Everton Football Club is a professional football club based in Walton, Liverpool, England. The club plays in the Premier League, the top tier football league of England. Everton was one of the 12 founding members of The Football League in 1988.
Everton was formed in 1878 and was earlier known as Saint Domingo’s Football Club. It was formed by members of the Saint Domingo’s Church who used to play cricket. The football club was started by the members to keep them fit, so they could play cricket in the summer. The club soon gained popularity and people outside the Church’s congregation wanted to join them. Due to the gaining popularity, the club changed its name to Everton Football Club in November 1879.
Everton has competed in the top tier of English football more than any other club and holds a record of 116 seasons. Everton is also the first club to win by a penalty shoot-out in the European Cup.
Records held by Everton are:
- First English club to appear in European competitions for 5 consecutive seasons
- Scored and conceded most goals in the top division
- First club to play 4000 top-flight games in English Football
- First club to gain 5000 league points in total
Marco Silva was appointed the manager of Everton on 31st March 2018. The former Portuguese played as a right-back during his span as a professional footballer. Everton had to pay £4 million in compensation to Silva’s previous club in order to secure the services of Silva. He is the 17th permanent holder of this position for the club.
Everton Stadium - Goodison Park
Everton initially used to play in Stanley Park, which now lies between the Anfield (Liverpool’s Stadium) and Goodison Park (Everton’s Stadium). The Toffees moved to Priory Road, but in 1884 became the tenants of Anfield due to the growing popularity of the club. In 1885, John Houlding, a former Everton F.C. member became the proprietor of the Anfield.
John Houlding kept on increasing the rent for Anfield and in 1892 the board members refused to pay and elected to find a new stadium. Everton then moved to their new stadium, Goodison Park, which was opened in 1892 and the toffees have played in this stadium ever since. This was the first major football stadium to be built in England. Goodison Park was the only English club ground to host the 1966 World Cup semifinals.
Everton logo consists of a Lock-Up and is accompanied by 2 laurel wreaths on either side of the Lock-Up. The logo consists of a Lock-Up because of the local Everton Lock-Up, which stands in the Everton district. The laurel wreaths were used because they represent the sign of a winner. The Toffees also dropped their motto on the logo, Nil Satis Nisi Optimum, which means "Nothing but the best is good enough".
Everton Nicknames - The Toffees
The most famous nickname for Everton is “The Toffees”. This name was adopted because of a woman who used to sell a sweet named Everton Mint at her toffee shop. The toffee shop was also located opposite the local Everton lock-up which is visible on the club’s logo. At the start of every game at Goodison Park, Everton Mints are tossed into the crowd.
Everton has also been called “The Blues” due to their royal blue kits. Everton is also referred to as “The People’s Club”.
Everton is owned by British-Iranian businessman Farhad Moshiri. He owns a 77.2% stake in Everton Football Club. Moshiri initially bought a 49.9% stake in the club when he first arrived in 2016 and is increasing his stake ever since. He paid the debt of the club and has the ambition of making Everton one of the top clubs in England.
Everton FA Cup Titles (5)
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Everton First Division League Titles (9)
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Everton Top Scorer
Dixie Dean is Everton’s all-time top goalscorer. He has scored 383 goals in all appearances for Everton and is considered as the best player the club have ever had. He is an Everton legend and has a statue of himself outside Goodison Park. Dean still holds the record of scoring the highest number of goals in a season, 60, which he scored while playing for Everton during the 1927-28 season.
Everton Football Club have been relegated only twice from the top division of English football. The first time the Toffees were relegated was in 1929-30 season, but then made a strong comeback and entered the top division in the first attempt. They eventually won the 1931-32 League Championship on their return to the top division.
The second time the club was relegated was in the 1950-51 season and made a comeback to the top division in the 1954-55 season after 3 years in the second division. Everton have been in the top division ever since after that.