They are a club with a long history and in the summer of 2017, Everton FC have been the busiest English side in the transfer window. They may not be the biggest spenders but a number of high profile deals have taken the club’s spending towards the £100m mark and clearly they mean business ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.
With so much money spent and so many new faces on show, Ronald Koeman’s side seem set to attract a lot of attention from the bookmakers so what can we expect in this respect and what do we know about this famous club?
Everton were originally founded way back in 1878 under the name of St Domingo FC – a local church which ran a number of sports teams at that time. The club evolved and were renamed, subsequently becoming founder members of the football league when it first formed in 1889.
Success wasn’t very far away and the first league title came to the club at the end of the 1890-91 season, closely followed by a first FA Cup triumph in 1906. Everton were also founder members of the new Premier League in 1992/93 and are currently one of only six clubs to have been an ever-present in that division.
As of 2017/18, Everton have won nine top flight domestic league titles, five FA Cups and a European Cup Winners Cup. When you add in some minor trophies, it all makes them one of the most successful sides in the history of English football.
Everton fans will point to two distinct periods in their history where success came in abundance. In the 1960’s, a great Everton side featuring their own ‘Holy Trinity’ of Alan Ball, Colin Harvey and Howard Kendall won the old Division One title in 1969/70.
This was a period when Everton were one of the most exciting sides to watch but they were far more successful when Howard Kendall took over as manager in the 1980s. This was a golden era for the team that involved great players such as Neville Southall, Kevin Sheedy and Trevor Steven. They may not be household names around Europe but these players formed part of a side that won two league titles, an FA Cup, the League Cup and the European Cup Winners Cup in the 1980s.
Everton fans may therefore recall the 1960s with great fondness but 20 years later, they were one of the strongest sides in Europe.
Here is Everton’s record in major competitions over the last three seasons:
|Season||Premier league||FA Cup||Europa League|
|2016/17||7th||Third Round||Did not Qualify|
|2015/16||11th||Semi Finals||Did not Qualify|
|2014/15||11th||Third Round||Round of 16|
It’s a mixed set of results for such a historic team but 2016/17 saw some distinct improvement in the league. Everton have also bought heavily in the summer transfer window and will hope that in the coming campaign, they will improve even further and maybe get into the Champions League places.
Perhaps the most interesting transfer from an Everton fan’s point of view saw Wayne Rooney return to the club after a long spell at Manchester United. It had been a quiet couple of seasons for the record breaking England striker at Old Trafford but now he is back with his boyhood club, Rooney could regenerate and get back to his prolific best.
As a striker, a number of enhanced odds offers are likely to fall on Wayne Rooney in 2017/18 and beyond but one transfer that has gone under the radar slightly is that of Sandro Ramirez. The forward was previously at Barcelona and enjoyed a productive season in La Liga with Malaga last time out so, if he starts to reproduce that form at Goodison Park, the bookies will be looking at him too.
Price boosts will definitely be targeted at Rooney and Sandro but Everton as a whole will attract far more interest from the TV cameras from next season onwards. When the big live broadcasters are in town, the enhanced odds deals will naturally follow and we will bring you all of the very best deals as they land.
Everton are one of the oldest football clubs in the world and as they head into a new era, it’s going to be a busy time for bookmaker offers in general and FA Cup price boosts in particular.