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easyJet Admin Fee rises to £13
When booking (or even pricing) flights, remember that easyJet add an £13 administration fee on every booking, irrespective of the number of people or number of flights it is for.
Consequently, it pays to team up with others or (if possible) to simultaneously book multiple return flights (however, it should be noted that each party of travellers must comprise exactly the same names) using the Add More Flights button.
As an example, if you can book as a pair it will instantly save each of you £6.50 per person.
ESCNI Membership 2015/16
The quickest and easiest way of joining/renewing ESCNI is via our Membership webpage. Membership fees for Season 2015/16 remain unchanged at...
- Adult: £15
- Junior (born after 31st December 1999): £6
- Senior (born before 31st December 1950): £6
- Family (max 2 adults, unlimited children): £30
Anyone renewing before 31st August will be in the draw for a signed replica home shirt.
A reminder that membership and match ticket payments can be made electronically...
However, when paying electronically please put your name and, if applicable, the match details (ie EFC's opponents) on the credit transfer/lodgement; then email, text or phone our Membership Secretary (William) or our Match Ticket Secretary (Aidan) in order to let them know that you have made the payment.
...confidential details of our bank account can be obtained from our password-protected Flight Prices webpage.
Match Fixture Information
We have updated our password-protected Flight Prices webpage.
It now includes the confirmed dates of the August and September home games.
Season 2015/16: Fixtures
The selection of the initial batch of televised games, for the first two months of the season (August and September) has been announced ... we have texted our members the dates of the home games safe to book.
TV matches for October and November should be confirmed and announced in early August.
At this initial stage, 11 of our 19 home games currently coincide with Man Utd home games ...this usually seriously impacts flight prices. However, the requirements (of Sky and BT Sport) for live televised games should reduce this number somewhat.
The Premier League will commence on Saturday 8th August (the earliest start for 16 years) at home to Watford ...and will finish on Sunday 15th May at home to Norwich.
A few other noteable dates are...
- FA Cup 3rd Round will take place on the weekend of 9th January
- League Cup Final will take place on Sunday 28th February
- FA Cup Final will take place on Sunday 21st May
(updated 03 Jul)
Early Season Flights Shortage (2015/16)
Just before tomorrow's fixtures announcement, a reminder that (for the third season running) there will be a particular lack of suitable flights at the start of the new season...
The last easyJet flight back from Liverpool on Saturdays will be at 18.10 (18.25 on 12th September) until 19th September, when a 19.45 starts (for the duration of the winter). The next flight home will be on Sunday at 07.00. Furthermore, there will be no Saturday evening easyJet flight back from Manchester until 31st October; and, even then, it will be at 19.00.
The first easyJet flights out on Sundays will be at 08.15 (08.40 from 25th October) to Liverpool and 16.40 to Manchester.
Flybe’s suitable Belfast City/Liverpool weekend flights will be out on Saturday at 10.25 (07.10 and 09.40 from 31st October) and back on Sunday at 12.20 and 20.25 (17.15 and 20.10 from 25th October).
Incidentally, Ryanair's suitable Derry/Liverpool weekend flights will be out on Saturday at 09.00 and back on Sunday at 17.10 (14.40 from 6th September and 19.25 from 25th October).
From Dublin, the ‘day-return’ Saturday flights are...
- Ryanair - out: 07.50 (07.05 from 7th November); and return: 20.45 (19.30 and 22.10 from 31st October)
- Aer Lingus (new service commencing 23rd October) - out: 07.15 and return: 19.40
So, we may keep our fingers crossed for some Sunday or early Saturday kick offs.
(updated 16 Jun)
ESCNI's Rising Membership Numbers
At 378, last season's membership number represented the 14th season running that our club's membership has exceeded 300.
Membership of ESCNI for Season 2015/16 is now open. So, come and join us for another season of excitements and disappointments...
...ESCNI memberships can be easily and quickly done via our Membership webpage.
Tottenham (home): Sunday 24th May
ESCNI will have 80 people at Sunday's game against Tottenham.
The current weather forecast is for a cloudy afternoon, and a temperature of 11°C.
Dublin Airport Update
Thanks to the improved roads (and the fact that Dublin's departure tax has been scrapped, as opposed to Belfast and Derry's tax of £13), flying out of Dublin Airport is now a realistic alternative for many of our members.
Currently, the following airlines connect with Liverpool and Manchester Airports...
Indeed, Dublin Airport has a dedicated webpage specifically aimed at those people travelling down from Northern Ireland.
Incidentally, at the start of next season, a day-return (from Belfast) will not be possible with easyJet, whereas Ryanair will have a Saturday morning flight out (from Dublin) at 07.50; with a return flight on Saturday evening at 20.45.
More information is available from our dedicated password-protected webpage.
West Ham (away): Saturday, 16th May
ESCNI will have 11 people at Saturday's game at West Ham.
The current weather forecast is for a dry cloudy afternoon, with sunny intervals, and a temperature of 15°C.
Incidentally, Thomas McAllister (9), grandson of ESCNI's Charles McAllister, will be the Everton mascot at this game.
Merseytravel Pass (Walrus)
Merseytravel have recently replaced their Saveaway scratchcard with their new Walrus smartcard and, with this, you can then travel all day on Liverpool's buses for only £3.90 (child: £2.30).
Furthermore, 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).
The Walrus smartcard can be purchased from the Spar shop, adjacent to the arrivals exit point, on the ground floor of the airport.
So, providing time permits, you can avoid the need for expensive taxis and travel all day for only £3.90.
Arriva 500 Bus: Update
Arriva’s bus service 500 now finishes at the Liverpool One bus station, and no longer operates a ‘loop’ around the city centre.
Their schedules have also changed...
- the first bus departs from the airport at 4.42am
- and the last one (to the airport) departs from Liverpool One at 7.16pm
...full details are available from the relevant Arriva webpage.
Reduction in Children's APD from Today
Remember, there's now no APD for children under 12 ... so, that's a saving of £26 per trip!
In the Autumn Statement, the Chancellor announced his intention to remove the APD tax for children under 12 from 1st May, and for children under 16 from 1st March 2016.
This will mean a saving of £26 per child, making their trips to Goodison significantly more affordable ... commencing with the Sunderland (9 May) and Tottenham (24 May) home games in May of this season.
However, there will be no change in the rate for adults, meaning the APD (Air Passenger Duty) for a return flight to Liverpool will remain at £26.
(03 Dec; updated 01 May)
Airport Car Parking
A reminder that Q Parks operate a rather complicated price structure for their Long Stay and Medium Stay car parks at the Belfast International Airport. However, to put it simply, if you don't book at least ten days in advance, you will be surchaged as a last minute booker.
The current single day rates for these car parks are...
Currently, BCP are offering customers 10% off long stay car parking when you book online using promo code FLY151.
Fixture News: May Games
The selection of the next batch of televised Premier League games (covering the games in May) has been announced, and the associated information was texted out to our members. During this period, there's just one home game that could have been affected (and was)...
- Sunderland (now 12.45pm, Sat 09 May)
...as the Tottenham game will proceed, simultaneously with all of the other games on the final day of the season, at 3pm on Sunday 24th May.
Remember, updated fixture information on all home games is available from our password-protected Flight Prices webpage; and we also text out to our members immediately we know that the dates of the games have been confirmed.
In order to receive our text information immediately, take out an ESCNI membership via our Membership webpage.
Flight Change Fees
easyJet's flight change fee has steadily risen and is currently £35 per passenger, per flight, plus the difference in price between the cost of the original flight booked and the cost of the flight at the time the change is made. Furthermore, no refund is made if the cost of the flight is lower at the time of the change.
So, for example, should a game switch from a Saturday to the Sunday, the subsequent flight changes will amount to a minimum of £70.
Consequently, our fixture advice service (one of the primary purposes/benefits of membership of this club) has become increasingly relevant. This information (covering home matches only) is hosted on our password protected Flight Prices webpage and is also supplemented with an initial text message (sometimes with flight price information) to your mobile, once we know that a match date has been confirmed.
However, we stress that all of this information is for your guidance only and ESCNI cannot accept responsibility for any mistakes or unforeseen circumstances.
Incidentally, some of easyJet's other fees are...
- flight cancellation fee: £30 per passenger, per flight
- name change fee: £35 per passenger, per flight (plus any the difference in price between the cost of the original flight booked and the cost of the flight at the time the change is made)
[updated 09 Mar]
A Trip Down Memory Lane
The trip was sold out weeks in advance, and the bigger better ESCNI was launched!
Incidentally, the match was at home to Newcastle (Alan Shearer's debut) in August 1996, and Everton won the game 2-0 (with goals from Unsworth and Speed).
The flyer to the Everton v Newcastle (Aug '96) game.
ESCNI Trip (Aug '96) redactedreduced.pdf
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Everton FC Delegation’s Visit to ESCNI (2015)
A delegation from Everton FC visited ESCNI in Belfast on the evening of Friday, 13th February.
A full report of the evening is now available from our dedicated webpage.
Everton's own video of the event is shown below...
Flybe Return to Belfast/Liverpool Route
Flybe will return to the Belfast City/Liverpool route from 2nd February.
However, there will be only one flight per day at the weekends, making day-return trips impossible. Consequently, the only option for weekend matches is to fly out Saturday 08.25 (or Friday evening) and return Sunday 20.30.
The flight times are...
|Day||ex BHD||ex LPL|
|Monday to Friday||07.00, 12.45 & 19.15||08.25, 14.00 & 20.30|
'MEMBERS ONLY' Area
Yesterday, 23rd September, we changed the password and emailed 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).
Match Tickets Announcement: Reminder
Due to the significant increase in the number of Goodison season tickets that have been purchased over the summer (to over 27 thousand), it is likely that we will receive lesser quality seats this season.
Consequently, it is even more important that in order to obtain the best quality of seat available (as our initial allocation of tickets is selected before they go on sale to ForEverton members and, subsequently, on public sale), you should lodge your ticket request with our Match Ticket Secretary (Aidan) at least one month before the game.
Incidentally, we may also find our ticket allocations for away games significantly reduced as well.
The Liner Hotel
For Season 2014/15, if you call and quote ESCNI, the Liner Hotel will offer a 10% reduction on their selling rates for the particular date in question.
This 3‑star hotel has over 150 rooms and is located in central Liverpool just behind the Lime Street railway station. The hotel is now fully refurbished and operates as a non- smoking hotel.