Everton Ladies Head Coach Andy Spence is relishing the opportunity to return to the Blue Girls’ former home ground in Crosby for their FA Cup tie against Bristol City on Sunday.
With Widnes Vikings in action at Halton Stadium on the same day, the Ladies will go back to the Marine Travel Arena – formerly the Arriva Stadium – where they spent 15 years before leaving for Widnes in 2014.
Spence was part of the coaching set-up for much of that time in Crosby, before making the step up to Head Coach in 2012, and is looking forward to returning to a ground he knows well and has enjoyed over the years.
“We get so well looked after at Halton Stadum, of course, but when the schedules clashed, it’s great to have the chance to go back to Crosby,” he said. “That stadium instantly brings up so many happy memories for the Club and it was nice to mention it to the girls. There are still two of three in the squad who played there.
“Those that haven’t will soon get a good idea of the history and attachment we have with it. We have had some great years there, had some excellent players play there and it is a great little ground with a super atmosphere.
“It lends itself to those fans who perhaps haven’t seen us much since we have moved to Halton. It’s a tight ground, with the fans really close to the pitch. Hopefully the supporters can turn out in their numbers.
“The FA Cup is a wonderful competition, one we have enjoyed and done well in previously, so in many ways this is the perfect scenario. We need to make sure we back that up with a perfect performance.”
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Members and Season Ticket holders need only show their membership cards to gain free entry at the Marine Travel Arena, with the game kicking off at 2pm.
There will be plenty of activity around the game, with a Fan Zone keeping fans entertained prior to kick-off, with craft sessions, music, face painting and a penalty shootout.