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Merseyside’s Old Firm?: The Sectarian Roots of Everton and Liverpool Footba…



There remains an enduring fascination with Merseyside football’s relationship with religion. A prodigious amount of anecdotal evidence exists claiming Everton FC to be the team traditionally supported by the city’s Catholic population and Liverpool FC predominantly supported by Protestants ─ a proposition summarily dismissed by most serious commentators as more urban myth than reality.

This somewhat controversial subject, though, has never been investigated to any great depth and…



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