Everton v Hull City
Saturday 3rd January 2009, 3pm
By John Miles
(Hull City fan)
1. Why you were looking forward to going to
the ground (or not as the case may be):
The journey to Goodison Park
was easy, straight down the M62 and we parked in
Stanley Park at the designated Park and Walk site,
be prepared to fork out £8 though!
We arrived about 2.15, the
local fans seemed friendly enough although we headed
straight for the ground to get some refreshments.
The ground is quite imposing
as you walk down through the Park, with all of the
original structure clad in grey and blue. Upon
arrival the away stand looked okay, however once
negotiating the automatic turnstiles and the
spacious stairs to the concourse it went downhill
The concourse is not up to
the standards of many other Premier League grounds,
itís narrow and even tighter around the food and
drink outlet. There is about 2.5m between the
counter and the opposite wall which makes queuing
and getting round the queue very difficult and
The stand is a wooden stand
which really shows its age, although the character
and atmosphere is one of the reasons why I wanted to
visit the ground. It was great however for helping
to create an atmosphere and I was lucky as I was on
the end of a row and had plenty of leg room.
The pies were barely warm but
I was took my chances rather than rejoining the
queue again. Pints of Chang lager are available for
£3.80 as are pints of Marstonís beer. There is also
a choice of hot dogs, sausage rolls tea, coffee etc.
away from the ground was not too difficult, although
the hardest part was leaving the car park which took
Despite the result it was good day out, the ground has a fantastic atmosphere which has a lot to do with the character of the place. I would recommend a trip to Goodison Park before they moved to a sanitised new stadium! Like the nearby Anfield the writing is on the wall for these old grounds, see them while you can!
Are you an away or general football fan who has visited Goodison Park recently?
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