Next Game...

Wolves (away), w/e 11th August

 

The 2018/19 Premier League Fixtures 
were announced on Thursday (9am), 14th June

...initial batch (Aug/Sep) of Sky/BT games usually ~3 weeks later

Latest News:

ESCNI Membership 2018/19

Membership of ESCNI for Season 2018/19 is now open.

 

With the new fixtures published, and the first group of Sky/BT Sport televised matches to be announced soon, now is the optimum time to sign up and avail of our fixture information service.

Membership fees for Season 2018/19 remain unchanged at...

  • Adult£15
  • Junior (born after 31st December 2002): £6
  • Senior (born before 31st December 1953): £6
  • Family (max 2 adults, unlimited children): £30

 

As part of their ESCNI Membership Package, each of our new 2018/19 members will be issued with our new ESCNI enamel badge (pictured right); current members received theirs previously.

 

Any existing members renewing before 31st August will be in the draw for a signed replica home shirt.

 

The quickest and easiest way of joining/renewing ESCNI is via our Membership webpage.

 

If you are renewing/paying your ESCNI membership via a bank transfer, please remember to tell our Membership Secretary (William) accordingly... william_hewitt@btinternet.com

(17 Jul)

Fixture News: August/September Games

The selection of the August/September televised fixtures has been announced. As usual, our members were texted immediately they were announced.

 

During this period, there are four home games that could be affected...

  • Southampton (Sat 18 Aug)
  • Huddersfield (Sat 01 Sep)
  • West Ham (Sat 15 Sep)
  • Fulham (Sat 29 Sep)

 

​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. 

(06 Jul)

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.


The Liverpool Echo

(05 July)

ESCNI AGM

The Notice of AGM (2016/17) is now available to download.

 

Our delayed 2017 AGM will take place on Wednesday, 4th July 2018and the venue will be the Duke of York, Belfast ...for detailed directions, see Google Maps.

 

set of documents for the AGM is available to download from our dedicated AGM webpage. This webpage is located within our password-protected MEMBERS ONLY Area.

 

These documents comprise...

  • the previous AGM Minutes
  • the Accounts (2016/17)
  • Notice of AGM (2016/17) ...now available
  • a set of the current Rules

 

Please note that all Nominations, Resolutions and Notice of Motions were to be with the Club Secretary by Wednesday, 13th June.

 

Incidentally, following the retirement of our Treasurer, John McAllister, the Committee has unanimously nominated Sean Mouland to replace him. The four remaining members of the existing committee have expressed their willingness to restand.

(04 June; updated 19 June)

Premier League 2018/19

The Premier League fixtures for Season 2018/19 were announced this morning.

 

This season, Everton currently have just five home fixtures that will coincide with Man Utd home fixtures. This is great news as such occurences usually impact significantly on our flight prices. Furthermore, as there will be fixture changes due to the television requirements of Sky and BT Sport, we expect this figure to drop even further.

 

The first batch of confirmed (televised and untelevised) fixtures should be announced approximately 6th July.

 

There are currently four home games subject to possible rearrangement due to the Europa League, one for the League Cup and two for the FA Cup; with a further one for possible rearrangement as the Arsenal home game clashes with the Grand National.

(14 Jun)

​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.

Date

Opponents

Comments

Sat (3pm) 18 Aug

Southampton

subject to Sky/BT Sport

Sat (3pm) 01 Sep Huddersfield subject to Sky/BT Sport
Sat (3pm) 15 Sep West Ham subject to Sky/BT Sport
Sat (3pm) 29 Sep Fulham subject to Sky/BT Sport
Sat (3pm) 20 Oct Crystal Pal subject to Sky/BT Sport

(table last updated 14 Jun)

 

* Man Utd also at home (this usually seriously impacts prices).

For your assistance, we have also indicated those fixtures that we believe to be still subject to alteration by Sky Sports, BT Sport, UEFA, FA Cup, EFL Cup, etc.

Season 2018/19: Important Dates

A few important dates for next season...

  • 14 Jun (9am): Premier League Fixtures released 
  • ~06 Jul: Sky/BT Sport announcement for Aug/Sep
  • ~07 Aug: Sky/BT Sport announcement for Oct/Nov
  • 11 Aug: Premier League starts
  • ~12 Oct: Sky/BT Sport announcement for Dec/Jan
  • ~12 Dec: Sky/BT Sport announcement for Feb
  • ~25 Jan: Sky/BT Sport announcement for Mar
  • ~22 Feb: Sky/BT Sport announcement for Apr
  • 24 Feb: EFL Cup Final
  • ~05 Apr: Sky/BT Sport announcement for May
  • 12 May: Premier League finishes
  • 18 May: FA Cup Final

(14 Jun)

West Ham (away): Sunday 13th May

ESCNI will have five people at Sunday's game at West Ham.

 

The current weather forecast is cloudy with sunny intervals, and a temperature of 15°C.

(11 May)

Southampton (home): Saturday 5th May

ESCNI will have nine people at Saturday evening's game at home to Southampton.

 

The current weather forecast is dry with sunny intervals, and a temperature of 15°C.

(03 May)

Huddersfield (away): Saturday, 28th April

ESCNI will have ten people at Saturday's game at Huddersfield.

 

The current weather forecast is dry with sunny intervals, and a temperature of 11°C.

(26 Apr)

Newcastle (home): Monday 23rd April

ESCNI will have 11 people at Monday evening's game at home to Newcastle.

 

The current weather forecast is for light rain showers, and a temperature of 12°C.

(20 Apr)

EFC End of Season Event

Everton’s Official Supporters’ Club End of Season Event will take place on the evening of Wednesday 9th May at Hangar 34 in Liverpool.

 

The evening will include several special guests, a complimentary drink on arrival and refreshments available to purchase at the venue.

 

We have an initial allocation of up to eight tickets for the event; additional tickets may become available closer to the date of the event.

 

Any members interested in attending should contact us via escni@btinternet.com no later than 5pm on Sunday 22nd April.

 

Incidentally, Hangar 34 was used by Everton to house an event for season ticket holders earlier this season.

(09 Apr)

Fixture News: May Games

The selection of the early May televised fixtures has been announced. As usual, our members were texted accordingly.

 

During this period, there is one home game that could have been affected...

  • Southampton (Sat 05 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. 

(05 Apr)

Match Fixture Information

 

We have updated our password-protected Flight Prices webpage.

 

It now includes the confirmed date of the May home game.

(04 Apr)

Newcastle (home): Fixture Change

At the behest of Sky, this game has been belatedly selected (less than one month before the original date) for live TV and has been rescheduled to Monday (8pm) 23rd April.

 

In a nutshell, Sky picked this game, out of the blue, for Monday (8pm) 23rd April because the Arsenal v West Ham game that they had previously selected for the Monday evening slot has been moved to Sunday 22nd April. This has been done in anticipation of Arsenal’s possible involvement in the UEFA Europa League semi-finals on the following Thursday.

 

We had 55 people booked for this match. Everton hope to announce some sort of compensatory event in due course.

(updated 23 Mar)

Last season, a game (Watford at home) moved to Friday because our opponents needed a three day rest before meeting possible title contenders (Chelsea) on the Monday...

 
...this season, a game (Newcastle at home) is moved because another team (Arsenal) might need more than a three day rest before a possible Thursday game...
 
...whatever next?!
(23 Mar)

Ryanair: Belfast to Manchester

Today, Ryanair has launched a new service between Belfast International and Manchester.

 

It is to commence at the end of March and will comprise just one daily flight.

 

However, as the daily flight times are…

  • Out: ~3.30pm
  • Return: ~5pm

...it is of very limited use to football fans.

(26 Jan)

Stadium Community Benefits Initiative

On Wednesday 17th January, the IFA will be holding a Stadium Community Benefits Initiative event at the National Football Stadium (Windsor Park) from 6pm to 9.30pm.

 

The guests include three speakers from Everton in the Community.

 

If you are interested in attending, some places are still available.

(11 Jan)

Getting the Best Seats Available

Restricted View at Goodison

In these days of large numbers of season tickets at Goodison, the quality of seats that we can obtain has undoubtedly suffered.

 

However, every so often, 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. 

Upper Bullens Visitors Section

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.

(updated 28 Dec)

Condolences

Some sad news... ESCNI member, Jim McCrisken (57), of Belfast, passed away on Thursday; funeral notice.

 

Condolences from ESCNI to his family.

(26 Dec)

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 ouMembership webpage.

(18 Dec)

West Brom (home): Saturday, 20th January

West Brom (home) tickets go on sale soon.

 

If you haven't already contacted our Match Ticket Secretary (Aidan), please do so ASAP as they are likely to sell out quickly.

(15 Dec)

Premier League TV Deal 2019/22

For the first time, entire rounds of Premier League matches will be shown live under the next broadcast deal. These games will be broadcast in midweek and on Bank Holidays.

 

The 2019 season will also herald the advent of regular Saturday night Premier League football, with eight 7.45pm matches per season on offer under the three-year contract.

 

The league will make 200 of its 380 matches a year available, 42 more than at present, with three rounds of midweek and one of Bank Holiday games accounting for all but two of the additional fixtures.

(08 Dec)

Merseytravel Pass (Walrus)

Merseytravel's Walrus smartcard lets you travel all day on Liverpool's buses for only £4.00 (child: £2.30)

 

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.

(updated 23 Feb)

FA Cup 3rd Round Draw

The draw for the third round of the FA Cup will take place this Monday (4th December) at 7pm, and will be shown live on BBC2.

 

The subsequent matches will take place over the weekend of Saturday 6th January.

 

The final will be played on Saturday 19th May at Wembley Stadium; and the winner will qualify for the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League group stage.

 

Including shared coverage of the final itself, BT Sport will show up to 25 live matches and the BBC up to 16 live matches this season.

(29 Nov)

West Brom (home): Saturday, 20th January

If you're looking for an idea for a Christmas present, how about a day-return to the West Brom home game on Saturday, 20th January

 

Currently, the total flight price for an adult and two children is only £106.

Alternatively, why not fly over late Friday evening (19.50 or 21.15) ...currently the total flight price for an adult and two children is only £63... and stay in this Premier Inn for only £34.50 per room? It's within walking distance from the airport, and they also do a great full breakfast at £8.99 (with up to two u16s free).

(07 Nov)

Group Ticket Sales (at Reduced Prices)

For Season 2017/18, group ticket sales will apply to four Barclays Premier League fixtures:

  

  • Bournemouth (Saturday 23 September)
  • Watford (Sunday 05 November)
  • West Ham (Wednesday 29 November)
  • Swansea (Monday 18 December)

 

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 Swansea home game (Monday, 18 December).

 

...another example of the benefits of joining ESCNI.

(updated 29 Nov)

Over 1,000 Follow ESCNI Twitter

Our ESCNI Twitter account now 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.

(24 Oct)

easyJet Summer 2018 Schedule

Once again, easyJet will have no Saturday evening return flight at the start of next season...

 

The last easyJet flight back from Liverpool on Saturdays will be at 16.40. This situation will persist until at least 8th September as, currently, easyJet have published their schedules only until Sunday, 2nd September.

 

The first easyJet return flight from Liverpool on Sundays will be at 07.05.

 

Incidentally, on Saturday mornings, their will be two flights out from Belfast to Liverpool (at 06.45 and 08.20) and one on Sunday mornings (at 08.20).

(29 Sep)

Liverpool Airport Increases Drop-Off Fee

Liverpool Airport has increased its charge for dropping off (or collecting) passengers at the car park adjacent to the terminal buildings from £2 to £3.


There is the alternative of being left off (or collected) at a different car park, which will be free to use for up 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.

 

Passengers with disabilities and those who hold blue badges can still use the Express Drop Off point for free for up to 40 minutes.


The Liverpool Echo

(30 Aug)

Ryanair Axe Saturday Derry/Liverpool Flights

From the end of October, there will be no more Saturday Derry/Liverpool flights with Ryanair.

 

There will be a flight out on Friday at 12.05; and one back on the Sunday at 19.20.

(22 Aug)

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)

We’re On Our Way to Wembley

Tottenham are to make only the minimum required 3,000 tickets available to Premier League away fans at Wembley this season.

 

Tottenham have confirmed that they will play all of their home Premier League games at Wembley next season.

 

Tottenham had previously been granted planning permission to use Wembley at full capacity for at least 27 home games.

 

Everton could themselves making further extra trips to Wembley in the next few seasons as Chelsea are also seriously considering using Wembley whilst their own ground is being redeveloped during 2019-21 ... and possibly until 2023.

(updated 27 Jul)

Match Tickets Announcement

This season, Everton have again exceeded expectations on season tickets sales. This makes the availability for match tickets even tighter than last season. Once again, the main bulk of clear views are up in the Top Balcony; there are a few clear views also, but not many, in the Upper Gwladys and a few in the Lower Bullens. However, the rest of the stands will be obstructed view; with the Park End, Family Enclosure and Paddock totally sold out.

 

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 general sale, you should lodge your ticket request with our Match Ticket Secretary (Aidan) at least one month before the game.

(30 Jun)

IMPORTANT: Aidan has a new email address...

IMPORTANT: Aidan Harrison (our Match Ticket Secretary) has a new email address...

 

escni.tickets@gmail.com

 

...please discard his old one.

(updated 22 Jun)

Belfast International Airport Car Parking

Did you know that the Long Term Car Park at Belfast International has a free 15 minute grace period for those wishing to drop off or pick up passengers?

(04 Apr)

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

 

Incidentally, at...

  • 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)

easyJet Admin Fee rises to £15

When booking (or even pricing) flights, remember that easyJet add an £15 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 £7.50 per person.

(08 Mar)

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)

Kirkdale Train Station: a Good Way to Travel to (and from) the Airport from Goodison

 

Using Kirkdale Train Station is a fast and efficient way to get back to the airport after the match.

 

Utilising the railway avoids the inevitable traffic jam that arises after every game at Goodison.

 

Kirkdale Train Station is a 16 minute walk from Goodison but, from there, you can either:

 

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)

Airport Car Parking (update)

BIA operate a two tier price structure for their Long Stay and Medium Stay car parks at the Belfast International Airport. 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...

Main Stay:

  • Drive Up: £20
  • Last Minute: £14.99
  • In Advance: £13.49

Long Stay:

  • Drive Up: £15
  • Last Minute: £11.99
  • In Advance: £10.99

Currently, BIA do not seem to be offering their customers any promo codes when booking online.

(30 Jan)

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...

  • Ryanair: to Liverpool and Manchester (from T3)
  • Aer Lingus: to Liverpool (commencing 23 Oct) and Manchester (from T1)

Indeed, Dublin Airport has its own 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.

(21 May '15)

More information on flying from Dublin is available from our own dedicated password-protected webpage.

'MEMBERS ONLY' Area

Today, 2nd October, 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).

 

(02 Oct)

Arriva 500 Bus: Update

Arriva’s bus service 500 (which operates between the airport and the Liverpool One bus station) now calls in at Liverpool South Parkway train station in both directions.

 

Their schedules have also changed slightly...

  • the first bus departs from the airport at 4.31am
  • and the last one (to the airport) departs from Liverpool One at 7.05pm

...full details are available from the relevant Arriva webpage.

(07 Sep)

Links Webpage

On our Links webpage, we have compiled a collection of other Everton-related websites that we hope are of interest to our members. 

 

Please feel free to email us with your suggestions of other possible websites.

(10 Apr)