Saturday (12.30pm), 4th February
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Fixture News: March Games
The selection of the March televised fixtures has been announced. As usual, our members were messaged (by WhatsApp) immediately they were announced. During this period, there is just one home game...
- Brentford: Saturday, 11th March
The announcement (of the April TV games - three home games: Tottenham, Fulham and Newcastle) is anticipated to be approximately 21st February.
Remember, updated fixture information on all home games is available from our password-protected Flight Prices webpage; and we also message our members immediately we know that the dates of the games have been confirmed.
In order to receive our information immediately, take out an ESCNI membership via our Membership webpage.
West Ham (away): Saturday, 21st January
Southampton (home): Saturday, 14th January
ESCNI will have 78 people at tomorrow's game at home to Southampton.
The current weather forecast is cloudy with strong winds, and a temperature of 7°C.
Kirkdale Train Station: a Good Way to Travel to (and from) the Airport from Goodison
Man Utd - FA Cup (away): Friday, 6th January
ESCNI will have 24 people at tonight's FA Cup game away to Man Utd.
The current weather forecast is dry, with a temperature of 10°C.
Brighton (home): Tuesday, 3rd January
ESCNI will have 15 people at tomorrow evening's game at home to Brighton.
The current weather forecast is for rain, and a temperature of 12°C.
APD Reduction (Reminder)
In the 2021 Autumn Budget, it was announced that Air Passenger Duty (APD) was to be reduced from £26 to £13 for a return flight within the UK ... although, with the proviso that this change would not come into effect until April 2023.
However, the APD for a flight from the UK to Dublin will remain at £13; thereby, removing the current overall £13 advantage that a Dublin return flight to Liverpool currently enjoys over its NI equivalents.
(updated 02 Jan)
'MEMBERS ONLY' Area
Today, 1st January, we changed the password and texted our current members with the new one for our website.
Remember, our website has a Members Only area that (as the name suggests) is intended for ESCNI members only; and access to it requires the use of a password.
This password will be changed occasionally. However, members will be advised of any change via an email and a text message. If you have forgotten the password, simply email or text (078 5408 2080) the Secretary for a reminder.
As you can see from our sitemap, this area contains most of our fixture and travel information, together with our club's internal business (Rules, AGM and Committee information, etc).
Man City (away): Saturday, 31st December
Wolves (home): Boxing Day, 26th December
ESCNI will have 16 people at the Boxing Day game at home to Wolves.
The current weather forecast is for light showers, and a temperature of 6°C.
Ordering Match Tickets
When ordering match tickets from Aidan (our Match Ticket Secretary), please remember that we will require you to pay for them when later received.
It’s unfair to order match tickets and then source them from elsewhere, as it creates lots of additional work for him and (if left too late) Everton will charge us for the tickets.
Highest-Ever Membership Number
ESCNI now has 523 members, its highest ever membership number.
Incidentally, our club's membership has exceeded 300 for the twentieth consecutive season and 400 for the seventh season running.
Membership of ESCNI for Season 2022/23 is still open and can be easily and quickly done via our Membership webpage.
February Games: Premier Inn
With the great shortage of Saturday flights during February, it’s worth considering the Liverpool Airport Premier Inn. By staying here, you will be ideally placed to take advantage of easyJet’s much cheaper late Friday evening/early Sunday morning Belfast flights. It is located within a short walking distance (9 mins) from the airport terminal. With a double and a single bed, each room can easily accommodate three people.
Their standard rate (pay now, non-refundable; free to amend check in date at the same hotel up to 1pm on the day of arrival) for our three February home games are currently…
- 3rd/5th February (Arsenal): £87 for two nights
- 17th/19th February (Leeds): £129 for two nights
- 24th/26th February (Aston Villa): £116.50 for two nights
The dates for these three games should be confirmed once the TV dates are announced next week (~Tuesday, 6th December).
For full details check their website.
FA Cup Draw: Third Round
Man City (home): Saturday, 13th May
Liverpool has recently been appointed as the host city for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023.
The Final will take place in the Liverpool Arena on Saturday 13 May; with the Semi-Finals to be held on Tuesday 9th and Thursday 11th May. Consequently, hotel prices are now prohibitvely expensive and, furthermore, flight prices have also risen noticeably.
From our perspective, we can only hope that our Man City (home) game, currently scheduled for that Saturday, will be rescheduled away from the weekend.
However, the TV selections for that weekend are not due to be announced until ~30th March. A further potential complication is that Man City could be playing a UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg game on Tuesday 16th or Wednesday 17th May.
Match Fixture Information
We have updated our password-protected Flight Prices webpage (comprising the home games for Season 2022/23).
Initially, 13 of our 19 home games clash with Man Utd home games; this usually noticeably affects flight demand/prices. However, due to fixture rearrangements, this figure should drop significantly in due course ... and has dropped by one already.
With Sympathy... Ian Hamilton
On behalf of our members, the Committee would like to express our condolences to the family and friends of Ian Hamilton. Ian (of Coagh, County Tyrone) passed away on Friday, 29th July, at the age of 81.
An ESCNI member of many years, he regularly attended Everton matches and will be much missed by his wife Margaret, his son, and fellow ESCNI member, Mark (and his partner, Rema) and his daughter Claira (and her partner Robert); together with his other travelling companions to Goodison.
The funeral will be held on Sunday 31st; leaving 7 Windsor Terrace, Coagh at 2.30pm for a subsequent 3pm service at St Luke's Parish Church, Tamlaght, Coagh. If anyone would care to wear blue, it will be much appreciated.
WhatsApp Group (ESCNI 22/23)
If you are an ESCNI member and aren't already in our WhatsApp group, please text 078 5408 2080 and we’ll add you in. However, remember, you'll need to have the WhatsApp app on your smartphone first.
Incidentally, as the number of our current members with WhatsApp will exceed the current maximum limit of 256, we have had to split our WhatsApp Group into two parallel groups: Part One (A to L) and Part Two (M to Z).
In order to drastically reduce the amount of spam and off-topic messages, only our Admins can send messages. If something specific requires everyone’s participation, this setting can be changed to allow everyone to message the group and then, subsequently, changed back again.
Over 1,100 Follow ESCNI Twitter
Our ESCNI Twitter account has over 1,100 followers.
If you aren't already one, please take a moment to read our Social Media webpage in order to learn of the advantages of being one of its followers.
In an effort to not overload you with tweets, we assume that you already follow the official Everton account (@Everton) and, consequently, we generally do not retweet Everton’s own tweets. Our tweets tend to be ones (such as fixture, travel, accommodation and ESCNI‑related information) relevant to our own unique position.
ESCNI Membership 2022/23
Membership fees for Season 2022/23 remain unchanged at...
- Adult: £15
- Junior (born after 31st December 2006): £6
- Senior (born before 31st December 1957): £6
- Family (max 2 adults, unlimited children): £30
As part of their ESCNI Membership Package, each of our new 2022/23 members will be issued with our ESCNI enamel badge (pictured right); current members received theirs previously.
The quickest and easiest way of joining/renewing ESCNI is via our Membership webpage.
If you are paying your ESCNI membership via a bank transfer, please remember to tell our Membership Secretary (William) accordingly... email@example.com
Season 2022/23: Important Dates
Some important dates (confirmed and provisional) for next season...
- 16 Jun (9am): PL Fixtures released
- 05 Jul: Aug/Sep TV announcement
- 29 Jul: October TV announcement
- 06 Aug: Premier League starts
- 12 Sep: November TV announcement
- 11 Oct: Dec/Jan TV announcement
- 14 Nov to 25 Dec: PL Break (for World Cup)
- 06 Dec: February TV announcement
- 07 Jan: FAC3
- 25 Jan: March TV announcement
- 21 Feb: April TV announcement
- 26 Feb: League Cup Final
- 23 Mar: '06 May' TV announcement
- 30 Mar: '13 May' TV announcement
- 07 Apr: '20 May' TV announcement
- 15 Apr: Grand National
- 22 Apr: FAC SF
- 28 May: Premier League finishes
- 03 Jun: FA Cup Final
(updated 17 Jun)
Belfast's Official Everton Store to Close
New easyJet Liverpool Service from Belfast City Airport
easyJet has announced a new Belfast to Liverpool service from Belfast City Airport.
From July, a single daily service will be operated Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday; with flights on Wednesdays beginning in September.
However, flight times don't seem particularly useful; for example, the only Saturday flight from Belfast to Liverpool departs at 2.25pm, and the only Sunday flight departs at 6.00pm. The Wednesday flight only begins in September and is particularly unsuitable for Wednesday evening games.
- Sat: 1425-1520
- Mon: 1430-1520
- Tue & Fri: 1520-1610
- Wed: 2030-2120
- Thu & Sun: 1800-1850
- Sat: 1305-1355
- Mon: 1310-1400
- Tue & Fri: 1400-1450
- Wed: 1910-2000
- Thu & Sun: 1640-1730
All flights are currently only bookable until the end of October. It remains to be seen whether or not it will be extended into the winter months.
(22 Apr; updated 25 Apr)
EFC Delegation's Visit to ESCNI (2022)
Our full report on yesterday's EFC visit to Belfast. Everton were represented by Darren Griffiths, Barry Horne and Graham Stuart.
The event was compered by Darren (as professional as ever), and it was great to hear from the two ex-players and everybody in attendance had a good afternoon – apart from the result of course! Graham and Barry spent time with the members, which was really appreciated, and it was a most worthwhile event.
Stagecoach 919 Bus to/from Goodison
Stagecoach operates a direct bus service (919) to and from Liverpool City Centre to Goodison Park for every Everton home game.
Before the game, their buses depart from Commutation Row, Liverpool City Centre from two hours before kick-off … and after the game, their buses depart from Walton Lane (opposite the club shop) from 10 minutes after the final whistle.
A return ticket costs £4.60 for an adult and £2.30 for a child (single tickets are £2.30 and £1.20 respectively). Google Map.
(prices updated 31 Mar)
With the continued absence of easyJet's Saturday evening flights, an overnight stay has become essential for most games.
So with COVID seemingly on the decline, we have refurbished our dedicated Hotels webpage for some useful timely tips.
Jack Patterson to Join Everton
easyJet Cabin Bag Policy (update)
From 10th February, easyJet reduced their cabin bag allowance to only one smaller cabin bag per person on board (maximum size 45 x 36 x 20cm, including any handles or wheels, but with no weight limit).
As of early November, a large cabin bag (56 x 45 x 25cm) can also be added at £13 each way. However, currently, it can only be added during the initial booking process or via the easyJet app; and cannot yet be subsequently added via their website. Incidentally, the cost of a 15kg (or 23kg) bag in the hold would be £24 (or £31) each way.
Full details are available from easyJet's dedicated webpage.
(updated 04 Nov)
Merseytravel Pass (MetroCard): Update
In conjunction with Merseytravel's MetroCard (currently replacing the Walrus smart card), a Saveaway ticket lets you travel all day on Liverpool's buses for only £4.30 (child: £2.45).
As well as all Liverpool's buses, it will also let you travel on the trains ...including the service from the city centre to Kirkdale Station (it takes less than 10 minutes, followed by a 16 minute walk to Goodison).
Please note that there is also a £1 charge for the initial issue of the MetroCard plastic travel smartcard.
However, the MetroCard cannot be bought within the airport, but can be bought at the Western Convenience Store (L24 3UT) in nearby Speke.
This shop is open 05.00 to 23.00 every day, and is an eight minute walk away.
Once you have bought a MetroCard, you can subsequently register for a MetroSmart account online but currently Saveaway tickets cannot be bought online ... only Solo (bus‑only) tickets (adults only: £5.00) can.
(updated 02 Jan)
Getting the Best Seats Available (update)
In these days of large numbers of season tickets at Goodison, the quality of seats that we can obtain has undoubtedly suffered.
In recent years, in an effort to improve this situation, ESCNI has purchased (at not inconsiderable expense) a significant number of Evertonia memberships on behalf of our members.
This has enabled us to purchase the corresponding number of match tickets in advance of their sale to the general public. Whilst this has not always guaranteed half decent seats at Goodison, it certainly has pushed us up the queue for those seats available.
However, on some occasions we have still been allocated particularly poor seats, such as at the very back of the Lower Gwladys or Main Stand.
Sometimes, the away team declines their option for the upper tier of the Visitors Section (of the Bullens Road Stand) and, consequently, they become available (at short notice) for home fans to purchase.
When this happens, we may decide to switch our members to this section. The seats in the front half of this section easily represent the best option on offer and we believe that taking up this option (when it is available) is in the best overall interests of our members. However, it should be noted that the facilities within the Upper Bullens are basic and the stand really shows its age (it was first opened in 1926).
We hope you understand; however, should you not wish to partake of these seats under any circumstance, please let us know in advance.
However, in a further effort to improve the quality of our members’ seats, last season the ESCNI Committee made the decision to also buy 10 season tickets (two blocks of five in the Upper Gwladys Stand) as a trial.
The general feedback from those members fortunate enough to have been allocated them is that they are a noticeable improvement on some of the seats that they have previously been allocated.
Following a review, the Committee has decided to renew these season tickets for Season 2019/20.
(updated 26 Jun)
Arriva 500 Bus: Update
Arriva's 500 bus service (which runs between the airport and Liverpool One) has recently merged with the 82a bus route, becoming a full stopping service; consequently, it will take at least an extra five minutes to get into (and out from) the city centre.
Alternatively, providing you’ve bought a Walrus day pass (they cover buses and trains), you could catch any bus to the nearby Liverpool South Parkway station, and then transfer onto a train to Central Station.
Their schedules have also changed slightly...
- the first bus departs from the airport at 4.33am
- and the last one (to the airport) departs from Liverpool One at 11.21pm
...full details are available from the relevant Arriva webpage.
(updated 02 Oct)
Group Ticket Sales (at Reduced Prices)
For Season 2018/19, group ticket sales will apply to the following four Premier League fixtures:
- West Ham (Sunday 16 September)
- Crystal Palace (Sunday 21 October)
- Newcastle (Wednesday 05 December)
- Bournemouth (Saturday 12 January)
These tickets will be priced at: £30 Adult and £15 Junior (aged 15 and under).
However, in order to avail of these, you must be an ESCNI member (or a guest or a member of another supporters club). Please note that tickets at these prices will only be available for our club's initial ticket application and that any tickets ordered subsequent to this will be charged at the normal rate. Furthermore, access to the group sales ticket offer is subject to a minimum number of match ticket purchases being made by our club.
There will also be the official Supporters' Club Flag Day parade at the Crystal Palace home game (Sunday, 21 October).
...another example of the benefits of joining ESCNI.
Liverpool Airport Raises Fee for Drop-Off Parking Near Terminal
Earlier this year, Liverpool Airport increased their charge for dropping off (or collecting) passengers at its car park adjacent to the terminal buildings from £2 to £3 (for 20 minutes).
However, they have increased the free time at their alternative car park from 20 minutes to 40 minutes. However, this car park is a 10 minute walk from the passenger terminal and will leave you exposed to the elements for the entire duration of your walk.
Important Match Tickets Statement
Due to the unusually high number (3,500 more than last season) of season tickets sold, many of this season’s home games may well sell out long before they go on general sale.
Consequently, our Committee has felt it wise to purchase a reasonable number of Official Everton Memberships to ensure that ESCNI can get access to a reasonable number of match tickets for each home game.
However, when considering booking flights, members should bear in mind that the club may not get sufficient match tickets for everyone’s requirements for every home game.
Furthermore, it should also be noted that any match tickets obtained by ESCNI will always be prioritised for its members ahead of any guests.
It is also vital that members lodge their ticket requests with our Ticket Secretary (Aidan) well before the tickets go on sale, as any late applications are very likely to fail.
Needless to say, that the general quality of seats obtained this season is also likely to suffer too.
(01 Aug '17)
Belfast International Airport Car Parking
The minimum charges for their various car parks are currently as follows...
- Drop Off Zone: £1 for 10 minutes
- Short Stay Car Park: £1 for 10 minutes
- Main Car Park: £2.50 for 30 minutes
- Long Term Car Park: free for 15 minutes
- Belfast City Airport, there is a free 10 minute grace period in their Short Stay Car Park
- City of Derry Airport, there is a charge of £1 for up to two hours in their Short Stay Car Park
(04 Apr '17)
Value for Money
Those ESCNI members attending the recent game against Bournemouth got their match ticket for only £25 (£12.50 for juniors). This saving, alone, will have virtually paid for their ESCNI membership for the entire season...
...one of the benefits of joining ESCNI.
PS That worked out at less than £3 per goal!
(07 Feb '17)
Airport Car Parking (update)
Currently, BIA do not seem to be offering their customers any promo codes when booking online.
(30 Jan '17)