GrandOldTeam began its journey on the 5th February 2007 with the intention of providing a ‘sound’ forum, a user-friendly place which would allow Evertonians from across the world to log on to and discuss the Toffees – and anything else for that matter!
While the aim was never to become the biggest Everton community on the net, we always took great pride in the friendly atmosphere unique to GrandOldTeam and our priority has always remained the same – to provide the very best place on the web for fans worldwide to congregate to discuss Everton Football Club.
GrandOldTeam prides itself on offering Everton fans a place for intelligent and respectful debate about the issues that matter to them, offering a feature-rich, intelligent and moderated forum for our readers to share their own personal views on all things Everton FC related. We’re enormously proud of the websites ethos, one which we thinks accurately represents the Evertonian community as the very best in the World and it’s with little surprise that since its creation, friendships have formed through GrandOldTeam, with Blues from around the world meeting up in person with Everton always the centre point of discussion!
We are not politically motivated and endeavour to ensure that the website is ‘inclusive’, allowing all Everton fans to voice their opinions.
What’s in a name?
The website derives its name of course, from the renowned Everton ‘GrandOldTeam’ song/fan chant;
It’s a GrandOldTeam to play for,
It’s a GrandOldTeam to support,
And if you know your history,
It’s enough to make your heart go oooooooh…
We don’t care what the red side say,
What the heck do we care?
‘Cuz we only know that there’s going to be a show when the Everton boys are there
You might then, initially be a tad confused when you notice, read and hear ‘GOT’. Unintentionally, GrandOldTeam become affectionately (or lazily), abbreviated to “GOT” or ‘G’ ‘O’ ‘T’.
5th February 2007 – Established as a forum.
13th September 2007 – Affiliation with ToffeeWeb.
5th February 2008 – 1 year old! 950 members accumulated 97,810 posts
5th February 2009 – 2 years old! 4,539 members accumulated 270,377 posts
5th February 2010 – 3 years old! 7,189 members accumulated 482,908 posts
31st August 2010 – Paddy Power become GrandOldTeams exclusive online betting partner
9th January 2011 – Website launched!
5th February 2011 – 4 years old! 9,143 members accumulated 735,329 posts
22nd May 2011 – Double-Award Winning! GrandOldTeam won both the Readers Choice and Editors Choice awards for best English Premier League Club Forum.
25th July 2011 – New Crest! Unveiling of new crest
24th December 2011 – 1 million forum posts.
08th January 2012 – 10,000 twitter followers
5th February 2012 – 5 years old! 12,336 members accumulated 1,061,248 posts
07th March 2012 – 100,000 Facebook Fans
15th May 2012 – Double-Award Winning! GrandOldTeam won (and retained) both the Readers Choice and Editors Choice awards for best English Premier League Club Forum.
23rd July 2012 – 20,000 twitter followers
5th February 2013 – 6 years old! 16,925 members accumulated 1,697,112 posts
21st May 2013 – Award Winning! GrandOldTeam won (and retained) the Readers Choice award for best English Premier League Club Forum.
5th February 2014 – 7 years old! 22,553 members accumulated 2,472,667 posts
29th March 2014 – 40,000 twitter followers
15th May 2014 – 150,000 Facebook Fans
22nd May 2014 – Award Winning! GrandOldTeam awarded ‘Best Football Forum’ at the 2014 Football Blogging Awards.
5th February 2015 – 8 years old! 25,854 members accumulated 3,326,321 posts.
25th July 2015- GrandOldTeam iOS/Android launched. 26,817 downloads on day one, a top 10 downloaded app in the AppStore.
20th December 2015 – 50,000 twitter followers
5th February 2016 – 9 years old! 28,185 members accumulated 4,199,959 posts.
5th February 2017 – 10 years old! 30,911 members accumulated 5,202,869 posts.
GrandOldTeam is 100 per cent unofficial, completely independent, funded and managed by Everton fans for fellow Blues. GrandOldTeam is not affiliated to any other Everton FC related fans’ networks, websites or organisations. The views and opinions on GrandOldTeam in no way represent the views of Everton Football Club. Moreover, the views and opinions within the website are not always those of GrandOldTeam and should be attributed to the contributor.