Season 2016/17 Fixtures...
to be announced Wednesday (9am), 15th June
...subsequently, first group of Sky/BT Sport televised matches to be announced within a few weeks
Norwich (home): Sunday 15th May
ESCNI will have 10 people at Sunday's game at home to Norwich.
The current weather forecast is for a dry afternoon, with sunny intervals, and a temperature of 11°C.
Over 875 Follow ESCNI Twitter
Our ESCNI Twitter account now has over 875 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.
Sunderland (away): Wednesday, 11th May
ESCNI will have no one at tonight's game at Sunderland.
The current weather forecast is for a dry evening, and a temperature of 12°C.
Friday Night Football
Season 2016/17 will see the start of (up to ten) regular televised Friday evening Premier League games.
The new evening slot is part of the £5 billion TV deal for the next three seasons and could also be used to give relevant clubs an extra 24 hours to prepare for
their Champions League clashes.
The televised Premier League packages will comprise the following...
BT Sport (42):
- 36 - Saturday (including 28 at 5.30pm)
- 6 - midweek evening matches
Sky Sports (126):
- 28 - Saturday (12.30pm)
- 28 - Sunday (1.30pm/2.15pm)
- 28 - Sunday (4pm/4.30pm)
- 6 - Sunday
- 28 - Monday (no less than 18) or Friday (no more than 10)
- 8 - Bank Holiday
Everton U21s to Visit Northern Ireland
Everton's U21s are to play in Northern Ireland this summer.
David Unsworth’s side are one of the four teams in the SuperCupNI (formerly known as the Northern Ireland Milk Cup). The tournament has launched an U21 section for the first time and Everton will face Benfica, Celtic and Real Sociedad.
The SuperCupNI takes place from 24th to 29th July.
Leicester (away): Saturday, 7th May
ESCNI will have six people at tomorrow evening's game at Leicester.
The current weather forecast is for a sunny evening with light rain showers, and a warm temperature of 20°C.
Season 2016/17: Some Important Dates
A few important dates for next season...
- 15 Jun (9am): Premier League Fixtures released (subsequently, first group of Sky/BT Sport televised matches to be announced within a few weeks)
- 13 Aug: Premier League starts
- 26 Feb: League Cup Final
- 21 May: Premier League finishes
- 27 May: FA Cup Final
Season 2016/17 is likely to begin at home as Liverpool have applied for their first game to be played away ... so as to maximise the time available for the construction work to be completed on their new Main Stand.
(updated 04 May)
Bournemouth (home): Saturday 30th April
ESCNI will have 21 people at Saturday's game against Bournemouth.
The current weather forecast is for a sunny afternoon, and a temperature of 9°C.
Ryanair: City of Derry to Liverpool
A reminder to all of our North West members that Ryanair continue to operate a direct air service between City of Derry and Liverpool airports.
At the start of next season (Aug to Oct ‘16), their timetables are...
- Sat, Tue & Thu*: 09.00 (*08.25 in Aug)
- Sun: 14.25 (16.05 in Oct)
- Mon: 13.00 (15.30 in Oct)
- Sat, Tue & Thu*: 07.35 (*07.00 in Aug)
- Sun: 13.00 (14.40 in Oct)
- Mon: 11.35 (14.05 in Oct)
Flybe Introduce Saturday Evening Flight
Flybe have recently added in a Saturday evening return flight from Liverpool; meaning a day-return trip for a Saturday 3pm match is possible (just)... out: 07.00 or 10.35/return: 19.10.
At the moment, prices for these forthcoming matches are...
- Southampton (16 Apr): from £63 (under 16s: £37)
- Bournemouth (30 Apr): from £52 (under 16s: £26)
Currently, this Saturday evening flight is scheduled to continue right through until the end of January... the Flybe timetable
Belfast/Gatwick (Ryanair): update
Ryanair’s new Belfast International/Gatwick service (starts 29 March) has some very useful times for London games. The flight times (4 flights/day, 7 days/week) are:
- out: 0655, 1100, 1610 & 2000
- back: 0910, 1245, 1825 & 2155
This service replaces the existing Aer Lingus Belfast City/Gatwick one.
From 30th October, this will increase to five flights per day:
- out: 0655, 1100, 1230, 1600 & 1950
- back: 0910, 1245, 1415, 1805 & 2145
Airport Car Parking (update)
Currently, BIA are offering customers 10% off long stay car parking when you book online and use the code LSP1.
Latest Prize Draw Winners
The latest winners of our monthly prize draw are...
- Michael McQuaid (December)
- Sean Finnegan (January)
- George Simpson (February)
For the winners, the choice is between a home match ticket or a replica shirt.
ESCNI's Membership Exceeds 400
For the first time ever, ESCNI has over 400 members.
Incidentally, for the 15th consecutive season, our club's membership has exceeded 300.
Membership of ESCNI for Season 2015/16 is still open and can be easily and quickly done via our Membership webpage.
'MEMBERS ONLY' Area
Today, 18th September, 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).
Merseytravel Pass (Walrus)
A reminder that Merseytravel have replaced their Saveaway scratchcard with their 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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
Norwich (home), Sunday (3pm), 15th May
Live TV: none ... Live Radio: none