The local authorities' attempts to bring the match forward from 5:30pm to an earlier kick-off were knocked back by the Premier League last month but they remain concerned about having adequate resources to deal with what they have categorised as a Category C fixture.
Merseyside Police subsequently withdrew a legal challenge against a late kick-off at Saturday's Premier League derby after Liverpool City Council had refused to amend Goodison Park's ground safety certificate to allow an earlier start. During discussions at South Sefton Magistrates' Court, Everton agreed to further segregation arrangements.
Police caution over the potential for drunk fans to cause trouble due to the extra time spent in pubs before the match have resulted in a number of lunchtime derbies in recent years, although the 4pm kick-off in 2009 passed without incident.
Deputy Chief Constable Andy Cooke said: "We have tried to do everything possible to get this situation resolved as quickly as possible.
"This was the first available opportunity, following our representations to the club, Premier League and Ground Safety Advisory Group, to appeal the decision in a bid to make sure that the game did not go ahead without unnecessary risk."
Mr Cooke said the force accepted any change to the kick-off time "at this stage" would cause "considerable inconvenience" for fans.
"Our request to move the kick-off time is in no way a reflection of the behaviour of fans from either club, as the majority of people who attend the games are genuine fans who go to enjoy the football and have a good time," he said.
Quotes sourced from BBC News
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1 Posted 02/02/2015 at 16:57:10
Haven’t the police got anything better to do......
2 Posted 02/02/2015 at 16:57:14
And intensity could be our only weapon this weekend. We’ve got nothing else to offer.
3 Posted 02/02/2015 at 17:46:09
And that’s nothing compared to the number of people who’ll already have made travel arrangements and bought tickets based on the original kick off time.
4 Posted 02/02/2015 at 18:08:59
5 Posted 02/02/2015 at 18:11:32
6 Posted 02/02/2015 at 18:18:09
7 Posted 02/02/2015 at 21:13:20
8 Posted 02/02/2015 at 21:32:07
9 Posted 02/02/2015 at 21:44:10
10 Posted 02/02/2015 at 21:02:07
And the police, with vastly reduced numbers, will be criticised for not handling this properly.
# 3 Robbie Cannon
Sorry about 6am wake up in Texas. A lot of us do that here anyway for away games.
# 6 Tony Draper
Please get another peg, apart from Everton Football Club, on which to hang this nonsense.
11 Posted 02/02/2015 at 23:39:11
There will be some trouble. There has been rivalry for the last couple of seasons between the regulars of a couple of pubs.
12 Posted 03/02/2015 at 08:39:36
13 Posted 03/02/2015 at 09:26:47
As for me, I'd rather have a 12:30 kick off.... less time waiting round all day stressing about what might happen. I'm sure an early kick off wouldn't affect 99% of the blues attending. As for atmosphere, don't agree that 5:30 would be any different than 12:30, it's what we make of it, not how pissed we may or may not be.
14 Posted 03/02/2015 at 11:15:59
15 Posted 03/02/2015 at 12:43:14
16 Posted 03/02/2015 at 14:27:27
At one point, he sends for the vicar, hoping the reverend will be able to perform an exorcism.
However when the vicar arrives and hears the request, he looks nervous and tells Rigsby "I'm not really keen, I mean we don't really know what we're dealing with here"
Rigsby is aghast - "I must say I'm very disappointed with your attitude vicar, I mean if I send for an electrician, I don't expect him to tell me he's worried about getting an electric shock."
Regarding Saturday's 5,30 kick-off, I've viewed the police in much the same way as as Rigsby saw the vicar.
In fact when I first heard of their concerns I got a mental picture of Charles Hawtrey in Carry On Sergeant giving it - '5.30? Oh I don't like the sound of that, there could be trouble'
They're the POLICE ffs, they should do their jobs and stop whining like a bunch of tarts (seriously - six foot with batons, mace and tazers, but crying 'cause it'll be dark and a few idiots will be pissed).
17 Posted 03/02/2015 at 15:09:57
18 Posted 03/02/2015 at 15:19:41
19 Posted 03/02/2015 at 15:35:04
20 Posted 03/02/2015 at 15:41:36
21 Posted 03/02/2015 at 15:40:51
That's even more of a worry if the trend continues - "Liverpool police to close everything at 5.00 p.m so they can sit at home in their bills watching Silent Witness."
22 Posted 03/02/2015 at 16:19:54
23 Posted 03/02/2015 at 16:35:43
Whether you love or hate the police, agree or disagree with them, the fact that Sky's overruled them and got THEIR way is scandalous.
24 Posted 03/02/2015 at 17:07:09
25 Posted 03/02/2015 at 18:14:47
so they are looking for more risk?
Send him back to school to learn English first!!
26 Posted 03/02/2015 at 18:56:00
27 Posted 03/02/2015 at 19:07:38
If they're struggling with a few drunken footy fans, fuck knows how they're going to cope at Aintree after the last race on Ladies Day
28 Posted 03/02/2015 at 19:41:48
29 Posted 03/02/2015 at 20:15:30
30 Posted 03/02/2015 at 20:35:07
Makes you wonder what all the fuss is about regarding Saturdays kick off time
31 Posted 03/02/2015 at 20:47:24
There was one ladies day when they did the best-dressed lady competition. They picked the winner, told her she'd won a VW Golf, asked her what she thought of the prize. She slurred,"Fucking hell, is that all, last year it was a fucking Jag!" Â— and promptly fell over.
32 Posted 03/02/2015 at 20:56:56
I think, if I lived to be a million years old, I would never side with The Police, but I think they will be more worried about the pubs around the ground and in the City Centre, rather than anything happening inside the ground.
33 Posted 03/02/2015 at 21:32:20
34 Posted 03/02/2015 at 22:16:45
Remember after the 'Battle of Everton Valley' after Rooney returned with Man Utd in the FA Cup for the first time. That game was live on TV and kicked off at I think 5:30 on a Saturday evening and for a good few seasons after, the game against Man UTD was always an early kick-off on the Saturday morning on 'Police advice'.
35 Posted 03/02/2015 at 22:42:30
36 Posted 04/02/2015 at 01:19:51
37 Posted 04/02/2015 at 20:52:45
38 Posted 07/02/2015 at 12:21:40
I’ve been on the kop in 1-2 derby games and my younger bro has been on Gwladys St as well, even tho with a clothes peg on our respective noses.
So the PC brigade is trying to destroy this historic fixture as well? Divvies.
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