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Founded: 1878 as St Domingo FC
Stadium: Goodison Park
Stadium capacity: 40,569
Training Ground: Finch Farm, Halewood
Reserve Team Stadium: Halton Stadium

Chairman: Bill Kenwright CBE
Deputy Chairman: Jon Woods
Directors: Robert Elstone, Robert Earl
Life President Sir Philip Carter CBE

First team manager: Roberto Martinez
Assistant manager:
Club captain: Phil Jagielka

Everton FC - A Concise History
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Everton Football Club, founded in 1878, are one of the oldest clubs in all of professional football and were a founding member of the football league in 1888.

The club was initially entitled St. Domingo's FC, named for St. Domingo's parish in the Everton area of Merseyside. However, the teams popularity was such that the club was renamed Everton to take into account the wider area instead of the small parish.

It was not until December 20th, 1879 that the team named Everton played in their first proper game, thrashing St. Peter's 6-0 on Stanley Park, decked out in a blue and white striped kit.

The very first Everton kit

It wasn't long before the young club adopted a uniform Black kit with a red sash, and adopted the nickname of "The Black Watch", due to the similarity in look to the royal highland regiment of the same name.

In 1884, Everton moved from the open Stanley Park to a designated stadium at Anfield. It took less than seven years for the ever-growing club to develop what is now the home of Liverpool Football Club into a 20'000 capacity stadia.

In 1888, the Football League came into being and Everton, as one of the fastest growing clubs in the country, were one of the founding members along with 11 others. Ever developing, Everton won their first league title in the 1890-91 season, with the prolific Fred Geary leading the charge.

Change of Location

After a dispute over financing, Everton were forced to leave Anfield and move to Goodison Park in 1892. Ironically, it was during this dispute that Liverpool Football Club were formed (initially named Everton FC and Athletic Grounds Ltd. to attempt to replace Everton in the football league.)

However, Goodison Park quickly became our spiritual home, and the club began to achieve considerable success, reaching four FA Cup final before World War 1, winning one in 1906.

In 1901, Everton adoped a royal blue kit, and the idea stuck, becoming synonomous with Everton. However, it was not until 1915 that Everton would lift the league trophy in the famous colours, nudging out Oldham Athletic on the final day.

Dixie Dean and the First Golden Age

Following World War 1, Everton went on a run of success known as our first golden age. William Ralph Dean, nicknamed "Dixie" Dean by the fans (even though he himself did not particularly like the name) joined the club for the 1925-26 season and promptly set about obliterating the opposition, reinventing the role of a classic centre-forward with a no-nonsense physical style and an unparralleled heading ability.

In the 1927-28 season, "Dixie" achieved what many people feel will never be replicated - he netted 60 league goals in 39 matches, handing Everton their third league title on a plate.

After a relegation in 1930, Everton bounced back up and won the league for a fourth time in 1931-32, with Dean scoring 45 times. 1933 saw Everton win the FA Cup once more; notable for being the first game to use shirt numbers.

After the retirement of Dixie Dean, Everton won yet another league title in 1939 and boasted a team of immense talent, but World War 2 cast it's shadow and the Football League briefly dissolved.

Harry Catterick

The period after the second World War were disappointing for Everton. The club failed to lift any further silverware for 18 years following the war, and faced the ignomy of relegation in 1951.

Nevertheless, the Blues were about to turn a corner when Harry Catterick took charge at Goodison Park in 1961. Just two years later, Catterick delivered Everton another league championship after the club re-established the moniker of "The School of Science" due to the highly professional nature of the clubs set-up and the intricate attacking play on the field.

Some of Everton's biggest legends were born during this era. Alex "The Golden Vision" Young was lauded as one of the finest players of his generation. Brian Labone epitomised the never-say-die attitude of the team and became a club legend, whilst silky attackers such as Joe Royle, Roy Vernon and Derek Temple took on the goalscoring duties up top.

An FA Cup win in 1966 was followed by another league championship in 1970 (with two Charity Shield victories in between). For many Evertonians, the 1970 team was the greatest ever - with the "Holy Trinity" of Kendall, Ball and Harvey running roughshod over the opposition.

Following the depature of Catterick, Everton underwent a short period of frustration under the management of Billy Bingham and Gordon Lee. Everton did not decline like the post-war period; however, they could not re-capture their honours winning tradition, despite reaching the League Cup final in 1977 and consistently challenging the upper echelons of the league.

It was in 1979 that the club seriously began to falter and came close to relegation, leading to the sacking of Gordon Lee and the introduction of the greatest manager in the clubs history.

Howard Kendall

In 1981, Everton fans welcomed back one member of the "Holy Trinity" as Howard Kendall took the helm at Goodison Park.

Kendall arrived at a time when the "Merseyside Millionaires" (as Everton had been labelled by the media when riches flowed at boardroom level a decade earlier) seemed on the decline. However, Kendall set about a period of consolidation, bringing through youth gradually alongside the experience at the club for the first three seasons, making modest progress in the league.

It was in 1983-84 that Kendalls team began to gain pace. After a poor start in the league, sections of the fanbase began to call for the manager to go. However, Everton's young stars began to shine, with such luminaries as Neville Southall, Peter Reid, Kevin Sheedy, "Tricky" Trevor Steven and Kevin Ratcliffe propelling a silky Everton team to a final league finish of 7th and two cup finals.

Everton took on Liverpool in an all-Merseyside Milk Cup (now the League Cup) final; however, Everton were beaten in the replay after a 0-0 draw in the first game. Everton have still not won the League Cup in their 132-year history.

However, the FA Cup was lifted after a dominating 2-0 win against Watford - the clubs first trophy for fourteen years and the fourth FA Cup victory overall.

Kendall's side were showing promise, and the 1984-85 season saw it fulfilled in spectacular fashion. The burgeoning team blitzed the league and won their eighth league title with games to spare. The bigger story was arguably what was happening in Europe.

Qualifying for the Cup Winner's Cup due to the FA Cup win, Everton took on Bayern Munich in the Semi-Finals. After a goalless first leg, Everton welcomed Munich to Goodison and what followed was probably the greatest result in the clubs history; a 3-1 demolition, punctuated with astonishing individual displays as part of a well-oiled team unit, leading Everton to their first European final. Everton eventually lifted the Cup Winner's Cup after beating a disappointing Rapid Vienna 3-1 in the final at the Feijenoord Stadion in Rotterda, with second half goals from Gray, Steven and Sheedy.

Heysel

On 29 May, 1985, the 1985 European Cup Final between Liverpool and Juventus was marred by a tragic stadium collapse which killed 39 people and injured 600.

As such, all English clubs were banned from European competition. Everton, therefore, never had the chance to capitalise on the league and European success of the previous season.

Everton remained competitive domestically, with the addition of Gary Lineker in 1985 contributing to an exciting campaign. Liverpool edged out Everton to the league title on the last day, and promptly won an all-Merseyside FA Cup final to complete the double.

Everton bounced back in the 1986-87 league campaign, winning the league in dramatic fashion after it looked destined that Arsenal would take the title early on.

However, this would prove to be the end of an era of incredible success for Everton. Howard Kendall left the club to manage Athletic Bilbao of Spain, and Everton hired Colin Harvey. Despite a runners-up spot in the FA Cup in 1989 and a Charity Shield win in 1987, the talented Everton squad began to break up and Everton were to enter a barren spell once more.

The 1990's

Everton re-hired Howard Kendall in 1990, and the fans hoped to recapture the glory days of the previous decade. However, it was not to be. Everton continued to decline in the early 1990's, and struggled to make an impact in the newly formed Premier League in 1992.

Mike Walker became the clubs manager in 1994 after a successful spell at Norwich City. Everton were in dire trouble and facing the prospect of relegation from the top flight for the first time in living memory.

It was a last day 3-2 win over Wimbledon that saved Everton, after trailing 2-0 at half time. The game has been nicknamed "The Great Escape" by Everton fans.

It was early in the following season that Mike Walker was sacked due to yet another poor start to the league. Another Everton legend, Joe Royle, took the managerial post.

1995

When Joe Royle took over in November 1994, everyone was expecting another toil against relegation and the continued decline of the club. Royle decided to gear his side away from attractive football and make them battle on the pitch.

This distinctive style saw Royle's Everton nicknamed "The Dogs of War". Although not sporting legends in the traditional sense of the word, Duncan Ferguson became a cult hero - a giant, dominating Scottish centre forward. Joe Parkinson and Barry Horne provided bite in the midfield area, and Dave Watson was a rock in the defence.

League survival was ensured with only two games left to go, much to the relief of the Evertonians. However, Everton had battled to an unlikely FA Cup final, but were massive underdogs to a majestic Manchester United side.

Everton upset the odds, with a Paul Rideout headed goal proving the difference in a tight game with Everton winning 1-0, lifting their fifth and final FA Cup trophy. It was to be the last trophy Everton have lifted up until the time of writing in 2011.

Walter Smith

Howard Kendall briefly took the helm in 1997 following the depature of Royle, and saw his Everton side barely escape the drop on goal difference. The club was in disarray at boardroom level and were in financial crisis. It was during this time of upheaval that seasoned Scottish manager Walter Smith took the Goodison hotseat.

His first season was a disappointment, highlighted by the sale of Duncan Ferguson - a hero of the fans - under his nose, without his knowledge. Everton survived relegation following the loan signing of Kevin Campbell from Trabzonspor. The well-travelled striker netted nine times in only eight games to propel Everton to a final finish of 14th, and earn a full contract for the following season.

Smith enjoyed a better time in the 1999-2000 season, with youth academy product Francis Jeffers forging a strong partnership with Campbell up front. However, Everton eventually finished 13th, and the following season were once again embroiled in a relegation battle which they managed to escape thanks to a long range goal from Gareth Farrelly on the final day of the season.

In 2002, after several seasons of mediocrity, Walter Smith was shown the door. Everton were to take a gamble on a manager from the lower divisions.

The Moyes Era

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright hired David Moyes, an unproven yet promising Scottish manager from Preston North End, to lead the Toffees. He took over at a time of great concern for the fans, with Everton looking powerless to avoid relegation.

Moyes saw his new team secure victory over Fulham in his first game in charge at Goodison Park, sparked confidence in the team and led them to a late season charge to finish 15th. Everton moved on in leaps and bounds the next year, with Moyes leading Everton to their best league finish in almost a decade - 7th place; missing out on Europe by a hair.

The emergence of Wayne Rooney, a prodigiously gifted teenage striker from the Everton youth academy, provided the Everton fans with a much needed lift. As did David Moyes inventing the slogan "The People's Club" to describe Everton; a title quickly adopted by the fans.

A new atmosphere of positively continued to be reflected on the pitch. Despite not picking up any silverware under David Moyes, and several inconsistent finishes in the league under his charge, the club has stuck by him and he remains in charge to this day.

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