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Going to Goodison?

Plan your matchday on Merseyside

11 May 2022

Everton's origins saw them playing at Anfield between 1878 and 1892, when a dispute between the Everton committee and the stadium owner, John Houlding, saw The Toffees move across Stanley Park to Goodison Park. 

The Grand Old Lady, as she is known, was built in stages between the summer of 1895 and 1909. A major re-design of the Bullens Road Stand was completed in 1926 with covered dugouts, the first in England, added five years later.

During the Second World War, the Gwladys Street Stand suffered bomb damage. The bomb landed directly in Gwladys Street and caused serious injury to nearby residents; the bomb splinter damage to the bricks on the stand is still noticeable. 

As well as dugouts, Goodison Park was the first stadium in English football to have undersoil heating, which was added in 1958, and a scoreboard. On 20 November 1971, Everton beat Southampton 8–0 with Joe Royle scoring four, David Johnson three and Alan Ball one. The scoreboard did not have enough room to display the goal scorer's names and simply read "7 9 7 9 8 9 9 7" as it displayed the goal scorers' shirt numbers instead.

As Everton have only been outside the top division for four seasons, Goodison Park has hosted more top-flight games than any other stadium in England. The stadium has also been the venue for an FA Cup Final and numerous international fixtures, including a semi-final match in the 1966 World Cup, among others.

Saturday's visit will be one of our last to Goodison Park with work underway on a new 52,000 seater stadium at Bramley Moore Dock which is set to be complete in time for the 2024/25 season.

DID YOU KNOW?

St Luke The Evangelist, Walton on the Hill is a Church of England parish located between the Gwladys Street End and Goodison Road stands of Goodison Park. On regular match days, the church opens up two and a half hours before kick off for supporters to come and have a cup of tea or just a sit down. Everton do not play games early on a Sunday to avoid clashing with the church’s regular services.

HOW TO GET THERE

Taking a bus or taxi is recommended for getting to the ground. Buses go from Liverpool City Centre, at Queen Square Bus Station, facing Liverpool Lime Street, next to the Marriott Hotel. See the public transport section for more information.

National Rail

Kirkdale Station [KKD]

The station is located at 1 Marsh Street, Liverpool L20 2BN; 15 mins’ walk from the ground.

It offers the following services: 

  • Merseyrail services to Kirby, Ormskirk and Liverpool Central

Directions to ground: Head west turning onto Marsh Street; turn right onto Westminster Road; left onto Goodall Street, passing through Harlech Street and Andrew Street, then turn right onto Goodison Road.

Liverpool Central Station [LVC]

The station is located at Ranelagh Street, Liverpool L1 1JT; 2.6 miles away.

It offers the following services:

  • Merseyrail services to New Brighton, West Kirby, Hooton, Chester, Ellesmere Port, Southport, Ormskirk, Kirkby, and Hunts Cross via Liverpool South Parkway

Directions to ground: take a Merseyrail train from Liverpool Central two stops to Kirkdale, and follow the instructions above. Alternatively, take a bus using the details below.

Liverpool Lime Street [LIV]

The station is located at Lime Street, Liverpool L1 1JD; 2.5 miles away.

It offers the following services:

  • Virgin Trains services to London, Milton Keynes and Stafford
  • Northern Rail services to Manchester, Blackpool, Wigan and Warrington
  • London Midland services to Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Crewe
  • First TransPennine Express services to Newcastle, Leeds, York and Manchester
  • East Midlands Trains services to Norwich, Manchester, Sheffield and Nottingham

Directions to ground: walk two minutes along Berry Street, take a Merseyrail train from Liverpool Central two stops to Kirkdale, and follow the instructions above. Alternatively, take a bus using the details below.

Bus

Routes from Queen Square Bus Station just opposite Lime Street Station in Liverpool City Centre include 19/19A, 20, 21, 130*, 210*, 250*. 

Taxi 

Delta taxi - 0151 924 7373

By Car

Goodison Park on Google Maps: click here

The stadium is served by the following main roads:

  • From North: A59, M58; passing Aintree
  • From South: M6, M62, passing Knutsford and Warrington
  • From East: A580, M62; passing St Helens and Huyton
  • From West: M53, A49; crossing the River Mersey and through Liverpool City Centre

From City Centre

Goodison Park is located 2.5 miles northeast of Liverpool City Centre, accessible using Great Homer Street and the A580. The A580 runs past the stadium and out towards the east of the city.

Stadium Area

The stadium sits alongside the A580, just northwest of Anfield Cemetery and Stanley Park. A busy residential area, so driving to Goodison Park is only recommended if you are arriving early, as the surrounding streets have parking restrictions on matchdays.

Parking

A strict residents' parking scheme is in place on the streets surrounding Goodison Park, and surrounding roads are closed 2 hours before kick-off. A full road closure will be in place 45 minutes before kick-off, and remains in place for 15-30 minutes after the final whistle. 

Car-parking facilities can be found approximately half a mile away from Goodison Park at the junction of Priory Road and Utting Avenue. Prices for parking are displayed on entry. There are several other parking facilities that you can pay for and use on matchdays.

WHERE TO EAT/DRINK

A 15-minute walk away from the away fans entrance is a Wetherspoons - The Thomas Frost (L4 4AJ) - where home and away fans are allowed in without issue.

There are plenty of pubs in Liverpool city centre that you are able to drink in pre-match before making a short trip to Goodison using public transport. Many away fans congregate in the Concert Square and Mathew Street areas of the City. 


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