Memorial day for Howard Kendall in Woodwards Formby
It was the first anniversary of the death of legendary Everton Manager Howard Kendall on Monday 17th October. As a sign of respect in his memory, Woodwards Winebar in Formby Village draped an Everton scarf over Howard's stool for the day that was not touched all day. The scarf was provided by Howard's good friend Neil Lofthouse.
Woodwards co-owner Louise said: "We put a bunch of flowers and his favourite drink (a bottle of Rose Cava) in an ice bucket at his place on the bar and many of his friends dropped by the bar that day to pay their respects." Howard was a regular at Woodwards Wine Bar in Formby village and was known to prop up the bar whilst chatting to regulars. Back in January, Woodwards unveiled a commemorative plaque as a tribute to Howard at the bar where he used to stand and it is now known as 'Howard's Place'.
The plaque reads:
'Howard Kendall 1946 - 2015 HOWARD'S PLACE Everton's Greatest Manager A True Gentleman and a True Blue'
Howard was a long-time resident of Formby, and a very popular figure in the area, he left behind a wife, Lil, and three children, Hailey, Lisa and Simon. His ‘marriage’ to Everton FC saw him manage the club three times, winning the league title in 1985 and 1987, the European Cup Winners Cup in 1985 and the FA Cup in 1984. His first spell in charge being the most successful in the club's 137 year history.
In a managerial career of more than 700 games, Kendall also took charge of Blackburn, Manchester City, Notts County and Sheffield United.