R's on the Road.............. To Everton.
On Saturday the R's fans hit the road in the Premier League for the first time in 15 years. The destination of this momentous occasion is Everton.
Will the R's bounce back from last weeks unfortunate 4-0 loss against Bolton or will Everton benefit from starting the season a week later.
Here are some club details and hints and tips for you on your visit to Goodison Park.
Name : Everton FC
Founded : 1878 (as St Domingo's FC)
Nicknames : The Toffees, The Blues, The School of Science, The People's Club
Stadium Name : Goodison Park
Champions: (9) – 1890–91, 1914–15, 1927–28, 1931–32, 1938–39, 1962–63, 1969–70, 1984–85, 1986–87
Runners-up: (7) – 1889–90, 1894–95, 1901–02, 1904–05, 1908–09, 1911–12, 1985–86
Champions: (1) – 1930–31
Runners-up: (1) – 1953–54
Winners: (5) – 1906, 1933, 1966, 1984, 1995
Runners-up: (8) – 1893, 1897, 1907, 1968, 1985, 1986, 1989, 2009
Football League Cup
Runners-up: (2) – 1977, 1984
FA Charity Shield
Winners: (9) – 1928, 1932, 1963, 1970, 1984, 1985, 1986 (shared), 1987, 1995
Runners-up: (2) – 1933, 1966
Full Members Cup
Runners-up: (2) – 1989, 1991
Runner-up: (1) – 1985–86
European Cup Winners' Cup
Winners: (1) – 1985
Current capacity - 40,569 (all seated)
The away end the R's will be housed in is the Bullens Road Stand.
This is split into two areas, the Paddock which has the best view of the two. This can hold 1,700 fans. Then you also have the Upper Tier which can house a further 1,300 fans but this is restricted view! If you are near the back of this stand then you will have two supporting pillars to contend with and could get quite frustrating.
The seating in the Upper Tier is also very dated and there are basic facilities available to the travelling fans. Supporters in the Paddock will enjoy a much better view of the game and will also have newer seats to perch themselves on.
Just a side note; if you do notice flowers lying around the perimeter of the pitch, this is because the ashes of a number of supporters (over 800) have been interred around it.
The History between the teams.....
At Everton (22)
This is the first meeting between the clubs since the R's were relegated in 1996.
The game at Goodison Park that season ended in a 2-0 victory for the Toffees courtesy of goals from Graham Stuart and Paul Rideout.
The R's last victory at Everton was on 20th November 1993. It was a 3-0 victory for all to enjoy. I couldn't find out the goalscorers for that day unfortunately.
How to get there.
By Car :- The post code being used for todays journey is L4 4EL.
From the South follow the M40 until you reach the M42 and then join the M6. Carry on up the M6 until you reach the junction for the M62 (junction 21A).
Follow the M62 until you reach the end of the motorway (beware of a 50mph speed camera about a 1/4 of a mile from the end of the motorway). Then follow the A5058 towards Liverpool. After three miles turn left at the traffic lights into Utting Avenue. Proceed for one mile and then turn right at the corner of Stanley Park into Priory Road. Goodison is at the end of this road.
If you arrive early then there is street parking to be found around Walton Lane. Otherwise park over towards Anfield or in Stanley Park itself. The entrance to the car park which costs £8, is in Priory Road.
By Train :- Kirkdale station is the closest to the ground(just under a mile away).
However, it may be advisable to go to Sandhills station as this has the benefit of a bus service to the ground, which runs for a couple of hours before the game and around 50 minutes after the final whistle. The bus will drop you off within walking distance of Goodison.
Both Sandhills and Kirkdale stations can be reached by first getting a train from Liverpool Lime Street to Liverpool Central and then changing there for Kirkdale.
The main railway station in Liverpool is Lime Street which is over three miles from the ground, although it is mostly downhill on the way back to the station, so either jump on a train to Kirkdale station or jump in a taxi, which will cost about £6.
Pubs 'n' Grub
There are an array of pubs to choose to visit.
There is the Thomas Frost on Walton Road. This is a Wetherspoons and will host both home and away fans.
The pub close to Lime Street Station called the Head of Steam, this is also a Wetherspoons and will play a good host for travelling R's supporters.
There are plenty of pubs around the City Centre to choose from so take a wander and enjoy the sights of Liverpool.
Around the City Centre you will find many food outlets to choose from so find your favorite restaurant/take-away shop and fill yourself up.
Catering inside the ground includes amongst other things; a Scouse Pie £2.30, Steak Pie £2.50, Cheese and Onion Pie £2.30, plus Sausage Rolls £2.30. They also offer a huge meat pie for £3.