Everton

Goodison Park

Capacity: 40,569 (all seated)
Address: Goodison Road, Liverpool, L4 4EL
Telephone: 0871 663 1878
Fax: 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 Manufacturer: Umbro
Home Kit: Royal Blue & White
Away Kit: White and Black
Third Kit: Olive Green and Black

Looking Towards The Gwladys Street Stand
Looking Towards The Gwladys Street Stand
Bullens Road Stand
Bullens Road Stand
Main Stand
Main Stand
Park Stand
Park Stand
Gwladys Street Stand
Gwladys Street Stand
Gwladys Street and Bullens Road Stands
Gwladys Street and Bullens Road Stands

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 the video screen in 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.

The Club have identified a possible location in North Liverpool, on which to build a new 50,000 capacity stadium. This would form part of a wider regeneration project, in conjunction with Liverpool City Council of an area called Walton Hall Park, which is situated around a mile away from Goodison Park. It is anticipated that planning permission will be sought for the scheme in 2015. More details about the project can be found on the Walton Hall Park Project website.

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.

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.

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.

Post Code for SAT NAV: L4 4EL

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. At the traffic lights go straight on up Westminster Road, for about 400yds and then you'll see the Elm Tree pub. Turn left at the pub into Barlow Lane. You will reach the main County Road (A59). Cross over County Road at the traffic lights and then proceed down Spellow Lane you will reach Goodison Park on the left. On the whole it is a fairly straightforward walk and there are plenty of other fans to follow if you are unsure of the way.

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.

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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
2014-2015: 38,406 (Premier League)
2013-2014: 37,732 (Premier League)
2012-2013: 36.356 (Premier League)

Everton operate a category system of ticket pricing (A, B & C), whereby the most popular games cost more to watch. Category A prices are shown below with other Categories shown in brackets:

Home Fans:

Main Stand: Adults £48 (B £44) (C £41), Over 65's £31 (B £28) (C £26), Under 16's £24 (B £22) (C £20)
Main Stand Top Balcony: Adults £46 (B £42) (C £39), Over 65's £30 (B £27) (C £25), Under 16's £23 (B £21) (C £19)
Bullens Stand (Upper Tier): Adults £48 (B £44) (C £41), Over 65's £31 (B £28) (C £26), Under 16's £24 (B £22) (C £20)
Bullens Stand (Lower Tier): Adults £43 (B £39) (C £36), Over 65's £28 (B £26) (C £23), Under 16's £21 (B £19) (C £18)
Gwladys Street (Upper Tier): Adults £46 (B £42) (C £39), Over 65's £30 (B £27) (C £25), Under 16's £23 (B £21) (C £19)
Gwladys Street (Lower Tier): Adults £43 (B £39) (C £36), Over 65's £28 (B £26) (C £23), Under 16's £21 (B £19) (C £18)
Park Stand: Adults £49 (B £45) (C £42), Over 65's £32 (B £29) (C £27), Under 16's £24 (B £22) (C £21)
Family Enclosure**: Adults £42 (B £38) (C £35), Over 65's £29 (B £26) (C £24), Under 16's £21 (B £19) (C £17)

Away Fans

Bullens Stand (Upper Tier): Adults £48 (B £44) (C £41), Over 65's £31 (B £28) (C £26), Under 16's £24 (B £22) (C £20)
Bullens Stand (Lower Tier): Adults £43 (B £39) (C £36), Over 65's £28 (B £26) (C £23), Under 16's £21 (B £19) (C £18)

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

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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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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!

Everton v Tottenham Hotspur
Premier League
Saturday March 10th 2012, 3pm 
By Callum Sturt (Tottenham Hotspur fan)

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

Me and my mates try to go to as many away games as possible and we really wanted to go to Goodison Park as the reviews we heard were top class. However our form had recently dropped so we weren't too sure how the result would turn out, but we would be but we try to remain positive or football isn't fun!

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

We got the train from London Euston to Liverpool Lime street. The tickets cost us an arm and a leg but it was straightforward to get there.  We passed the long journey, trying to predict the Spurs line up and whether Redknapp would stick Bale on the right or centre of midfield. We had a couple of drinks to save a bit for money up there. Also we were quite worried as the only train back to London was half an hour after the game so it would be a rush to make it and we didn't fancy staying in Liverpool over night! We got a taxi from the railway station to the ground and the taxi driver was full of banter but upset as he was a red and they had lost to Sunderland, he warned us to cover our colours.

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

We were driven straight to the ground. With a while before kick off but we decided to go in buy and programme check out our seats and then go for a few beers on the concourse, home fans seemed friendly enough despite what the taxi driver said although we didn't mix with them much.

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

We were in the upper tier and our view was amazing. I'd recommend anyone to go for upper tier seats as I hear the lower tier isn't as good. One thing I really liked was that we were not behind a goal so we could easily see both sides of the pitch.

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

The game was okay. Spurs dominated most of the game but ended up on the wrong side of a 1-0 scoreline. Towards the end Spurs scored what I though was an equalising goal but it was flagged offside. We left before the end of the game in order to catch that train! Stewards were friendly and not once told us to sit down, didn't taste the pies So I can't comment on them.

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

Getting away from the ground was easy as the game was still going on, we heard a cheer which was loud so we knew we had lost, but what made the day was that we bumped into the same taxi driver! Which was funny. He took us to the station and we manage to easily catch our train in time.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out: 

Despite the result one of my favourite away days, i'd go again and anyone thinking of going to Goodison then DO IT! It's a great ground, one fault with it though, Everton fans could do with singing a bit more!

Everton v Blackpool
FA Cup 5th Round  
Saturday February 18th 2012, 3pm 
By Michelle-Louise Burrows (Blackpool fan)

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 Blackpool fans.

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

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 etc..

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 day out:

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 teams. 

Everton v Blackburn Rovers
Premier League  
Saturday January 21st 2012, 3pm 
By Tom Croft (Blackburn Rovers fan)

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

I'd heard mixed views about Goodison Park so was interested to see what it was actually like. Friends who had sat in both the home and away sections had given me rather different reports, but most of them commented on the excellent atmosphere generated by the away supporters. That and the fact that Rovers were playing well at the time and that tickets were cheap encouraged me to attend.

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

We travelled to this game by official club coach which parked  just down the road (about 100 yards) so finding the ground was no problem although when we drove past it I thought that Anfield was actually Goodison (sorry to the Everton and Liverpool fans there!) and wondered why we were parking such a way from the ground at first! When we got nearer to the ground I couldn't see any obvious places for car parking.

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

Before the game we went for a few drinks in a pub which i think was called the "King Harry" (not sure) which was about a 10 minute walk from the ground. The pub was very secluded and you could actually see Anfield down an alley from outside this pub. I noticed that there were plenty of burger vans about so getting something to eat would be no problem. The pub was fairly empty but the people in there were Everton supporters and were very friendly and the banter with them was good! Walking back to the ground we did get odd looks off a few Evertonians but all in all the home fans were helpful and friendly.

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

One of the only bad things I can say about Goodison in the away section, is that it is old with supporting pillars giving a restricted view to those sat in the back of the lower tier. We were sat right at the end of the stand so were as close to the home fans as possible which resulted in plenty of banter between both sets of supporters, some of which got taken a bit too far and resulted in a Rovers fan being ejected from the stadium by Police (Quite rightly as well.) The view was okay but was quite difficult to see the action at the far end (to our right).

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

The game itself was a lively affair with chances at both end in the first half. Rovers started the brighter side and were unlucky not to take the lead when David Dunn hit the post. Everton took the lead when Fellaini handled the ball into the path of Tim Cahill who drilled past Paul Robinson to make it 1-0 to the home side.

The second half started the same as the first with both sides going at it; Rovers arguably the better side creating more chances and finally getting the deserved equalizer after Howard let a Pederson free kick straight through his hands for Cahill to bungle a clearance to Goodwillie who didn't know much about it as the ball hit his leg and went in to make it 1-1. Everton pressed for a winner late on hitting the bar and forcing Robinson into a few outstanding saves but the score remained 1-1. A relatively fair result with us Rovers fans feeling we perhaps deserved all three points but still a point away is a point away!

The atmosphere was generated mainly by the Rovers fans which considering there wasn't many of us was very impressive. There weren't too many Everton fans singing but those who did were the ones near us away fans which made it better for us. The stewards were excellent; very helpful and chatty at half time which you don't always get. The facilities were poor though in my opinion and the gents was very clean at all.

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

Getting away was a nightmare. We got back to the coach with a few Everton fan's bidding us a safe journey home but it was a good half hour before we were moving at speed again as the traffic in the area was very congested so I would recommend leaving plenty of time to get away from the ground.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall I found Everton Away to be a good day out with the locals/home Fans being mainly very friendly and helpful. The stadium is disappointing but a good atmosphere can be generated from the away section. An easy to find stadium with plenty of burger vans around for food and pubs for drinking. (Please note that we were informed that a lot of the pubs immediately around the ground were for home fans only). If you're a first time visitor I would definately recommend a visit to Goodison Park.

Everton v Tamworth
FA Cup 3rd Round  
Saturday January 7th 2012, 3pm 
By Scot Rowland (Tamworth fan)

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

Obviously a trip to a Premiership side in the FA Cup is massive for a non league side and this was no exception for Tamworth plus having viewed the pictures on this guide Goodison Park looks an impressive stadium.

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

My journey from Ipswich wasn’t that difficult all things considered. I caught the 05:43 from Ipswich but typically my train was delayed meaning I just about caught my train from Euston after catching the tube from Liverpool Street after a quick change at Crewe arrived at Liverpool Lime Street at 10:10. Then a bit later made our way to Liverpool Central and got the train to Kirkdale. The ground is easy enough to find using the directions on the guide from the station.

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

Before the game I went to the Globe Inn just opposite Lime Street station, which is well worth a beer or two with very relaxed staff making for a good atmosphere. We then headed to The Lime Kiln on Concert Square which is a typical Lloyd’s bar which was packed with Tamworth Fans. We then of the two options specified on the guide took the Kirkdale option and headed to the Thomas Frost Wetherspoons on Walton Road. The pub had a good mix of Toffee’s and Lambs fans and had a very good friendly atmosphere. All the Everton fans I came across were fantastic a real credit to their club. I would go as far to say they are the best and friendliest set of fans I have come across following Tamworth.

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

The stadium when you first approach it, looks huge in between all the houses, and is a lovely stadium in my opinion. It’s a surprisingly old stadium from what I had imagined but oozes character. The Bullens Road Stand where the away fans are located is very cramp inside and in the concourses, and then there is the view although I had read about the view from the guide It is shockingly poor with supporting pillars and even the supports of the roof of the stand obscuring your view and with my tickets being in block UV2 in the upper tier of the stand.

Goodison Park

The rest of the ground is made up of the Main Stand opposite which is quite impressive being three tiers high, behind the far goal is the Gwladys Road which is in the similar vein as the Bullens Road an old two tier stand, the other stand is the Park Stand is a new stand to the right of the away support and unlike the rest of the stadium has no supporting pillars to obscure the view.

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

The game was very good from a Tamworth point of view, The Lambs fought well and carved out a few chances against a side 96 places higher and certainly didn’t disgrace themselves. Jonny Heitinga scored a header after 5 minutes and Leighton Baines scored a second half penalty to give Everton a 2-0 win. Everton had chances but I think any more than 2-0 would have been a harsh score line on Tamworth. 

The atmosphere was pretty much what you would expect from the Everton fans who were expecting their team to put Tamworth to the sword, but the atmosphere from the 5,000 Tamworth fans was fantastic from start to finish didn’t stop singing and made for an absolutely brilliant atmosphere. The stewards were very good and pretty much left us to get on with it very laid back and friendly. I didn’t have the opportunity to sample any food at the ground as the concourse was full of fans and would have taken an age to get anything.

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

After the game getting away was as you would expect the narrow streets around Goodison can get very busy but there is no major problems with many fans using public transport.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A fantastic day out from the stadium to the fans, everything about Everton is brilliant. I’d very much recommend a visit to Goodison Park it is old and the view is not great but the character of the stadium is fantastic. And Toffee’s fans are the best I’ve come across who are extremely friendly and welcoming before and after the match.

Everton v Bolton Wanderers
Premier League
Wednesday January 4th 2012, 3pm
By Dean Williamson (Neutral fan - Doing the 92)

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

This was my first trip to Goodison Park and a rare neutral game for me as a Blackpool season ticket holder this match was a Christmas present from my partner. This was also my last Merseryside ground and no.45 in the '92 list.  

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

Goodison Park is well served by local transport. The nearest train station is Kirkdale which you can reach via Liverpool Lime Street (the main city centre train station). There is also a bus service which can be accessed across the road from Lime Street. You can also walk to the ground but it's at least a 30minute walk and you do pass through a large residential area which could be quite hostile for an away fan. Alternatively, as we did, you can catch a taxi which will cost around £5.  

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

Before the game we stopped in the Wetherspoons which is accessed by leaving the Lime Street Station main entrance and walk over to the shopping arcade. Take the first left and the Wetherspoons is nestled under the arcade to the left. 

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

Goodison Park is one of the oldest grounds in the Premier League and looks it. It is very antiquated but this adds to it's all round allure. The stadium is in the middle of a residential area and quite imposing as you walk past someone's front door and find a huge stadium on the other side. There is also no direct way around the stadium as on one side you even get directed around a Church! We were sat in the Gladys Street End so our view was perfect but  there are many parts of the stadium which do have a restricted view due to the infrastructure holding the stadium up. There is something about this ground that few others have and if they could bottle it's recipe then all future stadiums should be modelled in this way.  

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

The game was very dull and devoid of skill for large parts of the game. The main flashpoints were the three goals. We witnessed Everton keeper Tim Howard score from his own box as the gusty winds took hold of a long punt forward which took one bounce and flew over the Bolton's keepers head into the goal. An undeserved lead for Everton but one the fans took delight in that rarest of goal keeper goals. A note here on the atmosphere which was very subdued for the majority of the game and not like the reputation that proceeds 'the blue army'. 

There was two more twists to this game with Bolton providing the rare bits of fast passing football leading to an equaliser and finally a winner with a few minutes to go. Queue pandemonium in the Bolton end who brought what seemed only a couple of hundred fans. Aside from the game I would recommend making your way down to the concourse before half time if you want to get served for beer or food during the interval. The tea maker broke during the break leaving large queues of people forming around the concourse despite many not requiring a hot drink. Rather than serve those customers who were not waiting for a tea and thus reduce the queue the staff chose to stare blankly at the tea machine as it took 5minutes to make each beverage! In the end we ordered a bottle of water, a pie and a chocolate bar which came to £6. As for the toilets in the stadium they are tightly packed in and have clearly been painted over many times which indicated the same facilities have been in place since the stadium opened. Finally, the stewards were very non-interventional. We had no trouble whatsoever and this seems to reduce the potential intimidating atmosphere you get at grounds when stewards decide to wield their very little amount of power. All credit to Everton for training their stewards properly to deal with football fans.  

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

Getting away from the ground was fairly standard for a Premier League ground. As usual there are large swathes of people all trying to reach different directions and so you need to be on your toes and certain where you’re going as to not get stood on., Once your within 5 minutes of the crowd the roads become open and it easy to get away.  

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A great evening out and a ground I will be returning to. I would like to see Goodison on a sunny day and a match where the homes fans are in full swing!

 

Everton v Queens Park Rangers
Premier League
Saturday 20th August 2011, 3pm
By Ben Buckingham (QPR fan)

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

This was QPR’s first away day back in the Premier League since 1996. An entire generation of QPR fans including myself have not attended a Premier League away game for a very long time so it was a great feeling to be there on merit and not via a cup draw. I have travelled to over 55 league clubs following QPR and this was also a new one for me after enduring the same Championship grounds year after year. This was an old-fashioned proper football ground and we were all excited to be doing Everton for the first time. 

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

We set off from West Ruislip area (Middlesex) at 8.30am after collecting my cousin Mark and his (Evertonian friend Dan) and big Chris from the station, stocked up on supplies from a Tesco (this included 8 fosters for Chris which he drank all by himself!). We arrived in Liverpool at 12.15pm which we laughed at being there so early. The M6 toll proved to work its wonders again! We parked up in a lovely place called the Isla Gladstone Foundation which looked like a very plush building at one end of Stanley Park. This cost £8 and we were the first to park up and had no worries about the car whatsoever. The ground was literally a short walk through the park and you could see it so probably 250 yards from where we had parked. 

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

We decided to walk down to the stadium to buy a few programmes so we could flick through them when we found a pub. We took the advice of the guide and walked up to the Walton Road and had the choice of the Wetherspoons or Bradleys Wine Bar. We opted for Bradleys (which is not a wine bar) but a very friendly old-fashioned pub. As it was very early, there was about 5 locals in there  but we decided to stay. 4 beers were under £10 and they were lovely freezing cold San Miguel and Fosters. We sat down and chilled out for an hour until the Arsenal v Liverpool game started. We got chatting to lots of friendly Everton fans who made us feel very welcome and even got given some cake (designed as a football pitch) by one of the local ladies. They cooked burgers, pies and chips all for £1 each – and they incredibly were really nice. After a great time in the pub we left just before the end of the tv game, Liverpool got their second and sealed the points (to the delight of 2 very odd and angry looking Liverpool fans) in amongst the Evertonians and we made our way to the ground at half two. One thing we did think was very odd was we didn’t see 1 other QPR fan anywhere until we got to outside away end (no idea where our fans were drinking!!). We went one way and our Evertonian friend went the other.

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

The Main Stand towers above the rest of the ground and was easily visible in the surrounding area. We went straight into the away section and it wasn’t overly impressive. It looked very cramped and dated as you enter the turnstiles with very little room to move around. I didn’t actually queue for any food or drink in the stadium but the other guys didn’t seem to be waiting too long although we didn’t try the Scouse Pie!. The away seating is on wooden blue seats that are all connected in a row and in good condition for wooden seats. Ideally if you’re in the lower tier you need to be in front of the columns which we weren’t. This did slightly restrict our view at the Gwladys end. The Main Stand opposite did look impressive either, although it makes the stadium seem bigger than it probably is. The Park End looked tidy and we had a good view of the scoreboards. I liked the sign at the Gwladys End – ‘Evertonians are born not manufactured’. 

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

To the surprise of many, QPR won 1-0 and it was a fantastic result. Everton had the better of the chances in the first half. Tim Cahill should have scored from close range but headed wide from 4 yards out. Leighton Baines hit the bar with a great free-kick which Paddy Kenny didn’t even move for. QPR took the look in the 32nd minute with a lovely turn and strike from Tommy Smith sending the Rs faithful into delirium and there was plenty of jumping around. This goal made the Everton fans go very quiet and the QPR fans louder. As the game went on the home fans got increasingly frustrated and booed their side off at the full-time whistle. It was a strange day really with QPR announcing a new takeover 2 days before and Everton owner announcing no money would be spent on new players. The stewarding was fine no hassle between rival fans too. I didn’t venture into the toilets or concourse area so I have no comment on those! I think the official attendance was 35,000 with 1500 being the QPR support.

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

We left Liverpool at half 5 and were back on the motorway very easily. Only a small delay getting onto the main roads for ten minutes tops. We did look at all the other scores in the country via the internet and listening out for England V India 4th test updates to hear how England were getting closer to a 4-0 series win. Big Chris had backed 5 home wins earlier in the day and all but 1 team (Sheffield United) let him down. So we were winding him up as we went through the scores which was good fun. Took 3 ½ hours to get Mark to Ickenham and Chris to Shepherds Bush – and 4 hours for me back to West Drayton after dropping everyone off first.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

One of the best away days I have done in a long time. Everton fans were friendly and let us mix with them in the pub. The beers were freezing and very cheap. QPR won 1-0 their first game in premier league since 1996 and the journeys both way only took 3 ½ hours with stops. It was a new club to visit and a decent sized stadium that had a proper feel about the place. The fans (although a bit quiet and fed up) were genuine and not a ‘prawn sandwich’ brigade which also was good to see. Will definitely want to come back to Goodison Park and would recommend it to any visiting fan if you haven’t been!

Everton v Manchester United
Premier League 
Saturday 20th February 2010, 12.45pm
By Alistair Paine (Manchester United fan)

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

As a Mancunian, any trip over to Merseyside is always going to be an interesting one. I had never been to Goodison Park, but had heard a lot about it from friends and wanted to experience it. Whenever United visit Everton it is always an eventful game and three points were vital at this stage of the season.  

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

Very easy to get to, we got the train into Lime Street and then got on Mersey Rail to Kirkdale. When you arrive at Kirkdale the ground is a 10 minute walk away. As you exit the station just follow the crowd to the stadium.  

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

Most of our group drank in Manchester and on the train before the game as there are not alot friendly pubs near the ground, and especially as mancunians we were keen just to keep our heads down and get into the stadium. The fans we spoke to were friendly enough but such is the rivalry of the two cities that this is not always the case.  

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

The ground itself is old and needs to be revamped. The concourse is very small as were the toilets. The away end is to the side of the Park End stand. There are several tall pilars in the way and our view of the end furthest away from us was obstructed. The seats are wooden and the space between rows limited.  

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

The games itself was a disaster, as we lost 3-1. Atmosphere in the ground was great prior to kick off, when United took the lead the whole ground apart from 3,000 mancs went very quiet. Although as Everton got back into the game the vocal support from the home fans was impressive. The fans to our left were a little hostile towards us but that is to be expected as were not the most liked team in the country, the stewards were good though, one instance a lad infront of me had smuggled in a bottle of Stella, the usual practice would be just to throw him out but the stewards just took the bottle off him and let him be which I thought was a good way to deal with things.  

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

Getting away from the ground was easy, although the stadium tannoy system informed us all game that we would be held back after the game, but when full time came we were just let out straight away which was a bit confusing, I think the result maybe had something to do with that decision. We were back to Kirkdale station in 10 minutes and on the way home  

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A good day out, very hostile at times but as I have been away with United a lot of times now you get used to the hostile reception when we go away. Would recommend it, but not to wear colours to and from the ground. Will be there next year for sure.

Everton v Carlisle United
FA Cup 3rd Round
Saturday 2nd January 2010, 3pm
By Glenn Aylett (Carlisle United fan)

Went down to watch Carlisle play Everton in the third round of the FA Cup and must admit for all the stewards were helpful and the fans were friendly enough, I must admit the facilities for away fans are like something out of the eighties.  

I would advise any away fan who is entering Goodison Park that for all the ground looks reasonably modern from the outside, if they are paying their £ 34- luckily we only had to pay the Carlisle ticket price of £ 20- that they will be very disappointed.  

Firstly, the catering is abysmal. After standing in a very long queue and faced with the meager choice of three pies and overhearing someone saying their meat pie was awful, I decided to play safe with a cheese and onion pie which for £ 2.50 was barely warm and the pastry was awful. Also the beer isn't served on draught and comes out of cans, which means the beer is warm (the bitter is awful) and works out at £ 3.60 a pint as cans are a bit less than a pint. If you don't like Banks bitter or Chang lager forget it, and the choice of food is limited to three pies, all awful , and a large hot dog for £ 3.70. No burgers, chips or pasties here and even a club the size of Carlisle puts Goodison to shame as the beer and food is a lot better.  

Secondly, health and safety is like a throwback 30 years and this is where the away end is showing its age and Everton need to get a new ground. The toilets were overflowing and filthy- thank goodness I didn't get a dodgy pie- the women's toilets were totally inadequate and had huge queues, but more importantly the away end is like a narrow passageway with inadequate safety exits which could prove disastrous in an emergency as there were 6,000 fans in the Bullen End who couldn't be evacuated quickly. Also there were a heap of broken chairs lying around on a gantry which could prove a fire hazard and wooden seats and flooring in the stand I thought had been banned years ago.  

On the other hand parking was good enough in Stanley Park, you don't mind paying your £8 if your car is going to be safe and access from the M58 was quite easy, just follow the signs for the city centre and also you get to see Aintree if you come in from the north. We also had a bit of time to kill so had a look at Anfield, only half a mile away, and a walk round Stanley Park.  

As for stewards and the fans, very friendly and seemed welcoming. We didn't experience any trouble or aggressive behaviour and the reputation for Everton being a friendly club was well deserved. Also it was nice they applauded us at the end of the match.  

With regard to the match itself, the game was quite good and the Blue Army made itself heard, especially when we equalised with Everton and it looked as if we could hold on for a draw. Also we came very close to a second goal, but this Murphy's law hit the post and then Everton scored a second and a penalty in injury time sealed Carlisle's fate. However, it was an excellent day out and we all enjoyed it and Carlisle certainly weren't disgraced and played bravely against a team that's 48 places higher than us and in Europe. Yet we still now have the consolation of facing Leeds, this season's giant killers, in the regional final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

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Updated 26th August 2015

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