Harvey honoured with Howard Kendall Award

Tuesday 18 October 2016  41 Comments  [Jump to last]
Colin Harvey has become the latest club figure to receive the prestigious Howard Kendall Award, a day after the anniversary of his former team-mate, colleague and friend's passing.

The one-time Everton manager and playing legend who wrote himself into club folklore as "The White Pele" for his part in The Holy Trinity that was rounded out by Alan Ball, was presented with the accolade at a special event at Liverpool's District House this evening.

The Howard Kendall Award is given out every year to an individual or group that "has been considered to have realised outstanding achievement at the club", and includes among it's previous recipients Kendall himself, ex-chairman Sir Philip Carter and Everton's title-winning side of 1986/87.

Also at the ceremony, Tommy Wright was inducted into the club's hall of fame as an Everton Giant.

The Merseyside-born defender, now 71, made 373 appearances for the Toffees over a decade after joining the club in 1964. He won the FA Cup in 1966 and the league championship in 1969-70, a season in which he was ever-present.  

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Danny Broderick
1 Posted 18/10/2016 at 22:38:07
Very fitting.
Stan Schofield
2 Posted 18/10/2016 at 22:44:20
Great tribute to an absolutely fantastic player. Colin Harvey is the epitome of the stylish ball player, with a great footballing brain, vision, precision passing, a thunderous shot, plus he knew how to get stuck in and tackle.

He should have been an England regular (as should Kendall) with Alan Ball. IMO the Holy Trinity was the best midfield combination in the world at the time, even accounting for Brazil's great midfield in the 1970 World Cup.

Mike Galley
3 Posted 18/10/2016 at 22:55:30
I remember a photo of Colin at the game on the day of Howard's passing. My heart was broken by how sad he looked. I hope this award will be of some comfort to a true Evertonian in every sense of the word.
Tony Hill
4 Posted 18/10/2016 at 23:01:21
Wonderful player. Richly deserved.
Jack Convery
5 Posted 18/10/2016 at 23:04:25
Great Award for an EFC True Great.
Bobby Thomas
7 Posted 18/10/2016 at 23:36:25
The greatest Evertonian ever. Boys Pen to gaffer. With titles as a player and coach in between. All that work with youth players as well.

I always remember the "Basically your talking about Everton being ...my life, really." quote from the history vid.

Ed Fitzgerald
8 Posted 18/10/2016 at 23:46:49
Apologies for this slightly personal tale but I suppose it fits in under the maxim 'Once Everton has touched you, nothing will be the same'. I was eight when we won the league and my favourite memory of the season was Colin Harvey's goal against WBA.

He was my hero as a kid and, like those of a certain age, I worshipped that 69-70 side – they were a brilliant footballing side. I did attempt, in vain to model my own game after the 'White Pele'.

Many years later, when I began teaching, I was doing the register for the first time at a new school and came across the name Emma Harvey from the register, I lifted my head up to see who she was, saw her and then blurted out "You must be Colin Harvey's daughter, he was my hero" The rest of the class laughed with some red children grunting their displeasure.

The first parents evening was, however, more embarrassing after bumbling on about some nonsense about his daughter's progress in Science, Mr Harvey then said "I'm told you are a Blue" and we had a brief chat about all things Everton. Perhaps it wasn't that brief as the queue to see me grew longer with irate parents tapping their feet.

I met him a few times and he always seemed an incredibly humble person. I know he is an Everton legend and has served the club in many roles but I recall his daughter once saying he was first and foremost a huge Everton fan.

Needless to say, my 3 year old grandson is called Harvey and yes, my Everton mad son told me had it been a baby girl my granddaughter would have been called Kendall!

An honour richly deserved and a career that should have been marked by many caps for his country – not a derisory cap against Malta.

Stan Schofield
9 Posted 18/10/2016 at 23:56:34
Ed, great post. Your mentioning trying to model your own game after the White Pele struck a chord with me. I wasn't very good at football, but used to spend hours practicing ball skills (juggling from foot to foot, shoulder to shoulder, etc) trying to be like Colin Harvey. All in vain of course, but it did improve my passing, dribbling and heading skills!
Don Alexander
10 Posted 18/10/2016 at 23:58:32
From his debut in the San Siro to the present day, Colin Harvey epitomises the sheer class that I still believe is unique to Everton.

That said, Tommy Wright is cut from exactly the same cloth.

It was a privilege to watch them play.

William Cartwright
11 Posted 19/10/2016 at 02:42:05
Kendall, Ball and Harvey; poetry in motion...
Martin Luther
12 Posted 19/10/2016 at 07:32:30
Don't apologise, Ed... it's how the club/players touch our hearts and souls that matters. Great post!
Stephen Brown
13 Posted 19/10/2016 at 08:03:34
Ed – fantastic tale! I really enjoy stories about meeting past legends.
Peter Mills
14 Posted 19/10/2016 at 08:11:13
One of my over-riding memories as a boy watching Everton in '64, '65, '66 is of the stick Colin used to get from some of the crowd. I hated it, as I loved watching him because he was so stylish, both in the way he played and how he looked.

He really came into his own when Bally signed, everyone seemed to respond to that man, then when Howard Kendall came along we played some of the greatest football ever seen at Goodison, especially in 68-69.

Colin's performances tailed off like so many other players after we won the league in 69-70, he had that eye problem and then various niggling injuries, so in many respects he was only at the top of his game for 3 or 4 years. But what a player he was, and it was a sad day when he was sold.

He was always destined to return and was probably the ideal coach, not suited to the managerial role. He is surely the greatest living Evertonian, and this award is richly deserved.

Martin Nicholls
15 Posted 19/10/2016 at 08:30:02
Some great comments above about a great player – I agree with them all, in particular Peter's comment about quality of our play in 68-69.

Also great to see Tommy Wright, a big favourite of mine, honoured – not before time!

Dave Abrahams
16 Posted 19/10/2016 at 09:13:00
Nice to see Colin honoured this way, great footballer, more importantly a great Evertonian.

I have to echo Martin above, they certainly took their time over Tommy Wright another great Blue. I would like to see the list of "Everton's Hall of Fame".

Andy Meighan
17 Posted 19/10/2016 at 09:38:31

End of.

Dave Williams
18 Posted 19/10/2016 at 09:48:49
As a player, he was better than Bally. He had unbelievable skill and I recall his first home game after his eye problem. He was penned in on the half-way line beneath what was becoming the new Goodison Road stand and there were 3 opponents surrounding him. He jinked one way, rolled the ball back with his foot, jinked the other and after a few repeats found a gap between two of the by now mesmerised opponents and darted through it only to turn back onto the touch line and repeat the process to prove he was well and truly back.

Bally had more influence on the team and his sheer arrogance meant that he was always the primary cog in the Trinity but for pure skill Colin shaded it for me.

Without doubt the best player I have seen in a blue shirt albeit my absolute idol will always be Alan.

Eugene Ruane
19 Posted 19/10/2016 at 10:19:46
For me, the 'Everton bug' bit around 1966-67 and a life's obsession began (nought to all-consuming passion in a matter of weeks). And as a consequence, both Colin Harvey and Tommy Wright became gods to me.

In the 50+ years that have passed since then, I have gone from innocent(ish) child to cynical adult and there have (naturally) been a zillion changes in my life. But the standing of both these players, in my eyes, remains exactly the same.

Superb intelligent players (in a great side) and undoubted Everton legends. I wish them both good health and the very best of everything.

Stan Schofield
20 Posted 19/10/2016 at 10:28:52
When we analyse Everton on TW, I always have a leaning towards our 'flair' players (ball players), such as (currently) Mirallas, Deulofeu and Barkley, regardless of how consistent they are. Going back, I thought Duncan McKenzie was fantastic, and we've had others of tremendous skill such as John Connolly.

This bias of mine towards ball players goes back to Harvey. He is Everton, he is the School of Science. For me, I just associate Everton with great ball playing from defence, through midfield to attack. We talk about total football, and what (say) Man City do at the moment. Well, Everton did this over 40 years ago. When other sides were smashing long balls up the pitch, we were taking it through midfield, with great artistry, and Harvey was the centre around which this great football revolved.

Ed @8, I too always remember Harvey's goal in the 2-0 win over WBA that secured the league. I was there with my dad, on the Goodison Road terrace, at the front, about midway between the Park End and the halfway line. I recall Harvey trapping the ball just outside the WBA penalty area, swivelling, and unleashing a thunderous volley into the roof of the net. Such power, balance and style.

When that game finished it was announced that we'd receive the trophy on the Goodison Road stand, above the terrace (the new stand was built in the close season after). This caused the crowd to shuffle forward on the terrace, to see the team getting the trophy, and I remember my dad having to climb over the wall and pull me over as well. That was my one chance to stand on Goodison's turf. Unforgettable.

Matt Williams
21 Posted 19/10/2016 at 10:52:54
Bizarrely, the game that stands out for me was Harvey's last. I can't remember who against. He was substituted towards the end of the game and he was clearly gutted as he was doing his best to ignore the bench almost to the point of refusing to leave the pitch. That's how I remember it anyway.

To my 11-year-old eyes, I couldn't understand why he was subbed; I thought he was playing great. I also somehow knew, and I think he did to, that it would be his last in an Everton shirt. I was gutted. Top bloke. Top blue.

Alan J Thompson
22 Posted 19/10/2016 at 11:04:51
Had Colin Harvey been Brazilian, we would be talking about a player lauded as one of the greatest ever. Not to denigrate those named but seriously, Styles and Mullery before him?
Liam Reilly
23 Posted 19/10/2016 at 11:54:41
It's good that the club honour these guys as living legends as opposed to the posthumous acknowledgements and ceremonies hosted by most clubs.
Pete Gunby
25 Posted 19/10/2016 at 20:48:22
I must have been right by you, Stan. I was on the pitch with my dad who was trying to pull people up – the crush was on. Still a vivid memory after 46 years.
Stan Schofield
26 Posted 19/10/2016 at 21:41:14
Pete, we were in the ideal position to see Harvey score that goal at the Park End, because he was towards the Goodison Road side of WBA's penalty area. I remember it was a surprise to everyone when they announced the trophy would be presented.

I just looked up the gate on Google, it was over 58,000. I remember Alan Whittle got the other goal.

Michael Polley
27 Posted 20/10/2016 at 18:33:36
Legend and a true gentleman. I hope the last member of 'The Holy Trinity' is with us for years to come and can witness more success for our club.
John Codling
28 Posted 20/10/2016 at 19:48:48
People who never saw Colin play must look at posts on here and say to themselves "Okay, so he was a good player." This comes nowhere near describing the class, talent and pure genius of this man.

The Trinity truly where enough to make anyone gush; one game, Colin would stand out... the next, Howie... and the next, Alan. I was so privileged to be around at this time as I am the same age as them.

It still gets me angry that outside of Alan, Colin & Howard got 1 England cap between them (Colin against Malta) at a time when they were recognized by fellow pro footballers as the best midfield trio in the world.

Stan Schofield
29 Posted 21/10/2016 at 10:18:35
John, spot on. The reputation of the Holy Trinity is not exagerrated. In my opinion they were better than the great Brazil midfield of Gerson, Clodoaldo and Rivelino. The moves through midfield were gobsmacking.

I recall just after we won the league in 1970, we were on MotD, and playing with great style, Ball, Harvey and Kendall like a well-oiled beautiful machine. During one sequence of brilliant passing in midfield, Kenneth Wolstenholme went silent, letting the football speak for itself. Then he said, "They call this the School of Science, great football from Everton". There were so many games like that.

I was arguing with a red in the late 60s, and he finally said to me, "The trouble with you is, you think they're gods". I just said, "That's because they are".

They should have been England's midfield. If they had been, I believe England would have won the 1970 World Cup. Can you imagine the final against Brazil?

Terry Underwood
30 Posted 21/10/2016 at 15:07:03
Lots of talk about legends here. I have a story of my own.

I travelled up from the South coast to see Mike Lyons testimonial. I had to leave 10 mins early to get the train back to London and make my connection on the last train from Waterloo.

Anyway, I saw an old guy hurrying away from Goodison under an umbrella, I recognised him as Bill Shankly. He told me that He would have loved Mike in his team, also the incredible regard he had for the Everton Holy Trinity. Slightly off topic, but just shows even the reddest of reds had regard for our legends.

Ray Roche
31 Posted 21/10/2016 at 15:49:15
Terry, I often saw Shanks walking down Goodison Road to watch Everton. I spoke to him several times and he always had the good grace to at least pass the time of day and join in a bit of banter with Blues fans.

After he retired he realised he'd made a mistake but all the doors at Anfield and Melwood were closed to him and it says a great deal that Everton always made him welcome, a fact that he was grateful for, being quite effusive in his praise for a club he "claimed" to dislike! I seem to recall that Everton even let him coach some of our kids sides for a while. His house backed onto Bellefield.

Anybody else share these recollections? OK, he was a red, but from an era that pre-dates the bitterness that permeates today's Derby games and he was a real football man.

Chris Williams
32 Posted 21/10/2016 at 16:04:23
I went to the same school as Colin, a few years behind him. It was a horrible school, unbelievably strict and into its corporal punishment. Colin was head boy but well liked by pupils and teachers alike. Not strict but approachable.

It was great to see him playing on the school fields. Unbelievable skill.

He was in Everton B team early and we used to look out for their result in the pink Echo after reading the first team report.

In about 1961, when I was about 13, we went youth hosteling in Germany at Easter with the school. Colin went along and we ended up playing a team of German kids. I was left back, and late on I wellies the ball up the pitch and the ball went over the head of their keeper for what turned out to be the winner. He bollocked me for not keeping the ball and passing it in a silky manner. Called me a young prick.

What a pleasure watching him play over the years. I always felt he was the most skilful of the Trinity, although accept I may be biased.

Mike Berry
33 Posted 21/10/2016 at 21:28:11
We will never see the like of those two again. Given modern dieting and training, they would be priceless.
Kevin Naylor
34 Posted 21/10/2016 at 22:12:44
My sister and her friend used to run his fan club in the '60s and arranged for me to meet him after one of the forthcoming home matches. I think it was against Southampton but he got injured during the game.

We were told to wait on a street corner about ½-mile from the ground at around 6pm. My sister was adamant that he probably couldn't turn up because of his injury but around 5 past 6, an E-Type Jag pulled up and he hobbled out on crutches just to say hello to me and sign a few things. Something I'll always remember.

Geoff Evans
35 Posted 21/10/2016 at 23:45:07
There are names that will always be surnonymous with Everton, Colin Harvey is one of them.
Chris Williams
36 Posted 21/10/2016 at 23:47:45
A true gent just like all the great ones. No sense of entitlement.

Surprised he even had an E-Type...

Kevin Naylor
37 Posted 21/10/2016 at 23:56:13
I think it was an E-Type though I was only 6 at the time.
Brian Denton
38 Posted 22/10/2016 at 01:06:40
My uncle Len was in the army during the war and served with Colin's dad, Jimmy. They had a lifelong friendship.

On such a flimsy pretext, my dad took me to see the family in 1967. We just turned up at the door (somewhere in Fazackerley, just off Copplehouse Lane, if I recall correctly after nearly 50 years) and really they should have set the dogs on us.

In fact we were made very welcome, Colin's mum Jessie (?) being especially kind. I remember it was the day after a Muhammad Ali fight, possibly versus Ernie Terrell, and I watched it on TV with my hero Colin.

I somehow doubt that a 9-year-old Blues supporter could have that experience today.

Geoff Evans
40 Posted 22/10/2016 at 09:33:46
Kevin: It was a white E-Type, Bally and HK also had one. I remember a picture with the three posing next to them.
Alan J Thompson
41 Posted 22/10/2016 at 10:52:05
Was Harvey's only England appearance against Malta? I seem to recall some awful TV coverage of a game against Columbia in South America (possibly the first time a live telecast from that continent was tried) and you could recognize Harvey by the movement of his legs.
Kevin Naylor
42 Posted 22/10/2016 at 11:56:55
Geoff thanks for the confirmation, I know when he got out it drew quite a few looks from passers by.
Graham Reed
43 Posted 22/10/2016 at 13:30:22
Alan (#41). It was against Mexico in close season of 68-69 for an FA team and so didn't count as a full cap. As far as I remember, Colin was called up late because of injuries. It was the tour that Gordon West went on and was challenging Gordon Banks for goalkeeper but after that West decided he didn't want to go to the World Cup in the following summer.

I also remember the TV coverage not because it was particularly poor but I think Alan Mullery was sent off after retaliating for a foul by a Mexican player on Colin. Probably only Colin (or Alan) around who can confirm if I am correct.

Alan J Thompson
44 Posted 24/10/2016 at 04:10:14
Thanks, Graham (#43), still not convinced but then, these days I have days when I remember days I could remember, I think.


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