GOODISON PARK: MORE NEWS AND EVENTS
History of The Stadium
Before the days of Goodison Park, Everton first called Stanley Park their home. Their first game here was played in 1879. Over the years, the team grew hugely in popularity which resulted in them eventually outgrowing the venue. The team were forced to seek out a new venue and eventually settled at Anfield Road. This was a more substantial location that contained proper covered stands. They played here between the years of 1884 and 1892. However, there was some conflict here over the years, one of them being rent prices. This resulted in Everton eventually being expelled from the grounds, which led to their move to the beloved Goodison Park.
Goodison Park was a significant stadium at the time as it was England’s first purpose-built football ground, with stands on three sides. Upon it’s opening in 1892, 12,000 people flocked to the stadium to watch the opening event which consisted of athletics, followed by music and fireworks. The first football game was played against Bolton Wanderers where they won 4-2.
The stadium has undergone many developments over the years, including the demolishing of the Goodison Road stand in 1969. At the time, many people thought the upgrade was unnecessary but just goes to show how concerned the stadium were with being a top of the range venue.
Further renovation took place in the 1990’s following the Taylor Report. Due to the Hillsborough disaster, all stadiums were to become fully seated. Work had to be undertaken to ensure that the three out of the four sides were amended from standing to seated.
Goodison Park has been used for boxing matches, a wedding venue and, in the past, a place where fan’s ashes could be scattered.
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