Howard Kendall, Football player and manager, Died at 69,

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Howard Kendall, born on May 22, 1946, and passed away October 17, 2015, he was an English footballer and manager.

He was most famous for his connection with Everton, a club that he both played for and managed.

He also played for Preston North End, Stoke City, Birmingham City, Blackburn Rovers and managed Athletic Bilbao, Manchester City, Xanthi, Notts County, Sheffield United and Ethnikos Piraeus.

His uncle Harry Taylor played for Newcastle United and Fulham in the 1950s.

Howard joined Preston North End as an apprentice in 1961.

He turned professional in May 1963 and played in the 1964 FA Cup Final against West Ham United.

At the time the youngest player to appear in a Wembley final, his place in the side coming due to the regular left-half Ian Davidson being suspended by the club for an unauthorised trip to Scotland.

He was aged 17 years 345 days and was the youngest finalist since James Prinsep played for Clapham Rovers in the 1879 final aged 17 years 245 days.

On June 1979 Howard was appointed player-manager of Blackburn Rovers and took the team into the Second Division in the 1979–80 season.

Success continued the following season when Rovers narrowly missed out on promotion to the First Division on goal difference.

In May 1981 Howard returned to Everton as player-manager, in the hope of restoring the club to its former glory, although he only played four games before finally retiring as a player.

Initially he struggled and was on the verge of being sacked in January 1984 when results began to pick up with Everton reaching the League Cup final (losing to Liverpool) and winning the FA Cup (beating Watford) at the end of the season.

Howard died at age 69 in October 2015.

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