Mindless idiots started a fire at Everton’s Walton Hall Park home last night which is believed to have caused damage to a plastic pitchside net, scaffolding and the broadcast area of the ground.
News of the fire, which is thought to have been started deliberately, broke via the Liverpool Echo last night. Everton Football Club are yet to comment on the incident.
Reports have indicated that the fire started around 6pm last night with fire crews quickly called to extinguish the blaze. While the fire is thought to have soon been brought under control, it seems that significant damage was still caused to the ground.
Images show that the fire occurred on the far side of the ground which is largely used by broadcasters. It is not yet known whether any of the floodlights suffered any damage. The stand which houses spectators is located on the opposite side of the ground while the players’ changing facilities are in the main building behind the goal, some way from where the fire is believed to have taken place.
Everton relocated from The Pure Stadium in Southport to their new purpose-built Walton Hall Park home last year. They opened the ground with a Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture against Manchester United in February 2020. That game remains the only fixture at Walton Hall Park to admit spectators with all other games having been played behind-closed-doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Blues Girls are next due to be at home on Wednesday 17 March when Barclays FA Women’s Super League champions Chelsea travel Merseyside. A further update on that fixture is expected to be announced by the club in due course.