Formed in 1878, Everton were founder members of The Football League in 1888 and won their first league championship three years later. Following five league titles and two FA Cups, Everton experienced a lull in the post-war period until a revival in the 1960s, winning two league championships and an FA Cup. The mid-1980s represented their most recent period of success, with two league victories, an FA Cup, and the 1985 European Cup Winners’ Cup—their first continental trophy. The club’s most recent major trophy was the 1995 FA Cup.
The club have a large fanbase and regularly attracts high attendances, averaging over 36,000, 90% of stadium capacity. Everton have a notable rivalry with neighbours Liverpool F.C. and matches between the two sides are known as the Merseyside Derby. Liverpool F.C. were formed in 1892 by a breakaway group consisting of Everton’s former president and several players. The dispute also resulted in Everton leaving Anfield, their original home ground. They have been based at their current home ground, Goodison Park, since 1892. Plans to move to a new 55,000 seater stadium in Kirkby on the Liverpool city border have been delayed due to a public inquiry.
The club’s home colours have traditionally been blue and white, and numerous well-known footballers have donned the Everton shirt: the most notable is Dixie Dean, who scored a record 60 league goals in the 1927–28 season. Since 2000, the club has annually recognised successful former players, nominating an “Everton Giant” at the beginning of each season.
Edited by Evertonized on 23 May 2009, 19:03
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