Football Language: Everton Cup:
This week’s football phrase is specific to the game in England and is ‘The Everton Cup’. Everton are of course a famous team from the City of Liverpool in Merseyside – when they play Liverpool it is known as the Merseyside derby. Everton have never been outside the top tier since the 1930s, and they have won the league title nine times – the last title coming in 1987.
So what is the Everton Cup? Well, since their last title, Everton have a reputation of finishing just behind the title challenges, or the big 5 or 6 teams, – Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, and more recently Manchester City – and comfortably ahead of the other teams. So, not quite mid-table, but around seventh place, just outside a European qualifying sport (the Champions League and Europa League).
So the team who finishes seventh is often said to have won the Everton Cup. Indeed, in the last decade, Everton have finished seventh three times, and average 7.7th position.
This season, 2019-20, at the beginning many people were tipping Wolves for the Everton Cup, implying that the midlands team were stronger than the usually reliable Everton. However, after a recent run of three wins and two draws, Everton are back challenging for the Everton Cup. Who do you think will finish seventh this season?