Howard Kendall – from North End trainee to king of Europe

Howard Kendall

Howard Kendall

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Football legend Howard Kendall – who started his career at Preston North End – has died at the age of 69 in hospital in Southport.

Kendall, later known as one of the ‘holy trinity’ at Everton, along with Alan Ball and Colin Harvey, joined North End as an apprentice in 1961.

North End's Howard Kendall examines his loser's medal after the 1964 FA Cup Final.

North End's Howard Kendall examines his loser's medal after the 1964 FA Cup Final.

PNE tweeted: “Preston North End are saddened to learn of the passing of former player Howard Kendall. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.”

It was two years later that he turned professional.

He then became the youngest player to appear in a final at Wembley when he was in the side that played West Ham in the 1964 FA Cup Final.

Kendall’s PNE career ended in 1967 when he joined Everton for £85,000, and moved from defence to a midfield role.

Howard Kendall

Howard Kendall

Two years later, he and Ball and Harvey were the driving force behind the Everton side that took the First Division title.

He played at Everton for 10 years before moving to Stoke, where he was given a player-coach role 12 months later.

A player-maager role at Blackburn Rovers, followed by a handful of games back at Everton followed, before he retired as a player in 1981.

He then helped Everton dominate English football for a decade, bringing in a young team that developed into league, cup and European Cup champions.

Peter Reid, a key player of Kendall’s at Everton and later Manchester City, said today: “It won’t be the same without Howard. He was just a great person.

“He was a warm character, and way ahead of his time.

“He brought in pre-season training and circuits long before anyone else.

“He was a great man manager, a fantastic person.

“He was always my friend as well as my boss.”

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