Milestones in history of famous clubs: Everton F.C.

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)


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