20 Clubs in 20 Weeks: Everton

Everton are a club rich in history. Founded in 1878 as St. Domingo FC, the club quickly changed their name in 1879 to Everton, based off the surrounding area. Their crest was designed with the famous Prince Rupert's Tower, also found in the surrounding area. In 1888, Everton helped found the Football League and in 1891, after starting the season in fantastic form, Everton won their first top flight title. The Everton Committee and President then were involved in a bitter feud, one that saw Everton move to Goodison Park in 1892 and the formation of Liverpool FC. After the feud and move, Everton began to rebuild, winning the FA Cup in 1908 before winning the Football League again in 1915. 1928 saw Everton win a third league title, before a turn of fortunes in 1930 saw them finish bottom of the league and relegated to the Second Division. They would turn around a year later to win the Second Division title in 1931 and carry that form to their fourth league title in 1932. Everton's dominance would continue into the following year, winning them the FA Cup for a second time in 1933. Everton would again win the league in 1939, right before the breakout of the Second World War. Everton struggled after the war, selling some marquee players and being financially restricted. The under-funding saw Everton relegated in 1951. 1954 saw Everton's turnaround, finishing 2nd in the Second Division and earning promotion back to the First Division. The 1960s saw Everton's greatest era, beginning with just 6 losses on their way to the 1963 title. They then came back from 0-2 down to win the FA Cup in 1966. In 1970, Everton again found their league form, winning the title for a seventh time. The 1970s saw Everton bounce around the table quite a bit before their return to title contending form in the early 1980s. 1985 saw Everton win the title with four games remaining in the season on the back of their 1984 FA Cup win. They would go on to win the European Cup Winners cup in 1985 as well, to complete their to date their only ever double trophy winning season (excluding the Charity Shield). Two years later in 1987, Everton would again win the league, this their ninth First Division title. Everton would then go on to win the FA Cup in 1995 and establish themselves as a constant Premier League side before struggling in 2001 and 2002 to avoid relegation. The appointment of David Moyes as manager helped them escape relegation in 2002 and turn them into a constant top-half club. Moyes would leave for Manchester United (before his sacking and hiring at Real Soceidad). Today, under Roberto Martinez, Everton finished 5th in 2014, but are struggling so far currently in 13th place.

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