Legend Kendall Honoured With Testimonial: On This Day

The late, great Howard Kendall had his testimonial ON THIS DAY in 2006.

Everton welcomed one of Kendall's former clubs, Athletic Bilbao, to Goodison for the match, which ended 1-0 to the visitors.

The Blues fielded new signings Andy Johnson, Joleon Lescott and Tim Howard but it was a 16th-minute goal from Aritz Aduriz that settled the contest.

Johnson came closest for Everton with an effort that hit the woodwork.

Kendall had joined the Basque outfit in 1987 after securing the second of two First Division titles as a manager with the Toffees.

He stayed in Spain for two years and later had two more spells in charge at Goodison Park.


Everton played Manchester City ON THIS DAY in 2000 for Joe Parkinson’s testimonial.

After 107 games for the Blues, including the 1995 FA Cup final, injury had forced Parkinson into premature retirement and more than 21,000 supporters came to Goodison on his big day.

New signings Thomas Gravesen, Paul Gascoigne, Steve Watson, Alessandro Pistone, Niclas Alexandersson and Alex Nyarko all played their first games at Goodison Park for Everton, while the legendary George Weah starred for Joe Royle's City.

Everton won the match 3-1, with goals from Alexandersson (2) and Nyarko.

Parkinson came off the bench to a huge ovation to play the final 15 minutes.


Roberto Martinez signed teenage Barnsley defender Mason Holgate ON THIS DAY in 2015.

Billed very much as ‘one for the future’, Holgate was pitched straight into the Under-23s set-up and later spent a season on-loan at West Bromwich Albion before fully establishing himself in the Everton first team.

Holgate featured regularly in the starting XI throughout 2019/20, making 32 appearances and scoring his first Everton goal in a 2-0 Carabao Cup win over Watford at Goodison Park.


Everton - Howard's Way tells the full story of Howard Kendall's glorious trophy-winning team in the 1980s and tales from Merseyside during that era.

All proceeds from the documentary will go to fund The People's Place, Everton's purpose-built mental health facility close to Goodison Park.

Click here for details of how to watch Howard's Way.