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An Interview with Melanie Prentice: Our New Guest Relations Director

At The Bastion Bar and Restaurant in The Shankly Hotel, over the road from The Dixie Dean Hotel, Melanie Prentice says she is “absolutely thrilled, excited and a bit nervous” about her new role as Guest Relations Director. As we start to chat, Melanie is quick to mention how elated she is to meet everyone and “put names to faces”...

The Most Memorable Merseyside Derby Matches Ever

Everton and Liverpool contest yet another Merseyside Derby this weekend in the latest episode of one of the Premier League’s most compulsive dramas. Since 1894, there have been countless memorable moments across 125 years of fierce competition. But what are the best? From Sharp’s screamer to Johnson’s winner via decent debuts and disastrous incidents, here's our pick of the most...

Why Everton’s U23s are the Best in the Country

In 2017, teen sensation Jadon Sancho moved to Borussia Dortmund and has proceeded to prosper. In 2018, Reiss Nelson also moved abroad. And, in January 2019, despite interest from Manchester City and Huddersfield respectively, Josh Maja opted to move to Bordeaux in a move that seemed as unexpected as it did brave. And so, with Everton’s U23s on the cusp...

An Interview with the Dixie Dean Family as They Sign New Hotel Contracts

“When the name went up that’s when it became a lot more real, it was wonderful,” Said Barbara Dean, on a day when The Dixie Dean Hotel became even more real; “and even more wonderful.” So, when Barbara Dean, Dixie’s daughter and Melanie Prentice, Dixie’s granddaughter, sat down to put pen to paper on a contract that would see them...

Some of the Strangest Football Superstitions Ever

You’d think Everton’s luck couldn’t possibly get any worse. But, maybe the worst is yet to come by means of a black tomcat who ran onto the pitch and showed more movement in front of goal than Cenk Tosun managed in 90 minutes. From obsessive routines and unusual omens, to mysterious mediums and inside-out underwear – Football superstitions are somewhat...

5 of the Most Unexpected FA Cup Shocks in Everton’s History

Diminishing reputation or otherwise, the FA Cup is stunning and superb, memorable and mysterious but, most importantly, it is shocking. The FA Cup makes one think of David vs Goliath, that’s if David was Shrewsbury Town and Goliath was Everton and the entire spectacle was set on a morbid afternoon in January. From glutenous extravaganzas to torturous trouncing’s and marksman...

7 Reasons Why We Love Goodison Park

Everyone remembers when they were introduced to Everton. Whether it’s the emotion, the camaraderie or something as simple as the stench of the troth in the Gwladys Street end, Goodison Park has a special place in the hearts of Evertonians. There have been numerous moments to remember at Goodison – but The Grand Old Lady is about much more than...

The Most Memorable Everton Songs Ever

Royle adored “Joe, Joe Mexico” in 1970, our marauding Irishman holds dear “£60,000, £60,000 Seamus Coleman” – and has done since 2009 – while David Unsworth loves Z-Cars. Everyone has their favourite Everton song and we’re exactly the same. Every terrace chant means something to someone, whether that be a particular anthem sung at a particularly important time, or a...

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