1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not
as the case may be):
Despite hailing from Blackpool, I used
to live in Liverpool and used to attend
Goodison with my Dad when he was alive.
Naturally, with my beloved Seasiders
getting to the fifth round of the cup
for the first time in over twenty years
and with it being not far to travel, I
was well up for this as were 7,000 other
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
I had been to Goodison before as a
youngster so the journey was very easy.
Train from Poulton le Fylde to Lime
Street and even had time to visit my
sister who lives a couple of miles away
from Goodison! Taxi to ground. A word of
advice. Parking is not all that easy as
Liverpool City Council issue residents
permits around the stadium
(and at Anfield) and you may have to
park some way away. Best to come
by train, as there are many buses that
go near Goodison from the city centre,
or by coach.
3. What you did before the game
pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
Went and had a drink in the Winslow
which, although a Blue pub, is very
welcoming of opposing supporters.
Excellent banter between Blues and
Seasiders and had a bite to eat at a
burger van outside the Park End. There are plenty of
pubs around Goodison and you can even
show your colours in some. The only ones
possibly to avoid are The Red Brick and
The Royal Oak which are solidly Blue.
4. What you thought on seeing the
ground, first impressions of away end
then other sides of the ground?
I'd been to Goodison before and it is
one of my favourite grounds and with
7,000 Seasiders in attendance, we were
given most of the Bullens Road. A bit
disappointed as my seat was behind a
pillar but you have to remember Goodison
is an old ground.
5. Comment on the game itself,
atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities
Less said about the game the better! I
really fancied our chances as we were
yet to lose in 2012 and Everton had been
inconsistent. However, with the
West Ham game to follow, Ian Holloway
rang the changes and we found ourselves
2-0 down after six minutes. We had
a late penalty which Kevin Phillips
missed but I thought the Everton fans
were quiet considering it was a Cup Tie
against fairly localish opposition. Most
of the atmosphere was created by us in
tangerine. Stewarding was very good, one
guy even asked me out on a date! Bit of
a crush on for beer and pies at half
time but managed to get a Scouse Pie
which is absolutely delicious!
6. Comment on getting away from the
ground after the game:
Very easy. Walked down to County Road
and got a bus to Lime Street. Was back
home by 7pm. However, if you are
driving, please allow time to get away
as the roads can become congested.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the
I loved it despite the result. Illness
had prevented me from going to Goodison
when we were in the Premier League so I
was not going to miss this. Goodison really is a
fantastic stadium but the Everton fans
could do with singing a bit more because
if they did, Goodison would be a
fearsome place to go for opposition