EVERTON FC has announced a lasting tribute to two its greatest servants and ambassadors by renaming 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.
It was in the semi-final of the 1985 European Cup Winners’ Cup campaign against Bayern Munich that Kendall, Everton’s most successful manager, 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 time as Everton manager will always 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 successful period in the history of the club.
Carter, who passed away on 23 April 2015, was a childhood Everton fan. His first spell with Everton began in the 1970s when he joined the board of directors, becoming Vice-Chairman before being installed as Chairman in 1978. Having presided over domestic and European success at Goodison, Sir Philip was instrumental in changing the face of football in England as a prime mover in the formation of the Premier League. He was also influential in the renaissance of Liverpool as a city through his involvement in numerous regeneration, arts and charity boards.
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 will be known as such for as long as the club remains at Goodison Park