Football remembers Howard Kendall

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Football has paid its tributes to Howard Kendall who passed away on Saturday morning at the age of 69.

Kendall started his career at Preston North End, making history when he became the youngster player to play in the FA Cup Final.

He was 17 and 345 days when he played in the 1964 final for PNE against West Ham, taking the place of Ian Davidson in the line-up.

Kendall made 104 appearances for North End before joining Everton for £85,000 in March 1967.

A career spanning more than 600 games saw him also play for Birmimgham, Stoke and Blackburn.

In the first of three spells as Everton manager, the Toffees won the league title twice and lifted the FA Cup and European Cup Winners Cup.

He also managed Athletic Bilbao, Manchester City, Sheffield United, Notts County, together with Greek clubs Xanthi and Ethnikos Piraeus.

A minute’s silence was held at Deepdale before North End’s 0-0 draw against Cardiff City, with both set of players wearing black armbands - that was also done in memory of former PNE and England striker Tommy Thompson who died last month.

Goodison Park fell silent before Everton’s Premier League clash with Manchester United.

North End manager Simon Grayson: “It is very sad news about Howard Kendall, huge condolences to his family.

“He was a big character in the football world.

“Some of the people on our staff knew him, Alan Kelly played under him at Sheffield United.

“Howard Kendall is going to be missed and will be a big miss for football.”