Premier League fixtures for Season 2017/18 to
be announced on Wednesday (9am), 14 June
Europa League 2017/18 (update)
Finishing seventh in the Premier League will mean having to play in the Third Qualifying and Play‑off Rounds; the significant dates for these are:
- Third Qualifying: 27 July & 03 August (draw 14 July)
- Play‑off: 17 & 24 August (draw 04 August)
Subsequently, the significant dates for the Group Stage are: 14 September, 28 September, 19 October, 02 November, 23 November & 07 December (draw 25 August)
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 23 May)
Arsenal (away): Sunday, 21st May
ESCNI will have seven people at Sunday's game at Arsenal.
The current weather forecast is for a dry afternoon, with sunny intervals, and a temperature of 18°C.
Watford (home): Friday, 12th May
ESCNI will have 49 people at Friday evening's game against Watford.
The current weather forecast is for occasional light showers, and a temperature of 13°C.
Swansea (away): Saturday, 6th May
ESCNI will have six people at Saturday's game at Swansea.
The current weather forecast is for a cloudy but dry evening, and a temperature of 14°C.
We’re On Our Way to Wembley
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 03 May)
Chelsea (home): Sunday 30th April
ESCNI will have 38 people at Sunday's game at home to Chelsea.
The current weather forecast is for a cloudy but dry afternoon, with a temperature of 14°C.
ESCNI's Membership Exceeds 400 Again
For the second season running, ESCNI has over 400 members.
Incidentally, for the fifteenth consecutive season, our club's membership has exceeded 300.
Incidentally, membership of ESCNI for Season 2017/18 is now open and can be easily and quickly done via our Membership webpage.
ESCNI Membership 2017/18
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.
Anyone renewing before 31st August will also be in the draw for a signed replica home shirt.
The quickest and easiest way of joining/renewing ESCNI is via our Membership webpage.
Watford (home): date
Sat (3pm) 15 Apr
NOT on TV
*Sun (2pm) 30 Apr
live on Sky
Fri (7.45pm) 12 May
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
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
- 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
Premier League 2017/18
The Premier League fixtures for Season 2017/18 are to be announced on Wednesday (9am), 14 June.
Subsequently, the Premier League will start on 12 August and finish on 13 May
There is also the possibility that there could be six rounds of games over Christmas/New Year period (16 December to 1 January) as opposed to four this year; however, this won’t be confirmed until June. The provisional dates are…
- Saturday, 16 December
- Wednesday, 20 December
- Saturday, 23 December
- Tuesday, 26 December
- Saturday, 30 December
- Monday, 01 January
And for anyone planning any other trips, there will be three international breaks; from...
- 28 August to 05 September
- 02 to 10 October
- 19 to 27 March
The EFL Cup Final will be on Sunday 25 February.
(updated 21 Mar)
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.
Fixture News: April Games
The selection of the sixth batch of televised Premier League games (covering the games in April) has now been made, and our members were texted accordingly. During this period, there are three home games that could be affected...
- Leicester (Sat 08 Apr)
- Burnley* (Sat 15 Apr)
- Chelsea (Sat 29 Apr)
*reduced price tickets available for this (Burnley) game; see article Group Ticket Sales below.
The selection of the last batch(es?) of televised Premier League games (covering the games in May) is due to be announced in early April.
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.
Group Ticket Sales (at Reduced Prices)
For Season 2016/17, group ticket sales will apply to four Barclays Premier League fixtures:
- Swansea (Saturday 19 November)
- Bournemouth (Saturday 04 February)
- Hull (Saturday 18 March)
- Burnley (Saturday 15 April)
These tickets will be priced at: £25 Adult and £12.50 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 Burnley game.
...another example of the benefits of joining ESCNI.
(updated 16 Feb)
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.
Hull City (home): Saturday, 18th March
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).
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!
Getting the Best Seats Available
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.
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.
Kirkdale Train Station: a Good Way to Travel to (and from) the Airport from Goodison
- get a train, changing at Sandhills, to Liverpool South Parkway Station (which
serves the airport via a regular bus link), or
- get a train to Liverpool Central Station (and then, after a 7 minute walk, catch the half-hourly '500' bus route direct to the airport)
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.
Airport Car Parking (update)
Currently, BIA do not seem to be offering their customers any promo codes when booking online.
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.
Dublin Airport Update
Update: Aer Lingus to cease Dublin/Liverpool flights from 5th January.
Thanks to the improved roads (and the fact that Dublin's departure tax has been scrapped, as opposed to Belfast and Derry's tax of £13), flying out of Dublin Airport is now a realistic alternative for many of our members.
Currently, the following airlines connect with Liverpool and Manchester Airports...
Indeed, Dublin Airport has 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).
Ryanair: City of Derry to Liverpool
Ryanair are reducing their Derry/Liverpool service to just two flights per week from next April.
- Sat: 16.05
- Tue: 12.40
- Sat: 14.40
- Tue: 11.15
They are also axeing completely their Derry/London Stansted service.
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...
- Sat, Tue & Thu*: 09.00 (*08.25 in Aug)
- Sun: 14.25 (16.05 in Oct)
- Mon: 13.00 (15.30 in Oct)
- Sat, Tue & Thu*: 07.35 (*07.00 in Aug)
- Sun: 13.00 (14.40 in Oct)
- Mon: 11.35 (14.05 in Oct)
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.
Merseytravel Pass (Walrus)
A reminder that Merseytravel have replaced their Saveaway scratchcard with their Walrus smartcard and, with this, you can then travel all day on Liverpool's buses for only £3.90 (child: £2.30).
Furthermore, as well as all Liverpool's buses, it will also let you travel on the trains ...including the service from the city centre to Kirkdale Station (it takes less than 10 minutes, followed by a 16 minute walk to Goodison).
The Walrus smartcard can be purchased from the Spar shop, adjacent to the arrivals exit point, on the ground floor of the airport.
So, providing time permits, you can avoid the need for expensive taxis and travel all day for only £3.90.