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An Everton Fan’s Guide to Famous Club Landmarks

The area that surrounds Goodison Park is a key component in Everton’s history.

Club and city have been connected for over one hundred years, developing around each other. So, we thought we’d show you some of the historic sites around Liverpool and explore how the city’s history has been intertwined with the famous Blues.

Everton’s History and Famous Landmarks

From legendary pubs to an iconic church, here’s everything an Everton fan should visit.

Goodison Park

You couldn’t write an Evertonian’s guide to Liverpool without starting at The Grand Old Lady.

 

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Goodison Park has been Everton’s ground since 1892. Before that, the team played at Anfield Road, but a disagreement over rent lead to the team vacating that premises and heading over to a new home at Goodison Park. We’d rather not linger on the team who moved into Anfield, however.

Goodison Park was the first major stadium built in England, and it initially cost the club £3,000. It was such a ground-breaking structure that the 1910 Cup Final replay between Newcastle and Barnsley was held there and it became the first league venue to be visited by a ruling monarch. George V came to visit local school children at the stadium.

 

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This might be your last chance to see the fabled stadium, however, as plans are abound to move Everton to a new, larger location at Bramley Moore docks next to the Mersey. The long goodbye is now underway for a venue that has played an integral part in Everton’s history.

Everton Brow

The scenic city views of this green oasis in the centre of Everton is a man-made park, carpeting over what was once rows and rows of terraced housing.

In the 1960s, large parts of Liverpool saw a programme of slum clearance that demolished whole roads of insanitary housing.

 

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Although done in the name of progress (many of the houses had outside lavatories, no bathrooms and no hot-running water), the clearance programme was also accused of ravaging communities that had been together for a generation. Families who once lived side-by-side ended up being sent to Skelmersdale, Widnes, Halewood and Formby.

Today, the park  holds memories of a community that has always supported the famous club it shares a name with. And if you’re going for a walk in the area, you might spot a landmark that reminds you of the club’s crest.

Prince Rupert’s Tower

 

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This little stone hut is the featured building on Everton’s crest and is an important part of Everton’s history.

Situated on Everton Brow, the tiny tower (or lock-up), is an 18th century structure that was used to temporarily hold trouble-makers back when Everton was a rural outpost. Today, council workmen use it to lock up their tools.

It’s been depicted in the club crest since 1938. Make sure you take a look at the plaque which was added to the building in 2003 – it describes the connection between the lock-up and the club.

And, as recently as 2018, there was an entire play at The Epstein Theatre  based on Everton’s history and their relationship with Prince Rupert’s Tower.

Famous Match Day Pubs

A match day isn’t complete without a trip to one of the famous Everton pubs.

Take your pick from three of the most famous: The Winslow, The Brick or The Oak.

The Winslow sits in the shadow of the stadium at 31 Goodison Road and calls itself the iconic match day pub for all Evertonians. It closed for a short period in 2013, but was reopened by a community of dedicated fans, hence it’s moniker ‘The Peoples Pub’.

The Brick, which also calls itself ‘The People’s Pub,’ is another legendary Everton watering hole, and on match days you can often spot the venue’s flag being waved in the stands of Goodison.

St Luke’s – The Church of Everton

 

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Another match day favourite, St Luke’s is a small parish church located right next to Goodison Park. Whenever the Blues play at home, this little church opens up for an hour or two before the match so fans can grab a cup of tea, a sit down and pray for a win.

The religious building also has a remembrance garden, where the ashes of parishioners and Everton fans from across the world have been placed to rest, creating a little bit of tranquillity amongst match day raucousness.

The garden is only open upon request, but you can visit the church anytime and get a feel for what it means to be an Evertonian.

The Sandon Pub – The Original Headquarters of Everton

The Sandon is a must-see on any tour of Liverpool’s sights. This famous venue is an institution for both Liverpool and Everton, as both clubs were founded here.

When Everton played at Anfield in the 1800s, the players would change into their kits at the Sandon before walking up to the ground with their supporters.

Nowadays, the pub is popular with the Reds, so we wouldn’t recommend you turn up in blue on a match day! However, The Sandon is proud of its history as the birthplace of Liverpool’s two clubs.

Dixie Dean Statue

 

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A poignant tribute to arguably one of Everton’s greatest ever goalscorers, the Dixie Dean statue is one of the best Everton landmarks in Liverpool.

Unveiled in 2001 and crafted by Liverpool sculptor Tom Murphy, Dixie is forever remembered in the artist’s catalogue as a true Everton great.

Having previously stood outside Goodison Park, the statue was recently moved to its new home on Walton Lane, where it proudly stands as a beautiful memory of everything Dixie and Everton mean to the fans.

Celebrating Everton’s history, the Dixie Dean statue and the new hotel named in his honour, are pertinent reminders of what it means to be a Blue.

Laird Street, Birkenhead

One of Everton’s most iconic players was born on the other side of the Mersey, in Birkenhead.

Everton legend “Dixie” Dean was born on 22 January 1907 in a house on this street and went to Laird Street School in the area.

Dean holds the record for the most goals ever scored in a single season. During his career at Everton, he scored 383 goals in 433 appearances and helped them win two league titles and an FA Cup.

Many parts of Birkenhead remain unchanged to when the legend lived there.

The Dixie Dean Hotel

Celebrating a significant part of Everton’s history, The Dixie Dean Hotel is dedicated to the legendary Everton striker and is intent on cementing itself as an Everton landmark .

The Dixie Dean Hotel provides guests with an unprecedented experience, ideal for overnight stays, watching the match and admiring unseen memorabilia. The hotel is also home to the spectacular No9 Bar and Restaurant, which celebrates Everton’s greatest ever player and the iconic number he wore whilst cementing his status as a club icon.

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