How Do I Get There?
Aaaaah, a drive down to Merseyside for a midweek CARABAO Cup game - this is what dreams are really made of. Luckily, it’s a pretty simple journey down (until you inevitably get stuck in rush hour traffic on the M62).
Anyway, take the A19 and the A1 (M) until you hit junction 42 for the M62. Take this until you reach wonderful Liverpool where you exit onto Queens Drive and follow the signs for Goodison Park. There’s plenty of parking available at Stanley Park for £10.
For the Massive Lads Fans getting the train, jump off at Liverpool Lime Street and flag down a taxi to the ground - fares usually cost around £7. This is the easiest option as the Soccer Special bus situation is incredibly convoluted and, frankly, not worth it.
As always, the lovely people at A Love Supreme are running coaches direct from the Stadium of Light. Coaches depart at 1.30pm with fares costing £28. Book your place here.
Where Can I Get The Sesh Started?
One of the saving graces of a midweek trip to Everton is that you’re venturing to one of the best drinking cities in the UK. Liverpool seemingly lives inside its own micro-economic climate with a host of seriously cheap boozers dotted around Lime Street.
There is the obligatory Wetherspoons outlet of The Richard John Blackler, the knock-off Wetherspoons of The Crown Hotel and the betting shop vibes of The Blob Shop - all are ridiculously cheap. If, like me, you only drink in the finest establishments a city has to offer then get yourselves to The Ship & Mitre for a lovely German pilsner.
Nearer the ground is slim pickings, but the Thomas Frost Wetherspoons on Walton Road and Arkles near Anfield are both worth a shout.
I’m Staying Owa, Is There Owt To Do?
With this being a night match, it kind of torpedos any form of gig/comedy show/opera so you’ll have to make do with sampling the fine alehouses of this fair city until the sun comes up. It’s also Fresher’s Week in Liverpool - so there’s that I guess.
If you reach Goodison Park and decide that you don’t fancy the match after all then you could go see Micky Flanagan at the Echo Arena. Alternatively, you could soothe your hangover with an exhibition dedicated to Gerry and the Pacemakers at Pier Head. Barring that, go and stare at some Beatles’ memorabilia or summat.
Is The Ground Any Good?
One day they’re going to knock down Goodison Park and every away fan in the land will celebrate heartily. While it may be a wet dream for the footballing purest, I utterly detest Everton’s home ground, and have done for as long as I can remember.
If you like wooden seats, cramped concourses, obstructing pillars and a genuinely terrible view of the pitch - you will LOVE Goodison Park. If you don’t, then you’re in for a long evening, combined with the fact that we’ll probably get absolutely mullered - it has never been a ground to look forward to visiting.