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Goodison Park has been home to Everton since August 1892, and has been a loyal servant to the club. It has been the scene of many pioneering moments in English football, including playing host to World Cup group stage matches in 1966. It was also the first stadium outside of London to host an FA Cup Final, and the first to be visited by a reigning monarch.
Goodison Park was the first purpose-built football stadium with four stands surrounding the pitch, and current capacity is 40,157. The Everton faithful regularly fill the ground to cheer on their team.
There is no doubt the stadium has seen better days, with some areas still having wooden seats, and a number of obstructed views on 3 sides of the ground. Although the Park End was re-developed and has no obstructed views, and many of the old Gwladys Street season ticket holders relocated to get a better view of the match.
Away support is in the Bullens Road stand, next to the Park End and facing the Main Stand, with away fans being given both tiers of the last third of the stand, an allocation of around 3,500 is available.
What to do
There is lot to do around the immediate area if you’re looking to for something to do before and after the game, and not just a traditional pub. There are plenty of shopping centres and museums to attend from the legacy when Liverpool was Europe’s capital of culture in 2008. Stadium Tours at Goodison cost £12 for adults and £6 for children under, these however are only available Monday to Friday.
On Match-day if you really want to soak up the traditional pre match atmosphere, its best to head to a local boozer. Whilst you’re probably going to want to spend your time with some like-minded Evertonians, don’t be surprised to see Blue and Red fans frequenting the same places, it’s quite common place.
If you really want get involved in the game and you’re legally allowed, you could always place a bet on the game. There are plenty of local bookmakers surrounding the stadium, however it might be easier to get place your bets on betting sites, if you a first time better you can normally take advantage of a complimentary free bet too.
How to get there
Goodison is well served by buses, with the following routes running either right past, or close to, the ground itself :
1,2, 20, 19, 210, 250, 311 & 345 (from the city centre)
By Car : (postcode for satellite navigation: L4 4EL)
From the North & South. From the M6, exit at junction 26 onto the M58 and continue until the end. At the gyratory, go left to join the M57 Junction 7. Exit the M57 at Junction 4 to turn right into East Lancashire Road (A580). Follow the road, across QueenÂ’s Drive, into Walton Lane. Goodison Road is less than a mile along, on the right.
From the East. From the M62, exit Junction 6 onto the M57, go to the end of the motorway and then left onto the A59 Ormskirk Road. Then follow the same route for north.
From the West. From the M53, continue to Wallasey and follow Liverpool via the Kingsway Mersey Tunnel. Turn left at the end into Scotland Road, taking the right fork to the A58 Kirkdale Road. Follow the road round for two miles and Goodison will appear in front of you.
Alternatively, the Northern Line “Merseyrail” service runs to Sandhills or Kirkdale, with a “SoccerBus” service operating to and from Sandhills station.
For the Northern Line, get off at Lime Street and walk around to Central Station in the City Centre (about a 5 minute walk)