10 obscure Everton facts

Here’s our regular feature about our upcoming opponents…

  1. Formed in 1878 they were founding members of the Football League a decade later and won the first of nine league titles in 1891.
  2. A year later they left their original home of Anfield following a dispute with the owner and moved to Goodison Park where they have remained ever since.
  3. Everton have played in more top flight campaigns than any other side and have only spent four season’s outside of it in their history.
  4. Dixie Dean hit a Football League record of 60 goals in 39 matches during their 1927/8 season. He’s also the Toffee’s all-time top scorer with 349 goals. In his career he also scored an astonishing 37 hat-tricks.
  5. Legendary goalkeeper Neville Southall is their record appearance holder on 750. More than 200 ahead of 2nd placed Brian Labone.
  6. Their record transfer fee received is for Marouane Fellaini – £27.5 million in 2013 which eclipsed Wayne Rooney’s transfer to the same team in 2004.
  7. Everton have won the FA Cup five times, their most recent success was in 1995 but they have never won the league Cup despite reaching the final twice
  8. Goodison Park was the first ground to install undersoil heating and is the only domestic ground in England to have hosted a World Cup semi-final.
  9. Links between the clubs include Bob Latchford who scored a hat-trick in the Swans first ever top flight manager, current Toffee’s manager Roberto Martinez and his backroom staff as well as Kevin McLeod.
  10. The Swans have never beaten Everton in a league fixture with their only success coming with a 3-0 win in the League Cup last term.