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Chairman of Everton Football Club, 1978-91 and 1998-2004

Sir Phillip Carter was Everton Chairman from 1978 to 1991, and was reappointed to that role on 1 December 1998 following the resignation of Peter Johnson.  He also served as President of the Football League from 1986 to 1988.

He finally retired as Chairmen of Everton and as a member of the Board of Directors, in June 2004, making way for Bill Kenwright to assume his long cherished role as leader of the club.  In recognition of all his great works, Sir Phillip Carter was given the rather grandiose title of "Life President", which presumably brings all the trappings of position and eligibility within Goodison and wider footballing circles.

He returned to the Board in 2008 as Kenwright had whittled the number of Directors down to the bare minimum (three) when Keith Wyness abruptly resigned.




Sir Philip Carter joined the Everton Board in 1975 after a successful spell as senior executive at Littlewoods although the rumour was he was shifted sideways to a place where he could do least damage...  well, that was allegedly the theory.



Sir Philip Carter carries the dubious honour of having overseen the most precipitous decline in Everton's fortunes following the heydays of the 1980s. 

Sir Philip fitted the role of a Tory grandee perfectly.  Among the many PR gaffs he is reputed to have uttered:

  • There was no need to put a second tier on the new Park End stand: that would be too good for the fans


So what exactly has Sir Philip done to deserve his exalted position within society in general (a knighthood?), within the world of football in general (once President of the FA) and most significantly within the hallowed halls of Goodison Park?

Quite simply, we have no idea. 

Last updated: 13 February 2009

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