Everton

Everton

Stadium Information

Stadium

Goodison Park

Address

Goodison Park
Goodison Road
Liverpool
L4 4EL

Club / stadium contact for disabled supporters

Name

Brendan Connolly

Telephone no.

0151 556 1878 or 0151 530 5396

Website address

Disabled Supporters Association

Name

EDSA-Steve Heneghan

Telephone

0151 286 9666

Email

edsa@blueyonder.co.uk

 

 

Accessibility Information

For UK minimum access standards for new and existing stadia and for good practice guidance please click here.

 

Getting There & Parking

 

48 spaces for Home disabled supporters in varied nearby locations. Annual permits for other disabled supporters available from Everton Disabled Supporters Association (EDSA). Access generally level. Trained EDSA stewards available.

 

National Rail have published links to the nearest stations to sporting venues including Everton see here for more information.

 

Level Playing Field have not verified the information given and we suggest that you contact the station direct if you have any access requirements.

Getting a Ticket

 

For information on purchasing a ticket please visit the Everton Website

Spectator Viewing areas

 

Home supporters have 86 spaces for wheelchair users available to them. 13 spaces for wheelchair users can be found in the away section for away supporters. Home supporters' spaces are in the Park End Stand (49), The Paddock (29) and Lower Gwladys Street Stand (7). Away supporters are in the Lower Visitors area in the Bullens Road Stand. All are pitchside with little cover. Personal Assistants sit either adjacent or behind. Places for ambulant disabled supporters are subject to availability in Park End Stand (home supporters only).

 

NB: Under existing minimum standards for accessible stadia, the club should have 207 wheelchair spaces (176 home and up to 31 away). 75% of these should be elevated positions and the remaining 25% pitchside.

 

LPF's view is that many disabled supporters should be able to access general seating areas and only those with specific needs eg those who require extra legroom, or access via aisle seats or who need step free access etc should be allocated seats in the dedicated areas.

 

Based on the above, the club therefore only meets 48% of the guidance and has a shortfall of 108 wheelchair spaces. They should be working on a plan to rectify this deficit within a reasonable timeframe under the auspices of a full independent Access Audit.

Accessible amenities

 

6 accessible toilets with 4 for home supporters and 2 for both away and home supporters are situated close to seating areas. Alarm cords and stewards are available. Dedicated catering facilities for disabled supporters close by in the Park End.

Accessible services & information

 

Audio commentary is available on 8 elevated and covered positions for home supporters only these are situated in Main Stand. 50 receivers are available for use anywhere in the stadium including the Visitors Area, to listen to in-house Everton FC commentary. Hospital Radio commentary is provided by Hospital Radio - see http://hrfn.co.uk/ for more details.

 

Updated November 2015.

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Jan

Match: Any available

Published: 6/4/2016

 

I would just like to correct the number of disabled bays quoted above. There are now 21 bays in Lower Gwladys Street. The issue for most wheelchair users is availability of Season Tickets. Understandably, there has to be some provision for those who cannot always guarantee good enough health to warrant buying one. There is a long waiting list for a Season Ticket and a rota system for allocating the 15 or so non-ST spaces. It isn't ideal. However, during the Winter months, there are times when our health dictates and the disabled areas can look deserted.This is when we have 99 bays.

I do wonder what the ground would look like if there were 207?? 

Hopefully, a new stadium may ensure that the disabled spaces are sheltered and more of us may be able to attend in foul weather.

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Martin McGeever

Match: Season Ticket Holder at Goodison Park (Various)

Published: 31/3/2016

 

My  gripe is at Brendan Connolly THe  Disability Liaison Officer at  Everton-My Son  who  has Cerebral  Palsy & is  Wheelchair Bound have been Season Ticket Holders approx 12  years -firstly in  the  Family  enclosure  &  latterly  in  the  Paddock.

We  have been unable  to  get a Disabled season Ticket  due  to  the fact that  we  were  told  that  there was a waiting list, for  years I  used  to  put  My  son's chair  in  the  Disabled toilets(until  We  were  told  we  could  no longer  do  this &  We had  to  leave  it  in  an area whereby  it  was  exposed  to the  elements)-I  then  had  to  piggy  back  My son  to  our  seats in  the  Family  enclosure (two rows  from  the  front).

When my  son became an  Adult We  had  to  move  to  the  Paddock-it  was then  that  we  tried to get a disabled Season ticket &  were  told  that  despite paying  for  two tickets for  a number  of  Years &  travelling a 400 mile  round  trip  for  each  home  game (the  only way  that  we  would  be  able to watch Everton  reguarly  was by  Stumping  up  again  for  two  tickets).

Alan Bowen  the  Stadium Manager very  kindly  helped locate  two  tickets  in  the  Paddock  for  My  Son &  I and  he  wheel's  his  chair to  a spot  just  in  front of  Our  Seats , Then  I  have  to  help  him  swivel  his  body  over  the  wall &  guide him  to  his  seat.

We  love Everton  &  We  were  caught  between a rock  &  a hard  place (almost  having  to  give  up  watching  them)- We  are  Penalised because we cannot  get tickets for away  games as My  Son would  need accessible seats, I have  recently been  in  touch  with  Brendan  Connolly  regarding  tickets for  watford away ( a fixture  that  is  right  on  Our  door step, and  was told  to  contact him  a couple of  days later- I  subsequently mailed him &  I have  mailed him  again enquiring  about accessible tickets For  the  semi final at  Wembley ( a week  has  gone  by  &  still  no  response!!)

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Vicki Cunningham

Match: Aston Villa

Published: 1/12/2015

 

My son uses a powerchair and sits in the wheelchair user spaces at the front of the Park End. At the last home match we were completely blocked from entering the stadium by a group of stewards, photographers and safety officers, who ignored us as we tried to get past. This isn’t a new thing, and happens most weeks. It is as if we weren’t even there and they just carried on their conversations. My son went to the toilet at half time and when we came back, there was stewards stood in his space talking with fans, meaning that he couldn’t get back in and the rest of the walkway was blocked off. It’s getting to the stage where I hate going to home matches because of the attitude of people. I understand the facilities in the stadium are not great but there is no excuse for a poor attitude. They are selfish and unconcerned, and it feels like they only do the job for a free match ticket.

 

I hate that my other three sons have to sit away from us and can’t enjoy the match alongside their brother. I’m sick of having to fight our way into a tiny toilet with no room for changing and sick of always knocking the bins off the wall to get to it because the corridor is too narrow. The accessible toilets at Goodison are appalling. I’m sick of getting wet all during the game, and I’m sick of pitchside adverts blocking our view.

 

Me and my sons love watching Everton but every time we enter the stadium it feels like we are travelling 30 years back. I will never stop fighting for my son because he shouldn’t have to settle for second best just because he uses a powerchair. I’ve been a season ticket holder for 35 years, it is just not acceptable how we are expected to just ‘cope’ with the situation on matchday.

 

I know things will need changing by 2017, but what happens with the here and now? I don't even know if my son will still be with us by 2017 and I will fight for his rights whilst he is still alive, and don't forget "a paying season ticket holder" just like everybody else!

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Fred Perry

Match: Aston Villa

Published: 23/11/2015

 

Hi was at the Everton v Aston Villa last Saturday and is sickened with the way the police and stewards treatment of a disabled fan by throwing them out 15 minutes into the second half if I was him I report it to the FA has he's did nothing wrong

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Anonymous

Match: Everton Away

Published: 2/6/2015

 

View of the pitch from the wheelchair user spaces

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Anonymous

Match: Everton Away

Published: 2/6/2015

 

Toilets in the away end at Goodison Park

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Anonymous

Match: Everton Away

Published: 2/6/2015

 

Spaces and companion seats in the away end

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Anonymous

Match: Everton Away

Published: 2/6/2015

 

Entrance to the toilets 

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Anonymous

Match: Everton Away

Published: 2/6/2015

 

Companion seats at Goodison Park

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Everton FC

Match: Mesage for Kev re Everton v Manchester United

Published: 15/3/2013

 

Kev- Linda from the Everton box office is trying to get back in touch with you regarding your comment left about this game and inviting you back to Goodison Park. Please get in touch with LPF at info@leveloplayingfield.org.uk or on 01244 893584 for more information and Linda's contact details. Many Thanks, LPF Admin

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Kev

Match: Everton V's Manchester United

Published: 29/11/2012

 

Having been a disillusioned Everton supporter and former employee for four and a half decades now I have lost interest in the lovely game that has lost its way and become dominated by money.

 

I am now disabled and finally had the chance to watch Everton at the beginning of the season against Manchester United, I paid the overpriced cost for a ticket but should not grumble as it did get me and my carer in for the price of one, or should I?

 

I was in the corner of the Park stand and Bullens road and I do mean right in the corner.   I spent the entire game sat behind a massive Sky camera on a swivel  whilst also having my view blocked by the handy cam guy on the touchline, stewards and police.   In all I saw most of the match on the big screens which is not what I paid my money for.

 

If I asked staff and the police once to move out of my way I eventually lost count.

 

When I contacted Everton I was informed that my seat was not an obstructed view as I was not prevented from seeing one or both the goal posts.

 

It seems to me that once they get your money little else matters.

 

I have not been to watch a match since and have no intention of doing so again.

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Gary Deards

Match: v. Reading - 2008

Published: 22/10/2008

 

Away wheelchair supporter positions. Below pitch level.

Not enough legroom for carers to sit comfortably behind.

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Chas Banks

Match: v. Man Utd 2004

Published: 22/10/2004

 

It's easy from Manchester, one hour at the most.

Parking
It's an old ground and set in backstreets, so very little parking available. Get there early and park on a nearby street using the blue badges is the best advice I can give you.

Entrance
It's tough to find without help, but the stewards were all excellent.

The Viewing Position
You are by the side of the pitch,in front of your own fans, but with a fence to protect you. You are so close you can almost reach out and touch the players, so the view is OK but it's difficult to see the far touchline.

If it rains you get wet, but as you are positioned at the side of the pitch, not behind the goals, your view can be blocked. Even the security guys have their own seats. Unless... the game is on TV and they have a steadycam operator running up and down in front of you completely blocking the view - see picture!

Price,Toilets & Catering
There are two disabled toilets at the end of the stand that have seen better days, but work ok.

Catering was impossible to access for me, but my helper found it ok.

It is a 2 for 1 reduced cost ticket. The stewards were excellent, very friendly and the view of the game was good. Especially if you like to hear the game as well as watch it! Overall, a good day out.

Marks
8/10

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