Everton vs Stoke City
Saturday 27th August 2016 | Kick Off 3.00pm
EVERTON FC first played at Stanley Park before moving to nearby Anfield Road.
A dispute with their landlord led to the Toffees 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 retained for many years its signature criss-cross pattern on the frontages of the stand balconies.
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 capacity is 40,569 although the record attendance pre-Taylor Report was 78,299 for a Division One game with neighbours Liverpool in September 1948.
It remains set amongst tightly-packed terraced streets and is not for those suffering from vertigo!
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.
Visiting supporters are accommodated in both upper and lower tiers of the Bullens Road Stand opposite the main stand.
JOURNEY BY ROAD
60 miles from bet365 Stadium - 1 hour 2 minutes
Head north on the M6 and at Junction 21A exit eastbound onto the M62.
Follow this M62 until it ends at the junction with the 'Liverpool' fly-over in front of you.
At this point, take a right onto Queens Drive and follow the road for around 4 miles.
At the cross roads, turn left onto the A580 (Walton Lane) and follow the winding road past Anfield Cemetry on the left hand side.
Carry straight on at the traffic lights and Goodison Park will be on the right hand side.
* Alternatively, exit the M6 and junction 23 and head eastbound along the A580 (East Lancashire Road).
This road then joins continues into Walton Lane at the cross roads mentioned above.
Car parking is available in Stanley Park off Priory Road and Utting Avenue, approximately half-a-mile from Goodison Park.
Priory Road is a left turn at the traffic lights just prior to arrival at the stadium.
JOURNEY 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.
Bus numbers 19/19A, 20, 21 and 130 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 more information or visit www.nationalrail.co.uk
BBC Radio Merseyside broadcast at 95.8FM whilst Radio City are on 96.7FM.