Everton were founded as St Domingo's in 1878, but changed it's named a year later to Everton FC. They were a founding member of the Football League in 1888-1889.
They have competed in the top division for a record 108 seasons, played more top-flight league games than any other English team and have won the League Championship nine times—the fourth highest of any team. They have also won five FA Cups
The club have a number of nicknames. These include The Toffees, The Blues, The School of Science and The People's Club.
It was in 1927 that Everton's first sustained period of success began. In 1925 the club signed Dixie Dean who, in 1927-28, set the record for league goals in a single season with 60 goals in 39 league games, a record that still stands to this day. Dean helped Everton to achieve their third league title, and their first post-war.
Everton's second period of success began when Harry Catterick was made manager in 1961. In 1962-63, Everton won the league title and in 1966 the FA Cup followed with a 3–2 win over Sheffield Wednesday. In 1969-70, Everton won the League championship, nine points clear of nearest rivals Leeds United.
Howard Kendall is Everton's most successful manager ever. He was appointed in 1981 and guided them to the FA Cup in 1984 and two league titles in 1984-85 and 1986-87. His crowning glory, though, was the club's first and so far only European trophy, when he secured the European Cup Winners' Cup in the 1985 final. They defeated German giants Bayern Munich in the semis, before overcoming Rapid Vienna by the same scoreline in the final.
The club's most recent trophy came in 1995 when they defeated Manchester United 1-0 at Wembley to lift the FA Cup for the fifth time. Joe Royle was the victorious manager, while it was Paul Rideout who scored the winning goal.
Ronald Koeman is the current manager of Everton, having succeeded Roberto Martinez in 2016.