First Competitive match: 15 October 1887
1887 saw the professional beginnings of a club who as we today know are currently the 7th most successful club in England. 9 league titles, 5 FA Cups, 1 Cup Winners Cup and 108 years of
unbroken top flight football is a admirable haul considering the vast shadow of it's younger brother hanging over them during the latter half of the 20th Century.
In 1878 the club was formed, and was made up of amateurs, each holding down part-time jobs, before playing their first professional match 125 years ago today.
If it wasn't for the avaricious brewer John Houlding hiking up the price for the Anfield leasehold, which was Everton's original home, Liverpool FC might not have existed. Would we have missed our boisterous neighbours if that dispute would have been resolved...? Without question!
Everton's history is littered with legendary players and emotional moments from Graham Stuart's bobbler to keep the club afloat in the Premier League in 1994, which even had hardened dockyard workers wiping a tear from their eye, the historic win against a star-studded Bayern Munich team en-route to the securing the European Cup Winners Cup in 1985 and not forgetting the magical “Holy Trinity” of Howard Kendall, Alan Ball and Colin Harvey in 1970.
To shamelessly steal the words of Everton's 1995 FA Cup Final song: The spirit's stronger in the blues today gonna play the Everton way, The Golden Vision, Dixie Dean The school of science, by far the greatest team.
Was there ever a more apt verse to symbolise Everton FC? What will the next 125 years have in store for the club? Will David Moyes, Mo Fellaini and Leighton Baines be chronicled alongside Evertonian legends Dixie Dean, Bob Latchford and Neville Southall? Even Mystic Meg would struggle to formulate a prediction.
If at the end of the current campaign, Everton have had a successful FA Cup campaign and finish above Liverpool FC for the second successive season, it would be just the start our illustrious forefathers would have wanted. It isn't easy being an Everton supporter but that is why people gravitate towards this fantastic club.
In the words of Alan Ball “Once Everton has touched you, nothing will ever be the same”. So raise a respectful glass of your local's finest ale for the granddad of English football's 125th birthday.
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722 Posted 16/10/2012 at 05:32:02
Still, no worries our sun's got billions of years of life left in it... and were finally and hopefully on the road again!
729 Posted 16/10/2012 at 06:35:22
731 Posted 16/10/2012 at 06:39:31
733 Posted 16/10/2012 at 07:39:44
737 Posted 16/10/2012 at 08:03:59
738 Posted 16/10/2012 at 08:13:55
741 Posted 16/10/2012 at 08:27:17
Come on! KNOW YER HISTORY!!
And unbroken run of 108 years? I wish .... and almost.
742 Posted 16/10/2012 at 08:39:33
2003 was 125 years since we were established.
743 Posted 16/10/2012 at 08:59:28
744 Posted 16/10/2012 at 08:59:52
So 9 years of mowing the grass and tiddly winks?
Begs the question similar to that of Notts County the oldest team ... "let's form a footie team" "a what now?" "who will we play?"
745 Posted 16/10/2012 at 09:07:10
751 Posted 16/10/2012 at 10:13:44
Aside from the matches in which a trophy was won, I love to remember those special derby victories, for example the 2-0 win on the way to the title in 1970, or Joe Royle's first match in charge, with Big Dunc scoring twice, etc etc...
754 Posted 16/10/2012 at 10:44:21
I'd have had us, at least for the last big anniversary, wearing black shirts with a ruby sash. It's so sad, but bloody typical of the "we know our place, plucky little Everton" mentality that pervades our club and sections of our fanbase ("small" my arse!), that we don't make enough fuss of ourselves.
"The history of the Everton Football Club is the history of Association Football in Great Britain."
759 Posted 16/10/2012 at 11:03:21
Liverpool were absolutely carried by Billy Liddell who was a true great and put the fear of God into me whenever he received the ball in derby games. They had to wait until Shankly brought them up in 1961.
That was a time when both Liverpool clubs ruled the roost over Manchester and London. A fantastic period when no foreign players were in the league and level playing fields sorted the men from the boys.
Now we don't produce decent English players in sufficient numbers and I blame the onset of the computer age as nowadays you never see kids playing football, they are all in their bedrooms playing with computers. Thats why we see so many obese kids.
When I was at school we were all skinny and fit and walked or ran everywhere. Ah well, nostalgia ain't what it used to be!!!!
760 Posted 16/10/2012 at 11:13:43
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763 Posted 16/10/2012 at 11:18:44
Oh and I think we (and the remaining founder members) should have a large gold embroidered FM on our shirts.
It would be a constant reminder to kids who we are and how long we've been around and even better, 'they' couldn't have it.
People say 'yeah but the the PL wouldn't have it coz it's a different competition', but so is the CL.
Actually, if you're allowed them little CL stars, why can't we have a number denoting title wins?
Our 9 would piss all over Chelsea's 3 or..whatever it is (psychology innit though blood).
764 Posted 16/10/2012 at 11:36:10
766 Posted 16/10/2012 at 11:34:48
A rose by any other name still smells as sweet .... though the EPL does have a bit of a whiff of the stench of cheating and the clamour for raw cash about it.
If the EPL don't like it - why not incorporate it onto the the Everton badge - eg Everton 1878 Founders
768 Posted 16/10/2012 at 12:40:42
Wasn't the Liverpool Cup played prior to this? With some big matches played against Bootle in the Finals? Just because they're not big competitions now it does not mean that we were not big then. They were very competitive affairs with players being carried back to Stanley Park from Hawthorne Road.
803 Posted 16/10/2012 at 18:06:02
As I recall the ref was a baldy Italian bloke with a Rolex pocket watch and the only carriage and six in the carriage park. 125 years and we're still talking about it.
Phil Bellis has it about right. Why couldn't the black away kit have had the 'sash' (not the one me father wore) across it this season? So simple, so significant.
Arsenal were never promoted to the top flight, they're there because of a behind closed doors 'vote'. Let the sun shine on the Accrington Stanleys of this world, but let's always remember that we are original and genuine.
Change has to come, but tradition should never die.
809 Posted 16/10/2012 at 19:19:00
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