Ballot for Arsenal and Man City home games opens Tuesday

Monday, 7 December, 2020 46comments  |  Jump to last
Everton will open the ballot for season ticket holders to apply to attend the upcoming home fixtures against Arsenal and Manchester City at 9am tomorrow (Tuesday, 8 December).

While the city of Liverpool is designated as Tier 2 by the Government in terms of coronavirus infection rates, the club is permitted to admit up to 2,000 supporters into Goodison Park as they will do for the first time since the pandemic set in in March when Chelsea are the visitors this coming Saturday.

The ballot for both fixtures is open only to 2020-21 Season Ticket or Lounge Members living within the Liverpool City Region and closes at 11:59pm on Friday 11 December.

Emails to supporters who have been successful (or unsuccessful) will be sent out on 14 December (Arsenal) and 15 December (Manchester City).

Should any public health information or guidance on what is required to attend the game change, then that will be provided in the confirmation emails.

Details of the ballot and ticket purchasing options for the Carabao Cup quarter-final against Manchester United on Wednesday 23 December will be issued later this week.

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Patrick McFarlane
1 Posted 07/12/2020 at 18:21:28
If you entered the ballot and missed out on the Chelsea game, you have an increased possibility of being chosen for the upcoming games.

Those fans who registered for the Chelsea ballot but were unsuccessful will have an increased chance of registering for the Arsenal or Manchester City ballot due to the weighting that is in place as part of the processing system.

Rob Halligan
2 Posted 07/12/2020 at 18:26:33
Pardon my ignorance, John, but does that mean those who were successful for Chelsea, cannot enter for the next two games?
Patrick McFarlane
3 Posted 07/12/2020 at 18:28:19
No Rob, it just means that the club is using some weighting mechanism to give those who didn't get chosen last time an increased chance this time around.
Patrick McFarlane
4 Posted 07/12/2020 at 18:31:46
I can't edit my reply to you Rob, but reading the club's statement back it is a tad ambiguous where it says "an increased chance of registering.'
Rob Halligan
5 Posted 07/12/2020 at 18:33:12
Still not sure how that works? If they enter they still have a chance of being drawn out.
Patrick McFarlane
6 Posted 07/12/2020 at 18:37:19
I think the club is covering all bases Rob, it's not directly stopping previous successful applicants from applying this time around, but it is obviously going to give those who didn't get picked for Chelsea a better chance this time.
Brent Stephens
7 Posted 07/12/2020 at 19:03:17
Just got word of two tickets for the Chelsea game in the ballot. But will enter the Arsenal ballot just in case. Greedy bastard that I am.
Brian Williams
8 Posted 07/12/2020 at 19:32:54
Greedy bastard or sucker for punishment? 🤣
Brent Stephens
9 Posted 07/12/2020 at 19:37:37
Yes, sucker for punishment, Brian! And a greedy bastard.
Rob Halligan
10 Posted 07/12/2020 at 20:56:06
Sorry Brent, but looks like you won't be able to enter the ballot for the next two games, and all subsequent games, until everyone who enters all ballots, has been selected for a game.
Brent Stephens
11 Posted 07/12/2020 at 21:07:54
Thanks, Rob. I guessed that was the case. And so it has to be – in fairness. Even though I have attended all this season's away games as well – in spirit.
Rob Halligan
12 Posted 07/12/2020 at 21:33:55
Haven't we all, mate? I guess though, it's the fairest way of everyone getting to a game until restrictions are lifted. We've got a minimum 16 games left, so I reckon upon seeing about three or four games, depending on how many people enter the ballot.

The more ballots you enter increases your chances, just don't be selective about which games you'd like to go to as the club will probably have a system which will recognise this and block you.

John Raftery
13 Posted 07/12/2020 at 22:31:08
Rob (12) I take it that you didn’t get a Chelsea ticket in the ballot? I didn’t and none of my friends and family did.

I can see the 2,000 being increased to 4,000 early in the New Year once clubs can demonstrate that people in football grounds are not causing the disease to spread.

Rob Halligan
14 Posted 07/12/2020 at 23:32:56
Hi John, no I never got one, neither did Dave, Steve or Jon. You'd think we'd all be one of the first to get one, eh!! Let's hope you're right about the increase, but clearly it may be a while before we're all boarding the Eavesway coaches again!
Brent Stephens
15 Posted 07/12/2020 at 23:34:58
Rob, I heard that Everton were getting very sniffy about the "types" they wanted to let in. They're keeping out the hoi-polloi. Quite right!
Rob Halligan
16 Posted 07/12/2020 at 23:39:13
Brent, where is your ticket for, or do you not know that yet?
Brent Stephens
17 Posted 07/12/2020 at 23:41:57
Rob, I find out Tuesday or Wednesday. Tickets to be emailed. Upper and Lower Gwladys and Upper Bullens open I think. I need evidence of being covid-clear.
Brent Stephens
18 Posted 07/12/2020 at 23:42:53
Main Stand top tier, not Bullens!
Rob Halligan
19 Posted 07/12/2020 at 23:44:29
I read it was the Top Balcony and Gwladys Street, although it didn't specify if upper or lower? Yep, you need to take a test, either on the day or the day before.
John Raftery
20 Posted 08/12/2020 at 13:08:08
Hi Rob (14) I’m guessing it will be next season before the Eavesway coaches pull into Goodison Road.

I must admit I’m surprised the club have chosen to put fans in the Top Balcony. Surely it would be better for the atmosphere to have them nearer to the pitch, closer to the action and the TV cameras.

Martin Reppion
21 Posted 08/12/2020 at 16:54:55
Isn't it defeating the object of safety (but bowing to the god of finance) to only open a couple of areas of the ground?
Spreading people out was the mantra when the restricted capacity was announced.
It also makes sense to have areas that will be seen by the cameras occupied by fans.
As an out of town supporter I don't have the chance of getting to a game. But as a few have said above, I will be there in spirit... Usually scotch.
Anthony Dove
22 Posted 08/12/2020 at 18:27:08
According to the email sent out by the Club it’s the
top balcony and the top tier of Gwladys Street.
My seat is on the Main Stand side and I haven’t seen the top balcony since I sat there for a cup tie
against West Brom on a Sunday. It’s never shown on televised games. I think it may have been the first ever Sunday game but could be wrong. The game was drawn and we lost the replay. Archie Styles and
WB’s Johnstone were sent off.

Anthony Dove
23 Posted 08/12/2020 at 18:40:20
Styles and Kendall were sold to Birmingham in
exchange for Bob Latchford.
John Raftery
24 Posted 08/12/2020 at 18:46:00
Martin (21),

With the 1,820 people split between the Lower Gwladys and the Top Balcony I think they will be well socially distanced. The combined capacity of the two areas is well over 10,000.

Brian Williams
25 Posted 08/12/2020 at 18:50:25
I'm sure the club has merely plucked the two areas to be "populated" by the 2k out of the air without a thought for safety.
I'm sure no consideration was given to numbers, entry and egress, ease of stewarding, ease of policing and stuff like that.
Yeh "senseless" of course.
Tony Abrahams
26 Posted 08/12/2020 at 19:16:46
Off topic but I’ve just read Everton, Man City and United, will have an average rest of two days between games starting on the 19th of December, until the end of the year.

Is this because these teams have got a league cup game as well? Because Liverpool and Fulham are getting an average of 4.5 days rest between games, with the only upside being that we won’t have to listen to that crying German c**t, because his constant moaning has paid off once again.

Ricky Oak
27 Posted 08/12/2020 at 23:28:47
The Americans flex again, Tony. I just wish someone on our side would fight fire with fire. I truly believe the rs and all the media bias are working towards Everton getting relegated.

The only thing we beat them on is time in the top league. They will not be happy till they take that too.

Brian Williams
28 Posted 09/12/2020 at 22:12:00
Has anyone else been made aware that some of the 2,000 tickets are (wait for it) obstructed views?

Just been told that tonight. Surely not though?

Anyone any info?

Kieran Kinsella
29 Posted 09/12/2020 at 22:31:22
Brian 28,

At the moment those cost extra... lol!

Brian Williams
30 Posted 09/12/2020 at 22:33:27
Kieran, that's exactly what I said 🤣🤣 but he was serious!

Has to be a wind-up!

Rob Halligan
31 Posted 10/12/2020 at 19:27:28
Brian / Kieran.

There are to be 500 fans in the Top Balcony, and 1,500 in the Upper and Lower Gwladys Street, so I'm guessing 750 per tier? Surely you'd move seat if you had an obstructed view, though not too far as stewards will be watching fans to make sure they follow all the rules laid down by the club.

One of the rules is that you are given a time when you have to enter the stadium. The first fans have to enter 90 minutes before kick-off. This time will be printed on your ticket. What the fuck are you meant to do for 90 minutes? And what happens if you're late, and miss your entrance time, can't you get in?

Brent Stephens
32 Posted 10/12/2020 at 19:46:23
Rob, I'm one of those with a check-in time of 6:15! I think I'll be taking in a flask of brandy.
Rob Halligan
33 Posted 10/12/2020 at 20:04:32
Brent, where are you sitting?
Jay Wood

34 Posted 10/12/2020 at 20:13:29
Brent: 'I'm one of those with a check-in time of 6:15! I think I'll be taking in a flask of brandy.'

Rob: 'Brent, where are you sitting?'

Answer: Probably horizontal by the 8pm KO...

Brent Stephens
35 Posted 10/12/2020 at 20:15:11

I'm Upper Gwladys Street: GS4 S143. Please don't tell me that's a restricted view.

Brent Stephens
36 Posted 10/12/2020 at 20:16:36
Jay, maybe I'd be better with one of those posts in front of me to hold me up.
Rob Halligan
37 Posted 10/12/2020 at 20:21:12
Don't know if it's restricted, Brent. My season ticket is in the upper Gwladys Row B, so you must be sitting near the back. Talk about spaced out, which you might be by the sounds of it!!
Peter Mills
38 Posted 10/12/2020 at 20:30:28
Brent, I’ve received a Sales Receipt, with my seat number on it. Nowhere does it say “Match ticket”. Are you taking your Sales Receipt as your ticket?

While I accept the club has to do things correctly, the process seems to be completely over the top. We have to go through far less scrutiny to be able to sit indoors at a pub for a meal, and I have a ticket for an FA Trophy match on Saturday afternoon simply by providing an email address and a mobile number. And that is for a ground that can allow entry to 20% of ground capacity, when Goodison will only be at 5%.

Brian Williams
39 Posted 10/12/2020 at 20:33:52
Rob #31.

I sent an email to the club asking the question about moving seats should you have a restricted view. The club informed me that, should you move seat, you will be shot. Firm but fair, methinks.

Rob Halligan
40 Posted 10/12/2020 at 20:38:07
Does seem a bit harsh that, Brian. Maybe Brent could put it to the test if his seat is restricted???
Brent Stephens
41 Posted 10/12/2020 at 20:38:52
Peter, I printed the ticket off from within my Everton FC account.
Brent Stephens
42 Posted 10/12/2020 at 20:41:41
Peter, I had an email on Wednesday which included this:

"If you have been successful in a previously drawn ballot the full details of your booking are attached. Please visit to access your ticketing account. You will need to go to My Account > My Order History and select the file to download your tickets. For more information on how to download your ticket to your mobile phone, please click here.
For more information on how to download your ticket to your mobile phone, please click here."

Brent Stephens
43 Posted 10/12/2020 at 20:48:54
Sadist, Halligan.
Rob Halligan
44 Posted 10/12/2020 at 20:56:43
We gotta know, Brent, we gotta know!! 😁😁😁
Brent Stephens
45 Posted 10/12/2020 at 20:58:59
Peter, You might find this link from EFC website useful re Covid testing:

Where can I get a Covid-19 test?

I found it useful as it now gives sites added today in, eg, Southport (and all other areas of Liverpool City Region now offering the quick-turnaround lateral flow tests – walk-in, no appointment).

Peter Mills
46 Posted 10/12/2020 at 21:00:27
Thanks very much, Brent.

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