I’ve been driving to Goodison every other week for 11 years now, and having now been to plenty of other grounds, it can’t really be beaten for parking. (Well…maybe matched by Anfield of course!) Stanley Park car park is pricey and takes an eternity to get out of but is always available. For a few seasons, I parked at North Liverpool Academy, just around the corner from Stanley Park on Utting Avenue, but the school has now closed. Car park is still there but a bit pricey. There is a fair bit of free parking on Cherry Lane (though check the signs, as it is mixed in with residents parking) if you get there early enough. Quick getting away too.
Outside the Park End against Arsenal, 2004
Food & Drink
Another habit I’ve had to change lately! Got chips and gravy from the Dug Out on Goodison Road every week for years, but it shut down a while ago. Worked my way up the other Goodison Road chippies at each game to find a new favourite, and Ive found it at last! Chips and curry, or chips and gravy from the Goodison Supper Bar across the street from the church…you will not be disappointed! The Dug Out has now reopened, but sadly the Goodison Supper Bar stole me away during it’s brief hiatus! As a result of such fine offerings outside the ground, I haven’t ate inside the ground for a couple of seasons. There is a decent chippy/ cafe on County Road too if you cut through the side street opposite the corner of the Main Stand and Gwladys Street.
As for pubs, despite the closure of the Blue House a few years ago, you will still struggle not to get a drink outside Goodison. The Spellow and the Winslow are just outside the ground and always fine for away fans, or you have the choice of literally hundreds on County Road five minutes away…the Royal Oak is the only one awayers are advised to stay away from, but even then, there are never problems there unless its a rival.
The Gwladys Street celebrates a Derby victory, 2010