Dynamo Kiev - Europa League (home): Thursday (8.05pm), 12th March
[live tv: ITV1 & live radio: tba]
Over 750 Follow ESCNI Twitter
Stoke (away): Wednesday, 4th March
ESCNI will have five people at tomorrow's game at Stoke.
The current weather forecast is for a dry evening, but with a chilly temperature of just 3°C.
An update on our Twitter news feed service...
Twitter is used to send out short text messages to the phones (primarily smartphones but also conventional mobiles, and also on the web) of those people that have agreed to follow.
ESCNI has its own Twitter account (with, currently, over 700 followers): @escni
This feed can also be viewed via the internet at www.twitter.com/escni
Even if you don't have a smart phone, you can still connect it to your conventional mobile phone via texting. In order to set this up...
- simply text follow escni to 86444
- login to your Twitter account
- select the Profile tab
- click on the Set Up Mobile Notifications (on the right hand side)
- enter your mobile phone number and
- ensure that the three Message Notifications boxes are ticked
- you might also want to set a time period to turn notifications off (for example, midnight to 8am)
- click on the Start button.
Incidentally, just to correct a few misconceptions about Twitter...
• you only follow the Twitters that you select (and you can easily deselect them later)
• should you wish, you can withhold your email address, and mobile number (if applicable)
• other Twitters can chose to follow you but they cannot send you messages
• should you wish, you can block individual unwanted Followers from following your tweets
• it is not compulsory for you to tweet
• you can forward (text) the tweets to a conventional mobile phone and, providing you are on an unlimited text messaging plan, this will be free (furthermore, rest assured that we will not be sending out a vast amount of tweets so, even if you can only receive a limited number of free texts, it should still not exceed your allowance)
By the way, it's ESCNI Twitter's policy to only follow those other Twitter accounts that regularly tweet a steady source of information useful to ESCNI.
... this is because, if you follow anyone/everyone else on Twitter, it all just becomes overwhelming. So, please don't take it personally, if we unfollow you or don't follow you back.
Europa League: Draw
The draw for the quarter-finals will be held on Friday 20th March.
The first legs will be played on Thursday 16th April, and the second legs will be played on Thursday 23rd April.
The Final will be held in Warsaw on 27th May.
Incidentally, the live television rights for this season are held by ITV and BT Sport (and, within the Republic of Ireland, by TV3 and Setanta).
Match Fixture Information
We have updated our password-protected Flight Prices webpage.
It now includes our Kiev (Europa League) and Newcastle home games.
Newcastle (home): Update
Arsenal (away): Sunday, 1st March
YB Bern - Europa League (home): Thursday 26th February
ESCNI will have 30 people at Thursday's Europa League game against YB Bern.
The current weather forecast is for a dry but chilly evening, with a temperature of just 5°C.
Fixture News: April Games
The selection of the next batch of televised Premier League games (covering the games in April) has been announced; and the associated information texted out to our members. During this period, there are three home games...
- Southampton (currently 3pm, Sat 04 Apr)
- Burnley (currently 3pm, Sat 18 Apr)
- Man Utd (currently 1.30pm, Sun 25 Apr)
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.
Leicester (home): Sunday 22nd February
ESCNI will have eight people at Sunday's game against Leicester.
The current weather forecast is for a very wet afternoon, and a temperature of 7°C.
A Trip Down Memory Lane
The trip was sold out weeks in advance, and the bigger better ESCNI was launched!
Incidentally, the match was at home to Newcastle (Alan Shearer's debut) in August 1996, and Everton won the game 2-0 (with goals from Unsworth and Speed).
The flyer to the Everton v Newcastle (Aug '96) game.
ESCNI Trip (Aug '96) redactedreduced.pdf
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Everton FC Delegation’s Visit to ESCNI (2015)
A delegation from Everton FC visited ESCNI in Belfast on the evening of Friday, 13th February.
A full report of the evening is now available from our dedicated webpage.
Everton's own video of the event is shown below...
ESCNI's Rising Membership Numbers
At 377, this season's membership number has now well surpassed last season's total of 367.
Incidentally, our highest ever number was 386 in Season 2009/10 ... and that, as previously advised, for the 14th season running, our club's membership has exceeded 300.
Remember, membership of ESCNI for Season 2014/15 is still open. So, come and join us for another season of excitements, disappointments and European Tours...
...ESCNI memberships can be easily and quickly done via our Membership webpage.
Liverpool (home) Tickets Announcement
In advance, we would apologise that the quality of our seats for this forthcoming game (Saturday, 7th February) will not be as good as normal. Unfortunately, with approximately 31, 000 seats already committed to season ticket holders and to corporate sponsors, there was mostly just obstructed views left for clubs such as ourselves.
However, past experience has taught us that some of the obstructed views are actually better than some of the unobstructed ones ... it's often better to have one post unviewable (as the ball is already on its way into the net) rather than having a post obstructing the penalty spot (where the decisive action often takes place).
On a more positive note, we are pleased to advise that ESCNI has received an allocation of 167 tickets for this game, enabling us to fulfil all of our members' requests for tickets.
Friday Night Football
The tendering of 168 live Premier League games per season (14 more than in the current three-year contract) for the 2016-19 seasons is currently underway, with the contracts likely to be awarded in February.
The main point worth noting for long distance travellers, such as ourselves, is the introduction of up to 10 Friday evening games per season. However, there will not be any Sunday evening kick-offs, the prospect of which had also been discussed with the league's broadcast partners BSkyB and BT.
Televised live Friday night football is not unprecedented, with both the BBC and ITV showing Friday night games in the decade before the top flight became the Premier League. However, opportunities for Friday night football are likely to be limited by many teams' participation in European competitions during the week. Consequently, Friday games will either have to feature teams not competing in Europe, or be broadcast during the weeks where there is no European competition.
Reduction in Children's APD from May
In today's Autumn Statement, the Chancellor has announced his intention to remove the APD tax for children under 12 from 1st May, and for children under 16 from 1st March 2016.
This will mean a saving of £26 per child, making their trips to Goodison significantly more affordable ... commencing with the Sunderland (9 May) and Tottenham (24 May) home games in May of this season.
However, there will be no change in the rate for adults, meaning the APD (Air Passenger Duty) for a return flight to Liverpool will remain at £26.
Flybe Return to Belfast/Liverpool Route
Flybe will return to the Belfast City/Liverpool route from 2nd February.
However, there will be only one flight per day at the weekends, making day-return trips impossible. Consequently, the only option for weekend matches is to fly out Saturday 08.25 (or Friday evening) and return Sunday 20.30.
The flight times are...
|Day||ex BHD||ex LPL|
|Monday to Friday||07.00, 12.45 & 19.15||08.25, 14.00 & 20.30|
Latest Prize Draw Winners
The latest winners of our monthly prize draw are...
- Chris Mouland (September)
- Dean Devine (October)
- Harriet Cross (November)
For the winners, the choice is between a home match ticket or a replica shirt.
The 2014 Annual General Meeting (AGM)
A reminder that this year's AGM will take place on Tuesday, 18th November, and the venue will be the King's Head, Belfast.
A complete set of documents for this year's AGM is available to download from our dedicated 2014 AGM webpage. This webpage is located within our password-protected MEMBERS ONLY Area; the new password for which was recently texted out to our members.
These documents comprise...
- the previous AGM Minutes
- the Accounts (2014/15)
- a Notice of AGM (2014)
- a set of the current Rules
Please note that, in accordance with the Club's Rules, all Nominations, Resolutions and Notice of Motions had to be with the Club Secretary by Tuesday, 21st October.
(originally posted 02 Oct - updated 12 Nov)
Europa League: Fixtures and Tickets
Early Season Flights Shortage (2015/16)
For the third 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 18.10 at least until 5th September (flights beyond that date have yet to be announced). The next flight home will be on Sunday at 07.00. Furthermore, there will be no Saturday evening easyJet flight back from Manchester either.
The first easyJet flights out on Sundays will be at 08.15 to Liverpool and 15.15 to Manchester.
Incidentally, Ryanair's suitable Derry/Liverpool weekend flights will be out on Saturday at 08.00 and back on Sunday at 17.05.
So, we may keep our fingers crossed for some Sunday or early Saturday kick offs.
Group Ticket Sales (at Reduced Prices)
West Ham tickets on sale soon...
For Season 2014/15, group ticket sales will apply to four Barclays Premier League fixtures:
- Aston Villa (Saturday 18 October): £24 Adult, £12 Junior (aged 15 and under)
- West Ham (Saturday 22 November): £24 Adult, £12 Junior (aged 15 and under)
- Newcastle (Saturday 14 March): £24 Adult, £12 Junior (aged 15 and under)
- Southampton (Saturday 4 April): £24 Adult, £12 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 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.
'MEMBERS ONLY' Area
Yesterday, 23rd September, we changed the password and emailed 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).
Arriva 500 Bus
Remember, following a change to their schedules earlier this year, the last 500 bus now departs from...
- the airport at 7.45pm
- Liverpool One to the airport at 8.07pm
...full details are available from this Arriva webpage.
easyJet Admin Fee up to £12
When booking (or even pricing) flights, remember that easyJet add an £12 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 per person.
ESCNI Membership Package (2014/15)
Anyone renewing (or taking out) an ESCNI membership for this season should, by now, have received their membership package (mousemat, coasters and membership card).
If you haven't, please contact our Membership Secretary (William Hewitt).
Match Tickets Announcement: Reminder
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.
The Liner Hotel
For Season 2014/15, if you call and quote ESCNI, the Liner Hotel will offer a 10% reduction on their selling rates for the particular date in question.
This 3‑star hotel has over 150 rooms and is located in central Liverpool just behind the Lime Street railway station. The hotel is now fully refurbished and operates as a non- smoking hotel.
ESCNI Membership 2014/15
The quickest and easiest way of joining/renewing ESCNI is via our Membership webpage. Membership fees for Season 2014/15 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.
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
- 29 Aug: Europa League draw
- ~30 Aug: League Cup 3rd Round draw
- 23/24 Sep: League Cup 3rd Round
- ~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
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.