With Liverpool Region being placed in the new Tier 2 for coronavirus infection rate by the Government, Everton will be allowed to bring fans back into Goodison Park for the first time since March.
The announcement means that up to 2,000 supporters will be permitted into Goodison Park for Everton's match against Chelsea on 12 December but Burnley's designation as Tier 3 means the Blues' game at Turf Moor will be played behind closed doors.
Back in September, the club sent out an email to season ticket holders regarding a "fair and equitable" ballot system that will be in place when spectators are allowed back into Goodison.
That system is ready to be moulded to whatever capacity Everton are told they will be permitted, with the club understood to be working towards getting as many fans into the stadium as they are allowed by safety regulations.
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1 Posted 26/11/2020 at 12:40:05
There is a minimum 16 games left for us, so that should mean everyone (i.e season ticket holders) would only get to see one game this season, unless the restrictions are upgraded to Tier 1.
2 Posted 26/11/2020 at 12:58:16
Still a lot more than 2,000 who will want to go though.
3 Posted 26/11/2020 at 13:16:40
I don't know how many season ticket holders we have in the Liverpool area, but out of about 32k season ticket holders, we might only get about 10 - 15k who can or are willing to opt to enter the ballot for every game, given age, unwilling to chance it, etc.
There are also fans who are season ticket holders in London who will be eligible to enter, but will they be able to travel? Highly unlikely, as it won't be classed as necessary travel.
It just means the RS will be fucked though, as do they have 2k local season ticket holders?
4 Posted 26/11/2020 at 14:19:25
Ones living local will be allowed to attend, so with so few numbers allowed in the ground, why not offer the option to local schools to attend?
Instead of charging, give these school kids a little bit of something back. Crazy thought, I know, especially with fans wanting to be back, you could have either a parent, or teachers putting something into place.
I do not have the answer about the kids getting to and from the ground, but if a plan could be put into place, why not?
5 Posted 26/11/2020 at 14:32:29
6 Posted 26/11/2020 at 14:45:25
7 Posted 26/11/2020 at 14:50:36
8 Posted 26/11/2020 at 15:32:15
9 Posted 26/11/2020 at 16:04:51
10 Posted 26/11/2020 at 16:11:32
Saturday 5 December
12:30 Burnley v Everton (BT Sport)
Saturday 12 December
20:00 Everton v Chelsea (BT Sport)
Wednesday 16 December
18:00 Leicester City v Everton (Amazon Prime Video)
Saturday 19 December
17:30 Everton v Arsenal (Sky Sports)
Saturday 26 December
20:00 Sheffield Utd v Everton (BT Sport)
Monday 28 December
20:00 Everton v Man City (Amazon Prime Video)
11 Posted 26/11/2020 at 16:14:18
I imagine quite a few season ticket holders will want to go and not enough space for school kids. I'd imagine the opposite that, even by the end of the season (at this rate), many fans will only have seen 1 or 2 games.
12 Posted 26/11/2020 at 16:35:01
13 Posted 26/11/2020 at 16:38:42
Notwithstanding my opinion about this whole thing, should sport and football get back to normal, I'd rather wait 'til full stadium attendance is possible, personally. What a strange experience it would be with 2,000 there.
14 Posted 26/11/2020 at 17:02:17
Not for me. Maybe when we can get about 20,000 or 25,000, so there will be some kind of atmosphere.
15 Posted 26/11/2020 at 17:28:30
The glass half full in me is glad we are starting on the road to getting back to normal.
The negative side of would rather go for all or nothing.
I guess baby steps and gradual / phased return to normal is how it's going to be regardless of what I think.
16 Posted 26/11/2020 at 17:33:03
Totally agree. Waste of time, all or nothing.
17 Posted 26/11/2020 at 17:39:19
Can't help wondering too how much hassle it'll be for the club with regard to staffing, security etc. Strange times for sure.
18 Posted 26/11/2020 at 17:48:08
19 Posted 26/11/2020 at 18:37:33
20 Posted 26/11/2020 at 18:56:08
21 Posted 26/11/2020 at 19:01:09
It would solve short term the balloting and give a chance to the kids who have still had to attend school, but then had no social life outdoors, if it is safe to attend school, then bring in a system short term to get some of the younger supporters onboard, might only be a couple of games, once the numbers able to attend go up, then look towards season ticket holders.
I know season ticket holders want to be back, we all do, but a little sacrifice for a couple of games, could have at least give those school kids a chance to attend a game.
23 Posted 26/11/2020 at 19:47:35
Off topic I know but how on earth can these Xmas games turnaround times be justified. I see the RS and MU do best - I wonder why.
Team Turnaround time*
Crystal Palace 48:00
Man City 48:00
Aston Villa 50:30
West Brom 51:30
West Ham 51:45
Sheffield United 70:00
Man Utd 79:30
*Time in hours and minutes between kick-offs
Manchester City, Chelsea, Everton and Crystal Palace have the shortest recovery times to contend with, as all four clubs face two matches in 48 hours. Wolves have an extra 45 minutes.
The fixture schedule has, however, been kind to Fulham and Newcastle in particular, with both Scott Parker and Steve Bruce's sides having 99 and 96 hours recovery respectively.
Manchester United, Liverpool, Southampton and Arsenal all also have more than three days between their two games.
24 Posted 26/11/2020 at 19:50:06
Every one who was invited to Finch Farm for that occasion ought to be allowed to attend every home game with a Covid attendance ceiling.
If memory serves, there will still be seats available (was it around 1,000 who were invited to Finch Farm, or less?)
Our most loyal blues deserve precedence.
25 Posted 26/11/2020 at 19:52:05
Loads of people live for the match though, and Ive seen quite a few lost souls wandering around since they also shut the pubs again, so maybe its better for these people to get into the game again first, and let them get a semblance of happiness back into their lives.
26 Posted 26/11/2020 at 19:52:42
The simple answer to your question is that Herr Klopp and OGS ensured they cried and moaned about any possibility of having congested fixtures for their clubs, and is supposedly the reason why the release of the TV schedule was delayed. The last few years has seen Man City and Everton have the least rest time between games – I wonder what the reason for this is?
28 Posted 26/11/2020 at 20:05:12
29 Posted 26/11/2020 at 23:39:57
From what I read, most clubs are planning to use a ballot system for season ticket holders to opt in. I would expect that, once fans are permitted to travel to away games, probably not until next season, the club will use the well-established criteria for determining eligibility, ie, previous away matches attended.
One obvious operational reason for restricting the 2,000 allocation to season ticket holders, whose contact details are known to the clubs, is to enable tracking and tracing to operate effectively.
30 Posted 26/11/2020 at 23:52:20
I think the lowest gate for a home first-team match was versus Millwall in the Simod Cup in December 1988. I was one of the 3,703. We won 2-0. For the semi-final against QPR and a trip to Wembley at stake, a crowd of 7,072 dragged themselves to Goodison.
31 Posted 27/11/2020 at 09:14:50
I'm sure the club have thought about giving priority to all those who attended all games prior to the first lockdown, but, as seems fair, every season ticket holder should be given the opportunity to attend future matches until full capacity is granted.
32 Posted 27/11/2020 at 09:42:04
33 Posted 27/11/2020 at 09:53:46
You have to register as a customer – but, for all the tight-wads like me, it's worth it. This is not an advertisement, btw; I thought it would be remiss of me not to share with fellow TWers.
34 Posted 27/11/2020 at 09:55:50
On the other hand, there will be loads of people with the credits, who don't always go to the game, and there are also ways to do this.
Hopefully 2,000 soon becomes 13,000, or even more, but I've already promised any tickets I can get to my little godson!
35 Posted 27/11/2020 at 16:43:29
36 Posted 27/11/2020 at 17:28:51
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37 Posted 27/11/2020 at 17:35:12
They should do auditions. First a singing test, then expose them to extreme cold and heat, make them watch videos of the 97/98 season as part of a stress test to see if they are psychologically strong.
38 Posted 27/11/2020 at 18:22:59
39 Posted 27/11/2020 at 18:31:27
40 Posted 27/11/2020 at 18:40:43
I don't know how much substance there is to it. Could be the usual shite, but I heard they would bracket seats so your neighbours are a few seats behind, in front and either side. Then they would select a different bracket the next time.
Must admit, Rob, your idea makes far more sense. Much easier and cheaper to open one 1-2 stands
41 Posted 27/11/2020 at 18:42:25
Supporters will all be seated in the main stand, and the ballot will only be open to fans who live in the Liverpool City Region - an area that covers the boroughs of Liverpool, Halton, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral. Applicants must be season-ticket holders or members with at least 19 credits from the 2018-19 Premier League campaign.
42 Posted 27/11/2020 at 18:46:13
43 Posted 27/11/2020 at 18:47:09
44 Posted 27/11/2020 at 18:48:32
There'll only be about 10 seats available as the media circus will take up the other 1,990 seats.
45 Posted 27/11/2020 at 18:49:59
46 Posted 27/11/2020 at 19:19:27
47 Posted 27/11/2020 at 19:42:05
48 Posted 27/11/2020 at 20:07:11
I would like to suggest that a fair percentage of disabled fans are included in the ballot, maybe even a bigger proportion than those of us more fortunate. I am particularly thinking of a dedicated fan who lives next door to me. Him and his carer, his mother, never miss a game, home and away, and it's true to say that Everton are a massive part of his life. He is missing that big part of his life much more than the majority of us would.
49 Posted 28/11/2020 at 22:26:08
50 Posted 02/12/2020 at 15:51:58
On Merseyside, for example, Liverpool FC have some 5,832 season ticket holders who reside in the Liverpool postcode area, whilst Everton have some 25,647 season ticket holders, who reside in the Liverpool postcode.
So those TW observers were correct in their conclusions: those flags and pictures of all things in red around town really are for the tourists.
51 Posted 02/12/2020 at 15:56:45
Is that true? 5,832?
52 Posted 02/12/2020 at 16:01:03
I haven't seen the article myself, Brian, but I've no reason to doubt it's the truth... else a numerical error has been compounded by repetition.
53 Posted 02/12/2020 at 16:07:09
Gotta be a windup though, surely! Lol.
54 Posted 02/12/2020 at 16:14:10
When you think about it, the number of fans they have who travel from all over the country, as well as other countries, is huge. Whenever they play at home, Priory Road (where away coaches park) is ram packed full of theirs. They even have to park on Utting Avenue and Pinehurst Avenue, basically anywhere they can find a parking space. God knows how many cars come into the city when they play at home... and as for the trains!!!!
Don't forget, Brian, always remind them about the first fans to sing that song. Man Utd fans were the first to sing it following the Munich air disaster, when a group of them went to Old Trafford to lay wreaths etc, and sung YNWA!!
55 Posted 02/12/2020 at 16:19:57
Seriously, it does show that the game has lost its roots to a huge degree, and it also explains the media's take on football in this city of ours.
56 Posted 02/12/2020 at 16:27:34
It's why their season ticket waiting list is so high, when only 50% of their capacity is taken up by season ticket holders.
57 Posted 02/12/2020 at 17:22:26
58 Posted 02/12/2020 at 17:50:43
In keeping with Public Health guidance and the Tier system in operation across the country, I can confirm the ballot process will be restricted to fans who live in the Liverpool City Region.
A minimum of 91% of the 2,000 fans back with us for the clash with Chelsea are guaranteed to be Season Ticket Members. That percentage will be one of the highest, if not the highest, of any club in the Premier League.
To provide the very safest environment for every fan attending the game – and to support the city's ongoing mission to defeat COVID-19 – we feel it is only right that we ask everybody fortunate enough to secure a ticket through the ballot process to utilise the mass-testing centres across the city in the 36 hours prior to returning to Goodison for the Chelsea match.
Coupled with temperature checks on entry, social distancing, the wearing of masks and regular sanitising of hands, it makes for a thorough plan aimed at maintaining the city's downward trajectory in relation to COVID-19 infections.
59 Posted 02/12/2020 at 17:52:55
60 Posted 02/12/2020 at 18:06:36
Is there a point if you can't do any of those things? Can see a fella holding a molten pie in one hand and a Chang in the other shouting at some fella he's never met from one end of the park end to the other, "These are shite!"
At least we'll be able to hear every comment from the erstwhile lucky 2,000 on TV.
"James lad, Turn!!!"
61 Posted 02/12/2020 at 18:14:52
Errr... how about being able to watch the game, from inside Goodison?
62 Posted 02/12/2020 at 18:16:51
The club doesn't say if you are successful for the Chelsea game, then you must wait until your turn comes around again, so that every season ticket holder is given the opportunity to attend a game... Or are you entitled to enter the ballot for the next home game?
63 Posted 02/12/2020 at 18:20:49
Each match will count as a separate ballot application in this process. Each ballot must be entered separately to ensure that the limited number of tickets available are allocated to fans who are actually willing and able to attend each relevant match. It is strongly advised that supporters enter the ballot for as many games as possible to maximise their chances of attending.
64 Posted 02/12/2020 at 18:35:34
65 Posted 02/12/2020 at 18:44:26
66 Posted 02/12/2020 at 19:07:30
67 Posted 02/12/2020 at 19:37:16
68 Posted 02/12/2020 at 19:44:43
69 Posted 02/12/2020 at 19:49:28
70 Posted 02/12/2020 at 19:55:00
71 Posted 02/12/2020 at 21:08:15
As much as we'd like to believe it, I suspect it's fake. But a very clever fake.
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