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Olympique Lyonnais - Europa League (home): Thursday 19th October

ESCNI will have 18 people at Thursday evening's Europa League game at home to Olympique Lyonnais (of France).

 

The current weather forecast is dry, and a temperature of 14°C.

(17 Oct)

Brighton (away): Sunday 15th October

ESCNI will have 15 people at Sunday's game at Brighton.

 

The current weather forecast is dry with sunny intervals, and a temperature of 17°C.

(13 Oct)

Fixture News: December/January Games

Update: The announcement for the December/January televised fixtures has been delayed as follows:

  • December: 19 October
  • New Year's Eve/January: 26 October

It's also worth noting that there may well be some games rearranged to Christmas Eve (and that the last fight home to Belfast is at 3.20pm).

 

The selection of the third batch of televised Premier League games (covering the games in December/January) has commenced, and (once they are announced in mid October) our members will be texted accordingly. During this period, there are six home games that could be affected...

  • Huddersfield (Sat 02 Dec) 
  • Swansea (Sat 16 Dec)
  • Chelsea (Sat 23 Dec)
  • Man Utd (Mon 01 Jan) 
  • West Brom (Sat 20 Jan)
  • Leicester (Wed 31 Jan)

 

The selection of the next batch of televised Premier League games (covering the games in February) is due to be announced in mid December.

 

​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. 

(updated 11 Oct)

ESCNI's Membership Exceeds 430

With over 430 members, ESCNI has now achieved 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.

(03 Oct)

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)
  • Swansea (Saturday 16 December)
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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 (16 December).

 

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

(updated 02 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)

Burnley (home): Sunday 1st October

ESCNI will have 32 people at Sunday's game at home to Burnley.

 

The current weather forecast is for light rain, and a temperature of 17°C.

(29 Sep)

League Cup Draw

The draw for the fourth round of the League (Carabao) Cup sees Everton away to Chelsea.

 

The date of this game has now been confirmed as Wednesday (7.45pm), 25th October. The match will not be shown live on TV.

(updated 22 Sep)

Bournemouth (home): Saturday, 23rd September

ESCNI will have 52 people at tomorrow's game against Bournemouth.

 

The current weather forecast is dry with sunny intervals, and a temperature of 18°C. 

(22 Sep)

Merseytravel Pass (Walrus)

Reminder: Merseytravel's Walrus smartcard lets you travel all day on Liverpool's buses for only £3.90 (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.

 

So, providing time permits, you can avoid the need for expensive taxis and travel all day for only £3.90.

(22 Sep)

Man Utd (away): Sunday, 17th September

ESCNI will have eight people at Sunday's game at Man Utd.

 

The current weather forecast is for a dry afternoon with sunny intervals, and a temperature of 16°C.

(15 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)

Watford (home): Update

The date for the Watford (home) game has been confirmed as Sunday 5th November.

 

Unfortunately the kick off has been set for 4.30pm which will make it very tight to catch the last plane home at 8.00pm.

 

Please note that this game will not be shown live on TV. It has been rearranged as Everton will be playing a Europa League game (Lyonnais - away) on the preceding Thursday.

(30 Aug)

Europa League 2017/18 (update)

Following today's draw for the Group Stage, our opponents will be Lyonnais (France), Atalanta (Italy) and Apollon Limassol (Cyprus).

 

...the dates for this round are:

  • Atalanta (A) - Thu (6pm) 14 Sep
  • Apollon Limassol (H) - Thu (8.05pm) 28 Sep
  • Olympique Lyonnais (H) - Thu (8.05pm) 19 Oct
  • Olympique Lyonnais (A) - Thu (6pm) 02 Nov
  • Atalanta (H) - Thu (8.05pm) 23 Nov
  • Apollon Limassol (A) - Thu (6pm) 07 Dec

 

To win the entire competition, Everton will need to play a total of 19 games.

 

The final will be played at the Olympic Park in Lyons, France on Wednesday 16 May. Incidentally, this was the venue of Northern Ireland’s Euro 2016 game against the Ukraine; and the Republic of Ireland’s game against France.

(updated 25 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)

Bournemouth (home): Saturday, 23rd September

Bournemouth (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.

(16 Aug)

Fixture News: October/November Games

The selection of the second batch of televised Premier League games (covering the games in October/November) has been announced, and our members have been texted accordingly. During this period, there are three home games that could be affected...

  • Arsenal (Sat 21 Oct) 
  • Watford (Sat 04 Nov)
  • West Ham (Wed 29 Nov)

 

The selection of the next batch of televised Premier League games (covering the games in December/January) is due to be announced in mid October.

 

​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. 

(11 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)

Season 2017/18: Important Dates

A few important dates for next season...

  • 14 Jun (9am): Premier League Fixtures released 
  • ~10 Jul: Sky/BT Sport announcement for Aug/Sep
  • 14 Jul: Europa League draw
  • 04 Aug: Europa League draw
  • ~11 Aug: Sky/BT Sport announcement for Oct/Nov
  • 12 Aug: Premier League starts
  • ~24 Aug: League Cup draw
  • ~12 Oct: Sky/BT Sport announcement for Dec/Jan
  • ~04 Dec: FA Cup draw
  • ~12 Dec: Sky/BT Sport announcement for Feb
  • ~25 Jan: Sky/BT Sport announcement for Mar
  • 25 Feb: League Cup Final
  • ~26 Feb: Sky/BT Sport announcement for Apr
  • ~06 Apr: Sky/BT Sport announcement for May
  • 13 May: Premier League finishes
  • 19 May: FA Cup Final

Due to their European qualification, Everton will enter the League (Carabao) Cup in the 3rd Round this time.

(updated 30 Jun)

ESCNI Membership 2017/18

Membership of ESCNI for Season 2017/18 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 2017/18 remain unchanged at...

  • Adult£15
  • Junior (born after 31st December 2001): £6
  • Senior (born before 31st December 1952): £6
  • Family (max 2 adults, unlimited children): £30

 

As part of their ESCNI Membership Package, each of our new 2017/18 members will be issued with our new ESCNI enamel badge (pictured right); current members received theirs last season.

 

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

(updated 26 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)

Premier League 2017/18

The Premier League fixtures for Season 2017/18 were announced on Wednesday.

 

This season, Everton currently have just four 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 10th July.

 

There are currently four home games subject to possible rearrangement due to the Europa League; with a further one definitely due for rearrangement as Arsenal have already qualified for the Group Stage.

(16 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

27 Jul/03 Aug Europa Lg draw to take place 14 Jul
17/24 Aug Europa Lg draw to take place 04 Aug
*Sat (3pm) 12 Aug Stoke subject to Sky/BT Sport
Sat (3pm) 09 Sep Tottenham subject to Sky/BT Sport
Sat (3pm) 23 Sep Bournemouth subject to Sky/BT Sport
*Sat (3pm) 30 Sep Burnley subject to Sky/BT Sport and Eur Lg

(table last updated 16 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, etc.

Lurgan's Shayne Lavery

Shayne Lavery (from Lurgan) has just signed a one-year professional contract with Everton, having just completed a two-year scholarship with the club.

 

The 18-year-old is a Northern Ireland youth international, and was formerly with Glenavon and Portadown. He is also a former pupil of St Michael's Grammar School, Lurgan.

 

More details of his signing are available from the Everton website.

(02 Jun)

Update on Flybe's Service

 

These days, Flybe’s Belfast City/Liverpool service is stripped back to just one flight per day.

 

 

The weekend ones of interest to us are...

 

Saturday's flight out:

  • 11.50 (until 28 Oct)
  • 12.15 (04 Nov to 24 Mar …23/30Dec: 13.40)


Sunday's flight out:

  • 16.50 (until 22 Oct)
  • 13.25 (29 Oct to 18 Mar)


Sunday's return flight:

  • 15.35 (until 22 Oct)
  • 12.10 (29 Oct to 18 Mar)
     

... the Flybe timetable

(24 May)

Watford (home): date

The date for the Watford (home) game has been confirmed as Friday (7.45pm) 12th May.

 

Please note that this game will not be shown live on TV. It has been rearranged in order to permit Watford to play a second game over the weekend (v Chelsea on the Monday evening).

(12 Apr)

Date

Opponents

Comments

Sat (3pm) 15 Apr

 Burnley

NOT on TV

*Sun (2pm) 30 Apr

 Chelsea

live on Sky

Fri (7.45pm) 12 May

 Watford

NOT on TV

(table last updated 12 Apr)

 

* Man Utd also at home (this usually seriously impacts flight 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, etc.

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)

Over 950 Follow ESCNI Twitter

Our ESCNI Twitter account now has over 950 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.

(15 Feb)

Hull City (home): Saturday, 18th March

Due to Hull City only taking the allocation for the Lower Tier, Everton will be opening the Upper Bullens Visitors Tier for sale to home fans.

 

As they go on sale on Monday, and if you haven't already done so, please order your match tickets from our Match Ticket Secretary (Aidan) ASAP.

(09 Feb)

With the Saturday morning flight relatively dear, why not fly over late Friday evening and stay in this Premier Inn for only £40 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).

 

Don't forget, our 'reduced group ticket' prices will apply to this match: £25 Adult, £12.50 Junior (aged 15 and under).

(27 Jan)

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)

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 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.

(01 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)

Early Season Flights Shortage (2016/17)

Once again, 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 16.40; until 9th September (when there will be a flight at 20.40). The first return flights on the Sunday mornings will be at 07.00 and 10.00.

 

During this early part of the season, the first easyJet flights out on Sundays will be at 08.20 and 11.20 from Belfast.


We may keep our fingers crossed for some Sunday or early Saturday kick offs.

(04 Nov)

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)

Ryanair: City of Derry to Liverpool

A reminder to all of our North West members that Ryanair operate a direct air service between City of Derry and Liverpool airports.

 

Currently (Aug to Oct ‘16), their timetables are...

 

LDY/LPL:

  • Sat, Tue & Thu*: 09.00 (*08.25 in Aug)
  • Sun: 14.25 (16.05 in Oct)
  • Mon: 13.00 (15.30 in Oct)

 

LPL/LDY:

  • Sat, Tue & Thu*: 07.35 (*07.00 in Aug)
  • Sun: 13.00 (14.40 in Oct)
  • Mon: 11.35 (14.05 in Oct)

(21 Apr)

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)