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English football mourns Everton great Kendall

Published: Saturday 17 October 2015, 23.19CET
The English Football Association has joined in the tributes to Howard Kendall, a title-winning midfielder and manager who led Everton to European glory.
English football mourns Everton great Kendall
Howard Kendall, manager of Everton's 1985 European Cup Winners' Cup winners ©Getty Images

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Published: Saturday 17 October 2015, 23.19CET

English football mourns Everton great Kendall

The English Football Association has joined in the tributes to Howard Kendall, a title-winning midfielder and manager who led Everton to European glory.

The English Football Association (FA) has paid tribute to Howard Kendall, the former Everton manager and player who has died at the age of 69.

Kendall lifted his first English league championship as a midfielder in Harry Catterick's title-winning Everton team of 1969/70. He returned to Goodison Park as an equally inspirational manager for a six-year spell from 1981, building a side that landed two league championships – in 1985 and '87 – as well as an FA Cup and the 1985 European Cup Winners' Cup. Kendall's team beat Rapid Wien 3-1 in the latter final for the Blues' first continental honour.

The FA chairman Greg Dyke said: "Howard Kendall was one of the great English managers and also had a wonderful playing career."

In fact, Kendall had already helped create a piece of European football history when Everton overcame Borussia Mönchengladbach in the first-ever penalty shoot-out in the European Champion Clubs' Cup. He converted the Merseysiders' third in a 4-3 spot-kick success at Goodison in November 1970.

Earlier still, he had become the youngest player to appear in an FA Cup final, aged 17 years and 345 days, when representing Preston North End at Wembley in 1964.

Kendall had two further stints as Everton boss – amassing ten years in the Toffees' dugout – also taking charge of Athletic Bilbao and Manchester City among other sides, including in Greece.

He is still the last English manager to win a European trophy with an English club.

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