Two of Everton’s greatest servants and ambassadors have been recognised by the renaming of two of Goodison Park’s stands in their honour.
The Gwladys Street End, which Howard Kendall famously referenced in his team-talk to inspire Everton to victory over Bayern Munich, will be renamed the Howard Kendall Gwladys Street End and, at the opposite end of the stadium, the Park Stand will be renamed the Sir Philip Carter Park Stand, honouring the contribution made by the club’s most successful Chairman.
Kendall, Everton’s most successful manager, who passed away on 17 October 2015, had a special place in the hearts of those who stood and sit in the Gwladys Street.
Making more than 200 appearances for the club, he is widely recognised as one of the greatest players to pull on the Everton shirt.
He went on to manage the club on three occasions, with his first spell immortalised as the most successful in the club’s history as he led the side to two First Division titles as well as an FA Cup triumph and the European Cup Winners’ Cup.
It was in the semi-final of that 1985 European Cup Winners’ Cup campaign against Bayern Munich that Kendall called on his team to use the power of the Everton fans, famously telling his players: “Get the ball into their box and the Gwladys Street will suck the ball into the net.”
Kendall’s tenure as Everton manager will forever be linked with the special relationship he shared with his Chairman, Sir Philip Carter. Memorably, in the autumn of 1983, Sir Philip delivered a vote of confidence to an under-pressure Kendall who was early into his managerial reign. What followed was the most remarkable years in the history of the club.
Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright, said: “Howard Kendall and Sir Philip Carter are two of the greatest Evertonians of all time.
“Standing firm together through one of our lowest periods, they remained proudly united to lead us through the most successful period our great club has ever enjoyed.
“It is this strength through togetherness that underpinned our desire to name these two stands in their honour at the same time. Two ends of Goodison, representing two of its most loved and loyal servants, facing each other and standing together once more.”
The Howard Kendall Gwladys Street End and Sir Philip Carter Park Stand, which poignantly face one other, will be known as such for as long as the club remains at Goodison Park.