Unreliable History

Coming out of St. Domingo’s Sunday School one day, a group of students decided to have a game of football in Stanley Park.  They enjoyed the experience so much that decided to play regularly and did so, practicing religiously.  After a year, they decided to change their name to Everton and wearing the kit dyed black with a red sash across it, they became known as the Black Watch.  This was primarily because they were thought to be practicing Satanism and locals were spying on them to make sure that no celebratory masses took place in their area.

The club established themselves amongst the elite and also as a moneyed club, in 1893 signing Jack Southworth from Blackburn Rovers for £400.  However, an argument over the rent meant that the move to Goodison from Anfield (where they shared the ground) took place in 1892 and to open the stadium there were fireworks, a concert and an athletics meeting !! The site they moved onto had been neglected and had turned into a “howling desert”, which needed a lot of clearing up to turn into the major football ground of the day.  However, the Christian attitude of the club carried through as they once delayed a game so that the Harvest festival in a nearby church could go ahead unhindered by spectators going to the match and on another occasion, the Goodison Park ground hosted a prayer meeting for those souls who had been lost to Anfield.  Indeed to keep the religious theme they even had a church built into the corner of the ground.  At one stage the club installed £70,000 worth of under-soil heating, but they only found after it had been put in that it was unsuitable and the money was wasted.

Everton had already won the First Division before the move and in the next 40 years, they won it four times (one in 1915 when they recorded the lowest points total of 46) and finished second on another four occasions.  They also won the FA Cup twice and reached the final another twice, with the 1933 win against Manchester City being the first time players were numbered … from 1 to 22.  In 1931, five forwards scored in a match at Charlton Athletic in a 7-0 win in just 18 minutes.  The strike rate was not always that prolific though.  The majority of their history has been spent in the First Division and Premiership, but they have dipped down a couple of times for a change.  After the Thirties, they suffered a period of calm until the Sixties when Liverpool really came alive.

A FA Cup and a Championship preceded the Seventies team with Alan Ball, Sandy Brown, Joe Royle and Brian Labone took the side to the top of the tree again.  In fact, the trio of Colin Harvey, Alan Ball and Howard Kendall became known as the Holy Trinty, a logical nod to their theological past. That side managed by Harry Catterick went on to do nothing else.  It was really in the late Eighties that the Howard Kendall era kicked in. Two FA Cup finals (one successful), one League Cup final and two titles  and a runners-up place were consolidated by a European Cup Winners Cup victory in 1985.  Not to forget losing finals in the League Super Cup, Zenith Data Systems Cup and the Simod Cup in the following few years, but these could not compensate for the ban from Europe, just when it looked like Everton might take Liverpool’s mantle. 

In more recent times, there have been struggles against relegation and despite their Toffee nickname has seen them nearly come unstuck. The doldrums have resulted in a massive turnover of players and disruption behind the scenes with financial shenanigans keeping them from finding stability.  The highly successful Walter Smith has been brought in from Glasgow Rangers to try and recreate the good times at the club, but unfortunately for him, there are more than two good teams in the Premier League.

He left under a cloud and up and coming manager David Moyes was installed as manager, but again his ability was undermined by board-room battles and financial fiddling.  This came to a head when Wayne Rooney became a pawn in the game of chess that left the fans as the ones being taken by the kings who are in positions of power, but only leave the club wondering where they will end up.

The devotion of players and staff to the club is shown by the fact that both Catterick and record goal scorer Dixie Dean both died watching the team at Goodison.  They would have been proud of the 2004-05 team, who finished in a Champions League placing in the Premier League, but failed to recapture their previous European glory by going out in the qualifying rounds. 

Blighted by bad starts, the Everton charabanc rolls on with Moyes doing well with what he is given, but not being able to be given the chance elsewhere to see what he could achieve.  This is lucky for Everton, but with sales of young players a regular occurrence, like the search for a new ground, it is a case of constant rebuilding. 

In 2013, the rebuilding had to be done in the manager’s office, with Moyes anointed as the successor at Old Trafford and Everton moved to secure Roberto Martinez as the new boss. A cool character, the Spaniard settled into the position well and took the team into the top six with some neat football, but failure to maintain that status saw them go Dutch with Ronald Koeman as the big cheese, but having left a bad smell around Goodison, they turned to Sam Alladyce to take them to a brighter future.  Then to Marco Silva, then Carlo Ancelotti …

FAMOUS PLAYERS : –  Sam Chedgzoy, Alan Ball, William “Dixie” Dean, Neville Southall, Joe Royle, Paul “The Devil” Rideout, Geoff Nulty, Peter Slack, Martin Dobson, Alex “Sandy” Brown, Peter Reid, Garry Batt, Frank Northaw.

FAMOUS FANS : – Derek Hatton (Politician/Radio presenter), Simon O’Brien (TV presenter/actor), Freddie Starr (Comedian), Steve Smith (GB Olympic high jumper), Ed Stewart – (Radio presenter), John Parrott (Snooker player), Bill Kenwright  (Theatre impresario), Michael Owen (Footballer – Liverpool); Ed “Stewpot” Stewart (1970s DJ), Wayne Rooney (Footballer – Manchester United), Sylvester Stallone (Actor – “Rambo”, “Escape To Victory”).

Club Records

Formed 1878
Turned Professional 1885
Became a Limited Company 1892
Previous names St. Domingo FC 1878-79
Previous grounds Stanley Park – 1878-82
Priory Road  –  1882-84
Anfield Road – 1884-92
Nickname “The TOFFEES”
Club Colours HOME :   Shirts :  Royal Blue with white chevrons on shoulders and white trim on cuff
Shorts :  White with blue chevrons on side
Socks :   White with blue turnover
Away :   Shirts : Yellow with blue chevrons on shoulders and blue trim on cuff
Shorts :  Yellow with blue chevrons on side
Socks :  Yellow with one blue band around turnover
THIRD :  Shirts :  Jade with grey chevrons on shoulder
Shorts :  Grey with jade chevrons down side
Socks :  Jade with one grey band around turnover
Record Premier League Win 7-1  v  Southampton      Home       16.11.1996
Record Premier League Defeat 1-5  v  Norwich City      Home        25.9.1993
1-5  v  Manchester United      Away        04.12.1999
Record Football League Win 9-1  v Manchester City      Div. 1       3.9.1906
9-1  v Plymouth Argyle      Div. 2       ??.12.1930
Record Football League Defeat 4-10  v  Tottenham Hotspur  Div.1        11.10.1958
Record Cup Win 11-2  Derby County      FAC R1      18.1.1890
Record Fee Paid £45 million to Swansea City for Gylfi SIGURDSSON (15 August 2017)
Record Fee Received £75 million (plus add-ons) from Manchester United for Romelu LUKAKU (10 July 2017)
Record Appearances 750 –  Neville SOUTHALL  (1981-98)
Record League Appearances 578 –  Neville SOUTHALL  (1981-98)
Record Premier League Appearances 277 –  Dave WATSON  (1992-2000)
Record Premier League goalscorer 68 –  Romelu LUKAKU (2014-2017)
Record all-time goalscorer 349 –  William “Dixie” DEAN (1925-37)
Record goalscorer in a Premier League season 25 – Romelu KUKAKU (2016-17)
Record goalscorer in a season 60 –  William “Dixie” DEAN (1927-28)
Record Home Attendance (all-time) 78,299 v  Liverpool         Division 1        18.9.1948
Record Premier League Attendance 40,185  v  Liverpool        17.10.1998
Record total of goals in a Premier League season 64  –  1995-96
Record total of goals in a League season 121  –  1930-31     Division 2
Record Premier League points total 61  –  1995-96,  38 games
Record  League points total 3 points for a win : 90  –  1984-85      Division 1
2 points for a win : 66  –  1969-70       Division 1
Youngest player
Jose BAXTER  16 years and 191 days   v  Blackburn Rovers   16.08.2008
Oldest player
Ted SAGAR  42 years and 281 days   v  Plymouth Argyle   15.11.1952
Most Capped player while at club 93 – Tim HOWARD (USA)

Stadium details
Address : Goodison Park, Liverpool, L4 4EL
Telephone : 0151 330 2200

Capacity :  39,414

Pitch size :   100.48m  x  68m

Main Switchboard: 0151 556 1878
Ticket Office: 0151 556 1878
Credit Card Bookings: 0151 556 1878
E-mail address : everton@evertonfc.com
Official website :  www.evertonfc.co.uk


Division One Champions  (first tier) 1890-91, 1914-15, 1927-28, 1931-32, 1938-39, 1962-63, 1969-70, 1984-85, 1986-87
Division One Runner-up  (first tier) 1889-90, 1894-95, 1901-02, 1904-05, 1908-09, 1911-12, 1985-86
Division Two Champions  (second tier) 1930-31
Division Two Runners-up  (second tier) 1953-54
FA Cup Winners 1906, 1933, 1966, 1984, 1995
FA Cup Finalists 1893, 1897, 1907, 1968, 1985, 1986, 1989, 2009
League Cup Finalists 1977, 1984
European Cup Winners Cup Winners 1985
European Super Cup Runners-up 1986
FA Charity Shield Winners 1928, 1932, 1963, 1970, 1984, 1985, 1986 (shared), 1987, 1995
ScreenSport Super Cup Runners-up 1986
Simod Cup Runners-up 1989
Zenith Data Systems Cup Runners-up 1991


William  Edward BARCLAY August 1888 – May 1889
Dick MOLYNEUX August 1889 – May 1901
William C. CUFF August 1901 – May 1918
W.J. SAWYER August 1918 – May 1919
Thomas H. McINTOSH August 1919 – May 1935
May 1935 – June 1939
Theo KELLY June 1939- 1st September 1948
Cliff BRITTON 1st September 1948 – 1st February 1956
Ian BUCHAN 1st February 1956 – 1st October 1958
Johnny CAREY 1st October 1958 – 15th April 1961
Harry CATTERICK 22nd April 1961 – 7th April 1973
Tom EGGLESTON (caretaker)
12th April 1973 – 28th May 1973
Billy BINGHAM 25th August 1973- 8th January 1977
Steve BURTENSHAW (caretaker)
10th January 1977 – 30 January 1977
Gordon LEE 1st February 1977 – 4th May 1981
Howard KENDALL May 1981 – 11th May 1987
Colin HARVEY 1st August 1987 – 30th October 1990
Jimmy GABRIEL (caretaker) 3rd November 1990
Howard KENDALL 10th November 1990 – 4th December 1993
Jimmy GABRIEL (caretaker) 8th December 1992 – 3rd January 1993
Mike WALKER 8th January 1993 – 5th November 1994
Joe ROYLE 21st November 1994 – 27th March 1997
Dave WATSON (caretaker) 5th April 1997 – 11th May 1997
Howard KENDALL 27th June 1997 – 10th May 1998
Walter SMITH 15th August 1998- 10th March 2002
David MOYES 16th March 2002 – 19th May 2013
Roberto MARTINEZ 17th August 2013 – 12th May 2016
David UNSWORTH (caretaker) 15th May 2016 – 15th May 2016
Ronald KOEMAN 14th June 2016 – 23rd October 2017
David UNSWORTH (caretaker) 24th October 2017 – 30th November 2017
Sam ALLARDYCE 30th November 2017 – 16th May 2018
Marco SILVA 31st May 2018 – 5th December 2019
Duncan FERGUSON (caretaker) 5th December 2019 – 21st December 2019
Carlo ANCELOTTI 21st December 2019 – 

League Record

Founder Member of Football League 1888
Division One 1888-1930
Division Two 1930-1931
Division One 1931-1951
Division Two 1951-1954
Division One 1954-1992
Premier League 1992-