Everton F.C. supporters
Everton Football Club are an association football team based in Liverpool, England. They are one of the best supported clubs in English football with a strong support base around Merseyside, Cheshire, Lancashire, North Wales and the Republic of Ireland. Everton fans are known colloquially as Evertonians or Blues.
Everton have a large fanbase by virtue of being an original founder member of The Football League and contesting more seasons in the top flight than any other club. For the first nine seasons in the football league Everton had the highest average league attendances of any team in England. Recently the club has averaged around 36,000-38,000 in league games at Goodison Park which has a capacity of 39,572. This is despite having the most obstructed views and poor sight lines in the Premier League. A 2006–07 fan survey by the Premier League returned listed 15% of Everton fans as being unhappy with sight lines at Goodison Park. Only 19% described matchday views as "very good" as compared to Arsenal fans who described the Emirates Stadium as having 75% positive sight lines. For the 2009–10 season Everton sold over 24,000 season tickets. For the 2016-17 season this had been upped to 31,000 season ticket sales. In the same season, around 7,000 Evertonians travelled to Lisbon for a match against Benfica.
The highest ever season-average attendance at Everton, was in 1963 with 51,603, the best of any club in that particular season. The following season the club was once again the best supported side in England.
The 2004–05 Premier League survey, which asked almost 1400 Everton fans various questions, found that 40% of matchday fans live within 10 miles of Goodison Park. All together 77% of Everton fans lived less than 49 miles away from the stadium. The 2007–08 found that on average Everton fans live 44 miles away from Goodison Park, 3 miles less than the average and a huge difference compared with rivals Liverpool and Manchester United who were 82 and 78 miles respectively from their stadium. Everton draws the vast majority of its support from Merseyside, Cheshire, Lancashire and North Wales. Although no conclusive studies have been undertaken, supporters are more prominent in areas such as Aintree, Anfield, Bootle, Croxteth, Everton, Kirkdale, Vauxhall and Walton with the northern parts of Liverpool seen as Everton dominated.
The 2003–04 Premier league survey found that 71% of Everton fans earn under £30,000 a year. This is the lowest average income in the league. Chelsea meanwhile had the lowest percentage with only 41% of fans earning below £30,000 per year. The 2002–03 report found Everton had the highest number of season ticket holders from the two lowest social classifications with 16%, 1% more than Sunderland. A study in August 2012 by property website Zoopla found that houses around Goodison Park were the cheapest of any Premier League club averaging £66,000, almost £30,000 less than 19th placed Villa Park with £94,000. Chelsea's Stamford Bridge came in highest with average house prices of £1,467,000.
For the 2013-14 season the club unveiled a new club badge which received overwhelmingly negative response. A fan named Danny Zocek made a petition online demanding the badge be changed, and the petition attracted over 24,000 signatures. The club announced they would be scrapping the design at the end of the season and would liaise with fans for the new design.
In February 2009, Everton F. C. became the first Premier League club to have an official fan page on the social networking site Facebook, which publishes club news and in-match score updates. The page allows users to interact by uploading photographs and commenting on posts.
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The inter-city rivalry between Everton and Liverpool FC is regarded as a "friendly" rivalry, with households in the city having both Everton and Liverpool fans. Whilst performances on the pitch are heated and passionate, the off-pitch behaviour of fans is largely amicable in comparison to the Old Firm for example. However, isolated incidents have seen vandalism to both the Dixie Dean Statue and the Hillsborough Memorial in 2002–03.
Everton have supporter groups located all over the world. The 3 largest clubs outside England are Goodison Blues Supporters Club Ireland who cover the island of Ireland""ESCNI" located in Belfast and the "Everton Supporters Club - Isle of Man".
Famous fans (footballers)
The following footballers have claimed they were Everton fans either in their youth or later on.
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A significant number of famous individuals are known Everton supporters;
Although not an Everton fan, Paul Whitehouse, when asked to describe his childhood bedroom on the Danny Baker radio show stated that on his wall is an Everton and Tottenham poster. Whitehouse states that "I really liked Everton, they were the champions at the time and they would still be sort of my second team after Spurs."
In popular culture
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Everton fans have featured in a variety television shows and films.
- Ken Loach's 1968 docu-drama, "The Golden Vision," concerned a group of Everton fans and was named after Alex Young, Everton's idolised Number 9, who also appears on-screen.
- In Alan Bleasdale's Liverpool=based series Boys from the Blackstuff, Socialist plasterer Snowy Malone tells Chrissie that his militant trade unionist father brought him up "to believe in what was good and proper." Loggo quickly quips "I didn't know your dad supported Everton".
- The Rutles, a parody of Beatlemania, sees Eric Idle interviewing respected Liverpool poet Roger McGough (a real life Evertonian). He introduces him to the camera as "he was born in Liverpool, grew up in Liverpool, drank in Liverpool, wrote about Liverpool and his football team is of course ... Everton."
- The 1997 UK television drama The Fix told the story of the exposure of a match fixing scandal in 1963 that centred around Everton player Tony Kay. Jason Isaacs (himself a Liverpool fan) played Kay while Colin Welland portrayed then manager Harry Catterick with a broad Liverpool accent, despite the fact Catterick himself was from Darlington. The drama also featured lifelong Liverpool fan Ricky Tomlinson playing Gordon, a fictitious character and Everton fanatic.
- The 1979 television advertisement for ITV's ORACLE teletext service a disembodied voice in the strong Liverpool accent asks "Ow Did Everton do?" To which he receives the response, when the page is searched on the teletext service, "Everton 1 Stoke 1."
- In the comedy series Harry Enfield and Chums episode "The Scousers visit that London", one of the three stereotype scousers is an Everton fan. Starting off on the National Express coach to Wembley, he sits cross from the two Liverpool fans singing "You'll Never Walk Alone". When they finish he replies "Up the toffees" which then erupts into an argument.
- The 1994 episode "To Be a Somebody" of Cracker in which Robert Carlyle plays a Liverpool fan who becomes a serial killer after the events of Hillsborough and the death of his father. With the police looking for a Liverpool supporter with a skinhead he is questioned by DS Beck but he manages to avoid arrest by claiming he has been diagnosed with cancer. He further avoids suspicion by claiming he is from St. Helens and supports Everton.
- 1972 episode of BBC Sitcom The Liver Birds Liverpool or Everton which features (future Everton Chairman and actor) Bill Kenwright playing a Liverpool supporter dating Sandra who has to endure Evertonian Beryl and her friends returning home celebrating a derby win.
- 1975 ITV Sitcom The Wackers starring Ken Jones returning home from a stint in prison to his family described as a "mixed marriage" which is split between the maternal Catholic Evertonians side and paternal Protestant Liverpudians.
- Coronation Street villain Pat Phelan often quoted about Everton in his more lighter moments.
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