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Key Moments in the Club's History

A brief timeline of Everton's history.

The birth of Everton Football Club

Everton were founded as St. Domingo's in 1878 so that the St. Domingo's Methodist Church could play sport. A year later, the club grew, resulting in the name change to Everton and people outside of the church willing to play for the blues. The club also moved ground from Stanley Park to Anfield in 1882, and then finally to Goodison Park in 1892, as Anfield became the home of new team, Liverpool.

Football League Founders

Everton was a founding member of The Football League in 1888 along with Accrington, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Burnley, Derby County, Notts County, Preston North End, Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers,

Dixie Dean and the First Major Success

Everton's first sustained period of success began in 1927, as the club signed Dixie Dean from Tranmere Rovers who, in 1927/28, set the record for league goals in a single season with 60 goals in 39 league games, a record that still stands to this day. Everton also won their third league title with the help of Dixie Dean.

Howard Kendall's Management

Howard Kendall, a previous Everton player during 1967-1974, (appearing 270 times and scoring 30 goals) took over as a player-manager in 1981, but later retired from playing football after only 4 games for Everton as a player-manager. Kendall continued his management of Everton until 1987, giving Everton their most successful era. He also led Everton to win the FA Cup in 1984 and two league titles in 1984/85 and 1986/87 along with Everton's only European trophy, the UEFA Cup Winner's Cup in 1985. Everton came close to winning a treble in the 1984/85 season after winning both the league and European Cup Winner's Cup, but lost to Manchester United in the FA Cup final. In the following season, 1985/86, Everton were runners up along with local rivals Liverpool in both the league and the FA Cup, but recaptured the league in 1986/87.

Premier League Founders

Everton were founder members of the Premier League in 1992 along with Arsenal, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Chelsea, Coventry City, Crystal Palace, Ipswich Town, Leeds United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Norwich City, Nottingham Forest, Oldham Athletic, Queen's Park Rangers, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur and Wimbledon. 

The Years 1990-2016

Everton struggled to find the right manager for the Premier League, with Howard Kendall returning in 1990 but not repeating his previous success, while his successor, Mike Walker, was statistically the least Everton manager to date. After Joe Royle, a former Everton player, took over in 1994, the club's form picked up, with the first game under Royle being a 2-0 win against local rivals Liverpool. Royle resigned at the end of the 1995/96 season after a 15th place finish. Howard Kendall was appointed as manager for a third time in 1997, but could not reach any of the heights from his first two spells as manager at the club, finishing 17th in the Premier League, only avoiding relegation by goal difference over Bolton Wanderers. Walter Smith took over Kendall in 1998 but was unsuccessful and was sacked in 2002. Everton appointed David Moyes as the replacement, who managed to pick up Everton's form, guiding Everton to 7th in the league in the 2002/03 season, their highest finish since 1996. Moyes managed to guarentee Everton UEFA Champion's League qualification in the 2004/05 season, finishing 4th. Moyes broke the highest transfer fee for Everton 4 times, signing James Beattie for £6 million in 2005, Andy Johnson for £8.6 million in 2006, Yakubu for £11.25 million in 2007 and Marouane Fellaini for £15 million in 2008. Moyes also managed when Wayne Rooney broke into the Everton first team at the age of 16 in 2002. Moyes left Everton to join Manchester United at the end of the 2012/13 season after 11 years of managing the club, becoming the club's longest lasting manager. Roberto Martinez was appointed and had a successful first season as Everton manager in 2013/14, finishing 5th and qualifying for the UEFA Europa League. Martinez set the new record transfer fee for Everton, signing Romelu Lukaku for £28 million in the 2014/15 season. Martinez managed Everton until the second-to-last game of the 2015/16 season, but was sacked 3 days before the end of the season.

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney made his professional football and Everton debut on 17 August 2002 in a 2-2 home draw against Tottenham Hotspur, making him the second youngest Everton first team player in history, behind Joe Royle. Rooney scored his first senior goals for Everton came on 2 October 2002 when he scored twice in a 3-0 away victory against Wrexham in the second round of the League Cup. Rooney then became Everton's youngest ever goalscorer at the time, a record which was surpassed by James Vaughan in 2005. On 19 October 2002, Rooney scored the famous last-minute winner against Arsenal, five days before his 17th birthday. The goal ended Arsenals 30-match unbeaten run and made Wayne Rooney the youngest goalscorer in Premier League history, a record that was surpassed twice, by James Milner and James Vaughan. Wayne Rooney stayed at Everton until 2004, when he handed in a transfer request and was sold to Manchester United for £27 million at the age of 20, after rejecting Newcastle's £20 million offer.

Farhad Moshiri

Farhad Moshiri is a billionaire buisinessman who bought 49.9% of Everton from Bill Kenwright in February 2016. He brought excitement for the future of the club as he promised to invest in the club with money for transfers and stadium plans.

Trophies and Awards

First Division Winners - 1890/91, 1914/15, 1927/28, 1931/32, 1938/39, 1962/63, 1969/70,1984/85, 1986/87

First Division Runners-Up - 1889/90, 1894/95, 1904/05, 1908/09, 1911/12, 1985/86

Second Division Winners - 1930/31

Second Division Runners-Up - 1953/54

UEFA Cup Winner's Cup - 1984/85

League Cup Runners-Up - 1976/77, 1983/84

FA Cup Winners - 1905/06, 1932/33, 1965/66, 1983/84, 1994/95

FA Cup Runners-Up - 1893, 1897, 1907, 1968, 1985, 1986, 1989, 2009

FA Charity Shield Winners - 1928/29, 1932/33, 1963/64, 1970/71, 1954/85, 1985/86, 1986/87 (shared), 1987/88, 1995/96

FA Youth Cup Winners - 1964/65, 1983/84, 1997/98

FA Youth Cup Runners-Up - 1960/61, 1976/77, 1982/83, 2001/02

FA Womens' Premier League National Division Winners - 1997/98

FA Womens' Cup Winners - 2009/10

FA Womens' Premier League Cup Winners - 2007/08

Central League Winners - 1913/14, 1937/38, 1953/54, 1967/68

Lancashire Senior Cup Winners - 1894, 1897, 1910, 1935, 1940, 1964

Liverpool Senior Cup Winners - 1884, 1886, 1887, 1890, 1891, 1892, 1894, 1895, 1896, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1904, 1906, 1908, 1910 (Shared), 1911, 1912 (Shared), 1914, 1919, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1926, 1928, 1934 (Shared), 1936 (Shared), 1938, 1940, 1945, 1953, 1954, 1956, 1957, 1958 (Shared), 1959, 1960, 1961, 1982 (Shared), 1983, 1996, 2003, 2005, 2007

Current Coaching Staff

Board of Directors

  • Chairman - Bill Kenwright
    Chairman - Bill Kenwright
  • Jon Woods - Deputy Chairman
    Jon Woods - Deputy Chairman
  • CEO - Robert Elstone
    CEO - Robert Elstone
  • Majority Shareholder - Farhad Moshiri
    Majority Shareholder - Farhad Moshiri
  • Board Member - Alexander Ryazantsev
    Board Member - Alexander Ryazantsev
Chairman - Bill Kenwright
Chairman - Bill Kenwright

Notable Players

  • Dixie Dean - 1929-1937 (433 appearances, 383 goals)
    Dixie Dean - 1929-1937 (433 appearances, 383 goals)
  • Collin Harvey - 1963-1974 (384 appearances, 24 goals)
    Collin Harvey - 1963-1974 (384 appearances, 24 goals)
  • Alan Ball - 1966-1971 (251 appearances, 79 goals)
    Alan Ball - 1966-1971 (251 appearances, 79 goals)
  • Howard Kendall - 1966-1974, 1981 (274 appearances, 30 goals)
    Howard Kendall - 1966-1974, 1981 (274 appearances, 30 goals)
  • Joe Royle - 1966-1974 (275 appearances, 119 goals)
    Joe Royle - 1966-1974 (275 appearances, 119 goals)
  • Graeme Sharp - 1979-1991 (447 appearances, 159 goals)
    Graeme Sharp - 1979-1991 (447 appearances, 159 goals)
  • Neville Southall - 1981-1998 (578 appearances)
    Neville Southall - 1981-1998 (578 appearances)
  • Duncan Ferguson - 1994-1998, 2000-2006 (240 appearances, 62 goals)
    Duncan Ferguson - 1994-1998, 2000-2006 (240 appearances, 62 goals)
  • Wayne Rooney - 2002-2004 (67 appearances, 15 goals)
    Wayne Rooney - 2002-2004 (67 appearances, 15 goals)
  • Tim Cahill - 2004-2012 (226 appearances, 56 goals)
    Tim Cahill - 2004-2012 (226 appearances, 56 goals)
Dixie Dean - 1929-1937 (433 appearances, 383 goals)
Dixie Dean - 1929-1937 (433 appearances, 383 goals)

Managers

  • William Edward Barclay - 1888-1889
    William Edward Barclay - 1888-1889
  • Will Cuff - 1901-1918
    Will Cuff - 1901-1918
  • W.J Sawyer - 1918-1919
    W.J Sawyer - 1918-1919
  • Thomas H. McIntosh - 1919-1935
    Thomas H. McIntosh - 1919-1935
  • Theo Kelly - 1939-1948
    Theo Kelly - 1939-1948
  • Cliff Britton - 19Cliff Britton - 1948-1956
    Cliff Britton - 19Cliff Britton - 1948-1956
  • Ian Buchan - 1956-1958
    Ian Buchan - 1956-1958
  • Johnny Carey - 1958-1961
    Johnny Carey - 1958-1961
  • Harry Catterick - 1961-1973
    Harry Catterick - 1961-1973
  • Billy Bingham - 1973-1977
    Billy Bingham - 1973-1977
  • Steve Burtenshaw - 1977
    Steve Burtenshaw - 1977
  • Gordon Lee - 1977-1981
    Gordon Lee - 1977-1981
  • Howard Kendall - 1981-1987, 1990-1993, 1997-1998
    Howard Kendall - 1981-1987, 1990-1993, 1997-1998
  • Colin Harvey - 1987-1990
    Colin Harvey - 1987-1990
  • Jimmy Gabriel - 1990, 1993-1994
    Jimmy Gabriel - 1990, 1993-1994
  • Mike Walker - 1994
    Mike Walker - 1994
  • Joe Royle - 1994-1997
    Joe Royle - 1994-1997
  • Dave Watson - 1997
    Dave Watson - 1997
  • Walter Smith - 1998-2002
    Walter Smith - 1998-2002
  • David Moyes - 2002-2013
    David Moyes - 2002-2013
  • Roberto Martinez - 2013-2016
    Roberto Martinez - 2013-2016
William Edward Barclay - 1888-1889
William Edward Barclay - 1888-1889