Before the seats went into the Gwladys St end, that was my patch. To go anywhere else in the ground was unthinkable. You rolled up in the general area, about three stanchions from the front and around the edge of the penalty area towards the Bullens Rd side and all your mates and some you weren?t too friendly with would be within earshot. Since then I?ve had season tickets for the Paddock and the lower Bullens. These were partly for a quick run to the car near Queens Drive at the end of the match.
The last couple of years have seen me just happy to get anywhere in the ground where we can get the three or four seats close together that I usually book. We tend to get stuck in the corners of the various stands and have had some pretty crap seats, often with restricted view for at least one of us. For the Brum game we were in the Bullens corner of Gwladys St and although the atmosphere was pretty good, and the place was rocking at the end of course, the view was crap.
So this is where I think we could start a thread of comments. I can now get a season ticket again and will start with a half ticket after Christmas. I?ll be getting whatever is available and for now it will be me on my lonesome. Reading this will be blues from all over the ground so the question is: What?s the best bit of Goodison and why? Likewise, which bits of the ground would you not want to be in? I know this may well be a totally irrelevant argument soon- and don?t want to go into that here but I thought it would be interesting. Are you an away fan baiter in the Park End corner or one of those supporters who like to look down on the big picture from the Top Balcony?
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1 Posted 06/11/2007 at 08:59:25
My grandad cant go any more, but I’m still in the park end, havent kept the same seats, but you cant beat it for me.
2 Posted 06/11/2007 at 09:10:38
3 Posted 06/11/2007 at 10:17:14
Currently in the main stand with various pillars blocking the veiw.
4 Posted 06/11/2007 at 10:45:22
Having said all that, my fave place is actually the bend between the Upper Gwladys and the Upper Bullens. That’s where I started in 72 and presuming we’ve only got three seasons left at the GOL I’m gonna jib my Park End ST for the final season and finish my Goodison days there. Dreading it. Good luck spec-hunting Mick.
5 Posted 06/11/2007 at 12:24:30
6 Posted 06/11/2007 at 11:59:45
This season I have been in Gwladys Street on three occasions, top balcony once and Upper Bullens once.
I have to say that I really enjoyed the vantage point from the top balcony of the main stand, though the atmosphere doesn’t come near the Gwladys St which has to be my favourite. However, I was disappointed with the Bullens Road side of the ground. As I have stated on other threads, I was lucky enough to be at the Brum game, but whilst it would never have ruined my enjoyment of a visit to GP, it was distinctly uncomfortable and the view was very restricted.
The back of the seat in front pressed against my shins even when sat as far back on my seat as possible. I spent most of the game in a standing/perched position as I could not bear to sit (fortunately being on the back row I could do this as I did not block anyone’s view). I had a pillar that from my view ran along the edge of the Gwladys St end penalty area and the TV gantry that meant anytime the ball went in the air I lost it. The concourse at the back was awful as well and is in itself an argument for a new stadium or major renovation. I will say one thing though, none of it mattered a toss when Carsley thrashed in the second goal! The Upper Bullens erupted and everyone went crazy!
So, despite the seat in front having the last laugh by leaving a 4" gash in my leg suffered while celebrating the winning goal, my conclusion would be that I would probably sit anywhere in GP, I’m just happy to be there at all. Would be nice to have a bit of leg room and completely unobstructed views.
It all depends what you’re after. If you want to be able to see the game unfold and watch the movement, then I would suggest the Top Balcony. But if you want atmos then I would say Gwladys St.
7 Posted 06/11/2007 at 13:03:31
Goodison is great for 25,000 people, but for the rest of us its a pretty bad..
Roll on Kirkby !!
8 Posted 06/11/2007 at 13:23:37
9 Posted 06/11/2007 at 13:21:08
That ’spec’ in Gwaladys St was mine for years too and it was full of characters. Happy days, even when we were crap. Loads of memories
10 Posted 06/11/2007 at 14:36:03
11 Posted 06/11/2007 at 15:06:18
12 Posted 06/11/2007 at 17:00:19
13 Posted 06/11/2007 at 20:30:27
14 Posted 07/11/2007 at 01:59:53
As a general POV I never really liked the Top Balcony (great view of the play but so far removed from the cut and thrust of the game). I used to prefer the top tier of the St End a lot but the sun often gets in your eyes for the first 30 minutes!!
If you can stand the possibly inclement conditions the Bullens Paddock is really close to the action. I?m only 8 rows back in the Lower Bullens tier and it?s not the best spot but it?s dry and there?s no pillar in my way!
I?ve never really liked the Park End - to me it?s too redolent of the visitors sections in days of yore!!
Perhaps you should take the tour when you view the free seats on offer and make your mind up!
15 Posted 07/11/2007 at 06:47:14
16 Posted 18/06/2008 at 13:05:19
Any advice? Ta!
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