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Goodison Park

Goodison Park has been the home of Everton Football Club since 1892 and is England’s oldest purpose-built football ground. The Grand Old Lady, as it is nicknamed, has hosted more top-flight games than any other stadium in England.

Tours

Delve into more than 120 years of history on a behind-the-scenes tour of Goodison Park. You’ll spend more than an hour discovering the secrets of the stadium visiting the players’ lounge, the directors’ box, the first team dressing room and, of course, run out through the tunnel to the Z Cars theme tune.

There are no tours on match days, or the day before a first team home game, so if you want to do both, why not book one of our hotels near Goodison Park and stay for a few days? There’s plenty to explore in Liverpool – the city has an abundance of shops, restaurants, museums, galleries and other attractions, including the Beatles Story exhibition and Tate Liverpool.

Future

Since 1996, the board have been looking for a new stadium for the club. Several unsuccessful attempts have been made to move, and Tesco have tried to buy the land. Supporters’ groups have opposed a move to Kirkby, outside the city centre, and have argued that Goodison Park could be expanded instead.

There is actually a church within the ground, St Luke's, between the Goodison Road stand and the Gwladys Street stand just yards from the corner flag. Everton do not play early kick-offs on Sundays so as not to interfere with services at the church. Despite the close relationship between the two, the club tried to pay for the church to be moved so it could develop the stadium. Fans would also sometimes climb the church and watch games from the rooftop until barbed wire and anti-climb paint were used.

During the First World War, the ground was used by the Territorial Army for drill practice. During the Second World War, when it was commandeered as an anti-aircraft post, its closeness to Liverpool's docks meant it was badly damaged and it received £5,000 – almost £200,000 in today’s money – for repairs from the War Damage Commission.

Getting there

Goodison Park is about two miles outside the city centre in a residential area. If you’re coming by car, the club recommends parking in Stanley Park, about half a mile away. There is also a car share scheme through which fans can travel together. If you’re coming by public transport, the nearest train station is Kirkdale, or there are buses from Queen Square bus station in the city centre and several other places. There’s also a shuttle bus to and from Sandhills train station – about 1.3 miles away – called the Soccerbus. If you get a train ticket to Goodison Park it will include return travel on the Soccerbus, or you can pay as you board.

Other events

The stadium has also hosted an FA Cup final, international fixtures including World Cup matches, and rugby and baseball games. Regular events include player-of-the-month lunches, comedy nights and ladies’ lunches. The ground can be hired for weddings, conferences, parties and events, and even for funeral receptions. More than 800 fans’ ashes have been scattered at the ground.

The bus runs for two hours before each match, up until 15 minutes before kick-off, and for 50 minutes after the final whistle.

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