When Everton became founder members of the Football League they were already 10 years old. Since then they've clocked up a record 108 seasons in the top flight and cemented their position as one of the most famous football clubs in the world. Legends such as Dixie Dean (still the only player in English football to have scored 60 League goals in one season), the prolific Tommy Lawton (65 goals in 87 games) and 500-game goalkeeper Ted Sagar gave them early success. The Sixties was a successful decade in which Everton won the FA Cup in 1966 and the League Championship in 1962-63 and 1969-70 under the assured guidance of manager Harry Catterick. The midfield trio of Alan Ball, Howard Kendall and Colin Harvey earned Everton the reputation of football's 'School of Science', while their home, Goodison Park, hosted World Cup matches in 1966. The era re-ignited their rivalry with Liverpool, the club 'across the park', and bustling centre-forwards like Joe Royle and Bob Latchford ensured the Blues gave as good as they got while keepers like Gordon West and Andy Rankin did their best to keep clean sheets at the other end.
This book brings the club's rich, varied history to life with pictures of the major games and chief personalities that made Everton great. It takes the story from 1878 all the way up to the club's fifth FA Cup win in 1995, their last major honour to date. The Daily Mirror's extensive archive of images has been scoured to provide hundreds of nostalgic photos, many previously unpublished, that give a new dimension to the Everton experience, while facts, figures and anecdotes abound.
Publisher: Haynes Publishing Group