On This Day: Everton's First Ever Game In Europe

Everton returned to European competition this season but the Blues’ first ever venture on the continent began at Goodison Park exactly 55 years ago today. 

Scottish side Dunfermline Athletic, managed by Jock Stein, were the visitors to the blue half of Merseyside in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup - the forerunner to the UEFA Cup and what we now know as the Europa League. 

Everton won the first round first leg fixture 1-0 thanks to a Dennis Stevens goal in front of 40,224 fans at the Grand Old Lady, however the tie would ultimately end in disappointment for Harry Catterick’s side. 

They travelled to East End Park a week later for the return leg and fell to a 2-0 reverse, with Harry Melrose netting the Pars’ decisive goal just three minutes from time.

Stevens, a £35,000 signing from Bolton Wanderers in March 1962, still went into the record books as the scorer of Everton’s first European goal and he went on net nine times in all competitions in his first full campaign, helping the Club clinch the First Division title.  

Dunfermline would bow out in the next round to Spanish side Valencia but their manager, Stein, would famously go on to win the European Cup with Celtic's 'Lisbon Lions' four-and-a-half years later.

Everton Football Club has released a special commemorative range of clothing to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Goodison Park. To find out more or browse the range, click here.


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