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EVERTON - PREMIER LEAGUE

SATURDAY 23RD AUGUST 2014,
KICK-OFF 3.00PM BST (subject to change)

GOODISON PARK

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ADDRESS: Goodison Park, Goodison Rd, Liverpool, L4 4EL

MAP: http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=L4+4EL

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WEATHER

Check the local weather at Netweather.tv - Weather for UK Football Grounds - http://www.netweather.tv/index.cgi?action=football

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ARSENAL TRAVEL CLUB

The official Arsenal Travel Club organise travel to all competitive games for the Men's First Team. Go to www.arsenal.com/the-match/fixtures-reports, select "Match Menu" next to the game then click the Travel tab.

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PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Call 08457 484950 or click here for National Rail Enquiries - www.nationalrail.co.uk - journey planner and news of service disruptions.

Call 020 7222 1234 or click here Transport for London - www.tfl.gov.uk for London travel service updates.

Call 08717 818178 or click here for National Express Coaches - www.nationalexpress.com for coach services.

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Travel advice from Football Supporters Federation - www.fsf.org.uk.

By Train

If you’re coming into Liverpool by train, you will arrive at Liverpool Lime Street, the city’s main railway station, which is just over two and a half miles from the stadium. The city is fairly well served by rail from most British cities but for timetables and journey times, click here.

Most supporters will generally stop off for a beer in town before jumping on any of the buses, numbers 19/19A, 20, 21, 311, 345, 350/351 that run from Queens Square, opposite the main entrance to the station.

Kirkdale is the nearest station, approximately 1 mile or 10 minutes on foot from the ground. You have the choice of either following the crowds up to the ground or striding ahead and taking the lead, in which case, here’s some directions that might help. On leaving the station, turn right and cross over the railway bridge, walking up Westminster Road. Take the third road on your left, (Goodall Street) until it becomes Harlech Street, and you reach the main (A59) County Road which has plenty of pubs and places to eat. Depending upon which of the residential roads opposite you take, the ground is on your right when you reach Goodison Road.

An alternative is to stay on the Northern Line as far as Sandhills station and catch the Soccerbus service, which links the station with Goodison Park for all league and cup matches. On match days, it operates from two hours before kick off up until 15 minutes before and for 50 minutes after the final whistle (subject to availability). If you plan ahead, you can ask for a ticket to Goodison Park when you buy your rail ticket and you get a return on the Soccerbus for a small extra charge. You can choose to pay when you board the bus or it’s free to people who hold Merseytravel passes.

Of course, there’s the quicker option of taking a cab from the taxi rank situated to the right of the station concourse after exiting the ticket barriers. Although if it is close to kick off, journey time can be slow and you should allow 15 minutes.

After the match, many supporters choose to walk into town, mainly as buses are overcrowded and you often have to wait for six or seven to pass before the drivers will allow you on. Similarly after the final whistle, taxis are relatively difficult to hail, despite Goodison being at the junction of several main roads.

By Bus

If you’re travelling into the city by bus, the National Express coach station is located on Norton Street just off London Road. A short walk will take you past Lime Street station to Queens Square bus station. Several bus services operate from the city centre past Goodison stopping either on County Road or Walton Lane.

Queens Square is the main bus station with loads of stands. To get to the ground you can catch bus numbers 19/19A, 20, 21, 311, 345, 350/351 from stands 8 or 12. The journey takes around 20 minutes and the bus gets increasingly busy, eventually descending into something that resembles a rugby scrum as kick off approaches.

By Car

From the North & South: From the M6, exit at junction 26 onto the M58 and continue until the end. At Switch Island take the turning to your 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 Queen's Drive, into Walton Lane. Goodison Road is less than a mile along, on the right.

Alternatively, on leaving the M58, take the second exit off Switch Island past the Asda supermarket on the A59 Ormskirk Road. If you travel along here, past some retail parks and Aintree Racecourse, eventually, after passing Walton Hospital you reach a particularly unpleasant-looking roundabout. Go straight ahead, under the flyover, past Walton Church and along County Road. Goodison is on your left just after you pass KFC and Subway.

From the East: From the M62, exit at Junction 6 onto the M57, to Junction 4 and then follow directions as above. Alternatively, stay on the M57 until the end of the motorway and then take the first left onto the A59 Ormskirk Road following directions as above.

From Wirral & the West: From the M53, continue to Wallasey and follow Liverpool via the Kingsway Mersey Tunnel (toll payable each way – advisable to have correct change as the staffed booths can attract long queues). Turn left at the end, following signs for Bootle following Scotland Road, taking the right fork to the A59 Kirkdale Road. Follow the road round for two miles and Goodison will appear in front of you.

Alternatively, take the A41 to Birkenhead and use the Queensway Tunnel (toll payable) to Liverpool. At the roundabout, take the first exit signposted A59 North and continue straight along Scotland Road. Continue on the A59, ignoring the first fork to your left, but taking the second fork on the lower road past the 5-a-side pitches which will take you past Iceland, Blockbuster Video and Aldi. Goodison Park is on your right after the traffic lights.

As the area is residential with lots of terraced houses in narrow streets, parking restrictions are heavily enforced and have recently been changed to make sure they cover every possible kick off time.

There are plenty of car parks springing up all the time. Stanley Park car park, approximately half-a-mile from Goodison is always popular, as it has the largest capacity, accessible from Priory Road. There are additional car parks on Utting Avenue or if you turn off County Road onto Salop Street, between the Aldi/Iceland/Blockbuster site and McDonalds. Several of the industrial units and the social club here offer parking for a fee, though as there are so many car parks in the area, it can take a good 20 minutes to get back on to County Road.

If you are travelling by car, aim to get up to the ground at least two hours before kick off to make sure that you have somewhere to park without the risk of being towed. On a Bank Holiday, you can sometimes get away with using the Aldi car park without having to pay, but on Saturdays and match nights they tend to have security at the entrance. You can still expect to hear the usual ‘can I mind ya car for ya mate’ if you park in any residential area that isn’t a designated car park.

By Air

The nearest airport to Goodison is Liverpool John Lennon airport, around 11 miles from the ground. The airport is served by budget airlines Easyjet and Ryanair amongst others.

From the airport, take bus numbers 80A or 86A to Liverpool South Parkway bus/rail interchange, then the Northern line to Kirkdale or Sandhills station (see rail travel above). Alternatively, if you’re short of time, taxis are readily available at the airport.

By Taxi

There are a couple of taxi ranks in the city centre, with the biggest being that at Lime Street Station. However, there are also ranks at James Street Station, by the Adelphi Hotel, Whitechapel, Sir Thomas Street and Chinatown. As these are all Hackney Cab ranks, fares tend to be more expensive than private hire taxis.

If you want to book a private hire car in advance you can try Davy Liver Cabs on tel. 0151 709 4646 or Blue Line on tel. 0151 709 0101.

Eating & Drinking

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. Also close by is Bradleys Wine Bar, which is just further down and across the road. 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.

Pubs on Walton Lane or The Spellow and Wilnslow Hotel outside Goodison have been recommended.

Alcohol is served in the away section of the ground, including beer from the Club's sponsors Chang.

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 and Doctor Duncans have been recommended.

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