The statue depicting Colin Harvey, Howard Kendall and Alan Ball was installed on Goodison Road earlier this week and was officially unveiled at 5pm this afternoon.
Harvey, the last surviving member of the Toffees' most famous midfield contingent, was on hand to sign autographs after big reveal. The families of Kendall and Ball were also in attendance to see their loved ones recognised with the statue that stands outside St Luke's Church.
Kendall, Harvey and Ball formed a magical partnership in Everton's midfield in the 1960s and 1970s and were crucial to the club's title triumph in 1970. Though Ball was controversially sold to Arsenal in 1971 and would make a name for himself as a manager elsewhere, both Kendall and Harvey would go on to coach and manage Everton, initially in partnership during the spectacularly successful mid- to late-1980s and then separately in the 1990s.
Gary Evans, chair of the Everton Fans' Forum which has been a driving force behind having the statue commissioned and installed said earlier this week: “The idea came about through a combination of things. The iconic image of Ball, Kendall and Harvey used on the main stand got fans talking about their successes and when Howard Kendall sadly passed away, this seemed to galvanise fans and the Club even more to think of a way to honour them.
“I think that the statue will become a new meeting place for fans before the game. Its location means that as people walk toward the ground on the Goodison Road side, no matter which street they use, they should get a glimpse of the statue, and a reminder of our achievements as a club.”
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1 Posted 01/05/2019 at 20:56:36
2 Posted 02/05/2019 at 00:26:51
3 Posted 02/05/2019 at 01:42:07
Whenever the ball went to any of them there was a sense that something was going to happen, got you on the edge of your seats, you didnt want to miss a single moment. If you wanted to go to the toilet you would force yourself to hang on till the whistle went in case you missed anything.
Ill never foget the night we won the Title, the crowd wouldt move till the players came out to wave to the crowd.
I just hope and pray all our younger fans will one day experience a team that will raise their spirits in the same way. COYB
4 Posted 02/05/2019 at 10:04:06
Gerry, that was a great night. I was in Goodison Road with my dad, and it was announced that the trophy would be presented on the Goodison Road stand. As a result, people on the terraces moved forward to get a look, and we were at the front by the wall, so ended up on the pitch. Our only time on the hallowed turf. Brilliant.
5 Posted 02/05/2019 at 11:13:11
6 Posted 02/05/2019 at 12:00:44
Shame money rules the game now but I'm sure we can still ruffle a few feathers next season, starting with at least 4 points off the Shiesters to derail them.
7 Posted 02/05/2019 at 12:35:38
8 Posted 02/05/2019 at 13:12:07
9 Posted 02/05/2019 at 13:21:00
10 Posted 02/05/2019 at 14:06:50
11 Posted 02/05/2019 at 14:15:16
12 Posted 02/05/2019 at 14:23:55
13 Posted 02/05/2019 at 14:27:20
15 Posted 02/05/2019 at 14:43:43
We were fortunate indeed to see them play.
16 Posted 02/05/2019 at 21:07:44
17 Posted 02/05/2019 at 21:43:35
18 Posted 03/05/2019 at 18:50:39
And how much does Bally's son sound like the great man?!
19 Posted 03/05/2019 at 23:08:40
20 Posted 03/05/2019 at 23:41:02
21 Posted 03/05/2019 at 00:04:25
22 Posted 04/05/2019 at 01:53:43
Harvey, one England cap, and Kendall, no England caps, at all. Both of then would walk into the current England side.
23 Posted 04/05/2019 at 03:02:15
The nearest team I've seen to the 69 -70 team is the current City team and I have a sneaky feeling that given the way of the football world now, one or more of them would be, by now, in that City team.
24 Posted 04/05/2019 at 05:11:00
25 Posted 04/05/2019 at 06:51:03
Unfortunately, we don't do dynasties and failure to get Clough and Shilton proved costly. Anyway, I'm sure we are on the march again once a striker or a wide or forward player can be found to help Richarlison and Co get into double figures will make all the difference. Cmon City 👌
26 Posted 04/05/2019 at 06:58:59
27 Posted 04/05/2019 at 07:08:47
That deserves a statue on its own and another for winning the 20th century league.
We'll have to build 2 new grounds because we're running out of space for them.
28 Posted 04/05/2019 at 10:04:25
29 Posted 04/05/2019 at 10:35:19
30 Posted 04/05/2019 at 11:30:29
31 Posted 04/05/2019 at 18:46:20
32 Posted 04/05/2019 at 20:34:18
33 Posted 04/05/2019 at 20:46:57
Good one, that. I was lucky enough to have seen them a few times in 69-70. Being only 10, my memories are of Bally and his shock of red hair and being my absolute idol right down to his E-Type Jag. The man to me was a genius.
As for Howard and Colin, well... what can you say? Absolutely superb footballers and served the club brilliantly. As Labby brilliantly said, the only 3-man team ever to win the league. God, what a side we were.
34 Posted 05/05/2019 at 04:52:30
I remember the other lot's Secretary, aka now as CEO, name of Greenwood, I think, saying that all their players were advised to get themselves an Accountant (Agent?) but most just got a Turf Accountant which was seen as a reference to Betting Shop Hughes. Rooney and Owen show that little has changed other than the amounts wagered.
35 Posted 07/05/2019 at 14:25:41
If that's the case and it was in '86, McManaman would only have been around 13 or 14.
Are you sure it wasn't '96? Just saying like...
36 Posted 07/05/2019 at 15:15:55
37 Posted 07/05/2019 at 15:41:09
“ Yes ——glue., !!!
38 Posted 07/05/2019 at 15:53:21
39 Posted 07/05/2019 at 16:19:03
Q;Who weighed 14 stone and rode the winner of an English Derby?
A; Lester Piggott's cell mate
40 Posted 07/05/2019 at 16:56:21
41 Posted 07/05/2019 at 18:22:21
Reporter "So Lester, when did you think you had the race in the bag ?"
Piggot - "About a month ago"
42 Posted 07/05/2019 at 18:56:09
Lester is in the front of my all time sporting heros along with Ali, Billy Boston ( Wigan rugby league player) Sonny Liston and Sugar Ray Robinson.
43 Posted 07/05/2019 at 20:08:43
44 Posted 08/05/2019 at 05:19:05
Remember the story of Lester and the Hills boys flying to a York meeting?
46 Posted 11/05/2019 at 20:14:26
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