The area that surrounds Goodison Park and the iconic Everton Football Club share a lot more than just the same name.
The club and the city of Liverpool have been connected for over one hundred years, developing around each other. So, we thought we’d show you some of the historic sites around Liverpool and explore how the city’s history has been intertwined with the famous Toffees.
From legendary pubs to an iconic church, here’s everything an Everton fan should visit when they come to Liverpool.
You couldn’t write an Evertonian’s guide to the city without starting out in the home of the Toffees.
Goodison Park has been Everton’s playing ground since 1892. Before that, the team played at Anfield Road, but a disagreement over rent lead to the team vacating that premises and heading over to a new home at Goodison Park. After they left, a new team began training at Anfield – the infamous rivals of Everton, Liverpool FC.
Goodison Park was the first major stadium built in England, and it initially cost the club £3,000. It was such a ground-breaking structure that the 1910 Cup Final replay between Newcastle and Barnsley was held there and it became the first league venue to be visited by a ruling monarch. George V came to visit local school children at the grounds.
This might be your last chance to see the fabled stadium, however, as plans are abound to move Everton FC to a new, larger location at Bramley Moore docks next to the Mersey.
The scenic city views of this green oasis in the centre of Everton distract from the destructive history of Everton Brow. The green space is a man-made park, carpeting over what was once rows and rows of terraced housing.
In the 1960s, large parts of Liverpool saw a programme of slum clearance that demolished whole roads of insanitary housing.
Although done in the name of progress (many of the houses had outside lavatories, no bathrooms and no hot-running water), the clearance programme was also accused of pulling apart communities that had been together for a lifetime. Families who once lived side-by-side ended up being sent to Skelmersdale, Widnes, Halewood and Formby.
Today, the park holds memories of a community that has always supported the famous football club it shares a name with. And if you’re going for a walk in the area, you might spot a landmark that reminds you of the club’s crest…
Prince Rupert’s Tower
This funny little stone hut is the featured building on Everton Football Club’s crest.
Situated on Everton Brow, the tiny tower (or lock-up), is an 18th century structure that was used to temporarily hold trouble-makers back when Everton was still a rural village. Today, council workmen use it to lock up their tools.
It’s been depicted in the club crest since 1938. Make sure you take a look at the plaque which was added to the building in 2003 – it describes the connection between the lock-up and the club.
Famous Match Day Pubs
A match day isn’t complete without a trip to one of the famous Everton pubs.
Take your pick from three of the most famous: The Winslow Hotel, The Brick or The Royal Oak (Affectionately known to fans as The Oak).
The Winslow Hotel sits in the shadow of the stadium at 31 Goodison Road and calls itself the iconic match day pub for all Evertonians. It closed for a short period in 2013, but was reopened by a community of dedicated fans, hence it’s moniker ‘The Peoples Pub’.
The Brick, which also calls itself ‘The People’s Pub’, is another legendary Everton watering hole, and on match days you can often spot the venue’s flag being waved in the stands of Goodison.
Allegedly, Evertonians get their nickname because of the toffee shops located around their old playing grounds. These shops made Everton Mints.
Striped black and white with a toffee centre, Everton Mints became famous thanks to an old match day tradition. A young girl from the local Mother Noblett’s Toffee Shop would walk around the perimeter of Goodison’s pitch and offer free toffees to the fans.
Unfortunately, the two famous shops, Ye Anciente Everton Toffee House and Mother Nobletts Toffee Shop, have long since closed in Everton.
But if you walk to the top of London Road, you might the able to spot the original shop mural under the peeling paint of the building where Mother Nobletts used to be!
You can also visit Everton’s merchandise shop, which was named The Toffee Shop by a fan vote in 2015. It’s located on the corner of Bullens Road and Gwladys Street.
St Luke’s – The Church of Everton
Another match day favourite, St Luke’s is a small parish church located right next to Goodison Park. In times gone by, whenever the Blues played at home, this little church opened up for two and a half hours before kick off and offered fans a cup of tea and a sit down.
The religious building also has a remembrance garden, where the ashes of parishioners and Everton fans from across the world have been placed to rest, creating a little bit of tranquillity amongst match day raucousness.
Although stopped due to health and safety concerns, the Church are hoping to reopen the ‘Teas for Fans’ project once more for the 2018-2019 season.
The garden is only open upon request, but you can visit the church anytime and get the feel for a small bit of Everton tradition.
The Sandon Pub – The Original Headquarters of EFC
The Sandon is a must-see on any tour of Liverpool’s footballing sights. This famous venue is an institution for both Liverpool FC and Everton, as both clubs were founded here.
When Everton FC played at Anfield in the 1800s, the players would change into their kits at the Sandon before walking up to the ground with their supporters.
Nowadays, the pub is popular with the Reds, so we wouldn’t recommend you turn up in blue on a match day! However, The Sandon is proud of its history as the birthplace of Liverpool’s two clubs and welcome fans of both sides.
Laird Street, Birkenhead
One of Liverpool’s most iconic footballers was actually born on the other side of the Mersey, in Birkenhead.
Everton legend William Ralph “Dixie” Dean was born on 22 January 1907 in a small house on this street and attended Laird Street School in the area.
Dean holds the record for the most goals ever scored in a single season. During his career at Everton, he scored 383 goals in 433 appearances and helped them win two league titles and an FA Cup.
Many parts of Birkenhead remain unchanged to when the legend lived there. Highlights include the spectacular Birkenhead Town Hall and the oldest standing building in Merseyside: Birkenhead Priory & St Mary’s Tower.
The Dixie Dean Hotel
In future, Everton fans will have a dedicated space to celebrate one of their most famous players right in the heart of Liverpool.
Signature Living’s The Dixie Dean Hotel will commemorate the life of Dixie both on and off the pitch with a spectacular hotel and venue space for Everton fans from across the world to enjoy. Situated opposite the luxurious hotel dedicated to Bill Shankly, the two buildings will create an iconic ‘Football Quarter’ for Liverpool.