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Stubbs' Last Splash

Alan Stubbs on leaving Bellefield.

Stubbs' Last Splash

Alan Stubbs has spoken of his sadness at leaving the Club's Bellefield training ground for the final time - but insists it is a move that had to happen for the long-term benefit of Everton.

The Club has called Bellefield home since 1946, with the current training facility erected in 1966 at significant expense.

But 41 years after that work was completed, Everton's senior squad are leaving Bellefield for the final time.

The Blues are moving to a new state-of-the-art purpose-built facility at Finch Farm in Halewood. Stubbs has welcomed the move, but admits many fond memories have made Bellefield a special place for the players that have stepped through the door.

Stubbs told evertonTV: "It is a really sad day. This place has graced some unbelievable players. I am not in that category.

"There have been some fantastic players that have played here. There have been players here that come here and it’s been a privilege to have played in the surroundings that they have played in.

"It is a sad sad day to see the back of Bellefield. It is like the stadium – there are times unfortunately when you have to move on."

Stubbs has been impressed, however, with the facility that will now become the home of the senior first team squad and the Everton Academy.

He added: "We move to the new place and to be fair the new place is fantastic.

"I am one of the old brigade and I would have liked this place to have been renovated but when you go to the new place and see the facilities and what is there - it is first class."

One thing that will be missed at Bellefield is the practical jokes that livened up the days. One particular favourite for Alan was drenching teammates by tipping buckets of water out of the window above the main entrance.

Did Alan have any particular target for his final swansong?
 
"I have not got anyone in mind but I am going to be busy this afternoon!" he joked on Tuesday.

"There is going to be a few wet people today.  I can’t let the last day of Bellefield go without drenching somebody.

"I have actually been looking at the new place to see what window I can find to get somebody.

"But that is what it is all about and why Bellefield is so special. It has got a great buzz around the place. It has got loads of charisma, character and very private when you want it to be.

"You are going to miss all them things but hopefully we can create that same type of feel at the new place."

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