Grabbi Graeme Posted February 5, 2007 Share Posted February 5, 2007 So it’s time for the short journey to the blue half of scouseland and hoping for a repeat of our last trip there in January. I will try to avoid the usual stereotype scouse jokes, well maybe one then. When Sly Stallone recently left an Everton game early , radio 5 live’s Alan Green said ”he’s gone to check that the wheels are still on his limo” A Brief History of Everton FC Everton FC were founded in 1878, under the name of St Domingo's FC, a Sunday School Football team for St Domingo's Church in the district of Everton. The team was initially set up as something for the children to do during the winter, when there was no cricket. A year later, in 1879, because there were so many people outside St Domingo's who wanted to join the team, the name was changed to Everton FC, a name it still retains. Everton's first official game was against a team called St Peter's, played at the local Stanley Park on December 20, 1879. Everton won 6-0. Prior to the League's formation, the team had played in the FA Cup a number of times, failing to win it. However, Everton finally won the competition in 1906, beating Newcastle in the final. Everton moved to a park on Priory Road in 1882, but two years later moved to Anfield. In 1885 Everton became a professional side and, three years later, became one of the 12 founder members of the English football league; their first league match was against Accrington FC, which Everton won 2-1. By 1891, Everton had won their first title and to date have notched up nine titles. In 1892, Everton fell out with the landlord of Anfield, John Houlding, and decided to buy their own ground. A man by the name of George Mahon, the leader of the move away from Anfield, already owned a part of Stanley Park near Goodison Road, and built the ground at lightning speed in time for the 1892-93 season. The first league match at Goodison Park was a 2-2 draw against Nottingham. In the early years, Everton wore a blue and white striped shirt. However, when players started to transfer from different clubs they tended to wear their old clubs kits, ruining the idea of uniformity somewhat. In order for the whole team to wear the same kit, all the shirts were dyed black, and Everton initially got the nickname 'The Black Watch'. However, Everton's nickname soon changed to 'The Blues' as they started to wear their now traditional royal blue kit in the 1901-02 season. Everton's more famous nickname today is 'The Toffees' or 'Toffee-men'. There are many different suggestion of origins for this moniker, one being to do with a toffee shop near the ground, another being that 'Toffees' was a nickname at the time for the Irish, of whom there were many in Liverpool. Whatever the origin, it is a part of Everton history. Most UK football teams today run out onto the pitch to a particular tune or anthem, and Everton are no exception, though the choice of music is rather unusual. The tune is originally from a folksong composed by Johnny Todd which was better known as the theme music from the 1960s BBC TV series Z Cars, a gritty and innovative police series set in a fictitious town in Lancashire. It is believed that one of the cast of Z Cars was an Everton fan who brought along other members of the cast to watch the game. The story goes that the players ran out to the Z Cars theme in their honour, and the tune has stuck ever since, apart from a brief, thoroughly unpopular period in the mid 1990s. Transfers In January In Manual Fernandes Loan Anderson Da Silva Free Out Mark Hughes Northampton Undisclosed Simon Davies Fulham Unisclosed David Weir Glasgow Rangers Free Q&A I asked my friend Lee who is a long time Everton fan to answer a few questions. What’s your take on Everton’s season so far? League position is good and we are in striking distance of the Uefa cup places but we need some consistency in our form, I would of liked a longer run in the F.A cup but your lot put paid to that and it still hurts the way we played that day. Who’s been your best player this season? Tim Cahill has been our best player and his presence is missed when he is injured or suspended, Phil Neville, Andy Johnson are also important part of the side. Has Andy Johnson’s reputation of being a diver cost you getting penalties this season? I don’t think it’s just Johnson we seem to not be getting many penalties at all, we should have had 2 more against you in the FA Cup which could have changed the game for us, Johnson does have a reputation and when he is genuinely fouled in the area I sometimes wonder if the referee has made his mind up not to give it because it is Johnson. Has David Moyes taken the club as far as he can? Some people who I go to the games with do have this opinion and they think someone else is needed to push us up a little more, myself I think Moyes has done a great job and I still think there is more to come from him. What’s you opinion on Blackburn this season? I think you have done ok , you were struggling before Christmas but a good run has seen you into the top half of the table and I think you are one of our rivals for a Uefa cup spot. Which Blackburn players will cause you problems on Saturday? You have some players in good form at the moment, Pedersen seems to be on fire for you also McCarthy, Bentley and Tugay are players who can cause problems although I’m hoping our defence wont be as generous as they were last time you were at Goodison. Prediction It is revenge time and I’m going for a 2-0 win for the Blues Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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