Everton, or the Toffees, are a club based in Liverpool, and are sometimes referred to as the blue half of Merseyside, due to their fierce rivalry with Liverpool. They play at the historical Goodison park, ever since 1892, and the fans have seen everything over the years. The Toffees were founded in 1878 and have gone on to be crowned champions on nine occasions, whilst also winning domestic competitions five times. They offer an attractive style of football, and have one of the most expensive and exciting squads in Europe with a mixture of both youth and experience. They also participate in European competitions and after the fresh investments from part owner, Farhad Mashiri, are willing to spend big in the hopes of competing with the top forces in the league.
Everton, or the Toffees, are a club based in Liverpool, and are sometimes referred to as the blue half of Merseyside, due to their fierce rivalry with Liverpool. They play at the historical Goodison park, ever since 1892, and the fans have seen everything over the years. The Toffees were founded in 1878 and have gone on to be crowned champions on nine occasions, whilst also winning domestic competitions five times.
They offer an attractive style of football and have one of the most expensive and exciting squads in Europe with a mixture of both youth and experience. They also participate in European competitions and after the fresh investments from part owner, Farhad Mashiri, are willing to spend big in the hopes of competing with the top forces in the league.
Everton have been present in the top flight of English football for the longest period, to date. The club co-founded the Football League in 1888, a decade after coming onto the scene, and have only missed out on four seasons of the first division in 1930-31 and 1951-54.
Everton were originally known as St Domingo FC as the club was founded so that the congregation of St Domingo Methodist New Connexion Chapel could play sports all year round. The current name, Everton, came about in 1879 so that people outside of the church in the local area could participate. They have competed in the top flight for a record-114 seasons.
The club’s nickname is “The Toffees” which came about after the team moved to Goodison Park from their original ground, Anfield, which is where fierce rivals Liverpool play their games. Everton have won the FA Cup five times, the last time they did this was in 1995 after defeating Manchester United 1-0 at Wembley.
The Toffees won their first, and to date only, European trophy back in 1985 in the form of the European Cup Winners Cup. It was in this competition where the greatest game at Goodison Park was played, as voted for by fans, when Everton came back from 1-0 down to overcome Bayern Munich 3-1 in the semi-finals.
They almost went on to complete the treble that season after winning the league under legendary manager, Howard Kendall, although fell at the final hurdle after an extra-time defeat to Manchester United in the FA Cup final.
Since featuring in the debut season of the Premier League is 1992, Everton haven’t made any significant achievements after a rotation of a number of managers and are often seen as a team to make up the numbers, after rarely making an impact at both the top and bottom of the league.
After shifting between managers, David Moyes took over and helped cement the club’s status as a top half side and regularly contended for European places after spending a decade at Goodison. The Scotsman’s greatest feat for many though was bringing up now-Manchester United and England great Wayne Rooney when he was a teenager, giving him a chance to flourish on the big stage.
Everton sold the forward to United in 2004 for a club record fee of £28m, and Moyes followed him in 2013 by replacing the retiring Sir Alex Ferguson ahead of the 2013-14 campaign. Wigan boss Roberto Martinez arrived in David Moyes’ place and guided the club to a historic fifth place in the Premier League in his first season in charge.
The Toffees amassed 72 points that term, the highest ever in their grand history with in-form players like Romelu Lukaku, Ross Barkley and Leighton Baines properly on show. After a poor run of form in the 2015-16 season Martinez was sacked, the new man at the helm was to be in-demand Southampton manager Ronald Koeman.
Koeman was also the person to persuade Rooney back to his boy hood club after United allowed him to leave on a free transfer in the summer of 2017. The striker signed a two-year contract and was given the number 10 shirt, with the fairy tale continuing as he netted the winning goal on his debut back at the club in a 1-0 home win against Stoke City.
Rooney wasn’t the only exciting signing at Goodison though. Everton almost spent £150m to overhaul their squad with Davy Klaassen, Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane and Gylfi Sigurðsson as part of 14 new names. Koeman however opted to sell in-demand striker Romelu Lukaku to league rivals Manchester United for around £90m and that was just the start of his problems at the club. Everton are a club, however, in which it seems only a matter of time before silverware returns to Goodison under the management of Sam Allardyce.
After just two wins in nine Premier League games, Koeman was sacked by Everton and U23s boss David Unsworth took charge until the end of November in a period where little improvement was made and relegation worries were genuinely growing. Then came in Sam Allardyce – slated throughout the rest of the season for his boring and unambitious style of play but in hind sight saved the club from utter humiliation.
The January signings of Arsenal’s Theo Walcott and charismatic striker Cenk Tosun helped Allardyce lead The Toffees to an eighth-place finish, but that wasn’t enough to win the fans, who just wanted their old Everton back, over which led to his departure at the end of the 2017-18 season.
Everton participated in the Europa League following a good first season under Koeman after he took charge in 2016, but the step up appeared to be too much as they failed to get out of the group stage behind Atalanta and Lyon – the scores put together accumulate to a 13-2 defeat, which emphasises the club’s struggles.
Early cup exits were also suffered, but in fairness against opposition where defeat was expected. A late Virgil van Dijk header on his debut sent Everton packing in the third round of the FA Cup with a 2-1 defeat, the same scoreline Chelsea won by in the EFL Cup Fourth Round at Stamford Bridge.
Hopes are high amongst supporters for the 2018-19 campaign. The Toffees now have a solid manager who will bring an entertaining style of play to Goodison Park in Marco Silva who, if he lives up to his promise, can certainly bring the best out of the club’s top quality players that haven’t quite come out of their shells yet.
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