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Goodison Park
The Grand Old Lady
Former names Mere Green Field
Location Goodison Road, Liverpool, England
Coordinates 53°26′20″N 2°57′59″W / 53.43889°N 2.96639°W / 53.43889; -2.96639Coordinates: 53°26′20″N 2°57′59″W / 53.43889°N 2.96639°W / 53.43889; -2.96639
Opened 24 August, 1892
Owner Everton F.C.
Operator Everton F.C.
Surface Grass
Construction cost £3000 [nb 1]
Architect Kelly Brothers initially, with Archibald Leitch later
Capacity 40,157
Field dimensions 101 x 68 metres
Everton F.C. (1892-present)

Goodison Park is a football stadium located in Walton, Liverpool, England. The stadium has been home to Everton F.C. since its completion in 1892 and is one of the world's first purpose-built football grounds. Goodison has undergone many changes over the years and it presently has an all-seated capacity of 40,157.

As well as hosting Everton games, the stadium has been the venue for an FA Cup Final and numerous international fixtures, including several in the 1966 FIFA World Cup.

It was conceived in unusual circumstances, two factions of politicians on the Everton board wanted to control the destiny of the club. Ultimately it was a tool devised by local politicians to gain voter's support. Everton F.C.'s relocation to Goodison Park was one of the earliest cases of a team moving to a new stadium for monetary benefit.




Before Goodison Park

John Houlding, former Everton Chairman and Anfield landowner

Everton originally played on an open pitch in the southeast corner of the newly laid out Stanley Park. This is the site for the proposed new Liverpool F.C. stadium. The first official match took place in 1879. In 1882, a Mr J. Cruit donated land at Priory Road which became the club's home for two years, with the necessary facilities required for professional clubs. Mr Cruit asked the club to leave his land as the crowds became far too large and noisy.[1]

Everton moved to nearby Anfield, where proper covered stands were built. Everton played at Anfield from 1884 until 1892.[2] During this time the club turned professional, entering teams in the FA Cup and became founder members of the Football League,[3] winning their first championship at the ground in 1890–91.[4] The ground's capacity reached over 20,000 and the club hosted an England vs. Ireland international match. Everton were the first team to introduce the goalnet to professional football, at Anfield.[5]

At this time, a dispute of how the club was to be owned and run emerged with Anfield's majority owner and Everton's Chairman, John Houlding.[6] A dispute between Houlding and the club's committee, initially over the full purchase of the land at Anfield from minor land owner Mr Orrell, snowballed to a principled disagreement of how the club was run. This caused Everton to leave Anfield, Houlding forming Liverpool F.C. to play at the now vacant ground.[7][8]

Birth of Goodison Park

On 15 September 1891, a General Meeting took place at Royal Street Hall, near Everton Valley. John Houlding proposed that a limited liability company be formed and that the company should purchase his land and local brewer Joseph Orrel's land for £9,237. This was most unusual for the time as football clubs were seen to be run under the guise of “Sports Clubs” with members paying an annual fee. The proposal was supported by William Barclay, the club secretary and a close friend of Houlding.[9]

George Mahon - The Father of Goodison Park
George Mahon arranged for Everton to move to Goodison Park.

Liberal Party politician and Everton board member George Mahon fought the proposal and put forward his own amendment which was carried by the Everton board. At the time Everton's board contained both Conservative and Liberal Party councillors. Houlding and Mahon had previously clashed during local elections.

Both men agreed that Everton should operate as a limited liability company however they had different ideas about share ownership. Houlding suggested that 12,000 shares be created and each Everton board member be given one share each and the rest were to be sold to those who could afford it including Everton board members. Mahon disagreed and he put forward his proposal that would see 500 shares created, with no member carrying more than 10 shares and board members being given "7 or 8" shares. Mahon reasoned "we would rather have a large number of individual applications so that there will be more supporters of the club".

A special general meeting was convened at the former Liverpool College building on Shaw Street on 25 January 1982. John Houlding's proposal was defeated once more and George Mahon suggested that Everton relocate to another site. A heckler shouted "You can't find one", Mahon responded "I have one in my pocket" and he revealed a lease on Mere Green Field, the site of what is today known as Goodison Park.[10]

The Liverpool press were largely partisan, The proposal was deemed to be a positive move for the club by the Liberal leaning Liverpool Daily Post who described Houlding's ousting as "having shaken off the incubus"[11] whereas the Tory-supporting Liverpool Courier and Liverpool Evening Express owned by Conservative MP for Everton John A.Willox, a Trustee of the Licensed Victuallers’ and Brewers’ Association took Houlding's side. The Courier published letters regularly criticising Mahon's supporters - many of which were anonymous.[12]

Behold Goodison Park! no single picture could take in the entire scene the ground presents, it is so magnificently large, for it rivals the greater American baseball pitches. On three sides of the field of play there are tall covered stands, and on the fourth side the ground has been so well banked up with thousands of loads of cinders that a complete view of the game can be had from any portion. The spectators are divided from the playing piece by a neat, low hoarding, and the touch line is far enough from it to prevent those accidents which were predicted at Anfield Road, but never happened... Taking it all together, it appears to be one of the finest and most complete grounds in the kingdom, and it is hoped that the public will liberally support the promoters.
—"Out Of Doors", October 1892

The Mere Green field was owned by Christopher Leyland and Everton rented it until they were in a position to buy it outright. It was not without it's problems and parts of the site had to be excavated, the field was levelled, a drainage system was installed and turf was laid. This work was considered to be a 'formidable initial expenditure' and a local contractor Mr Barton was contracted to work on the 29,471 square yards site at 4½d per square yard - a total cost of £552. An J Prescott was brought in as an architectural advisor and surveyor.[10]

Walton based building firm Kelly brothers were instructed to erect two uncovered stands that could each accommodate 4,000 spectators. A third, covered stand accommodating 3,000 spectators was also requested. The combined cost of these stands was £1,640 and Everton had inserted a penalty clause into the contract for if the building work were to miss its 31 July deadline.[10]

The club impressed with the workmanship of the builders agreed two further contracts; exterior hoardings were constructed at a cost of £150 and 12 turnstiles were installed at a cost of £7 each.[10] In 1894, Benjamin Kelly of Kelly Brothers was appointed a director of Everton.[13]

Dr. James Baxter of the Everton committee donated a £1,000 interest-free loan for the building of Goodison Park. The stadium was the England's first purpose-built football ground, with stands on three sides. Goodison Park was officially opened on the 24th August 1892 by Lord Kinnaird and Frederick Wall of the Football Association. No football was played. Instead the 12,000 crowd watched a short athletics meeting followed by music and a fireworks display.[10]

When the stadium was constructed, it was part of Lancashire but three years later, the political boundaries were revised to include Walton and the club was encompassed within Liverpool.[14]

The first match at Goodison Park was on 2 September 1892 between Everton and Bolton Wanderers, Everton wearing new club colours of salmon and dark blue stripes. Everton won the game 4–2. The first league game at Goodison Park took place on 3 September, 1892 against Nottingham Forest. The game ended in a 2–2 draw, the stadium's first competitive goal was scored by Forest’s Horace Pike, with the first Everton goal coming from Fred Geary. Everton's first league victory at their new ground came in the next home game with a 6–0 defeat of Newton Heath.

Outright purchase

It was announced at a general meeting on 22 March 1895 that the club could finally afford to buy Goodison Park. Mahon revealed that Everton were buying Goodison Park for £650 less than Anfield was offered to them three years previously and Goodison Park had more land and had 25% larger capacity. The motion to purchase Goodison Park was passed unanimously.[15]

Structural developments

Behind the goal, at the South end of the ground, the Goodison Avenue Stand was built in 1906. It was designed by Liverpool architect Henry Hartley who went on to Chair the Liverpool Architectural Society a year later.[16] The club minutes from the time show that Hartley was unhappy with certain aspects of he stand and the poor sightlines meant that the goal line had to be moved 7 metres North, towards Gwladys Street. In January 1908, he complained that that his fees had not been paid and the bill for the stand was near £13,000.[10] There were 2,657 seats on its upper tier with a terrace below.

The Goodison Road Stand was constructed in 1909. In September that year Ernest Edwards, the Liverpool Echo journalist who christened the terrace at Anfield the "Spion Kop", wrote of the newly built stand, "The building as one looks at it, suggests the side of Mauretania at once".[17] The stand was occasionally referred to as the "Mauretania Stand", in reference to the Liverpool registered RMS Mauretania, then the world's largest ship, which had recently docked in the Port of Liverpool.[18]

The two-tier steel frame and wooden floor Bullens Road Stand, designed by Archibald Leitch, was completed in 1926. The upper tier was seated, with terracing below, a part of the ground called The Paddock. The original Bullens Road Stand was replaced by a new one in 1895 with the open Goodison Road side covered, giving cover on all four sides of the ground. Few changes were made until 1963 when the rear of the Paddock was seated and an overhanging roof was added. The stand is known for Archibald Leitch's highly distinctive balcony trusses which also act as handrails for the front row of seats in the Upper Bullens stand. Goodison Park is the only stadium with two complete trusses designed by Leitch. Of the 17 created, only Goodison Park, Ibrox and Fratton Park retain these trusses.[1]

Everton constructed covered dugouts in 1931. The idea was inspired by a visit to Pittodrie to play a friendly against Aberdeen, where such dugouts had been constructed at the behest of the Dons' trainer Donald Coleman. The Goodison Park dugouts were the first in England.

The Gwladys Street stand was bombed in September 1940

The ground become an entirely two-tiered affair in 1938 when the Gwladys Street Stand was completed at a cost of £50,000.[19][9] Architect Leitch and Eveton Chairman Will Cuff became so close over the years that Cuff was appointed as Leitch's accountant and Leitch moved to nearby Formby.[1] In 1940, during the Second World War, the Gwladys Street Stand suffered bomb damage. The bomb had landed directly in Gwladys Street and caused serious injury to nearby residents. The bomb splinter damage to the bricks on the stand is still noticeable. The cost of repair was £5,000 and was paid for by the War Damage Commission.[9]

The first undersoil heating system in English football was installed at Goodison Park in 1958, with 20 miles of electric wire laid beneath the playing surface at a cost of £16,000. The system was more effective than anticipated and the drainage system could not cope with the quantity of water produced from the melting of frost and snow. As a consequence the pitch had to be relaid in 1960 to allow a more suitable drainage system to be installed.[9]

The Goodison Road Main Stand was partially demolished and rebuilt during the 1969–70 season with striking images of both old and new stands side by side. The new Main Stand opened 1971, at a cost of £1 million. At the time of construction the facilities were of a higher standard than any other stand in the country. The new stand housed the 500 and 300 members clubs and an escalator to the tallest stand in the ground - the Top Balcony.[1] The Everton chairman Sir John Moores was instrumental in providing finances for such large-scale projects but poor health forced him to leave the club two years and later and with him, Everton's line of credit for extensive stadium improvements departed.

Following the introduction of the Safety of Sports Grounds Act in 1977, the Bullens Road Stand was extensively fireproofed with widened aisles, which entailed closure of parts of the stand. Because of the closure, Anfield was chosen over first choice Goodison Park for a Wales vs. Scotland World Cup qualifying tie.

Post-Taylor Report

Following the publication of the 1990 Taylor Report, in the wake of the Hillsborough disaster, top-flight English football grounds had to become all-seated.[20] At the time three of the four sides of the ground had standing areas. The Enclosure, fronting the main stand, had already been made all-seated in time for the 1987–88 season and was given the new name of Family Enclosure. The Paddock, the Park End terrace and the Gwladys Street terrace, known as 'the Ground', were standing and had to be replaced. Seats were installed in the Paddock, while the Lower Gwladys Street was later completely rebuilt to accommodate seating with new concrete steps. Everton opted to demolish the entire Park End stand in 1994 and replace it with a single-tier cantilever stand, with the assistance of a grant of £1.3 million from the Football Trust.[9]

Current structure

Exploded view plan of the present-day layout of Goodison Park

Goodison Park has a total capacity of 40,158 all-seated and comprises four separate stands: the Main Stand, Gwladys Street Stand, Bullens Road, and the Stanley Park End.

Main Stand

The Main Stand is a double-decker stand with the Main Stand section below and the Top Balcony above. The Main Stand section is fronted by another seated section known as the Family Enclosure. The Enclosure was originally terracing prior to the advent of all-seater stadia. The Top Balcony is the highest part of the stadium. The stand became all seated in 1987 and now has a capacity of 12,664.

The main stand is also home to the conference and hospitality facilities. On non-match days Goodison Park holds conferences, weddings, meetings and parties on a daily basis.

Bullens Road

Bullens Road
Bullens Road

On the East side of the ground, the Bullens Road stand is divided into the Upper Bullens, Lower Bullens and the Paddock. The rear of the south end of the Bullens Road stand houses away supporters. The north corner of the stand is connected to the Gwladys Street Stand. The current capacity of the stand is 10,784.

Gwladys Street Stand

Behind the goal at the North end of Goodison Park, the Gwladys Street Stand is divided into Upper Gwladys and Lower Gwladys. This stand is the "Popular End", holding the most boisterous and vociferous home supporters. It is known colloquially as "The Street End". If Everton win the toss before kick-off the captain traditionally elects to play towards the Gwladys Street End in the second half. The stand has a capacity of 10,788 and gives its name to Gwladys Street’s Hall of Fame.

The Park End

Dixie Dean Statue, outside the Park End

At the south end of the ground, behind one goal, the Park Stand backs onto Walton Lane which borders Stanley Park. The single tiered stand broke from the multi-tiered tradition of Goodison Park. The Park End has the smallest capacity at Goodison Park. The current layout of the stand was completed in 1994 with a capacity of 5,922.

In the late 1970s and 1980s the stand accommodated the away fans. Previously it was open to home supporters. The lower tier of the old stand was terracing and this was closed off by the turn of the 1980's due to it being a fire hazzard as the terracing steps were wooden. The front concrete terracing remained and was one of the last standing areas at a Premiership ground. During the 1960s and 1970s, both ends of the ground featured a large semicircle behind the goals. (Which dates back to the 1966 World Cup).

The area around Goodison Park when built was a dense area full of terraced housing, and Goodison Avenue behind the Park End stand was no different. Oddly housing was built right in to the stand itself (as shown on old photographs of Goodison and in programmes). The club had previously owned many of the houses on the road and rented them to players. One of the players to live there, Dixie Dean later had a statue erected in his honour near the Park End on Walton Lane. By the 1990's the club had demolished virtually the whole street and this coincided with the redevelopment of the Park End stand. However at present the majority of the land is now an open car park for the club and its Marquee.

St Luke's Church

St. Lukes Church
St. Lukes Church now obscured by a jumbotron

Goodison Park is unique in the sense that a church, St Luke's, protrudes into the site between the Main Stand and the Gwladys Street Stand. Everton do not play early kick-offs on Sundays in order to permit Sunday services at the church.[21] The church is synonymous with the football club and a wooden church structure was in place when Goodison Park was originally built. Former Everton players such as Brian Harris have had their funeral service held there.[22]

The church can be seen from the Park End and Bullens Road and has featured prominently over the years as a backdrop during live televised matches. It is also the home to the Everton Former Players' Foundation of which the Reverend is a trustee.[23]

Everton once tried to pay for its removal in order to gain extra space for a larger capacity.[9] In more recent years, a large 'jumbrotron' screen has been installed between the Main Stand and Gwladys Street partially obscuring the church from view. Before the all-seating regulations were introduced some fans would climb up and watch a football game from the church rooftop.

The Future

Artist's impression of a redevelopment of Goodison Park.

Since the late 1990s the board of Everton have been seeking a new, alternative stadium to replace Goodison Park.

Plans for a possible relocation were first mentioned in 1996, when then chairman Peter Johnson announced his attention to build a new 60,000-seat stadium for the club. At the time, no English league club had a stadium with such a high capacity.[24]

In 2001, plans were drawn up to move to a 55,000-seat purpose-built arena on the site of the Kings Dock in Liverpool, but the plans never came to fruition as the club could not raise sufficient funds.[25] Following this, plans were made to move to Kirkby, just outside the city, in a joint venture with the supermarket chain Tesco. The scheme was greatly divisive amongst supporters and local authorities, but was rejected in late November 2009 following a decision by Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

The site of Goodison Park was earmarked in 2003 for a food store by Tesco, who offered £12 million for the site valued at £4m.[26] The club were advised that the planning permission required would not necessarily be granted, and chose not to take the scheme further.[27]

Some supporters' groups have argued that it is possible to expand Goodison Park, despite it being surrounded by housing and local authority buildings, and have produced image renders, architectural drawings and costings for a redeveloped Goodison Park.[28] Liverpool City Council leader Warren Bradley stated that a redevelopment of Goodison Park was his favoured option, and that relocation of the homes, infrastructure and businesses in streets adjoining the ground is "not a major hurdle".[29]

Everton's current position regarding the future of Goodison Park is that they are considering all options, including relocation, redevelopment of the current ground, or a groundshare with Liverpool F.C., in a new, pupose-built stadium in Stanley Park, stressing that finance is the main factor affecting decision-making.[30]


Goodison Park is located two miles north of Liverpool City Centre. The stadium is served by Kirkdale railway station on the Merseyrail Northern Line which is located just over half a mile from the stadium. On match days there is also a frequent shuttle bus service from Sandhills railway station known as "SoccerBus". Walton and Anfield railway station located on Walton Lane - the same road that the Park End backs onto - was the nearest station to Goodison Park until its closure in 1948.[31] It is possible that the station may be re-opened should the Canada Dock Branch line be re-opened to the public following the construction of Stanley Park railway station be built.

Further information

The name Goodison Park was given to the stadium because the length of it was built against Goodison Road. The road was named after a civil engineer called George Goodison who provided a sewage report to the Walton Local Board in the mid 1800s and later became a local land owner.[15]

On 11 July 1913 it became the first English football ground to be visited by a reigning monarch when King George V and Queen Mary attended. The attending royals had opened Gladstone Dock on the same day.[32]

Goodison Park featured in the filming of The Golden Vision, a BBC film made for television. The matches featured in the film were Division One games against Manchester City on 4 November 1967 (1–1 draw) and 18 November 1967 versus Sheffield United (1–0 win) - the scorer of the winner that day was Alex Young, also known as The Golden Vision or Golden Ghost after whom the film was named.

A scoreboard was first introduced on 20 November 1971. Everton beat Southampton 8–0 with Joe Royle scoring four, David Johnson three and Alan Ball one. The scoreboard did not have enough room to display the goal scorer's names and simply read "7 9 7 9 8 9 9 7".[33]

Goodison Park has staged more top-flight football games than any other ground in England and was the only English club ground to host a semi-final at the 1966 FIFA World Cup.

Everton legends William Ralph 'Dixie' Dean and former manager Harry Catterick both died at Goodison Park. Dean suffered from a heart attacked aged 73 in 1980 whilst Catterick died five years later also suffering a heart attack aged 65.

The Independent newspaper journalist David Conn unexpectedly coined the nickname "The Grand Old Lady" for the stadium in 1999 when he wrote "Another potential suitor has apparently thought better of Everton, walking away on Tuesday from the sagging Grand Old Lady of English football, leaving her still in desperate need of a makeover."[34]


In the 1931–32 season Goodison Park was the venue of the most goals scored at home in a league season, 84 by Everton.

Between 16 September 1961 and 23 August 1963 Everton remained unbeaten at Goodison Park – a run of 43 games – winning 34 and drawing 9, scoring 121 goals and conceding just 31.

Between 23 April 1984 and 2 September 1986 Everton scored in 47 consecutive games at Goodison Park registering 36 wins and 7 draws, scoring 123 goals in the process while conceding 38. Scottish striker Graeme Sharp scored 32 of these goals.

Until the expansion of Old Trafford in 1996 Goodison Park held the record Sunday attendance on a Football League ground (53,509 v West Bromwich Albion, FA Cup, 1974).


Despite being purposefully built for Everton F.C. to play football, Goodison Park has hosted many other types of events. It became the first Football League ground to hold an FA Cup Final, in 1894. Notts County beat Bolton Wanderers, watched by crowd of 37,000. An FA Cup final replay was staged in 1910 with Newcastle United beating Barnsley 2–0.

On 26 December 1920, Goodison Park hosted a match between; Dick, Kerr's Ladies & St Helens Ladies. An estimated 53,000 attended the match, at a time when the average gate at Goodison Park in 1919–20 was 29,050.[35] Dick, Kerr's Ladies won 4–0. More than £3,000 was raised for charity. A year later, Goodison Park played host to Lancashire's Northern Union team when they took on Australia and lost 29–6.[36]

On May 19 1938 George VI and Queen Elizabeth attended Goodison Park to present new colours to the 5th Battalion the King’s Regiment (Liverpool) and the Liverpool Scottish (Queens Own Cameron Highlanders) in front of 80,000 spectators.[37]

Goodison Park was chosen as one of two English venues for the Sox-Giants 1924 World Tour. On 23 October 1924, 2,000 spectators witnessed US baseball teams Chicago White Sox and New York Giants participate in an exhibition match. One player managed to hit a ball clear over the large Goodison Road Stand. The other English venue selected was Stamford Bridge.[38]

The Liverpool Trojans and Formby Cardinals were the last two teams to play baseball at Goodison Park. This was in the Lancashire Cup Final in 1948.[39]

Goodison Park was in 1949, the site of England's first ever defeat on English soil by a non-Home Nations country, namely the Republic of Ireland.

The ground hosted five matches including a semi-final for the 1966 FIFA World Cup. In April 1895 Goodison Park hosted England versus Scotland[40] and so Everton became the first club to host England internationals on two grounds (the other being Anfield in 1889 when England won 6-2 versus Ireland[41]). The city of Liverpool also became the first English city to stage England games at three different venues, the other being Aigburth Cricket Club.

The last Everton player to play in an international at Goodison Park was Ray Wilson for England versus Poland 5 January 1966. The game ended 1-1 and England's goal was scored by Bobby Moore. This was his first international goal and the only one on English soil. In 1973 Goodison hosted Northern Ireland's home games against Wales and England.

More than 800 fans' ashes have been buried at Goodison Park and since 2004 the club have had to reject further requests because there is no room for any more.[42] Tommy Lawton wanted his ashes to be scattered at Goodison but his son chose to donate them to the national football museum because of Goodison's uncertain future.[43]


Goodison Park as host stadium

Outside of being the venue for Everton home games, Goodison Park has been used as a neutral host venue for numerous matches, and many of significance.

1966 FIFA World Cup

Goodison Park hosted five games during the 1966 FIFA World Cup. The original schedule of the 1966 World Cup meant that if England won their group and then reached the Semi final, the match would be held at Goodison Park. However, the organising committee were allowed to swap the venues, with England playing Portugal at Wembley Stadium.

Group Stage

Quarter Final

Semi Finals

Portugal's Eusébio won the tournament's Golden Boot scoring nine goals, six of them at Goodison Park.[44] Eusébio later stated that "Goodison Park is for me the best stadium in my life".[45] In Garrincha's 50 caps for Brazil, the only defeat he experienced was in the game versus Hungary at Goodison Park.[46]

FA Cup Final

Two years after construction, Goodison Park was chosen by the Football Association to host the final of the FA Cup.

Year Attendance Winner Runner-up
31 March 1894 37,000 Notts County 4 Bolton Wanderers 1

British Home Championships


Goodison Park has played host to England on eight occasions during the Home Championships. When Everton player Alex Stevenson scored for Northern Ireland in 1935 versus England, he became the first player to score an international away goal on his club's home ground.

Date "Home" Team "Away" Team
6 April 1895 England 3 Scotland 0
16 February 1907 England 1 Ireland 0
1 April 1911 England 1 Scotland 1
22 October 1924 England 3 Northern Ireland 0
22 October 1928 England 2 Northern Ireland 1
6 February 1935 England 2 Northern Ireland 1
5 November 1947 England 2 Northern Ireland 2
11 November 1953 England 3 Northern Ireland 1

Northern Ireland

Programme from 1973 when Goodison Park hosted Northern Ireland and England

On 22 February 1973 the Irish FA announced that Northern Ireland's home matches in the Home International Championship would be moved to Goodison Park due to the civil unrest within Belfast at that time. These are the only home matches that Northern Ireland's football team have played outside of Northern Ireland itself.

Date "Home" Team "Away" Team
12 May 1973 Northern Ireland 1 England 2
19 May 1973 Northern Ireland 1 Wales 0

Both Northern Ireland goalscorers Dave Clements (vs. England) and Bryan Hamilton (vs. Wales)[47] went on to play for Goodison Park's club side Everton later on in their careers.

Other neutral matches at Goodison Park

Date Competition "Home" Team "Away" Team
21 April 1894 Inter-League Match Football League 1 Scottish League 1
21 March 1896 FA Cup Semi final Bolton Wanderers 1 Sheffield Wednesday 1
11 April 1896 Inter League Match Football League 5 Scottish League 1
21 March 1903 FA Cup Semi final Bury 3 Aston Villa 0
13 March 1904 FA Cup Semi final Manchester City 3 Sheffield Wednesday 0
28 April 1910 FA Cup Final (Replay) Newcastle United 2 Barnsley 0
1 April 1914 FA Cup Semi final Replay Burnley 1 Sheffield United 0
14 March 1925 Inter-League Match Football League 4 Scottish League 3
26 March 1928 FA Cup Semi final Replay Huddersfield Town 0 Sheffield United 0
25 September 1929 Inter-League Match Football League 7 Irish League 2
3 December 1934 FA Cup 1st round, 2nd replay New Brighton 2 Southport 1
11 May 1935[nb 2] Inter-League Match Football League 10 Wales & Ireland 2
21 October 1936 Inter-League Match Football League 2 Scottish League 0
4 November 1939 Representative Match Football League 3 All British XI 3
19 February 1947 Inter-League Match Football League 4 Irish League 2
24 January 1948[nb 3] FA Cup 4th round Manchester United 3 Liverpool 0
2 April 1949 FA Cup Semi final Replay Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 Manchester United 0
21 September 1949[nb 4] Friendly International England 0 Republic of Ireland 2
14 March 1951 FA Cup Semi final Replay Blackpool 2 Birmingham City 1
19 May 1951 Friendly International England 5 Portugal 2
10 October 1951 Inter-League Match Football League 9 League of Ireland 1
7 December 1955 Inter-League Match Football League 5 League of Ireland 1
15 January 1958 U23 International England u23 3 Scotland u23 1
23 September 1959 U23 International England u23 0 Hungary u23 1
8 February 1961 U23 International England u23 2 Wales u23 0
17 August 1963 FA Charity Shield Everton 4 Manchester United 0
5 January 1966 Friendly International England 1 Poland 1
13 August 1966 FA Charity Shield Everton 0 Liverpool 1
1 May 1968 U23 International England u23 4 Hungary u23 0
30 November 1970 FA Cup 1st round, 2nd replay Tranmere Rovers 0 Scunthorpe United 1
19 April 1972 FA Cup Semi final Replay Arsenal 2 Stoke City 1
18 March 1974[nb 5] FA Cup 6th round replay Newcastle United 0 Nottingham Forest 0
21 March 1974 FA Cup 6th round, 2nd replay Nottingham Forest 0 Newcastle United 1
4 April 1979 FA Cup Semi final replay Manchester United 1 Liverpool 0
17 May 1983 UEFA U18 Championship Finals Group A West Germany u18 3 Bulgaria u18 1
13 April 1985 FA Cup Semi final Manchester United 2 Liverpool 2
6 April 1989 U18 International England u18 0 Switzerland u18 0
17 Jan 1991 FA Cup 3rd Round Woking (home team) 0 Everton 1
13 November 1993 FA Cup 1st round Knowsley United 1 Carlisle United 4
6 June 1995 Umbro Cup Brazil 3 Japan 0
9 September 2003 UEFA U21 Championship Qualifying England u21 1 Portugal u21 1


  1. ^ The original cost of the ground. Further costly developments have occurred since
  2. ^ This was one of two matches which trialled having two referees in a single match. The other trial was on 8 May 1935 when the Football League team beat West Bromwich Albion 9-6 at The Hawthorns.
  3. ^ Due to war damage, Old Trafford was closed at the time, and Manchester United were playing their home matches at Maine Road. However, on the same day, Manchester City were at home to Chelsea in another FA Cup tie and as a result this tie was switched to Goodison Park.
  4. ^ This was the first time that England had been beaten at home by a team from outside the Home Nations.
  5. ^ Due to a pitch invasion at the original match (which Newcastle United won 4-3), the F.A. ordered the tie to be replayed at a neutral venue.


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Preceded by
Fallowfield Stadium
FA Cup
Final Venue

Succeeded by
Crystal Palace


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