Everton have a long history and were founder members of the Football League back in 1888. They were also right there at the start of the Premier League in 1992 and – despite some close calls – are EPL ever-presents. Indeed, no other club has played in the top flight of English football in as many seasons as the Toffees, the club only having been out of the top tier very briefly for one season in 1930/31 and three more at the start of the 1950s.
They have also won a great deal of silverware over the years. Younger fans may not be aware that the Toffees were probably the best side in Europe for a spell in the mid-1980s, and also enjoyed considerable domestic success in the 1920s and 1930s, and in the 1960s. However, whilst they helped found the Premier League, since the inception of the new division, they have enjoyed very little success. In this article we will take a look at when they last won any major silverware, how that compares to other teams, and what their prospects for the future are.
Everton’s Last Trophy Came in 1995
Everton last won something in 1995 and, in fact, they won two trophies that year. They won the 1994/95 FA Cup on the 20th May 1995, beating Man United 1-0 at Wembley. Their triumph was particularly notable as they were battling relegation that season, whist this was a vintage Man United side with Fergie at the helm and the likes of Peter Schmeichel, Roy Keane, Paul Ince, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes on the pitch.
The Toffees, managed by Joe Royle, were a tough, physical and energetic side, their midfield earning the tag “Dogs of War”. Andy Hinchcliffe’s corners and freekicks were a big part of their weaponry, with skipper Watson, Duncan Ferguson and Paul Rideout, who scored the winner in the final, real aerial threats.
Everton saw off Derby County (1-0) in the Third Round, then beat Bristol City by the same scoreline. They put Norwich to the sword 5-0 in the Fifth Round before a far more typical 1-0 win over Newcastle in the next. In the semis, they were superb and delighted their fans with a 4-1 win over Spurs.
Beating Man United in the final earned them a place in the following season’s Charity Shield (now known as the Community Shield). On the 13th of August (1995) they recorded their standard 1-0 win over Blackburn Rovers to land the trophy. Whilst we don’t count the Community Shield as a major piece of silverware, to date it remains the last trophy of any real note that the Toffees won.
How Do Everton Compare to Other Clubs?
Perhaps more than ever, glory and silverware are being monopolised by the biggest and best teams in the land. Greedy City won a treble in 2022/23 of course, whilst since the 2017/18 season, they have won five out of six PL titles. In fact, since the start of that dominance, just six teams have won all 18 pieces of major silverware that have been up for grabs, City taking 10 of them!
Even so, since Everton captain Dave Watson hoisted aloft the FA Cup in 1995, the following are just some of the clubs who have managed to win a trophy.
- Portsmouth – 2008 FA Cup
- Wigan Athletic – 2013 FA Cup
- Leicester City – 2016 Premier League, 2021 FA Cup and the League Cup in 1997 and 2000
- Aston Villa – 1996 League Cup
- Tottenham Hotspur – League Cup in 1999 and 2008
- Blackburn Rovers – 2002 League Cup
- Middlesbrough – 2004 League Cup
- Birmingham City – 2011 League Cup
- Swansea City – 2013 League Cup
Everton have generally had more money and better players than many of those sides but have never quite managed to get over the line and go all the way. In addition to the above-named clubs, both Manchester teams, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool have also, of course, won silverware since 1995.
That said, there are several other big clubs (in terms of history, fanbase and attendances) who have not won anything since the Toffees. Leeds United last won anything in 1992, when they were the last-ever winners of the old First Division. Fellow Yorkshire giants Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United have not lifted a trophy since 1991 and 1925 respectively.
Several teams currently in the Premier League have also enjoyed long waits for silverware, and Fulham, Brentford, Bournemouth, Brighton and Crystal Palace have never won any of the big three domestic competitions. Nottingham Forest last tasted real glory in 1990, whilst Newcastle United, who will hope to be winning the Champions League in the years ahead, last won something (of note) way back in 1955 (the FA Cup). Perhaps the Toffees aren’t doing so badly after all!
Will Everton Win Anything Ever Again?
“Ever” is a long time (hopefully – but who knows?) and it would be a bold move to suggest that the Blues will never win a trophy again. However, their drought stands at almost 30 years and since winning the FA Cup and Community Shield in 1995 the closest they have come to silverware was when they briefly led Chelsea in the 2009 FA Cup final before losing 2-1.
Looking at the list of names to have won either the FA Cup, League Cup, or even the Premier League since 1995, should certainly give Everton fans hope. What’s more, at the time of writing they are in the quarter finals of the League Cup. Moreover, Sean Dyche’s team look like they are not afraid of anyone and, on their day, can give even the best sides around a real fright.
Their historic size and stature, plus the revenue of the Premier League – assuming they survive their 10-point deduction in 2023/24 – means they have the finances to compete. Moving to a new stadium in 2024 should only improve things and so statistically, as one of the best 17 sides around (at worst), one would expect them to win a trophy eventually. As to when that might be, guessing is perhaps a fool’s errand. So we’ll say it’ll be 2026 and the League Cup!