A seemingly very well researched article in the Echo tackles this thorny question, tracing the history of the City's ornithological symbol back to ancient times.
Everton shareholder Keith Wilson, from Waterloo, decided to mount a campaign to reclaim the Liver Bird.
He explained: "Many Evertonians do not know that the club used the Liver Bird in the early part of its history.
"Myself and quite a few others are aggrieved that Liverpool FC have ‘hijacked’ this logo and use it as their emblem. The Liver Bird is for the people of Liverpool, and should not be associated with just one club.
"It should be on both kits, because they’re both from Liverpool."
Then Everton spokesman Ian Ross said: “We have no plans to attempt to reclaim the Liver Bird symbol. I think even the most devout Evertonian knows that the Liver Bird is now synonymous with Liverpool FC.”
The last known medal presented to an Everton footballer with the Liver Bird on it was believed to be the Central League Winners medal from 1937-38, just one year before Everton adopted the Tower crest.
While Liverpool's links with the Liver Bird became more and more entrenched, Everton's association with Prince Rupert's Tower became firmly established.Read the full article at the Liverpool Echo
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1 Posted 09/12/2018 at 16:10:35
An incidental Everton First in there I've not seen listed before:
"In 1891 [Everton] became the first club to be presented with the then newly commissioned league championship trophy."
Not many people know that!
2 Posted 09/12/2018 at 18:14:42
Get it back on the kit, on the socks or sleeve.
3 Posted 09/12/2018 at 18:33:01
Couldn't we just somehow take it away from them but then not use it ourselves? Perhaps present it to Marine.
4 Posted 09/12/2018 at 18:43:06
5 Posted 09/12/2018 at 18:46:41
6 Posted 09/12/2018 at 20:34:58
Our emblem is well established and associated with the best periods in Everton's history. Let's just stick with it, and forget all this childish Liver Bird shite.
We'd be better off focusing on winning more games and continued improvement towards winning trophies. That's what's important, all else is irrelevant.
7 Posted 09/12/2018 at 20:37:35
8 Posted 09/12/2018 at 20:56:02
9 Posted 10/12/2018 at 13:53:38
Fact or fiction?
10 Posted 11/12/2018 at 01:31:28
11 Posted 11/12/2018 at 01:34:14
12 Posted 11/12/2018 at 01:41:10
13 Posted 11/12/2018 at 04:02:08
Just as the sailing ship (a symbol of Manchester) is on the crests of both Manchester clubs, so should the Liver Bird be on our crest.
14 Posted 11/12/2018 at 10:10:16
15 Posted 11/12/2018 at 15:35:37
16 Posted 14/12/2018 at 07:18:11
The residual rights to the castings on the Liver Buildings still reside (just) with the descendants of the original sculptor.
My mole in The College of Arms tells me that the bird on the City Crest is an Heraldic device and is own by nobody and thus can be used by anybody, but they have to approve if used in a coat of arms.
He further stated, should we require it, that a tweak to the wing position would give you a 'Liver Bird Resurgent'.
As it annoys them on the quiet, I'll settle for lighting them up blue once a year.
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