Everton Football Club are a professional English football club located at Goodison Park in the city of Liverpool. Founded in 1878, the club is one of England's most senior being a founder member of the world's first football league in 1888. The club currently competes in the English Premier League. A large fanbase supports the club regularly attracting high attendances, averaging over 36,000, 90% of stadium capacity.
Through history Everton have proven to be the most consistent top-flight competitor in English football, having contested more seasons and scored more goals than any other club at this level. This consistency has cascaded into nine English League Championships, the fourth highest of any club, five FA Cups and a UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. The club's most recent major trophy was the FA Cup in 1995. The club have reached the final of the FA Cup this season facing Chelsea at Wembley stadium.
Everton won the European Cup Winners Cup in 1985 and at the time were widely regarded as being the best team in Europe with a real chance of going on to dominate the national and European competitions. Following this success they were cruelly denied the chance of further European trophies after a ban on European football was imposed on all English teams because of trouble caused by supporters of Liverpool FC which led to the death of 39 people in the Heysel Stadium disaster.
Everton have a notable rivalry with near neighbours Liverpool FC. Liverpool FC were formed in 1892 by a breakaway group of Everton's old president and a few players. A dispute with the Everton committee and the president who owned Everton's home ground, Anfield, forced Everton F.C. to look for another home. Everton have been based at Goodison Park since 1892 as a result of the split.
In 2006, it was announced that the club and Knowsley Council were discussing the construction of a new 55,000 seater stadium in Kirkby on the Liverpool city border. A public inquiry has delayed progress.
The current manager is David Moyes.
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