everton f.c. in liverpool
|| 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 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
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