20 February 2020

Everton manager Willie Kirk says new ground Walton Hall Park is 'boost' for Toffees

Everton manager Willie Kirk has said their new ground at Walton Hall Park will give a 'great boost' to his Women's Super League team.

The side have been playing at Southport's Pure Stadium this season while waiting to move into their new digs.

This weekend, the Toffees host Manchester United in the first match at the new ground which is only a mile from Goodison Park.

"It's going to be a big step for us, having our own place and being based in the city centre.

"I cannot wait. I've been talking about it all season and it's finally there now.

"It's going to be a great boost for the girls, to have a place we can call home," he told BBC Sport.

The stadium won't be in full operation on Sunday and has been capped at 1,500 while work continues to expand the ground.

Last night it was reported that all seats had sold out with only a few standing tickets left available.

Everton will play their first game at Walton Hall Park against Manchester United (PA Images)

Kirk added that he was happy his side have been drawn against Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

"I'm quite happy with that. If you're going to win silverware and get to Wembley you've got to beat big teams at some point.

"From my experience, I've always found it easier to beat the so-called favourites in earlier rounds than the final, especially in my time in Scotland [with Hibernian].

"I beat Glasgow City a couple of times in semi-finals but never in a final. Big teams and big clubs very rarely slip up in finals so if you're going to win it you're probably going to need to beat them on the way there.

"It gives us back-to-back games against Chelsea. It's incredible how often football throws that up. The players were buzzing for it."

Everton will play Chelsea in the quarter-final on March 15.

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