Toon Scrape Point At Goodison

Last updated : 27 September 2013 By Footy Mad - Editor



24. Tim Howard
2. Tony Hibbert
6. Phil Jagielka
15. Sylvain Distin
3. Leighton Baines
18. Phil Neville
21. Leon Osman
22. Steven Pienaar
25. Marouane Fellaini
11. Kevin Mirallas 83'
7. Nikica Jelavic 44'
1. Jan Mucha
5. John Heitinga
14. Steven Naismith 83'
19. Magaye Gueye
23. Seamus Coleman
28. Victor Anichebe 44'
34. Shane Duffy


37. Steve Harper
14. James Perch
27. Steven Taylor
6. Mike Williamson
3. Davide Santon
4. Yohan Cabaye 90+3'
8. Vurnon Anita
18. Jonas Gutierrez
22. Sylvain Marveaux 46'
9. Papiss Cisse 80'
10. Hatem Ben Arfa
21. Rob Elliot
15. Dan Gosling
19. Demba Ba 46'
20. Gael Bigirimana 90+3'
23. Shola Ameobi 80'
25. Gabriel Obertan
34. James Tavernier

Everton justifiably felt aggrieved after having two goals controversially ruled out before Newcastle snatched a late draw.

Substitute Victor Anichebe, whose earlier header had appeared to cross the line but was not given, thought he had won it three minutes from time but Demba Ba scored his second of the night even later.

Leighton Baines had put the hosts ahead in the 15th minute only for Ba to score with virtually his first touch after coming on at half-time.

Marouane Fellaini's effort was ruled out on a questionable offside decision before Anichebe's disallowed goal added to the controversy.

While the post-match discussion was all about technology and officials' decisions, understandably the pre-match focus was on recognising the fight of Hillsborough campaigners in their battle for justice after the publication of last week's independent report.

The club's approach was pitched perfectly as, in addition to two mascots wearing an Everton number nine shirt and a Liverpool top with the number 6 and ball boys bearing the number 96, the names of all victims of the disaster scrolled across Goodison's television screen accompanied by the Hollies' 'He Ain't Heavy...He's My Brother'.

David Moyes, in his programme notes, had summed up the feeling on Merseyside by writing: "I and everyone at Everton stands alongside the Hillsborough families.

"I am a football supporter and a father and I applaud the families who continued to fight for the ones they loved.

"The outcome (of the findings of the independent panel) was nothing short of disgraceful.

"We have all been brought up to believe and trust in authority...the authorities who were responsible for the safety of supporters that day let themselves down."

But while Everton stand side-by-side by their neighbours in relation to Hillsborough they are pulling away from them in the table.

A draw extended the gap over 17th-placed Liverpool, whom they finished above last season, to five points.

They have been imperious at home in the last six months and that was reflected in a one-sided first half.

Magpies boss Alan Pardew, serving the first of a two-match touchline ban for shoving assistant Peter Kirkup on the opening day against Tottenham, must have run up a hefty bill trying to correct matters on the phone to coach Steve Stone, his go-between with John Carver in the dug out.

Nikica Jelavic had an early goal disallowed for offside but it set the tempo and when the breakthrough came in the 15th minute it was no more than the hosts deserved.

A 17-pass move merely reflected the Toffees' dominance as Baines raced onto a clever backheel from Steven Pienaar to fire past Steve Harper, in for the injured Tim Krul.

Kevin Mirallas, the £6million summer signing impressing on his first league start, had a couple of good chances while Phil Jagielka shaved the post with a volley from Jelavic's lay-off.

However, Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse should have at least tested Tim Howard with a volley after Phil Neville's poor headed clearance of a free-kick while Leon Osman was indebted to Baines' goalline clearance to prevent the equaliser.

The loss of Croatia international Jelavic with a knee injury just before the interval was a blow to Everton but not as much as Ba's equaliser just after the break.

Within four minutes of being introduced the half-time substitute hit a low shot past Howard after Yohan Cabaye robbed Osman and rolled a perfectly-weighted diagonal pass into his path.

It was the first goal scored by an opposition player at Goodison Park since Thomas Vermaelen's winner for Arsenal on March 21, a run of 11 hours and 11 minutes.

Harper's sportsmanship did Victor Anichebe a favour when he made little of the forward's late sliding challenge, intimating to referee Michael Jones he did not have an issue with the tackle.

Marouane Fellaini had a goal ruled out for offside, a decision which was marginal at best, but only goalline technology - which does not come in until next season - could have assisted Jones with his next decision as Anichebe's header tipped onto the crossbar by Harper appeared to bounce down over the line before Mike Williamson cleared.

Anichebe left no room for doubt three minutes from time when he turned in the penalty area to fire home but Everton's celebrations were short-lived when Ba latched on to Shola Ameobi's knockdown to roll a shot under Howard.


2012/2013    Wed 02 Jan    Newcastle Utd.    1 - 2    Everton    Premier League  
Mon 17 Sep    Everton    2 - 2    Newcastle Utd.    Premier League  
2011/2012    Sun 13 May    Everton    3 - 1    Newcastle Utd.    Premier League  
Sat 05 Nov    Newcastle Utd.    2 - 1    Everton    Premier League  
2010/2011    Sat 05 Mar    Newcastle Utd.    1 - 2    Everton    Premier League  
Sat 18 Sep    Everton    0 - 1    Newcastle Utd.    Premier League  
2008/2009    Sun 22 Feb    Newcastle Utd.    0 - 0    Everton    Premier League  
Sun 05 Oct    Everton    2 - 2    Newcastle Utd.    Premier League  
2007/2008    Sun 11 May    Everton    3 - 1    Newcastle Utd.    Premier League  
Sun 07 Oct    Newcastle Utd.    3 - 2    Everton    Premier League  
2006/2007    Sat 30 Dec    Everton    3 - 0    Newcastle Utd.    Premiership  
Sun 24 Sep    Newcastle Utd.    1 - 1    Everton    Premiership  
2005/2006    Sat 25 Feb    Newcastle Utd.    2 - 0    Everton    Premiership  
Sun 27 Nov    Everton    1 - 0    Newcastle Utd.    Premiership  
2004/2005    Sat 07 May    Everton    2 - 0    Newcastle Utd.    Premiership  
Sun 28 Nov    Newcastle Utd.    1 - 1    Everton    Premiership  
2003/2004    Sat 03 Apr    Newcastle Utd.    4 - 2    Everton    Premiership  
Sat 13 Sep    Everton    2 - 2    Newcastle Utd.    Premiership  
2002/2003    Sun 06 Apr    Everton    2 - 1    Newcastle Utd.    Premiership  
Sun 01 Dec    Newcastle Utd.    2 - 1    Everton    Premiership  
Wed 06 Nov    Newcastle Utd.    3 - 3    Everton    League Cup  
after extra time, 90 minutes 2-2, Everton won 3-2 on penalties
2001/2002    Fri 29 Mar    Newcastle Utd.    6 - 2    Everton    Premiership  
Sat 27 Oct    Everton    1 - 3    Newcastle Utd.    Premiership  
2000/2001    Sat 03 Mar    Everton    1 - 1    Newcastle Utd.    Premiership  
Sat 21 Oct    Newcastle Utd.    0 - 1    Everton    Premiership  
1999/2000    Sun 19 Mar    Everton    0 - 2    Newcastle Utd.    Premiership  
Mon 08 Nov    Newcastle Utd.    1 - 1    Everton    Premiership  
1998/1999    Sat 17 Apr    Newcastle Utd.    1 - 3    Everton    Premiership  
Sun 07 Mar    Newcastle Utd.    4 - 1    Everton    F.A. Cup  
Mon 23 Nov    Everton    1 - 0    Newcastle Utd.    Premiership  
1997/1998    Sat 28 Feb    Everton    0 - 0    Newcastle Utd.    Premiership  
Sun 04 Jan    Everton    0 - 1    Newcastle Utd.    F.A. Cup  
Wed 24 Sep    Newcastle Utd.    1 - 0    Everton    Premiership  
1996/1997    Wed 29 Jan    Newcastle Utd.    4 - 1    Everton    Premiership  
Sat 17 Aug    Everton    2 - 0    Newcastle Utd.    Premiership  
1995/1996    Sat 16 Dec    Newcastle Utd.    1 - 0    Everton    Premiership  
Sun 01 Oct    Everton    1 - 3    Newcastle Utd.    Premiership  
1994/1995    Fri 14 Apr    Everton    2 - 0    Newcastle Utd.    Premiership  
Sun 12 Mar    Everton    1 - 0    Newcastle Utd.    F.A. Cup  
Wed 01 Feb    Newcastle Utd.    2 - 0    Everton    Premiership  
1993/1994    Sat 18 Dec    Everton    0 - 2    Newcastle Utd.    Premiership  
Wed 25 Aug    Newcastle Utd.    1 - 0    Everton    Premiership  
1988/1989    Wed 22 Mar    Newcastle Utd.    2 - 0    Everton    First Division  
Sat 27 Aug    Everton    4 - 0    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
1987/1988    Sat 05 Mar    Everton    1 - 0    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
Sat 17 Oct    Newcastle Utd.    1 - 1    Everton    First Division  
1986/1987    Mon 20 Apr    Everton    3 - 0    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
Fri 26 Dec    Newcastle Utd.    0 - 4    Everton    First Division  
1985/1986    Sat 29 Mar    Everton    1 - 0    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
Wed 01 Jan    Newcastle Utd.    2 - 2    Everton    First Division  
1984/1985    Sat 12 Jan    Everton    4 - 0    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
Sat 15 Sep    Newcastle Utd.    2 - 3    Everton    First Division  
1977/1978    Fri 24 Mar    Newcastle Utd.    0 - 2    Everton    First Division  
Sat 29 Oct    Everton    4 - 4    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
1976/1977    Tue 24 May    Everton    2 - 0    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
Wed 24 Nov    Newcastle Utd.    4 - 1    Everton    First Division  
1975/1976    Sat 10 Jan    Newcastle Utd.    5 - 0    Everton    First Division  
Sat 13 Sep    Everton    3 - 0    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
1974/1975    Sat 12 Apr    Newcastle Utd.    0 - 1    Everton    First Division  
Sat 05 Oct    Everton    1 - 1    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
1973/1974    Sat 06 Apr    Newcastle Utd.    2 - 1    Everton    First Division  
Sat 24 Nov    Everton    1 - 1    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
1972/1973    Wed 25 Apr    Newcastle Utd.    0 - 0    Everton    First Division  
Sat 30 Sep    Everton    3 - 1    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
1971/1972    Sat 19 Feb    Newcastle Utd.    0 - 0    Everton    First Division  
Sat 30 Oct    Everton    1 - 0    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
1970/1971    Thu 18 Mar    Newcastle Utd.    2 - 1    Everton    First Division  
Sat 24 Oct    Everton    3 - 1    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
1969/1970    Sat 24 Jan    Everton    0 - 0    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
Wed 17 Sep    Newcastle Utd.    1 - 2    Everton    First Division  
1968/1969    Mon 14 Apr    Everton    1 - 1    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
Sat 24 Aug    Newcastle Utd.    0 - 0    Everton    First Division  
1967/1968    Sat 23 Mar    Everton    1 - 0    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
Sat 28 Oct    Newcastle Utd.    1 - 0    Everton    First Division  
1966/1967    Sat 11 Feb    Newcastle Utd.    0 - 3    Everton    First Division  
Sat 01 Oct    Everton    1 - 1    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
1965/1966    Mon 11 Apr    Everton    1 - 0    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
Fri 08 Apr    Newcastle Utd.    0 - 0    Everton    First Division  
1960/1961    Sat 08 Apr    Newcastle Utd.    0 - 4    Everton    First Division  
Sat 19 Nov    Everton    5 - 0    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
1959/1960    Fri 25 Mar    Everton    1 - 2    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
Sat 07 Nov    Newcastle Utd.    8 - 2    Everton    First Division  
1958/1959    Sat 03 Jan    Newcastle Utd.    4 - 0    Everton    First Division  
Sat 30 Aug    Everton    0 - 2    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
1957/1958    Sat 22 Feb    Everton    1 - 2    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
Sat 12 Oct    Newcastle Utd.    2 - 3    Everton    First Division  
1956/1957    Sat 30 Mar    Everton    2 - 1    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
Sat 17 Nov    Newcastle Utd.    0 - 0    Everton    First Division  
1955/1956    Sat 11 Feb    Everton    0 - 0    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
Sat 01 Oct    Newcastle Utd.    1 - 2    Everton    First Division  
1954/1955    Mon 11 Apr    Newcastle Utd.    4 - 0    Everton    First Division  
Fri 08 Apr    Everton    1 - 2    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
1950/1951    Sat 23 Dec    Everton    3 - 1    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
Sat 26 Aug    Newcastle Utd.    1 - 1    Everton    First Division  
1949/1950    Wed 31 Aug    Newcastle Utd.    4 - 0    Everton    First Division  
Wed 24 Aug    Everton    2 - 1    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
1948/1949    Sat 18 Dec    Newcastle Utd.    1 - 0    Everton    First Division  
Sat 21 Aug    Everton    3 - 3    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
1933/1934    Tue 26 Dec    Everton    3 - 7    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
Mon 25 Dec    Newcastle Utd.    1 - 2    Everton    First Division  
1932/1933    Wed 05 Apr    Everton    0 - 0    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
Sat 05 Nov    Newcastle Utd.    1 - 2    Everton    First Division  
1931/1932    Wed 04 May    Newcastle Utd.    0 - 0    Everton    First Division  
Sat 31 Oct    Everton    8 - 1    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
1929/1930    Sat 08 Mar    Newcastle Utd.    1 - 0    Everton    First Division  
Sat 02 Nov    Everton    5 - 2    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
1928/1929    Sat 04 May    Newcastle Utd.    2 - 0    Everton    First Division  
Sat 22 Dec    Everton    5 - 2    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
1927/1928    Wed 18 Apr    Everton    3 - 0    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
Sat 17 Sep    Newcastle Utd.    2 - 2    Everton    First Division  
1926/1927    Sat 05 Mar    Newcastle Utd.    7 - 3    Everton    First Division  
Sat 16 Oct    Everton    1 - 3    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
1925/1926    Sat 24 Apr    Everton    3 - 0    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
Sat 12 Dec    Newcastle Utd.    3 - 3    Everton    First Division  
1924/1925    Fri 26 Dec    Newcastle Utd.    1 - 1    Everton    First Division  
Thu 25 Dec    Everton    0 - 1    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
1923/1924    Wed 02 Apr    Newcastle Utd.    3 - 1    Everton    First Division  
Sat 01 Mar    Everton    2 - 2    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
1922/1923    Sat 02 Sep    Everton    3 - 2    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
Sat 26 Aug    Newcastle Utd.    2 - 0    Everton    First Division  
1921/1922    Wed 07 Sep    Everton    2 - 3    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
Wed 31 Aug    Newcastle Utd.    3 - 0    Everton    First Division  
1920/1921    Wed 08 Sep    Newcastle Utd.    2 - 0    Everton    First Division  
Wed 01 Sep    Everton    3 - 1    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
1919/1920    Wed 11 Feb    Newcastle Utd.    3 - 0    Everton    First Division  
Sat 24 Jan    Everton    4 - 0    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
1914/1915    Sat 02 Jan    Everton    3 - 0    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
Sat 05 Sep    Newcastle Utd.    0 - 1    Everton    First Division  
1913/1914    Sat 03 Jan    Everton    2 - 0    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
Sat 13 Sep    Newcastle Utd.    0 - 1    Everton    First Division  
1912/1913    Sat 01 Mar    Newcastle Utd.    2 - 0    Everton    First Division  
Sat 26 Oct    Everton    0 - 6    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
1911/1912    Sat 30 Sep    Everton    2 - 0    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
Wed 06 Sep    Newcastle Utd.    2 - 0    Everton    First Division  
1910/1911    Mon 02 Jan    Everton    1 - 5    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
Mon 26 Dec    Newcastle Utd.    1 - 0    Everton    First Division  
1909/1910    Sat 25 Sep    Newcastle Utd.    1 - 2    Everton    First Division  
Mon 06 Sep    Everton    1 - 4    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
1908/1909    Mon 12 Apr    Newcastle Utd.    3 - 0    Everton    First Division  
Fri 01 Jan    Everton    0 - 1    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
1907/1908    Sat 04 Apr    Everton    2 - 0    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
Sat 07 Dec    Newcastle Utd.    2 - 1    Everton    First Division  
1906/1907    Sat 19 Jan    Everton    3 - 0    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
Sat 15 Sep    Newcastle Utd.    1 - 0    Everton    First Division  
1905/1906    Sat 20 Jan    Newcastle Utd.    4 - 2    Everton    First Division  
Sat 16 Sep    Everton    1 - 2    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
1904/1905    Sat 14 Jan    Everton    2 - 1    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
Sat 17 Sep    Newcastle Utd.    3 - 2    Everton    First Division  
1903/1904    Sat 16 Jan    Newcastle Utd.    1 - 0    Everton    First Division  
Sat 19 Sep    Everton    4 - 1    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
1902/1903    Wed 01 Apr    Newcastle Utd.    3 - 0    Everton    First Division  
Sat 13 Sep    Everton    0 - 1    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
1901/1902    Sat 18 Jan    Newcastle Utd.    1 - 1    Everton    First Division  
Sat 21 Sep    Everton    0 - 0    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
1900/1901    Mon 08 Apr    Everton    0 - 1    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
Sat 29 Sep    Newcastle Utd.    1 - 0    Everton    First Division  
1899/1900    Sat 06 Jan    Everton    3 - 2    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  
Sat 09 Sep    Newcastle Utd.    2 - 0    Everton    First Division  
1898/1899    Sat 07 Jan    Newcastle Utd.    2 - 2    Everton    First Division  
Sat 10 Sep    Everton    3 - 0    Newcastle Utd.    First Division  


What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?

Away fans are located in one corner of the two tiered, Bullens Road Stand, which is at the side of the pitch, where just over 3,000 away fans can be accommodated. If a small following is expected, then only the lower tier is allocated, which holds 1,700. For larger followings the upper tier is also made available. If you can, try to avoid getting get tickets for the rear sections of both the upper and lower tiers, as the view can be quite poor. For example, in the rear of the lower tier there are a number of supporting pillars that can hinder your view, the seating is of the old wooden type and the gap between rows is tight. The front of the lower tier is a lot better having newer seats and no supporting pillars to contend with. The rear of the upper tier also has problems as Neil Theasby a visiting Hull City supporter informs me; 'Our seats were on the very back Row S and the view was awful! There were two obscuring pillars but worse than that the angle of the roof meant that you couldn't see the video screen and the view of the opposite touchline was also partly obscured'.
The facilities within the stand are basic and it is really showing its age (it was first opened in 1926). However, away fans can generate some noise from this area, making for a great atmosphere. The catering from the small concourse area, includes amongst other things; a Scouse Pie (£2.30), Steak Pie (£2.50), Cheese and Onion Pie (£2.30), plus Sausage Rolls (£2.30). They also offer a huge meat pie for £3, which is the size of a small plate, but I wasn't particularly impressed as it seemed to be more pastry than anything else. Lager is available from the sponsors Chang at £3.60 for a 600ml bottle, plus bitter at £3 for a 500ml bottle and even small bottles of white wine are on offer at £3.70. Please note though that the club stop serving alcohol 15 minutes before kick off and the queues at half time can get pretty horrendous.

I have enjoyed a number of good days out at Goodison. The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly, with both sets of fans mixing freely before the game. Neil Thompson a visiting Preston supporter adds; 'The stewards inside the ground were superb and the best I have seen at any ground. They just ran things with a sensible head and communicated with people, first class. There are lot of grounds that can learn from the Everton stewarding'. The Club have automatic turnstiles, meaning that you have to insert your ticket into a bar code reader to gain admittance.

On a poignant note, if you do happen to notice some flowers lying around the perimeter of the pitch, this is because the ashes of a number of supporters (over 800) have been interred around it.

Where To Drink?

About a 15 minute walk away from the visiting supporters entrance, is the Thomas Frost pub on Walton Road. This Wetherspoon outlet, is a fair sized pub, that had a good mixture of home and away supporters, when I last visited. Rob Elmour adds; 'We found the Thomas Frost on Walton Road packed out, so we tried the Bradleys Wine Bar, which is just further down and across the road. It was very good. not a wine bar at all but a proper family run local with a good selection of beers including some real ales. Good mix of fans all very friendly.' More information can be found on the Bradleys Wine Bar website. Peter Bennett suggests the following; 'Pubs on Walton Lane or The Spellow outside Goodison are recommended.'

Tom Hughes adds 'The city centre is usually the best bet for a pre-match drink, There are hundreds of pubs available ranging from designer types to real-ale and saw dust bars. Near Lime Street Station there is the big house (the Vines) next to the Adelphi which is worth a visit. Nearer Goodison 'The Hermitage' (a friendly pub, 5/10 minutes walk up Walton Lane and under the bridge) on Queens Drive is also okay'.

There is a Wetherspoons across the road from Lime Street Station, plus at the station itself, is the Head of Steam, which is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and also has a large screen showing sporting events. Also, the nearby Crown pub also recommended to me. Alcohol is served in the away section of the ground, including beer from the Club's sponsors Chang.

How To Get There And Where To Park

Follow the M62 until you reach the end of the motorway (beware of a 50mph speed camera about a 1/4 of a mile from the end of the motorway). Then follow the A5058 towards Liverpool. After three miles turn left at the traffic lights into Utting Avenue (there is a McDonalds on the corner of this junction). Proceed for one mile and then turn right at the corner of Stanley Park into Priory Road. Goodison is at the end of this road.

If you arrive early (around 1pm) then there is street parking to be found around Walton Lane. Otherwise park over towards Anfield or in Stanley Park itself (the entrance to the car park which costs £8, is in Priory Road). Randy Coldham adds; 'If you approach from the M57 (to join the M57, leave the M62 at Junction 6), and then leave the M57 at Junction 4. Take the A580 towards Liverpool, and on the the right you will reach the Walton Lifestyles Sports Centre (L4 9XP) where you can park for £5. It is then a 15 minute walk to the ground with a very good Chinese Chippy on the way. By parking there you are well away from the traffics jams that you tend to get at Stanley Park after the match and only a five minute drive from the motorway system.

Post Code for SAT NAV: L4 4EL

By Train

Kirkdale station is the closest to the ground (just under a mile away). However, it may be more advisable to go to Sandhills Station as this has the benefit of a bus service to the ground, which runs for a couple of hours before the game and around 50 minutes after the final whistle. The bus drops you off within easy walking distance of Goodison.

Gary Beaumont adds; 'The best route for away fans from the city centre if they want to use public transport is definitely the Merseyrail Northern Line to Sandhills where they alight and catch the special Soccerbuses; trains can be caught from Liverpool Central.  If fans are buying their train tickets in Liverpool, ask for a return to Goodison Park as opposed to Sandhills even though that's where you're getting off.  The advantage of doing this is that the train ticket is valid also for the Soccerbus and the additional fare is only £1 return as opposed to £2 that you'd have to pay on the bus if you only bought your ticket to Sandhills. Both Sandhills & Kirkdale stations and can be reached by first getting a train from Liverpool Lime Street to Liverpool Central and then changing there for Kirkdale. Patrick Burke adds; 'Although I would recommend using the Soccerbus to get to the ground, afterwards you may wish to look at alternatives, such as grabbing a taxi into Liverpool, or walking to Kirkdale railway station. This is because the Soccerbus is normally very cramped after the game, plus you may have to wait sometime to get on a bus (up to half an hour if there is a big queue) and it can then take 20 minutes or so for the bus to make its way from the ground'.

On exiting from Kirkdale Station turn right and then cross the railway bridge, you will see a pub opposite called the 'Melrose Abbey', which is a recommended watering hole. Walk up Westminster Road, alongside the pub, for about 400yds and you'll see the Elm Tree pub. Turn left at the pub into Goodall Street and walk up to end of the road, crossing the junction with Carisbrooke Road and into Harlech Street. At the end of Harlech Street you will reach the main County Road (A59). Cross over County Road at the traffic lights and then proceed down Andrew Street. At the top of Andrew Street you can see St Lukes Church sat in the corner of the ground.

The main railway station in Liverpool is Lime Street which is over three miles from the ground and is really too far to walk (although it is mostly downhill on the way back to the station), so either head for Kirkdale station or jump in a taxi (about £8). Otherwise you can catch various buses from the bus station which is seven minutes walk away from Lime Street and is well signposted. Either the 19, 19a, 20, 21 or 311 will drop you right outside the ground at a cost of about £1.80. The buses are run by Arriva and the journey takes about 15 to 25 minutes dependant on traffic.

Thanks to Geoff Barnes for providing the directions from Kirkdale Station.

Remember if travelling by train then you can save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the thetrainline website to see how much you can save.

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Krul, Debuchy (86' Tiote), Yanga-Mbiwa, Coloccini, Santon, Cabaye (62' Gouffran), Anita, Sissoko, Ben Arfa, Cisse (73' Marveaux), Remy
Subs: Williamson, Elliot, Sammy Ameobi, Dummett

ASTON VILLA 1 NEWCASTLE 2 (Ben Arfra, Gouffran)
Krul, Debuchy, Coloccini, Yanga-Mbiwa, Santon, Anita (74' Tiote), Cabaye (88' Sammy Ameobi), Ben Arfa, Sissoko, Remy (63' Gouffran), Cisse
Subs: Elliot, Marveaux, S Taylor, Dummett

Krul, Debuchy, Yanga-Mbiwa, Coloccini, Santon, Ben Arfa, Sissoko, Anita 65' (Cabaye), Marveaux 74' (Remy), Shola Ameobi 65' (Gouffran), Cisse
Subs: Gosling, Elliot, Sammy Ameobi, Dummett

Krul, Debuchy, Yanga-Mbiwa, Coloccini, Santon, Ben Arfa, Sissoko, Anita, Marveaux 66' (Sammy Ameobi), Shola Ameobi, Cisse 72'
Subs: Gosling, Bigirimana, Elliot, Vuckic, Dummett

Krul, Debuchy, Coloccini, S Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa, Sissoko, Tiote, Gouffran 45+4' (Dummett), Ben Arfa 65' (Sammy Ameobi), Gutierrez 44' (Anita), Cisse
Subs: Elliot, Marveaux, Shola Ameobi, Obertan


Krul, Debuchy, Williamson, Coloccini, Dummett, Gouffran (90' Vuckic), Anita (80' Gosling), Tiote, Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Cisse (71' Obertan).
Subs: Ben Arfa, Yanga-Mbiwa, Bigirimana, Alnwick

MORECAMBE 0 NEWCASTLE 2 (Shola Ameobi, Sammy Ameobi)
Elliot, Debuchy, Yanga-Mbiwa, Good, Dummett, Bigirimana, Gosling, Marveaux 88' (Sissoko), Vuckic 46' (Shola Ameobi), Sammy Ameobi, Gouffran 71' (Ben Arfa)
Subs: Santon, Anita, Alnwick, Streete