Ružomberok home leg sold out

Monday, 24 July, 2017 59comments  |  Jump to most recent
Everton's Europa League third qualifying round first leg fixture against MFK Ružomberok on Thursday is now sold out, the club have announced.

The Blues will kick off their European campaign at 8.05pm in front of a full house, the first of many expected this coming season.  

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Brian Williams
1 Posted 24/07/2017 at 15:54:19
Fully expected a sell-out. Atmosphere will be great!
Shane Corcoran
2 Posted 24/07/2017 at 15:57:47
Is it on the box anywhere?
Tony Hill
3 Posted 24/07/2017 at 16:01:07
ITV4 Shane, I believe.
Dave Abrahams
4 Posted 24/07/2017 at 16:01:17
Shane, it is on ITV4 in England and it could also be on BT as they have had the rights to European football recently.
John G Davies
5 Posted 24/07/2017 at 16:19:48
A sign of the optimism and enthusiasm flowing through our club.
Mr Mosh and Ronald, the makings of a great partnership.
Chris Williams
6 Posted 24/07/2017 at 16:40:36
It's quite a feat for a televised match which is a qualifier.

I don't recall this happening in previous campaigns so early on.

Should be a great atmosphere and I'm looking forward to it. Should be good for the new players too.

Michael Kenrick
7 Posted 24/07/2017 at 16:52:47
Absolutely right, John. I think this is incredible – a real indication, if any was wanted, for the seismic shift from previous regimes.

One of the things I have always pondered with Everton fans is: Why the lack of interest in European games?

Thu 12 Mar 2015 Dynamo Kyiv (H) 26,150
Thu 26 Feb 2015 BSC Young Boys (H) 25,058
Thu 11 Dec 2014 FK Krasnodar (H) 20,260
Thu 6 Nov 2014 LOSC Lille (H) 28,844
Thu 18 Sep 2015 VfL Wolfsburg (H) 29,593

Finally, Blues are saying Yes in the biggest way possible, and filling Goodison Park for this vitally important game against effectively unknown opponents. A tremendous backing where it matters for Koeman and his new signings!!!

Tom Bowers
8 Posted 24/07/2017 at 16:56:41
The ''new'' boys at the helm deserve the credit for this.

Moshiri and Koeman have shown that they are go-getters and this sell out against a no-name team is indicative of the new found optimism.

All we can do now is wait and see what happens on the field.

John G Davies
9 Posted 24/07/2017 at 16:57:36
Agree Michael. The fans are buying into this new regime big time.

We could not break the 30,000 barrier for the games you mention, all group games as well. To sell out a qualifier 4 days before the game is a sign of the times.

Charlie Lloyd
10 Posted 24/07/2017 at 17:01:14
To sell out at this stage with it televised as well is some achievement that mustn't go without credit to the fans.

Surely this thread can't receive negative opinions!

Look forward to a great atmosphere under the floodlights.

James Flynn
11 Posted 24/07/2017 at 17:01:26
Agree Michael.

Probably should add: "Rooney, Rooney, Rooney!"

Simon Smith
12 Posted 24/07/2017 at 17:05:10
Looking on my Sky Programme guide, definitely on ITV4, Thursday night. Later games should be on BT Sport as they have the broadcasting rights as far as I know. I'm not sure if ITV have a highlights package or not.

Hope this helps.

John G Davies
13 Posted 24/07/2017 at 17:05:21
It's not all about the new regime though.
Uncle Bill is doing his bit.
Currently showing interest in an Argentina star.

Jay Wood
14 Posted 24/07/2017 at 17:05:41
Season tickets long ago sold out, and now this. For a Thursday night Europa League qualifier – not even the competition 'proper' yet. In July. School and summer holidays in swing or looming.

Not only the sleeping giant that is Everton FC awakening, but also it would appear, its fan base.

With this level of interest and support in a game of this nature, against opposition I am sure the vast majority of Blues had never even heard of barely a week ago, once a shiny new stadium is finally built, I don't think there will be any trouble filling it, whatever the capacity.

Interesting times we live in.

Brian Williams
15 Posted 24/07/2017 at 17:07:57
The fact that we have a raft of new players, and also that it's the first game of the season, has helped to sell the game out.
Further mid week evening games may not sell out as a fair number of supporters do travel and find it hard to do so on midweek evenings.
Dave Abrahams
16 Posted 24/07/2017 at 17:27:04
Parts of the Main Stand and The Family Enclosure are not open due to work being done them but, even with the low prices, it is still proof of the renewed faith in this coming season and due to Moshiri we know this is not a casual thing happening but we will continue to be much better run than in the recent, although much too long, past.

I am very confident playing results will have us in a much better frame of mind than in previous years and we will be well worth watching from now on.

Barry McNally
17 Posted 24/07/2017 at 17:27:58
Only Lower Gwladys Street open!

That's great news, thought there'd be 20k tops.

Barry McNally
18 Posted 24/07/2017 at 17:29:05
Dave 16, any idea of revised capacity?
Dave Abrahams
19 Posted 24/07/2017 at 17:37:07
Barry, not sure, don't think it will be a great difference to the total, maybe a couple of thousand less at the most, but not sure.

By the way, they were still selling tickets at around 4:30pm, my grandson bought one on line then.

Rob Halligan
20 Posted 24/07/2017 at 17:46:20
Barry (#17). Don't know where you've got that info from, as my ticket is for my usual seat in the Upper Gwladys Street. I believe the capacity has been set at 34,500 due to maintenance work.
Neil Thomas
21 Posted 24/07/2017 at 17:59:28
Should go into this match like it's the final – especially seeing what happened to West Ham, Southampton and Spurs last season.
Pete Cross
22 Posted 24/07/2017 at 18:02:29
Have any season ticket holders received their ticket yet?

Off topic I know, but I just read Goodison Park is to host a charity game for the Brave Bradley fund. Proud to be Blue!

Martin Nicholls
23 Posted 24/07/2017 at 18:09:31
Pete (#22) – I believe they were being posted 1st Class today.
Martin Nicholls
24 Posted 24/07/2017 at 18:12:23
Charlie (#10) – "surely this thread can't receive any negative opinions". Give Phil Walling a chance, his wif-i must be down!!
Martin Mason
25 Posted 24/07/2017 at 18:14:09
Guys, when dishing out the praise to Moshiri and Koeman please don't forget the much maligned and forgotten panto villain who made it all happen and who's still giving his all to the club that he once watched from the Boys Pen.

I' d love to be there on Tuesday but I sense a great night with great atmosphere. The worst thing would be a struggle against a stubborn defence but I'm positive.

Colin Glassar
26 Posted 24/07/2017 at 18:15:07
Who's this mysterious person, Martin?
Pete Cross
27 Posted 24/07/2017 at 18:17:31
Martin thanks for the lnfo, regarding Phil he probably thinks the capacity is reduced by 7 thousand.
Brent Stephens
28 Posted 24/07/2017 at 18:18:58
"The much maligned and forgotten panto villain who made it all happen and who's still giving his all to the club that he once watched from the Boys Pen."

That's me, Martin. Much maligned on TW. I made it all happen through my decades of support and gate-money, starting from my Boys Pen days.

Alan Rodgers
29 Posted 24/07/2017 at 18:20:54
Reduced capacity: 34,500 according to The Echo.
David Barks
30 Posted 24/07/2017 at 18:26:14
Yeah, let's all praise Bill Kenwright for someone coming along and being the owner that he should have been.

Let's also all praise the banks that received massive bailouts that saved their asses, because that makes sense.

Ian Jones
31 Posted 24/07/2017 at 18:26:26
There is also, in celebration of the life of Bradley Lowery...a charity football match being hosted at Goodison Park on Sunday 3 September.

Hope that's well attended...

Steve Smith
32 Posted 24/07/2017 at 18:27:11
The Rooney factor is probably the only reason ITV are interested. Us fans are excited to see all of the new signings I'm guessing, and this is a competitive game rather than the friendly against Sevilla.

Looking forward to it, and so are Spoons who will be receiving my Guinness business before and after the game!

Neil Thomas
33 Posted 24/07/2017 at 18:31:42
Yeah I agree, Ian, if as an Everton fan, you can only make it to one match this season, that is definitely the most important one
Brian Williams
34 Posted 24/07/2017 at 19:01:36
Don't some people's voices sound strange when they talk out of their arses?
Brian Williams
35 Posted 24/07/2017 at 19:03:18
Steve (#32).

That and the fact all we've had for the last few weeks is the wife going on and on and on and on and on... and no footy.

Brian Williams
36 Posted 24/07/2017 at 19:09:34
And what's the odds on a "new" signing being introduced before the game?
Martin Mason
37 Posted 24/07/2017 at 19:21:52
Whatever we say about he who cannot be named, he said that he was a temporary fixture who'd look after the club until he could sell to the right party. He did exactly what he said he would do and in the end achieved the deal that every other club in the Permier League could only dream of.

Anyway, the fairy tale ending is that it all works starting Thursday.

Jay Wood
38 Posted 24/07/2017 at 20:16:32
Martin Mason,

I posted shortly after Moshiri bought into Everton that, reluctant as some may be to do so, that if the new majority shareholder delivered on his vision for the club, then Kenwright would merit praise for (finally!) finding the right primary owner.

It's taken 18 months, but this summer's transfer dealings and the initiatives taken on the stadium front is clear evidence (for this poster, at least) that Moshiri is the real deal.

Like many on TW I'm sure, I also have a good memory. I recall scores and scores and scres of pompous, scorn-filled, illogical, ill-thought out and groundless claims posted by you in defence of Kenwright, over many years.

You stated as fact, not opinion, such unsupported claims as:

● Everton has been a club in decline for 50 years (that embraced our cup winning and league champion years of the 60s, 70s and 80s at the time of your claim)
● That Everton could never expect to compete with the elite group that only emerged in the PL era, conveniently ignoring we were the superiors or at worst equals of those clubs when the PL was founded
● Nobody was buying football clubs any more
● That Everton could never attract the funding or investment to build a new stadium
● That Everton could never attract high-paying sponsors

Etc, etc, etc.

Many patiently engaged with you, challenging your perceptions, with carefully constructed counter-arguments and real world examples disproving your claims.

Time and time again – even though many times you were presented with the same – you would ask for hard proof of the counters put to you.

You, when asked to provide hard proof in support of your own claims, were totally unable to offer the same degree of 'proof' you demanded of others.

Why you should throw Kenwright's name into the mix on this particular thread, I can only guess. Whatever.

But I would suggest, Martin, every single one of your claims put up in defence of Kenwright over many years has been completely blown out of the water.

On the subject of the commercial potential of Everton FC and that the stewardship of Kenwright was 'the best we could hope for' – you have been proven radically wrong. You could possibly garner a slither of respect if you were humble enough to admit it.

Kevin Tully
39 Posted 24/07/2017 at 20:26:53
Oh my – I've just heard Martin Mason's laptop being unplugged from here... owned!
Colin Glassar
40 Posted 24/07/2017 at 20:28:40
I heard a plop after Martin fell backwards.
Tom Fazal
41 Posted 24/07/2017 at 20:51:49
Every now and then you read something special and think I wish I had written that.

Jay (#38) – Take a bow, I hope you can hear my applause.

Colin Grierson
42 Posted 24/07/2017 at 21:07:56
Did you 'drop the mic' after that post, Jay?
Guy Hastings
43 Posted 24/07/2017 at 21:09:41
I can't believe that this thread has turned into a vituperative slag match over Kenwright. Actually, I can... it's what TW does best.

That was then, this is now but what I would suggest is that cooler heads recall the University College Dublin result way back when. Let's get through this leg and then dream on.

John Keating
44 Posted 24/07/2017 at 21:35:41
Jay (#38),

Well said, sir and spot on.

I can't believe Martin would mention the World's Greatest Evertonian after Moshiri stepped in as it disproved everything he posted for long enough on here.

Martin, sometimes it's best to say nowt!!

Jay Harris
45 Posted 24/07/2017 at 21:52:45
Don't let the thread get hung up on small people.

Let's just get on board for Thursday and hopefully a long and fruitful journey of European nights.

Let's hope all the new players get a special Goodison evening kock-off welcome too.

Paul Mackie
46 Posted 24/07/2017 at 22:04:48
🚑 Get the burn unit out here for Mr Mason please 🚑
Dick Fearon
47 Posted 24/07/2017 at 22:19:13
I had a dream that, in the days before the first derby, Mr Moshiri gets those damn birds painted Blue.
Neil Holmes
48 Posted 24/07/2017 at 22:26:02
As we are still awaiting the official announcement from Everton on ticket allocation for the away leg just a quickie to anyone thinking of going to the away game: the official allocation to away supporters in their national league is 514 as they only have two stands totaling 4,876 seats, including VIP's and journalists. T

ickets are normally priced at €4 for home support and €5 for away supporters but what we are gonna pay is anyone's guess.

Stadium info can be found in English here :

Martin Mason
49 Posted 24/07/2017 at 22:31:43
Gents, what you should have heard was laughter.
Tony Abrahams
50 Posted 24/07/2017 at 22:39:26
Only the duke could come out with that whilst keeping a straight face... laughter!
Kevin Tully
51 Posted 24/07/2017 at 22:50:56
"Gents, what you should have heard was (s)laughter."

Fixed your typo, Duke 👍

Karl Masters
52 Posted 25/07/2017 at 02:43:01
Sleeping giant awakening. Further justification for setting new stadium capacity at 60,000 minimum I believe.

We are entering a whole new era in terms of football crowds generally and Everton in particular.

David Ellis
53 Posted 25/07/2017 at 04:18:37
To be fair to Martin Mason, I think Kenwright got a few big things right:

(1) He took over from Johnson (who was a total disaster);

(2) He got his first management appointment dead right – Moyes, ideal for us at the time, and gave us 11 years of respectability. Even Martinez wasn't a total disaster (worst placing was 11th);

(3) it looks like he's found the right successor in Moshiri (compared to the awful owners that have since all but destroyed other clubs like Villa, Portsmouth, Sunderland, Newcastle, Hull, Leeds, Fulham, Man City (pre-oil), etc.)

I'm only jumping in because some of the comments vs Martin Mason seem a bit unfair to me.

Nicholas Ryan
54 Posted 25/07/2017 at 11:34:56
Didn't bother getting a ticket for Thursday, cos I thought there'd be no-one there... Doooh!!
Martin Nicholls
55 Posted 25/07/2017 at 11:57:40
Nicholas (#54) – there wouldn't be if all other supporters thought like you!
Paul Mannix
56 Posted 25/07/2017 at 18:02:17
I have a ticket I can't use. Any takers. Will need to get in post tomorrow at latest
Paddock 3 Row 8

07957 484680

Brian Wilkinson
57 Posted 25/07/2017 at 22:30:12
Mike @7, I think I may be able to answer your comment with a number of reasons, there's quite a few: new signings that will be making their debuts, club on the up, but I think the big factor comes down to the pricing of the tickets. With a cap on season tickets, this gives supporters and non- season ticket holders a chance to be able to get a ticket.

Fans who would go the games are suddenly getting the chance of a great value ticket for their child. If they keep these prices for the early rounds and also the early rounds of the domestic cups, we will also see an increase on those attendances as well.

Everton have got it spot on with the pricing and in doing so adding new fans attending Goodison Park. This will bode well for our new stadium, attract new attenders, now rather than after the new stadium build. Win-win for everyone.

Brian Wilkinson
58 Posted 25/07/2017 at 23:40:27
Nicholas @54 – see my comment @57, £15 adult tickets £5 under 18.

I made sure I was on the phone last Friday morning getting me and my daughter a ticket, first competitive match of the season with so many newcomers.

Puzzled how you thought no-one would be there, when it's already hard enough to get to a Premier League game with so many season tickets sold. Hope you manage to get a ticket off someone.

Ian Smitham
59 Posted 26/07/2017 at 19:15:57
Hi, a bit of help if someone would be kind enough. For the game tomorrow.

I travel over via M57, then past Stonecross and park by the junction with Queens Drive. Last few games of last season saw major roadworks causing some delays and angst. Anyone able to let me know if they are finished ?

If not, I will do the alternative of going to the end of the M62 and down Queens Drive.


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