Manager – Roberto Martinez
Chairman – Bill Kenwright
Captain – Phil Jagielka
Rivals – Liverpool (Merseyside Derby)
Stadium – Goodison Park
Founded in the year 1878, Everton FC is one of the oldest clubs in English football and has played in the premier division of English football for a record 110 seasons (Just four seasons outside the top flight).
Nicknamed the Toffees, Everton have won the English Premier Division title 9 times, the FA Cup 5 times and the League Cup 2 times. Their lone European success came in the form of European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1985.
Everton have an intense rivalry with in town rivals Liverpool and the matches between the two are called Merseyside Derbies. Everton were the first inhabitants of the iconic Anfield Stadium but moved to their current home of Goodison Park in 1892.
Everton are one of the seven clubs to have played every season of the Premier League till date.
History of Everton FC
The Toffees were founded in the year 1878 and were initially known as “St Domingo’s”. After a year from its formation the club was renamed to its current name of Everton FC.
Everton were one of the founding members of The Football League in 1888 and won their first league title in the 1890/91 season.
After finishing as the runners-up of the FA Cup twice in 1893 and 1897, Everton went to win its first FA Cup title in 1905/06 season beating Newcastle United 1-0 in the final.
After nearly 25 years from winning their first League title in 1890/91 Everton won its second League title in the 1914/15 season. The start of the world war meant that the league would be suspended for the next few years.
Success found its way
Everton won their third league title in the 1927/28 season and it was during the same season that Everton player Dixie Dean went on score 60 goals that season (It is a record that still stands to this day).
Dixie Dean went on to retire as an Everton legend making 399 appearances for them and scoring 349 times. He moved away from the club in 1937 after 10 year stint at the club. Everton went on to be relegated for the first time in their history in the 1929/30 after finishing bottom of the table.
They did not stay in the second division for long and came back up to the premier division in the very next season after scoring a record number of goals in the second division.
After getting promoted back Everton soon won their fourth league title in the 1931/32 season and followed this trophy with a FA Cup victory in 1933. They would their 5th league title in the last season before the commencement of the second world in 1938/39.
You Win Some You Lose Some
Everton were never the same team that dominated English football before the Second World War they struggled to establish themselves as a top club after the war and after a few ordinary seasons in the first division were relegated back to the second tier of English football in the 1950-51 seasons.
Everton wouldn’t come back right up as they did before, they would spend three seasons in the second division before finally winning promotion in third after finishing as runners-up .
And Then You Win Again
Everton started finding their feet again by the start of the 1960’s. The appointment of Harry Catterick as manager proved to be the trigger that Everton. In Catterick’s second season in charge Everton went on to win their 5th first division title and followed up this with a FA Cup victory in 1966 beating Sheffield Wednesday 3-2 in the final.
Everton won their 6th first division title in the 1969/70 season. Catterick retired soon after but none of his replacements could bring any silverware to the club for the rest of the 70’s.
Don’t you just love the 80’s
The most successful period in Everton’s history started from the appointment of Howard Kendall in 1981. Everton’s first trophy under Kendall was the FA Cup in the 1983/84 season which they won after beating Watford in the final 2-0.
Everton managed to win their first double of League and European Cup Winners’ Cup in the 1984/85 season. They almost did the treble that season but lost to Manchester United in the final of the FA Cup.
There 1984/85 European Cup Winners’ Cup till this date remains their only European success. There 3-1 semi-final win against Bayern Munich in this competition was voted as the best game ever played at Goodison Park.
Everton won their last league title till date in the 1986/87 season. Kendall moved on after their triumph and left to manage Athletic Bilbao. Kendall was succeeded by Colin Harvey at the top job and Harvey took them to the 1988/89 FA Cup final but lost to bitter rivals Liverpool in the finals 3-2.
Kendall did return to Everton in 1990 but couldn’t find the same success that he managed with them earlier.
Everton vs Bayern Munich 1984/85 European Cup Winners’ Cup Semi-Final: –
Premier League Era
Everton became one of the founding members of the English Premier League in 1992. Joe Royle took charge as the Everton manager in 1994. The converted the club from a team fighting to stay out of the relegation zones to a team that would challenge the top teams. Everton won the FA Cup for the 5th time in their history in 1995 by beating United 1-0 in the final.
It was their last major trophy till date (They did finish as runners-up in 2009). Everton were never more than a bottom half of the table team for the rest of the 90’s.
They finished 6th in the 1995/96 season under Royle but fell down to 15th in the league in the next season and Royle would retire as manager as league moved towards its final few weeks of the season.
Howard Kendall was brought back as the manager of Everton for the 3rd time in the 1997/98. However his third homecoming wasn’t even close to replicating his success with them in the 80’s.Everton finished 17th in league and survived the drop on the basis of a better Goal Difference that Bolton who went down.
Kendall left the club at the end of the season and was replaced by Walter Smith, Smith ensured Premier League safety for the next three seasons but they were nothing more than a bottom half team.
Walter Smith was finally shown the door towards the end of the 2001/02 season as the team was dangerously close to the relegation battle. David Moyes was brought in as replacement.
David Moyes Era
Moyes guided the team to safety in his first season with them finishing 15th in the league. In his second season with them Everton achieved a top half finish (7th) for the 1st time since the 1995/96 season.
Everton finished 4th in the league during the 2004/05 season finishing ahead of bitter rivals Liverpool and achieved Champions League qualification for the next season. However their time in Europe was not one to remember as they crashed out of the group stages of the competition.
Moyes turned the club into regular European contenders. They qualified for the UEFA Cup in the 2007/08 and 2008/09 seasons and finished as the 2008/09 FA runners-up after losing to Chelsea in the finals 2-1.
Moyes finally left the club after 10 seasons with them at the end of the 2012/13 season to manage Manchester United after being handpicked by United legend Alex Ferguson.
Roberto Martinez was brought in as the new manager for the 2013/14 season which saw them finish 5th in table after accumulating 72 points from 38 games which was their highest points tally in 27 years.
The Premier League Season So Far…
Roberto Martinez’s second season with them hasn’t been one to gloat about. 26 games into the campaign Everton lie 12th in table with just 28 points from 26 games. They are closer to the relegation battle than to European Spots.
They were knocked out of both the FA Cup and League Cup in the 3rd round by West Ham and Swansea City respectively. It seems like Everton’s only hope of European action next season is to win the Europa league were they are in round of 32’s.
Everton bought Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea at the start of the season for a club record amount of 28£ million and he is the clubs leading scorer in all competitions this season with 13 goals till date but his performances still leave a lot to be desired.
Most Appearances – Neville Southall (751)
Top Goal scorer – Dixie Dean (349)
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