Next Match:

Ticket Info

v West Brom

Saturday 13 September K.O. 15:00

History of the Crest

History of the Crest

The Everton Crest is recognised all across the globe. But where did it come from?

At the end of the 1937/38 season, Theo Kelly, Everton's energetic secretary, who later became the Toffees' first post-war manager, wanted to design a Club neck tie.

It was roundly agreed that the colour should be blue, but Kelly was given the job of coming up with a Crest to be included on the tie.

"I was puzzling over it for four months," he said. "Then I thought of a reproduction of the 'Beacon' which stands in the heart of Everton."

'The Beacon', or 'Prince Rupert's Tower', has been inextricably linked with the Everton area since its construction in 1787. Originally used as a bridewell to incarcerate criminals, it still stands today on Everton Brow in Netherfield Road.

According to the College of Heraldry and Arms in London, Mr. Kelly also chose to include laurel wreaths as they were a sign of winners in classical times.

Accompanied by the Club motto, 'Nil Satis, Nisi Optimum' - which means 'Nothing but the best is good enough' - the ties were first worn by Kelly and Everton's chairman, Mr. E. Green, on the first day of the 1938/39 season.

On that day, Everton were at Bloomfield Road for a Division One clash with Blackpool and won 2-0 thanks to goals from Tommy Lawton and Alex Stevenson.

That was on 27 August 1938 - and four days later the ties and the Crest made their first appearance at Goodison Park.

Everton triumphed again, this time registering a 3-0 win over Grimsby Town.

Indeed, the neck ties were soon proclaimed lucky as Everton raced to six wins from their first six games and lifted the League Championship crown the following May.

Despite this, the Toffees rarely incorporated a Club badge of any description on their shirts.

The interwoven 'EFC' design was adopted between 1922 and 1930. However, no badge was adopted until 1972 when a bold 'EFC' design was used. The shield design with the Latin text was first introduced on Club shirts in 1978.

Since that original use, the Crest has been modified six times - with the most recent evolution designed in consultation with and voted for by fans in late 2013.

It was implemented ahead of the 2014/15 campaign and can be seen below.

Crest
 

 

StubHub

StubHub

Everton Season Ticket holders can list their seat for any Barclays Premier League game that they can’t attend on StubHub, the Official Ticket Marketplace

Find out more
Match Highlights Archive

Match Highlights Archive

Watch highlights from classic and recent Everton games on evertontv.

Find out more
2014/15 Season Tickets

2014/15 Season Tickets

All the information you could need about securing your seat at Goodison.

Find out more
Shop Online

Shop Online

Buy Everton merchandise on our online store.

Find out more
History Timeline

History Timeline

A quick visual walk through Everton's rich and fascinating history.

Find out more

This site uses cookies. Click here to learn more.