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Latest News:

Pay-Per-View

The Premier League had launched (on 17th October) a new pay-per-view service for those five games each weekend not already selected for TV viewing.

 

Sky Sports and BT Sport briefly ran this new service and it cost £14.95 per game to view each of those extra matches.

 

However, due to widespread criticism, this service has been suspended until at least the New Year. Most of the additional fixtures will now be shown live on Sky and BT Sport, but some will be broadcast on Amazon Prime and free-to-air on the BBC.

(15 Nov)

Match Fixture Information

We have updated our password-protected Flight Prices webpage (comprising the home games for Season 2020/21).

 

At this stage, only the dates of the games up until late November have 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.

(15 Nov)

The Forthcoming Fixtures...

Carabao Cup

In the Quarter Final draw of the Carabao Cup, Everton have been drawn at home to Man Utd. 

 

The tie will take place on Wednesday (8pm), 23 December ... and will be shown live on Sky.

 

This is the first season that the winner of the competition will qualify for the play-off round of the newly introduced UEFA Europa Conference League, rather than the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League

 

(updated 06 Nov)

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)

easyJet 2020/21 Schedules

For whenever we get permission to attend games at Goodison again, it’s worth noting that the level of service offered by easyJet is currently well below what we have been used to since their arrival on the Belfast/Liverpool route in 1999…
 

  • on Saturdays, there are currently generally only two or three flights on Saturdays and, after 17th October, there are no Saturday evening flights until April.
     
  • on Sundays, there are currently generally three or four flights on Sundays; with the first one being at 7.00am until 18th October, then 3.15pm until January, and then at 7.15am.

 

…obviously, this situation may change if the pandemic subsides, football returns and the general demand for travel increases.

(08 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
  • 28 Feb: EFL Cup Final
  • 20 Mar: FAC QF
  • 04 Apr: The Grand National
  • 17 Apr: FAC SF
  • 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 30 Aug)

Premier League 2020/21 Fixtures

The Premier League fixtures for Season 2020/21 have been released. The first batch of confirmed (televised and untelevised) fixtures, covering a yet to be advised period, will be announced in due course.

 

However, due to the ongoing pandemic, it is highly likley that only limited numbers of spectators will be permitted to attend matches for the forseeable future. Currently, the rumour is that Everton will permit 7,000 supporters to be allowed inside Goodison Park from the start of October; with these 7,000 places being decided by a ballot of season ticket holders (ESCNI has 10 season tickets).

 

Consequently, due to the likely shortage of match tickets, we would not advise any of our members to book flights until things become much clearer.

(updated 20 Aug)

​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.

ESCNI Membership 2020/21

 

Membership of ESCNI for Season 2020/21 is now open.

 

With the new fixtures to be published soon, now is the optimum time to sign up and avail of our fixture information service.

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... william_hewitt@btinternet.com

(10 Aug)

Randalstown's Sean McAllister Signs

Sean McAllister, from Randalstown (County Antrim), has signed a first professional contract with Everton, penning a two-year deal until the end of June 2022.

 

A midfielder, he joined Everton from Dungannon Swifts last summer, and is a former pupil of St Benedict's College.

 

Sean is also a current Northern Ireland Under-17 international.

 

An update on Sean.

(03 Jul; updated 11 Aug)

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.

(09 May)

At Friday's meeting, it was agreed "that the Premier League will not resume at the beginning of May – and that the 2019/20 season will only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so".

 

At an earlier emergency meeting, UEFA expressed their wish that all European domestic leagues should be completed by the end of June.

 

Incidentally, easyJet currently permit their customers to change their flights to alternative dates and/or an alternative destination without a change fee. However, if the new fare is higher, then customers would be required to pay the fare difference. Unfortunately, there are currently absolutely no suitable alternative fixture dates that can be guaranteed.

(updated 05 Apr) 

With Sympathy... Joe Ervine

Joe Ervine

On behalf of our members, the Committee would like to express our condolences to the family and friends of Joe Ervine (from Rathfriland).

 

Joe will be particularly missed by Tamla (his wife) and Derrick (his fellow club member and brother). Sadly, Joe was only 45.

 

Joe is being buried tomorrow (Wednesday) with his Everton shirt on. House and funeral strictly private ... full funeral details.

 

Earlier this season, Joe and Tamla represented ESCNI at Goodison, by being our flag bearers on the perimeter of the Goodison pitch. Our article on this (Everton Supporters Club Day 2019) can be seen further down this webpage.

(24 Mar)

Joe Ervine at Bournemouth (Sep '19)

Chelsea (away): Sunday, 8th March

ESCNI will have five people at Sunday's game at Chelsea.

 

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

(06 Mar)

Man Utd (home): Sunday, 1st March

ESCNI will have 80 people at Sunday's game at home to Man Utd.

 

The current weather forecast is dry with sunny intervals, and a temperature of 8°C.

 

(28 Feb)

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Fixture News: April Games

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

 

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

  • Leicester (Sat 04 Apr)
  • Southampton (Sat 18 Apr)

 

This leaves only two remaining home games for the remainder of this season...

  • Aston Villa (Sat 02 May): the exact date for this game will not be determined until approximately 3rd April but, at the moment, day-return flights for the Saturday start at £83, and for the Sunday at £91
     
  • Bournemouth (Sun 17 May): this game will definitely be on the Sunday (3pm) but day-return flights are already prohibitively expensive (£222)

 

​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 24 Feb)

Arsenal (away): Sunday, 23rd February

ESCNI will have seven people at Sunday's game at Arsenal.

 

The current weather forecast is cloudy with light rain, and a temperature of 11°C.

(21 Feb)

Crystal Palace (home): Saturday, 8th February

ESCNI will have 40 people at tomorrow's game at home to Crystal Palace.

 

The current weather forecast is cloudy with the occasional sunny interval, and a temperature of 9°C. At this stage, there may be strong winds during the Saturday evening flight home ... however, the really strong winds will definitely return in time for those travelling home anytime on the Sunday!

(07 Feb)

Southampton (home): Saturday, 18th April

Southampton’s exit from the FA Cup last night, means that our home Premier League tie with them (weekend of 18th April) is no longer subject to possible postponement due to an FA Cup semi‑final.

 

It is, though, still subject to selection by Sky or BT Sport; which should be confirmed approximately 21st February.

 

However, it should also be noted that the flights for that weekend are already relatively expensive ... probably due to the Easter holidays.

(06 Feb)

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.

(13 Dec)

easyJet Axes £16 Admin Fee

Good News... easyJet has axed its £16 Admin Fee. Nine years ago, this tax was introduced at £9 per booking and steadily rose to £16.

 

By its very nature, it heavily penalised short‑hop single travellers, such as those travelling the short distance between Belfast and Liverpool.

(15 Oct)

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).

(26 Aug)

Getting the Best Seats Available (update)

Lower Gwladys (Restricted View)

 

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. 

Main Stand (very far back)

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.

Upper Bullens Visitors Section

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.

Upper Gwladys (season tickets)

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)

Amazon Prime Video

This season, for the first time, Amazon Prime Video will show live Premier League games; it has viewing rights for two rounds of matches (for which flights are already bookable):

  • 3rd to 5th December (midweek) …Everton are away to Liverpool
     
  • 26th/27th December (Boxing Day) …Everton are at home to Burnley

However, although Amazon has indicated that it is going to show all 20 games live, at this stage, it is unclear if it is going to show these matches simultaneously, concurrently, or a combination of both.

 

It is also unclear when Amazon is going to confirm the dates/kick‑off times of these Premier League games. The date for the announcement is currently set for approximately 11th October; however there is no reason why their games could not be announced earlier.

 

It should also be noted that any games selected for transmission on Thursday 5th December or Friday 27th December would have a knock on effect on games currently scheduled for Saturday 7th December and Saturday 28th December respectively. In Everton’s case, these would be a home game against Chelsea and an away game at Newcastle respectively.

(19 Jun)

With regards to the Boxing Day fixtures, an article in The Times is now suggesting that, whilst the precise times have yet to be finalised, it is understood they are planning four televised matches at 12.30pm, 3pm, 5.30pm and 7.45pm.

 

However, it is unclear whether these kick off times are just for the 26th, or are to be repeated on the 27th as well.

(update 24 Jun)

Sunday Evenings

Next season, the late Sunday televised games will normally kick off at 4.30pm.

 

This, together with any VAR delays, will mean that it will be even tighter to catch the last Sunday flight home, at: 8.40pm (until late October) and 8.20pm (late October to late March).

(18 Jun)

Premier League TV Rights 2019/20

Next season's live TV rights, within the UK, are split  as follows...

 

Sky Sports

128 matches per season; consisting of:

  • Package B: 32 matches at Saturday 17:30
  • Package C: 24 matches at Sunday 14:00 and eight matches at Saturday 19:45
  • Package D: 32 matches at Sunday 16:30
  • Package E: 24 matches at Monday 20:00 or Friday 19:30–20:00 and eight matches at Sunday 14:00


BT Sport

52 matches per season; consisting of:

  • Package A: 32 matches at Saturday 12:30
  • Package G: 15 matches from two midweek fixture programmes and five matches from the split weekend


Amazon Prime Video

20 matches per season; consisting of:

  • Package F: 20 matches from one Bank Holiday and one midweek fixture programme

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Incidentally, the radio commentaries will be divided as follows…

  • BBC Radio 5 live:
    • Sat 3pm
    • Sun 2pm
    • Sun 4.30pm
    • Fri/Sat/Mon 7.30-8pm
  • TalkSport:
    • Sat 12.30pm
    • Sat 3pm
    • Sat 5.30pm
    • Sun noon

(22 May)

2019/20 easyJet Schedules Roundup

A roundup of the potentially useful weekend flights from all of the announced easyJet Schedules for next season...

 

August 2019

  • Saturdays: morning flights out at 06.45 and 08.20; but, alas, the last flight back is at 16.40 ...the next flights home are at 07.05 and 08.20 on the Sunday
  • Sundays: the first flight out is at 08.25, then 12.10, with the last flights back at 19.40 and 20.40)

 

September to late October 2019

  • Saturdays: as above, but with a Saturday evening flight back at 20.40
  • Sundays: as above, but with flights out at 08.25 and 13.20

 

late October 2019/late March 2020

  • Saturdays: morning flights out at 08.20 and 11.15; with one evening flight back at 20.25 ...incidentally, the next flights home are at 08.15 or 09.45 on the Sunday
  • Sundays: flights out at 08.25, 09.35 and 14.25; with flights back at 17.30, 18.55 and 20.20

(30 Apr)

easyJet Summer 2019 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 7th September, when a 20.40 flight home will recommence.

 

The early easyJet return flights from Liverpool on Sundays will be at 07.05 and 08.20.

 

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 08.25).

(24 Apr)

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.

(07 Nov)

Treasurer Vacancy

For family reasons, the person earmarked to be our new Treasurer has had to withdraw from the post.

 

Consequently, if there's anyone interested in becoming the ESCNI Treasurer, please contact the club via escni@btinternet.com or any of the other existing Committee Members ASAP.

(14 Oct)

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.

(11 Sep)

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'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 '17)

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 '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

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 '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

 

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 '17)

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 '17)

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)