Everton

Goodison Park

Capacity: 39,572 (all seated)
Address: Goodison Road, Liverpool, L4 4EL
Telephone: 0151 556 1878
Fax: 0151 286 9112
Ticket Office: 0151 556 1878
Pitch Size: 112 x 78 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Toffees
Year Ground Opened: 1892
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Shirt Sponsors: SportPesa
Kit Manufacturer: Umbro
Home Kit: Royal Blue & White
Away Kit: Coral and Navy
Third Kit: Dark Blue

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
Southampton fans at Goodison Park
External View
External View
Gwladys Street and Bullens Road Stands
Gwladys Street and Bullens Road Stands
Souhampton fans visit Goodison Park 2016

Goodison ParkLooking 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 television series, Z Cars, which was popular in the 1960s and 70s.

The Club have renamed both ends of the ground. The Gwladys Street End is now called the Howard Kendall Gwladys Street End, after former player and the Club's most successful Manager Howard Kendall. Whilst the Park Stand is now known as the Sir Philip Carter Park End, named after a former Chairman.

The Club have purchased a site at Bramley Moore Dock with the aim of building a new 52,000 stadium there (although this may increase to 62,000). The Bramley Moore Dock is located on the East Bank of the River Mersey and is north of the City Centre and has been designated a World Heritage site. Hence if you look at the image you can below, you can see that surprisingly there is a large amount of 'old-fashioned' brickwork on show, but this is to preserve the existing dock buildings. It is believed that the Club are aiming to apply for planning permission before the end of 2019.

An Artists Impression On How The New Stadium Will Look

Everton New Stadium

The image above is courtesy of the Peoples-Project website Where more images and information can be found.

Visiting Supporters Only Sign 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 then 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 were 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; Hot Dogs (£4.40), Beef Burgers (£4.20), Steak Pie, Meat & Potato Pie, Cheese & Onion Pie, Bombay & Vegetable Pie (all £3.40) and Sausage Rolls (£3.10).

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. In keeping with tradition they still have someone walking around the pitch before the game, throwing toffees into the crowd, which is a nice touch. If you arrive at the ground early then there is a small fan zone located in the car park behind the Park Stand. The fan zone has entertainment as well as eating and drinking outlets and away fans are able to gain entry. 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 a 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.

Behind the Park Stand is a small outdoor fan zone which serves alcohol, as well as food. Currently visiting supporters are allowed free entry into the fanzone. 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 Spellow just outside Goodison Park, whilst John Ellis a visiting fan informs me; 'Along Walton Lane, on the corner of Cherry Lane is the Liverpool Taxi Cab Drivers, Sports and Social Club. On our visit, there was a good mix of home and away supporters. The Club charges a £1 entry fee.'

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 in the form of Carling (500ml Bottle £4.10), Coors (330ml Bottle £3.80), Kingstone Press (500ml Bottle £4.10), Red or White Wine (187ml Bottle £4.40). The Club also offers a Pie and a bottle of Carling for £7.20 as well as four bottles of Carling for £15.50. Please note though that the club stop serving alcohol 15 minutes before the first half kick off and the queues at half time can get pretty horrendous.

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 keep right and take the A5058 Ring Road North, signposted Football Stadia. 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.

Car Parking

There is a car park in nearby Stanley Park which costs £10. The entrance to the car park 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 right, you will reach the Walton Lifestyles Sports Centre (L4 9XP) where you can park for £7. It is then a 15 minute walk to Goodison 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. Otherwise it is a case of finding some street parking, however, please take note that there is a Residents Only Parking Scheme in operation around the nearby area, so pay attention to those signposts. There is also the option of renting a private driveway near Goodison Park via YourParkingSpace.co.uk.

Post Code for SAT NAV: L4 4EL

Kirkdale Railway Station is the closest to the ground (just under a mile away). However, it may be more advisable to go to Sandhills Railway 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 Park. The Soccerbus costs Adults (£3.50 return, £2 single), Child (£1.50 return, £1 single). 

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 £3 return as opposed to £3.50 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.

From Liverpool Lime Street By Bus Or Taxi

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). Iain Badger 'The easiest way to get to the ground from the city centre is to use the 919 Special buses from Stand 10 in St John’s Lane. This is just across the road from Lime Street station and down the left hand side of St George’s Hall if you stand outside the rail station looking directly at the hall building. The buses start running two hours prior to kick off and drop you by the club shop at the ground. The buses run from the other side of the street for the return journey. A single fare is £2.20. The 919 takes only 10 minutes to get to the ground and doesn’t stop on the route.'

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

Home Fans

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

Away Fans

As per an agreement with all Premier League Clubs, away fans will be charged a maximum price of those shown below for all League games:

Bullens Stand (Upper Tier):
Adults £30
Over 65's £21
Under 18's £16

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

Official Programme £3.50
When Skies Are Grey Fanzine £2

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Behind the Park End Stand is a statue of legendary club forward Dixie Dean.

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

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

 

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

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

Average Attendance
2018-2019: 39,043 (Premier League)
2017-2018: 38,797 (Premier League)
2016-2017: 39,047 (Premier League)

Tours of Goodison Park are available at a cost of; Adults £15, Concessions £10 and Under 19's £5. Tours take place most days apart from matchdays. The first tours of the day start at 10am. Tours can be booked online or by calling the Club on 0151 556 1878 to book.

The Club has played at Goodison Park since 1892. Previous to that they played close by in the local area.

When the Club was formed in 1878 as St Domingo FC, they first played in the nearby Stanley Park. The Club changed its name to Everton in 1879, being named after a local District of Liverpool. In 1882 they moved to play matches at Priory Road.

Two years later in 1884 they moved to a new site in Anfield Road, on the other side of Stanley Park and closer to the Everton District. The Club played eight seasons there, which during that time the Club won its first League Championship trophy in 1891. However a year later due to a dispute over rent, the Club moved across Stanley Park to the present Goodison Park site. Out of this dispute and with a ground lying vacant at Anfield Road a new Club were formed in 1892 called Liverpool FC and one of the biggest Club rivalries in world football was created.

If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me at: [email protected] and I'll update the guide.

Special thanks to:

Owen Pavey for providing the ground layout diagram 

Haydn Gleed for providing the YouTube video of Goodison Park

The Awaydays video of Southampton fans at Goodison Park was produced by the Ugly Inside and made publicly available via YouTube.

Everton v Watford
League Cup 4th Round
Tuesday 29th October 2019, 7.45pm
Ben Castle (Neutral)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Goodison Park?

I was on half term and it’s the League Cup so tickets were cheap and a game I can go to.

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

I am a Tranmere Rovers fans and live in nearby Birkenhead. I first took the X1 bus to Liverpool then took a fans' bus to Goodison Park.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

I went into the fan park which looked impressive with all the lighting and the number of people there. I also went into Everton’s history room where you can look at all their past programs and player stats.

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

Goodison Park looks impressive under the lights, you can tell that the stadium is getting old and that’s why Everton are planning to get a new ground.

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

In every seat, they had blue flags that everybody used when the players were coming out which creates a unique and brilliant atmosphere. Despite Everton’s recent form, the stadium was still packed with very few seats empty. The first half was poor with the game looking fairly even. The second half Everton for the upper hand with Mason Holgate scoring a header around the 70th min and Richarlison scoring the last kick off the game ending 2-0 Everton.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

I got the supporters bus back to the City Centre then got on the train from Liverpool Lime street back home.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I enjoyed my day out to Goodison Park and if Everton are drawn a home tie in the quarter finals I’ll probably be going.

Everton v Tottenham Hotspur
Premier League
Sunday 23rd December 2018, 4pm
Dan Turner (Tottenham Hotspur)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Goodison Park?
 
I had not done Everton before, it was a ground me and the old man had fancied doing it for a while because of the traditions of the place.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Being part of the West Midlands contingent of Spurs fans, we travelled up from Wolverhampton Railway Station. The train takes one hour forty minutes so a decent little journey with enough time for a few beers on the way.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Before the game, we went straight into the Crown pub by Lime Street station and a had a couple of beers. There were a few Everton shirts dotted around but not many. I'm guessing they were also fans from outside the area. We then got a taxi to the Arkles just outside Anfield and had a few more beers before the short walk across Stanley Park. There was a good noise in the pub from the Spurs boys who were looking forward to continuing our good away form.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Goodison Park?
 
The ground is proper old school and visible as you near the end of your walk through Stanley Park. There were quite a few Spurs walking through with little to no animosity between home and away fans. I can imagine it is quite an adrenaline-fueled walk through when there's more riding on the game or more rivalry. The away end is pretty much right off the road as you've crossed it, so happy days in terms of ease to get to.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game itself started well. Spurs could have been 3-0 up, but instead, former Gooner, Theo Walcott smashed in a goal from close range for Everton. Everton then looked to have gone 2-0 in front but the goal was ruled out for a shove on Sanchez and Spurs bounced back. Son scored from a tight angle before Dele smashed in a rebound and the half ended with Harry Kane scoring. The second half began where we'd left off as Eriksen volleyed low past Pickford. Gylfi did pull one back for Everton to make it 4-2 but goals from Sonny and Kane made it 6-2. I did miss two of them before half time going to get beers and food but the price was reasonable from what I remember. The concourse was tight, plenty of singing, a proper away ground.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Getting away from the ground was fine. A fair few Everton fans left at half time and those who didn't trickled out as it went from 4 to 5 to 6 up, followed by a quick rendition of "You should have gone Christmas Shopping" from the travelling Spurs fans.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Overall, Liverpool is a good city, friendly people (cab drivers, bar staff etc), No issues with Everton fans who were pretty dejected. Goodison Park is a proper football ground with all stands different to one another. As regards the Everton crowd I was surprised at the lack of noise but then again they were behind by two or more goals for most of the game. Good day out, loads of beers and a Spurs win... happy days!

Everton v Tottenham Hotspur
Premier League
Sunday 23rd December 2018, 4pm
Keith Clark (Tottenham Hotspur)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Goodison Park?
 
I have not been to Goodison Park for years.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
It took just under four hours to drive from Enfield. It would have been quicker if it wasn't for the M6 roadworks that restricted traffic to 50mph in stretches (there are miles of it). I arrived about two and a half hours before kick off and planned to park in the Oakmere Centre on Cherry lane which charge £10 matchdays, on a first come, first served basis. But instead I found places to park on Cherry Lane itself, just watch out for the permit only bays. Then a 15-minute stroll to Goodison Park.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Had our usual walk around the ground. There are a few places to eat if you don't want to use the burger stalls. They have a fan zone area with several food outlets and a bar and some live entertainment. As you can imagine it is dominated by home fans, but even wearing our colours, we had no problems and had some friendly chats with the home fans.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Goodison Park?
 
It looks very dated from the outside and not much better from the away section inside. We were in the lower tier of the Bullens Road Stand Stand, with old fashioned wooden seats and posts restricting views. If you are lucky enough to be at the front then it's a good view but from the back some views are really poor. We were in the middle with one post blocking views across to the centre circle.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Really poor support from the home fans, even when they went 1-0 up still very quiet. The away support was amazing but i suppose it's easy to sing when you win 6-2 away. The stewards were all friendly and helpful except the bloke with the sniffer dog who was a misery. The bar area beneath the stand felt very small and cramped. The beer was average footy prices of about £4.50 a pint.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Walking back to car we seemed to be the only two wearing away colours amongst thousands of home fans but no problems at all, with a couple of fans praising the way we played. As we were pretty close to the ground there was a bit of traffic but managed to pick a few side streets from the sat nav map which seemed to bypass the traffic on the main roads and we were back in Enfield in just over 4 hours from the final whistle.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A 6-2 away win so can't really think of anything negative to say with the exception of we probably should have scored nine!

Everton v Southampton
Premier League
Saturday 18th August 2018, 3pm
Ollie Revill (Southampton)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Goodison Park?
 
It was Saints' first away game of the season, and the first time I had visited Goodison Park, so I was excited. I am trying to do every away game this season so I was more than ready to get the first one started.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The coach journey was surprisingly smooth and we got there in good time. I have been to Anfield with Saints a few times before and had problems with traffic and arriving late so was very pleased that we had no major issues.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We arrived in good time and went to the Arkles pub. Although it's the other side of Stanley Park and closer to Anfield, they welcome away fans to Goodison, and because it's technically a Liverpool pub, most Everton fans don 't touch it, so it was mainly Saints fans in there which was good. On the refreshing walk to Goodison from the pub through Stanley Park, we encountered no trouble and found the home fans to be friendly.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Goodison Park?
 
Goodison Park is dated and the concourse is small. But it's nice to see a classic, old-fashioned stadium.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
We had a decent view from where we were stood, apart from when the ball is down the other end of the field, in which case you have to crane your neck to see what's going on. The curvature of the pitch struck me, it's something I've never noticed at other grounds. Southampton lost 2-1, which was to be expected - we never win there! But the game itself was fairly entertaining. The home atmosphere was quite disappointing, which I had been told by other people before the game as well to expect.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
No major issues leaving the ground.]
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
No issues, a ground that has everything you need despite Goodison Park being old and cramped, a decent away pub, a sobering walking through Stanley Park if required - all in all one of my more enjoyable away days.

Everton v Southampton
Premier League
Saturday 5th May 2018, 5.30pm
Eric Spreng (Southampton fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Goodison Park?
 
With Southampton embroiled in a relegation battle, this was always going to be an important fixture.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
We drove down from Dunfermline, just north of Edinburgh, leaving at 8.00am. It was a straightforward journey and checked into our hotel at Aintree on the north side of the city just before 12.30pm.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Took a taxi down to the Waterside area for a good few drinks and a very pleasant lunch in the glorious sunshine. Headed up to Goodison in a taxi at about 4.45pm and got there about 5pm, half an hour before kick-off.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Goodison Park?
 
Goodison Park is certainly beginning to look its age but it is a lovely 'traditional' stadium and looked its best in the early evening spring sunshine. The concourse at the away end but we had a good view of the action from our 'seats' in the back row of the Paddock.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Southampton desperately needed three points and looked like they were going to get them after scoring early in the second half and holding on until injury time. However in the 6th minute of injury time Everton equalised with the last kick of the game through a wicked deflection. The 2,500 Southampton fans, who had been absolutely magnificent throughout the 90 minutes were totally gutted! I did not bother about a pie after a late lunch but I would say the stewards were great - friendly and welcoming.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
No problems after the game. We walked across Stanley Park past Anfield and had a couple of beers in the Arkles pub and then got a taxi back into the city centre. We had a pleasant night in town, stayed over, and drove home the next day.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A wonderful Saints away day, with the only disappointment being the 96th minute of the game!

Everton v Newcastle United
Premier League
Monday 23rd April 2018, 8pm
Reece (Newcastle United fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Goodison Park?
 
I was looking forward to this match as I've never been able to get to go to an away match. A couple of points separated both teams so I was expecting an interesting match with both sides battling it out. Goodison Park is a stadium which I've always admired from a very young age watching some of the greats over the years play there.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I got the supporter's bus down from Newcastle using a company called 'The Back Page' which is located just a few minutes away from St James' Park which does away travel for every match. The price I paid was cheap given that there were no trains going back to Newcastle after the match. The coach parked a very reasonable distance from the stadium and got there in plenty of time which allowed for enough spare time to soak in the atmosphere.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I bought a match programme which included an interview with Steve Watson. This grabbed my attention as he is currently the manager of my hometown club Gateshead. I went to find a place to get some grub but ended up buying some food of one of the burger fans. The home fans were typical Scousers giving a friendly welcome to the Newcastle fans visiting their city.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Goodison Park?
 
I was impressed by Goodison Park as it has that retro style look which modern stadiums fail to have. Walking down the sides of the stadium you can sense how important Everton history is to football. The view from the away section was okay.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The atmosphere was mostly generated by the large amount of travelling supporter's who had made the long journey from Tyneside. They were in full voice as usual chanting mostly about Sunderland relegation over the weekend. The stewards were also good to the Newcastle fans which was excellent, as I've heard some grounds don't respect the away fan.
 
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. Once we got out of Liverpool and headed back to Tyneside the traffic started to be much better which I think was mostly down to the fact it was late at night.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Excellent even though we lost 1-0. I would certainly go back again to Goodison Park again even to watch Everton play another team.

Everton v Crystal Palace
Premier League
Saturday 10th February 2018, 3pm
Ted Maguire (Crystal Palace fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Goodison Park?
 
Various reasons. The main reason is that I was dying to go to Goodison Park ever since Palace came up nearly five years ago, but the kick off times were never convenient up until this game. Plus with the prospect of Everton moving to a new stadium becoming more likely, it gave me more desire to visit. Plus I had never been to Liverpool before and I always wanted to visit the city (visiting Anfield hasn't been possible for me either yet!).
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I took a train up and to save money I had to get a few different trains! It was straightforward though. I got off at Crewe and they have a pub there located on Platform 6 named the "Crewe Hero" and had a quick drink in there before getting the train to Liverpool Lime Street. After having a couple of more drinks in central Liverpool, I got on the train from Liverpool Central to Kirkdale and found Goodison Park with no issue.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
In Liverpool I went to a Yates Bar which is around a five minute walk from Lime Street. It's a typical chain pub, but the staff were friendly and it wasn't too busy. After this, I got some McDonalds and got on the train. I spoke to a few Everton fans and they were a great bunch. One of them was a Father who was taking his sone to their second ever game which is really heartwarming to see
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What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Goodison Park?
 
Goodison Park is what you call "a proper old school ground" and I do love the place for the character alone. Alas, the place does feel rather dated, the away end is very cramped and I felt there was hardly any space to move about at half time. Opposite, is the tall Main Stand, which I found to be very impressive considering the time it was built, and the Park End is the modern stand which doesn't quite have the same character, but I trust the facilities are good in there.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
I just want to say Everton's stewards are the best I've ever come across at a football ground. They were not only friendly but knowledgeable as well. For example, one steward in the ground asked me if I needed help and she directed me to my seat and she described it "as seven seats in from the stairs" which I was impressed with! The facilities in the away stand are not great though, the toilets in the ground have one way in and out so it can get pretty congested as well. Considering the size of the away end, the kiosks are rather limited and you will be in a bit of a scrum if you're getting food and drink at half time. However, the staff again were excellent in dealing with everyone.
 
As for the game itself, the first half was a very boring affair and both sides had limited chances. The second half Everton kicked into gear with Sigurdsson scoring not even after the first minute (he loves a goal against a Palace!), the second goal came shortly afterwards and scored by Niasse in the 51st minute before Tom Davies got Everton's third in the 75th. Palace did have a penalty which was successfully scored, but apart from that we didn't look like scoring and Everton deserved the win.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
I left slightly early in order to avoid the potential crowds at Kirkdale Railway Station. Got to the station in about 15 minutes and managed to get the first available train.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Aside from the result, it was a fantastic day out. Goodison Park is a great ground with great fans and friendly people. Would definitely recommend!

Everton v Burnley
Premier League
Sunday 1st October 2017, 2.15pm
Ben (Burnley fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Goodison Park?
 
After going unbeaten away from home for our first three league games, I fancied our chances against an Everton side that have been inconsistent of late. I also wanted to see Goodison Park with it being one of the few traditional grounds left in the league.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The journey to the ground was relatively straightforward. Having stayed in Liverpool city centre the night before we jumped in an Uber Cab to get to Goodison. The stadium itself if a fair walk from the city centre and the £8 fare I felt was fairly reasonable, especially if there is a few of you sharing.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Having heard that the pubs around the ground were quite partisan and almost all home fans only, we decided to visit a few pubs in the city centre. The best one was the William Gladstone, right on the corner, across the street from the famous Cavern Club and only a five minute walk from Liverpool Central train station. We found the beer to be reasonably priced throughout the city.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Goodison Park?
 
Goodison Park is a great traditional ground with a traditional square, four stand layout. We we're situated in the upper tier of the away section. The concourse was the smallest I've ever been in at a football ground and we were crammed in despite the stand only being two thirds full. I could see it being even more cramped when the stand is at full capacity.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The atmosphere was a little quiet from the home fans, however I don't think Burnley's early goal did anything to help that. The pies in the stadium cost £3.30 and were fantastic quality, way above what you'd normally expect in a football ground.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Getting away from the ground was relatively simple. We walked to Sandhills train station. Although it is a bit of a walk (roughly 30 minutes) it is flat all the way and along the main roads leading away from Goodison Park.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Overall it was a fantastic away day with the Clarets winning the game 1-0 and coming away with all three points thanks to a first half Jeff Hendrick strike.

Everton v AFC Bournemouth
Premier League
Saturday 4th February 2017, 3pm
Paul Sheppard (AFC Bournemouth fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Goodison Park?

One of my best friends is an Everton fan so I was looking forward to catching up with him and having a cheap drink in the club he drinks in near Goodison Park. I wasn't really looking forward to the game given the respective form of both clubs.

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

I met my friend at the Showcase Cinema and he parks near the ground so it was very easy!

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

I had a drink in the Walton Street Social club before the game and then had chips and curry sauce from a Chinese chippy en route to the ground. The fans were friendly but then I was with some Everton fans I knew already.

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

I had been a few times before but it's always nice going to Goodison Park as it's one of a decreasingly small number of traditional grounds at this level. Last time we were in the upper tier but we had a smaller allocation this season so ended up in the paddock below. Unfortunately the paddock generally affords a poorer view of the game as it's too close to the pitch for my liking and I couldn't even tell at the time who had scored our second goal at the far end.

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

As usual it was a good atmosphere. The game itself would have been great for the neutral, but as an away fan my worst fears were realised when Lukaku scored in the first minute and we were 3-0 down within half an hour. Although we rallied in the second half we ended up losing 6-3 in a highly entertaining (although slightly worrying from our defensive point of view) encounter with Josh King getting two for us but Lukaku doubling that tally for the hosts. Facilities are standard fayre. My friend struggles to stand for long periods so he was annoyed the stewards didn't ask people to sit but again it seems standard for away fans to stand in the Premier League now.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We managed to meet up very quickly after the final whistle and although the traffic was heavy we were back at the Showcase Cinema pretty quickly.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

As usual it was a good day out and a good atmosphere at Goodison Park. The reasonably priced chippys close to the ground are always a highlight but it was a shame I was still eating my chips when we conceded our first goal! We couldn't complain in terms of the entertainment factor in a crazy game but letting six goals in at this stage of the season was worrying. A day that will live long in the memory, not all for good reasons.

Everton v Stoke City
Football Premier league
Saturday 27th August 2016, 3pm
Luke (Stoke City fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Goodison Park?

Although Stoke got a beating the week before at home to Manchester City, I still fancied us to get something at Everton. Also I wanted to visit the historic Goodison Park just out of interest.

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

We got the train from Stoke to Stockport then onto Liverpool Lime Street, so it wasn't too difficult or expensive We arrived in Liverpool about 11am and headed to a City Centre Wetherspoons for some breakfast.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We had a couple of beers in the City Centre before taking a taxi up to the ground. The home fans we encountered were absolutely fine with us sharing a pub with them.

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

Goodison Park reminded me of the old fashioned grounds of the 1980's. The section was spacious and although old we still seemed to enjoy it.

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

The atmosphere throughout was mixed, plenty of us were having banter with the Everton fans but the stewards seemed to take it the wrong way and a few got thrown out for it, it was probably because the game was pretty bland throughout until the last few minutes. The facilities were rather small for 2,800 Stoke fans and the queue was not even a proper queue due to the small size of the concourse, due to this it took me a while to get my food.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

It was fairly easy after the game, we just followed the crowd and after walking for a bit managed to get a taxi back to Lime Street Station.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Good day out just unfortunately they had an undeserved penalty which they scored from winning them the game 1-0. Still I would visit Goodison Park again anytime.

Everton v Southampton
Premier League
Saturday 16th April 2016, 3pm
Alex Squires (Southampton fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Goodison Park?

This was to be my second visit to 'grand old' Goodison in recent years, the last involving a 3-1 defeat when we were new to the Premier League. Since I have moved 'up north' away matches in the area have become very tempting.

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

It was an easy drive from our home North of Leeds along the M65 through Blackburn, joining the M6 near Preston before a final stretch of the journey along the M58 and M57. We then headed along the A580 through Liverpool's eastern suburbs, parking at Walton Hall at a cost of a fiver.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Following a simple ten minute walk to the ground involving no troubles with home fans, we decided to visit the Everton fan zone. This was a great idea with both sets of fans mixing nicely in the April sunshine. There was also live music and two food stalls, a bar and a coffee stand. I bought a cheeseburger at a cost of £4. At 2:15pm we headed into the ground itself.

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

My first impressions were that Goodison Park is an older ground which oozes character. The concourse was relatively compact and queuing for food and drink resembled a rugby scrum. The toilets were in poor condition so in this day and age, the club could consider spending money on improving the concourse. The stewards and police were very friendly and had a good scouse sense of humour.

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

The first half somehow ended goalless with the post being hit on numerous occasions. In the second half the post was hit again, a mazy run by Serb Dusan Tadic before his shot agonisingly thundered off the crossbar. Everton took the lead through virtually nothing, Funes Mori's shot finding its way in after a half-volley from the edge of the box. Soon after, we found a deserved way back into the game, Mané finishing off a clever move from Tadic. The pair had looked dangerous all game. Despite our best efforts, the game remained one goal a piece. It was an all round good performance from us and we were extremely unlucky not to take the win.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Thanks to Walton Hall's close proximity to the motorway, we were heading back northbound in no time with virtually no traffic.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall a great day out and a good performance by the Saints. Goodison is a great old ground although one which could do with a bit of modernising. I'll definitely be happy to return there again next season.

 

Everton v Chelsea
FA Cup Quarter Final
Saturday 12th March 2016, 5.30pm
Caitlin Paul (Chelsea fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Goodison Park?

It was our worst season in 20 years and having seen us lose regularly home and away in the league nearly all season I was hopeful of enjoying some cup success.

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

I went on one of the supporters coaches, so it was easy enough. The coaches actually dropped us nearer to Anfield than Goodison, but it was a short and pleasant walk across Stanley Park.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

 I went into the Arkles pub near Anfield and it was full of Chelsea fans. There were police cars parked outside but nothing different to most grounds and they didn't intervene. Outside Goodison I met the famous 'Speedo Mick' who was doing one of his charity fundraising events (he attends matches just wearing a pair of Speedo swimming trunks!) and he was great. The home fans I passed seemed nice enough. 

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

Goodison itself seemed to be surrounded by high metal fencing which was very off putting. Apart from that it was a nice enough ground. inside. However it was clear that the stand we were in and its concourse were very old. The female toilets were absolutely disgusting (I can't speak for the males) and the stands were half falling apart with very little leg room. In the lower tier there were several pillars blocking people's view but thankfully not mine. this did make it feel very historic though.

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

Atmosphere wasn't that great from the Everton fans to be honest. away fans singing non stop was great. there was a lot of one way banter from the Chelsea fans but when the Everton fans did get going (only after they scored) they created quite a noise. Was a good match until we conceded two goals which knocked us out of the cup.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

It was no problem as the stewards were helpful and fairly friendly. the coaches were parked on a road nearer Goodison than before so we got on them easily.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Good day but shame about the result as it left is with nothing to play for this season.

Everton v Dagenham & Redbridge 
FA Cup 3rd Round
Saturday 9th January 2016, 3pm
Mark Wilson (Doing The 92)

Why were you looking forward to visiting Goodison Park?

This would be ground number 88 for me and as the chances of my team (Peterborough United) playing a league game here are remote, I thought I would make my first journey to Goodison Park.

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

Very smooth journey. Caught the train from London Euston with only three stops before reaching Liverpool Lime Street. It was then a very short five minute walk to Liverpool Central railway station to catch the Merseyrail service to Sandhills. As you exit Sandhills the football special buses are waiting to ferry you to Goodison Park. The bus journey was free as the cost is included in your Merseyrail ticket. The bus only took five minutes to reach the ground, where it dropped us off right outside. 

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

I wandered around the fanzone directly outside the ground in a very friendly atmosphere. Plenty of Daggers fans there too with never a hint of trouble.  

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

I could see Goodison Park from Sandhills railway station so you could easily walk it in 15/20 minutes, but I chose the bus option. The ground itself looked like your average Premiership ground. Obviously different stands had been rebuilt/refurbed at different times and inside pillars made for obstructive views in a number of places. My seat in the front row of the Lower Bullens Stand meant that my view was unspoilt, but the old wooden seat that I had was obviously a throwback to bygone days. Despite being relatively small, the toilets were immaculate. I would hate to try my luck after the game for a "comfort break" as the queue must be horrendous, but cleanliness is obviously a priority at Goodison and they were spotless!

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

Not the best game that I have ever seen I'm afraid. Everton fielding an understrength team were content to play keepball and never really looked in danger of conceding. As soon as Kone put them ahead after half an hour, Everton maintained control of the game and were never in danger of suffering a Cup shock. As the game itself was so one-sided, the home fans had little to get excited about so the atmosphere was a little subdued. Unfortunately I left early so missed the home side's second goal in the 85th minute. The stewards were very friendly and efficient and had little to do. 

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

I decided to leave early (something I have only ever done in one previous game in nearly 50 years!) as I had to catch the 17.45 out of Lime Street and did not want to get caught up in traffic. Whilst the soccer bus would have taken me back to Sandhills after the final whistle, I decided to take a taxi from one of the many taxis lined up outside the ground on the road behind the Park Stand. For under a fiver and encountering another friendly taxi driver, I was back at Sandhills station in less than five minutes. Very frequent services into Liverpool City Centre ensured that I was back to Lime Street within another ten minutes. So with hindsight I could easily have seen the game out, not missed Everton's second goal from the spot, seen a stray cat hold up the game and still made it in plenty of time for the train back to Euston. 

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Superb train service from London, cheap public transport to Goodison and the option of plenty of taxis should you require one. Great set of fans and a very "family friendly" club. Great day out!

Everton v Stoke City
Premier League
Monday 28th December 2015, 3pm
James Walker (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting Goodison Park?    

I was looking forward to this day out as it was between two teams bang in form, with the potential of being a great game of football. Having being to Goodison Park before 3 times and having sat in the away end each time, I decided to go for a seat in the top balcony of the Main Stand to get a different view of the stadium.

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

I decided to carshare with friends for the game with some good friends of mine (two of them being Everton and the other one being a Stokie made for an entertaining journey there). We left about 09.15am and parked up in Mersyside around 12.30pm. There was plenty of  street parking around the stadium.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

We went round to the players entrance to try and get my book signed, and were able to catch Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka on their way in. The next step was to go to the Blue Dragon chippie for pie and chips. After we ate and watched the Stoke team arrive, we went in to the club shop for badges (£3.00) and programmes (£3.50 each). The locals were all pleasant.

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

I was stunned at how different Goodison Park looks from the other side and up high. The stand opposite is a two tiered stand with the away fans being held in the corner. The stands behind each goals were a similar two-tiered stand. When climbing up to the Top Balcony, I strongly recommend using the escalator as climbing up the 100 steps is tiring!

View From The Top Balcony

View From The Top Balcony Of The Main Stand

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

I went to use the toilets before and can't believe how small they are! That's the sort of size I'd expect to find at a League Two ground on my away days with Stevenage, but not at a Premier League ground! Good luck fighting through to get in there at half time is all I can say. The next thing was to get a Steak Pie (£3.30) and get to my seat, which was directly above the exit to the concourse. Well what a game it was! Stoke went ahead through Xherdan Shaqiri, which was quickly cancelled out by Romelu Lukaku. A Shaqiri second put Stoke in front at the break, but a Lukaku second and a Deulofeu goal put Everton in front mid-way through the second half, before an 80th minute equaliser from Joselu and a 90th minute penalty from Marko Arnautovic won a thriller for Stoke.

Stoke Fans At Goodison Park

Stoke City Fans At Goodison Park

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away was simple. We all met up by The Winslow pub opposite the stadium and then went back to the car from there. We arrived back home at around 8.40pm without any stops.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Well what a game of football that was! Seven goals, end to end action and a great day out that completely justified the £23 that the ticket cost. The perfect game for the neutral (like me) and a fun journey home with Everton and Stoke fans.

Half Time Score: Everton 1-2 Stoke City
Full Time Score: Everton 3-4 Stoke City
Attendance: 39, 340 (1, 860 away fans)

Everton v Watford
Premier League
Saturday 8th August 2015, 3pm
Stephen Barrow (Watford fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting Goodison Park?    

Watford were back in the Premiership and with a realistic chance of survival this time round, under the shrewd stewardship of the Pozzo family. Everton away was the opening fixture, meaning a chance to collect another ground.

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

Travelled by train as it is a long haul up the M6. Drove to Milton Keynes and parked up. Grab a coffee, paper and settle down fo the trip. Booking tickets in advance, we remembered to upgrade to first class (only ten quid at weekends) to guarantee a seat.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

Arrived in Liverpool in plenty of time to wander down to the restored dockyards in lovely summer sunshine. Loads to see and do to make a day of it. Lunch in the city before grabbing a cab to within walking distance of Goodison.

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

Goodison Park is an old fashioned ground in a working class suburb. You get the feel of tradition and big match atmosphere the closer you get to the ground. It helped that it was a wonderful sunny day and home and away fans were in great spirits. The view from the front few rows of the Bullens Lane Stand were great, but it is very very cramped and there were plenty of complaints about the view from further back.

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

Watford fielded a number of new signings under the management of a new manager with no English football experience...so it is safe to say the away fans were apprehensive as to how things would pan out. We need not have worried. Under the stewardship of Quiqe Sachez Flore, the hornets put a real shift in, so that the arguably more technically gifted Everton players had to first win the war in order to control the match. As it happens Watford took the lead with a rare strike from Layun before a sublime equaliser from Barkley (by far the stand out player on the pitch). The atmosphere in the away end was fantastic, these old grounds provide for a real contrast to some of the empty modern bowls in the championship. An end to end second half culminated in a great goal from Ighalo which briefly sent the away section into raptures with the prospect of an unexpected away win on our return to the top tier, only for Everton the grab an equaliser a few minutes later. Probably a high scoring draw was the fair result.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Exiting the ground was very straightforward and we mingled with the home fans on the stroll past Stanley Park back towards the city centre. The Everton fans were very complimentary, particularly about the atmosphere and noise created by the away support. We were advised not to bother with the soccer bus (queues were already quite long straight after kick off) so we headed a few hundred yards further past Stanley Park where plenty of cabs were making a u-turn at the traffic lights and were happy for us to share the fare back to Lime Steet with two Everton fans (£8). Half a hour wait for the quick train to Milton Keynes and an hour drive home.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Great day out. Liverpool is a great city to visit with plenty to do, loads of places to eat and drink and a great ground. It's a shame the facilities and capacity mean many will feel Everton need to move or renovate to progress.

 

Everton v Liverpool
Premier League
Saturday 11th April 2015, 1.30pm
Rob Lawler (Liverpool fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Goodison Park?    

As I a local I have been to Goodison many times before. Although I'm a Liverpool fan my Dad used to take me to both Liverpool and Everton games when I was younger. I was glad that I got a ticket for the Derby game but in the Liverpool end. The last time I went to a derby at Goodison was in 2001 when Gary McCallister scored a 40 yard injury time winner and I was in the Everton end but could not celebrate for fear of reprisals!

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

As I live locally I just got one bus and walked up to Goodison Park.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

I had already eaten before the game and although a few of my friends were going but I had no plans to meet up and have a drink.

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

Goodison Park is an old ground in need of some updating. The Bullens Road Stand which is the stand the TV cameras viewpoint is in still has wooden seats. The Park End to the left was built in the late 1990's and looks fairly modern, although this is the only side of the ground I have never sat in. The away section is situated in the far corner of the Bullens Road Stand. The Main Stand is very tall and the top balcony used to feel so high up when I sat in it as a kid. Apart from the Park End the rest of the ground is tightly enclosed by houses and pubs with little scope for expansion or redevelopment. Everton have looked at various sites down the years to move stadium but none have come to fruition as yet. That aside Goodison still has lots of character and can be intimidating for the opposition if the crowd are really up for it. You do know that you are in a proper old school football ground, you wonder whether Everton will lose something if they move to a new purpose built stadium.

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

The derby has seemed to get more unfriendly as the years have passed however this game there was no real animosity. The last one I went to in 2001 was on an Easter Monday and was a 5:30pm kick off which wasn't the best idea to have a late kick off with most people drinking all day on a bank holiday. This game was a lot more subdued in comparison, mainly because both teams have been inconsistent and neither have been threatening to challenge for the league or top 4. It was a game low on quality, plus apart from the two goals that came late in the first half nothing much of note happened. The game ended in a 1-1 draw and will be more remembered as Brendan Rodgers' last game in charge before being sacked. I guess Goodison is a bit of a graveyard for our managers as Kenny Dalglish quit following a 4-4 draw there at the beginning of the 1990's.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Routine bus/walk home, took just under an hour to get home.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A good day out in the October sunshine, bit of a letdown quality wise and the game just seemed to fizzle out in the second half. As I already stated, it was more famous for events directly after the game than during it.

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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