Newcastle United has just handed Everton FC their latest league defeat. The Toon won 4-1 at Goodison Park and dealt the Toffees another blow to their survival chances. Everton are currently ranked 19th in the Premier League and have lost their last five league matches. The Toffees may actually go down this season.
Everton is the second-longest serving team in English Premier League, after Arsenal. Merseyside has been part of the English Premier League since 1954. This is 79 years of English football history. Since Farhad Moshiri took over the club in 2016, they have suffered both on and off-the-field.
Everton was involved in a relegation battle last season, but they managed to keep afloat after one match. This time, their survival appears less likely. The Toffees have won the fourth most titles in the top flight of English football. They are one the most well-known English clubs worldwide. Everton’s relegation would be a huge loss to the club and the league. They will lose an important member who has been with them for almost 80 years.
Everton’s new stadium and its links to slavery
Everton is moving to a new stadium in Bramley Moore Dock, Everton Stadium. The stadium will be ready by 2024/25, when the club is expected to move out of Goodison Park, their historic home. The new stadium is named after an individual who was linked to some of the darkest acts in British History.
John Bramley Moore was an English merchant in the 19th Century. John Bramley-Moore was born in Leeds, but spent the majority of his youth in Brazil. He made a fortune by using slaves and illegal slave labor. Bramley Moore acquired most of his wealth through illegal activity, even though slavery was abolished in 1803 by the British.
Bramley Moore was elected an alderman in Liverpool after his return to England. In 1848, the city opened five docks under his leadership. One of these docks was named in honor of him. The Englishman spent the rest of his life as Lord Mayor of Liverpool. His stain on the history of the city will never be forgotten.
Everton has taken a positive step by recognizing the actions and contributions of their former mayor. Everton has a long history, and is one of only a few clubs to have been in the Premier League every season since 1992. The Toffees may not be in the Premier League to play their first match at the new stadium as relegation is a possibility this season.