Everton vs Stoke City
Friday 26th December 2014 | Kick Off 3.00pm
EVERTON FC, founded in 1878, first played at Stanley Park before moving to nearby Anfield Road.
A dispute with their landlord led to Everton moving up the road to build what was effectively the first major football ground in England on the Mere Green site, renamed Goodison Park.
The ground opened in August 1892 and a 12,000 crowd watched an athletics meeting and fireworks display - the first football match followed on 1st September when Everton played Bolton.
Everton, founder members of the Football League like Stoke, drew the highest average attendance during the first 10 seasons of League football.
They also engaged the celebrated football architect Archibald Leitch to undertake the on-going construction of the ground and Goodison retained for many years its signature criss-cross pattern on the frontages of the stand balconies.
The ground today remains set amongst tightly-packed terraced streets and is not for those suffering from vertigo.
Visiting supporters are accommodated in both upper and lower tiers of the Bullens Road Stand opposite the main stand.
Goodison Park has staged many internationals including five games in the 1966 World Cup, numerous FA Cup Semi-Finals and even FA Cup Final replays.
The current ground capacity is 40,569 although the record attendance pre-Taylor Report was 78,299 for a Division One game with Liverpool in September 1948.
Look out for St. Luke's Church hidden away in one corner of the stadium and the statue behind the Park Stand of the legendary Dixie Dean.
Head north on the M6 and at junction 23 exit eastbound onto the A580 (East Lancashire Road).
Continue on this road for over 7 miles, across the A5058 (Queen's Drive) and into Walton Lane until Goodison Park is on your right.
Alternatively, exit the M6 at junction 21A and head eastbound on the M62 until the end. Turn right onto the A5058 (Queen's Drive) where the 'Liverpool' fly over is. Continue for 3.5 miles until you reach a cross roads. Turn take a left onto Walton Lane and Goodison Park will be on your right.
Car parking is available in Stanley Park off Priory Road, approximately half-a-mile from Goodison Park. The Priory Road turning is on Walton Lane opposite the stadium.
60 miles from the Britannia Stadium - 1 hour 5 minutes
GOING BY TRAIN
Liverpool Lime Street Station is three miles from Goodison Park and can be reached from Stoke-on-Trent Station via Crewe, Stafford and Manchester.
Taxis from Lime Street usually cost between £7 and £9.
Bus numbers 19/19A, 20 and 21 run from the nearby Queen Square Bus Station to the stadium, and also operate from Liverpool One's Bus Station.
The closest rail station to Goodison Park is Kirkdale, accessible on Merseyrail's Northern Line from Lime Street.
However, the popular Soccerbus service also runs from Sandhills Station, one stop north of Lime Street on the Northern Line.
The Soccerbus runs two hours before each match (last bus from Sandhills Station is approximately 15 minutes before kick-off) and for 50 minutes after the final whistle (subject to availability).
Check with National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 for train information.
BBC Radio Merseyside broadcast on 95.8FM while Radio City are on 96.7FM.