September 30, 1939
1878 – Formation of the St. Domingo Football Club by members of the New Connexion Chapel, Everton. First games played in Stanley Park; original colours, blue and white stripes.
1879 – Name changed to Everton. First match v. local St. Peter’s.
1880 – First railway journey – to play Great Lever (Bolton) in Lancashire Cup.
1881 – Jerseys dyed black with scarlet sashes win club the nickname “Black Watch.”
1883 – First private ground secured at Coney Green, Priory Road. First “gate” 14s. Winners of Liverpool FA Cup.
1884 – Move to Anfield Road to rent two fields owned by Orrell brothers.
1885 – Professionalism adopted.
1887 – Cup-tie with the famous Glasgow Rangers.
1888 – One of original twelve members of Football League.
1889 – Record League victory, 8-0 v. Stoke.
1890 – Johnny Holt and Fred Geary, Everton’s first internationals, capped v. Wales and Ireland. League runners-up, two points behind Preston North End.
1891 – League champions, two points ahead of Preston North End.
1892 – Split in the camp over question of ground rent. Some members move to Goodison Road to form limited liability company; remainder form Liverpool F.C. Goodison Park ground opened on August 24.
1893 – FA Cup Final. Beaten by Wolverhampton Wanderers, at Fallowfield (0-1). Third in League without conceding a goal at home during second half of season.
1895 – Second to Sunderland in First Division.
1896 – Again in the first three. Third to Villa and Derby County.
1897 – Lost 2-3 to Aston Villa in Cup Final at Crystal Palace.
1898 – Beaten in Cup semi-final by Derby County (1-3).
1902 – First Division runners-up to Sunderland.
1904 – Third to Sheffield Wednesday and Manchester City.
1905 – Pipped by one point by Newcastle United in race for championship. Cup semi-finalists again. First continental tour. Games played at Vienna, Budapest, Prague and Haarlem.
1906 – Cup-winners at last. Newcastle United beaten 1-0.
1907 – In Cup Final again but defeated this time by Sheffield Wednesday (2-1). Third again in League table.
1909 – League runners-up to Newcastle United. Tour to Argentine.
1910 – Beaten by Barnsley in Cup semi-final by three clear goals.
1912 – Outpaced by Blackburn Rovers in League championship race.
1913 – Visit of His Majesty King George V. to Goodison Park.
1915 – Vanquished by Chelsea in Cup semi-final (2-0). League champions for second time.
1920 – Cup defeat at home by Crystal Palace (0-6).
1925 – Dixie Dean signed from Tranmere Rovers.
1928 – Jubilee celebrated by winning League championship for third time. Dixie Dean set up new First Division marksmanship record with 60 goals in 39 games.
1930 – Worst season in club’s history. Relegated to Second Division.
1931 – Quick return. Runaway champions of Second Division.
1931 – Cup k.o. in semi-final by West Bromwich Albion (0-1).
1932 – Top of the League again.
1933 – First trip to Wembley. Victory over Manchester City by three clear goals.
1936 – Tom Lawton signed at club’s record fee (£6,500).
1938 – Record «gate» to Goodison Park; 68,158 spectators pay £5,877 to see Cup-tie v. Sunderland.
1939 – League champions for fifth time. Mr. W.C. Cuff, director and former chairman, elected President of the Football League.
(Evening Express: September 30, 1939)