Can’t convince your mates that Everton Football Club are the best in the world? We’ve compiled seven reasons why the Blues are simply the best or, as Dave Hickson once said: “I’ve played for some great clubs and I would have broken every bone in my body for them, but I’d have died for Everton.”
From Everton’s fascinating history and incomparable sense of community to the club’s best ever players, take a read of our countdown below.
Football officially became a professional sport in 1885. The first ever Football League was founded in 1888 by just 12 clubs. Remarkably, over 100 years later 11 of the teams are still going today. Everton Football Club were one of 12 founding members of the Football League.
The 11 other members were Preston North End, Notts County, Blackburn Rovers, Burnley, Accrington, Bolton Wanderers, Stoke, West Bromwich Albion, Aston Villa, Derby County and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The opening day of the Football League saw Everton beat Accrington at Anfield with a 2-1 win. If that doesn’t make Everton the best club in the world, we don’t know what does.
One of the most iconic players of all time, it was Everton that introduced the world to Dixie Dean. The legendary striker scored a staggering 60 goals for the club in just one season. Today, he remains Everton’s all-time leading goal scorer, with a total of 383 goals in his 433 appearances.
One of football’s true gentleman, Dixie Dean left behind a lasting legacy for ambitious young players. Alongside his skilful talents, he was much loved for his great sportsmanship. So much so that Barbara Dean – Dixie’s daughter – said he was “a humble man who stood up for the underdog, even to his own detriment.” Everton’s football great even managed to avoid being sent off throughout the entirety of his career.
Everton’s world famous Academy has become one of the most respected in the world, and is the best in the country. This could be due to the strong values of the club, which are authenticity, ambition, family and determination.
Academy Manager Joel Waldron has said that “these values are implemented from top to bottom of the organisation and employed as a tool to help develop good footballers and well-rounded individuals.”
Club ambassador Graham Stuart emphasises: “If you look at all the academy players who have gone on to make a debut for Everton, then it’s impressive. Everton have that reputation of giving young players a chance … If you show the ability and work ethic, you will get one.”
Everton Football Club has a deeply rooted sense of community. The club are known for showing they care, from their array of charity projects to special tributes. Everton In The Community is recognised as one of the top sporting charities in the UK.
The organisation is best-loved for its wide range of charity programmes. Established in 1988, the charity have covered everything from health and employment to poverty, youth justice, disability, crime and dementia. The club also place a heavy focus on education. Notably, Everton was the first club to open the doors of its own free school.
Everton are also known for heartfelt tributes. In 2017 Goodison Park hosted a charity match in memory of courageous six year old Bradley Lowery, who sadly lost his battle with cancer. Funds raised from the match went to The Bradley Lowery Foundation and Everton in the Community.
In early 2018, the club paid tribute to longtime fan Anthony Condron, who tragically lost his life aged 29. Everton fans helped to spread the word to fellow supporters and Crystal Palace fans via social media. At the 29th minute of the game, all four sides of Goodison Park stood in applause.
Consistent pioneers of football, there have been an impressive number of ‘Everton Firsts’ over the years.
Some of the most notable firsts include being the first club in the country to have a purpose built football stadium. Goodison Park was also the first four-sided stadium with two tier stands.
Not forgetting, Everton were the first football club to host a World Cup semi-final in Britain, and the first team to feature in a televised game in 1936.
Everton players never forget their time with the club. It’s been pointed out that many return to be involved in the club even when their days of playing for the team have come to an end.
Alan Ball, who was signed to Everton in 1966 famously said: “Once Everton has touched you, nothing will be the same. Once it gets a hold of you, and you realise what it means to the supporters … people say football is a matter of life and death but it really is here.”
Similarly, Dave Hickson once said: “I’d have broken every bone in my body for any club I played for, but I’d have died for Everton.” While Andy King exclaimed: ” I love Everton and I want to be known as an Evertonian because I love them, simple.”
Last but certainly not least, the future certainly looks bright for The Blues. Indeed, with Everton’s U23s on the cusp of yet another Premier League 2 title, World Cup favourite Jordan Pickford in goal and a new stadium around the corner, it’s an exciting time to be a fan of Everton Football Club.
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