I married a Kiwi and have lived in New Zealand for the last 25 years. ToffeeWeb has always been my lifeline for daily EFC news. I read pretty much every article and most of the comments although I don't contribute too often.

My dad took me to my first game at Goodison when I was 7. As he was a chippie, he made me this cool little fold-out ladder which we leant against the front wall in the Bullens Road paddock. Even standing on the top step, my head just about cleared the top of the wall, so my memories from back then are of white socks running past my face, and a guy not far behind us who screamed 'Get a grip, Everton!' at the top of his voice, at least 20 times every game!

I'm now 56, and as the old lady is soon to be decommissioned, and Goodison Park, along with some of my best memories, will be confined to history for ever more, I've decided it's now or never and am about to book flights to come home to see a game or two this season, 50 years after my first visit.

I don't have many contacts back home any more, and am hoping my fellow ToffeeWebbers can give me a bit of guidance re buying tickets in advance, and arranging Airbnb accommodation, preferably with Blues supporters of course. I'll be in town in mid-December and am hoping to get to both of the back-to-back games on 16th (Swansea) and 23rd (Chelsea). Any help you guys can give me would be very much appreciated. I'm getting excited already. COYB.

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Paul Hughes
1 Posted 26/07/2017 at 10:05:21
Hi Paul, I'll kick off. To get tickets your best bet will be to get an International Membership, which should allow you to get tickets before they go on general sale. I'd expect every Premier League game to be a complete sell-out this season.

The alternative, particularly for the Chelsea game, will be the 'second hand' ticket scheme operated via StubHub. I'd imagine that there may be a number of season ticket holders who will be unwillingly dragged to the wrong end of the country for Christmas, and will want to offload their tickets.

No idea on Airbnb, I'm afraid, I'm a bit of a technical Luddite.

Keith Edmunds
2 Posted 27/07/2017 at 04:57:46
We visited from Australia last year. As we wanted to book early and needed certainty of tickets, we paid the premium and went with Thomas Cook. All went well, the tickets weren't the best, up near the back of the main stand, but on the half-way line.

You have to have at least one night at a Thomas Cook hotel as part of the package, and we chose Albert Dock the night before the game which we were happy with.

We transferred the following morning to the Orrell Park Hotel which was good value with safe parking and walking distance (for us) to the game. Stayed there the night after the game.

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