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The History of Goodison Park

Everton FC have a long history with Goodison, their home of 125 years. If it wasn’t for a falling out over rent money, things might have been very different indeed.

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As it is, the history of Goodison Park has been dotted with success ever since that fateful move across Stanley Park, and continues to be have one of the most loyal fan bases in the country.

Goodison Park Stadium

Goodison-Park Stadium has been the home of Everton FC since 1892.

This was not their first home – in fact, the first ground that Evertonians would watch their team play at would actually be at Anfield. Our team can also provide information on the history of Anfield too.

Prior to 1892 EFC were playing their home games across Stanley Park, but an issue between the team owner and the ground owner over rent saw them vacate Anfield and set up home at Goodison.

The ground was the first purpose built football stadium in England when it first opened its gates and is one of the oldest stadiums still standing today.

It was also the first ground to install under soil heating. Blues fans affectionately call the stadium ‘The Grand Old Lady’ because of this.

Goodison Park Capacity

Today, Goodison-Park capacity stands at 40,157 which makes it the 11th largest football stadium in England. This isn’t quite as big as the Etihad Stadium with a capacity of over 50,000.

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Goodison Park Revamp

Over the years there has been plenty of talk regarding a revamp. There has been a number of developments on the stadium helping to increase the number of people that can fit in the stadium.

Following from the previous redevelopment, a total of 40,157 people can fit in the stadium easily when watching the matches.

Everton FC

Established in 1878, Everton FC started life as St. Domingo FC in 1878 as a way for members of the St. Domingo Methodists congregation to play sport all the year round (cricket was played in the summer).

They later changed their name to Everton in November of 1879 to allow people from outside the congregation to play.

EFC were instrumental in setting up the first ever Football League in 1888, and they won it in the 1890-1891 season.

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The club have barely left the top flight since, having missed out only four times. This gives them a record 114 seasons in the top flight and the stadium has seen more top flight games than any other stadium in Britain.

Ex- manager David Moyes described them as ‘The People’s Club’ which EFC now use as an unofficial motto. To add weight to this statement, Everton FC regularly feature in the Top Ten highest average attendances in the country.

Everton The Toffees

Everton are nicknamed either ‘The Blues’ because of the colour of their kit, or the more unusual ‘The Toffees’.

The Toffees nickname is thought to refer to a sweet shop in Everton opposite the lock-up that the team’s logo is based upon, that sold EFC mints.

There was also a tradition where the Toffee Lady threw free mints into the crowd before the start of a game to symbolise the connection.

Whichever version is true, the Toffees nickname stuck and the history of Goodison Park has recognised its authenticity ever since. You can find out the history of other stadiums on Boomtown too. You might be interested to find out about the history of Stamford Bridge.

Everton Badge

The Everton badge symbolises the Everton lock-up. The lock-up was constructed in 1787 and was used for containing the drunk and disorderly.

It still stands today, one of only two left in Liverpool.

The wreaths that were placed at either side were chosen because they represented winning, and the club’s official motto, ‘Nil Satis Nisi Optimum’ translates as ‘Nothing but the best is good enough’.

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Everton Trophies

The trophy room has been the butt of some cruel jokes over the years. Bitter local rivals Liverpool have seen more share of success than their blue neighbours, and fans take pleasure in taunting them about this.

This being said, The Toffees did have a very successful spell in the mid-1980’s that saw them win the Cup Winners Cup and the First Division title.

A full list of honours can be found here:

Everton Fixtures

Upcoming Everton fixtures are important to Toffees fans. They want to know who their team will be playing and what competition it will be, domestic or European.

Perhaps the biggest fixture in the calendar is the Merseyside Derby when they play Liverpool FC.

The derby’s tend to be loud, heated affairs both on and off the pitch and trying to get a ticket for them is almost impossible.

The teams have met 228 times over the years and each game is more fiercely contested than the last. The fixtures list provides a great place to start if you want to place a bet on a game.

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Everton Tickets

Everton tickets are available from their box office or official website.

Tickets for the games are likely to be fairly scarce due to the amount of people trying to locate them, and the huge loyalty of their fan base, but if you can’t get game day tickets, you could always do the stadium tour instead.

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Goodison Park Tour

The stadium Tour is available around the year, other than match days. The best place to get tickets is either at the ground itself, or by following this link :

The tour is ninety minutes long and booking in advance is required to avoid disappointment.