Everton have submitted plans for a statute outside Goodison Park celebrating the ‘Holy Trinity’ - Howard Kendall, Alan Ball and Colin Harvey.
Kendall, Harvey and Ball were widely considered the best midfield triumvirate during the 1960s and helped the club win the First Division title in 1970.
Kendall would later become Everton manager and - assisted by Harvey - led the Toffees to two league titles, an FA Cup and the European Cup Winners Cup in the 1980s.
Harvey would also have a spell as manager while Kendal returned for two spells in the 1990s.
Everton already have a statue of the club’s greatest goalscorer, Dixie Dean, outside Goodison Park but there has been a desire for some time to built a permanent memorial to the Holy Trinity.
Under the plans submitted to Liverpool city council, three bronze figures would be placed back-to-back on a raised triangular plinth outside St Luke’s Church, near the corner of the Main Stand and Gwladys Street.
Plans initially submitted in 2016 were rejected due to risk of pedestrians stepping back into the road around the statue. These revised plans now include a larger paved area around the statue for supporters to gather.
With Everton also planning a new stadium at Bramley Moore Dock, you would assume any stadium design would incorporate a place for the statue to be brought with them from Goodison.
After submitting the plans, Everton said:
“Everton football Club have for a long time wanted to honour three of the clubs greatest footballing legends. Howard Kendall, Colin Harvey and Alan Ball, affectionately known by Evertonians as the ‘Holy Trinity’.
”Although past tributes to the players like the huge mural on the Goodison Park Main Stand gable have been well received, the club wanted a more permanent reminder of the trio and their contribution to the club.
“Following on from the successful sculpture of Dixie Dean which is located at the Park End corner, the same sculptor, Tom Murphy, has been commissioned to model the three players to a matching scale.”