10 Things you may not know about Everton

West Ham United

West Ham face Everton as David Moyes returns to his former club here are 10 facts about our opponents tonight

1. Everton were formed in 1878 and were founder members of the Football League in 1888.

2. Everton are the only club to have achieved over 100 seasons in the top flight of English football.

3. Former Striker Dixie Dean holds the record for most goals in a top flight season. In the 1927-28 season Dean scored 60 goals in 39 games

4. Goodison Park was the first purpose built football ground in the UK and one of the first in the World. It opened in 1892.

5. Goodison Park was the scene of England’s first ever defeat on home soil to a team outside the UK when the Republic of Ireland beat England 2-0 in 1949.

6. Everton hold the unusual distinction of being reigning League Champions for the longest time. They won the Championship in 1915 and remained Champions until football resumed in the 1919-20 season due to the cancellation of the League because of the First World War. They were also Champions in 1939 and remained so until football resumed in 1946 after the Second World War.

7. Everton were the first club to win a penalty shootout in the European Cup in 1970 against Borussia Monchengladbach

8. David Moyes managed Everton between 2002 & 2013. His first game in charge was against Fulham on the 16th March 2002. Everton won the game 2-1 with current Everton Manager and Ex West Ham player David Unsworth scoring the first goal of Moyes reign after just 30 seconds.

9. Unsworth played for West Ham for one season 1997-98 playing 41 games in all competitions. His family could not settle in London and moved back to Merseyside following a rather protracted saga involving Aston Villa for the 1998-99 season.

10. West Ham have played Everton 136 times winning 37 drawing 31 and losing 68. West Ham have won 2 of the last games 1 being the penalty shootout win at Upton Park in 2015. The last game between the two was a 0-0 draw at the London stadium in April this year. West Ham have played Everton in two FA Cup semi-finals a 2-1 defeat in 1933 and a 2-1 victory after a replay in 1980.