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Tributes flooding in for Everton's Howard Kendall

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Howard Kendall seen here with Sir Philip Carter
Howard Kendall seen here with Sir Philip Carter
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"I have the honour of being the most successful manager in the history of one of the greatest and biggest clubs in the world."- Howard Kendall

It is certainly going to be an emotional day at Goodison Park today as Everton take on Manchester United. The news of Howard Kendall's untimely demise will make certain of that. Famous for his managerial exploits that led to Everton's greatness in the early to mid 80's, it must not be forgotten that Kendall was also a great midfielder in his own right, forming one-third of the Holy Trinity with Alan Ball and Colin Harvey that will forever grace Toffee lore as one of the best midfield units to have ever donned the royal blue.

It is ironic that when Alan Ball passed away in 2007, Kendall and Harvey laid a wreath in the center circle at Goodison Park when the Blues played.. Manchester United. The fans from both sides were pure class on that day, and we expect the same today too. The Everton players will be wearing black armbands today and there will be a minute's silence before the game.

Any potential investors at the game today are going to be greeted by a sombre atmosphere at first, a fanbase steeped in history and proud of the 137 years of tradition that runs through the tapestry of this great club. They will then see for themselves the love the Toffees have for one of their own, a player who covered himself in glory playing for the 'School of Science', and then came back to manage the team to some of it's greatest ever years, an era that defined English football and won the club life-long fans the world over.

Player (Everton)
Football League First Division champions: 1969-70
FA Charity Shield winner: 1970
FA Cup runner-up: 1967-68

Manager (Everton)
Football League First Division champions: 1984-85, 1986-87
Football League First Division runner-up: 1985-86
FA Cup winner: 1983-84
FA Cup runner-up: 1984-85, 1985-86
FA Charity Shield winner: 1984-85, 1985-86, 1986-87
European Cup Winners' Cup winner: 1984-85
Football League Cup runner-up: 1983-84

Rest in peace Howard Kendall, you are loved and will be missed, forever.

The tributes didn't just come in from his players, but from all over the footballing community too.

We could go on for days and days, but we'll sum it all up with just one more.

The outpouring of grief is well-deserved for such a humble yet outgoing man. A club legend in every true sense of the word.