a tear or two for Melwood.

      Used to rock up with my mates when Shankly was taking training and the facilities were no more than a cricket pavilion.

      You could just stand pitchside ... like you would a kids Sunday game now.


      Financials ?

      FSG are smart. AXA money in up front and Melwood sold off for housing.  They'll balance the books.
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      Reply #14: Nov 07, 2020 08:33:48 pm
      saw this today! can't quite believe it tbh.. this is more significant that us finally winning the league after such a looooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooo ooong wait :D

      end of an era for definite :'( but all good things and that.

      PS I'm back!!!! what I miss? ;)
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      Re: Goodbye Melwood, hello... Kirkby
      Reply #15: Nov 07, 2020 10:58:35 pm
      Welcome back AJ

      Ummmm  you missed a Champions League Win, A Premiership Win, A Club World Cup Win and a Super Cup Win   :D :D :D but pretty sure you would have had an ale in your hands at all times celebrating.  ;D ;D ;D

      Gonna miss Melwood, end of an era.
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      Re: Goodbye Melwood, hello... Kirkby
      Reply #16: Nov 08, 2020 11:12:43 am
      End of an era that saw everything from very low moments to so high moments.

      Hope that in Kirkby, we will have much more highs.

      I saw in the eyes of Jordan, that we are closing a huge chapter.
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      Reply #17: Nov 08, 2020 11:32:14 am
      Sad to see Melwood go due to the memories from Shankly onwards but we have to keep moving forward and this facilities looks like the dogs bollox.
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      Re: Goodbye Melwood, hello... Kirkby
      Reply #18: Nov 08, 2020 12:45:23 pm
      Keep hold of your socks :laugh:
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      Re: Goodbye Melwood, hello... Kirkby
      Reply #19: Nov 08, 2020 02:08:44 pm
      It will be a very sad day indeed when they lock those Melwood gates for the last time, because in behind those gates is the entire history of our club, well, since Shanks, Bob, Joe, Rueben & Bugsy walked from goal posts to goal posts picking up every piece of crap the could find, from broken glass to broken bricks & stone, from pebble & grit and of course dog sh*t, back & forth they went every day for three weeks, while the players ran round the perimeter, until it was absolutely pristine, that was how Bill Shankly worked that was his methology,

      When he first went there, in his own words he said it was a toilet, with no running water, that soon changed, and with it training methods unseen in English football, and thanks to Rueben Bennett who was a ex gym instructor for the army, knocked the players into the fittest in the land, another one of Shanks demands, he introduced the box, where players would hit a ball against the boards to imitate receiving the ball at pace using both feet,


      Yes, Melwood has seen it all and some, it should indeed be called after Ronnie Moran, as Thommo suggested, the diaries Ronnie wrote in and kept are something to behold, in them they are full of information from what the weather was like that particular day, what excercises took place, the conditions of the players, who the opposition were next game , and information of how to get the better of them, it really is unbelievable how much down to detail and the professionalism displayed back then.


      And I bet those changing rooms could tell a tale or two as well.


      Goodbye Melwood.



      It might be a good idea to name the streets of the new housing estate after this who graced Melwood for all those years ?





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      Reply #20: Nov 08, 2020 04:40:01 pm


      If we all chip a fiver we might be able to buy it! 😂
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      Reply #21: Nov 08, 2020 08:56:10 pm

      If we all chip a fiver we might be able to buy it! 😂


      I'm in Brother!
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      Reply #22: Nov 08, 2020 10:01:07 pm

      Ok so that's you, me and Yorkie so we're already at £15.. this will be easy :D
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      Reply #23: Nov 08, 2020 11:49:40 pm
      Ok so that's you, me and Yorkie so we're already at £15.. this will be easy :D

       :D :D :D

      We're a shoe in!  ;D
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      Re: Goodbye Melwood, hello... Kirkby
      Reply #24: Nov 09, 2020 07:12:28 am

      If we all chip a fiver we might be able to buy it! 😂
      I’m in,I’ll have to raid the piggy bank though ( that’s scouse for the missus).

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