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A Concise History of Everton

PART I: 1878-1888 – The Early Days

The first part of the History tells about the creation and early days of the club, before the English League was created.

PART II: 1888-1915 – Before World War I

Everton's first decades in the League.  During this time, Everton won two Championships and the FA Cup.

PART III: 1915-39 – Between the Wars

Features some of the finest players who ever played for Everton (and anywhere in England): William Ralph "Dixie" Dean, Tommy Lawton, Joe Mercer and others.

PART IV: 1945-61 – The Bad Decades 

Presents a less illustrious chapter in the club's past, including details of the last occasion Everton spent any time outside England's top division.

PART V: 1961-73 – Catterick's Rule

The 1960's are generally viewed as "The Golden Era" among Evertonians. During Harry Catterick's reign, Everton were always contending for honours.

PART VI: 1973-81 – The Barren Seventies 

A grim decade for Evertonians, as the other lot across the park were winning everything, while Everton failed to get any trophies.

PART VII: 1981-87 – Howard's First Time

Howard Kendall's first spell as a manager was everything Evertonians could hope for, including our first European trophy.

PART VIII: 1987-94 – Top to Bottom

Details on how, from winning the Championship in 1987, Everton slid to become a relegation-threatened club in mere seven years.

PART IX: 1994-97 – A Royle Era 

Portrays the tumultuous period for Joe Royle in charge, which includes the famous FA Cup win over Manchester United in 1995.

PART X: 1997-2002 – Fear and Trepidation

New managers appear; the same fears remain.  Neither Kendall III nor Smith provide the answers that Everton need.

PART XI: 2002-2013 – Within Touching Distance of Success

David Moyes steadies the ship and brings about a decade of stability but falls just short of winning silverware or irrevocably breaking the glass ceiling to the top four.

PART XII: 2013-2016 – A False Catalan Dawn

Roberto Martinez has Evertonians celebrating the "reopening" of the School of Science but the former Wigan boss's old habits reared their heads and his tenure ended in disappointment within three years.

PART XIII: 2016-2019 – Chaos and Instability

Farhad Moshiri's search for success and star power takes him through three different managerial appointments but end up with only more under-performance on the pitch despite an unprecedented outlay on players.


The early parts of this history were originally written by Hans Fyhrqvist for the Everton Supporters Club Finland fanzine Bullens Bulletin, in Finnish., with loose translation undertaken by Marko Poutiainento produce it for the Web in the 1990s with proof-reading and additional writing by Michael Kenrick and Lyndon Lloyd, with the latter handling the parts detailing 2002 onwards. 

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