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Everton FC
Goodison Park

Capacity: 40,569 (all seated)
Address: Goodison Road, Liverpool, Post Code for SAT NAV:
Main Telephone No: 0871 663 1878
Fax No: 0151 286 9112
Ticket Office: 0871 663 1878
Pitch Size: 112 x 78 yards
Club Nickname:
The Toffees
Year Ground Opened: 1892
Shirt Sponsors: Chang
Kit Manufacturers: Nike
Home Kit Colours: Royal Blue & White
Away Kit Colours: Yellow & Blue
Official Web Site:
www.evertonfc.com
Unofficial Web Sites:
Toffee Web
Blue Kipper
Vital Everton
School of Science 1878


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Contents
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)
By Train
Dixie Dean Statue (photo)
Local Rivals
Admission Prices
Programme & Fanzine
Ground Layout
Fixtures 2013-2014
Disabled Facilities
Stadium Tours
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
Hotel Accommodation
View From The Lower Away Section (photo)
Location Map Of Goodison Park


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What's Goodison Park Like?

Looking from the outside, Goodison Park, 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!

A unique
feature of the stadium is a church called St Lukes which sits just beyond one corner of the ground (selling teas & snacks at reasonable prices on matchdays). If you have time before the game look out for the statue behind the Park Stand; a tribute to the legend that was Dixie Dean. After all these years, the Everton team still come out to the theme tune of the old police series, Z-cars.

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Future Ground Developments

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.

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Looking Towards The Gwladys Street Stand


  Looking Towards The Gwladys Street
                    Stand

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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, which apparently is a kind of meat stew in pastry. Lager is available from the sponsors Chang at 3.80 for a 600ml bottle, plus bitter at 3.20 for a 500ml bottle and even small bottles of white wine are on offer at 3.90. Please note though that the club stop serving alcohol 15 minutes before kick off and the queues at half time can get pretty horrendous.

I have 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.

On a poignant note, if you do happen to notice some flowers lying around the perimeter of the pitch, this is because the ashes of a number of supporters (over 800) have been interred around it.

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Main Stand


 Main Stand photo

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Where To Drink?
About 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 recommended.'

Otherwise you can walk along Priory Road (where the away coaches drop off and park) or across Stanley Park, going away from Goodison over towards Anfield. The Arkles pub, the usual haunt of away fans visiting Anfield is also popular with away fans going to Goodison. It is about a 10-15 minute walk. At the end of Priory Road, turn right into Arkles Lane and the pub is up on the left. It also shows Sky Sports.


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.

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Bullens Road Stand


    Bullens Road Stand

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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.

Map showing the location of Goodison Park (at the bottom of this page)

Post Code for SAT NAV: L4 4EL

Park Stand


Park Stand

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By Train

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.

Gary 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 2 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'.

On exiting from Kirkdale Station turn right and then cross the railway bridge, you will see a pub opposite called the 'Melrose Abbey', which is a recommended watering hole. Walk up Westminster Road, alongside the pub, for about 400yds and you'll see the Elm Tree pub. Turn left at the pub into Goodall Street and walk up to end of the road, crossing the junction with Carisbrooke Road and into Harlech Street. At the end of Harlech Street you will reach the main County Road (A59). Cross over County Road at the traffic lights and then proceed down Andrew Street. At the top of Andrew Street you can see St Lukes Church sat in the corner of the ground.


The main railway station in Liverpool is Lime Street which is over three miles from the ground and is really too far to walk (although it is mostly downhill on the way back to the station), so either head for Kirkdale station or jump in a taxi (about 8). Otherwise you can catch various buses from the bus station which is seven minutes walk away from Lime Street and is well signposted. Either the 19, 19a, 20, 21 or 311 will drop you right outside the ground at a cost of about 1.80. The buses are run by Arriva and the journey takes about 15 to 25 minutes dependant on traffic.

Thanks to Geoff Barnes for providing the directions from Kirkdale Station.

Remember if travelling by train then you can save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the the trainline website to see how much you can normally save. Click on the trainline logo below:

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Dixie Dean Statue


Dixie Dean Statue

The statue plinth reads;

William Ralph 'Dixie' Dean
1907-1980
377 goals in 431 games, including
a record 60 league goals in season 1927-28
FOOTBALLER - GENTLEMAN - EVERTONIAN

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Local Rivals

Liverpool

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Admission Prices

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:

Home Fans:
Main Stand: Adults 44 (B 43) (C 42) (D 38), Over 65's 28.50 (B 27.75) (C 27) (D 24),
Under 16's 22 (B 21.50) (C 21) (D 19)
Main Stand Top Balcony: Adults 42 (B 41) (C 40) (D 36), Over 65's 27.50 (B 26.75) (C 26) (D 23), Under 16's 21 (B 20.50) (C 20) (D 18)

Bullens Stand (Upper Tier):
Adults 44 (B 43) (C 42) (D 38), Over 65's 28.25 (B 27.50) (C 26.75)
(D 23.75),
Under 16's 22 (B 21.50) (C 21) (D 19)

Bullens Stand (Lower Tier Paddock At Front): Adults 42 (B 41) (C 40) (D 36), Over 65's 27
(B 26.25) (C 25.50) (D 22.50),
Under 16's 21 (B 20.50) (C 20) (D 18)

Bullens Stand (Lower Tier): Adults 39 (B 38) (C 37) (D 33), Over 65's 25.50 (B 24.75) (C 24)
(D 21),
Under 16's 19.50 (B 19) (C 18.50) (D 16.50)

Gwladys Street (Upper Tier):
Adults 42 (B 41) (C 40) (D 36), Over 65's Over 65's 27.50 (B 26.75)
(C 26) (D 23),
Under 16's 21 (B 20.50) (C 20) (D 18)
Gwladys Street (Lower Tier): Adults 39 (B 38) (C 37) (D 33), Over 65's 26 (B 25.25) (C 24.50)
(D 21.50),
Under 16's 19.50 (B 19) (C 18.50) (D 16.50)

Park Stand: Adults 45 (B 44) (C 43) (D 39), Over 65's 29 (B 28.25) (C 27.50) (D 24.50),
Under 16's 22.50 (B 22) (C 21.50) (D 19.50)

Family Enclosure**: Adults 38 (B 37) (C 36) (D 32), Over 65's 26.50 (B 25.75) (C 25)
(D 22),
Under 16's 19 (B 18.50) (C 18) (D 16)

Away Fans:
Bullens Stand (Upper Tier): Adults 44 (B 43) (C 42) (D 38), Over 65's 28.25 (B 27.50) (C 26.75)
(D 23.75),
Under 16's 22 (B 21.50) (C 21) (D 19)

Bullens Stand (Lower Tier Paddock At Front): Adults 42 (B 41) (C 40) (D 36), Over 65's 27
(B 26.25) (C 25.50) (D 22.50),
Under 16's 21 (B 20.50) (C 20) (D 18)

Bullens Stand (Lower Tier): Adults 39 (B 38) (C 37) (D 33), Over 65's 25.50 (B 24.75) (C 24)
(D 21),
Under 16's 19.50 (B 19) (C 18.50) (D 16.50)



** Must be a minimum of 1 child per two adults.

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Programme & Fanzine

Official Programme 3
When Skies Are Grey Fanzine 2

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Ground Layout


  Goodison Park Layout

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Fixtures 2013-2014

Everton FC fixture list (to take you to the BBC Sports Website)

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Disabled Facilities
For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field
website.

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Stadium Tours

Tours of the ground are available at a cost of; Adults 10 and Under 15's 5. Tours take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, at 11am and 1pm, except when these days coincide with a matchday (or on the afternoon before matchday). Call the Club on 0151 530 5212 to book.

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Record & Average Attendance

Record Attendance:
78,299 v Liverpool,
Division One, September 18th, 1948.

Modern All Seated Attendance Record:
40,552 v Liverpool
Premier League, December 11th, 2004.


Average Attendance:
2012-2013: 36.356 (Premier League)
2011-2012: 33,228 (Premier League)
2010-2011: 36,039 (Premier League)

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Fans Reviews Of Goodison Park

Steven Downes (Norwich City) 24/11/12
Callum Sturt (Tottenham Hotspur) 10/3/12
Michelle-Louise Burrows (Blackpool) 18/2/12
Tom Croft (Blackburn Rovers) 21/1/12
Scot Rowland (Tamworth) 7/1/12
Dean Williamson (Doing The 92) 4/1/12
Ben Buckingham (QPR) 20/8/11

Alistair Paine (Manchester United) 20/2/10
Glenn Aylett (Carlisle United) 2/2/10
Pete Lowe (Wolverhampton Wanderers) 17/10/09
George Dunn (Hull City) 10/1/09
John Miles (Hull City) 10/1/09
Alan Ferguson (Oldham Athletic) 5/1/08

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Hotel Accommodation
If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Late Rooms. They offer all types of accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets from; Budget Hotels, Traditional Bed & Breakfast establishments to Five Star Hotels and Serviced Apartments. Plus their booking system is straightforward and easy to use. Yes this site will earn a small commission if you book through them, but it will go to help with the running costs of keeping the Guide going. The Hotels listing also includes details of how far away the accommodation is located from the football ground.

Access their Liverpool Hotels and Guest Houses page
.

Remember that you can use the above link or panel below to book any other hotels that you may need for business or leisure, either in the UK or abroad.


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View From The Lower Away Section



Map showing the location of the Goodison Park football ground, railway stations and listed pubs



Special thanks to Haydn Gleed for providing the video above.

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Last Updated: 15 April 2014