A is for…..
To kick start a new feature on the site – “The Online Encyclopedia of Everton” – we thought that the best place to start was probably the letter “A” So, A is for….
Accrington Stanley : Everton’s first League oponents, on September 8th 1888. Everton won 2-1 with George Flemming scoring both goals, half of his entire Everton tally with the first coming after an hour of play.
Amokatchi, Daniel : Everton’s first £3m signing, signing from FC Bruges in August 1994. He scored on his home debut in a 2-2 draw with QPR, but spent a great deal of his time at Goodison Park on the bench. His best moment in a blue shirt came as he came off the bench against Spurs in the 1995 FA Cup Semi-Final at Elland Road to inspire the team to a magnificent 4-1 win. In the final he was on the bench again, and had a chance to score a late second Everton goal but didn’t.
He left in 1996 to join Besiktas in Turkey for £1.75m and is currently involved in coaching the Nigerian national team.
Anfield : Like it or not, Anfield played a major part in Everton’s history. Not only were we the first team to play in the League in “the stadium the reds ruined” but we were the first club to win the League there, in 1891, a season in which Everton were off the top spot for just 3 weeks.
Everton left a year later for the green fields of Mere Green on Goodison Road, and former landlord John Houlding was left to import a team of Scot’s to form his Liverpool Football Club.
Angell, Brett : Similar to Peter Crouch in both height and ability, Angell joined Everton from Southend for £500,000 in 1994 and made 21 appearances for Everton, scoring 1 goal in a 6-2 thrashing of Swindon Town as his strike partner Tony Cottee grabbed a hat-trick. He left Everton after just over a year at the club to Sunderland for £600,000 and continued in his career to score over 200 goals in over 500 professional games.
Was recently employed at Tesco in Southport as a night porter, and reports that he often missed the trolley park from close range are unconfirmed.
Arridge, Smart : Born in Southwick, Sunderland in 1872, Smart spent time at sea before deciding to turn professional in 1890, and he joined Everton in August 1893. The newspapers of the day loved him, calling him “A smart mover” and “the smartest player on the pitch” the jokes never ceased.
He was a often described as “a gentleman” footballer, as he was scrupulously fair but possessed a solid shoulder charge, could kick well with either foot and loved to get forward with the ball.
Attendances : Everton have played in front of more than 70,000 people at Goodison Park twice, and in front of over 60,000 on no less than 34 occassions, with more than 50,000 people cramming into Goodison 75 times. Everton’s highest attendance is 78,299 for a First Division game against Liverpool in 1948, while the lowest home attendance for an Everton game was 2,079 against West Brom at Anfield in 1889. The 1962-63 season saw the highest average gate at Everton, at 51,460 being the average number in attendance that year, while the 1983-84 season saw the average drop to just 19,343.
Every week we’ll bring you another letter in the Online Encyclopedia of Everton, next week it’s the letter “B” (oddly enough) and if you have any suggestions as to what the letter “B” could stand for, that you’d like to see included, fill out our inclusions form here or mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org