Everton Football Club Profile

Everton Football Club Facts

Everton started off its existence in 1878 known as St. Domingo. This club was formed so that people from the parish of St. Domingo’s Methodist Church could play a winter sports. To allow more people to participate in the club, it was renamed Everton F. C. in 1879. Everton was a founding member of the Football League and won their first League Championship title in the 1890-1891 season.

Despite some success in the pre WWI years (they won the FA Cup in 1905-06 and the League title again in 1914-15), it was only in 1927 that Everton’s first successful period began – they won three more league titles and an FA cup in the years prior to WWII.

After poor performances after the suspension of football during WWII, they slowly recovered form, first under Harry Catterick in 1961 (League title, FA cup, and First Division win), and then under Howard Kendall who took over as manager in 1981 (one FA cup win, two League titles, and the European Cup Winner’s Cup).

The following years saw Everton almost relegated twice and it was not until the appointment of David Moyes in 2002 that the club improved their form. Under Moyes’ guidance, Everton have finished seventh, seventeenth, fourth (their highest ever Premiership finish), and eleventh in the Premier League and in 2006-07 Everton finished sixth in the league and qualified for the UEFA Cup.

Goodison Park Stadium

Everton football clubs’s original grounds were at Stanley Park in Liverpool before moving to Anfield, which was their home until 1892 when they were ousted and replaced by the newly-formed team Liverpool. They resettled at Goodison Park, which has been their home ground to this day. Stanley Park Stadium is now the new ground proposed for Liverpool F.C.

Goodison park has a maximum capacity of 40,569 all-seated. More top-flight football games have been staged at Goodison Park than any other ground in the United Kingdom and it has been one of the most progressive stadiums – it was the first English ground to have undersoil heating, two tiers on all sides, and a three-tier stand. Goodison also has the distinction of being the only stadium in the world that features a church on its grounds – St Luke the Evangelist.

In 2006, it was announced that the club and Knowsley Council were discussing the construction of a new 55,000 seater stadium in Kirkby due to the decision not to expand Goodison Park Stadium.

Supporters and Rivalries

Everton have a large and cosmopolitan fanbase with the ninth highest average attendance in England. Although most of Everton’s matchday support comes from the North West of England, Everton also has fans who travel from North Wales and Ireland and many supporters’ clubs worldwide in North America, Singapore, Thailand and Australia.

The most notable rival of Everton is Liverpool F.C., with matches contested at the Merseyside derby. This rivalry dates back to the dispute over Anfield Stadium in 1892. Everton and Liverpool contest the Merseyside Derby – notable for the record amount of red cards issued to badly behaved players.