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Nicknamed the Toffees after a confectionary shop in the local area, Everton are one of the founding fathers of the Premier League. They remain one of the oldest professional clubs in England, having been established in 1878. Playing in their traditional blue and white colours, Everton enjoy a fierce rivalry with Merseyside neighbours Liverpool.
The Toffees play their home games at Goodison Park, which was the first major stadium to be built in England, way back in 1882. However, building work is currently underway on a new home at the Bramley-Moore Dock Stadium, where the Toffees will move in time for the 2024/25 season.
The Everton Premier League journey began in the inaugural season of the First Division’s rebrand back in 1992/93, and they are one of just six clubs to have played every top-flight season since. They have also played in the top tier of English football continuously since 1954 – only Arsenal have a longer unbroken spell to their credit.
The Toffees are yet to get their hands on the Premier League trophy, and their highest ever finish came in 2004/05 when they ended the campaign in fourth place. However, the Merseyside outfit enjoyed success in the old First Division, winning nine titles over a near century-long period – their first coming in 1890/91 and their most recent in 1986/87.
They have also won five FA Cups, with their most recent victory in 1995, while on the continent, they were the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup champions of 1984/85.
Everton have given a home to some outstanding talents both as players and managers over the years. Dixie Dean once scored 60 goals in a single English season back in 1927/28 – that’s a record that still stands to this very day, and may never be beaten. Tommy Lawton was another who scored goals for fun until the Second World War halted his career, while the likes of Alan Ball, Bob Latchford and Neville Southall have also entered Everton’s hall of fame.
Their most successful manager was Howard Kendall, who guided the Toffees to two First Division titles, an FA Cup, and their only ever success in European football.
In the modern era, the tenure of David Moyes brought about the best period of success for Everton. The Scot was in charge for more than 11 years, and established the Toffees as a regular top-six team in the Premier League, also guiding them to an FA Cup final in 2009. That was their last genuine chance of winning some silverware.
The club regularly sell out home matches at their 39,414-capacity Goodison Park, and so the decision was taken to move to a new home. Their proposed Bramley-Moore Dock Stadium will seat up to 55,000 fans, and this will bring Everton into the modern era of larger stadia. They will be hoping that this helps them to compete more closely with local rivals Liverpool and the rest of the Premier League big guns.