EVERTON VS STOKE CITY
EVERTON Football Club, 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 Archbald 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.
The Park End Stand, the most recent development at Goodison, seats 6,000 in a single tier behind the oal.
Home fans sit at the Gwladys Street End while visiting fans are accommodated in both upper and lower tiers of the Bullens Road Stand where it meets the Park End.
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.
FROM the M6, exit at junction 26 onto the M58 and continue until the end.
At the gyratory go left to join the M57 Junction 7.
Exit the M57 at Junction 4 to turn right into East Lancashire Road (A580).
Follow the road across Queen's Drive into Walton Lane. Goodison Road is less than a mile along on the right.
CAR parking is available in Stanley Park off Priory Road or, if very early, street parking can be found around Walton Lane.
59.5 Miles. Journey time - 1 hour 10 minutes.
LIVERPOOL Lime Street station is three miles from Goodison Park.
Buses leave from nearby Queens Square Bus Station directly to the ground.
The Merseyrail Network links with Soccerbus Service from Sandhills Station.
Buses run for two hours before the game (last bus approximately 15 minutes before kick off and 50 minutes after final whistle).
Check with National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 for train times and information.
BBC Radio Merseyside broadcast on 95.8FM while Radio City are on 96.7FM.
THE Potters came out victorious in a Barclays Premier League meeting at Goodison Park in December 2011 thanks to Robert Huth's first half strike.
The German international rifled home the only goal of the game just 15 minutes in, after Dean Whitehead had teed the defender up with a volley towards goal.
Stoke were full value for their first Premier League victory on Merseyside, with then-manager Tony Pulis speaking of his obvious delight after the match.
"It's been a great week for the Football Club. We've had a little dip in form as do most clubs at some point, but to get six points from two tough games [against Blackburn Rovers and Everton] and qualify [for the knockout stages] in Europe is incredibly pleasing.
"We have shown a lot of character in getting this result, and this was a real battling performance against an Everton team that is formidable at home."