Leicester (away): Saturday, 16th August
[live TV: none & live radio: tba]
Northern Ireland (Dale Farm) Milk Cup 2014
Everton have, once again, sent a team over to the Junior Section of the Northern Ireland Milk Cup.
This year's competition will run from Sunday, 27th July until Friday, 1st August.
Today, sees the first of their group fixtures...
v Middlesbrough (Castlerock): Mon (5pm), 28 July
v Corinthians (Anderson Park, Coleraine): Tue (3.30pm), 29 July
v Fermanagh (Showgrounds, Ballymena): Wed (3.30pm), 30 July
Europa League: No Irish Opposition
Alas, Everton cannot draw an Irish team (North or South) as they have now all been knocked out of the competition.
Everton will enter at the Group Stage. The draw for this round will take place on 29th August, and these Group Matches will take place from 18th September onwards.
The precise dates of the Group Stage are...
- matchday one: 18 Sep
- matchday two: 02 Oct
- matchday three: 23 Oct
- matchday four: 06 Nov
- matchday five: 27 Nov
- matchday six: 11 Dec
The Final will be held in Warsaw on 27th May.
Incidentally, the live television rights for next season are held by ITV and BT Sport (and, within the Republic of Ireland, by TV3 and Setanta). For seasons 2015/18, they will be held exclusively by BT Sport (rights still to be determined within RoI).
Match Tickets Announcement
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.
ESCNI Membership 2014/15
Membership of ESCNI for Season 2014/15 is now open.
The quickest and easiest way of joining/renewing is via our Membership webpage, and membership fees remain unchanged at...
- Adult: £15
- Junior (born after 31st December 1998): £6
- Senior (born before 31st December 1949): £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.
Group Ticket Sales (at Reduced Prices)
For Season 2014/15, group ticket sales will apply to four Barclays Premier League fixtures:
- exact fixtures to be advised soon
However, in order to avail of these, you must be an ESCNI member (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 discounted tickets for all junior members at the official Supporters' Club Flag Day fixture (later in the season).
...another example of the benefits of joining ESCNI.
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Match Fixture Information
Sky and BT have now announced their selection of the first batch of TV games; and its impact is available to view on our password-protected Flight Prices webpage.
This period (until the end of November) covers six home games... against Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Aston Villa, Swansea and West Ham. An associated text message has already been sent out to our members.
And So it Begins (Again)...
The new Premier League fixture list has been released today, and updated fixture information on all home games is available from our password-protected Flight Prices webpage. Headline news...
- good news... only five of our home games currently coincide with Man Utd home games (this usually seriously impacts on flight prices)
- bad news... eight home games are subject to possible rearrangement due to our Europa League commitments
...however, until the first group of Sky/BT Sport televised matches (covering games up until the end of November) is announced "within a few weeks", it is unsafe to book any flights.
In order to receive our text information immediately, take out an ESCNI membership via our Membership webpage.
Liverpool Airport Axes Free Drop-Off Parking Near Terminal
From 4th June, Liverpool Airport will charge £2 for the privilege of dropping off (or collecting) passengers at its car park adjacent to the terminal buildings.
There is the alternative of being left off (or collected) at a different car park, which will be free to use for up to 20 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.
Season 2014/15: Some Important Dates
A few important dates for next season...
- 18 Jun (9am): Premier League Fixtures released (subsequently, first group of Sky/BT Sport televised matches to be announced within a few weeks)
- 16 Aug: Premier League starts
- ~30 Aug: League Cup 3rd Round draw
- 23/24 Sep: League Cup 3rd Round
- 29 Aug: Europa League draw
- ~07 Dec: FA Cup 3rd Round draw
- 03 Jan: FA Cup 3rd Round
- 01 Mar: League Cup Final
- 24 May: Premier League finishes
- 30 May: FA Cup Final
Dublin Airport Update
Dublin Airport have recently launched a dedicated webpage specifically aimed at those people travelling down from Northern Ireland.
Remember, at the start of next season, a day-return (from Belfast) will not be possible with easyJet, whereas Ryanair will have Saturday morning flights out (from Dublin) at 07.10 and 07.45; with a return flight on Saturday evening at 21.40 (also 20.15 from September).
Something worth considering?
When Flying, It Pays to Team Up
When booking (or even pricing) flights, remember that easyJet add an £11 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 £5.50 per person.
The Roberto Martinez Story
A brand new special club magazine that provides a unique insight into the Everton manager Roberto Martinez.
Brown Shoes...Solo Lo Mejor tells the inside story of the popular new boss with exclusive interviews and never seen before photographs.
This official 84-page magazine is available through the post for £4.99 (incl P&P) and is a great read for all Blues fans.
Airport Car Parking
Q Parks now operates 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 15% off long stay car parking when you book online using promo code FLY151.
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.
Arriva 500 Bus
Following a change to their schedules, the last 500 bus now departs from...
- the airport at 7.15pm
- Liverpool One to the airport at 7.58pm
...full details are available from this Arriva webpage.
Early Season Flights Shortage (2014/15)
For the second season running, there will be a particular lack of suitable flights at the start of next season...
The last easyJet flight back from Liverpool on Saturdays will be at 18.15 until 4th October (when there will be a flight at 20.15). Furthermore, there will be no Saturday evening easyJet flight back from Manchester either also until 4th October (when there will be a flight at 21.35).
The first easyJet flights out on Sundays will be at 08.40 and 14.15 from Liverpool and Manchester respectively.
Incidentally, Flybe's last flight home (to Belfast City Airport) from Manchester on a Saturday will be at 19.25; and Ryanair's suitable Derry/Liverpool weekend flights will be out on Saturday at 07.50 and back on Sunday at 19.20.
For once, we may keep our fingers crossed for some Sunday or early Saturday kick offs.