Everton was founded in 1878 by the St Domingo Methodist New Connexion Chapel in Breckfield Road North; it was named St Domingo FC and was created so that members of the congregation could play football as well as cricket. The club was renamed Everton in November 1879 to allow people outside of the congregation to participate.
On April 17, 1888 Everton became a founding member of the Football League.
Representatives of the Blues along with Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Burnley, Derby County, Notts County, Preston North End, Stoke, West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers met at the Royal Hotel in Manchester.
The move followed concerns that too many friendly games were being cancelled thereby depriving the clubs of gate money, and playing a set number of matches home and away should offset any losses derived from losing friendly matches.
Membership was set at £2 2s a year.
Everton’s nickname “The Toffees” or “The Toffeemen”, came about after Everton moved to Goodison. One of the possible reasons for the nickname was that there was a business in Everton village, named Mother Noblett’s, it was a toffee shop that sold sweets including the Everton Mint. It was also located opposite the lock up which Everton’s club crest is based on. The Toffee Lady tradition in which a girl walks around the perimeter of the pitch before the start of a game tossing free Everton Mints into the crowd symbolises the connection. Another possible reason is that there was a house named Ye Anciente Everton Toffee House in nearby Village Street, Everton, run by Ma Bushell. The toffee house was located near the Queen’s Head hotel in which early club meetings took place
(Joe Mercer was born in Ellesmere Port in 1914. He joined Everton as a youngster and forced himself into the first team on a regular basis in 1935. Developing quickly, he became England’s left-half. The Second World War came and went and Sergeant Major Mercer, captain of his country, returned to Goodison Park having won 26 wartime caps. When he returned Everton had both a captain and a manager and Mercer, no longer a figure of responsibility became disconsolate. Arsenal heard about his disenchantment and signed him in late 1946 for £7,000. )
In 1925 they signed Dixie Dean from Tranmere Rovers.
Prior to the final game of the 1927-28 season Dean had been injured but was declared fit to play just before the kick off; the game was at home to Herbert Chapman’s legendary Arsenal side, he needed to get a hat-trick for the league scoring record. The Gunners had the famous Charles Buchan playing his final match before retirement in their defence and he was eager to ensure Everton’s young upstart didn’t steal his show. It was, however, undeniably Dean’s day. He scored the third goal of his hat trick and the record 60th of the season in the 85th minute. His record stands to this day.
A reporter wrote – “You talk about explosions, and loud applause; we have heard many explosions, and much applause in our long pilgrimage, but, believe us, we have never heard such a prolonged roar of thundering, congratulatory applause before as to that which ascended to heaven when Dixie broke the record.”
He scored 37 hat tricks for Everton – First: 17/10/1925, Last: 7/11/1936.
(Tommy Lawton one of the greatest goal scorers of his or any age began his career with Burnley and moved to Everton for £6,500, as an eventual replacement for Dixie Dean, in March 1937. He helped the club win the League title in 1939. In November 1953, Lawton was traded to First Division champions Arsenal for £7,500.)
* 1st Division Champions (9): 1890–91, 1914–15, 1927–28, 1931–32, 1938–39, 1962–63, 1969–70, 1984–85, 1986–87
* 2nd Division: Winners (1): 1930–31
* FA Cup: Winners (5): 1905–06, 1932–33, 1965–66, 1983–84, 1994–95
* FA Charity Shield: Winners (9): 1928, 1932, 1963, 1970, 1984, 1985, 1986 (shared), 1987, 1995
* European Cup Winners Cup: Winners: (1): 1984–85
Everton’s 2018-19 home record.
Thirty one games played and we are down to our final seven games of the season; Sunday will be the first of the five away games we have to play and none of them will be easy.
If we win all seven games we will be guaranteed both third place and a place in the 2019-20 Champions League.
My breath is bated and I await the games with a great deal of nervous anticipation.
Loads of good stuff in there again, GN5.
This made me laugh even if it isn’t true. Who knows these days?
Another fact filled post. Thank you GN5.
I grew up with tales of Lawton and Dean. Everton are one of the few remaining proper English clubs. Definitely my favourite Scouse team
6.57. Can’t be true.
Superb work GN5, thanks v much
Had to know what the lock up was for. From google:
Called Prince Rupert’s Tower…The Grade II-listed building, which was opened in 1787, was originally an overnight holding place where local drunks and criminals were taken by parish constables
I love a castle and had always assumed the Everton crest depicted something with a moat, drawbridge and slitty windows
The lock up doesn’t look big enough to fit in more than about half a dozen scallies. 🙂
Interested to know what you mean by proper english clubs
All the founding members listed by GN5 still exist. Do you mean un-oiled, non-lubricated?
When pissed, you can stack’em
Goodison’s Bullens stand where the away fans sit (well stand mostly, but sit at half time) still has wooden seats from Dennis knows when.
They’re much warmer on the derriere than the new cheap plastic seats elsewhere.
Obviously nowhere near as good as the padded seats at the Emirates for the cosseted Gooners!
Good Day to ‘ee,
Absolutely top notch, GN5 — I am running out of suitable adjectives to describe your Posts, but you know how highly I rate them anyway! 😁
Again, there is always something, a little snippet here, or an explanation there that adds to my education.
In the back of my mind, I remember a couple of friends (one a ‘Pool fan and one a Toffee) were arguing because I think ‘Pool are associated with ‘Anfield’ but Everton never played at Everton, but also originated in Anfield.
I may have got that wrong, because at the time I had pretty much tuned out of a local football domestic! 🤪
Maybe you know the truth of it.
From previous research I knew that Everton had played at Anfield – so I went to the clubs site for details –
Originally there was only one team in Liverpool – the Everton Football Club and they played at Anfield. The ground was owned by John Houlding the clubs president; a dispute between Houlding and the Everton clubs directors, over the grounds rent, resulted in Everton moving to Goodison in March 1892.
This left Houlding with an empty stadium causing the creation of the Liverpool Fooball Club.
Whenever I want to wind up all my Liverpool FC relatives, I ask them about the origins of their beloved Anfield!
Tommy Lawton opened the first Arsenal Museum in the North Stand at the original HOF. As I’ve written before, my Father, myself and my son were lucky enough to be guests at the opening.
Now that is really interesting, GN5, thank you.
Nothing is ever quite as it appears — and I am amazed how often friction features in the histories of neighbouring clubs.
I was fortunate enough to see Lawton play at Highbury for a few years and he really had a thunderous shot.
I just watched a Pathe video of Tommy being interviewed by Peter Alliss. He was a very modest man and lived out his days in a rented house and lived off of supplements, there was not much money to be earned as a football player back then.
Did I not once see that Anfield and Goodison Park are quite close to each other, being on opposite sides of Stanley Park?
26 years and one day ago we beat Spurs in a FAC semi-final at Wembley with TA6 scoring an unstoppable header.
I was there for a great day out in the sun, it was revenge for the awful Gazza semi at the same venue.
Must have been a diet BBQ
Was that a diet BBQ?
Very strange things happening with Word Press.
My comment at 6:56 never showed so I tried again at 6:58 and they both turn up?
Some very strange things happening with Word Press.
My comment at 6:56 never showed so I tried again at 6:58 and they both turn up?
It just happened again. I’d copied my 7:03 and when I tried to re-enter it Word Press told me it was a duplicate comment – so I added the first word and tried again and the second one did not show. I logged out then came back on to find both comments???
Set yourself up with a gravatar, login and stay logged in and then these problems seem to disappear.
Your post today has got super numbers, 1500 views, nearly 1200 visitors to AA.
Thanks for the numbers Chas and the gravatar info I’ve saved it and will take a look later.
Didn’t expect S’ton to score. Will be an interesting game now.
Soton too deep already after just over 20 mins.
Only a matter of time before the equaliser.
I love that Iwobi goal in the video and the close up goal celebration. It was even better being there on those wooden seats. He is so underrated.
The new Tony Adams..
Much has been written in the media about Arsenals poor away record.It works both ways. Arsenal can only improve or sink to greater depths.
Everton will be a tough game,no ifs and buts. They have some good strikers who,imho,maybe a tad below Spurs and Chelsea danger men.Include MU .
If the gunners can stifle these strikers,there is no reason why a similar job cant be done on the Blues guys.Of course very game is different.1-0 will do.
Under Emery I am more confident tactically than Wenger.If the gunners next meet BM,believe me the Germans wont be able to repeat twice 5-1 .Emery could even win.
I’m not sure even youtube can make any of our current players look anything close to DB10 level
I keep seeing nutmeg clips in Arsenal training but this is still my favourite.
LBG particularly dislikes the girly wailing 🙂
Have you got more holes to dig this morning?
Are any of the specimen trees in the ground yet?
Classic sprezzatura 🙂
We have another belting post from GN5’s Century Club series for today.
No holes. All in the ground, double staked and rubber tubed 🙂
(I recycle old bicycle inner tubes from local bike shop. They make the best tree ties)
7:09 Oh thank goodness for GN5. I was get worried I may get the call-up and I’m running on an empty tank
Excellent recycling. Any photos?
When I replaced the tyres on my mountain bike, I didn’t want to chuck them out. Not everyone likes them where they are now, but I do and that’s all that counts.
and anyway, if what you do or think is “liked by everyone” you’re probably a tosser 🙂
I’m not sure Lady Peaches of Hertfordshire would approve of my pathetic attempts at brightening up a small garden!
Right I need to get showered soon, so the post will be up in five.
what are the sun rays made from next to the hub cap you nicked off that yob’s car down the road at at No 17 🙂
Haha, just paint.
Thinking of Lady P, do you remember the old days when she’d come on a lively and buzzing blog to ask if anyone fancied writing a post and this was the result. 🙂
1-0 playing os in the box.Imho very
stupid to do so.Everton are in full throttle knowing the gunners have a hard game against napoli.
Arsenal better get a goal soon