|What's Goodison Park Like?
Future Ground Developments
Looking Towards The Gwladys Stand (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Main Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
Bullens Road Stand (photo)
How To Get There And Where To Park
Park Stand (photo)
Dixie Dean Statue (photo)
Programme & Fanzine
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
Location Map Of Goodison Park
|What's Goodison Park Like?|
Looking from the outside, Goodison, with its tall stands
seems huge. The
crowds filling the narrow streets around the
ground on matchday, make
you feel that you are going back in time, to
when the outside of every football ground appeared like this.
However, that's Goodison's problem.
Apart from the modern
Park Stand (which has an electric scoreboard on
its roof and was opened in 1994), the rest of the ground looks
tired. Yes the ground is still large, but it
needs modernising. For example there are lots of
supporting pillars and the ground just
looks as if it has seen better days.
Nevertheless unlike some new grounds, Goodison
oozes character and the three tiered Main Stand,
which was opened in 1971, is still an impressive
sight. There are two large video screens at
opposite corners of the ground. If you are a home/neutral fan who
is not scared of heights then try and get a
ticket for the top balcony of the Main Stand.
Not only do you get a 'birds eye' view of the
game, but also views across Stanley Park, with
Anfield in the distance. Now thinking about it
if you were an Everton fan you probably
wouldn't want to see Anfield during the game,
so this advice is for neutrals!
The Club were hoping to move to a new 55,000 all seated stadium at Kirkby. However, planning permission for this has been refused, following a public enquiry. It remains to be seen whether the Club will appeal against the decision. However, some fans will be pleased with the news, as some had objected to the proposed move as the stadium would be located outside Liverpool. Kirkby lies beyond the city boundary.
|Looking Towards The Gwladys Street Stand|
|What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?|
|Away fans are located in
one corner of the two tiered, Bullens Road Stand,
which is at the side of the pitch, where just over 3,000
away fans can be accommodated. If a small following
is expected, then only the lower tier is allocated,
which holds 1,700. For larger followings the upper
tier is also made available. If you can, try to
avoid getting get tickets for the rear sections of
both the upper and lower tiers, as the view can be
quite poor. For example, in the rear of the lower
tier there are a number of supporting pillars that
can hinder your view, the seating is of the old
wooden type and the gap between rows is tight.
The front of the lower tier is a lot better
having newer seats and no supporting pillars to
contend with. The rear of the upper tier also
has problems as Neil Theasby a visiting Hull City
supporter informs me; 'Our seats were on the very
back Row S and the view was awful! There were
two obscuring pillars but worse than that the angle
of the roof meant that you couldn't see the
video screen and the view of the opposite
touchline was also partly obscured'.
The facilities within the stand are basic and it is really showing its age (it was first opened in 1926). However, away fans can generate some noise from this area, making for a great atmosphere. The catering from the small concourse area, includes amongst other things; a Scouse Pie (£2.30), Steak Pie (£2.50), Cheese and Onion Pie (£2.30), plus Sausage Rolls (£2.30). They also offer a huge meat pie for £3, which is the size of a small plate, but I wasn't particularly impressed as it seemed to be more pastry than anything else. Lager is available from the sponsors Chang at £3.60 for a 600ml bottle, plus bitter at £3 for a 500ml bottle and even small bottles of white wine are on offer at £3.70. Please note though that the club stop serving alcohol 15 minutes before kick off and the queues at half time can get pretty horrendous.
enjoyed a number
of good days
out at Goodison. The atmosphere was relaxed and
friendly, with both sets of fans mixing freely
before the game. Neil
Thompson a visiting Preston supporter adds; 'The stewards inside
the ground were superb and the best I have
seen at any ground. They just ran things
with a sensible head and communicated with
people, first class. There are lot
of grounds that can learn from the Everton
stewarding'. The Club have automatic
turnstiles, meaning that you have to insert your
ticket into a bar code reader to gain admittance.
|Where To Drink?|
a 15 minute walk away from the visiting
supporters entrance, is the Thomas Frost pub
on Walton Road. This Wetherspoon outlet, is
a fair sized pub, that had a good mixture of
home and away supporters, when I last
visited. Rob Elmour adds; 'We found the
Thomas Frost on Walton Road packed out, so
we tried the Bradleys Wine Bar,
which is just further down and across
the road. It was very good. not a wine bar
at all but a proper family run local with a
good selection of beers including some real
ales. Good mix of fans all very friendly.'
More information can be found on the Bradleys
Wine Bar website. Peter Bennett
suggests the following; 'Pubs on
Walton Lane or The Spellow
outside Goodison are
Tom Hughes adds 'The city centre is usually the best bet for a pre-match drink, There are hundreds of pubs available ranging from designer types to real-ale and saw dust bars. Near Lime Street Station there is the big house (the Vines) next to the Adelphi which is worth a visit. Nearer Goodison 'The Hermitage' (a friendly pub, 5/10 minutes walk up Walton Lane and under the bridge) on Queens Drive is also okay'.
There is a Wetherspoons across the road from Lime Street Station, plus at the station itself, is the Head of Steam, which is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and also has a large screen showing sporting events. Also, the nearby Crown pub also recommended to me. Alcohol is served in the away section of the ground, including beer from the Club's sponsors Chang.
|How To Get There And Where To Park|
|Follow the M62 until you
reach the end of the motorway
(beware of a 50mph speed camera about a 1/4 of a
mile from the end of the motorway). Then
follow the A5058 towards Liverpool. After three
miles turn left at the traffic lights into Utting
Avenue (there is a McDonalds on the corner of this
junction). Proceed for one mile and then turn right
at the corner of Stanley Park into Priory Road.
Goodison is at the end of this road.
If you arrive early (around 1pm) then there is street parking to be found around Walton Lane. Otherwise park over towards Anfield or in Stanley Park itself (the entrance to the car park which costs £8, is in Priory Road). Randy Coldham adds; 'If you approach from the M57 (to join the M57, leave the M62 at Junction 6), and then leave the M57 at Junction 4. Take the A580 towards Liverpool, and on the the right you will reach the Walton Lifestyles Sports Centre (L4 9XP) where you can park for £5. It is then a 15 minute walk to the ground with a very good Chinese Chippy on the way. By parking there you are well away from the traffics jams that you tend to get at Stanley Park after the match and only a five minute drive from the motorway system.
Kirkdale station is the closest to the ground (just under a mile away). However, it may be more advisable to go to Sandhills Station as this has the benefit of a bus service to the ground, which runs for a couple of hours before the game and around 50 minutes after the final whistle. The bus drops you off within easy walking distance of Goodison.
Beaumont adds; 'The best route for
away fans from the city centre if they want to
use public transport is definitely the
Merseyrail Northern Line to Sandhills where they
alight and catch the special Soccerbuses; trains
can be caught from Liverpool Central. If
fans are buying their train tickets in
Liverpool, ask for a return to Goodison Park as opposed
to Sandhills even though that's where you're
getting off. The advantage of doing
this is that the train ticket is valid also for
the Soccerbus and the
additional fare is only £1 return as
opposed to £1.50
that you'd have to pay on the bus if you only
bought your ticket to Sandhills. Both Sandhills & Kirkdale
stations and can be reached by
first getting a train from Liverpool Lime Street
to Liverpool Central and then changing there for
Kirkdale. Patrick Burke adds; 'Although I would
recommend using the Soccerbus to get to the
ground, afterwards you may wish to look at
alternatives, such as grabbing a
taxi into Liverpool, or walking to Kirkdale
railway station. This is because the Soccerbus
is normally very cramped after the game, plus
you may have to wait sometime to get on a bus
(up to half an hour if there is a big queue) and
it can then take 20 minutes or so for the bus to
make its way from the ground'.
Remember if travelling by train then you can save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the thetrainline website to see how much you can save.
The statue plinth reads;
Ralph 'Dixie' Dean
Everton operate a category
system of ticket pricing (A, B, C & D),
whereby the most popular games cost more to
watch. The Category A game is against
Liverpool, Category B against Manchester
United & Manchester City, Category C
against West Ham United, Chelsea, Newcastle
& Wigan. All remaining games are Category
D. Category A prices are shown below with
other Categories shown in brackets:
|Programme & Fanzine|
Official Programme £3
Everton FC fixture list (to take you to the BBC Sports Website)
|For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the Level Playing Field website.|
Tours of the ground are available at a cost of; Adults £8.50, Under 16's £5, or there is a family ticket available (2 adults + 2 children) at £20. Tours take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, except when these days coincide with a matchday (or on the afternoon before matchday). Call the Club on 0871 663 1878 to book.
|Record & Average Attendance|
|Fans Reviews Of Goodison Park|
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