Two of Everton’s most iconic figures have been named joint winners of the Howard Kendall Award.
The Club’s most successful ever chairman, Sir Philip Carter, and the man recognised as the Blues’ greatest manager, Howard Kendall, were both awarded the prestigious prize at St George's Hall on Wednesday night.
Each year, the award is given out to recognise an individual or group that has been considered to have realised outstanding achievement at the Club.
Sir Philip passed away last month aged 87 and the announcement of his award was greeted with an emotional burst of applause.
After collecting the award, legendary former Everton player and manager Kendall said: “Everybody knows what this football club means to me, and what it meant to Sir Philip.
"I am very proud and I would love for him to be stood here beside me to receive this award with me this evening. The tributes that were paid to him tell you everything you need to know about the person that he was and what he did for Everton.
"We will always miss him."
Sir Philip began the first of his two spells as chairman in 1978 – a role he occupied for 13 years.
Much of that period was spent working in tandem with Kendall, who he famously stood by as manager when the 1983/84 season began to go off course.
It proved a significant decision. The trophy laden period that followed under Kendall’s stewardship included FA Cup glory later that season, the European Cup Winners’ Cup crown the following year, and Division One championship titles in 1985 and 1987.
Following Peter Johnson's tenure in the mid-90s, Sir Philip returned as chairman to steady the ship and he stayed at the helm until handing the job over to Bill Kenwright in 2004.
Kendall himself would also return for two further spells at the Club, albeit without adding to the collection of trophies that marks him, quite rightly, as the most-lauded manager in the Club’s history.
The Howard Kendall Award was sponsored by JFK Associates (UK) Limited.