On This Day: 27/09

Everton played their first match at the new ground at Anfield Road ON THIS DAY in 1884.

The site was originally owned by club president John Houlding and the Orrell brothers, with Houlding acting as agents for the brothers. In turning it into a football pitch, the club agreed ‘That we, the Everton Football Club, keep the existing walls in good repair, pay the taxes, do not cause ourselves to be a nuisance to Mr Orrell and other tenants adjoining, and also pay a small sum of rent or substitute a donation each year to the Stanley Hospital in the name of Mr Orrell.'

The visitors for the first match were Earlestown, who Everton had beaten in March to win their very first cup, the Liverpool Cup, with Everton this time winning 5-0.


Everton hit five goals for the second consecutive week ON THIS DAY in 1980.

A week earlier the Blues thrashed Crystal Palace at Goodison. Latchford got a hat-trick that day, with Eastoe and Gidman grabbing the other two.

This time they scored five against Coventry City at Highfield Road. Latchford, in a rich vein of form, scored twice, as did Joe McBride with Peter Eastoe scoring the other.

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