Goodison 125: Grand Old Lady's A Fortress


Goodison Park is 125 years old, and to celebrate the anniversary, we launched Goodison 125 to look back on magical memories at the Grand Old Lady.

Today, we focus on why Everton's home has been a fortress down the years.

Making your home ground a ‘fortress’ is a priority for football clubs up and down the country, but there are few more daunting arenas to play as an opposing player than Goodison Park.

Whether it’s an in-form team in their pomp or one scrapping for their lives, Evertonians expect their side to ensure a rival’s visit to L4 is a fruitless one.

The supporters play their part, too. Indeed, Goodison is often nicknamed the ‘Grand Old Lady’ - but hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

The Blues’ most prolonged run of it all coming together came during the 1930/31 season when a staggering 17 consecutive home victories were recorded.

It began with a 7-1 demolition of Charlton, as Dixie Dean, Ted Critchley and Jimmy Dunn helped themselves to a brace each and Tom Griffiths’ strike completed the rout.

The sequence, which lasted exactly six months, saw the Toffees notch a remarkable 76 goals, with Dixie notching 29 of those to help fire Everton back up to the top flight at the first time of asking.

The run of high-scoring games also included a 9-1 win - equalling the Club’s highest-ever victory - over Plymouth, with Dixie and Jimmy Stein netting four apiece and Tommy Johnson also on the scoresheet.

Thomas McIntosh’s Blues side romped home to the Second Divison title come May, seven points clear - in the days when a win was only worth two points - of nearest rivals West Bromwich Albion.

Everton’s best post-war series of consecutive wins came in 1967/68, when Harry Catterick led his side to 15 straight home triumphs.

Everton Football Club has released a special commemorative range of clothing to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Goodison Park.

Alongside a retro kit - worn by the Blues in August's pre-season friendly draw with Sevilla - the clothing range also includes a variety of t-shirts, polo shirts, hoodies and zip-up sweatshirt jackets.

The entire range is currently available to pre-order online at and will be available to purchase, both online and in-store at Everton One and Everton Two, from Saturday 2 September – to mark the anniversary date.

Order from the new commemorative range by clicking here.

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