In recent years, Everton have been an inconsistent side and because of that bookmakers offer a variety of outright odds from odds on Everton to finish top four to odds on Everton to be relegated.
After David Moyes left, lots of bookmakers offered next Everton manager odds in light of all the speculation and rumours of a variety of different managers to be offered the job.
The Merseyside rivalry doesn’t go unnoticed by bookmakers either, with many offering Everton specials such as odds on Everton to finish above Liverpool.
Everton title odds are typically long, but with a period of success being talked about amid the new ownership and management team, expect these odds to shorten if Everton keep improving.
Odds on Everton v Manchester United can be subject to bookmaker special offers. With Everton viewing Manchester United as rivals in one form or another, many bookmakers offer money-back specials or enhanced odds offers on this fixture and others depending on the importance of the match.
Everton Football Club are based in Liverpool, England and are one of the founder members of the Premier League. They are one of the oldest English football clubs and were also one of the founder members of the English Football League.
Everton hold the record for the most amount of seasons played in England’s top flight. Currently standing at 114 seasons playing in the top division, the club have only played four seasons in England’s second tier.
Everton history starts in 1878 and were first named as St. Domingo’s after the Methodist Church where the club were formed. Like other English clubs, St. Domingo’s started off as a cricket team before developing a football team so all year round there was a sport to be played.
A year after forming, the club changed it’s name from St. Domingo’s to Everton after the local area.
Everton became one of the founding members of the Football League ten years after they were founded. They were also one of the early successes of the league, winning the league title in 1891. Five years later, Everton added the FA Cup title followed by another league title in 1915.
Everton first hit consistent success in the late 1920’s. One of English football’s famous sons Dixie Dean was signed. Dean helped Everton to a third league title in the 1927/1928 season, scoring 60 goals in 39 games, a top flight record that has never been broken.
Everton’s success turned to failure when they were relegated to the Second Division two years later. However, this was just a minor blip when they achieved promotion at the first time of asking. Having gained promotion, Everton went on to win another First Division title and a year later another FA Cup. The end of the 1930’s saw another trophy, with Everton winning a fifth top-flight title.
The start of the Second World War in 1939 saw football in England suspended. When the war ended in 1945 and the football league resumed, Everton were not the same side. They struggled in the top flight, culminating in another relegation in 1951. They remained in the Second Division until 1954 when they earned promotion, and Everton have remained a top-flight side since then.
The 1960’s were the start of another successful period for Everton. This decade saw Everton pick up two more league titles, in 1962/1962 and 1969/1970. 1966 saw another FA Cup victory, and this decade also saw Everton become the first English team to play in European competition for five consecutive seasons.
The 1970’s, however, were the opposite of the successful time they had previously. Everton struggled in the league table and no more silverware was won, although they did reach the League Cup final in the 1976/1977 final.
The 1980’s saw an upturn in fortune. Howard Kendall was appointed manager in 1981 and led his side to two First Division titles, and FA Cup and the club’s first European trophy in the form of the Cup Winner’s Cup. However, with the banning of English clubs from European competition after the Heysel Disaster, Everton lost key players and their manager Kendall to other clubs.
Kendall returned to the club in 1990 but struggled to replicate the success Everton enjoyed in the previous decade. When the Premier League was formed in 1992, Everton toiled and diced with relegation until Joe Royle was given the manager’s job in 1994. Royle led his side to another FA Cup victory in 1995. It looked like the glory years would return to Everton Football Club, however things went downhill and in 1997 the club came the closest to relegation since 1954 when they only kept their Premier League place via better goal difference.
Everton re-established themselves as a steady Premier League side after the appointment of David Moyes, who went on to become one of Everton’s all-time longest serving managers. Moyes led Everton to a Champions League qualifying place and twice qualified for the UEFA Cup. However, no more trophies were won, and Moyes left the club in 2013.
Roberto Martinez took the reigns and Everton finished the 2013/2014 with their highest points tally in nearly 30 years with 72 points, and with that gained qualification to the Europa League. They reached the last 16 of the competition but couldn’t replicate their league form from the season before. Although Everton got to the Semi-Finals of both the FA Cup and the League Cup in the 2015/2016 season they were defeated in both and as their league form nosedived Martinez was sacked and replaced by Ronald Koeman.
Everton crest history begins In the late 1930’s when an Everton necktie was designed by the club secretary Theo Kelly. The neckties were based on Prince Rupert’s Tower in the area of Everton, and also included laurel wreaths and the club motto ‘Nil Satis Nisi Optimum’ which means Nothing but the best is good enough. This motto is incorporated on the the Everton current crest.
Before an Everton badge appeared on shirts, the club used the letter EFC instead. It wasn’t until 1978 when the original necktie crest was used on an Everton shirt.
This Everton badge design has remained on the kits, but has undergone slight changes over the years. The Prince Rupert’s Tower image has always remained, along with the date Everton Football Club were founded, but the laurel wreaths were withdrawn for the 2013/2014 season. These wreaths were reintroduced for the following campaign after a huge backlash from the Everton fans who started a petition negatively responding to the new Nike design.
Everton football colours are traditionally Royal Blue shirts accompanied by white shorts and white socks. In the years following their formation, many different colour combinations were used. White shirts, white and blue striped shirts, black shirts, pink shirts and red shirts were all worn during the Everton early years. Royal Blue shirts first appeared in the 1901/1902 season and has on the whole remained Everton’s colour, although for a handful of seasons they played in lighter blue colouring.
The Everton stadium name is Goodison Park, but the club started life playing at Stanley Park. They then played at Priory Road. From here, they moved to Anfield and in 1892 moved to Goodison. The club left Anfield after a disagreement between Everton chairman John Houlding and the rest of the Everton committee. This led to Everton moving on but John Houlding forming another club, Liverpool Football Club.
Goodison Park was England’s first major football ground to be built, and has gone on to host more top flight matches in England than any other. Goodison Park has also staged the FA Cup Final as well as a host of international fixtures, including a semi-final in the 1966 World Cup.
The current Everton stadium capacity is 39,572 and consists of four covered stands, the Bullens Road stand, the Howard Kendall Gwladys Street End, the Sir Philip Carter Park stand and the Goodison Road stand.
For Everton new stadium plans are being discussed. Since 1996, Everton hierarchy have been looking at a variety of possible Everton stadium locations but a mixture of financial trouble and fans backlash has postponed these ideas.
Because of the history of Everton Football Club and the fact that they are founder members of both the Football League and the Premier League, there is a large Everton fanbase. Goodison Park averages between 36,000 and 38,000 fans for Premier League home games.
Everton fans are typically from Liverpool and the surrounding areas, including other parts of North West England and North Wales. The club is known by Everton fans as ‘The People’s Club’, owing to the locality of most of its fanbase, but does have a large number of overseas fans too.
There are many Everton fan sites and Everton fan forums on the internet which boast a big amount of members. There are also a number of fanzines still produced in magazine form rather than internet based which are sold on matchdays.
The official Everton supporters club is FOREVERTON. There are other supporters club across the globe, the biggest located in Dublin, Belfast and the Isle of Man.
Everton fans enjoy a friendly rivalry with neighbours Liverpool. There is little trouble in the Merseyside derby, unlike the huge rivalries of Manchester City and Manchester United, Manchester United and Liverpool or Rangers and Celtic for example. However, on the pitch, the Merseyside derby has seen more red cards given than any other fixture in Premier League history.
A survey from 2003 conducted by the Football Fans Census recorded Everton’s biggest rivalries being Liverpool, Tranmere Rovers and Manchester United. There is also a growing rivalry with Manchester City fans after City were involved in high profile transfer dealings with Everton in the purchase of Joleon Lescott in particular.
In February 2016, Farhad Moshiri bought a 49.9% stake in Everton and took ownership of the club. Before this purchase, Bill Kenwright and his consortium were the majority shareholders of the club, and Kenwright still holds the position of chairman as well as a small amount of shares.
In terms of finance, the most recent Everton financial records show the club has a net debt of just over £28 million, after taking out a £30 million loan in the early 2000’s.
With their near 140 year history, there are many Everton stats we can take a look at.
Everton FC stats for appearances show that Neville Southall leads the way with 751 appearances in all competitions to his name. As well as the goalkeeper being Everton’s leading appearance maker, he also holds the record for most clean sheets with 269 shut outs.
Everton’s all-time leading goalscorer is Dixie Dean, who amassed 383 goals in 433 appearances for the club. However, Romelu Lukaku is Everton’s leading goalscorer in Europe, with eight goals in nine appearances in European competition. Lukaku is also Everton’s record signing, purchased for £28 million.
The Merseyside derby has had more red cards shown than any other Premier League fixture. Other Everton v Liverpool stats show that in the 277 meetings between the two, Everton have won 82, lost 115 and drew 80 derby day clashes.
Everton’s greatest players include the aforementioned Dixie Dean, Brian Labone, W R Dean and Bob Latchford. More recently, Neville Southall became an Everton great along with Graeme Sharp who is second on the list of all-time highest Everton goalscorers.
There are many players who have been inducted into the Everton Hall of Fame. The entire 1984/1985 team have been inducted, along with the famous names of Alan Ball, Gary Lineker and Joe Mercer.
There is also the Everton Giants, where former players are inducted every season for their contribution to Everton Football Club. The most recent inductee was Mick Lyons, who played for the club from 1971 to 1982.
Everton can boast a number of international and ex-international players in their side. The number of Everton players at the World Cup 2014 was five and seven Everton players were called up by their respective nations for Euro 2016.
Everton currently have a squad of 30 players, including members of the Academy squad who have been promoted to the first team.
The current Everton manager is Ronald Koeman, who joined the club from Southampton in the summer of 2016. Koeman is Everton’s 15th permanent manager in the club’s history. Before 1939 there was no position of manager at Everton with team selection duties falling to the club secretary or chosen by committee.
The most successful manager in Everton history is Howard Kendall. Kendall led Everton to two First Division titles, one FA Cup, one Cup Winners Cup and three Charity Shields.
Everton’s longest serving manager is Harry Catterick, who managed the club for 594 matches from 1961 to 1973.
Everton are historically one of England’s most successful football clubs. The Everton FC honours list consists of nine First Division titles, five FA Cup wins, nine Charity Shield wins and one Cup Winners Cup.
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