Everton FC

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Everton FC
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Basic data
Surname Everton Football Club
Seat Liverpool , England
founding 1878
owner Farhad Moshiri , Bill Kenwright , Jon Woods, free float
Board Bill Kenwright
Website evertonfc.com
First soccer team
Head coach Carlo Ancelotti
Venue Goodison Park
Places 39,414
league Premier League
2019/20 12th place

The Everton (officially Everton Football Club ) - also known as The Toffees or The Blues - is an English football club from Liverpool . With nine championships , five FA Cup victories and one success in the European Cup Winners' Cup , the club is one of the most successful English football clubs. The club, founded in 1878, currently plays in the Premier League and, as a founding member of the Football League, has spent more time in the highest English league than any other club in just four second-rate years.

The first "golden era" of Everton FC fell in the time of Dixie Dean , arguably the most renowned player of Everton FC, and between 1928 and 1939 brought three championships and a cup triumph. After a final high phase in the mid-1980s, which included two more championship titles and the European Cup winners' trophy in 1985, the FA Cup victory in 1995 is the club's last major success to this day.

Liverpool FC, which was founded in 1892 and is based in the same city, has a traditional rivalry between Everton FC, which arose from a split between Everton FC following a dispute over the rent for the Anfield stadium. Since then, the "Toffees" have played their home games in Goodison Park , while the "Reds" have found their home in Anfield. The duels between the two clubs are known as the " Merseyside Derby ".


Early period (1878–1888)

Everton FC's roots lie in a New Connexion Methodist congregation founded in 1865 by Liam Jones and three years later decided to build a church in the Liverpool area. The following year, the parish between St. Domingo Vale and St. Domingo Grovean on Breckfield Road North bought some land near the Everton district, which in turn had become part of the city of Liverpool in 1835.

Six years after the new church “St. Domingo Methodist Church ”, Reverend BS Chambers was appointed pastor who started a cricket team for the youth ward. Since cricket could only be played in summer, the community also looked for a sporting field of activity outside of the cricket seasons and as a result of these considerations, the “St. Domingo Football Club ”. Immediately and beyond the church boundaries, the association attracted interested parties and quickly decided to rename the club. When deciding on the "Everton Football Club", the meeting at the Queen's Head Hotel in November 1879 was based on the district of the same name, in which one had found the sporting home.

After a 6-0 win in the first official game on December 20, 1879 against a team called “St. Peter's ”, Everton FC, which competed in blue and white striped shirts, was active in smaller local cup competitions and it quickly became clear that the initial venue in the southeast of Stanley Park was unsuitable for the long-term, often clearly four-digit attendance figures, and that it was insufficient Lawn quality. The team finally found a new home on Priory Road for the 1883/84 season and the club was able to collect entry fees there for the first time due to the seclusion of the site. But since the underground was not satisfactory there either, an influential supporter, local brewery entrepreneur and later club chairman, John Houlding, organized the rental of a new playing field on Anfield Road, which was owned by the Orrell Brothers brewery.

From September 1884, Everton played in Anfield and just a year later, the former leisure club for young churchgoers became a professional club. Encouraged by the steady success in the local cup competitions, the "Blues" took part in the national cup (" FA Cup ") for the first time in the 1886/87 season. There they lost 1-0 in Anfield on their debut against the Scottish Glasgow Rangers . Since the payment of one's own players violated the amateur statutes of the FA (" Football Association "), there were regular changes in game results, rescheduling and disqualifications at this time. As a result, Everton played four games against Bolton Wanderers in the 1887/88 season . In the first duel, Everton lost, but successfully lodged an objection because of the lack of eligibility for a "trotter". After two more draws, Everton finally prevailed in the fourth game. In the next round, Liverpool's Preston North End were not only defeated 6-0. Subsequently, the FA completely disqualified Everton FC from the competition, which led to Everton FC staying away from the FA Cup in the 1888/89 season.

Founding member of the Football League (1888-1915)

The Everton FC team in 1891.

The increasing importance of football, especially in industrial cities in the north of England, aroused the need for a national league in which the most important English clubs at that time were to compete against each other in one home and one away game within a year. Everton FC was one of the twelve founding members of the new Football League in 1888 and in front of over 10,000 spectators, Everton FC defeated Accrington FC 2-1 at home on September 8, 1888 on the opening match day . At the end of the first season , a somewhat disappointing eighth place jumped out. But already in the second season 1889/90 the team won the runner-up and reduced the point gap to the then as "unbeatable" team from Preston North End from 20 to 2. With the win of the first English championship in the season 1890/91 followed the first title win. With English national players like Alfred Milward and Edgar Chadwick on the left, defender Johnny Holt and center striker and striker Fred Geary, Everton swung into the leadership of the top English football clubs.

However, the success also had negative effects, as John Houlding, who had meanwhile bought Anfield, had decided in the spring of 1892 to more than double the rent in view of the increasing income of Everton FC. To the north of Stanley Park, the boardroom led by George Mahon found something near Goodison Road while looking for an alternative. There the club built the new Goodison Park and inaugurated it on August 24, 1892. The remaining club members who did not want to join the "rebels" when they moved to the new venue stayed in Anfield and had in the meantime founded Liverpool FC under the leadership of Houlding . The first derby of the two clubs took place in the 1894/95 season , when Everton won 4-0 against the newly promoted First Division in front of 44,000 spectators at Goodison Park and reached 2-2 in the second leg in Anfield. Although this season brought Everton another runner-up, the club often made negative things off the pitch. On the one hand, the income from a league game was embezzled and shortly thereafter there was a great commotion within its own supporters. This was preceded by a game cancellation due to the weather and although the spectators had been promised free tickets for the replay, the masses began to maraud. Together with four other board members, Mahon resigned from his chairmanship and paved the way for William C. Cuff , who ultimately served Everton FC for over 50 years and took over the chairmanship of the FA in 1938.

The club achieved respectable sporting successes in 1893 and 1897 by entering the FA Cup final. There the team initially lost 1-0 to Wolverhampton Wanderers at Fallowfield Stadium - goalkeeper Richard Williams said he could not keep the decisive goal from Harry Allen from long distance because of the blinding sun - and four years later 3-2 at Crystal Palace National Sports Center versus Aston Villa . The two goals in the last-mentioned final were scored by the Scots Jack Bell and Richard Boyle for the "Toffees". In 1905, Everton FC missed the English championship title (and thus the possible double ) under unfortunate circumstances. In April 1905, the club lost a game against Woolwich Arsenal, which was canceled in November 1904 when the score was 3: 1 for Everton and only 15 minutes left, with 1: 2 and thus instead of the championship only the runner-up title with one point behind Newcastle United won. The FA Cup semi-finals were lost 2-1 to Aston Villa in the replay.

The first title win in the English Cup came in 1906. In the third final, Everton defeated Newcastle United 1-0 after a goal by Alex Young on April 20, 1906 at Crystal Palace, the triumph still being due to the previous semi-final victory against arch rivals Liverpool FC had been "sweetened". The title defense in the following year only narrowly failed due to a 1: 2 final defeat against The Wednesday . The goal to make it 1-1 in the meantime was scored by Jack Sharp , who was an English national player in both football and cricket at the time (as was Harry Makepeace ). In the ranks of the two final teams there was also Harold Hardman, an amateur who won Olympic gold for Great Britain in his own country in 1908 .

With Bert Freeman came in 1908 one of the best at this time center forward from Woolwich Arsenal to Everton and in his first season in 1908/09 , new business contributed 38 goals for runner-up at. This also meant a new league record, which is remarkable to this day because it came before the change in the offside rule of 1925 and the usual goal rates were significantly lower at that time. In the 1914/15 season , Everton FC won their second English championship after 24 years. In the last season before the outbreak of the First World War , the Oldham Athletic club distanced themselves to second place with only one point difference. In addition to Harry Makepeace, in addition to team captain Jimmy Galt , right winger Sam Chedgzoy was one of the club's most spectacular players at the time, whose crosses played a key role in ensuring that the new central striker Bobby Parker with 35 goals this season set the record set by Freeman six years earlier almost equalized.

Between the two world wars: The time of "Dixie" Dean (1919–1939)

The Everton FC team in 1927.

After the war-related interruption, Everton returned to the stage with a playful team - in addition to Sam Chedgzoy, the dribbling artist Bobby Irvine , the versatile Dicky Downs and the elegant defender Neil McBain were to be mentioned here. Nevertheless, further title successes remained until well into the 1920s. It was only with the arrival of William Ralph Dean, better known as "Dixie" Dean , in 1925 that the club developed into a top English club again. Dean had previously shown great scoring qualities for the Tranmere Rovers and scored an average of one goal per game before he was drawn to Everton via the Mersey . There he scored 32 championship goals in 38 games in his first season in 1925/26 . Although he sustained life-threatening head injuries from a motorcycle accident on June 10, 1926 and was unconscious for 36 hours, he recovered very quickly - in October 1926 he headed a goal in a game for the Everton reserve team - and after a further 21 goals in 27 games The 1926/27 season he wrote history in the 1927/28 season with 60 league goals in 39 games. This record is still valid today, so it has not yet been exceeded by any other English top division player, and ensured that he shot Everton FC almost single-handedly to the English championship. Other key players in the champion team were Alec Troup and Ted Critchley , who prepared much of the Dean-gates, and with Warney Cresswell a technically skilled full-back , whose advances were exceptionally modern in the offensive.

Then, in the 1929/30 season, Everton's relegation to the Second Division , just two years after winning the English championship , was completely surprising . One possible reason was the previous formula for success, tailored to Dean, because his style of play was physically demanding and due to his susceptibility to injury he often only made a maximum of 25 appearances in one season. After relegation succeeded with Dean, who had accompanied the club in the second division, the promotion immediately and the striker himself contributed 39 goals in 37 games (a total of the "Toffees" scored 128 hits). The climber immediately joined the teams in the top group and ultimately won the fourth championship in the club's history in 1932 . In addition to Dean, who again contributed 45 goals to the title, Critchley and Creswell, goalkeeper Ted Sagar was a guarantee of success. Sagar was to stay with Everton until 1953 and was a record player in terms of league appearances until 1995. In addition, three Scots were formative for the game of the championship team. This included the physically robust Jock Thomson in the left half position in midfield, who later appointed the German goalkeeper Bert Trautmann to "number 1" as coach of Manchester City shortly after the end of World War II and thus triggered a "sport-political earthquake", as did the right one Half- forward James Dunn and the powerful winger Jimmy Stein . On the left half-forward position, "Tosh" Johnson was another English international who added to the effective offensive series of Everton FC.

Another FA Cup triumph followed a year later. In the final, last year's champions defeated Manchester City at Wembley after goals from Jimmy Stein, Dixie Dean and James Dunn 3-0. For the first time, the players were given official shirt numbers with the numbers from 1 to 22 (Everton FC were assigned the numbers 1 to 11 and Manchester City the remaining numbers up to 22). Dean wore the jersey with the number 9, which later became the symbol for a player in the center forward position . The previous semi-final victory against the second division West Ham United had to shake the team with a narrow 2-1 victory, with Ted Critchley scoring the decisive winner. Despite this merit Albert Geldard represented Critchley on the right wing position in the final himself. With the tricky and fast-moving Geldard, who had become the youngest player in the Football League to date in Bradford at the age of 15½, the club had another new star player in their own ranks and Cliff Britton , one of the best playmakers at the time, also shaped the team's technical style.

In the following period, Arsenal FC dominated the English championship and developed into a series winner. Meanwhile, Geldard and Britton were joined by Northern Irishman Jackie Coulter on the left wing position at Everton and together they played one of the most spectacular FA Cup games in the history of the competition for Everton. In the 6: 4 home win in January 1935 in the fourth round against Sunderland FC , Geldard scored two goals just before the end of extra time . With Tommy Lawton , Everton FC signed a 17-year-old talent from Burnley FC in the spring of 1937 , who followed in the footsteps of Dixie Dean, who in turn was "in the fall of his career". Surprisingly quickly, Lawton filled the gap in the center-forward position that Dean left behind, scored 34 goals in the 1938/39 season and moved up to the English national team at the age of only 19. So the team won its fifth English championship. In addition to Lawton, the ranks of the team included players like Joe Mercer and TG Jones , who left their mark on the team even without Dean. While Mercer was an important creative player on the left half position in midfield, Jones was one of the defensive pillars as a " cleaner with playful qualities". The left side was completed by the small and dribbling winger Walter Boyes and the half-forward Alex Stevenson , while the Scottish winger Torry Gillick usually occupied the right side. The outbreak of the Second World War ultimately ensured that the newly formed team no longer had the opportunity to win another title. Shortly before, from 1939, Everton FC had explicitly hired a coach, Theo Kelly, for the first time - and as one of the last English first division clubs - and thus no longer left the team line-ups to the decision-making area of ​​individual supervisors, club officials or a committee.

Times of sporting crisis (1946–1961)

The promising pre-war generation broke up. Especially the change from Tommy Lawton to Chelsea in 1946 for the record sum of 11,500 pounds was heavy, but also Joe Mercer was after disagreements with coach Theo Kelly to the Arsenal sold, where it won the championship and the FA Cup. The club, which was financially weak at the time, slipped into a crisis under the leadership of Cliff Britton , which reached its low point at the end of the 1950/51 season with the second relegation to the second division (the farewell on the last matchday came with a clear 0: 6 defeat against co-relegated Sheffield Wednesday even to a "humiliation"). In contrast to the first case in the Second Division, which could be viewed as an accident and was immediately repaired with the sovereign re-ascent, the descent was now an expression of a sporting decline. The club remained in the Second Division for three years until winning the second division championship in 1954 enabled the return to the First Division. In an exciting season finale, this was only ensured on the last day of the game with a 4-0 away win at Oldham Athletic .

Although there were no title wins in the immediate post-war period, the club produced some significant players. The two Irishmen Tommy Eglington and Peter Farrell developed into crowd favorites and Farrell in particular shaped the Everton team as a long-time captain until 1957. In attack were Eddie Wainwright and especially the center forward Dave Hickson for the new generation, which, however, could not continue the great forward tradition of Dean and Lawton. The few highlights were individual cup games in the 1950s, such as a 2-1 win over Manchester United when Hickson scored the decisive goal despite a gaping head wound. Another notable success was a 5-2 league win at Old Trafford in 1956 , which ended a long series of unbeaten games by Manchester United. At the end of this phase, Bobby Collins stood out as a new leader from the Everton team, who as midfield director laid the foundation for better times in the 1960s.

The "Harry Catterick Era" (1961–1973)

In the 1960s, the club experienced a phase that went down in club history as the “second golden era”. With the engagement of the new coach Harry Catterick , who had already been active as a striker for Everton at the end of the 1940s, Everton overcame its sporting stagnation from 1961. Even more closely linked to the future success of the "Toffees" was John Moores , who as the new club chairman invested a considerable part of his private fortune in new players. The new club policy already bore fruit in the 1962/63 season when the team won the sixth championship for Everton FC after 24 years without a title, for the first time without losing a single home game. The Blues also defied a season that was plagued by many game failures, as Goodison Park recently had underfloor heating. As a result, the rhythm of the game was somewhat regulated and thus developed into an advantage for Everton FC. An important player of the new generation of champions in defense was Brian Labone , who had come from his own youth and used his leadership skills to organize the defense. In front of the new goalkeeper Gordon West , who had only been hired by Blackpool FC in 1962 , Alex Parker developed as a full-back and the later coach Jimmy Gabriel in the right half position as a "work bee" in midfield to the supports. The creative player Tony Kay , who was only signed in the middle of the season, was responsible for the offensive and in the attack, in addition to half-forward Dennis Stevens , Johnny Morrissey , who had come from local rivals Liverpool FC, was to be mentioned. Another reinforcement was in February 1963 Alex Scott of the Glasgow Rangers , who replaced Billy Bingham on the right wing position . The new "stars" were the two goal scorers Alex Young and Roy Vernon . While the Scot Young with 23 goals in the games itself often remained inconspicuous and operated a technical game, the 24 goals of the Welsh national team captain Vernon often fell from almost impossible positions.

The club's debut in the European Cup ended with a disappointment at the beginning of the following season 1963/64, although the eventual winner Inter Milan was already waiting in the first round and only narrowly went 1-0 after a 0-0 win at Goodison Park San Siro prevailed. The next high point took place in the 1966 World Cup, when the "Blues" reached an FA Cup final for the first time in 33 years with a 1-0 win against last year's champions Manchester United. Colin Harvey pulled the strings in midfield , while Ray Wilson, a future world champion, played on left defense . A new face in the storm center was England international Fred Pickering , who had been signed by the Blackburn Rovers for the record fee of £ 85,000 and replaced the aging Vernon. In the final itself, Catterick surprisingly did without Pickering, as he was struggling with injuries at the end of the season. The highly controversial decision in favor of the almost unknown Mike Trebilcock , however, paid off. After the opponents Sheffield Wednesday were already 2-0 up in the second half, two goals from Trebilcock equalized the game in the meantime before the winger Derek Temple made the decisive 3-2. After 1906 and 1933, the Toffees had won the FA Cup for the third time (only).

Following the World Cup tournament, Everton FC invested a further £ 110,000 in the purchase of Alan Ball , breaking the transfer record again. Together with the technically gifted Howard Kendall , who came from Preston North End in March 1967 , he and Colin Harvey formed one of the most famous creative midfield rows in the history of English football (they were often referred to as "Los Tres Magníficos" ("The Three Greats" ) and "Holy Trinity" ("Holy Trinity")). The team was always at the top of the league and reached an FA Cup final again in 1968 after a 1-0 win against Leeds United . This ended disappointingly, however, when Jeff Astle scored the only goal in extra time for West Bromwich Albion and thus retaliated for a clear 2-6 home defeat in the championship. From then on, Everton FC had exciting league duels, especially with Leeds United, with the 1969 champions forming a counterpoint to the technically oriented passing game of the Toffees with Billy Bremner and Johnny Giles, who play in midfield . With the help of the new striker and later coach Joe Royle , who had celebrated his breakthrough in the 1968/69 season , the team distanced the runner-up Leeds United by nine points and won the English championship again in 1970 . The backbone of this team was still the "long-running" Gordon West, Brian Labone and Johnny Morrissey, who brought in their second English championship, but Tommy Wright had become an important part of the right-back position. Like left-back Keith Newton , who came from Blackburn Rovers in December 1969 and replaced the Scot Sandy Brown , Wright was even used at the subsequent World Cup in Mexico (Briane Labone and Alan Ball were also regulars in the English selection Time).

The sporting decline of this Everton generation set in unexpectedly quickly. One possible reason was the focus on participating in the European national championship competition for the second time . After victories against ÍB Keflavík and Borussia Mönchengladbach , the team, which started with high expectations, had to admit defeat in the quarter-finals Panathinaikos Athens from Greece. In addition to the 1: 2 semi-final defeat against Liverpool in the FA Cup, everyday life in the league turned out to be disappointing and Everton only finished 14th in the final table of the 1970/71 season . The turnaround was not achieved in the subsequent 1971/72 season either In particular, the departure of Alan Ball, who was willing to migrate to Arsenal, weakened the club lastingly. Catterick resigned health-related from his coaching post and was inherited in 1973 by Billy Bingham, who had stood in the 1963 championship team of Everton FC.

The late 1970s: Billy Bingham and Gordon Lee (1973–1981)

Under Bingham, the team consolidated their achievements somewhat and once again occupied a single-digit place in the table in the 1973/74 season with seventh place after four years. Everton FC was already on the way to another English championship in the 1974/75 season , until then surprising defeats against significantly poorer-placed teams ensured that only fourth place was on the books. After a season of only moderate success in 1975/76 on the eleventh place in the final table and further poor results until the turn of the year 1976/77 , Everton FC dismissed Bingham and signed Gordon Lee in February 1977 , who had previously been Port Vale in third and Blackburn Rovers in had led the second division. Overall, Bingham had not understood, despite continued lavish transfer budgets, to lead the club back to the top of the table. Shortly before the Lee engagement, the team had only played 1-1 at home in the semi-final first leg against the second division promotion candidate Bolton Wanderers under interim coach Steve Burkinshaw , but then under Lee with a 1-0 win through a goal from Bob Latchford the first way into Final of the League Cup leveled. The final itself was then lost in the second replay after extra time against Aston Villa. The FA Cup semi-finals in the same season against arch rivals Liverpool FC also turned out to be a disappointment. The "blues" thought they were in the final five minutes before the end of the game due to the alleged opening goal, which the referee did not recognize in a controversial decision. In the end, Everton lost the replay in Anfield with a 3-0 draw. In the 1977/78 season , the Lee team delivered a long duel with the surprise team Nottingham Forest before falling back to third place (Bob Latchford contributed 30 league goals to the placement). In the following year, Everton started well and remained undefeated until Christmas, but in this case, too, the promising form in the second half of the season no longer existed and Everton finished the season 1978/79 in fourth place.

Central players of this era were mainly to be found in the midfield. These included since 1974 the goal-scoring playmaker Martin Dobson , the crowd favorite Andy King , who came from Luton Town two years later , and, until 1976, the Northern Irishman Dave Clements , who at that time even coached the national team of Northern Ireland . In the attack center was Bob Latchford striker of the team, who with his regularly high scoring even reminded of the club legends Dixie Dean and Tommy Lawton. Long-time captain and native Mike Lyons was considered the team's "loyal soul" and after initially being a center forward from 1971, he moved back to central defense after Latchford's arrival via midfield. Other defenders in the center were Roger Kenyon and the Serbian-English full-back Mike Pejic . Overall, the expectations of Everton FC at that time were exceptionally high, especially since local rivals Liverpool FC had meanwhile developed into one of the leading teams in Europe. After Everton had to suffer again sporting setbacks and in the two seasons 1979/80 and 1980/81 each only just avoided relegation to the Second Division, Lee resigned from his office.

Successes under Howard Kendall (1981–1987)

With Howard Kendall, Everton FC signed one of the three midfielders from the club's last "golden era" for the 1981/82 season , who would also have led the second division Blackburn Rovers almost from the third division to first class in his first coaching position . So it was all the more disappointing that there was initially no significant improvement until the end of 1983. However, Kendall had enough credit in the club management despite the historically worst viewer approval as a "deserved player" and an at first glance insignificant five-round game in the league cup against Oxford United brought the turnaround. Against the third division club threatened with a 0: 1 deficit in the meantime, a disgrace, until a lucky equalizer in the development triggered an initial spark. The replay ended with a clear 4-1 for Everton, who did not lose another game in the following two months. The League Cup final was a pure Liverpool final and again the "Blues" unfortunately lost the short straw when Alan Hansen of the "Reds" defended the ball clearly visible on their own goal line with the hand and the due one at the 0-0 at Wembley Stadium Penalty whistle failed to materialize. In the replay, Liverpool FC won 1-0 on Maine Road . Regardless of this, the way was now clear for the team that Kendall had newly built up. With goals from the two Scottish strikers Graeme Sharp and Andy Gray , Everton FC won the FA Cup in 1984 instead of the league cup with a 2-0 final win over Watford FC .

The 1984/85 season developed into a triumphal procession. The new midfield with the later national players Paul Bracewell and Peter Reid in the center as well as Trevor Steven on the right and the Irish Kevin Sheedy on the left was the heart of the new success, with Reid as "boss" at the end of the season of the players' union PFA was even voted England's Footballer of the Year . The defensive was dominated by Welsh, with captain Kevin Ratcliffe in central defense and Belgian-born Pat Van Den Hauwe , who from Birmingham , played in front of the new record goalkeeper Neville Southall , whom journalists saw as English footballer of the year in 1985 City had come (the defensive line was completed by Derek Mountfield and right-back Gary Stevens ). The season opened with a 1-0 win against Liverpool FC in the Charity Shield ( Bruce Grobbelaar provided the decisive goal with an own goal). The league start was slow at first. But then the team remained unbeaten in 18 games from the turn of the year until May 1985 and won 16. Morally decisive for winning the eighth English championship was the 2-1 win at the meanwhile most serious competitor Tottenham Hotspur . With that the last "stumbling block" was cleared out of the way. The biggest European success to date was also achieved by Everton in the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1985 . The "Toffees" initially defeated University College Dublin , Inter Bratislava and Fortuna Sittard before they faced FC Bayern Munich in the semi-finals . After a 0-0 draw in Munich, Everton won 3-1 in a game that was later voted the best game in the history of Goodison Park. The German cup winner had led 1-0 at halftime after a goal by Dieter Hoeneß , until Graeme Sharp and Andy Gray turned the game and Trevor Steven decided the game. With the same result, the club also won the final against the Austrian club Rapid Wien , with the "Blues" dominating the match for almost the entire season. After the opening goal by Andy Gray and the 2-0 by Trevor Steven after a corner, Hans Krankl ensured the connection goal from an offside suspicious position; shortly afterwards Kevin Sheedy produced the 3-1 final score. Everton FC only narrowly missed a “ triple ”. In the FA Cup final, a goal in extra time by Norman Whiteside secured Manchester United the title.

As was the case before the Second World War, this generation should also be limited due to external circumstances. The ban on English football clubs after the Heysel disaster was responsible for the fact that Everton FC could not play for any further European titles despite multiple athletic qualifications, especially not in the European Cup after the championship titles in 1985 and later in 1987. that players like Gary Lineker , who in his only season 1985/86 for Everton FC attracted attention with 40 goals and played a good 1986 World Cup in Mexico , could not be kept in the English league (Lineker moved in 1986 for the more than three times the transfer fee to FC Barcelona ). In the domestic competitions, Everton FC remained a constant in the battle for the top spots. In the 1985/86 season it looked like Everton could defend the English championship for the first time, but through - thanks in part to the performance of Gary Lineker and especially after a prestigious 2-0 win at Anfield in February 1986 a sustained good series of the "Reds" and their own disappointing away defeat at Oxford United at the end of April, the Blues fell significantly behind. For the third time in a row, Everton reached the FA Cup final in 1986 and faced Liverpool city rivals again after a 2-1 semi-final win at Villa Park against Sheffield Wednesday (here without Gary Lineker) in Wembley . After a 1-0 intermediate result in a first half, which Everton FC dominated, Liverpool FC turned the game around in the 60th minute and ultimately won 3-1 with two goals from Ian Rush and another goal from Craig Johnston . It was particularly annoying for Everton that the team was denied a penalty whistle for a foul by Steve Nicol by the same referee Alan Robinson before the lineker hit , as two years earlier in the league cup final.

The 1986/87 season did not initially give the impression that Everton was able to intervene in the championship fight. An adequate replacement for Lineker was not found; rather, Kendall invested in defensive and midfielders (including national team defender Dave Watson for the sumptuous sum of £ 1 million , as well as left-back Paul Power, now 33, and midfielder Ian Snodin for £ 840,000 ). Since in addition to Graeme Sharpe and Adrian Heath , who always scored around ten league goals during the season, only the 18-year-old talent Warren Aspinall and Paul Wilkinson , whose breakthrough was a long time coming, were available in attack, the overall expectations were less. Despite additional injury problems, the "Toffees" have started the season well and, above all, the experienced power gave the team stability. After the turn of the year, the injured players gradually returned and in attack the club upgraded with the purchase of Wayne Clarke . He scored the decisive winner in the important 1-0 win at Arsenal . In addition, Liverpool FC suffered several surprising defeats in the closing stages of the season after a clear lead in the meantime and Everton FC won their ninth English championship prematurely with a 1-0 away win at Norwich City on matchday three from last. It was particularly noteworthy that the responsibility for the goals was now shared between several shoulders and the wingers Steven and Sheedy scored 27 league goals together. Kendall then followed the call from Spain in June 1987 to train the Basque Athletic Bilbao there, with the prospect of participating in a European club competition, which English clubs were still denied, as crucial for the successful coach.

From master to relegation candidate (1987–1994)

Kendall handed the business over to Colin Harvey , who, as his former companion during player days , had meanwhile become a Kotrainer . Under the new leadership, the team finished fourth in the 1987/88 season , which heralded a slight negative trend. The team was almost the same as under Kendall, but there was a certain saturation among the successful players. Harvey responded with a "fresh cell treatment" and invested high transfer fees in new players. For the 1988/89 season came in addition to defender Neil McDonald and midfielders Pat Nevin and Stuart McCall for 2.2 million of the short Tony Cottee of West Ham United . The transfer fee for the 23-year-old international set a new British record. Nevertheless, the season in the league was mixed, with the club losing integration figures of the previous successful team before the turn of the year with Adrian Heath and especially in February 1989 with Peter Reid. In the 1988/89 FA Cup, however , Everton reached its fourth final in the 1980s and faced local rivals Liverpool FC, who had previously experienced the Hillsborough disaster in the semifinals . In the final, Stuart McCall managed to equalize to 1-1 with the last attack in regular time after John Aldridge had scored the first goal for the "Reds" in the fourth minute. In extra time, Rush, who was only substituted in for Aldridge in the 74th minute, brought Liverpool FC back into the lead and, after McCall equalized again, before the first 15 minutes of extra time had expired, they also made it 3-2 . With the departure of Paul Bracewell, Trevor Steven and Pat Van den Hauwe at the beginning of the 1989/90 season , Everton FC almost completely lost the face of the successful 1980s. The majority of the new players, including Norman Whiteside "deported" from Manchester United and the Swedish international Stefan Rehn , did not meet expectations in the period that followed. Whiteside was unable to fill the void Reid had left as planned, and Rehn went back to his home country for IFK Gothenburg after just four games . Only the newcomers Mike Newell as a striker and, from November 1989, the winger Peter Beagrie integrated themselves optimally into the team, but a good start to the season ended with 20 points behind the new champions Liverpool FC only in sixth place.

Harvey's plan to install a new key player in midfield at Everton with the purchase of Mike Milligan failed and the team fell into relegation early in the 1990/91 season . In October 1990, the club management finally took a defeat in the League Cup against Sheffield United as an opportunity to dismiss coach Colin Harvey. After a brief stint under interim coach Jimmy Gabriel , Harvey immediately hired back at Everton to once again take on the position of coach alongside Howard Kendall, who had also returned. The expectations among the own supporters were high, although critical voices accompanied the return of the successful coach. The team distanced itself from the relegation ranks, but the U-turn in the upper table regions did not materialize. A ninth place in the final table followed rank 12 in the 1991/92 season . Kendall had fundamentally rebuilt the team. Long-time top performers had migrated with Graeme Sharp and Stuart McCall and were followed by Neil McDonald, Mike Newell, Kevin Sheedy and Kevin Ratcliffe mid-season. Instead came Peter Beardsley , Matthew Jackson , Mo Johnston and Gary Ablett . When the Premier League emerged as the new top English division in 1992 , Everton FC was no longer one of the top clubs in terms of sport. Nevertheless, the club was considered one of the "big five" and played an important role in establishing the new league. The joy of the new league was clouded by the announcement of major financial difficulties at Everton FC. The audience numbers fell significantly and the patronage of John Moores, who finally died in the fall of 1993, came to an end. With the burden of a £ 2 million loss from the previous season, Everton FC renounced "big transfers" and signed actors "from the second row" with Barry Horne , Paul Rideout and Paul Holmes . The sale of Martin Keown to Arsenal FC in February 1993 for £ 2 million was also under pressure to close the financial holes. The first Premier League season ended almost logically only in 13th place in the table, with somewhat surprisingly much smaller clubs such as Norwich City and Wimbledon FC each leaving Everton FC behind.

The sale of Peter Beardsley in the summer of 1993 for 1.5 million pounds to Newcastle United , which was only countered by the purchase of Graham Stuart for 850,000 pounds, was another signal of a “new modesty” in the financially stiff club . In the middle of the 1993/94 season , Kendall ended his activity for the club one more time, with the decisive factor in addition to a 5-1 home defeat to Norwich City that the club's management agreed to the 1.5 million pound planned by Kendall -Transfer from Dion Dublin refused. After a transition phase under Jimmy Gabriel and six defeats in seven games without a win, Mike Walker , who had previously celebrated notable successes with Norwich City, was the new coach of the "Toffees". In order to quickly move away from the relegation ranks that the team had once again reached, Walker invested in three new (and "cheap") players. Far more dramatic, however, was the sale of Peter Beagrie to Manchester City , as Anders Limpar's top performer , who was immediately signed as a replacement by Arsenal FC, could not be adequately replaced. Until the last day of the match, Everton had to tremble for relegation. In the last game against FC Wimbledon, the omens were also bad, as Everton were already 2-0 down at the end of the first half. After a race to catch up that resulted in a 3-2 win, relegation was barely prevented. The long vacant question in the club's management came to a decision in June 1994 when Peter Johnson , who comes from nearby Tranmere , secured the majority of shares and formed the new board with the group around actor Bill Kenwright .

The Time of Joe Royle (1994-1997)

The subsequent 1994/95 season began with further sporting setbacks, which resulted in the dismissal of Walkers - he had not even spent a full year in the coaching position. With Joe Royle, the new management of Everton FC hired a coach who had long been a successful coach at Oldham Athletic and who had also played the blues in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Despite a winning streak of three games at the beginning of his tenure, Royle primarily strengthened the defense and turned for the first time against the traditional offensive game rating of the "School of Science". Defensive players like David Unsworth now put their stamp on the team and Duncan Ferguson , who came to Everton FC from Glasgow Rangers at the end of 1994 for the high transfer fee of £ 4.4 million , fitted as a striker into the new team, which was primarily based showed strong fighting and briefly moved from the lowest places in the table - even if never completely from the relegation zone. In addition, the team went through round after round in the FA Cup after starting difficulties and faced favorites Tottenham Hotspur on Elland Road in Leeds in the semifinals . After goals from Ian Walker , the son of Royle's predecessor, and Graham Stuart, as well as the subsequent penalty for Spurs, Daniel Amokachi decided the threatening game after his substitution with his two goals to make it 4-1. Shortly before the final against Manchester United, Everton FC managed to stay in the league on the last day of the season with an away win against Ipswich Town, which had already been relegated . As in the semi-finals, the opponents of Everton FC were the clear favorites in the final, especially since Manchester United had narrowly missed the championship and had proclaimed the cup victory as reparation. In a tough game, Everton FC took the lead 1-0 after a quick counterattack by Paul Rideout in the first half and did not give up despite numerous attacks by Manchester United. With this, Everton FC surprisingly - and against the sporting trend - won their fifth FA Cup trophy.

The success sparked new optimism at Everton, especially as the new management team around Peter Johnson implemented a series of modernizations, including a new merchandising concept. The qualification for the European Cup Winners ' Cup associated with the FA Cup victory also meant the club's first participation in a European competition in the "post-Heysel era". With Andrei Kantschelskis came a respected right winger from Manchester United in the summer of 1995, but his commitment dragged on over a longer period and the deadline for obtaining the right to play for the European Cup winners competition was not met. Despite the quarrels, Kantschelskis immediately matured into the new leading player, scored the most goals of the season within his new team and although there were no further significant new signings alongside the Ukrainian, FC Everton clearly stood out from the relegation ranks in the 1995/96 season and ended up taking the sixth rank. This contrasted with poor performances in the cup competitions, with the long-awaited return to the European stage ending prematurely in the round of 16 against Feyenoord Rotterdam . The team's short-term league flight was followed by disillusionment in the 1996/97 season . Both injury problems and the sale of Andrei Kantschelskis to Fiorentina led to FC Everton being passed up to 15th place in the table after a promising start. Royle had already left the club in March 1997 and transferred management to team captain Dave Watson on an interim basis. Another reason for this new sporting setback was that Royle had sold his few creative players such as Vinny Samways and Anders Limpar at the beginning of the season , although Daniel Amokachi - who was also unable to play international matches for the Nigerian national team for months - left the club after completing his two-year contract would have. In terms of football, the “Royle era” was a step backwards. After the end of the 1996/97 season, Everton FC had only just barely escaped relegation for the fourth time in the past five years and Royle's tactical guidelines of primarily fighting and attacking strikers like Duncan Ferguson with high and wide balls were considered antiquated in the increasingly demanding Premier League of the 1990s.

Relegation and financial worries (1997-2002)

The search for a new trainer turned out to be difficult. For a long time, Everton FC was no longer the “first address” for ambitious coaches and so, instead of the preferred option Bobby Robson or Johan Cruyff , Gérard Houllier and Louis van Gaal, loyal Howard Kendall came a third time in the summer of 1997 as a coach for Everton FC. Previously, the club had negotiated with Andy Gray - a former master player of the 1980s and now an expert at the television station Sky Sports . Contract talks, however, turned out to be tough and ended in a "mud fight" which in turn damaged the reputation of Everton FC. If the "Blues" had not previously met the rapid development of the Premier League with an appropriate and modern football under Joe Royle, this also did not change under the "old warrior" Howard Kendall. The worsening financial situation did not allow significant reinforcements in the team. The Everton FC occupied so almost logically from the beginning of the 1997/98 season on a relegation place and in the meantime had already a clear gap to the non-relegation places. A surprising turnaround at the turn of the year, when the club lost only one of nine games in two months, ultimately brought important points, thanks to which Everton FC was still competitive despite another negative series with only two wins between February and May 1998 stayed. On the last day of the game, the team was on a relegation zone and the 1-1 draw against Coventry City was just enough to stay in the first division, as the tied rival Bolton Wanderers had a worse goal difference . The decisive factor was the simultaneous 1: 2 defeat of the Wanderers at Chelsea , which in turn stood four days before its final in the European Cup and only scored the decisive goal by Jody Morris in the second half. A short time later, Kendall resigned again - one last time - from his coaching position. It was once again decisive that the club management around Peter Johnson had allegedly withheld all financial means to strengthen the squad from the turn of the year, so that they could be made available to a new coach (and thus a planned successor to "Notnagel Kendall").

Just five days later, Everton signed Walter Smith, the long-time Scottish serial champion coach from the Glasgow Rangers . In contrast to the previous year, the personnel was celebrated as a success in the supporters, combined with the hope of visible sporting progress. The club invested a total of £ 20m in new players, including midfielders John Collins and Olivier Dacourt from French clubs AS Monaco and Racing Strasbourg for £ 7m. Goalkeeper Steve Simonsen cost £ 3.3 million ; then came the defender and later Italian international Marco Materazzi and the Ivorian striker Ibrahima Bakayoko . However, the expected success did not materialize and so Everton found itself in the lower table ranks again in the 1998/99 season . Added to this was the surprise sale of Duncan Ferguson in November 1997 for eight million pounds to Newcastle United , which revealed that the club had taken over financially in previous transfers and now urgently needed money to meet its short-term bank debt. Peter Johnson came under such pressure from his own supporters and coach Smith that he turned his back on the club. By January 2000, Bill Kenwright acquired the majority of shares in the association and initially occupied the deputy chairmanship, before finally assuming the chief position on the board in 2004. After the 1: 4 quarter-finals in the FA Cup against Newcastle United, four defeats in a row ensured that the club was in acute danger of relegation in the Premier League. Kevin Campbell's loan from Kevin Campbell in March 1999 was an important persona that was ultimately responsible for staying in 14th place in the table . At the end of the season, the newcomer scored nine goals in five games and stormed alongside the 18-year-old Francis Jeffers .

After only one year, Dacourt, Bakayoko and Materazzi left the club for high transfer fees and in addition to the permanent commitment of Kevin Campbell, the new purchases were now much more modest. Nevertheless, the team came in an early phase of the 1999/2000 season up to sixth place, before injury problems from Jeffers and Campbell let the club slide back into the known lower regions and only the 13th place was at the end. The optimism remained, however, for the 2000/01 season , which was based mainly on a healthy pair of strikers Campbell-Jeffers. Since the renewed failure of Campbell at the beginning of the season clouded this performance again, Smith decided to bring Duncan Ferguson back. This decision was highly controversial in view of the long injury breaks of the former Everton player and because the sporting success did not materialize again, the coach question arose for the first time in the "Smith era". Then there were the changes of the two talents Francis Jeffers and left-back Michael Ball to Arsenal FC and the Glasgow Rangers, which Smith replaced with Alan Stubbs and Tomasz Radziński after the 16th place in the final table . Since further reinforcements failed to materialize again, after a good start in the 2001/02 season, Everton joined the group again in the vicinity of the relegation places from December 2001 after a series of defeats. Following a 3-0 defeat in the FA Cup quarter-finals at Middlesbrough FC and another 3-0 defeat at West Ham United , Bill Kenwight dismissed Walter Smith on March 12, 2002.

The David Moyes Era (2002-2013)

On the recommendation of Smith, who remained on friendly terms with his former boss Bill Kenwright, the club's board reacted only a short time later by signing young David Moyes , who had previously worked promisingly at Preston North End . With the Scot initially succeeded in relegation and in the 2002/03 season, the team increased to a seventh place in the final table, with the qualification for the UEFA Cup was just missed. A key factor in the surprising recovery was the young player Wayne Rooney . In one of his first games for the team in October 2002, he drew a lot of attention when he scored a winning goal against Arsenal in the final minutes, causing Arsenal's first defeat in a league game in almost a year. But even Rooney could not prevent the next sporting setback in the 2003/04 season when the club with the lowest point yield in its club history in 17th place once again only just averted relegation. When Rooney was sold to Manchester United for £ 23 million in August 2004 - the sum has since increased to as much as 30 million as a result of the sporting successes in Manchester - fears increased that the 50-year membership in top division football would be uninterrupted could come to an end soon. Surprisingly, however, the opposite happened, as the team presented itself very compactly even without Rooney and played with the 4-5-1 tactics of Moyes around the Danish midfielder Thomas Gravesen . Although Gravesen was sold to Real Madrid in the middle of the season , Everton achieved their fourth place in the final table, the highest ranking in almost 20 years, ahead of local rivals Liverpool and thus reached the qualifying games for the Champions League . Important successes were also achieved against Liverpool and Manchester United, although these opponents could be defeated again after a long period (in the case of Manchester United, Everton's last victory at the cup final was in 1995).

At the beginning of the 2005/06 season , Everton FC missed entry into the main round of the Champions League. In the third qualifying round, the club faced the Spanish club Villarreal and initially lost the home game 2-1. In the meantime the score of 1: 1 in the second leg in Castelló , the Toffees scored a presumably rule-compliant goal, but the Italian referee Pierluigi Collina refused to recognize it. Ultimately, the second leg was also lost 2-1. Instead, the club played in the UEFA Cup, but were knocked out 1: 5 and 1: 0 against Dinamo Bucharest without a chance . Since the newcomers like Per Krøldrup were no reinforcements and a suitable strike partner could not be found at the side of James Beattie , the team slipped increasingly back to the bottom of the table despite the initial euphoria in the championship. The championship round was again inconsistent. A 1-1 draw against Chelsea, who were still free of point losses, was followed by three 4-0 defeats against relegation candidates and after another win streak of five games it was “beyond good and bad” for eleventh place. As in the previous season, the team started well in the following 2006/07 season . Above all, the 2-0 away win at Tottenham Hotspur - the first win at White Hart Lane in 20 years - and the 3-0 win against rivals Liverpool created great expectations within their own appendix. Andy Johnson in particular , who had come from Crystal Palace , proved to be a great reinforcement with his six goals in the first seven games. Despite a short period of weakness, in which six defeats in nine games had to be accepted, this season was characterized by greater consistency than the previous season. After just two defeats in the last eleven league games, the season ended in sixth place, which resulted in the UEFA Cup qualification. In addition to Johnson, defender Joleon Lescott and goalkeeper Tim Howard played a major role in this success.

With increased ambitions, which were expressed in the purchase of Yakubu Aiyegbeni for the club record transfer fee of 11.25 million pounds, Everton FC started the 2007/08 season well . The club occupied fifth place in the league until the turn of the year and survived the group stage in the UEFA Cup (with eleven wins and two draws in 13 games). This was followed by a semi-final defeat in the league cup against Chelsea , but although the "Toffees" had to cope with the loss of some key players who competed at the African Cup, they even took fourth place in a Champions League qualifying rank. In the battle for this place, however, the team fell behind mainly due to a 0-1 defeat in the derby against Liverpool FC. Previously, the club, which was struggling again with injury problems and weak form, had to cope with the disappointing UEFA Cup knockout after penalty shoot-out against ACF Florence . In the end, Everton took fifth place, which entitles them to participate in the UEFA Cup again. Despite a bad start with only two wins in the first twelve games and an early exit in the UEFA Cup against Standard Liège , the Toffees defended the same fifth league place in the 2008/09 season despite a thin staffing level . Another highlight was reaching the FA Cup final in 2009, after three “top-class players” had previously been eliminated from the way with Liverpool FC, Aston Villa and Manchester United. The final itself was just lost 2-1 to Chelsea. In June 2013 it was announced that Moyes would join Manchester United and Roberto Martínez would be the new coach.

2013–2016: Roberto Martinez

Under the leadership of the new coach, Everton achieved a new record of 72 points in the 2013/14 season , the best result for the club since the introduction of the Premier League in 1992. This made it to 5th place in the table, which is necessary for participation in Europe -League group stage eligible.

In the summer they managed to sign Gareth Barry and Romelu Lukaku , who had previously been loaned out . Lukaku, who was brought in by Chelsea , was the most expensive player in the club's history with a transfer fee of over 35 million euros. In addition, the team was reinforced with midfielder Muhamed Bešić from Ferencváros Budapest and striker Samuel Eto'o , previously also active for Chelsea.

The new signings promised a lot for the new Premier League season , in some cases even reaching the UEFA Champions League was considered possible. The league start was very disappointing, however, Everton found themselves in the lower half of the table for most of the time. In the Europa League you could still do well, the team rose to the knockout phase as group winners before VfL Wolfsburg . The season was disappointing for superstar Eto'o. He changed clubs again in the winter transfer window and was transferred to Sampdoria Genoa .

Finally, they failed in the second round of the Europa League to Dynamo Kiev . In the championship one could stabilize the performances and ended the season with 47 points in 11th place, the worst placement for Everton since the 2005/06 season and a drop of 25 points compared to the previous season.

During the summer break, the club struggled to keep its best players. Above all, John Stones aroused the desires of other clubs, especially Chelsea FC showed interest. Ultimately, however, Stones and Romelu Lukaku could be held. As in the previous season, the following season was also disappointing. Although Everton FC reached the semi-finals twice, they were defeated by their city rivals United in the league cup Manchester City and in the FA Cup in London-Wembley . Roberto Martinez's team was also mostly in the lower half of the table in the Premier League. Increasing resentment spread among the Toffees supporters as Everton played the worst home season of all time. In addition, the Merseyside derby , which is so important for the fans, was lost 4-0 away in Anfield . Eventually the club found themselves forced to act and sacked Martinez on May 12 after just one win in their last 10 games. For the last home game against Norwich City , Everton veteran Joe Royle and U21 coach David Unsworth took over the sporting direction.

2016-2017: Ronald Koeman

On June 14, it was finally announced that Ronald Koeman would be the new coach of Everton FC. He signed a 3 year contract and is said to earn £ 6 million annually. Everton had previously negotiated for weeks with Southampton FC about the transfer fee for their coach. The second candidate was allegedly negotiated with Unai Emery from the Europa League winner Sevilla FC .

The first season under coach Koeman was seen as quite solid. They ended the season on the 7th place with 61 points, 15 points behind the first Champions League Rank, which at times appeared within reach. The highlight of the league season was a spectacular 4-0 home win against Manchester City and their new coach Pep Guardiola . In the League Cup they were eliminated in the 3rd round at home against the second division Norwich City , in the FA Cup also in the third round, at home against champions Leicester City .

For the 2017/18 season , the club invested almost 160 million euros in new players, including a. for the returnees Wayne Rooney . On October 22, 2017, the Toffees lost 2: 5 to Arsenal FC in front of their home crowd . After nine matchdays they were in the league with eight points in 18th place in the table. The day after the defeat, Everton FC sacked their coach Ronald Koeman.

2017-2018: Sam Allardyce

After David Unsworth, who was coach of the U23 at the time, was reinstated as an interim coach, Sam Allardyce took over on November 30, 2017. The coach, who finished 14th with Crystal Palace in the previous season and had previously coached the English national team , albeit only for one game , achieved a 2-0 win in his first game as manager at Everton versus Huddersfield Town . On May 16, 2018, the club announced the split from Sam Allardyce after about half a year.

2018–2019: Marco Silva

On May 31, 2018, the club appointed Marco Silva as the new head coach. The Portuguese, who had been sacked by Watford FC at the beginning of the year , received a three-year contract with the Blues. After Everton was defeated 5-2 in the Merseyside derby on matchday 15 of the 2019/20 season and thus got into the relegation ranks of the Premier League table, the club split from Silva. Former Everton player Duncan Ferguson was appointed interim coach .

Since 2019: Carlo Ancelotti

On December 21, 2019, the Italian Carlo Ancelotti became the new trainer of Toffees . The club announced this on social networks. The former Bayern Munich coach signed a contract until 2024. After Chelsea (2009–2011), it is Ancelotti's second position in the English Premier League.


The interior view of Goodison Park

Everton FC originally had its sporting home in the southeastern part of Stanley Park . The first official game took place there in 1879, and three years later a man named J. Cruitt donated some land to the club on Priory Road. There the club found a new home before moving to Anfield in 1884 . Everton FC played its home games here until 1892. In 1892 a dispute between two camps split the club and a rival team was formed. The new club, called " Liverpool Football Club ", stayed in Anfield and Everton moved to Goodison Park, which is still the home ground to this day.

To date, Goodison Park has played more top division football than any other stadium in the UK . It was also the only club stadium in which a semi-final game was played at the 1966 World Cup and the first English venue to have underfloor heating and double-decker grandstands on all sides of the pitch - after that the stadium also had the first “three-tier grandstand ". Goodison was also the world's first stadium with a church, with this site for the Evangelist Luke in the corner between the main stand and Gwladys Street End. Before an encounter in Goodison Park, the players walk into the stadium to the theme tune of the British television series “ Z-Cars ”. The melody "Johnny Todd" is a traditional nursery rhyme from Liverpool, which was written by Frank Kidson in 1890 and tells the story of a sailor who is betrayed by his lover during a sea voyage.

Since 1996 more and more voices in the club environment have been in favor of moving to a “new Goodison”. As part of renovation work in the King's Dock harbor area, a proposal was made in 2000 to build a seating stadium with 55,000 spectators (initially a capacity of 60,000 was targeted). However, since Everton was unable to generate the necessary contribution of 30 million pounds to finance half of the stadium project, the plans were finally dropped in 2003. In 2004, Everton FC's management negotiated with Liverpool FC on the advice of local authorities with the aim of participating in the new stadium construction project in Stanley Park . The talks ultimately failed because of the owner question. While Everton wanted an equal division, Liverpool FC insisted on its sole ownership. On January 11, 2005, Liverpool FC officially announced that splitting the stadium was not an option for them and that plans for their own stadium would be continued. On June 16, 2006, Everton FC announced that it was negotiating with Knowsley County and the Tesco company to explore the possibility of building a new, 55,000-seat, all-seat stadium in Kirkby . In a grassroots democratic decision, the club management also turned to its supporters, who should judge in a vote on the move to Kirkby. A total of 59.27% ​​of the pro-votes ensured that the negotiations continue. Nevertheless, on August 6, 2008, the association announced a further public investigation into the project, which would delay the possible construction project by at least a year.

After the failure of the previous stadium projects, the Toffees drew new hope in the stadium question in 2014: The club identified Walton Hall Park in Liverpool as a potential location for a new building, just a stone's throw from Goodison Park . The new stadium should have a capacity of 50,000 and cost around £ 200 million. In 2015, however, there were still no concrete plans, Everton FC are still in negotiations with the city of Liverpool, but it is uncertain whether the club can bear the costs for a new stadium.

The training facility of FC Everton is called "Finch Farm" and has been home to both the first team and the club's own academy since October 2007. Finch Farm is located in Knowsley , a borough of Halewood , and is a facility built for around £ 9.5 million and leased for over 50 years, with Everton FC exercising a purchase option after five years. Finch Farm offers ten full-size playing fields, including an artificial turf pitch and a true-to-life replica of the lawn in Goodison Park. The club had previously been based at the Bellefield training facility since 1965 .

Average attendance since the 1975/76 season

The highest average attendance of Everton at Goodison Park comes from the First Division season 1977/78 with 39,498 visitors. The lowest average was achieved in the First Division 1983/84. Only 19,288 fans came to Goodison Park per game. In 1992 the Premier League was introduced as the top English division and replaced the First Division .

Supporters of the club

Everton FC has a large number of supporters and is consistently among the top ten clubs in England in terms of average popularity at their own home games. The majority of the fans who appear on match days come from the north-west of England, primarily from the administrative division of Merseyside and the county of Cheshire . In addition to extensive supporters from North Wales and Ireland, Everton FC has fan clubs with a large number of members around the world, including in North America, Singapore and Thailand. In the more recent past, the club has also gained a significant fan base in Australia, mainly due to local midfielder Tim Cahill, who was under contract with Everton FC between 2004 and 2012. The official supporters' association of Everton FC is called "Evertonia" and the numerous magazines (" Fanzines ") that are published for FC Everton include "When Skies are Gray" and "Speke from the Harbor", both of which are used during match days Goodison Park to be sold.

One of the most popular fan chants that Everton fans sing in the stadium is "It's a grand old team", which is a modification of the "Celtic Song" by Celtic Glasgow . Occasionally, the rivalry between Liverpool FC and Everton has been compared to that in Glasgow between Celtic and Rangers , and a similar denominational separation between Everton FC with Catholic-Irish roots and the more Scottish-Protestant Liverpool FC has been suspected. However, this is offset by the fact that both clubs have Methodist roots and the following in Liverpool is not so largely religiously divided. The rivalry between the supporters of both clubs is also considered extremely peaceful, which is why the duels also became known as the "friendly derby". Regardless of this, the competition has intensified a little since the Heysel disaster, as the last championship team of Everton FC was deprived of the opportunity to participate in the European championship competition due to the long-term ban on English football clubs. Compared to all other city derbies in the Premier League, the players involved in the "Merseyside Derby" saw the most red cards.

There are also several active online forums for supporters of the club, the most famous of which is www.grandoldteam.com with 28,000 members as of May 2016.

Financial situation and owner question

Everton FC is operated by the company "The Everton Football Club Company Limited ", whereby the 35,000 shares can be traded on request instead of on public exchanges via the Liverpool-based "Blankstone Sington Limited". At the end of the fiscal year ending May 31, 2007, the Management Board held 23,524 shares, of which Bill Kenwright alone owned 8,754. The group of companies "The Everton Football Club Company Limited (Group)", which also includes the two 100% subsidiaries "Goodison Park Stadium Limited" as the stadium operator and "Everton Investments Limited" as the bond issuer, posted a consolidated loss in the financial year mentioned of £ 9.4 million with total sales of £ 51.4 million. Revenues consisted primarily of television and radio monies (£ 27.5 million), match day revenues (£ 17.1 million) and sponsorship and advertising revenues (£ 4.6 million). As of the balance sheet date, the club had negative equity of around £ 20 million, and despite a cumulative loss of £ 48 million to date, staff expenses rose by 4% to £ 38.4 million over the same period last year. In April 2008, the business magazine Forbes valued the Everton FC team at £ 98 million and placed the club in 21st place in a world ranking of the world's most valuable football teams.

Unlike many major English football clubs, including Chelsea , the Liverpool and Manchester United , Everton is to date not yet concretely focus of potential major investors. Although the club broke its own transfer fee record four times between 2005 and 2008 for player commitments, chairman Kenwright expressed himself pessimistic about the long-term competitiveness and the financial situation and basically ready to sell Everton FC to a sufficiently solvent billionaire. A simultaneous order to look for a new owner was given to Keith Harris, who was already involved in the sale of Aston Villa to Randy Lerner , but no concrete and adequate takeover offer emerged.

At the end of 2015, negotiations with a group of investors led by John Jay Moores and Charles Noell became known, who wanted to enter the association with shares of an estimated 270 million euros. In February 2016, instead, 49.9% of the shares were sold to the British-Iranian billionaire Farhad Moshiri , who had recently sold his stake in Arsenal FC . A large part of the shares came from the possession of Robert Earl, who ended his partnership with the association with the sale. The remaining shares come predominantly from the other two main investors, which reduced the holdings of Bill Kenwright and Jon Woods to around 12% and 9%, but Bill Kenwright initially remained in the role of association chairman.

Club crest

Club coat of arms until 2013
Variant from 2013–2014

At the end of the 1937/38 season, the secretary and later coach Theo Kelly proposed the design of a "club tie". It should be kept in the typical blue of Everton FC and the club commissioned Kelly with the design of a coat of arms, which should also be shown on the tie. Kelly worked on this assignment for over four months before settling on the representation of Prince Rupert's Tower in the center, which in turn is in the middle of Everton.

The tower has been closely associated with the Everton area since its construction in 1787 and was originally used as a prison. It still stands on Netherfield Road to this day and to symbolize its success Kelly placed two laurel wreaths on either side of the tower . In addition, he added the Latin club motto “Nil Satis Nisi Optimum”, which can be translated as “Only the best is good enough”. On the first day of the new 1938/39 season, both Kelly and then chairman E. Green wore the newly designed tie for the first time.

A coat of arms was not seen on the team jerseys of Everton FC for a long time. Between 1922 and 1930 a representation of the acronym "EFC" was incorporated for the first time before the club reverted to the concept of all-blue jerseys. In 1973, the abbreviation found its way back onto shirts, before the crest designed by Kelly celebrated its premiere on the jersey in 1980 and has not disappeared from there to this day.

In 2013, the club presented a new coat of arms, which should be more modern and depict the Prince Ruperts Tower more realistically. The logo was very badly received by the fans of the Toffees, in surveys over 90% of the fans said that they did not like the new design. The club then apologized and promised to replace the new coat of arms after the 2013-14 season . Finally, Everton worked with fans to develop three potential designs for a new coat of arms and let supporters vote online for the winner. 13,000 supporters took part, and the winning coat of arms received 78% of the votes and became the club's new, official coat of arms from the 2014/15 season .

Club colors and jerseys

In the first decades of the club's history, the shirt colors of Everton FC varied more or less frequently. Originally, the team competed in blue and white striped shirts. But when new players appeared more and more often in their old jerseys for the games, the club opted for black clothing. This was intended to reduce costs and enforce a more professional appearance. A scarlet horizontal stripe was added to the black jersey so that the performance didn't seem too “morbid”.

When the club moved into Goodison Park in 1892, the colors initially switched to salmon-colored jerseys and blue trousers and later to ruby-red shirts and dark blue shorts. The famous royal blue jerseys and white trousers were first used in the 1901/02 season and have remained the preferred clothing to this day. Rare variations were lighter shades of blue in the 1930/31 and 1997/98 seasons. After widespread protests among its own supporters, the club quickly returned to the traditional colors. The playing attire for away games mostly consisted of amber-colored jerseys with either amber-colored or royal blue trousers, which were used in various forms in the 1960s to 1980s. In the recent past, black, white, gray and yellow away shirts have also been used.

The colors for the 2009/10 season again consist of a royal blue jersey, white shorts and white socks. When an opponent plays Everton FC in all-white playing clothes at Goodison Park, the clothes are all royal blue. In their own away games, the color combination tends to be reversed with basically white shirts and navy blue pants and stockings. For the European Cup games and as a further alternative color for league games, a third kit was designed for the away games, the color of which deviates considerably from the norm and ranges from neon yellow to purple.

Historically the first home game wear
Histor. second home match clothing
2009/10 season: “Third” jersey

The logo of the main sponsor Chang can currently be seen on all “Toffees” jerseys. As the first club in the Premier League, Everton FC implemented a recommendation by the Portman Group brewery association to remove logos from alcoholic brand names from jerseys that are sold to children through the official fan merchandise market. The following table provides an overview of the previous suppliers and jersey sponsors:

Period Outfitter Shirt sponsor
1974-1979 Umbro none
1979-1983 Hafnia
1983-1985 Le Coq Sportif Hafnia
1985-1986 NEC
1986-1995 Umbro
1995-1997 Danka
1997-2000 One 2 One
2000-2002 puma
2002-2004 Kejian
2004-2009 Umbro Chang
2009–2012 Le Coq Sportif
2012-2014 Nike
since 2014 Umbro


The most common nickname of Everton FC is "The Toffees" (German: caramel or cream candy) or "The Toffeemen". There are several explanations for the origin of this name. The best-known explanation says that the origin can be seen in the candy shop called "Mother Noblett's Toffee Shop" near Goodison Park. This shop had advertised its sweets on match days and also sold them in Goodison Park, including mint candy, which was called "Everton Mints". The so-called "toffee lady tradition" quickly emerged, in which a girl threw Everton Mints into the audience before the game started. Another version says that near the Queen's Head Hotel - where early club meetings were held - there was a house called "Ye Anciente Everton Toffee House". The term "toffee" was also used colloquially to refer to the Irish , who made up an ever larger part of the population in Liverpool at the turn of the century and tended to be more attached to Everton than Liverpool.

In addition, Everton FC had other nicknames in the course of its club history. When the team wore completely black uniforms, the name “The Black Watch” was created after a well-known army brigade. Ever since the team started wearing blue jerseys in 1901, the simple name "The Blues" has been solidified. The team's attractive style of play in the 1920s prompted Steve Bloomer to state in 1928 that the Everton team worked “scientifically”, which is how the nickname “The School of Science” found its inspiration. When David Moyes took over the coaching activity at the club, he called the club as "The People's Club" (German: "The People's Club"), which has since been the semi-official nickname of the club.

Squad for the 2019/20 season

Status: February 6, 2020

No. Nat. Surname birthday in the team since Contract until
01 EnglandEngland Jordan Pickford 03/07/1994 2017 2024
22nd NetherlandsNetherlands Maarten Stekelenburg 09/22/1982 2016 2020
02 EnglandEngland Mason Holgate 10/22/1996 2015 2022
03 EnglandEngland Leighton Baines 12/11/1984 2007 2020
05 EnglandEngland Michael Keane 01/11/1993 2017 2022
12 FranceFrance Lucas Digne 07/20/1993 2018 2023
13 ColombiaColombia Yerry Mina 09/23/1994 2018 2023
19th FranceFrance Djibril Sidibé 07/29/1992 2019 2020
23 IrelandIreland Séamus Coleman (C)Captain of the crew 10/11/1988 2009 2022
30th CuracaoCuracao Cuco Martina 09/25/1989 2017 2020
08th EnglandEngland Fabian Delph 11/21/1989 2019 2022
10 IcelandIceland Gylfi Sigurðsson 09/08/1989 2017 2022
18th FranceFrance Morgan Schneiderlin 11/08/1989 2017 2021
21st PortugalPortugal André Gomes 07/30/1993 2018 2024
25th Ivory CoastIvory Coast Jean-Philippe Gbamin 09/25/1995 2019 2024
26th EnglandEngland Tom Davies 06/30/1998 2017 2023
34 Congo Democratic RepublicDemocratic Republic of Congo Beni Baningime 09/09/1998 2018 2022
07th BrazilBrazil Richarlison 05/10/1997 2018 2023
09 EnglandEngland Dominic Calvert-Lewin March 16, 1997 2019 2023
11 EnglandEngland Theo Walcott March 16, 1989 2018 2021
17th NigeriaNigeria Alex Iwobi 05/03/1996 2019 2024
20th BrazilBrazil Bernard 09/08/1992 2018 2022
27 ItalyItaly Moise Kean 02/28/2000 2019 2024
29 SenegalSenegal Oumar Niasse April 18, 1990 2016 2020
42 EnglandEngland Anthony Gordon U23 02/24/2001 2012 2023

Coach chronicle

Carlo Ancelotti , current Everton FC coach

As of December 21, 2019. Only official games were considered.


  • Nat. = Nationality
  • P = games
  • S = victories
  • U = tie
  • N = defeats
  • Win% = win rate in percent
Surname Nat. From To P S. U N Win%
WE Barclay English people Aug 1888 May 1889 000000000000022.000000000022nd 000000000000009.00000000009 000000000000002.00000000002 000000000000011.000000000011 000000000000040.900000000040.9
Dick Molyneux English people Aug 1889 May 1901 000000000000386.0000000000386 000000000000194.0000000000194 000000000000064.000000000064 000000000000128.0000000000128 000000000000050.300000000050.3
William C. Cuff English people Aug 1901 May 1918 000000000000577.0000000000577 000000000000275.0000000000275 000000000000110.0000000000110 000000000000192.0000000000192 000000000000047.700000000047.7
WJ Sawyer English people Aug 1918 May 1919 000000000000000.00000000000 000000000000000.00000000000 000000000000000.00000000000 000000000000000.00000000000 000000000000000.00000000000.0
Thomas H. McIntosh English people Aug 1919 May 1935 000000000000719.0000000000719 000000000000286.0000000000286 000000000000179.0000000000179 000000000000254.0000000000254 000000000000039.800000000039.8
Committee members - May 1935 June 1939 000000000000180.0000000000180 000000000000076.000000000076 000000000000036.000000000036 000000000000068.000000000068 000000000000042.200000000042.2
Theo Kelly English people June 1939 0Sep 1 1948 000000000000100.0000000000100 000000000000038.000000000038 000000000000019.000000000019th 000000000000043.000000000043 000000000000038.000000000038.0
Cliff Britton English people 0Sep 1 1948 0Feb 1, 1956 000000000000344.0000000000344 000000000000125.0000000000125 000000000000092.000000000092 000000000000127.0000000000127 000000000000036.300000000036.3
Ian Buchan Bulkheads 0Feb 1, 1956 0Oct. 1, 1958 000000000000116.0000000000116 000000000000038.000000000038 000000000000024.000000000024 000000000000054.000000000054 000000000000032.800000000032.8
Johnny Carey Irishman 0Oct. 1, 1958 Apr 15, 1961 000000000000122.0000000000122 000000000000051.000000000051 000000000000022.000000000022nd 000000000000049.000000000049 000000000000041.800000000041.8
Harry Catterick English people Apr 22, 1961 0Apr 7, 1973 000000000000594.0000000000594 000000000000276.0000000000276 000000000000157.0000000000157 000000000000161.0000000000161 000000000000046.500000000046.5
Tom Eggleston English people Apr 12, 1973 May 28, 1973 000000000000006.00000000006th 000000000000001.00000000001 000000000000002.00000000002 000000000000003.00000000003 000000000000016.700000000016.7
Billy Bingham Northern Ireland 25 Aug 1973 0Jan. 8, 1977 000000000000172.0000000000172 000000000000064.000000000064 000000000000055.000000000055 000000000000053.000000000053 000000000000037.200000000037.2
Steve Burtenshaw English people Jan. 10, 1977 Jan. 30, 1977 000000000000004.00000000004th 000000000000000.00000000000 000000000000002.00000000002 000000000000002.00000000002 000000000000000.00000000000.0
Gordon Lee English people 0Feb. 1, 1977 0May 4th 1981 000000000000234.0000000000234 000000000000092.000000000092 000000000000072.000000000072 000000000000070.000000000070 000000000000030.800000000030.8
Howard Kendall English people Aug 29, 1981 May 11, 1987 000000000000338.0000000000338 000000000000183.0000000000183 000000000000078.000000000078 000000000000077.000000000077 000000000000054.100000000054.1
Colin Harvey English people 0Sep 1 1987 Oct. 30, 1990 000000000000170.0000000000170 000000000000072.000000000072 000000000000052.000000000052 000000000000046.000000000046 000000000000042.400000000042.4
Jimmy Gabriel Bulkheads 0Nov 3, 1990 0Nov 3, 1990 000000000000001.00000000001 000000000000001.00000000001 000000000000000.00000000000 000000000000000.00000000000 000000000000100.0000000000100.0
Howard Kendall English people Nov 10, 1990 0Dec. 4, 1993 000000000000162.0000000000162 000000000000063.000000000063 000000000000040.000000000040 000000000000059.000000000059 000000000000038.900000000038.9
Jimmy Gabriel Bulkheads 0Dec 8, 1993 0Jan. 3, 1994 000000000000007.00000000007th 000000000000000.00000000000 000000000000001.00000000001 000000000000006.00000000006th 000000000000000.00000000000.0
Mike Walker Welsh 0Jan 8, 1994 0Nov 5, 1994 000000000000035.000000000035 000000000000006.00000000006th 000000000000011.000000000011 000000000000018.000000000018th 000000000000017.100000000017.1
Joe Royle English people Nov 21, 1994 27 Mar 1997 000000000000123.0000000000123 000000000000048.000000000048 000000000000039.000000000039 000000000000036.000000000036 000000000000039.000000000039.0
Dave Watson English people 0Apr 5, 1997 May 11, 1997 000000000000007.00000000007th 000000000000001.00000000001 000000000000003.00000000003 000000000000003.00000000003 000000000000014.300000000014.3
Howard Kendall English people 0Aug 9, 1997 May 10, 1998 000000000000042.000000000042 000000000000011.000000000011 000000000000013.000000000013 000000000000018.000000000018th 000000000000026.200000000026.2
Walter Smith Bulkheads Aug 15, 1998 Apr 10, 2002 000000000000173.0000000000173 000000000000056.000000000056 000000000000050.000000000050 000000000000067.000000000067 000000000000032.400000000032.4
David Moyes Bulkheads Apr 16, 2002 30th of June 2013 000000000000382.0000000000382 000000000000162.0000000000162 000000000000093.000000000093 000000000000127.0000000000127 000000000000042.400000000042.4
Roberto Martínez Spaniards 0July, 1st 2013 May 12, 2016 000000000000143.0000000000143 000000000000062.000000000062 000000000000037.000000000037 000000000000044.000000000044 000000000000043.400000000043.4
David Unsworth English people May 13, 2016 June 14, 2016 000000000000001.00000000001 000000000000001.00000000001 000000000000000.00000000000 000000000000000.00000000000 000000000000100.0000000000100.0
Ronald Koeman Dutch June 14, 2016 23 Oct 2017 000000000000058.000000000058 000000000000024.000000000024 000000000000014.000000000014th 000000000000020.000000000020th 000000000000041.400000000041.4
David Unsworth English people Oct. 24, 2017 Nov 30, 2017 000000000000008.00000000008th 000000000000002.00000000002 000000000000001.00000000001 000000000000005.00000000005 000000000000025.000000000025.0
Sam Allardyce English people Nov 30, 2017 May 16, 2018 000000000000026.000000000026th 000000000000010.000000000010 000000000000007.00000000007th 000000000000009.00000000009 000000000000038.500000000038.5
Marco Silva Portuguese May 31, 2018 05th Dec 2019 000000000000060.000000000060 000000000000024.000000000024 000000000000011.000000000011 000000000000025.000000000025th 000000000000040.000000000040.0
Duncan Ferguson Bulkheads 05th Dec 2019 Dec 21, 2019 000000000000004.00000000004th 000000000000001.00000000001 000000000000003.00000000003 000000000000000.00000000000 000000000000025.000000000025.0
Carlo Ancelotti Italian Dec 21, 2019 - 000000000000000.00000000000 000000000000000.00000000000 000000000000000.00000000000 000000000000000.00000000000 000000000000000.00000000000


English championship : 9

English Cup (FA Cup): 5th

English "Supercup" (Charity Shield): 9

  • 1928, 1932, 1963, 1970, 1984, 1985, 1986 (split), 1987, 1995

European Cup Winners' Cup : 1

Reserve and youth teams

With "Everton Reserves" the official second team of Everton FC is referred to. The history of this reserve team goes back to the late 19th century. At the time, it was not uncommon in English football for substitutes from a club to appear under a different name and so it is now assumed that after the games of the "Everton Swifts" in the 1886/87 season, the first games of a second team of the FC Find Everton. For the first time as part of an organized league operation, a team called "Everton Athletic" acted in the previous year "Liverpool and District League" in the 1890/91 season - here, too, it is assumed that the reserve players of Everton FC were behind them.

For the season 1891/92 the reserve team joined the national league "The Combination" founded in 1890 and dominated it in the following years. Until 1899, the Everton Reserves, as they officially called themselves, won the championship every year. The only exception was the 1894/95 season, when the second Everton team played in the "Lancashire Combination", but also won the title there. In the Lancashire Combination, the Everton Reserves then played permanently from 1899, and, although they lost their absolute supremacy there, it reached five championships in the twelve seasons that followed. Together with substitute teams from other renowned clubs from the north of England and the Midlands , the Everton Reserves formed a new regional league in the 1911/12 season with the “Central League”, which later found its counterpart in the southern English “London Combination”, which then in turn the "Football Combination" became. The Everton Reserves played in the Central League for a long time and won four titles by 1984. When after the increase to 32 clubs from the Central League became a two-tier league system, they operated in the higher-class "Division One" until 1992 (officially named after the sponsor "Pontis Central League" from 1990). In the 1991/92 season, the reserve players of Everton FC suffered their only relegation to date, but this was immediately repaired when they were promoted to runner-up in "Division Two". After returning to Division One of the Central League, which was then called "Premier Division" from the 1996/97 season, they have been playing in the associated northern division ("Northern Division") and since the " Premier Reserve League " was founded in 1999 play their home games at Halton Stadium , which normally serves as a rugby stadium in the city of Widnes . The biggest success in the recent past was winning the Premier Reserve League North in 2001.

Usually, the reserve team at Everton FC now consists of young players from their own academy who have not yet passed the age of 21. Often, however, this team is also used by established players from the first team, especially when they want to get match practice after an injury break, for example. The reserve team is currently being trained by former Everton striker Duncan Ferguson .


  • Masters in "The Combination": 7 (1892, 1893, 1894, 1896, 1897, 1898, 1899)
  • Masters in the Lancashire Combination: 6 (1895, 1901, 1904, 1908, 1909, 1910)
  • Champions in "The Central League": 4 (1914, 1938, 1954, 1968)
  • Champion in the FA Premier Reserve League : 1 (2001)

The "Everton Academy" was founded in 1997 and is the club's youth department. She looks after young talents from the age of six and includes, among other things, a U-18 selection that is currently competing in Group C of the Premier Academy League . The greatest successes of the youth work of Everton come from the years 1965, 1984 and 1998, when the "Young Toffees" each won the FA Youth Cup . The "Academy Manager" Ray Hall is responsible for the youth department, whose coaching staff includes the former player Kevin Sheedy as a supervisor for players between 17 and 19 years of age. Well-known Everton Academy alumni include Wayne Rooney , Richard Dunne , Michael Ball , Gavin McCann , Francis Jeffers and, more recently, Tony Hibbert , Leon Osman , James Vaughan and Victor Anichebe .


Social commitment: "Everton in The Community"

In 1988, "Everton in The Community" (EiTC) was launched, a regional social project that Everton has been the main sponsor ever since. The non-profit organization, which has been a registered charity since 2004, is led by a board of directors composed equally of Everton FC club members and independent individuals.

One of the best-known activities is the “Healthy Schools Bus” school project, which aims to convince Merseyside students about the benefits of healthy eating and an active lifestyle. In addition, there are other initiatives for disabled sports in football, for which EiTC was rewarded with a grant of 250,000 pounds in 2008 and which was expanded internationally in April 2008 with a new project in Shanghai . In addition to sport, EiTC is involved in social projects against homelessness, drug abuse and old-age poverty and supports asylum seekers and refugees. From a preventive point of view, EiTC is best known for the “Kickz” program, which uses football to try to promote social behavior in Liverpool.

The EiTC project resulted in women's football teams of all ages, of which the senior team acts as Everton LFC in the English premier league. In the top British basketball league, the Everton Tigers also play a team that Everton FC founded in 2007 as part of a cooperation with the “Toxteth Tigers” under the umbrella of EiTC.

Women's soccer


The Everton Ladies Football Club (Everton LFC for short) is one of the most successful teams in English women's football. The club started in 1983 as Hoylake WFC. Later they merged with the Dolphins YC to Leasowe Pacific. In 1988 they reached the final of the FA Women's Cup , but lost it 1: 3 against the Doncaster Rovers Belles LFC In the next year (1989) the team was again in the cup final and was able to win after a 3: 2 over the women's team of the AFC Wimbledon celebrate a major title.

In 1995 the club finally became the Everton LFC. In 1998 the team won their only championship to date. In 1997, 1999 and 2007 the team was runner-up. In 2005 they also reached the final of the FA Women's Cup , but lost it. Since the Arsenal LFC won the UEFA Women's Cup in 2007 and also took the championship, Everton took part in the UEFA Women's Cup in the 2007/08 season and was thus represented in the European competition for the first time. In 2009 it was represented for the first time in the now renamed UEFA Women's Champions League. After the club had reached the final in the league cup in 1997 and 1999 , it won the “Premier League Cup” for the first time in 2008 after a 1-0 final win against Arsenal LFC and the FA Women's Cup for the second time two years later; again with a win (3: 2) over Arsenal LFC.

In 2011, Everton LFC was one of eight founding members of the FA Women's Super League , the new top division in English women's football.

At the end of the 2013/2014 season, Everton LFC was relegated to the second division after 21 years in the highest English division.

Well-known former players


  • English champions: 1 (1998)
  • English Cup Winner: 2 (1989, 2010)
  • English league cup winner: 1 (2008)


The venue for the Everton Ladies is Rossett Park in Crosby . The stadium has a capacity of 2,800 seats.

Statistics and records

Player with the most stakes

Note: only official competitions including substitutions.

Goalkeeper Neville Southall is Everton FC's record player with 750 appearances.
# Surname Calls Period
1 Neville Southall 750 1981-1998
2 Brian Labone 534 1957-1971
3 Dave Watson 528 1986-2001
4th Ted Sagar 500 1929-1953
5 Kevin Ratcliffe 494 1980-1992
6th Mick Lyons 472 1969-1982
7th Jack Taylor 456 1896-1909
8th Peter Farrell 453 1946-1957
9 Graeme Sharp 447 1980-1991
10 Dixie Dean 433 1925-1938
11 Tommy Eglington 428 1946-1957
12 Tommy E. Jones 411 1948-1961
13 Wally Fielding 410 1945-1959
14th Gordon West 402 1962-1975
14th John Hurst 402 1964-1976
16 Colin Harvey 387 1962-1974
17th Tommy Wright 374 1964-1972
18th Kevin Sheedy 369 1982-1992
19th Brian Harris 360 1954-1966
20th David Unsworth 350 1992-1997,

Player with the most goals

Note: only official competitions - the number of appearances includes substitutions.

With 383 goals for Everton, Dixie Dean is by far the most successful goalscorer in the club's history.
# Surname Gates Calls Goal rate
1 Dixie Dean 383 433 0.88
2 Graeme Sharp 159 426 0.37
3 Bob Latchford 138 286 0.48
4th Sandy Young 125 314 0.40
5 Joe Royle 119 273 0.44
6th Roy Vernon 111 203 0.55
6th Dave Hickson 111 243 0.46
8th Edgar Chadwick 110 300 0.37
9 Tony Cottee 99 206 0.48
10 Jimmy Settle 97 269 0.36
10 Kevin Sheedy 97 357 0.27
12 Alf Milward 96 224 0.43
13 Adrian Heath 94 278 0.34
14th Alex Stevenson 90 274 0.33
15th John Willie Parker 89 176 0.51
15th Alex Young 89 272 0.33
17th Fred Geary 86 98 0.88
18th Derek Temple 84 276 0.30
19th Tommy Eglington 82 428 0.19
20th Jack Sharp 80 342 0.23
20th Jack Taylor 80 456 0.18

Club records



  • Debuts
    • First game - December 20, 1879 6-0 friendly against St. Peter's
    • First championship game - on September 8, 1888 1-1 against FC Accrington
    • First FA Cup game - on November 12, 1887 0-0 against Bolton Wanderers
    • First League Cup game - 1960 3-1 against Accrington Stanley
    • First European Cup game - 25 September 1962 2-1 against Dunfermline Athletic
  • Record victories
    • Biggest championship win - 9-1 on September 3, 1906 against Manchester City and on September 27, 1930 against Plymouth Argyle
    • Biggest FA Cup victory - 11-2 on January 18, 1890 in the fifth round against Derby County
    • Biggest victory in the League Cup - 8-0 on August 29, 1978 in the second round against Wimbledon FC
    • Biggest Premier League win - 7-1 on November 16, 1996 against Southampton FC and against Sunderland FC on November 24, 2007
    • Biggest European Cup win - 6-1 on February 21, 2008 against Brann Bergen
  • Record defeats
    • Biggest championship defeat - 7-0 on May 11, 2007 against Arsenal FC
    • Biggest defeat in the FA Cup - 6-0 on January 7, 1922 against Crystal Palace
    • Biggest Premier League defeat - 7-0 on May 11, 2007 against Arsenal
  • Attendance records
    • Highest attendance at a home game - 78,229 on September 18, 1948 at Goodison Park against Liverpool FC in a championship game
    • Highest attendance at a Premier League home game - 40,552 on December 11, 2004 against Liverpool FC in the 2004/05 season

Other records


  • D. Ball & G. Buckland: Everton - The Ultimate Book of Stats & Facts . The Bluecoat Press, 2001, ISBN 1-872568-79-3 .
  • James Corbett: Everton: School of Science . Pan, 2004, ISBN 0-330-42006-2 .
  • Matthew Graham: Everton . Hamlyn, 1986, ISBN 0-600-50238-4 .
  • Derek Hodgson: Everton Story . Littlehampton Book Services, 1979, ISBN 0-213-16716-6 .
  • Stephen F. Kelly: Forever Everton: Official Illustrated History of Everton FC Macdonald, 1987, ISBN 0-356-15055-0 .
  • Ian Ross: Everton: A Complete Record, 1878-1993 . Breedon Books Publishing Co Ltd, 1993, ISBN 1-873626-43-6 .
  • Becky Tallentire: The Little Book of Everton . Carlton Books Ltd, 2004, ISBN 1-84442-652-1 .

Web links

Commons : Everton FC  - Collection of images, videos and audio files


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  3. a b c d e At this point in time two points were awarded for each win and one point for each draw. The goal quotient is calculated from the quotient of goals scored by oneself (numerator) and the goals scored against (denominator).
  4. a b c "Everton history - II: Before World War I (1888-1915)" (Toffeeweb)
  5. ^ "Between The Wars (1915–1939)" (ToffeeWeb)
  6. "The Bad Decades (1945–1961)" (ToffeeWeb)
  7. "Catterick's Ruke (1961–1973)" (ToffeeWeb)
  8. For the 1976/77 season, the goal difference replaced the goal quotient as the criterion for placing teams with equal points.
  9. "The Barren Seventies (1973–1981)" (ToffeeWeb)
  10. From the 1981/82 season onwards, a winning team was awarded three points in a championship game - instead of two points previously.
  11. "Howard's First Time (1981–1987)" ( Memento of February 13, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) (ToffeeWeb)
  12. "Top To Bottom (1987-1994)" (ToffeeWeb)
  13. "A Royle Era (1994–1997)" (ToffeeWeb)
  14. "Fear And Tripidation (1997-2002)" ( Memento of 9 October 2008 at the Internet Archive ) (ToffeeWeb)
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  34. "Kings Dock proposal collapse" (BBC)
  35. ^ "Everton and Liverpool say no to ground share" (icliverpool)
  36. "Merseysiders rule out ground share" (BBC Sport)
  37. ^ "Everton in talks on stadium move" (BBC)
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