Goodison Park, home to Everton FC is an all seater stadium, with a capacity of 40,157.
The south end of the Bullens Road Stand, on the east side of the ground, houses away fans. Designed by celebrated football architect Archibald Leitch, this stand was built in 1926. Originally, the stand had an upper seated area and a lower terrace, known as the Paddock. Seats were installed at the rear of the Paddock in the early 1960s, creating a two-tier all seater stand.
The stadium would lend itself to expansion, but club officials do not consider this financially viable. The proposed “Destination Kirby” project would involve a move to a new stadium in the nearby Borough of Knowsley. However, this project is subject to a public enquiry, the result of which is unlikely to be known until late 2009.
How to get to Goodison Park
Goodison Park is located in Goodison Road, Liverpool L4 4EL.
Drivers arriving from both North and South can exit the M6 at junction 26, following the M58 to its end. Turn left at the gyratory system, joining the M57 at junction 7. Leave the M57 at junction 4, turning right onto the A580. Continue on the A580 across Queen’s Drive, entering Walton Lane. Goodison Road is a right turn within a mile.
Alternatively, southbound drivers can exit the M6 at junction 26, following the M58 as far as the gyratory system. Turn left onto the A59, following it until it becomes Rice Lane. Continue straight on at the roundabout, into County Road and follow it for about ¾ of a mile. Turn left into Spellow Lane and left again into Goodison Road. The stadium is located on the right.
Northbound drivers can exit the M6 at junction 21a onto the M62. At the end of the M62, turn right into Queen’s Drive and follow it for about 4½ miles. At the roundabout (junction with A59), turn left into County Road, left after about ¾ of a mile, into Spellow Lane and left again into Goodison Road, where Goodison Park is on the right.
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The closest railway station to the stadium is Kirkdale, which is less than a mile from the ground.
On exiting the station, turn right and cross the railway bridge. Follow Westminster Road as far as the Elm Tree pub, turning left into Goodall Street. Cross the junction at the end into Harlech Street and follow it as far as County Road. Cross County Road at the traffic lights into Andrew Street, at the top of which the stadium is visible.
Sandhills station is also convenient and offers a bus service for an hour or so either side of the game. Liverpool’s Lime Street station is over 3 miles from Goodison Park, so it is advisable to catch a connection to Liverpool Central where regular services operate to both Kirkdale and Sandhills stations. Alternatively, the bus station is only a few minutes walk from Lime Street station and well signposted. Click here to check the current train timetables
The nearest airport is Liverpool John Lennon, at a distance of about 10 miles. Liverpool South Parkway station, which serves the airport, offers regular train links to Liverpool City centre. Click here to check the current flight times
There are several taxi companies in Liverpool that can take you to and from the stadium. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.
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Where to Park?
Early arrivals will find on-street parking around the Walton Lane area. Alternative parking is available near Anfield or in Stanley Park, the entrance to which is on Priory Road. Drivers using the M57 / A580 route (see above) will pass Walton Sports Centre, where parking is also available. This avoids the customary traffic snarl ups at Stanley Park and is within 5 minutes of the motorway.
Away Friendly Pubs near Goodison Park
Numerous visiting fans have recommended Liverpool city centre as the best area for a pre-match drink, as it offers a wide range of outlets to suit all tastes. However, fans report that, with one or two exceptions, the nearest pubs to Lime Street station are those to avoid. The Head of Steam, located at the station, is away friendly and listed in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide. It also offers a big screen with Sky Sports and Setanta.
Nearer to the stadium, there are a number of recommended away friendly pubs on Walton Road and Walton Lane, only a 10-15 minute walk from Goodison Park. These include the Thomas Frost, a Wetherspoons outlet with a friendly atmosphere and a good mix of home and away fans. Visitors recommend The Spellow, outside the ground, but the Royal Oak is definitely on the list of watering holes to avoid.
Hotels near Goodison Park
Many hotels near Goodison Park have received mixed reviews from guests.
The Britannia Adelphi Hotel (pictured, left), Ranelagh Place, Liverpool, L3 5UL has received mainly good reviews from guests. It offers extensive facilities, reasonable rates, and is with a few minutes walk of Lime Street station. However, disabled access is limited and on-site parking is expensive.
The Atlantic Tower by Thistle (Right), Chapel Street, Liverpool, L3 9RE has also attracted predominantly favourable reviews. This 4-start hotel is situated in the city centre, adjacent to the Liver Building, within walking distance of many attractions and some 2½ miles from Goodison Park. An NCP car park is available nearby, but this is expensive.
What have other Away Fans said about their trip to Goodison Park?
Many away fans have remarked upon the friendly, relaxed atmosphere within Goodison Park, with home and away fans mixing freely before the game. The standard of stewarding impressed many visiting fans, who noted that they were reasonable and communicative. Fans have been reasonably impressed with the catering facilities, which offer a good range of food and drink at reasonable (at least for a football ground) prices.
However, one major reported disappointment is that the club refuse to serve alcohol to away fans at half-time. Many visitors have remarked on the overall “tired” look of the stadium, though noting the character the ground maintains. The seating in the rear of the lower tier of the Bullens Road stand has been a major cause for complaint, with supporting pillars interfering with the view of play and little legroom.