By Andre Moura, FootballPredictions.NET, 16:06 04/10/2020
From 1884 to 1892, Everton Football Club played their home matches at Anfield. As they were the only football club in Liverpool at the time, the famous stadium was offered to them by then-chairman, John Houlding who was friends with the owner John Orrell. The Blues effectively rented the stadium but enjoyed much success at the famous ground.
The Toffees became the first club to lift the old First Division title at Anfield during the 1890/91 season. This was due to the fact that they were using it as their home stadium at the time. Their arch-rivals Liverpool, who have made Anfield their fortress, winning the league there 19 times.
Due to rising rent costs and ongoing disputes with Houlding, Everton left Anfield and bought Goodison Park, where they still play to this date. Despite Houlding’s efforts to purchase Everton before the move, the FA blocked his proposal, and in a rebuttal, he formed his own football club, Liverpool FC.
1890/91 First Division Champions
The 1890/91 First Division season was historic in many ways. Not only did Everton become the first football club to win the league at Anfield, but this was the first season where nets, penalty kicks, and the famous trophy were introduced.
By winning the league title, Everton became only the second club to do so after Preston North End had won back-to-back championships.
The Toffees made a perfect start to the season by recording comprehensive victories over West Bromwich Albion, Wolves, Bolton Wanderers, Accrington Stanley, Derby County.
Fred Geary netted nine times across the opening five matches and was assisted by a clinical forward line that included Edgar Chadwick and Alf Milward. The Toffees scored an impressive 63 goals in total in 22 matches.
The team was also formidable in defence too as they were able to boast the second-best defensive record in the league at the end of the campaign.
After recording seven wins in their last eight matches, the Toffees knew the title was all-but sealed due to the fact they had to lose by six clear goals to Burnley on the final day to give Preston the chance of snatching the title. However, the Lilywhites lost to Sunderland at Roker Park, which meant Everton’s 3-2 defeat to the Clarets was inconsequential.
Success at Goodison Park
Despite leaving the home of their first title success, Everton’s current stadium Goodison Park has seen its fair share of trophy-laden seasons. The Toffees have won eight First Division titles at Goodison Park, with their last success coming at the end of the 1986/87 campaign.
The famous ground has also seen the Toffees lift five FA Cups during its time as their home arena.
Everton has also played all of their European Cup matches at Goodison, including their Champions League qualifying tie with Villarreal in 2005.
History of Anfield
After Liverpool Football Club was formed and moved into Anfield, they have made the stadium their own. The first match played there by the Reds was in a friendly match against Rotheram Town, with the hosts winning 7-1.
As previously mentioned, Liverpool has won 19 league championships at Anfield, with the most recent coming across the 2019/20 Premier League season.
Jordan Henderson became the first Liverpool captain to lift the Premier League, as the Reds’ 30-year wait to be crowned champions of England came to an end. Jurgen Klopp’s brand of rock ‘n’ roll football fended off any challenge from Manchester City, with the Reds winning the league by over 20 points.
Despite Liverpool’s rich history at home, Everton fans can always boast that their side won the first league trophy at the home of their bitter rivals.