The club’s first game was a 1–0 victory over Everton Church Club. The club was renamed Everton in November 1879 after the local area, as people outside the congregation wished to participate.
The club was a founding member of the Football League in 1888–89 and won its first League Championship title in the 1890–91 season. Everton won the FA Cup for the first time in 1906 and the League Championship again in 1914–15. The outbreak of World War I in 1914 interrupted the football program while Everton reigned, which was something that would again occur in 1939.
Howard Kendall took over as manager and guided Everton to its most successful era. Domestically, Everton won the FA Cup in 1984 and two League Championships in 1984–85 and 1986–87. In Europe, the club won its first, and so far only, European trophy by securing the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1985. The European success came after first beating University College Dublin, Inter Bratislava, and Fortuna Sittard. Then, Everton defeated German giants Bayern Munich 3–1 in the semi-finals, despite trailing at half time (in a match voted the greatest in Goodison Park history), and recorded the same scoreline over Austrian club Rapid Vienna in the final. Having won both the League and Cup Winners’ Cup in 1985, Everton came very close to winning a treble but lost to Manchester United in the FA Cup final. The following season, 1985–86, Everton was the runner-up to Liverpool in both the League and the FA Cup but did recapture the League Championship in 1986–87.
Formed in 1878, Everton won its first League Championship during the 1890 – 1991 season. After winning four more League Championships and two FA Cups, the club experienced a post-World War II lull until a revival in the 1960s. A period of sustained success came in the mid-1980s, when Everton won a further two League Championships, one FA Cup, and the 1985 European Cup Winners’ Cup. The club’s most recent major trophy was the 1995 FA Cup.
The club’s supporters are colloquially known as “Evertonians” or “Blues”. Everton’s main rival is Liverpool, whose home stadium at Anfield is just under one mile away from Everton’s home at Goodison Park, and the two clubs contest the Merseyside derby. Everton has been based at Goodison Park since 1892, having moved from its original home at Anfield following a disagreement over its rent. The club’s home colours are royal blue shirts with white shorts and socks.
1879 – Present / Everton Football Club
1878 – 1879 / St. Domingo Football Club
The Blues, The Toffees
Everton is one of the messiest clubs when it comes to nicknames, mainly because they’ve had so many in the past. Their most recognized nickname “The Toffees” or “The Toffeemen,” came about when Everton moved to Goodison Park. There are many conspiracies as to how this “toffee” name stuck, but the best-known is that there was a business in Everton village named Mother Noblett’s which was a toffee shop that sold sweets including the Everton Mint.
Since then, Everton have had several nicknames including “The Black Watch” (when their kit was black, named after the famous army regiment), “The Blues” (although trumped by Chelsea), “The School of Science” (after Steve Bloomer called them scientific in 1928), and even as recent as David Moyes proclaiming the name “The People’s Club” when he was manager.
Premier League / 9
1987, 1985, 1970, 1963, 1939, 1932, 1928, 1915, 1891
FA Cup / 5
1995, 1984, 1966, 1933, 1906
Premier League – FA Cup Double / 0
1892 – Present / Goodison Park
1884 – 1892 / Anfield Road
1882 – 1884 / Priory Road
1878 – 1882 / Stanley Park
2016 – Present / Farhad Moshiri
*Blue is this team’s history