Saturday (3pm), 14th August
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With the current season now nearly over, it’s time to look forward to next season…
The new 2021/22 season will start on the weekend of Saturday 14th August but, at this time, it is still far from clear whether Goodison (and other stadia) will be operating at full or reduced capacity.
However, what is clear is that easyJet is currently operating many fewer flights than we have been used to in the past...
- on 14th August (the opening day of the season), there are currently just two flights out available (08.20 and 13.45) - with neither of the return flights (07.00 and
15.05) suitable for a day return trip; although, on Sunday, things are a little better with six return flights available
- by 11th September, things have improved a little with an additional early Saturday morning flight (07.00) to Liverpool - however, there is still no Saturday evening
- by 6th November, with the arrival of the winter schedule, things appear to be returning to normal, with four Saturday flights (including 08.25 and 11.00) over to Liverpool and the reappearance of a Saturday evening flight (20.30) to Belfast
However, it must be stressed that with the ongoing ebb and flow of the pandemic, things (and schedules) are liable to ongoing changes.
Match Fixture Information
We have updated our password-protected Flight Prices webpage (comprising the home games for Season 2020/21).
The dates of the games up until the end of the season have now ben confirmed.
Initially, 13 of our 19 home games clashed 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.
(updated 10 May)
Season 2021/22: Important Dates
Derry/Liverpool Flights to Return
Loganair is stepping in to replace Ryanair's City of Derry/Liverpool flights.
The new service will commence on 24th May.
Initially, there will be flights on four days (Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday), with the frequency of flights subsequently increasing to daily from late June.
Flight times will be:
- LDY 1050-1150 LPL (Mon-Sat)
- LDY 1410-1510 LPL (Sun)
- LPL 1220-1320 LDY (Mon-Sat)
- LPL 1540-1640 LDY (Sun)
(updated 09 Mar)
New easyJet Cabin Bag Policy
ESCNI Membership 2021/22
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it is still unclear when we will be able to resume travelling over to Goodison.
Consequently, the Committee has unanimously decided to extend its free membership for existing members to next season (2021/22) as well.
However, any new members will still be required to pay a membership fee.
WhatsApp Group (ESCNI 20/21)
As the number of our current members with WhatsApp has now exceeded the current maximum limit of 256, we have had to split our WhatsApp Group into two parallel groups: Part One and Part Two.
If you are an ESCNI member and aren't already in this 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.
(updated 14 Sep)
Season 2020/21: Important Dates
Some important dates (confirmed and provisional) for next season...
- 21 Aug (9am): Premier League Fixtures released
- 28 Aug: September TV games announced
- 11 Sep: October TV games announced
- 12 Sep: Premier League starts
- 15/16 Sep: EFLC 2
- 22 Sep: November TV games announced
- 09 Oct: December/January TV games announced
- 10 Oct: International Weekend (no PL fixtures)
- 14 Nov: International Weekend (no PL fixtures)
- 09 Jan: FAC 3
- 23 Jan: FAC 4
- 10 Feb: FAC 5
- 20 Mar: FAC QF
- 04 Apr: The Grand National
- 17 Apr: FAC SF
- 25 Apr: EFL Cup Final
- 15 May: FA Cup Final
- 23 May: Premier League finishes
...and a few other significant notes...
- there will be eight 7.45pm Saturday PL games
- this season, the FA Cup will have no replays whatsoever (matches that end in a draw will go to extra-time and penalties)
- the FA Cup 5th Round will, again, be midweek
VAR will be in use in all PL games
entire rounds of midweek/Bank Holiday PL matches will be shown live
(updated 23 Dec)
ESCNI Membership 2020/21
Membership fees for Season 2020/21 remain unchanged at...
- Adult: £15
- Junior (born after 31st December 2004): £6
- Senior (born before 31st December 1955): £6
- Family (max 2 adults, unlimited children): £30
As part of their ESCNI Membership Package, each of our new 2020/21 members will be issued with our new 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... firstname.lastname@example.org
ESCNI Membership 2020/21
The second half of this season has been severely disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic and, at this stage, it is still unclear when we will be able to travel over to Goodison again.
Consequently, the Committee has discussed these exceptional circumstances and has unanimously decided to grant all of its existing members free membership of ESCNI for next season (2020/21).
However, any new members will still be required to pay a membership fee.
At this stage, we do not envisage sending out the usual membership package (membership card, introductory letter, fixture list, etc), but will review this in due course.
Everton’s Supporters Club Day 2019
The recent home game against Norwich, on Saturday 23rd November, was designated by Everton as their Supporters Clubs Day...
...as part of this day, ESCNI was represented around the perimeter of the pitch by flag bearers Tamla and Joe Ervine; and on the pitch by Harriet Cross, who was one of the 11 mascots to accompany the team onto the pitch.
easyJet Axes £16 Admin Fee
Merseytravel Pass (Walrus): Update
Merseytravel's Walrus smartcard lets you travel all day on Liverpool's buses for only £4.20 (child: £2.40).
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. Please note that there is now a £1 charge for the initial issue of the Walrus plastic travel smartcard.
In the (all too common) event that the Spar’s machine isn’t working, the pass 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.
(updated 26 Sep)
'MEMBERS ONLY' Area
Today, 26th August, 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).
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)
Over 1,000 Follow ESCNI Twitter
Our ESCNI Twitter account has over 1,000 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.
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.
ESCNI's Membership Exceeds 450
ESCNI now has over 450 members, its highest ever membership number.
Incidentally, our club's membership has exceeded 300 for the sixteenth consecutive season and 400 for the third season running.
Membership of ESCNI for Season 2017/18 is still open and can be easily and quickly done via our Membership webpage.
(18 Dec '17)
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)
Kirkdale Train Station: a Good Way to Travel to (and from) the Airport from Goodison
- get a train, changing at Sandhills, to Liverpool South Parkway Station (which
serves the airport via a regular bus link), or
- get a train to Liverpool Central Station (and then, after a 7 minute walk, catch the half-hourly '500' bus route direct to the airport)
Particularly when used in conjunction with the Walrus smartcard, either way represents a quick and affordable return route to the airport.
Furthermore, it’s also a good way to initially travel out to Goodison too.
(05 Jan '17)
Airport Car Parking (update)
Currently, BIA do not seem to be offering their customers any promo codes when booking online.
(30 Jan '17)