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Everton Football Club was founded in 1878, in the city of Liverpool. The club was originally named St. Domingo’s F.C. Everton’s nickname is the Toffees. The club was one of the founding members of the inaugural Premier League season and have never been relegated from the league. Everton are a club full of tradition; from their colours and crest, to their style of play.

 

The club’s crest features Everton’s colours of royal blue and has Prince Rupert’s Tower as its centrepiece. The tower is an 18th-century village lock-up located in Everton. Underneath the tower is the club’s motto, Nil Satis Nisi Optimum (Nothing But the Best Is Good Enough).

 

Goodison Park has been Everton’s home ground since 1892. The stadium has a capacity of just below 40,000.

 

Everton have a fierce rivalry with their Merseyside neighbours, Liverpool. The Blues and the Reds contest the Merseyside Derby, which is one of the biggest in England. It is not uncommon for local families to have both Everton and Liverpool supporters in the same household.

 

The club has a rich history of success, having won First Division league titles, five FA Cups and two League Cups. In 1985, the club won the European Cup Winners’ Cup.

 

Dixie Dean is the club’s all-time top goalscorer, with 377 goals in 431 appearances for the club. In the 1927-28 season, Dean scored 60 goals in the domestic league alone. Neville Southall is the player with the most appearances for the club. The goalkeeper appeared 750 times for the Toffees. Other notable former players include Duncan Ferguson, Paul Gascoigne, Marco Materazzi, David Ginola, Slaven Bilic and more recently, Marouane Fellaini, Mikel Artea and Tim Cahill.

 

Everton’s academy have produced a number of talented players. Notable graduates include Wayne Rooney, Jack Rodwell, Leon Osman, Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka and Shkodran Mustafi.

 

Everton’s longest-serving manager was Thomas McIntosh, who won 6 honours during his 719 games in charge of the club. Other notable managers include Howard Kendall, who enjoyed great success with the club in the 80s, and David Moyes, who guided Everton to their highest Premier League finish.

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