FA Cup Semi Final Saturday 14th April 2012

Spirit of Shankly has gathered information from various parties including the Metropolitan Police, British Transport Police and Wembley Stadium that will be helpful to all LFC fans travelling to, and attending, the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday 14th April 2012.



Travelling to and from Liverpool by Train

Please see the further down this page for information from the British Transport Police (BTP) on traveling to and from Liverpool. Please note the BTP are advising fans who have not bought train tickets to seek alternative methods of transport and those who do not have reservations to seek alternative routes.

NationalExpress ( will be running services for qualifying teams right to the Stadium gates. Coaches will not depart until the final whistle is blown.


Travelling to Wembley and Parking

Liverpool supporters can use Wembley Park tube station to access the stadium. Once they come out of the tube station they will walk along Olympic Way (formally Wembley Way) and will be directed up the left hand ramp which will take them to the East of the stadium. Wembley Park is serviced by the Jubilee Line and the Metropolitan Line which enables supporters to travel in from central London in the south or Watford, Uxbridge Hillingdon and Stanmore from the north.

Those supporters driving or travelling by coach to the stadium are advised to leave early to avoid queues before the game and must expect delays afterwards due to the high number of vehicles trying to leave at the same time.

Many supporters leave their private vehicles in surrounding Boroughs and utilise the tube system to finish their journey. Drivers MUST check the parking restrictions when they leave their vehicles as many councils impose restrictions on match days.

Please allow plenty of time to make your final tube journey in case there are any problems such as signal delays which may prevent tubes from running.

Please follow to read more about travel information including coach, rail and tube information and details about car parking.

Around Wembley Stadium including LFC and EFC Pubs Liverpool FC have been allocated the EAST side of the stadium. See a full list of all LFC here and EFC pubs here. Please note these may not be the same pubs that were allocated for the Carling Cup final.

There are only so many people these premises can hold and they will become full very quickly.

Pubs around Baker Street and The Globe Public House have also been allocated as Liverpool FC pubs.

Entry to pubs can be gained by production of a match day ticket.

There is a NO DRINK policy for public places around the stadium and this will be enforced by the police on the day, especially on Wembley (Olympic) Way. Supporters are advised to drink away from the area and travel in by Tube nearer to kick off.

It is expected that there will large numbers of supporters travelling to the stadium without tickets. Members are advised not to show their tickets in public until they reach the turnstiles. It would be virtually impossible for supporters to gain entry to the stadium after having their tickets stolen.

The Metropolitan Police have advised us of the following: “We appreciate that there will be family groups traveling down to Wembley and we are sure some pub landlords will use some discretion when checking tickets. The majority of pubs outside the immediate area will be open to mixed groups of supporters (unless decided otherwise by the landlord) so it may be easier for supporters to drink away from the stadium and travel in by Tube.

This may not be ideal for those supporters traveling down with family but as previous experience has shown, it is far safer for the majority of supporters to drink in pubs where supporters are all from the same team.”


Flags and Banners at Wembley

If you plan to take flags or banner to the Cup Final on Sunday you should follow to guidance from Wembley Stadium which gives details on restrictions and sizes of flags and banners allowed.


Message from the Hillsborough Justice Campaign

Spirit of Shankly is once again pleased to support the Hillsborough Justice Campaign (HJC) against The Sun newspaper at the FA Cup semi-final.

Posters are being distributed to LFC and EFC supporters who are encouraged to take a poster into the stadium and hold it up before kick off. The aim is that both sets of supporters show unity on this issue. For further information on how to get copies of the poster please visit the HJC Facebook page.


British Transport Police (BTP)

From British Transport Police (BTP) and the rail industry to Liverpool and Everton fans travelling to London for the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday, 14 April.


It’s the first time the two sides have met at Wembley since the 1989 FA Cup final and BTP is calling on fans to act as ambassadors and to continue to be a credit to their clubs.

Both Liverpool and Everton have an illustrious history and this trip to London represents a new opportunity for silverware. Fans from both clubs have been well-behaved all season and we hope this continues for the remainder of the year – particularly to and from Wembley stadium.

As the 12.30pm kick-off means there will only be a limited number of trains to travel down to Wembley, all fans should check any pre-booked tickets to ensure they travel on the correct service.

Once on-board we’d ask all fans to show the same behaviour we’ve seen so far this season and which saw Liverpool supporters travel to and from the Carling Cup final with relatively few issues.

There will be plenty of trains following the semi-final to get fans home, but these will all be ‘dry trains’ with no alcohol allowed on-board.

Alcohol is often a major contributing factor to other crimes and anti-social behaviour and, as such, the decision has been taken that all services from London Euston to Liverpool will be ‘dry’.

Our officers will be on-board a number of services returning to Liverpool to provide assistance to fans and rail staff and will also be monitoring people before they board services. Anyone deemed to be too intoxicated to travel will be refused entry to the trains.

This is a great opportunity for Liverpool and Everton fans to represent the city and show the rest of the country what these events should be about – a festival of football – and British Transport Police and its partner agencies will all be working to ensure this is the case.

Virgin Trains is advising fans going to the FA Cup semi- final that if they have not already bought rail tickets from Liverpool to London they should consider alternative travel arrangements. The warning comes despite the number of seats on the Liverpool-London route being doubled.

A Virgin Trains’ spokesman said: “We are using our longer trains on the route and will also operate some relief trains which will provide around 1500 extra seats on the route, with a further 900 seats on privately operated charter train services. This is the most we can provide given the early kick-off time for the match.

“We are aware that many fans have bought tickets without seat reservations, with their booking confirmation merely showing a recommended train service. We would ask fans to check their bookings carefully. We want fans to have an enjoyable day and we are doing everything we can to make that possible, but we need the fans to help us.”

Virgin Trains says that fans who have not bought a ticket but who intend to travel by rail to London must:

· Travel on services from Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston or · Travel on services from Stoke-on-Trent to London Euston. Ample car parking facilities are available at Stoke-on-Trent.

Services from Crewe and Warrington Bank Quay are already heavily reserved and should not be used.

For details of train service options from Manchester Piccadilly or Stoke-on-Trent use the journey planner at or call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.

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Liverpool Supporters Licensed Premises.

The Globe
Baker Street,
London NW1
The Torch
1 - 5 Bridge Road
Crock of Gold
23 Bridge Road
Moore Spice
Wembley Retail Park
Engineers Way
Blue Check Café
12 - 13 Empire Way
Premier Lodge
Bridge Road
Rim Zim
1 Empire Way
The Parish
120 Wembley Park Drive
First Class Sports Bar
125 Wembley Park Drive
Piri Piri Sports Bar
33 - 39 Bridge Road
Crystal (Use to be called Silverspoons)
1 Southway

Everton Supporters Licensed Premises

The Green Man
Dagmar Avenue
324 Harrow Road
JJ Moons
397 High Road
Thirsty Eddie’s
412 High Road
Innisfree Freehouse
30 - 32 Harrow Road
Mannions Freehouse
313 Harrow Road
The Bear
397a High Road
299 - 301 Harrow Road
Blue Room
53 Wembley Hill Road


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