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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 it's 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 and re-designed five times - with the most recent evolution implemented ahead of the 2013/14 campaign.

A fan vote in October 2013 decided the Crest to be used from the 2014/15 campaign and more information can be found here.

To find out more about the current Crest, click here.

CrestThe current Everton Crest

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