Everton FC has been around since 1879 and has a long history. The club plays its games at Goodison Park and ‘The Toffees’ are based in Liverpool. Their big rival naturally is Liverpool FC, with the Merseyside Derby always being hotly contested.
Everton has been playing top-flight football for a record 117 seasons, with the team not being in the top tier only for four seasons. Over the years, Everton has won nine league titles, as well as five FA Cups, nine Charity Shields and a European Cup Winners’ Cup.
History of Everton FC
The club was founded in 1878 and it became a founding member of the Football League in 1888/1989, winning its first league title in 1890/1891. Its first FA Cup win came in 1906 and it won the league again in 1914/1915. The first time Everton got relegated from the premier division came in 1930. However, the club made it straight back up to the First Division.
It won its fourth league title after gaining promotion and won its second FA Cup in 1933. In 1950/1951, Everton got relegated again, not getting back to the top division until 1953/1954. It has not left the top tier of English football since then.
The 1960s saw another successful few years for the club under Harry Catterick. They won the league in his second season, as well as the 1966 FA Cup. It also became the first English club that competed in European competitions for five seasons in a row. When Howard Kendall took over the team, he instantly saw success.
Two league titles were won and an FA Cup, as well as the club's only European title when winning the European Cup Winners’ Cup against Rapid Vienna in the final. In 1985/1986, Everton finished runner-up to Liverpool in both the FA Cup and league, but they went onto win the league title the following season.
Premier League years
Everton was one of the founding members of the Premier League but went through some managerial issues for a number of years. The team did manage to win the FA Cup in 195, beating Manchester United in the final and the team finished 6th in the Premier League.
Howard Kendall came back for a third spell in charge of the team in 1997, however, the team narrowly avoided relegation after finishing in 17th place. David Moyes took over after a couple of managerial changes in 2002. He brought the club to a 7th place finish in 2002/2003 and started a decent period for the club.
Wayne Rooney broke into the club under Moyes before getting transferred to Manchester United for a club record £28 million. Everton finished in 4th place in 2004/2005 and got into UEFA Champions League qualifying, but did not make it into the group stages.
Moyes left the club for Manchester United in after 2012/2013. His replacement Roberto Martinez led the club to a 5th place finish in his first season and the team made it to the last 16 of the Europa League the next year. The team has gone through a few different managers since then.
There is a significant fan base for Everton, with its attendances always being up there in terms of Premier League teams. The support for Everton and Liverpool in the city is not dictated by geography. The intense rivalry has seen more red cards in the history of the Premier League than any other fixture.
Everton has been playing at Goodison Park since 1892 and it was the first major football stadium to be built in England. It held a semi-final during the 1966 World Cup and it has hosted more top-flight fixtures than any other stadium in the country. The stadium has undergone many changes over the years and now sets almost 40,000 people.
Everton notable players
There have been many notable players who have lined out for Everton FC over the years. In the earlier days, they included the likes of:
- Neville Southall, Dave Watson, Alan Ball, Ray Wilson, Joe Royle and Graeme Sharp.
In more recent years, Duncan Ferguson was a cult hero and has since managed the side. Other notables include:
- Paul Gascoigne, Pat Jennings, Gary Speed, Kevin Sheedy, Mikael Arteta and Tim Cahill.
Betting on Everton games
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