Bred A Blue: Ian Bishop On Bellefield, Respect For Kendall & Life In USA

Ian Bishop is the latest guest in our Bred A Blue podcast series.

Bishop came through the ranks at Everton in the early 1980s but made only one fleeting substitute appearance for the Men's Senior Team – replacing Robbie Wakenshaw against Manchester United at Goodison Park in April 1984.

Unable to break into arguably the finest Blues team of all-time, Bishop sought pastures new and went on to carve out a terrific career for himself, earning the lasting affections of supporters of every club he played for.

He also established himself as one of the maverick characters of the early Premier League era.

In this hugely entertaining Official Everton Podcast, Bishop recalls his early days at Bellefield, his relationship with Howard Kendall, the move to Bournemouth that helped shape his career and his part in one of Manchester City’s most famous derby wins.


It was at Maine Road that Bishop teamed up with Kendall again – but he admits that didn’t end well, either!

From City, Bishop went on to make himself a West Ham legend before returning to Manchester City to play for Joe Royle.

He ended his career in America, where he still lives and coaches, and among his Stateside tales is the one about cleaning the windows of rap star Vanilla Ice!

He also, poignantly, reveals a beautiful conversation he had with Howard Kendall before the great man passed away.

Listen to Bred A Blue below or by clicking here. To catch up on other episodes of Bred A Blue, featuring names including John Doolan, Matthew Pennington and Keith Southern, click here

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