39,572 (all seated)
Goodison Road, Liverpool, L4 4EL
0151 556 1878
0151 556 1878
112 x 78 yards
Royal Blue & White
Looking from the outside, Goodison Park, with its tall stands, seems huge. The crowds filling the narrow streets around the ground on matchday make you feel that you are going back in time, to when the outside of every football ground appeared like this.
However, that’s Goodison’s problem. Apart from the modern Park Stand (which has an electric scoreboard on its roof and was opened in 1994), the rest of the ground looks tired. Yes, the ground is still large, but it needs modernising. For example, there are lots of supporting pillars and the ground just looks as if it has seen better days.
Nevertheless, unlike some new grounds, Goodison oozes character and the three-tiered Main Stand, which was opened in 1971, is still an impressive sight. There are two large video screens at opposite corners of the ground. If you are a home/neutral fan who is not scared of heights then try and get a ticket for the top balcony of the Main Stand. Not only do you get a ‘birds eye’ view of the game, but also views across Stanley Park, with Anfield in the distance. Now, thinking about it, if you were an Everton fan you probably wouldn’t want to see Anfield during the game, so this advice is for neutrals!
A unique feature of the stadium is a church called St Lukes which sits just beyond the video screen in one corner of the ground (selling teas & snacks at reasonable prices on matchdays). If you have time before the game look out for the statue behind the Park Stand; a tribute to the legend that was Dixie Dean. After all these years, the Everton team still come out to the theme tune of the old police television series, Z Cars, which was popular in the 1960s and ’70s.
The club have renamed both ends of the ground. The Gwladys Street End is now called the Howard Kendall Gwladys Street End, after former player and the Club’s most successful manager Howard Kendall. Whilst the Park Stand is now known as the Sir Philip Carter Park End, named after a former chairman.
Are Everton leaving Goodison Park?
Bonkers as it may seem with the last major renovations at Goodison Park only taking place in 1994, talk of a stadium move have been on the cards since just two years later. Now, it’s finally happening.
This will be the first time Everton have moved grounds since 1892, when they ditched Anfield (yes, that’s right, the current home of Liverpool) following a bitter and long-fought dispute with their own chairman John Houlding.
Everton’s new stadium will be situated just over two miles away from Goodison Park, and it’ll be on the banks of the River Mersey at Bramley Moore Dock.
The location is a former commercial dock and the whole area is expected to be transformed thanks to Everton’s move, with new shops and housing.
Cost of Everton new stadium, and how will it be funded?
Designed by MEIS Architects and Pattern Architects, the Everton Stadium – as it will officially be known to begin with – is being built by Dartford-based construction company, Laing O’Rourke. The estimated cost for the stadium is around £500m, with Everton already having a good chunk of the money set aside, they needed to find the remaining £220m as of 2018.
In January 2020, Everton announced that they had agreed naming rights with USM worth a reported £30m. USM already sponsor Everton’s training ground, Finch Farm. Later on it was also announced that the club would seek out help from major international banks, JP Morgan and MUFG to help secure the finance to ensure the stadium would be built.
In 2022, the club then went on to announce that Liverpool City Council would not be offering a loan to the club to help with the build.
In September 2023, Everton received a £100m loan from MSP Sports Capital to help fund the new stadium build.
In the same month, majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri announced an agreement to sell his 94.1% stake in the club to 777 Partners. How this will affect the funding of the stadium build is yet to become clear, but Moshiri has insisted the potential takeover would guarantee the full construction of the new ground.
What are the plans for the Everton new stadium?
The Everton stadium will have a bowl design made up of steel and glass. The plans have been much-lauded for their design qualities, which intend to complement the architecture of the old dock buildings surrounding the site.
One of the key aspects of the new ground is something called ‘ALL’. Quite what this is remains a little unclear beyond PR speak. In essence, it seems to be a new program offering a wide choice of social spaces, such as pubs, bars and restaurants.
Everton new stadium capacity
As for capacity, the bowl will be able to seat 52,888 and will have a one-tier stand similar to that at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium inspired by Borussia Dortmund’s Yellow Wall. This stand will hold approximately 13,000 spectators.
Everton new stadium opening date
The Everton Stadium is set to be completed midway through the 2024/25 season. It is not yet decided whether the Toffees will move into their new home midway through that season, or wait until the start of the 2025/26 season to leave Goodison Park.
What is the away section at Goodison Park?
Away fans are located in one corner of the two-tiered, Bullens Road Stand, which is at the side of the pitch, where just over 3,000 away fans can be accommodated. If a small following is expected, then only the lower tier is allocated, which holds 1,700. For larger followings then the upper tier is also made available.
If you can, try to avoid getting get tickets for the rear sections of both the upper and lower tiers, as the view can be quite poor. For example, in the rear of the lower tier, there are a number of supporting pillars that can hinder your view, the seating is of the old wooden type and the gap between rows is tight.
The front of the lower tier is a lot better having newer seats and no supporting pillars to contend with. The rear of the upper tier also has problems as Neil Theasby a visiting Hull City supporter informs me: “Our seats were on the very back Row S and the view was awful! There were two obscuring pillars but worse than that the angle of the roof meant that you couldn’t see the video screen and the view of the opposite touchline were also partly obscured.”
The facilities within the stand are basic and it is really showing its age (it was first opened in 1926). However, away fans can generate some noise from this area, making for a great atmosphere. The catering from the small concourse area includes; Hot Dogs, Beef Burgers, Steak Pie, Meat & Potato Pie, Cheese & Onion Pie, Bombay & Vegetable Pie and Sausage Rolls.
Is Goodison Park a good away day?
I have enjoyed a number of good days out at Goodison. The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly, with both sets of fans mixing freely before the game. In keeping with tradition they still have someone walking around the pitch before the game, throwing toffees into the crowd, which is a nice touch. If you arrive at the ground early then there is a small fan zone located in the car park behind the Park Stand. The fan zone has entertainment as well as eating and drinking outlets and away fans are able to gain entry. Neil Thompson a visiting Preston supporter adds: “The stewards inside the ground were superb and the best I have seen at any ground. They just ran things with a sensible head and communicated with people, first class. There are a lot of grounds that can learn from the Everton stewarding.”
The Club have automatic turnstiles, meaning that you have to insert your ticket into a bar code reader to gain admittance.
On a poignant note, if you do happen to notice some 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.
Where do away fans drink at Everton?
Behind the Park Stand is a small outdoor fan zone which serves alcohol, as well as food. Currently visiting supporters are allowed free entry into the fanzone. 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 when I last visited.
Peter Bennett suggests The Spellow just outside Goodison Park, whilst John Ellis a visiting fan informs me: “Along Walton Lane, on the corner of Cherry Lane is the Liverpool Taxi Cab Drivers, Sports and Social Club. On our visit, there was a good mix of home and away supporters. The Club charges a small entry fee.”
Otherwise you can walk along Priory Road (where the away coaches drop off and park) or across Stanley Park, going away from Goodison over towards Anfield. The Arkles pub, the usual haunt of away fans visiting Anfield is also popular with away fans going to Goodison. It is about a 10-15 minute walk. At the end of Priory Road, turn right into Arkles Lane and the pub is up on the left. It also shows Sky Sports.
Tom Hughes adds: “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.”
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 pub also recommended to me. Alcohol is served in the away section of the ground.
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 keep right and take the A5058 Ring Road North, signposted Football Stadia. After three miles turn left at the traffic lights into Utting Avenue (there is a McDonalds on the corner of this junction). 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.
Where is the best place to park for Goodison Park?
There is a car park in nearby Stanley Park which costs £10. The entrance to the car park is in Priory Road. Randy Coldham adds; ‘If you approach from the M57 (to join the M57, leave the M62 at Junction 6), and then leave the M57 at Junction 4. Take the A580 towards Liverpool, and on the right, you will reach the Walton Lifestyles Sports Centre (L4 9XP) where you can park for £7. It is then a 15 minute walk to Goodison with a very good Chinese Chippy on the way. By parking there you are well away from the traffics jams that you tend to get at Stanley Park after the match and only a five minute drive from the motorway system. Otherwise it is a case of finding some street parking, however, please take note that there is a Residents Only Parking Scheme in operation around the nearby area, so pay attention to those signposts. There is also the option of renting a private driveway near Goodison Park via YourParkingSpace.co.uk.
Post Code for SAT NAV: L4 4EL
What is the best train station for Goodison Park?
Kirkdale Railway Station is the closest to the ground (just under a mile away). However, it may be more advisable to go to Sandhills Railway 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 drops you off within easy walking distance of Goodison Park. The Soccerbus costs Adults (£3.50 return, £2 single), Child (£1.50 return, £1 single).
Gary Beaumont adds: “The best route for away fans from the city centre if they want to use public transport is definitely the Merseyrail Northern Line to Sandhills where they alight and catch the special Soccerbuses; trains can be caught from Liverpool Central.
“If fans are buying their train tickets in Liverpool, ask for a return to Goodison Park as opposed to Sandhills even though that’s where you’re getting off. The advantage of doing this is that the train ticket is valid also for the Soccerbus and the additional fare is only £3 return as opposed to £3.50 that you’d have to pay on the bus if you only bought your ticket to Sandhills.
“Both Sandhills & Kirkdale stations and can be reached by first getting a train from Liverpool Lime Street to Liverpool Central and then changing there for Kirkdale.”
Patrick Burke adds: “Although I would recommend using the Soccerbus to get to the ground, afterwards you may wish to look at alternatives, such as grabbing a taxi into Liverpool, or walking to Kirkdale railway station. This is because the Soccerbus is normally very cramped after the game, plus you may have to wait sometime to get on a bus (up to half an hour if there is a big queue) and it can then take 20 minutes or so for the bus to make its way from the ground.”
On exiting from Kirkdale Station turn right and then cross the railway bridge. At the traffic lights go straight on up Westminster Road, for about 400yds and then you’ll see the Elm Tree pub. Turn left at the pub into Barlow Lane. You will reach the main County Road (A59). Cross over County Road at the traffic lights and then proceed down Spellow Lane you will reach Goodison Park on the left. On the whole it is a fairly straightforward walk and there are plenty of other fans to follow if you are unsure of the way.
From Liverpool Lime Street By Bus Or Taxi
The main railway station in Liverpool is Lime Street which is over three miles from the ground and is really too far to walk (although it is mostly downhill on the way back to the station), so either head for Kirkdale station or jump in a taxi (about £8).
Iain Badger: “The easiest way to get to the ground from the city centre is to use the 919 Special buses from Stand 10 in St John’s Lane. This is just across the road from Lime Street station and down the left hand side of St George’s Hall if you stand outside the rail station looking directly at the hall building. The buses start running two hours prior to kick off and drop you by the club shop at the ground. The buses run from the other side of the street for the return journey. A single fare is £2.20. The 919 takes only 10 minutes to get to the ground and doesn’t stop on the route.”
As with most clubs nowadays, the ticket pricing at Everton’s stadium, Goodison Park, is tiered depending on the ‘grade’ of game you’re watching and the area of the stadium you sit in. That being said, Everton have kept things relatively simple with just two categories unlike most who usually operate at least three or four.
Category 1 games are the most premium fixtures with Category 2 being the so called lesser games; the price range for these games are detailed here:
Adults – £40 to £50
Children – £15 to £25
Concessions – £30 to £35
A full breakdown of the current pricing can be found on the official Everton website.
- Official Programme £3.50
- The Black Watch Fanzine £2
Everton vs Liverpool rivalry: There is no disputing that the red vs blue battle on Merseyside is the biggest derby game Everton partake in. In fact, the Merseyside derby is one of the most recognised rivalries in world football. It all dates back to a quibble over the Anfield stadium; it was once Everton’s home but they eventually moved on to Goodison Park. Nowadays, the two stadiums – Goodison Park and Anfield – are visible from one another such is their close proximity. Given that, it’s little surprise the games are still a source of immense tension. Don’t be fooled by the ‘friendly derby’ tag either; the Everton vs Liverpool rivalry is anything but friendly.
Behind the Park End Stand is a statue of legendary club forward Dixie Dean.
The statue plinth reads;
William Ralph ‘Dixie’ Dean
377 goals in 431 games, including
a record 60 league goals in season 1927-28
FOOTBALLER – GENTLEMAN – EVERTONIAN
For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the Level Playing Field website.
As you might of expect from a club the size of Everton, stadium tours are on offer on a regular basis and they’re only likely to become more and more in demand as the club relocate to their new ground. For now though, we can only bring you the current pricing structure:
- Adults, £22
- Senior, £18
- Under 22, £18
- Under 16, £14
- Under 5, Free
Full details of the current Everton stadium tours can be found on the official Everton site.
The song most commonly associated with Everton is “Forever Everton”
Is Goodison Park the oldest stadium?
When Everton were first formed they played their home matches at Stanley Park; that only lasted as their own ground for a few years though before they became a tenant of the now Liverpool stadium, Anfield. The Toffees remained their for eight years before rent became a sticking point. Everton wouldn’t be held to ransom and opted for Goodison Park; it was the first true football ground to have been built in England. Despite the original build taking place in 1892 additions like under ground heating were very much innovations at the time they were made.
The original capacity of the Everton stadium was 12,000 made up of both covered and uncovered stands. Within three years of moving in Everton bought Goodison Park and, very quickly, further enhancements were made. Roofing was added to the uncovered stands almost immediately and within a decade a two-tiered conversion was in the works fo boost the capacity; that was on the Goodison Avenue stand. Fast forward another 20 years and the Goodison Road stand was getting the same treatment with a combination of an additional tier and terracing being added.
Goodison Park in the 1966 World Cup
Changes over the next 40 years were minimal with covered dugouts – an English first – the main change coming in 1931. Other, more decorative tweaks, were made in the sixties ahead of the World Cup where Goodison would host several games including the West Germany vs Soviet Union semi final. Rebuilds have taken place since then with the Goodison Road stand and Park End both getting the treatment at different times. Since the early nineties, though, changes have been largely cosmetic.
78,299 v Liverpool
Division One, 18th September 1948.
Modern All Seated Attendance Record
40,552 v Liverpool
Premier League, 11th December 2004.
202-2022: 38,882 (Premier League)
2020-2021: N/A (Covid-19)
2019-2020: 39,150 (Premier League)
2018-2019: 39,043 (Premier League)
2017-2018: 38,797 (Premier League)
If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me at: [email protected] and I’ll update the guide.
Special thanks to:
Owen Pavey for providing the ground layout diagram
Haydn Gleed for providing the YouTube video of Goodison Park
The Awaydays video of Southampton fans at Goodison Park was produced by the Ugly Inside and made publicly available via YouTube.