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EVERTON - PREMIER LEAGUE

TUESDAY 13TH DECEMBER 2016,
KICK-OFF 7.45PM GMT

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.

Please note that there no trains back to London after evening games.

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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Anything to say?

Would you like to add anything to this advice? Change something? Tell us we've got it wrong? Maybe even write these articles for us?

Please contact us at away-travel@aisa.org.

WEST HAM - PREMIER LEAGUE

3RD DECEMBER 2016
, KICK-OFF 5.30PM GMT

LONDON STADIUM

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ADDRESS:
London Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, E20 2ST

MAP: http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=E20+2ST
 

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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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General advice

The Metropolitan Police advise that it is essential you plan your journey in advance, in particular your walking route to and from public transport or where you park your car. Post-match route restrications may mean you can't use the same route as when you arrive.

There has obviously been a lot of publicity about problems at West Ham's new stadium. Stewarding and security are being improved inside the stadium but outside there is currently no segregation between home and away supporters.

We all know that with the best will in the world, people's emotions can get stirred up before, during and after a match. On top of this, a lot of West Ham supporters are still unhappy with the move to the new stadium and this has led to problems for stewards and police.

Let's be careful out there!
 

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Advice for supporters with limited mobility

Public transport routes to the London Stadium all require a long walk to and from the stadium, same for the limited carparks. Supporters should contact West Ham's Accessibility Liaison Officer accessibility@westhamunited.co.uk .

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Travel advice from www.footballgroundguide.com

By Train

The London Stadium is served by three railway stations all of which are around a 10-15 minute walk away. These are; Stratford, Stratford International and Hackney Wick. The stadium and stations are well signposted around the area. DLR station Pudding Lane is also nearby but closed on matchdays until early 2017.

Stratford Station is located next to the large Westfield Shopping Centre. It is the main station in the area, with connections to London Liverpool Street and Clapham Junction as well as being on the Jubilee and Central tube lines and the Docklands Light Railway.

Stratford International Railway Station is located on the other side of Westfield Shopping Centre and is served by local services from London St Pancras, the journey time from which is just seven minutes. It is also located on the Docklands Light Railway.

Hackney Wick (London Overground) station is located to the north west of the stadium. It is served by trains from Clapham Junction, Richmond and Stratford. It also stops at Highbury and Islington for connection to the Victoria Line. Please note that due to its limited size, fans are being discouraged from using Hackney Wick. However it is open on matchdays and if arriving in good time, it should be ok to use before the match. After the game it might not be a good choice, as the trains arriving at Hackney Wick, will probably be already packed with fans who will have already got on at the preceding Stratford Station.

Post match all fans wanting to go to Stratford Station are sent on long set route (avoiding going into the shopping centre) and is stop/started in places to regulate the flow of fans, before being finally met with queues for the trains.

By Bus

Bus routes 8, 25, 97, 108, 276, 339, 388, 425, 488 and D8 serve the general area but you may still have quite a long walk to reach the stadium.

By Car

The London Stadium has been designated as a 'public transport destination,' which in other words means that people driving by car to the venue are actively discouraged. So for example an extensive Residential Parking Zone is put in place around the area of the stadium on matchdays, meaning that you need to have a permit to street park. Also what limited paid parking is available close to the stadium, such as the Aquatics Centre and Copper Box, are likely to be off limits to the normal fan.

If you still wish to drive from outside London then:

Use the M25. Leave the M25 at Junction 27 and take the M11 towards London. At the end of the M11 motorway keep in the right hand lane and follow the signs for the North Circular A406 (W). At the bottom of the flyover where the roads merge, move into the left-hand lane for the A12. At the roundabout take the fourth exit onto the A12 towards Central London and Stratford. Keep straight on the A12 for around four and a half miles At this point you should be able to see the Velodrome building over on your left. Exit here onto the A106, signposted Stratford and Westfield. At the bottom of the slip road at the traffic lights, take the left hand filter lane, towards Stratford and Westfield. Continue along this road and you will reach the stadium on the right and the Westfield Centre on the left. Just before the Westfield Shopping Centre you will reach a set of traffic lights, where you turn left for the Westfield Car Park, A,B & C, which are clearly signposted from this point.

Car Parking

The nearby Westfield Shopping Centre has limited car parking but is generally very busy with shoppers. Restrictions may be in place for matchdays.

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Eating & Drinking from www.footballgroundguide.com

At the moment it is unclear whether there will be any pubs or bars for away fans to use near to the stadium. Considering that the Club now have 52,000 season ticket holders and that there are not a huge number of drinking outlets near to the stadium, then I think it will be mainly the case for visiting fans to drink in Central London or on route. Alcohol though is served inside the stadium, although not cheap, serving pints of Amstel and bottles of Fosters, Strongbow or Bulmers as well as Smirnoff Ice and small bottles of wine.

There are a number of eating places and restaurants within the nearby Westfield Shopping Centre that also serve alcohol. There is the 'Cow' on Westfield Avenue, but there is also a bar inside Aspers Casino, as well as the Holiday Inn, which are all situated on the Westfield complex. Just outside Stratford International Station there is the 'Tap East' which brews its own beers. Whilst near Hackney Wick station there are two bars that also are attached to breweries, The Crate and the 'Howling Hops' are both housed next door to one another in an old warehouse complex. Further along the canal from these brew pubs (in the opposite direction to the stadium ) is Mason & Company which is a Craft Beer and Italian Food outlet.

There are a number of pubs in the centre of Stratford itself, but nearly all of these have declared themselves for home fans only. One exception (at the moment) is a Wetherspoons pub called the 'Goldengrove', which is on the Grove (just off Broadway) and is allowing in both home and away fans.

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Anything to say?

Would you like to add anything to this advice? Change something? Tell us we've got it wrong? Maybe even write these articles for us?

Please contact us at away-travel@aisa.org.