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2009
Goodison Park
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  • Goodison Park was built in 1892. It has an all-seated capacity of 40,158. The record attendance is 78,299 for a derby game in September 1948
  • 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.
  • In 1966 Goodison Park hosted several World Cup group 3 games including Brazil beating Bulgaria 2-0 with goals from Pele and Garrincha. 48.000 watched the game. Portugal with the great Eusabio beat Hungary 3-1. Favourites Brazil were knock-out of the World Cup when beaten by Hungary 3-1 with Bene and Albert pulling the strings for Hungary. Also the great game of North Korea leading the great Portugal side 3-0 and then 51,780 watching Eusabio score 4 in a 5-3 win.  (see sting Rays report http://www.bluekipper.com/history/worldcupgood.htm )
  • Goodison Park has staged more top-flight football games than any other ground in the United Kingdom and was the only English club ground to host a semi-final at the 1966 FIFA World Cup. It was also the first English football ground to install undersoil heating. (See Link http://www.bluekipper.com/history/firsts.htm)
  • Goodison Park is nicknamed the The Grand Old Lady. It was the first British sports ground ever to have double-decker stands on all 4 sides and the first to have a 3 tier stand. It was also the first English league ground to install undersoil heating.
  • Goodison has seen some great matches throughout its history, including the European Cup Winners' Cup semi-final second leg against Bayern Munich in 1985. Bayern, leading at half time, were defeated by three second half Everton goals from Andy Gray, Graeme Sharp and Trevor Steven.
  • Goodison Park 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.
  • Bullens Road Stand was built in 1895 with the open Goodison Road side covered, giving cover on all four sides of the ground. Over the following 35 years Everton built in each decade a double decker-stand culminating in the 1930s with four double-decker stands.
  • In 1913 it became the first English football ground to be visited by a reigning monarch, King George V.
  • After the First World War the US baseball teams Chicago White Sox and New York Giants played an exhibition match at Goodison Park. One player managed to hit a ball clear over the large Goodison Road Stand.
  • On 26 December, 1920, Goodison Park hosted a match between; Dick, Kerr's Ladies & St Helens Ladies. An estimated 67,000 attended the match, with 14,000 being locked out, at a time when the average gate at Goodison Park in 1919-20 was 29,050. Dick, Kerr's Ladies won 4-0 & over £3,000 was raised for charity.
  • The first covered dugouts in England were constructed at Goodison Park, in 1931.
  • In the 1931-32 season Goodison Park was the venue of the most goals scored at home in a league season, 84 by Everton.
  • 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 last Everton player to play in an international at Goodison Park was Ray Wilson for England v 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 & England.

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goodison park is the best ground in all england CUM ON YOU BLUES!
lewis, canvey, 2:42 PM 2/03/2010
 
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more photo's please vivid memories of the main stand being built around 1970
bluenose hilton, aberdeen , 9:11 PM 21/02/2010
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