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15 Interesting Everton Facts That Every Fan Should Know

Everton are pioneers of the beautiful game, constantly striving to be the best and to accomplish new feats and establish new norms. Everton have always been at the forefront of new, and sometimes revolutionary ideas – that’s why there are so many interesting Everton facts.

So, from the origins of the blues to the Second World War, brush up on your knowledge with these Everton facts that every fan should know.

Everton Were Known as St. Domingo’s

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The foundations of the club we now know are deeply rooted in the parish of St. Domingo’s Methodist Church in Everton. In 1877, Reverend Ben Chambers joined the church and, unknowingly, founded the blues.

Though the church had a cricket team for recreational fun, Reverend Chambers thought they needed a sport to play during the winter. He decided to form St Domingo’s FC and thus, Everton were born. The team proved to be hugely popular and, by 1879, St. Domingo’s FC changed their name to Everton, and the rest was history.

England’s Top Table

 

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It didn’t take long for Everton to be recognised as one of the top clubs of the early era.

Everton were invited to become one of the twelve founding members of the league, alongside Preston North End, Accrington, Blackburn Rovers, Burnley, Bolton Wanders, Stoke, West Bromwich Albion, Derby County and Wolves – amongst others.

Prince Rupert’s Tower

 

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As we begin our countdown of Everton facts, we believed it best to mention one of the most important facts: At the centre of Everton’s crest is Prince Rupert’s Tower.

The 18th century structure is known as the Everton lock-up due to the fact that it was an overnight holding place where local drunks were taken to sober up by parish constables. However, over the years, the tower has earned the nicknames ‘Prince Rupert’s Tower’ and ‘Prince Rupert’s Castle.’

Though not the most striking to look at, the tower is a Grade II-listed building, dating back to 1787. Moreover, not only is ‘Prince Rupert’s Tower’ a part of our countdown of Everton facts, but it is also a part of the Everton Heritage Trail.

Everton had the First Purpose-Built Stadium

 

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Setting the trend for future stadiums, Goodison Park was the first, purpose-built stadium in England. The stadium opened on 24th August 1892.

Another Everton fact is that Goodison Park was the first stadium in England to introduce dugouts for managers, floodlights and under soil heating. Everton were also the first club to have a church attached to its stadium – but that never caught on as much. It is, however, one of the many reasons why we love Goodison Park so much.

Dixie Dean

 

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An Everton legend, Dixie Dean left a lasting legacy behind. The iconic striker scored a total of 383 goals in 433 appearances. Known for great sportsmanship, he was never shown a red card throughout his entire career. In a recent interview, Dixie Dean’s daughter Barbara, described him as “a humble man who always stood up for the underdog, even to his own detriment.”

Furthermore, Dixie Dean scored 60 league goals in one season – but everyone knows that Everton fact.

Goodison Park was Damaged in the Second World War

 

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Goodison Park was significantly damaged during the Second World War. This is thought to be due to its proximity to Liverpool’s docks. The War Damage Commission offered the club £5,000 towards the repairs. After the refurbishment, Everton saw their highest number of attendees on the 18th September 1948.

78,299 fans gathered for the visit of Liverpool in the old first division.

The 1966 World Cup

 

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In 1966, Goodison Park played host to five world cup matches. Fans watching at the stadium witnessed the first goal of the tournament and the most strikes throughout the finals.

Goodison Park also hosted the semi-final between Germany and the Soviet Union, while Pele graced the Goodison Park pitch on 12th July 1966.

Rise From the Ashes

 

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A lesser known Everton fact is that David Moyes’ team experienced the biggest rise in Premier League finishing position history.

Everton finished in a lowly 17th place in the 03-04 season – narrowly avoiding relegation by 6 points. However, in the 04-05 season, Everton shot up the table and finished in 4th place – qualifying for The Champions League.

Everton Chile

 

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Originating from the picturesque city of Vina del Mar, Everton Chile are named after the blues.

Everton Chile owes its existence to David Foxley, the grandson of English immigrants from Liverpool. Everton Chile claim that they were inspired by Everton’s tour of Argentina in 1909. The two teams even played each other in a pre-season friendly in 2010 at Goodison Park.

Everton’s name is also shared by a Brazilian centre forward. Everton Sousa Soares – or Everton for short – plays for Gremio in Brazil.

Perennial FA Cup Semi-Final Losers

Unfortunately, Everton have lost the most FA Cup Semi-Finals of any other team, 13 to date. Significant losses include a 2-1 defeat to rivals Liverpool, a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea and, most recently, a 2-1 loss to Manchester United.

Maybe next time ay Blues.

Quickest FA Cup Final Goal

On the rare occasion that Everton make it to a final, in 2009 they scored the fastest goal in FA Cup Final history. Louis Saha opened the scoring inside 25 seconds, sending the 25,000 Evertonian’s into raptures.

However, Frank Lampard broke Everton hearts 18 minutes from time when he scored the winning goal from outside the box.

A Regular Match Programme

 

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The Blue’s were the first club to issue a regular match programme for home fixtures.

What’s more, Everton programme sales are 9.3% up year on year, in contrast to almost everywhere else in the Premier League. Covers of last season’s editions have proved a real talking point amongst fans – iconic images include Marco Silva on Gwladys Street, Baines on Everton Brow and Sigurdsson standing next to the Dixie Dean statue.

Liverpool and Everton’s Transfer Rivalry

 

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From Liverpool spending a whopping £440,000 to snare Kenny Dalglish from Celtic in 1977 to Everton spending £700,000 on Adrian Heath in 1982, the two Merseyside clubs have competed for transfer supremacy for decades.

More recently, Everton outspent Liverpool when they signed Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurdsson for a record £44.46m in 2017; that was until the Red’s signed Naby Keita, Alisson and Virgil van Dijk for a combined £189.8m in 2018.

The 100 Club

 

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Everton were the fastest club to amass 100 seasons in the English top-flight.

During those 100 seasons, Everton have been champions for a total of 20 years – they were also champions during both World Wars.

Penalty Shoot-Out Kings

Liverpool are quick to shout about their penalty shoot-out exploits in Europe, yet Everton were the first club to win a shoot-out in Europe.

Everton drew 2-2 with Borussia Monchengladbach before prevailing 4-3 on penalties.

Significant penalty shoot-outs include a 4-3 victory over Chelsea, a heart-breaking 2-4 defeat to ACF Fiorentina and a 4-2 victory over Manchester United in the FA Cup Semi-Final in 2009.

The Dixie Dean Hotel

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The Dixie Dean Hotel is set to open its doors this summer, now that’s one of the best Everton facts around. The luxury venue is to take pride and place opposite the now famous Shankly Hotel, which celebrates the life of Liverpool’s legendary leader.

The stunning hotel – unlike anything seen before – is to provide Evertonian’s with an unprecedented experience, ideal for overnight stays, watching the match and basking in and enjoying unseen memorabilia.

To keep up to date with the latest news and developments, head over to our Facebook Page or check back to the blog soon.

So, we hope you’ve enjoyed our list of 9 Everton facts every fan should know.

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