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Everton Books
Listed below are books that we recomend all Evertonians at least read, most are readily available to buy in most good bookshops, although some may take a bit more tracking down than others.

The Little Book of Everton : Becky Tallentire

Cute little book with a fresh quote about Everton on each page, usually from a past player, or another football luminary. Well worth getting.

Everton: The Official Centenary History : John Roberts

The Official Centenary History of Everton, published in 1978, is a detailed look back at Everton’s history, right from the very beginning. It’s style is a little dry, and you can tell it was written over 25 years ago, but it’s still a nice addition to any Evertonian book shelf

Dixie Dean: The Inside Story of a Football Icon : John Keith

Dixie Dean was one of football’s greatest players during the last century – considered by many to be England’s finest centre forward. In this definitive biography of the legendary Everton star, author John Keith draws on his own previously unpublished taped interviews as well as interviews from BBC Radio Merseyside archives. He has also spoken to Dixie’s two sons and his daughter, all of whom have co-operated fully. The book will be published to coincide with Everton FC’s unveiling of a new statue of Dean at Goodison Park. This is a unique insight into the life of a footballing legend and features the Everton icon’s own compelling account of his remarkable life and times.

Everton: School of Science : James Corbett

James Corbett updates the history books in his 2002 book School of Science. Written with both exceprts from the local press from the early days of Everton Football Club, and with comments from fans who remember more than most, an excellent book which captures what it means to be an Evertonian. Whether you know your history, or want a refresher, School of Science will keep you reading.

The Goodison Park Encyclopedia: A-Z of Everton : Dean Hayes

An A to Z of all things Everton. Published in 1998, this is a comprehensive encyclopedia of Everton Football Club, containing over 400 entries detailing statistics, biographies, and glorious and inglorious times. From being founder members of the Football League, Everton rapidly made their name as one of the game’s wealthiest clubs, and went on to win the League Championship nine times. They were winners of the FA Cup on five occasions and in 1995 they rose to victory in the European Cup Winner’s Cup. Goodison Park has been home to many of the most talented players football has to offer.

Everton: A Complete Record, 1878-1985 : Ian Ross

The first of three editions, the latest being published in 1993, this book contains records of all of Everton’s competitive games from the very first to the 1985 season. (further editions update to 1993) A hugely informative piece of reference material from the current Head of something or other at Everton.

Who’s Who of Everton : Tony Matthews

The Who’s Who of Everton is the complete guide to the legendary Merseyside club that promises to settle any disputes amongst its supporters once and for all. Packed with facts and stats, it contains profiles of every Everton player to have appeared in a competitive match for the team since 1887, the year the club first entered the FA Cup. Since then, there have been some truly great players registered with the club. These include: footballing genius Cliff Britton; the enormously talented Edgar Chadwick; top goalscorer Tony Cottee; ever-reliable full-back Warney Cresswell; ’20s and ’30s goal-machine Dixie Dean; Scottish marksman Duncan Ferguson; ’50s inside-forward Wally Fielding; inspirational wild card Paul Gascoigne; elegant midfielder Colin Harvey; championship goal scorers Dave Hickson and Tommy Johnson; stars of the ’60s, Howard Kendall and Brian Labone; Joe Mercer, who went on to become England manager; ’80s captain Kevin Ratcliffe; twenty-first century hero Wayne Rooney; England centre-forward Joe Royle; long-serving, legendary goalkeeper Ted Sagar; Welsh internationalists Neville Southall and Roy Vernon; and 125-goal man from the pre-First World War era, Alex ‘Sandy’ Young. In addition to providing full details on these legends and many others, this indispensable guide also profiles the men who have managed Everton down the years, including current boss David Moyes, former Everton players Harry Catterick, Howard Kendall and Joe Royle, as well as Mike Walker and Walter Smith. Featuring rare photos of Everton heroes past and present, the Who’s Who of Everton is essential reading for any supporter who wants to know everything there is to know about their team.

Everton’s Z-Stars: The Men Who Made History 1984-1987 : Ken Rogers

Four remarkable campaigns are covered, complete with relevant statistics. Each year has its own scent-setting introduction and every match has a fascinating ‘Inside The Dressing Room’ analysis from boss Kendall. It is a fascinating insight into a golden Everton era, a time when they could afford to sell the greatest striker in the country at that time, Gary Lineker, and still move forward to win another title!

Still Talking Blue: A Collection of Candid Interviews with Everton Heroes : Becky Tallentire

Do you still curse yourself over that day you met your hero, instead of asking him the one question that’s been nagging you for years, you couldn’t even utter a word? Well, curse no more. “Still Talking Blue” is a collection of interviews with former Everton legends, with real questions submitted by everyday fans.

Everton Player by Player : Ivan Ponting

A great look at former Everton players, with full biography’s and photographs for most of the great Everton players of the past. A must find for all Evertonians.

My Memories of Everton by Kevin Ratclifle

This fully illustrated book relives Kevin Ratcliffe’s outstanding career with Everton FC from his early days to the famous Cup victories.

10 Year Blues : Dave Prentice

Dave Prentice takes us through his first 10 years writing about Everton FC for the local paper, the Liverpool Echo. Sadly, it relies almost exclusively on re-printing the original stories to illustrate the events of those 10 years, rather than any great deal of meaningful reflection.

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