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Everton Football Club Although Everton FC is now one of the Premiership’s best-supported teams, the club had a humble beginning as St Domingo’s FC in 1878.

Picked from a school football team, the players quickly made an impression on the locals and soon they were recruiting new players from outside St Domingo’s parish.

It was at this time that the club was given a new name, Everton FC, and so Merseyside’s first football club and a founder member of the Football League was born.

After playing at numerous locations, including Anfield, which is now home to arch-rival’s Liverpool FC, the club settled on land near Stanley Park known as Mere Green Field. Within a matter of months the field had been transformed into Goodison Park [map], and in August 1892 the country’s first purpose built football stadium opened.

Everton’s success started early with countless trips to the FA Cup final between 1892 and 1907, however their only win came in 1906 thanks to a goal by Alex Young. But once the club had their hands on some silverware they refused to give up their glory, and went on to win the League Championship in 1914/5 and again in 1925/6.

In that same season Everton signed legendary striker Dixie Dean, who notched up a record 60 league goals in 39 matches during his first year at the club. After staying at Goodison Park through relegation, promotion and championship glory, Dean departed for Notts County in 1937.

Fortunately for Everton fans there was a new superstar waiting in the wings as Tommy Lawton arrived from Burnley in January 1937. In the 1938/9 season he scored an impressive 34 goals in 38 matches, but the outbreak of World War II saw the first division suspended and Lawton never played a league game for Everton again.

After the war, Everton lost form and were forced into the second division for three seasons, before being promoted back to the top flight in 1954.

The 1950s was a difficult decade for the club but it was a very different story in the 1960s when Everton won the Division One Championship twice, the FA Cup and the Charity Shield. After winning the league title in 1970, it looked like Everton’s success was going to continue well into the next decade.

However the 1970s turned out to be a dismal time for the club, with a League Cup Final appearance in 1976/7 being the closest it came to winning any silverware.

In 1981, with Everton’s future looking bleak, the club signed Howard Kendall as manager and so the 'Golden Years' began. By 1984 the team had proved they were a force to be reckoned with, storming up the league and lifting the FA Cup for the fourth time.

A year later one of Goodison Park’s most famous teams, which included Neville Southall, Graeme Sharp and Peter Reid, won the league championship with a record 90 points – 13 clear of second place Liverpool.

In the same season, Everton found success on the continent when they thrashed Rapid Vienna 3-1 in Rotterdam to take home the European Cup Winners’ Cup.

In 1986 one of England’s best ever footballers, Gary Lineker, joined Everton and notched up a total of 40 goals before leaving for Barcelona after his success in the World Cup.

Despite the departure of their top scorer, Everton went on to win the first division championship again in 1987, but their luck swiftly came to an end in the 1990s. The only silverware to return to Goodison Park during that decade was the FA Cup in 1995.

But the dawning of the new Millennium brought renewed hope, and now Everton are back in the game playing in the better half of the Premiership.

If you’ve ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at Goodison Park then get along to the stadium for a guided tour. For more information visit www.evertonfc.com

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