What happened in Everton's history this week?

6 December 1913 -
Tom Fern made his first appearance in goal for Everton in the 1-1 home draw with Sheffield Wednesday, Bobby Parker scoring Everton's goal on what was his debut game for the club. With Billy Scott having left for Leeds City the previous year, the goalkeeping berth had been a difficult position to fill with a number of players tried but none possessing the required ability to successfully make the position theirs. Tom Fern proved to be that man, making 231 appearances for the club until his departure to Port Vale in June 1924. See all Tom Fern memorabilia.

7 December 1889 - Alex Latta scored his first hat-trick for the club in the 5-3 victory over Notts County. This proved to be the first of six hat-tricks Latta scored whilst at Everton. See Alex Latta memorabilia.

8 December 1951 - Mick Lyons was born in Liverpool. Signed by Everton in July 1969 he went on to make over 430 appearances for the first team, finally leaving in August 1982 when he signed fo Sheffield Wednesday. He later had a spell as player coach at Grimsby Town but was sacked when they were relegated to Division Three in 1987. He then returned to Everton, his first love, as reserve team coach. See Mick Lyons memorabilia.

9 December 1978 - Everton stretched their unbeaten start to the season to 18 games with a 3-1 win against Birmingham City at St Andrews. Everton goals came from Bob Latchford, Trevor Ross and Colin Todd in front of a crowd of 23,391.

10 December 1927 - Dixie Dean hit the 30 goal mark for the season after just 18 games (although he had missed one of these!) with all three of Everton's goals in the 3-2 win over Villa in front of a crowd of 40,353 at Villa Park. Read the Villa match programme.

11 December 1937 - Dixie Dean made his 399th and final appearance for the club in the League in the match against Birmingham City which was drawn 1-1. Everton's goal was scored by Albert Geldard. Read the programme from Dixie's final league match.

12 December 1914 - William Brown made his Everton debut in the 4-1 win at home to Manchester City. It was a difficult time to be making your first appearance for the club, as this was to be the last Football League season until 1919 due to the First World War. Luckily Brown had time on his side as he was only 17 when first brought into the team. He remained at Goodison until May 1928 when he was sold to Nottingham Forest, having made 170 League appearances. See William Brown memorabilia.
Dixie reaches 30 goals at Villa Park, 10 Dec 1927
William Brown's debut match, 12 Dec 1914