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Sir Philip Carter dies at 87

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Everton life president Sir Philip Carter has died at the age of 87, the club have announced. In a statement, Everton said Carter died peacefully at home on Thursday morning after a short illness.

A boyhood Blue, Sir Philip Everton as a director in 1973, eventually becoming chairman in 1978 before going on to preside over the Toffees' golden age in the mid- to late-1980s.

During his time as chairman and under the guidance of Howard Kendall, with whom he famously kept faith in the face of calls for his dismissal, Everton won the League title in 1985 and 1987 and lifted the FA Cup and European Cup Winners' Cup.

Sir Philip also served as president of the Football League, was an FA vice-president and was integral to the formation of the Premier League in 1992 He relinquished his position as the Blues' chairman when Peter Johnson bought Everton but returned to the post in December 1998. He was made life president of the club by current Chairman Bill Kenwright in 2004.

Kenwright was effusive in his tribute to Carter following his passing today.

Words cannot describe my feelings of loss primarily as a friend but also as an Evertonian," he said.

Sir Philip was simply a giant... a great man, a great leader and the very best friend and colleague anyone could ask for. I never once met him without calling him Chairman. I never will.

That title was his by right. He will always have a major place in our great club's history. To his wondrous Lady Rita and his family we send the deepest of condolences together with our undying love and gratitude for his life.

Everton FC's tribute to Sir Philip Carter

The most successful Chairman in the history of Everton Football Club only goes some way to defining the impact Sir Philip Carter had at Goodison Park. But those trophies he helped deliver to fans of the Blues everywhere are just one aspect of the legacy created by a man who had a profound impact on the city of Liverpool and the game of football nationwide.

A hugely successful businessman before entering the footballing realm, the impact Sir Philip had on the game he loved is almost immeasurable. An understated gentleman who exuded class and dignity, he was never boastful of his achievements. But beyond his tireless endeavour for Everton, he also stands as one of the visionaries who helped transform the image of the game in this country.

Against a grim backdrop of recession, hooliganism, dwindling attendances and a European club ban, Sir Philip was one of the five men who instigated a process that would forever change the complexion of English football - the creation of the Premier League.

Now the world's most lucrative association football competition, without the input, vision and drive of Sir Philip, it may never have come into existence.

By the time the Premier League came into existence in 1992, Sir Philip - in his role as Everton Chairman - had already sealed two league titles, an FA Cup and a European trophy - not to mention defeats in the final of the Milk Cup and the FA Cup twice, plus another near miss in the league during what remains the most consistently successful spell the club had enjoyed since the 1930s.

That was an era when the young Philip Carter made his first visit to Goodison Park as a four year old, and sparked a lifelong love affair with the Toffees.

He was born in Glasgow in 1927 and the family moved to Lancashire when he was two years old. He attended Waterloo Grammar School, served as a pilot during the Second World War and joined Littlewoods as a 21-year-old in 1948. He progressed through the company joining the main board in 1965 and in 1976 he was installed as the Managing Director by Sir John Moores before retiring in 1983.

His first spell with Everton began in the 1970s when he joined the board of directors, becoming Vice-Chairman before being installed as Chairman in 1978.

The loyalty Carter famously showed to Kendall during the early years of his tenure as manager wasn't an isolated incident. It became a tenet of his chairmanship.

Everton broke their transfer record twice under Gordon Lee, Howard Kendall did so three times and Colin Harvey smashed the British transfer record to bring Tony Cottee to Goodison when Arsenal coveted his signature.

Even when Everton were incapable of such spending power, he switched the Club's bankers in 1982 to one that would sanction the 60,000 overdraft needed to purchase Peter Reid.

A diligent and tireless worker, at one stage Sir Philip was President of the Football League, a Vice President of the FA, Chairman of the Merseyside Tourism Board, Chairman of the Croxteth Trust, Chairman of the Empire Theatre Trust, and a member of the Merseyside Development Corporation - in addition to his Chairmanship of Everton.

He relinquished that role during the Peter Johnson era, but was asked to return by Bill Kenwright in December 1998 where he brought a calm assurance to club business following the turbulence of the Johnson era.

In June 2004, at the age of 78, he was made Life President of the club and in August 2008 he returned to the boardroom once again, more than three decades after his first appointment as a director.

It was fitting that in the summer of 2014 he should be presented with the Howard Kendall Award at the Club's end of season's awards evening.

Sir Philip Carter passed away on Thursday 23 April 2015.

Source: BBC Sport

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Bill Gall
1 Posted 23/04/2015 at 13:51:10
Just read of the death of Sir Phillip Carter may he rest in peace and condolences to his family.
John Malone
2 Posted 23/04/2015 at 14:03:48
RIP Sir Phillip Carter, itÂ’s sad when anyone dies but when itÂ’s a good Evertonian itÂ’s worse!
Ross Edwards
3 Posted 23/04/2015 at 14:05:53
Shocked and sanddened to read about Sir PhilipÂ’s passing. May he rest in peace.
Patrick Murphy
4 Posted 23/04/2015 at 14:14:04
RIP Sir Philip, a decent man and a good Chairman who presided over the club during its most glorious era, he stood by Howard Kendall when many wouldnÂ’t have. Condolences to his family and friends.
Steve Ferns
5 Posted 23/04/2015 at 14:32:35
Best wishes to his family. He was a successful business man and a successful Chairman. What we wouldnÂ’t give for a young Carter, administering a young Moores-bankrolled Everton, now.

Rest in Peace.

James Marshall
6 Posted 23/04/2015 at 15:05:58
Presided over the best Everton team IÂ’ve ever seen, and kept faith with Kendall when others wouldnÂ’t have done. For that IÂ’ll always thank the man.

Blue till the end.

Dave Abrahams
7 Posted 23/04/2015 at 15:28:28
A nice genuine man who really cared about Everton. Rest in peace. Phillip.
Paul Hughes
8 Posted 23/04/2015 at 15:50:23
Rest in Peace, Sir Philip.

As others have said, he kept the faith with Kendall when others would have pulled the trigger, and so led the way to the greatest Everton team ever.

Tim Michael
9 Posted 23/04/2015 at 15:56:12
RIP Sir Philip Carter. The man who oversaw a fantastic period in the clubÂ’s history. From not only a fellow Evertonian but from a fellow alumni of Waterloo Grammar School. A truly great man.
Nick Entwistle
10 Posted 23/04/2015 at 15:50:57
Why would a successful businessman sell the club to Johnson knowing the extent to which the induction of the PL would (should) benefit the club? WeÂ’ve been mismanaged for its duration.

Ged Simpson
11 Posted 23/04/2015 at 16:41:53
Sad and condolences to family.

And Nick E (10) grow up and get some perspective.

Harold Matthews
12 Posted 23/04/2015 at 16:44:59
A sad day indeed. Rest in peace Sir Philip Carter and condolences to the family.
Tony Hill
13 Posted 23/04/2015 at 16:50:19
James Marshall (6), entirely agree. May he rest in peace.
Peter Mills
14 Posted 23/04/2015 at 16:51:17
Rest in peace Sir Philip Carter. He presided over a great era.
Oscar Huglin
15 Posted 23/04/2015 at 16:53:47
Well said Ged (#11).

RIP Sir Philip Carter, a great man and a great Evertonian.

Eugene Ruane
16 Posted 23/04/2015 at 17:34:00
Many chairmen (most?) would have got rid of Kendall around the end of 83, start of 84. Instead Carter gave Howie a vote of confidence – an unusual one in that it was sincere.

ItÂ’s not an exaggeration to say that the result of him Â’standing by his manÂ’ gave me and many thousands of others blues, the happiest and proudest days of our lives.

His not caving in to ’Kendall out’ pressure, resulted in us seeing the most successful team in our history – a side that won trophies and could go anywhere fearing no-one.

This period of success would have been great for me at any age, but at 25 and earning decent money (and at the peak of my capacity to shift bevvy) the timing of it was perfect (talk about the stars aligning).


Colin Glassar
19 Posted 23/04/2015 at 18:05:40
Sad news indeed. RIP Sir Philip. Like others have said, he kept his nerve and stuck by his manager.
Doug Harris
20 Posted 23/04/2015 at 18:14:37
Sad news. A True Blue. RIP, Sir Philip.
Paul O'Neill
22 Posted 23/04/2015 at 18:22:16
RIP to a gentleman. ItÂ’s true he presided over decline at many stages but he did a lot for the club and it sounds like many other worthy causes. And I loved his Eric Morcombe cameo in EvertonÂ’s Bring Me Sunshine Christmas video the other year at the end... Â’Rubbish!Â’
Ged Simpson
24 Posted 23/04/2015 at 18:49:20
Â’If ya know yer historyÂ’.

It is a defeatist song I hate but with this man... perhaps right.

Strangely was part of setting up PL. I think he regretted it ... and as an honest man he did say so once as he saw the nonsense it is.

The man is part of EFC and my history.

If ya know... perhaps the time for the song I hate?

Brian Denton
26 Posted 23/04/2015 at 18:59:44
Steve Harris #23. Different times, different world - but were you actually at the match in the 1981-83 years? We saw some dross then. Unlike many people on here no doubt, I saw in those years not a glimmer of what lay ahead for us.
Ged Simpson
28 Posted 23/04/2015 at 19:06:14
Shit, I feel a moral git, but forget football. This is a guy who did good bad and indifference.

But he was ours

Ian Jones
29 Posted 23/04/2015 at 19:07:59
I trust Everton will do something decent for him in future years or sooner. Statue. Name a stand after him etc.

He will be missed. But am sure most Evertonians of a certain age will remember him for the good times he brought to the club and for the smiles and laughter he gave the fans.

John Gee
30 Posted 23/04/2015 at 19:10:35
RIP Sir Philip. Thanks for your great service. See you in the great Goodison park in the sky.
Julian Exshaw
31 Posted 23/04/2015 at 19:44:25
Very sad to read this. You donÂ’t find many chairmen like him these days. He got on with his job quietly, did what he had to and did it. No showbiz, no histrionics. A true gentleman. At the helm during the greatest era of our beloved Everton. God bless Sir Philip.
Damian Nolan
32 Posted 23/04/2015 at 20:11:27
It is easy to define class and style but he had both. One doubts whether such worthy accolades as appear on this thread will be forthcoming on the demise of Tsar of Stamford Bridge or the Sultan of Eastlands.
Paul Jeronovich
34 Posted 23/04/2015 at 20:22:26
Seemed a genuinely nice guy and a top blue. RIP, Mr Life President.
Garry Corgan
35 Posted 23/04/2015 at 20:33:58
I hope the club honour a great Evertonian with a minuteÂ’s silence this weekend which, I have no doubt, our side would immaculately observe.
Oliver Molloy
36 Posted 23/04/2015 at 20:39:23
Evertonian through and through and an old school gentleman by all accounts – they don’t make them like that anymore.

Sincere sympathy to his family and friends.

RIP Sir....

Nick Armitage
39 Posted 23/04/2015 at 20:53:03
I met him a couple of times and got the impression that he was genuine man who cared about the club and the fans.

I remember being away at Preston years ago at a Moyes pre-season and it was baking hot. As usual they had totally underestimated the number of travelling blues so hadnÂ’t had enough outlets open for drinks, and those that were open were now empty.

Sir Philip came across to talk to the fans so I told him there were kids who were suffering in the heat. He simply said, "Oh thatÂ’s not good enough is it?" and appeared to wander off aimlessly.

Five minutes later a load of chilled water bottles came from the dugout for the kids and after 10 minutes the bars opened under the stand to serve drinks. All done with the minimum amount of fuss, which typified his approach to everything.

A good man and a good Evertonian.

Stephen O'Donnell
40 Posted 23/04/2015 at 20:58:04
RIP Sir Philip. A very sad day for our blue family. Without doubt our best Chairman ever. Deepest sympathy to family and friends.


James Marshall
41 Posted 23/04/2015 at 21:15:58
Nice one, Nick - that made me feel a bit teary. I never met him, but he clearly did care about us, as much as he did the club. He knew that we ARE the club, and that being an Evertonian matters to us all.

I do wish we had more togetherness at times – something that gets slowly eroded when we lose another of the old-school. He typified the Everton family behind the scenes by all accounts.

Anthony Lewis
44 Posted 23/04/2015 at 22:19:13
Rest in Peace Sir Philip. A sad day indeed.
Jay Harris
45 Posted 23/04/2015 at 22:35:38
RIP Sir Phillip and condolences to Rita and the family.

I knew him quite well through business and you couldnÂ’t ask for a more principled gentleman.

Appointed to the EFC board by Sir John Moores due to his fantastic service for Littlewoods. A Merchant banker by profession who also did a lot for Merseyside and the Dock area development. He was the Brian Labone of his field. He also used to love flying.

A very sad loss. I am really saddened by this news.

John Gee
46 Posted 23/04/2015 at 22:50:56
Garry, 35, well said.
Tom Cuffe
47 Posted 23/04/2015 at 21:58:41
Rest in peace, Sir Philip.
Chris Stubbs
48 Posted 23/04/2015 at 23:00:50
Very sad to read about the passing of Sir Philip Carter. A true gentleman. He was there for the club when it needed him. He and his wife were there when our family needed them. My mother was lucky to have them as very close friends who gave her great support when my father was very ill and eventually passed away.

I will be always grateful to Sir Philip for what he did for the club I love and for the support he gave me and my family at the time of our most need.

Eddie Dunn
49 Posted 23/04/2015 at 23:28:50
A dignified presence reminding us of an era when we were the best.

Thank you for all that you did for our club, Sir Phillip Carter.

Eddie Dunn
50 Posted 23/04/2015 at 23:35:54
Eugene,16. IÂ’m right with you there, I was a similar age and was all over the place when we had those golden few years culminating in Rotterdam. I too will also be for ever grateful to the people who made that possible.

Sir Phillip was very much integral to our wonderful period of success, and should be remembered with great fondness by all who experienced those heady days.

James Marshall
51 Posted 23/04/2015 at 23:43:08
I just noticed he was 87 — the last time we won the league was ’87.

I donÂ’t know why I mention this, but there you go.

Trevor Lynes
52 Posted 24/04/2015 at 00:40:12
RIP – another great Evertonian has passed away.
John Gee
53 Posted 24/04/2015 at 00:59:25
James, 51, do you know that God spelt backwards is dog? Spoooky.
David Ellis
54 Posted 24/04/2015 at 03:31:38
Nick #10 - Carter did not own Everton, so he did not sell it to Agent Johnson in 1992. It was owned by Sir John Moores and his widow sold the club to Johnson. Carter was put in place by Moores to run the club and frankly he did a fantastic job. It was the Moores family money that made Everton in the 60s and Carter was able to extend the success into the 80s even when the money had stopped flowing in from the owners.

And for any who regret the creation of the Premier League (and I do), the reality is that the alternative would be for English clubs to become irrelevant... just look at Ajax, Anderlecht, Flamenco, Boca Juniors and Rangers.

RIP Sir Philip. Truly saddened by the news. I never met him but did shout "Sir Philip" when I saw him at Wembley in 2009 after we beat Man Utd in the FA Cup Semi-Final.

Jarrod Prosser
55 Posted 24/04/2015 at 10:44:57
A truly magnificent man.
Nick Entwistle
56 Posted 24/04/2015 at 11:32:54
Cheers, David.

I was thinking about what the top flight would have looked like had English football not taking the lead.

It would be something much like the Championship is today. Perhaps the best English players would be abroad and our better teams on par with say the best in Holland or Portugal.

Not every time someone passes is it right only to give messages of condolence. It's a website. The internet is a dispassionate place. Reviewing their time in power is entirely appropriate. Before internet Everton was only something I could follow on MotD or page 302 (Hello kids!) so my knowledge on anything behind scenes pre Kenwright is minimal.

Paul Tran
57 Posted 24/04/2015 at 12:09:12
Nick, its always right to question folk, even after their sad passing.

It's easy to forget how positive Johnson was when he first took over. Tranmere were doing quite well at the time and he made lots of noise about what he was going to do for our club. I think that after he basked in the glory of the FA Cup win, he realised how much it would cost to make us really successful, he shit himself and backed off. He hung on to get his price and Kenwright Â’took overÂ’.

In those days, both Merseyside clubs were run like corner shop family businesses. The financial spin-offs of the Premier League werenÂ’t on anyoneÂ’s radar and we got left behind by more modern business-focused clubs.

IÂ’ll remember him as a good man who stood by an under-fire, non-achieving manager and let him flourish into our most successful manager. Another representative of our genuine glory days has gone.

RIP, Sir Philip.

James Marshall
58 Posted 24/04/2015 at 12:22:46
Thank Dog for that.
Dave Brierley
59 Posted 24/04/2015 at 12:47:21
Very sad news. From all accounts he was a true gentleman and a true blue. Rest in Peace.
Eugene Ruane
60 Posted 24/04/2015 at 12:31:40
Nick Entwistle - "Not every time someone passes is it right only to give messages of condolence. Its a website. The internet is a dispassionate place"

Usual semantics nonsense.

The fact that Â’itÂ’s a websiteÂ’ doesnÂ’t (or shouldnÂ’t) mean decency goes out of the window.

It is obvious that no one was talking about censorship, but rather that on the same day a person dies, itÂ’s simply good taste to either express condolences or (if you feel so strongly you canÂ’t) keep quiet for a few days, then make your Â’pointÂ’ (which as David pointed out, was wrong anyway).

He was Sir Philip Carter, not Pol-Pot or Stalin, even on TW he surely deserves at least 24 hours grace.

Steve Ferns
61 Posted 24/04/2015 at 13:24:16
When you factor in the illness of Sir John, the passing of the Moores family leadership to David Moores and his backing of Liverpool FC, itÂ’s very easy to see why Everton went into massive decline. We were left in limbo without a proper owner, up for sale, and with no one wanting to buy us.

But, despite this, Sir Phillip delivered trophy after trophy, and he actually stood down as Chairman in 1991, with Dr. David Marsh taking over, before the club was sold to Peter Johnson in 1994. So no blame for agent Johnson can be laid at CarterÂ’s door.

Nick Entwistle
63 Posted 24/04/2015 at 15:09:01
Eugene, as I said when things got a bit nasty on these pages after the death of Gary Speed, no-one has a right to say what the internet should and shouldnÂ’t be and is no place to find unified response to anything including death.

I asked a very neutral question. Paul #57 filled in the blanks for me and Steve Ferns took it forward a step. If people wish to claim a lack of decency on a thread they wish to keep decent, then celebrate his undoubted record, but referencing Pol Pot or Stalin undermines that very notion.

Eric Myles
64 Posted 24/04/2015 at 15:25:38
Paul #57 "ItÂ’s easy to forget how positive Johnson was when he first took over. Tranmere were doing quite well at the time and he made lots of noise about what he was going to do for our club. I think that after he basked in the glory of the FA Cup win, he realised how much it would cost to make us really successful, he shit himself and backed off. He hung on to get his price and Kenwright "took over".

I think you got Johnson all wrong there, he had to sell us as the FA had brought in the ruling about not being able to own two clubs at the same time. So, as Tranmere was his first love, and possibly because of the stick he was getting from our fans, he sold Everton for a song. Less than half the asking price I think.

Funnily enough heÂ’s just done something similar with Tranmere in an effort to get them much needed investment.

If only our current owners would do the same!

Paul Burns
65 Posted 24/04/2015 at 19:34:12
Philip Carter did nothing when Everton were unjustly thrown out of Europe for the crimes of Liverpool fans at Heysel. The club have never recovered from this travesty of justice.

He got lucky with Kendall and also failed to take the club forward commercially when we were the best team in the world, frittering away the most beneficial situation the club had reached after years in the relative doldrums. We are still paying for his lack of foresight today and, indeed, may never reach those heights again.

Commiserations as to the loss of an Evertonian but to suggest he was a great man is way wide of the mark and takes looking back through rose-tinted spectacles to ridiculous new heights.

Paul Tran
66 Posted 24/04/2015 at 20:14:35
Fair point about the two-club rule Eric. Johnson got stick from us because after the cup win and all the optimism, he didnÂ’t invest and it all went flat. He allowed the club to drift before he sold to someone else who has let it drift ever since.

Johnson was an egomaniac who loved the kudos of the cup win. I think if he thought he had the money to invest to the necessary degree, heÂ’d have done it without thinking. He didnÂ’t so he backed off.

For all his faults, Carter embodied some of the values we like to think Everton FC has. His passing strips away another layer.

Danny Kewley
67 Posted 24/04/2015 at 22:17:09
Eugene from No 16 = Nicely put mate and spot on in your opinion of Mr Carter standing by Howie. I went with a few good friends to the cup game in Oxford – Wow!!! Everything seemed to change from then!!! Let’s get it back, Blues.
RIP, Mr Carter.
Jay Harris
68 Posted 25/04/2015 at 05:40:16
Johnson did take an unfair amount of stick mainly due to his selling big Dunc to Newcastle behind everyoneÂ’s backs but in fairness unlike Kenwright he put his own money up and is the last director to invest in Goodison having commissioned the Park End stand.

BillÂ’s contribution of putting a picture of Martinez up pales into insignificance.

Michael Polley
69 Posted 25/04/2015 at 21:59:59
RIP. Always sad to lose an Evertonian.
Mark Evans
70 Posted 28/04/2015 at 00:14:56
I was sorry to hear of Sir PhilipÂ’s passing. As chairman of Everton, he presided over the most successful period in the clubÂ’s history. He didnÂ’t panic when Howard Kendall was struggling in his early years as manager and his support and patience was rewarded with a golden period in EvertonÂ’s history.

Sir Philip was an old school dignified gentleman, in complete contrast to those morons from Manchester who didnÂ’t have the grace to respect the minuteÂ’s silence on Sunday.

Richard Reeves
71 Posted 28/04/2015 at 12:14:47
Very belated as I havenÂ’t had access to the internet recently but RIP Mr. Carter, a true blue...

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