A popular matchday ritual is to make a welcome return for the 2018/19 season starting at Everton's pre-season friendly fixture against Valencia at Goodison Park this weekend.
‘Teas for Fans' has been operating from St Luke's Church on the corner of Goodison Road and Gwladys Street for over 30 years, offering supporters the chance to enjoy pre-match refreshments of tea, coffee and hot chocolate among fellow Evertonians.
The initiative had been delivered solely by volunteers from the Church but last season the activity had to stop due to a variety of logistical, funding and staffing issues. However, for the 2018/19 season, Everton's Events Team working alongside the Everton Fans' Forum, St Luke's Church and the Liverpool Diocese have ensured the return of the popular pre-match gathering.
‘Teas for Fans' will be open to supporters in St Luke's Church three hours before kick-off and will close 30 minutes before the team walk out to Z-Cars. Supporters can gather in a family friendly environment and enjoy a variety of hot and cold drinks and biscuits, with prices starting from just £1.
Gary Evans, Chair of the Everton Fans' Forum said: “We are delighted to work alongside the Club and St Luke's Church to continue one of the most iconic pre-match rituals in English football.
“I remember going to ‘Teas for Fans' in my formative match going years and the different collection of mugs available to drink from always intrigued me.
“Teas for Fans will stay true to its history and will provide a covered, warm and safe place for Evertonians to gather in the build up to a Goodison fixture be it a weekend afternoon or mid-week match under the lights. We'll have members of the Fans' Forum there every matchday volunteering, we'll be around for chat over a cuppa and talk all things Everton.”
The memorial garden at the Church will not be open on a matchday but families wishing to visit the garden can do so after worship on Sundays.
Any profits made from ‘Teas for Fans' will be donated to St Luke's Church at the end of the season.
Tickets for Everton's final pre-season fixture of the season at home to Valencia on Saturday 4 August (3pm kick-off) are still available to purchase. Priced at £15 for adults, £10 for under-25s and over-65s, and just £5 for under-18s, tickets can be purchased online, over the phone on 0151 556 1878 or in person at the Goodison Road box office. Opening times for all the Club's ticketing outlets can be found here.
For any disability ticket requests, please call 0151 530 5396.
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1 Posted 03/08/2018 at 06:34:03
3 Posted 03/08/2018 at 11:07:25
We need to remember, the Lord favours no one but we are all equal in his sight.
5 Posted 03/08/2018 at 11:27:34
7 Posted 03/08/2018 at 11:44:49
Slightly off topic but I paid £48 for that ticket and its with restricted views, we urgently need a new ground because thats simply not value for money .
8 Posted 03/08/2018 at 12:48:22
While there, go upstairs and visit the EFC Heritage Society. Always interesting stuff on display.
9 Posted 03/08/2018 at 14:07:54
10 Posted 03/08/2018 at 14:13:18
11 Posted 03/08/2018 at 15:02:16
12 Posted 03/08/2018 at 15:02:41
13 Posted 03/08/2018 at 16:51:37
Goodison is one of a handful of stadiums in the world to share its ground with other buildings but the ONLY one to encompass a church. Any chance we can take it with us to the Bramley Moore?
14 Posted 03/08/2018 at 19:32:21
15 Posted 03/08/2018 at 19:49:50
16 Posted 03/08/2018 at 23:38:49
Hopefully the club will learn. Great to be back.
17 Posted 04/08/2018 at 07:45:17
18 Posted 06/08/2018 at 13:57:53
19 Posted 06/08/2018 at 14:28:13
I'd change many things about Goodison, it's well past its sell-by date, but St Luke's is a unique and wonderful reminder of the great days before Sky invented football. It's the thing I'll miss the most when we move.
20 Posted 07/08/2018 at 11:19:07
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