Howard Kendall

Dr Everton in tribute to a legendary Everton player and the club's most successful manager, Howard Kendall.

David France 18/10/2015 40comments  |  Jump to last

There are some things in life that money cant buy and being treated like a Toffee Lady by Howard Kendall is one of them.

Shortly before she died, I was fortunate to spend time with my mother fulfilling her bucket list in the USA. Because one more afternoon in the Top Balcony was at the top of her list, I took the liberty to enquire if there was anything that the club could do for an old Blue. We were in Texas when a member of staff invited us to meet him outside the main entrance at noon on the next Saturday. In a flash, we packed our bags and headed to the old country. My mother was thrilled at the idea of watching Everton again but didnt know what to expect, possibly a brief tour of the ground and the then bulging trophy cabinet.

From the moment she crossed the Goodison threshold, the truly grand old club went out of its way to make her afternoon special. But more than anything, she was greeted with genuine kindness. After the stadium tour, we were invited into the home dressing room for what can only be described as a love-in.

Howard Kendall, a gentleman with impeccable manners and a lovely way with people, took charge of the proceedings. He re-assured me: Ill look after your mum. I remember glancing at her wrapped up in a hand-knitted blue and white scarf holding his hand. For the first time in months her face beamed with happiness. They were like two old friends. The manager insisted on introducing every player to my mother. It was a demonstration of compassion way beyond the call of duty. I was more than a tad jealous of her perched on the bench between an injured Derek Mountfield and Kevin Richardson. She was so excited that it was hard to understand her Geordie words and Richardson acted as an interpreter.

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Howard Kendall escorted the reigning champions towards her. One by one he introduced Ratcliffe, Stevens, Lineker, Steven, Heath, Reid, Bracewell et al. Predictably, Southall gave her a bear hug. So did Colin Harvey and Mick Heaton. Each and every one of them was a credit to the Everton family.

The atmosphere created by Howard Kendall was so relaxed that I found it hard to believe that his team was about to tangle with Arsenal. After 30 minutes of laughter and giggles, we started to make our way towards her favourite spec. We hadnt gone 5 yards before Kendall and Kevin Sheedy approached her. Kendall prompted: Go on, tell her. In response, Sheedy smiled: I just want you to know that your name will be on the ball when I score today.

I dont need to remind you that they were fine footballers at the top of their game. That afternoon my mother along with 30,000 other Blues witnessed Howard Kendalls team of gentlemen humble the Gunners by 6-1. Lineker netted a brace, so did Heath. I recall that Steven and Sharp added the others. Sadly Sheedys magic wand failed to propel the leather into the onion bag but my mother spoke about Kevin Sheedy and Howard Kendall in biblical terms until the day she died.

Later I was fortunate to get to know Howard as a friend and tell him just how much I admired him as a footballer the finest player never to be capped by his country in the best Everton team of all time and as a manager of the second best but most successful Everton team of all time. In response, he insisted that he was just one member of a good football team and a good management team. Always I told him the truth. Howard was such a courteous gentleman that he listened to my concerns that he should never ever have been allowed to leave for Bilbao and about his defection part way through the 1993-94 season as well as his alcohol consumption during the 1997-98 season.

Howard Kendall had an amazing life. He was adored by the Everton family and millions of other football enthusiasts across the world. It may be timely, possibly a bit premature, for my fellow Blues to propose ways to celebrate his haul of two League titles, an FA Cup triumph and European glory during his first term.

His legacy is something that we had chatted about at one of Ronny Goodlasss dinners back in May. Some other friends proposed naming the Park End in his honour. I suggested a top-quality statue sited next to Dixie. Howard appeared flattered yet embarrassed. He asked: Am I worthy? I smiled: Well if the club wont do it, well organize the fans to raise the necessary funds to do it! Howard's final words on the subject: 'Just make sure the statue looks like me ... you know, with a bit more hair on my head and a bit more flesh on these old bones. And remember to place a wine glass in my right hand.'

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Matt Traynor
1 Posted 18/10/2015 at 03:09:59
Great story, David, and one we’ll hear repeated in various guises over the years. I was fortunate enough to meet Howard on several occasions, and he was always a gent.

The respect he had from his former players even up until this day shows, to me, two things: how much of a man-manager he was, and how the game has moved on from those more respectful times.

The last time I saw Howard he was in one of those houses on Goodison Road used as a private lounge. John Bailey and Kevin Ratcliffe were also in attendance. They referred to him as "Boss", and the man himself had time for everyone who wanted a word, to share a memory, or to simply say "Thanks".

May he Rest in Peace.

Garry Corgan
2 Posted 18/10/2015 at 03:23:59
We must be one of the only clubs in the country not to have a stand dedicated to one of its legends.

Gwladys Street, Park End, Bullens Road and the Main Stand. If anyone deserves a stand named in their honour then surely it's Howard Kendall. I think the Kendall Stand has a nice ring to it, but the devil in me wants to propose Howard's End.

Jim Hardin
3 Posted 18/10/2015 at 04:34:59
A man I truly wish that I had the privilege to meet. Thank you for the story. Why not name a stand in his honor? Seems the least BK and his merry men could do.
Andy Osborne
4 Posted 18/10/2015 at 07:21:00
On such a sad day, I thought I would share this story, to show the kind of man he really was.

As a youngster growing up in Liverpool, and a season ticket holder in the '80s, Howard was a legend to me. Now living in Australia, I have three boys, all of whom, are fanatic Evertonians.

When visiting relatives in the UK, last Christmas, Howard learned of our visit, and how my boys were going to see their first game at Goodison. Howard was friends with my Aunty and Uncle, and he invited us to have coffee with him at his local haunt in Formby.

We arrived on a very cold day, but Howard warmly welcomed us. He sat us down and gave the boys signed photos, and a few other bits and bobs. My boys were awestruck, but not because they were in the presence of Everton’s greatest manager, but because he was a footballer.

Howard’s eyes lit up, when he realised he wasn’t going to get asked about the 80s, and instead spent the next hour telling my boys about how he grew up, his love for playing, and stories about his early years. For me it was fascinating stuff, because I am too young to remember him as a player, but my boys listened to everything, I’ve never seen them so attentive.

After a few photos, we thanked him and said good bye.

My boys talk about that day all the time, and they all shed a tear, when we heard to news yesterday. As did I.

He was a true gentleman. Thank you Howard, for the memories you have given me, but also for the ones my sons now have.
Gordon Crawford
5 Posted 18/10/2015 at 08:47:56
Thank you for sharing those wonderful stories. What a true gent and a great man, he was a true role model for all Everton players and fans a like.

Everton need to name a stand after him.

You will be sadly missed Howard, RIP and may God comfort and strengthen your family through this very painful time.

Nil satis nisi optimum, never has this applied more to an Evertonian than Howard Kendall, he was the best.

Ste Traverse
6 Posted 18/10/2015 at 08:58:20
On Friday night/Saturday morning, after a few beers, I did what I do often: stick on my videos of the great days of the '80s and was watching the FA Cup semi-final against Luton where Howard celebrated Sheedy’s late equalizer with a injured Adrian Heath. Unbelievable to think he would pass away just hours later.

HK is a gold carat Everton legend. Success as a player. Success as a manager. He knew EXACTLY what NSNO stood for.

But for the European ban, he wouldn’t have left us in '87 and probably would have taken us to further glory.

I met him for the one and only time outside Wembley before the 2009 FA Cup final. What a man. What an Evertonian. What a legend.


Terrible loss for our club.

Anthony Purcell
7 Posted 18/10/2015 at 09:10:10
Thank you, Howard, for the great memories from the '80s when I was just a kid watching from the Lower Bullens, times I will never ever forget.

RIP HOWARD KENDALL

Simon Lloyd
8 Posted 18/10/2015 at 09:27:59
I met the man just once. It was four years ago, shortly after my father died.

I had taken my mum for a meal at a place in Formby and during the evening we spotted HK at a nearby table. My mum, who is not a football person, went over. She told him about my dad and about how he would have been delighted to have been there to meet him.

Howard was wonderful and kind to my mum. No hint of impatience that she had hijacked his night out. He gave her time and showed her kindness at a time when the loss of my dad was very raw.

At the end if the evening as HK and his party were leaving, he made a point of coming over and making a fuss of my mum before he left.

It was a nothing in many ways, but it showed a warmth to the man and I was very grateful that he had bothered to make the time.

It appears from what others have said about him that such behaviour was typical of the man.

May he rest in peace.

Andy Osborne
9 Posted 18/10/2015 at 10:31:46
Garry (#2), or rename a street "Howard’s Way".
Ken Farrington
10 Posted 18/10/2015 at 11:25:24
In my local refereeing days, I was fourth official at Huddersfield Town’s old Leeds Road ground for a Central League fixture against Everton.

As I nervously sat in the dugout praying that none of the match officials got injured, I noticed Howard Kendall sat in the Everton box supporting his reserve team. Nothing greatly unusual about that except that the following evening the first team had a crucial European Cup Winners Cup semi-final second leg tie against Bayern Munich so it would have been easy for him to put his feet up and have an early night as I reckon it would have been at least midnight before he returned home.

I passed him in the dressing room corridor after the game and wished him all the best for the semi-final, informing him that I was a born and bred Evertonian, he warmly thanked me and shook my hand which of course inspired him to mastermind arguably our greatest ever performance at Goodison Park that ultimately led to a European trophy.

Eddie Fazal
11 Posted 18/10/2015 at 11:54:18
Very sad to hear of Howard Kendall’s passing this morning. I had the pleasure of meeting him many times and even presenting him with the Bell’s Manager of the Month on the Goodison Park pitch - a real highlight for any Evertonian.

My son James and I stayed at the same hotel as the team before the Zenith Data Systems Cup Final in 1991 (my son was only 7) and Howard was great with him. He even made sure he came across to say goodbye before the team left for Wembley.

He was a wonderful player, a wonderful gentleman, and Everton’s best ever manager. He deserves a great send off today, and will be very greatly missed by all true football supporters, not just Blues. RIP Howard.

Jay Harris
12 Posted 18/10/2015 at 15:16:12
David, thank you for sharing that story with us.

Howard was a humble, talented player and manager with all of the qualities of the best.

A very sad loss of a true blue legend.

Dan San
13 Posted 18/10/2015 at 17:26:15
Any more video of his playing days?
Peter Cummings
14 Posted 18/10/2015 at 17:38:44
I can’t over express what has been said about Sir Howard Kendall on sites all over the world so I’ve added my own Knightly honour to his name along with another Icon Bill Shankly..

The city of Liverpool has always gleaned world class talents in its name: The ’Four Lads’, Frankie Vaughan. Lita Roza, Tommy Trinder, Arthur Askey, to name a few.

Howard was a towering icon even among our many greats, a true gentleman in every sense of the word, and a credit to us all.

Sadly, to my great regret, I cannot join the thousands who will pay their respects at his funeral due to incapacity and being over 3,000 miles from home, but as a very proud lifetime Evertonian along with my two similarly endowed sons, I will certainly be at Goodison in spirit on that sad day.

Rest In Well Earned Peace; never forgotten.

Peter Mills
15 Posted 18/10/2015 at 18:14:07
David, thank you for posting, at times like this it’s good to hear from someone like you, a total fanatic.

I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve shed tears over Howard’s death. I am spending a week at a beautiful spot in Tuscany, but yesterday the only place I wanted to be was Goodison.

We have such memories of Howard as a player, my own favourite is of being on my own as a 12-year-old in the stand at Filbert Street in the FA Cup Quarter-Final, 1968, celebrating him scoring a belter in a 3-1 win.

I always wanted him to return as manager, but the first few years were tough. It looked like it was all over at the end of 1983. I went with family and mates to Molyneux after Christmas, Wolves hadn’t won at home all season, but managed to beat us 3-0. Then we had the awful draw at home against Coventry, and we listened on the way home from the match as Stuart Hall told us on Sports Report that Mike England had been spotted at Goodison and was being lined up to take over.

I got home and, as my Dad had done with me, I tucked up my little lad in bed and said a few prayers with him. I always ended with "...and God bless Everton", but that night we changed it to "....and God bless Howard Kendall and Everton".

I reckon He did, and will again.

Nick Entwistle
16 Posted 18/10/2015 at 18:41:09
TalkSport doing their Kendall tribute...
Peter Bell
17 Posted 18/10/2015 at 18:52:49
The Sunday Mail tribute is a disgrace, a few column inches on the inside corner of a page from Peter Reid.
Paul Hewitt
18 Posted 18/10/2015 at 19:22:57
Peter@17 totally agree. Howard NEVER got the recognition when he was alive either.
Danny Broderick
19 Posted 18/10/2015 at 19:40:25
Just seen a nice little story in the Guardian which made me chuckle:

"On another occasion, after a run of poor results, Howard decided the squad should meet for a bonding session in Chinatown on the next Tuesday. It went so well that some of the players were there until it was almost dinner time. The team won the next match and the next and the next and everyone agreed that the Tuesday gatherings had been crucial and the same wild lunches should happen every week. Then they lost and Howard gathered the players together and said: 'Right, lads, this Tuesday routine is clearly not working any more. How do you feel about Wednesdays?’"

Andy Meighan
20 Posted 18/10/2015 at 19:48:25
Peter (#17)

Yes, I've seen that...shocking but only what we’ve come to expect from the media who truly believe football wasn’t invented until the birth of the Premier League. But in truth we’ve all got our terrific memories of Howard the player I was 10 in 1969-70 when that magnificent side won the league; what a shame the way that side broke up.

But for me the memories are from that golden age of the 80s when Howard was manager, giving us some of the greatest days of our lives. I never thought not once that side from 84 to 87 would lose a game; we obviously did but that’s what Howard did – he made us believe we wouldn’t.

The tributes to him as a player and a manager are obvious but it's the tributes to him as a man that are so heartwarming. I even thought Gary Lineker was going to shed one on MotD last night.

Goodnight, Howard... never forgotten.

Julian Exshaw
21 Posted 18/10/2015 at 20:42:58
Some wonderful contributions above about Howard, all proving once again what a true gentleman he was. Yesterday, all my memories of those great days of the 80s came flooding back. As a teenager in Ireland, those days all I cared for was Everton. Sitting in my Mum’s kitchen trying to pick up BBC radio and the commentaries by Peter Jones and the like.

The game at Oxford, the semi-final against Bayern, waiting for the postman to deliver my Everton programmes, Howard’s face as Rats picked up the FA Cup. Memories I will treasure for ever. On my first visit to Goodison to see us play Brighton in 1981, my brother asked Howard to pose for a photo with me. Of course he did, his arm around me, smiling.

Howard represented all that was good about football in what was becoming a dark period for the game in the mid-80s. I only hope now that the club responds by honouring him in a way he richly deserves.

Thank you, Howard, for all you did for our beloved Everton.

Colin Glassar
22 Posted 18/10/2015 at 21:34:28
I remember Howard more as a player rather than as a manager as I spent most of the '80s and '90s working abroad and missed out on the glory years.

Despite the distance, and lack of communication pre-Internet, I always kept up with all things Everton thanks to my parents and some old copies of the pink Echo sent to me every few months. Great days, great memories; thank you, Howard. And now, can we please get the Main Stand renamed the Howard Kendall stand?

Steve Cosgrove
23 Posted 18/10/2015 at 22:07:35
Truly devastated on the passing of not only the greatest manager in our club's history and a member of the iconic holy trinity but on the loss of the greatest Evertonian I ever had the pleasure to have met.

That meeting took place in a shabby social club 130 miles away from Merseyside on the England - Scotland Border in Gretna where Howard was doing a sportsman evening on a rainy Friday night. Anyone else would have gone through the motions, answered a few questions, put on false smile, and took the money and run. But not Howard Kendall.

He was fantastic that night; he held the 150-odd people in the palm of his hand... Sharing with us his tales and experiences he had with the legendary Alan Ball to the crazy John Bailey. I witnessed first hand the incredible era of Howard Kendall’s reign as the manager of our great club but my lasting memory of the man will be that night we shared in rainy Gretna.

RIP, Howard Kendall, a true gentleman.
Tony Abrahams
24 Posted 18/10/2015 at 22:22:30
Howard Kendall, the man who gave us our pride back. Thanks for the memories because without you and your great team, I wouldn't have seen anything!

RIP, Howard, to a champion – both as a player and a manager.
David Cooper
26 Posted 19/10/2015 at 08:38:16
I was so sad to read and hear of the death of Howard Kendall on Saturday morning. Although I had never met one of Everton’s legends, as a player and certainly the best manager we ever had, I was deeply emotional about his sudden passing at such a young age.

I found it almost impossible to watch the match and only now have watched the highlights. I can only imagine how had it must have been for the fans and players to be involved. Everton were not themselves and lost the match but that seemed unimportant.

Only 1 part of the "Holy Trinity" is left and Colin Harvey was fighting back tears as Howard was remembered by the fans and players before the kick off. We have lost the most significant link to our great past. We all know that golden time from 1984 to 1987 will never be repeated but thankfully if you were around then to enjoy those years when we were undoubtedly the best team in the 1st Division. It was a truly memorable few years when you never woke up on match day and wondered how the game would go. You just knew Everton would win.

With a lack of TV coverage except MotD on Saturday evening, I spent most of the matches glued to listening on the radio as the Blues were often the team who would be broadcast. On Saturdays from November to February, when my own match would kick off early, it would be Doddy’s Headlines going to my match and then catch the end of the 2nd half on the way back.

Those European nights again on the radio were unbelievable and Howard was robbed by Heysel of true greatness he deserved as a manager.

So another part of my past has gone. Thanks, Howard, for those proud precious moments. I am truly grateful for having been a Blue while you were part of our club.

Seb Niemand
27 Posted 19/10/2015 at 08:57:54
In the end, and above all, his true greatness was to be a thoroughly decent man in a business where decent men and very few, and far between.

If, in any walk of life, that is your legacy, then you have lived a truly good and useful life. We were blessed that Howard Kendall chose to spend that extraordinary life in service of our club.

Tony Clark
28 Posted 19/10/2015 at 10:08:26
That’s a great post, David, and it’s truly heartwarming and, without wishing to be biased, no surprise that so many others have similar stories of Howard and Everton in the days when we really were a "People Club" not "The People's Club". But in fairness I think many Clubs were like that way back then.

What made Howard Kendall’s Everton different was the people that Howard built around him. The great Colin Harvey and a team of unknowns that became legends. And who can forget Mick Heaton?

Howard managed UP as much as he managed DOWN. As lovely as Howard was, he could be ruthless as a manager but never unfair!

I was fortunate to have known Howard and still keep in touch with Colin and some of the team, and Howard and Colin always showed me nothing but kindness and support when as a sales rep and rabid Blue, I created the Smirnoff Daily Post Player of the Month Awards with Everton & Liverpool.

During that time, I worked with local and hugely talented reporters Dave Prentice, Phil McNulty and Ian Ross as they cut their journalistic teeth at the Daily Post, along with the Editor, the wonderful Len Capeling. I was immensely privileged to be "inside the ropes" during Everton’s most successful period and the fact that I’d grown up with the Everton sides of the late 60s & 70s made it all the more special.

During his time at Everton, Howard would invite me and others into his "office" after every home game. The stories and visits of other managers inc Sir Alex, Kenny and George Graham were magical and often hilarious. Whilst we were never buddies we became friends and every time I have met up with Howard over the past 30 plus years it’s like it was yesterday.

Evertonians have not only lost their greatest manager, we’ve lost a genuinely wonderful and warm human being. Someone who had time for everyone. Yes, I agree, We must ensure he is remembered in the most fitting way. RIP, Howard. I hope you knew how much you were loved by the many that knew and met you and the thousands that didn’t.

Jay Wood
29 Posted 19/10/2015 at 16:40:44
Thank you, David France, for another beautifully crafted piece that, as always, captures so much about just how special a club Everton is.

Two days on from waking to the news of the great man’s passing, I am still numb with grief. A 3-0 trouncing at home to the Mancs would normally be cause for cursing and questioning. For the first time EVER, that I can recall, I am totally indifferent to the result and performance of the game.

Because the passing of Howard Kendall is a loss beyond compare. Football, but Everton FC in particular, have lost a GIANT of a man. A GIANT of the game.

I know my history and I know the contribution of players, managers and administrators associated with the club since its formation in 1878. Personally, I am hard pushed to think of one single person in the Everton pantheon and club history that has possibly contributed more to the fans' pleasure, be it as a player, a manager or simply as an unofficial representative of the club, than Howard Kendall.

He was immense in the Holy Trinity midfield in – I agree with you, David – the best football team ever produced at Everton. He made us the premier team of the mid-80s when trophies and visits to Wembley were a given, such was the potency of the team.

I was working in Holland during one championship season, pre-internet age, and every Monday morning an Ajax supporter would ask me first thing: "So... did Everton lose this weekend?" He had to wait 4 months before I finally could tell him, yes, indeed, they finally lost a game. All other weekends I was reporting how we were sticking 3-4-5-6 past all-comers. We were that good. Defeat was not an option with that team.

As yourself and many others in this thread testify, aside from his prowess as a player and a manager, he was simply a very decent man who always, ALWAYS, found time to speak to fellow blues and it never, NEVER entered his head that there was a better club in the history of the world than his, our, beloved Blues.

Along with 25 April – the day we lost Bally – 17 October is now another date that will forever be etched on my scratchy memory for anniversaries.

Thank you, Howard. Thank you for giving me so much pride and pleasure in being a Blue.

Andrew James
31 Posted 19/10/2015 at 22:41:17
When I was about 7, my grandfather who had a season ticket went to the club and got a squad poster signed by the entire squad and Howard and Colin. This was 1986 or 87. I also, following the ’85 season, got a signed photo of our captain. But I remember thinking when I saw our manager’s autograph that even the big man had done it and it was very special.

I think letting Howard go in '87 was the biggest mistake we ever made. Although we weren’t in Europe, I am sure we could have nicked a few more trophies domestically with him at the helm. Maybe we would have finished higher in the league as well. When he returned in 1990, enough of his squad had left or were old, plus the new guys weren’t top class, so it was a re-building process.

It’s interesting how many of his players were in the FA Cup winning side of 95: Southall, Jackson, Rideout, Stuart, Watson, Ablett, Horne and Ebbrell came up during his tenure from the youth team.

RIP Howard, you are arguably the greatest ever Evertonian. Have a chat with Dixie and Bally up there.

Patty Beesley
32 Posted 20/10/2015 at 15:42:45
When Liverpool got all English teams banned from Europe and Howard left for Spain, I wrote to him to thank him for giving me wonderful memories. What a gentleman...he wrote me a thank you note which he need not have done. Just another aspect of his contact with the fans.

Considering everything he did for football, why has there never been any acknowledgment in the Birthday Honours for services to sport?

Has anyone seen a comment from our Chairman regarding Howard — or have missed it!?!
Gary Constable
33 Posted 20/10/2015 at 20:28:39
RIP Howard, Everton Legend!!

With all the amazing and worthy tributes to the greatest Everton Manager in history, I haven't seen one attributed to our Chairman??

I truly hope BK is in good health but this strikes me as very strange as Bill is normally the first man to pay his respects to one of our own!

Andrew James
34 Posted 20/10/2015 at 22:27:45
Yes Gary, our chairman wouldn't shut up when Moyes left for Man Utd. Constant interviews and misty eyed tributes to OFM but now our greatest manager has passed on I've not seen much or anything.

Something is going on at Goodison because the hierarchy's behaviour has been erratic of late (more erratic than usual!)

Mike Keating
35 Posted 21/10/2015 at 10:48:24
Not sure if this is the best place to post this but it’s a tribute from a friend of mine who is a Blackburn Rovers fan and was posted on their fans website;


I hope Howard Kendall gets the recognition from the club that his achievements truly deserve. But for those two seasons of his we would have ended up like the other Lancashire clubs. Nothing will ever beat that night at Bury. And I include Anfield 95 which was comparable but didn’t beat it because how can anything beat total and utter jubilation? I remember vividly their wooden stand bouncing to the tune of ’One man went to mow’ ... with our ’five minutes to go and then we’re in the second’ chant ... by the time it got to ’one minute to go’ - man it was absolutely out of this world. Even when we win the Champions League in 2030 it won’t top that. Nothing can beat 100%.

The scenes around Gigg Lane after that match were my Fever Pitch moment. I was the 10-year-old kid in the film simply awestruck by the excitement, passions and camaraderie I was witnessing. Stuck in the huge traffic jam hypnotised by this middle aged Rovers fan pouring plastic cups of beer from a keg he was carrying and dishing them out to all and sundry, folk getting out of their cars and hugging him, people on top of bus shelters...

That season’s 15-match unbeaten run (14 wins) and basically the whole of the next season was something else. Two years earlier we were going down the pan with the rest of them. He gave us so much. His involvement with Junior Rovers and the local community speaks volumes for the man.

His name deserves to be preserved as a Rovers Legend.

Great to see how widely appreciated he was and is upheld as a legend elsewhere too.

Patrick Murphy
36 Posted 21/10/2015 at 12:54:19
It has been announced that the Funeral of the late great Howard Kendall will take place at the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral at 1pm on Thursday 29th October - RIP Howard.
Mike Keating
37 Posted 21/10/2015 at 17:21:32
It’s astonishing how many non-Evertonians want to say what a legend he was as a player and a manager but also as a person. This link was sent to me by a Villa fan;

Can you imagine Mourinho, Ferguson or Wenger prompting such memories?

Reg Gates
40 Posted 22/10/2015 at 12:15:37
Well there is nothing that I can be add about Howard Kendall that has not been already written. I remember him signing, Shank’s was not happy; I remember his debut.

Guess we all lost a close friend, Good night, Mr Kendall, with great respect. Thank you.

Kevin Johnson
41 Posted 22/10/2015 at 18:34:12
I adored Howard, simply worshiped the ground he walked on. All those players and staff from that magnificent 80s squad are gods to me.

I loved reading his posts in the Echo, his mind still as sharp as a razor. RIP, Howard... From us all at Everton. Thanks for the memories.

Barry Lambert
42 Posted 22/10/2015 at 21:49:17
A truly moving account confirming what an absolute gem Howard was and what a fantastic club we have.
Dave Abrahams
44 Posted 22/10/2015 at 22:34:17
Reg (40), yes, the joke at the time, when we signed Howard, was that Shankly was lost in the Lake District looking for Kendal.
John Codling
46 Posted 28/10/2015 at 08:50:37
I was lucky, being the same age as Howard I watched him from Day 1, at home and most of the away games. It's impossible to explain to the people who never saw him play what an influence along Colin & Alan they had on a football team.

But my memory takes me back to when he was appointed Player/Manager. We were in the middle of an injury crisis so Howard turned out. OK, the legs were not the same but he sat in the middle of the park and sprayed balls all over, as if to say to all the players out there that day, "This is the way you do it."

Rest in Peace, my Hero.


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