A farm shop near Gainsborough which attempted to trademark its village name ‘Everton’ has found itself in a legal wrangle with Premier League giants Everton Football Club.
Despite the village being recorded in the Domesday Book, when Daniela Troop attempted to trademark ‘Everton Farm Shop’ she found herself in a sticky situation with The Toffees.
Daniela said she was ‘stupefied’ to learn the club objected to her trademark, especially as the Troop family has farmed Everton land since 1440 – whereas Everton FC was only founded in 1878.
The mum-of-three said: “When I was told about the objection, I cried.
“It was so upsetting, and actually quite scary, to be up against such a wealthy club.”
The club’s objection was the prominence of the word ‘Everton’ in the logo.
Daniela said the club has offered her a settlement whereby she can continue to use the name Everton Farm Shop, so long as all the words are in the same size and font. She has yet to accept the offer.
Not one for foul-play, however, Daniela has extended an invitation to the club to attend a Yule Boar roast on December 20.
Daniela said: “The name Everton, in terms of our village, is derived from Anglo Saxon and translates as Wild Boar Farm – I think it would be great for Everton FC to taste some real Everton.”
Daniela and husband Richard, both 46, launched the award-winning farm shop in July 2014.
Helped by children Joseph, 20, Romy, 18, and Angus, 16, the couple farm cows, sheep, pigs and crops.
Despite only setting up shop last year, they have already picked up two prestigious accolades at the Great Taste 2015 awards. Visit www.evertonfarmshop.co.uk