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Goodison Park
Everton v
Norwich City
Premier League
  Saturday November 24th 2012, 3pm
By Steven Downes

(Norwich City fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

This was to be my first trip to Liverpool and so I was really looking forward to it.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Stayed two stations away from the ground. Old Roan station to Kirkdale Station was a very quick run.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

Started the day with a full English brekkie at the Liverpool North Premier Inn. Went to the Wilnslow Hotel for a drink but was not made welcome. Stopped from going into the Royal Oak pub. Police said it is unsafe for away fans in there? Eventually went in the Thomas Frost Pub, Weatherspoon outlet, on the Walton road. Good mixture of home and away supporters and a friendly atmosphere. Only five minutes from the stadium.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

The ground looked massive when walking down towards it. First impression in the away end was not good. Very old, wooden seats; it badly needs modernising. There are also supporting pillars that obstruct the view of a lot of fans. I think it is time to knock down this stadium and build a new one!

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..:

The game was one of two halfs with Everton dominating the first half and Norwich the second. It was evenly matched ending in a 1-1 draw, which was a fair result. Stewards were very friendly and helpful. Didn't eat in the ground but had a beer which was reasonable. Only a couple of staff behind the food and drink counters which made the queues long and a lot of people walked away because they were fed-up waiting (Lesson to be learned Everton). The Norwich fans stood for the whole game which was great!

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Walked to the railway station. I was disappointed that twice the Police told us to go the other way (it was as though they did not want us to mingle with the home fans). Found the station in the end and got the train straight to the City Centre where we spent the evening before returning to our hotel.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Liverpool is a great place and a fun city! but Everton's ground is in a less desirable area and is very run down. If you visit Liverpool you need to visit the Cavern Quarter (Matthew Street) buzzing atmosphere, also take a short walk down to the Royal Albert Docks, they have made a great job of developing this area. The Mersey Ferry is also worth a trip!


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