The day we met……Howard Kendall

The three graces

They say you should never meet your heroes, but then “they” are most probably not Evertonians.

Over the past year or so, various contributors to NSNO have been lucky enough to meet their Everton heroes, and not once have we been let down. This morning it was Howard Kendall’s turn to show us just how wrong “they” are.

As part of another project, I was lucky enough to get a meeting with Howard Kendall, who was manager of the side I grew up watching, the fantastic Everton side of the mid-80’s, and someone my dad had grown up watching on the right side of the midfield trio we call “The Three Graces.”

Someone who, it has to be said, is a massive hero of mine – along with the entire team he managed in the mid-80’s, may I add!

We chatted for well over an hour about his playing and management days, winning the FA Cup, the League, the Charity Shields, the Cup Winners’ Cup, with Howard answering openly and thoughtfully each question put to him. Tales were told of his debut against Southampton – and the drive home to Preston afterwards, missing out on winning the FA Cup as a player, and all the trophies he brought to Everton as manager.

Howard showed that Evertonian heroes are the exception to the rule. So we at NSNO don’t care what “they” say – we think heroes are ace.

Sadly, we can’t share the full interview with Howard on the site just yet, but we did get a few “quick fire” questions in at the end for you.

Winning the FA Cup or Winning the League? Winning the League

John Bailey or Pat Van den Hauwe? Pat, on the pitch, with Baill’s in the dressing room to keep everyone’s spirits up

Andy Gray or Gary Lineker? {a long, long pause} Both

Everton player or Everton manager? There’s nothing like playing, you’re out there, but as a manager you’re responsible for results. But again, both.

1984 or 1985? 1985

Gordon West or Neville Southall? Gordon was a great goalkeeper, but it would have to be Neville, because he was the best around.

Brian Labone or Kevin Ratcliffe? Again both, because that’s a balance at the back.

Howard still goes to Goodison every game, and writes a weekly column in the Echo about the club he spent over 17 years playing for and managing, and it was a great privelege to speak with him. All at NSNO would like to thank Howard for his time, and we look forward to seeing him again soon.

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