Everton FC fan calls for Liver Bird to be reinstated by club

18 February 2010 12:00
Everton FC fan calls for Liver Bird to be reinstated by club

PASSIONATE Everton FC fan Keith Wilson has a dream - to see the famous Liver Bird symbol restored to his club's strip.

Although the Liver Bird is a proud emblem of the whole city, it has also become synonymous with Liverpool FC as the club logo.

But Keith points out that Everton FC also featured the Liver Bird on its medals and souvenirs up until the late 1930s, examples of which can be seen in the David France collection of club memorabilia now on display in Liverpool's central library.

He wants to see the image restored to Everton's replica kits and other merchandise to remind fans of the club's heritage.

Keith, 51, from Waterloo, was five years old when he began to follow Everton and he has only missed a few matches since. He is also a club shareholder.

He said: 'Many Evertonians do not know that the club used the Liver Bird in the early part of its history.

'Me and quite a few others are aggrieved that Liverpool FC have 'hijacked' this logo and use it as their emblem. The Liver Bird is for the people of Liverpool, and should not be associated with just one club.

'It should be on both kits, because they're both from Liverpool.'

Everton FC started using the famous symbol of Prince Rupert's tower and two laurel wreaths in 1938. It became incorporated on to the players' shirts in 1980.

Source: Liverpool_Echo