Alan Stubbs on Bill Kenwright via BBC Radio 5 Live

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During an interview with Alan Stubbs on BBC Radio 5 Live today, the former Everton player and lifelong Evertonian revealed that he's been banned from receiving match tickets by Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright himself – for public criticisms of Kenwright and the board in the past. He says Kenwright tries to silence any dissent by not allowing dissenters into the games:

"Won’t quieten my voice.

Mr Kenwright tries to keep you quiet by not allowing you into the games.

Change needed behind the scenes.

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One thing they’ll never do is quieten my voice. I want what’s best for Everton Football Club.

Because yes I was a player, but I’m a fan first and foremost.

When asked how he’s being kept out, Alan states that "he" has decided not to give him tickets because I’ve said the truth.

Bill’s way of dealing with that is to stop you going to watch the team you’ve supported as a boy, which will never happen".

This goes to show just how petty this man is. It's common knowledge pure Everton royalty in Neville Southall has been persona non grata at Goodison for many years for speaking out against this board.

Nice to finally see though a former player publicly speaking out against this hopeless, out-of-his-depth, excuse for a 'Chairman' and calling for much-needed change at the top instead of the usual nauseating and highly patronising "Bill's a true blue and loves the club" we've had for years from former players.


The interview with Stubbs begins at 2:16:30  5 Live Breakfast - 04/01/2023 - BBC Sounds

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Christine Foster
1 Posted 04/01/2023 at 05:36:56
BBC Phil McNulty comments:

"Frank Lampard will ultimately be held responsible, as managers are, but owner Farhad Moshiri, chairman Bill Kenwright and CEO Denise Barrett-Baxendale must not escape scrutiny for years of appalling decision-making. They are equally culpable for yet another Everton crisis."

Paul Burns
2 Posted 04/01/2023 at 06:24:08
Kenwright has ruined Everton. It's as simple as that.

How he is still there is beyond belief.

Dave Abrahams
3 Posted 04/01/2023 at 10:49:47
Re Phil McNulty and his attack on Kenwright and the rest of the board, he is a true Evertonian and one of the media who doesn't do Kenwright's bidding, he's wise to the scheming ways of Billy Boy.
Danny O’Neill
4 Posted 04/01/2023 at 12:30:22
My brother has just messaged me.

Alan Stubbs has spoken of being banned by Kenwright from attending matches for speaking out.

Dave Abrahams
5 Posted 04/01/2023 at 12:33:28

I read it on another Everton website, Grandoldteam.

Brian Murray
6 Posted 04/01/2023 at 13:49:23

One of the Blue Union lads had his season ticket taken off him for speaking out about the chairman over a decade ago – so it wouldn't surprise me.

Brian Williams
7 Posted 04/01/2023 at 14:01:21
Did anybody hear Alan Stubbs's interview on 5 live Breakfast. If anybody had any doubts over who's the villain of the piece Stubbs makes it quite clear.

So refreshing to hear an ex-player refuse to go along with the script and out a certain person on air.

Peter Carpenter
8 Posted 04/01/2023 at 14:16:38
Jim, he did.

Listen here;>{?

About 2 hours 15 minutes in.

Nick Page
9 Posted 04/01/2023 at 14:18:32
Has anyone got a link to the Stubbs interview? Can't find a replay anywhere.

Assuming he did say it, then massive thanks to Alan, a true Blue in every sense, for telling the truth about Porky Pig Kenwright.

It's a crying fucking shame the same can't be said about Sharp and the likes but, you know they take the coin and that's it. Soulless bastards.

Jim Lloyd
10 Posted 04/01/2023 at 14:56:04
Peter, thanks for posting that. I couldn't work out how to get it; but Nick's reply says it all. Well done, Stubbsy.

I wonder what Radio Merseyside say about our calamitous situation... probably say "It's the fans' fault!"

Tony Abrahams
11 Posted 04/01/2023 at 14:57:08
I've just been talking to my mate who knows Stubbs very well because he told me about what Kenwright had done to his mate last week and he's just told me quite a bit more.

Anyone who hasn't been able to see through Bill Kenwright is either very naive or very stupid imo. I personally think that anyone with just half a brain should have been able to have seen what this deceitful man's intentions have always been.

Kieran Kinsella
12 Posted 04/01/2023 at 15:16:47

Is was on the radio I heard it.

Matt Henderson
13 Posted 04/01/2023 at 15:18:39
I’ve just listened too. He mentioned other former players also. Said Kenwright's way of dealing with ex-players who criticise the club is to stop giving them tickets.
Danny O’Neill
14 Posted 04/01/2023 at 15:24:36
Kim, irrelevant or relevant, we will all use our own life experiences to make analogies.

The Stubbs interview is stark and to the point. Not verbatim, but some telling gists.

Won't quieten my voice.

Mr Kenwright tries to keep you quiet by not allowing you into the games.

Change behind the scenes.

One thing they'll never do is quieten my voice. I want what's best for Everton Football Club.

Because yes I was a player, but I'm a fan first and foremost.

When asked how he's being kept out, Alan states that "he" has decided not to give him tickets because I've said the truth.

Bill's way of dealing with that is to stop you going to watch the team you've supported as a boy, which will never happen.

Take a bow, Alan Stubbs.

Rob Halligan
15 Posted 04/01/2023 at 15:34:26
Banning ex-players for telling the truth is an absolute disgrace.

As well Stubbs, Derek Mountfield, Peter Reid, Kevin Ratcliffe and Neville Southall have also been banned by Kenwright for daring to speak the truth.

That Fans Advisory Board is a complete waste of time, because if any one of them spoke out of turn, they would be booted off the board immediately. Kenwright is a leech, a vermin, a cheat, a fraud and a fucking embarrassment to this football club.

Good times, eh, Bill? The only time we will have good times is when you are gone, one way or another.


Tony Abrahams
16 Posted 04/01/2023 at 15:41:41
Despite people not wanting to admit that they have been kidded, it doesn’t look like Bill Kenwright is going to leave a good legacy?

I hope he has tried to ban Stubbs, because I’m sure there will be plenty of season ticket holders who are prepared to give him their ticket for a game. It would also go down like a lead balloon if the Chairman of our club was trying to get an ex-captain of Everton banned from attending the game because he had spoken out and told the truth.

He might be able to get away with banning AGMs, but I’m sure trying to ban Stubbs, would be illegal.

Excellent point about those Fan Advisory Board positions, Rob, and a reason why they could never be taken seriously imo, mate.

Danny O’Neill
17 Posted 04/01/2023 at 15:47:45
Some of Stubbs's words:

"Won't quieten my voice.

Mr Kenwright tries to keep you quiet by not allowing you into the games.

Change needed behind the scenes.

One thing they'll never do is quieten my voice. I want what's best for Everton Football Club.

Because yes I was a player, but I'm a fan first and foremost.

When asked how he's being kept out, Alan states that "he" has decided not to give him tickets because I've said the truth.

Bill's way of dealing with that is to stop you going to watch the team you've supported as a boy, which will never happen".

Those players referred to by Rob have one thing in common. They were winners.

Alan Stubbs may not have won at Everton and some may shout down the Scottish League, but he won honours with Celtic and Hibernian. I really hoped we would get him from Bolton before he moved to Celtic.

If you like a good emotional video clip, watch the Hibs "Sunshine on Leith" rendition at Hamden Park when they won the Scottish Cup under Stubbs.

Danny O’Neill
18 Posted 04/01/2023 at 16:03:39
Sorry. I'm fuming about Stubbs's interview. Not with him.

I am travelling to Manchester on Friday evening. Meeting up with some Man Utd friends I've known for about 30 years. It's going to be a long round trip, but I will get there.

I hope you are not there, Mr Chairman. You don't deserve to be. You stay in London, I'll go the other way and eventually get home.

George – keep me positive, please.

Martin Farrington
19 Posted 04/01/2023 at 16:08:41
I am Chairman Bill Kenwright,
My aura smiles with true blue light
I am your saviour and knight

Moshri power will soon go away
As your Fuhrer I will stay
I command all thats blue
The team will never win thats true
The team will never win thats true

Bill Kenwright Uber Alles
Bill Kenwright Uber Alles
Uber Alles Bill Kenwright

Now its 2024
Knock knock at your front door
Its the Relegation Secret Police
We have come for your uncool fleece

Come quietly to the soccer camp
You'd look nice as a corner flag
Dont you worry theres none in the shower
The team don't exist now see thats my power

Bill Kenwright Uber Alles
Bill Kenwright Uber Alles
Uber Alles Bill Kenwright

Completely plagiarised.
©Dead Kennedys

[Let's see if this sneaks past the censor… 🤭]

Peter Carpenter
20 Posted 04/01/2023 at 16:44:54
The interviewer said at the end that he would try to get a comment from Bill Kenwright – good luck with that one!

The mask has slipped. The great thespian, man of the people, self-appointed world's greatest Evertonian is revealed as nothing more than a spiteful, selfish, arrogant dictator. Sadly, like most dictators, when he goes, he takes a lot of others with him.

Michael Kenrick
21 Posted 04/01/2023 at 16:55:23
That is an absolute abomination.

Kim Jong-Il will be very proud of his old English cousin keeping the plebs in order.

Ian Edwards
22 Posted 04/01/2023 at 16:58:26
As for Alan Stubbs. He is just pissed that the club has never given him a job. Buy your own tickets, yer tightwad. You can afford them.
Tony Abrahams
23 Posted 04/01/2023 at 17:14:12
I was wondering who was going to criticise Stubbs – who had a job at Everton, but actually left because, unlike most, he wanted to try his hand at management – for not buying his own ticket.

I was thinking, he's nearly as bad as the Evertonian who had the temerity to tape the interview with good old Bill, a man who definitely should not need to give his time to anyone, who is not prepared to toe the nepotistic line.

Ian Edwards
24 Posted 04/01/2023 at 17:21:15
I was unaware Stubbs can't afford his own tickets.

I am aware that he was interviewed by Kenwright in 2013 but lost out to Martinez. He's clearly a bitter man.

Martin Farrington
25 Posted 04/01/2023 at 17:22:01


Ian Hollingworth
27 Posted 04/01/2023 at 18:56:26
Well done, Alan Stubbs, for highlighting Bill's pettiness.

It's not about the tickets or the cost of the tickets or who gets freebies but Bill's attempts to silence any critics. All the naysayers to any form of protest are merely playing directly into Bill's grubby little hands.

If it is widely accepted that our board has been useless for years, then it's perfectly acceptable for people to voice opposition to them. As someone said earlier, they ain't going to sack themselves and that's exactly why we should be protesting. They need to have pressure applied to make them accountable.

Dave Abrahams
28 Posted 04/01/2023 at 19:15:11

I'm not sure if Stubbs has got an ego. I know your friend Kenwright has got a massive one, I can’t figure out why.

Mick O'Malley
29 Posted 05/01/2023 at 13:08:29
People still defending Kenwright for fuck's sake! The man is a charlatan and a loser, a complete and utter failure as a chairman.

It's got nothing to do with free tickets for Stubbs, if the free tickets bother you that much, do you think Graeme Sharp has ever paid for tickets? Of course he hasn't.

I loved Sharpie as a player but what does he do as a member of the board?

Jack Convery
30 Posted 05/01/2023 at 13:26:26
It proves he's a complete control freak.

"It's my train set and I'll play with it any way I like."

He must go and go very, very quickly. We're doomed… We're all doomed!!!

Dupont Koo
31 Posted 06/01/2023 at 00:31:48
I came across another Kenwright-sympathizer the other day at an Evertonians gathering here in Hong Kong. My first question, as usual, was:

"Where's the King's Dock Stadium?"

"We have BMD coming up," he smiled wryly, "we don't have to look back to the past, do we?"

I challenged him again: "We could have been sold to the Man City owners but it was Kenwright's snobbish arse that drove them away."

"We aren't too shabby with Moshiri, are we?"

This fellow is not the only one and there are a lot more of this type of "napping" hypocrites amongst Evertonians, hence Kenwright is still lurking around and we are at where we are.

We need to find a way to support those outspoken and "No Bullshit" types like Stubbs, Southall & the NSNOW folks.

Kenwright Out ASAP!!!

Kieran Kinsella
32 Posted 06/01/2023 at 00:38:04
Can we get a list together of those who support Kenwright?
Ernie Baywood
33 Posted 06/01/2023 at 01:03:28
I don't think anyone supports Bill Kenwright, Kieran. That's a weird concept. We're Evertonians.

The club is failing. Therefore the Board is failing. Therefore the Chairman of the Board is failing. Therefore the owner is failing.

Mind you, I don't know what metrics Farhad uses to judge success and failure.

David Currie
34 Posted 06/01/2023 at 01:13:42
Only an idiot would support Kenwright.

Obviously he has been Chairman for a long time and, if he really loved the club, he would step down and let someone else take over. He is a selfish, greedy man who acts like a baby if someone dare be critical towards him.

Matthew Williams
35 Posted 07/01/2023 at 00:28:12
How petty is our so called Chairman... a truly pathetic excuse for a human being, congrats for Stubbsy for speaking out, after all he was our Captain for years,a true Blue and Scouser and was seriously ill at one point during his career.

I must email I.O.Interactive in Denmark with a suggestion regarding a future elusive target in the Hitman trilogy of William Kenwright!!!

Paul Hewitt
36 Posted 07/01/2023 at 00:36:17
He's only moaning because he can't get free tickets.
Danny O’Neill
37 Posted 07/01/2023 at 10:01:19
With all due respect Paul, that's a cheap shot.

He's a lifelong fan who played for and captained the club.

Despite the alleged "cancer clause" and what appeared to be very poor handling by the club in his hour of need, he came back to Everton.

He has every right to speak out. And, as he's says, free tickets and a ban from Bill's closed shop won't stop him going to watch the team he's supported since he was a boy in Kirkby.

Colin Glassar
38 Posted 07/01/2023 at 10:16:31
I heard Bill is planning on buying facial recognition technology from China. He plans on identifying, and banning, everyone who boos him when his big fat smiling gob comes up on the big screen.

KENWRIGHT OUT!!!! I’ve banned myself.

Fran Mitchell
39 Posted 07/01/2023 at 12:00:04
I remember when I was a kid and Kenwright was taking over from Peter Johnson, my Dad always used to say 'he's absoluely vile is that man, one of the most dislikable people i've ever worked with'. My dad worked in music and theatre production and had met him on multiple occasions.

My Dad was a red, so I always took it as him trying to disparge the new Everton owner.

But as time goes on, I always remember those words.

Michael Boardman
40 Posted 07/01/2023 at 12:06:46
Kieran #32,

B Kenwright
J Seagrove
B Turpin
Mr T.Heatre

In that order

Eric Myles
41 Posted 09/01/2023 at 05:43:59
Fran #39, I also knew some theatre production people who worked for The Playhouse when he "saved" it (my arse!!!).

They all had a good word for him . it was "c**t".

Alan J Thompson
42 Posted 09/01/2023 at 06:09:53
Could be an opening here for Mr Moshiri; send Stubbs two tickets for the Directors Box.
Joshua Steadman
43 Posted 09/01/2023 at 09:26:08
Fran - interesting comment. Many moons ago I was with an acting company in Manchester that had a successful agency attached to it, produced numerous successful actors down the years. They also despised Kenwright. Cannot go too much into numerous incidents, libel and all, but unpopular would be putting it mildly. Cannot stand him. Absolute cancer on Everton.
Brian Murray
44 Posted 09/01/2023 at 09:50:53
Joshua. Well that puts to bed the inference that he’s a nice but deluded man in the Peter Swales Man City guise. I will go to my grave readily on the knowledge his unveiling on the banks of the Mersey is snatched away from him because even without knowing him that what he’s angling for. No ney never as Burnley sing.
Rob Halligan
45 Posted 09/01/2023 at 10:00:26
Colin, if Kenwright tried to ban every fan for booing him etc, there would hardly be anyone in the stadium on match day. Probably be more away fans than home fans.


Rob Halligan
46 Posted 09/01/2023 at 10:04:17
Notts Forest CEO Dane Murphy to leave post by mutual consent to pursue other opportunities. Don’t know anything at all about the man, but can’t be any worse than our current incumbent DBB. Worth a try?


Jim Lloyd
47 Posted 09/01/2023 at 10:05:38
What Joshua has said, was almost the same as a workmate who was a stagehand when the Playhouse went bust under Kenwright. C**t was the very word my workmate had for him!
Eric Myles
48 Posted 09/01/2023 at 13:00:51
Jim #47, Billy M. by any chance?
Andrew James
49 Posted 09/01/2023 at 23:46:46
I like that Ian Edwards has a different opinion from most on this thread but it comes across as either him being delusional or a mole for Bill Kenwright.

Stubbs could have gone to Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers (who both were higher up the table in the mid-90s) but held out for us to buy him when he was at Bolton. We waited until he'd done his time at Celtic. I'd trust him over Kenwright every day of the week.

Because the thing is, I have passed our Chairman on the Euston to Lime Street train (when you have to walk through First Class) and he just ignores all the Blues adorned in their gear and clearly enthusiastic. The great showman is a sociopath.

Just the odd little bit of chat might have been nice with any of us as we are spending a fortune to come see the club we love that he's ruined for over 20 years ... but nothing.

The man pretends to be cuddly. Like cuddling a snake in my experience.

As for his decision-making, Everton Football Club don't work like one season in the West End and we need coaches that last longer, as well as cast members.

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