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Bournemouth (home): Saturday 30th April

ESCNI will have 21 people at Saturday's game against Bournemouth.

 

The current weather forecast is for a sunny afternoon, and a temperature of 9°C. 

(28 Apr)

Season 2016/17: Some Important Dates

A few important dates for next season...

  • 15 Jun (9am): Premier League Fixtures released (subsequently, first group of Sky/BT Sport televised matches to be announced within a few weeks)
  • 13 Aug: Premier League starts
  • 26 Feb: League Cup Final
  • ?? May: FA Cup Final
  • 21 May: Premier League finishes

(updated 27 Apr)

FA Cup Semi-Final (Wembley): Saturday, 23rd April

ESCNI will have 49 people at tomorrow's FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

 

The current weather forecast is for a cloudy evening, with sunny intervals, and a temperature of 10°C.

(22 Apr)

Ryanair: City of Derry to Liverpool

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

 

At the start of next season (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)

Liverpool (away): Wednesday, 20th April

ESCNI will have six people at tomorrow evening's game at Anfield.

 

The current weather forecast is for a dry sunny evening, and a temperature of 13°C.

(19 Apr)

Southampton (home): Saturday 16th April

ESCNI will have 35 people at tomorrow's game at home to Southampton.

 

The current weather forecast is for a cloudy afternoon, with sunny intervals and light showers, and a temperature of 7°C.

(15 Apr)

Wembley Tickets: Update

Although we have yet to receive the actual tickets, we have been given a significant official allocation for this game.

As usual, these will be allocated in accordance with the club rules. When he has something definite to tell them, our Match Ticket Secretary will be in touch with all of the applicants in due course.

Apologies for the delay, but demand for this particular game has been exceptionally high.

 

Remember. in accordance with the rules of ESCNI, any tickets that we do receive will be distributed amongst our members based on the number of matches attended in the preceding 12 months.

(14 Apr)

Over 850 Follow ESCNI Twitter

Our ESCNI Twitter account now has over 850 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.

(01 Apr)

The Emirates FA Cup: Semi -Finals

The semi-final tie (against either West Ham or Man Utd) will be played at 5.15pm on Saturday 23 April; and will be shown live on BBC1.

 

For travel planning purposes, please note that this game could go to extra time and penalties, if required.


The West Ham v Man Utd replay will take place at 7pm on Wednesday 13th April ...and will be shown live on BBC1.

(updated 22 Mar)

Flybe Introduce Saturday Evening Flight

Flybe have recently added in a Saturday evening return flight from Liverpool; meaning a day-return trip for a Saturday 3pm match is possible (just)... out: 07.00 or 10.35/return: 19.10.

 

At the moment, prices for these forthcoming matches are...

  • Southampton (16 Apr): from £63 (under 16s: £37)
  • Bournemouth (30 Apr): from £52 (under 16s: £26)

 

Currently, this Saturday evening flight is scheduled to continue right through until the end of January... the Flybe timetable

(18 Mar)

Supporters Clubs' Flag Day Parade

At Saturday’s match, the annual Supporters Clubs’ annual Flag Day Parade took place, just before kick off, around the perimeter of the Goodison pitch.

 

This year, ESCNI were represented by the McCready family from Newtownabbey.

 

Neil McCready and his two sons Jack (11) and Ryan (9) proudly carried the flag as the two teams were led out to the sound of Z Cars.

(07 Mar)

Belfast/Gatwick (Ryanair): update

Ryanair’s new Belfast International/Gatwick service (starts 29 March) has some very useful times for London games. The flight times (4 flights/day, 7 days/week) are:

  • out: 0655, 1100, 1610 & 2000
  • back: 0910, 1245, 1825 & 2155

This service replaces the existing Aer Lingus Belfast City/Gatwick one.

 

From 30th October, this will increase to five flights per day:

  • out: 0655, 1100, 1230, 1600 & 1950
  • back: 0910, 1245, 1415, 1805 & 2145

(25 Feb)

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...

Long Stay:

  • Drive Up: £13
  • Last Minute: £11.50
  • In Advance: £10

Main Stay:

  • Drive Up: £18
  • Last Minute: £12
  • In Advance: £11

Currently, BIA are offering customers 10% off long stay car parking when you book online and use the code LSP1.

(25 Feb)

The Emirates FA Cup: 6th Round (Quarter Finals)

The draw for the 6th Round of the FA Cup will take place at 6pm on Sunday, 21st February and will be shown live on BBC2.

 

The subsequent ties will take place on the weekend of Saturday 12th March.

(18 Feb)

Fixture News: April Games

The selection of the next batch of televised Premier League games (covering the games in April) is underway. During this period, there are two homes game that could be affected...

  • Southampton (Sat 16 Apr) 
  • Bournemouth (Sat 30 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. 

(11 Feb)

Fixture News: Liverpool (away) - update

As Liverpool have qualified for the League Cup final, our game at Anfield will now require further rearranging.

 

It had been selected by Sky for live television coverage on Sunday (noon), 28th February ... the day of the League Cup final.

(27 Jan)

Fixture News: March Games

The selection of the next batch of televised Premier League games (covering the games in March) has been announced. During this period, there are two home games that could be affected...

  • West Ham (Sat 05 Mar) 
  • Arsenal (Sat 19 Mar)

 

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. 

(22 Jan)

ESCNI AGM

The Minutes of last Tuesday evening's AGM are now available to download from our dedicated password-protected 2015 AGM webpage.

 

This year's AGM was held on Tuesday (8pm), 12th January and the venue was the King's Head, Belfast.

(19 Jan)

Latest Prize Draw Winners

The latest winners of our monthly prize draw are... 

  • Michael McQuaid (December)
  • Sean Finnegan (January)
  • George Simpson (February)

For the winners, the choice is between a home match ticket or a replica shirt.

(15 Jan)

Updated Club Rules

Following last night's AGM, a newly updated set of Rules is available to download from our dedicated (password protected) Rules webpage.

 

Incidentally, the only actual change is to Rule 6 (official notice of the AGM).

(13 Jan)

New Weblink

Premier League Heroes: A 'Where Are They Now' website that provides information on ex Premier League footballers' playing careers and what they are up to now that they have retired.

(07 Jan)

The 2015 Annual General Meeting (AGM)

A reminder that this season's AGM will take place on Tuesday, 12th Januaryand 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 2015 AGM webpage. This webpage is located within our password-protected MEMBERS ONLY Area.

 

These documents comprise...

  • the previous AGM Minutes
  • the Accounts (2014/15)
  • Notice of AGM (2015)
  • 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, 15th December. The five existing committee members have indicated their intention to re-stand.

(06 Jan)

ESCNI's Membership Exceeds 400

For the first time ever, ESCNI has over 400 members.

 

Incidentally, for the 15th consecutive season, our club's membership has exceeded 300.

 

Membership of ESCNI for Season 2015/16 is still open and can be easily and quickly done via ouMembership webpage.

(04 Jan)

League Cup: Semi-Final Draw

In the draw for the two-legged semi-final of the League (Capital) Cup, Everton have been drawn against Man City.

 

The semi-final first leg (home) is likely to be Wednesday 6th January; and the semi-final second leg (away) is likely to be Wednesday 27th January.

 

Both legs will be shown live on Sky and the exact dates will be confirmed soon.

 

The final is at Wembley on Sunday, February 28, 2016.

(03 Dec)

'MEMBERS ONLY' Area

Today, 18th September, 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).

 

(18 Sep)

Group Ticket Sales (at Reduced Prices)

For Season 2015/16, group ticket sales will apply to four Barclays Premier League fixtures:

  

  • Aston Villa (Saturday 21 November): £24 Adult, £12 Junior (aged 15 and under)
  • Tottenham (Sunday 03 January): £24 Adult, £12 Junior (aged 15 and under)
  • Newcastle (Wednesday 03 February): £24 Adult, £12 Junior (aged 15 and under)
  • West Ham (Saturday 05 March): £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.

(09 Sep)

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.

(27 Aug)

ESCNI Membership 2015/16

For this season, the ESCNI Committee has decided to subsidise (adult: £5/others: £2) one home match ticket per member ... effectively reducing the cost of ESCNI membership, for match goers, to £10 for an adult and £4 for others.

 

The quickest and easiest way of joining/renewing ESCNI is via our Membership webpage. Membership fees for Season 2015/16 remain unchanged at...

  • Adult: £15
  • Junior (born after 31st December 1999): £6
  • Senior (born before 31st December 1950): £6
  • Family (max 2 adults, unlimited children): £30

 

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

(04 Aug)

Electronic Payments

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.

(04 Aug)

Match Fixture Information

We have updated our password-protected Flight Prices webpage.

 

It now includes the confirmed dates of the October and November home games.

(31 Jul)

easyJet Admin Fee rises to £13

When booking (or even pricing) flights, remember that easyJet add an £13 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 £6.50 per person.

(23 Jul)

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 a 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)

More information is available from our dedicated password-protected webpage.

Arriva 500 Bus: Update

Arriva’s bus service 500 now finishes at the Liverpool One bus station, and no longer operates a ‘loop’ around the city centre.

 

Their schedules have also changed...

  • the first bus departs from the airport at 4.42am
  • and the last one (to the airport) departs from Liverpool One at 7.16pm

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

(12 May)

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)

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.

 

Incidentally, some of easyJet's other fees are... 

  • flight cancellation fee: £30 per passenger, per flight
     
  • name change fee: £35 per passenger, per flight (plus any 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) 

(updated 09 Mar)

A Trip Down Memory Lane

August 1996

Downloadable below is a PDF copy of the flyer for ESCNI's first ever organised trip (in August 1996).


It's interesting to note that the cost for the whole day return trip was just £55. These days, the cost of the match ticket can be nearly as much.

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 Match Report

ESCNI Trip (Aug '96)
The flyer to the Everton v Newcastle (Aug '96) game.
ESCNI Trip (Aug '96) redactedreduced.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [267.6 KB]

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.

(16 Feb)

Everton's own video of the event is shown below...

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.

(22 Jul)