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Ever Wonder why Everton are nicknamed the Toffees?

Joe Prince-Wright explores the origins of Everton's moniker of the Toffees, which goes all the way back to a candy shop near Goodison Park and the iconic Everton mint.

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Ever wonder why Everton are nicknamed the Toffees?

When it comes to why Everton are nicknamed the Toffees, obviously candy is involved.

But have you ever wondered why, and how, that became their nickname?

There are a few reasons, but legend has it that a toffee shop located in Everton village called Mother Noblett’s.

The store was based between Everton Brow and Brow Side, which is opposite the Everton lock up which is the castle depicted on their badge.

Anyway, back to why the club are nicknamed the Toffees….

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The Toffee Lady handing out Everton Mints.

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Everton mints become a big hit

A tradition arose at Goodison Park where the Toffee Girl from Mother Noblett’s walked around the pitch before a game and threw free Everton Mints into the crowd.

Everton mints had a toffee center with a hard sugar shell and were black and white striped, as the colors signified a team jersey worn by Everton, hence popular with fans.

Essentially, this was the old school version of the hotdog cannon at a baseball game...

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Fans walk past Everton Mints for sale inside the club shop before the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and West Ham at Goodison Park on March 1, 2014 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images)

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The Toffee hub of the UK

There is also another reason given for the nickname which all blends in together.

Ye Anicente Toffee House is in Village Street, right next to Goodison Park.

That house was run by the famous Ma Bushell and was close to the Queen’s head hotel, where the first club meetings were held when Everton Football Club was formed in 1878.

The streets around Everton were famous for Toffees shops in the 1700s, so when the team moved to Goodison Park in 1892, the Toffees nickname was a natural fit. And it has stuck ever since. Sorry, how could you not make that joke!?

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 13: Fans of Everton hols up a banner reading Up The Toffees during the Premier League match between Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Goodison Park on March 13, 2022 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)

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