The St Domingo Methodist Church Sunday School was opened in May 1870 and eight years later the football team using the St Domingo name played its first match in the south-east corner of Stanley Park.
St Domingo's FC quickly established a local reputation for themselves and players were recruited from outside of the parish, precipitating a change of name in November 1879 - to EVERTON.
The club has competed in the top division for a record 109 seasons and have won the League Championship nine times.
It was not until 1927 that Everton's first sustained period of success began. In 1925 the club signed Dixie Dean who set the record for league goals in a single season with 60 goals in 39 league games, a record that still stands to this day.
In 1932 Everton won a fourth League title and also won their second FA Cup in 1933.
The outbreak of the Second World War again saw the suspension of League football, and when official competition resumed in 1946 the Everton team had been split and paled in comparison to the pre-war team.
Everton's second successful era started when Harry Catterick was made manager in 1961. The following season the club won the League title and in 1966 the FA Cup followed with a 3–2 win over Sheffield Wednesday. Three seasons later Everton won the League championship again. During this period, Everton were the first English club to achieve five consecutive years in European competitions—seasons 1961–62 to 1966–67.
In 1982 Howard Kendall took over as manager and guided Everton to their most successful era. Domestically, Everton won the FA Cup in 1984 and two league titles in ’85 and ’87 along with the club's first European trophy winning the European Cup Winners Cup in1985.
Almost two decades of disappointment followed in March 2002 David Moyes was brought in from Preston North End.
Moyes immediately endeared himself to the Evertonians by declaring: "I am from a city (Glasgow) that is not unlike Liverpool. I am joining the people's football club. The majority of people you meet on the street are Everton fans.
"It is a fantastic opportunity, something you dream about. I said 'yes' right away as it is such a big club." The People's Club tag would stick, and there was even better to come as Moyes as the Scotsman brought back consistency and the prospect of regular European football.
Goodison Park is Everton’s home stadium since 1892 and is recognized as one of the world’s first purpose built football grounds. It is just over a mile away from Anfield, the home of of Liverpool Football Club, their biggest rivals. Goodison has undergone many renovations over the years and currently has an all-seated capacity of 40,157. Everton fans refer to the stadium as "The Grand Old Lady".
European Cup Winners Cup 1985
First Division Champions 1891, 1915, 1928, 1932, 1939, 1963, 1970, 1985, 1987