Everton are one of the oldest clubs in World Football having been founded way back in 1879 as St Domingo Football Club.
Known as the Toffees in recognition of the local sweet manufacturing industry, they are also record holders in terms of top flight football and have won a number of major trophies over the years.
Records and Honours
Everton were also founding members of the Premier League at the start of the 1992/93 season and are one of only six clubs to have been ever present since that inauguration. In fact, they hold a proud record in terms of English top flight football and have competed in the highest division for a total of 114 seasons.
That’s more than any other English side and in fact, they have only been out of that top flight for four seasons altogether.
Everton may not have won the Premier League as yet, check this season odds, but the Toffees took the old English first division title on nine separate occasions. The club enjoyed great success under Howard Kendall in the mid 1980’s when they won the league twice, plus the FA Cup in 1984 and the European Cup Winners Cup the following season.
That was their only success in Europe but Everton have also won the FA Cup five times, the League Cup twice and the Charity Shield on no less than nine occasions.
Their last major trophy came at the end of the 1994/95 season as they tasted FA Cup success under Joe Royle but Everton are always a danger in any competition and a good option for the domestic cups in particular.
Ask any Everton fan who the club’s greatest ever player was and chances are they will say Dixie Dean. The legendary England centre forward finished his career at Goodison with a scarcely believable record of 395 goals in 447 matches.
With 18 goals in 16 full internationals, it’s amazing that Dean wasn’t used more by England but it’s no surprise that the player was the first Everton player to be inducted into England’s Hall of Fame back in 2002.
Tommy Lawton followed soon after. He was one of the great English centre forwards but sadly the outbreak of World War II curtailed his Everton career after he joined from Burnley in 1937. Lawton moved on to Chelsea in 1945 at the conclusion of hostilities and his record of 74 goals in 98 matches for the Toffees left Everton fans wondering about what might have been.
Other greats to have graced the turf at Goodison Park include England’s 1966 World Cup Winner Alan Ball, legendary Welsh international goalkeeper Neville Southall and Howard Kendall himself who was a successful player at Everton before returning as manager in later years.
Everton finished in seventh place in the Premier League at the end of the 2016/17 season and in the summer of 2017, the club embarked on a spending spree that would eventually exceed £100 million. That sum was largely recouped with the £75m sale of Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United but it was a busy period at Goodison nonetheless.
Among the new faces was the return of an old favourite as Wayne Rooney came back to his boyhood club after 13 years with Manchester United. Rooney teams up with a host of new signings including Gylfi Sigurdsson, Davy Klaassen, Michael Keane and Jordan Pickford.
A new look side may take time to gel but the aim for the club’s owners is clearly to break into the Champions League places. For this historic side, many will feel that this is where they belong.by