Howard Kendall show applauded by Everton Football Club

Southport writer and broadcaster John Keith’s new stage show saluting the life and career of Goodison legend Howard Kendall has been applauded by Everton Football Club.

The show, Kendall’s Kings, drew an audience of almost 700 when it premiered last week at New Brighton’s Floral Pavilion and Everton FC tweeted : “ Another great show from @JohnKeithUK. We look forward to news on the next show.”

John, who presented the three-hour event and was joined on stage by Everton legends Colin Harvey, Peter Reid and Graeme Sharp, said : “We were all delighted with the size and response of the audience. They showed just how much affection and respect they have for Howard and what he achieved, both as player and manager.

“And I’m very appreciative of the message from the club. There’s no doubt that we will stage the show again at a venue and date to be fixed but Southport is on the agenda.”

Kendall, Everton’s most successful manager who led the club to League title, FA Cup and European glory in the 1980s, died at 69 last October. His widow, Formby resident Lil Kendall, was guest of honour at the show and said :

“It was a fantastic evening and I was touched by the depth of feeling people have for Howard. There was a wonderful atmosphere in the theatre.”

An auction of memorabilia, donated by Everton fan Roy Caine, raised funds on the evening for Lil’s nominated charity, Stick ‘n’ Step, which supports children with cerebral palsy and their families.


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