Howard Kendall

Howard Kendall
Position:
MF
D.o.B: 22/05/1946
Birthplace: Durham
Appearances: 274 (3)
Goals: 30
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Named an Everton Giants for his excellence as the Club's manager, Kendall's ability and influence as a player means that, regardless of his managerial exploits, a place in the Club's Hall of Fame was always inevitable.

One-third of the famous Holy Trinity of midfield maestros, which also included fellow Giants Alan Ball and Colin Harvey, the trio's mesmeric play proved the catalyst for the 1969/70 league title success.

Kendall began his playing career at Preston North End as an apprentice in 1961. He turned professional in May 1963 and played in the 1964 FA Cup final against West Ham United.

At the time he was the youngest player to appear in a Wembley final, his place in the side coming due to the regular left-half Ian Davidson being suspended by the club for an unauthorised trip to Scotland. He was aged 17 years and 345 days and was the youngest finalist since James Prinsep played for Clapham Rovers in the 1879 final aged 17 years and 245 days.

Originally a defender, Kendall joined Everton for £85,000 in March 1967, where he was moved into midfield with Ball and Harvey. After winning the title in 1970, Kendall became the skipper of the side for the next three seasons but the Blues struggled to build on their title triumph.

The Club finished 17th in 1972/73, but Kendall had already departed - he was sold to Birmingham City in February 1974.

He spent four seasons at St Andrew's helping Birmingham survive in the First Division.

He then joined Stoke City in August 1977 for a fee of £40,000. Kendall became a player-coach a little over a year later and he thrived in the role and his performances earned him the club's inaugural player of the year award.

Alan Durban built the team around Kendall for the 1978/79 season as Stoke finished in third place, gaining promotion back to the First Division in the process.

However, despite Durban wanting Kendall to play for him in the First Division, Kendall decided to join Third Division Blackburn Rovers as player-manager - as his meteoric rise to managerial excellence began.

He stayed with Blackburn for almost two years before returning to Everton to play a handful of games, again as player-manager, prior to retiring from the playing side in September 1981. As manager, he would go on to take the Blues back to the very top of the English game.

Kendall never played for England at senior level, but won caps at schoolboy, youth and Under-23 level, captaining the England youth side to victory in the 1964 Little World Cup final.

Career Stats - Howard Kendall (First team)

League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
Season App. Gls. App. Gls. App. Gls. App. Gls. App. Gls.
1966 1967 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
1967 1968 38 6 6 1 2 2 0 0 46 9
1968 1969 28 (1) 1 3 0 4 0 0 0 35 (1) 1
1969 1970 36 4 1 0 4 1 0 0 41 5
1970 1971 40 2 6 2 0 0 6 2 53 7
1971 1972 34 (2) 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 38 (2) 4
1972 1973 40 4 2 0 1 0 0 0 43 4
1973 1974 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
1981 1982 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 6 0
Total 231 (3) 21 24 3 12 3 6 2 274 (3) 30
Please note, not all competitions are listed on this page. In some cases, this may result in a discrepancy between the displayed totals for appearances and goals.

Club From To App. Gls.
Everton 18/03/1967 02/01/1982 274 (3) 30

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