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Tributes pour in following the death of former Everton chairman Sir Philip Carter


 


Tributes have poured in from players and management past and present following the death of former Everton chairman Sir Philip Carter.

During Carter's time as chairman, Everton won league titles in 1985 and 1987, the 1984 FA Cup and the 1985 European Cup Winners' Cup.

Former manager Howard Kendall, who was in charge during Everton's most successful spell under Carter, said “I am just lost for words in terms of the presence of the man and what Everton Football Club meant to him. I will miss him on matchdays.”

“It was an honour and a pleasure to be at Everton Football Club with Sir Philip. He had a big part to play in the successful times, no doubt."

Carter, who also served as president of the Football League and was an FA vice-president, relinquished his position when Peter Johnson bought the club but returned to the post in December 1998 after Bill Kenwright had taken over at the club.

He was made life president of the club in 2004 and in 2008 was again made a director.

Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright has paid this tribute to his predecessor saying, “Words cannot describe my feelings of loss primarily as a friend but also as an Evertonian."

“Sir Philip was simply a giant...a great man a great leader and the very best friend and colleague anyone could ask for. I never once met him without calling him Chairman. I never will."

“That title was his by right. He will always have a major place in our great club's history. To his wondrous Lady Rita and his family we send the deepest of condolences together with our undying love and gratitude for his life.”

Everton manager Roberto Martinez said of Sir Philip, "This is a sad day for Everton Football Club and for every Evertonian. Sir Philip was an incredible custodian of the Club, a pure gentleman and a man I feel really fortunate to have met, for I learnt much about the essence of Everton from him.


“It was an honour and a pleasure to be at Everton Football Club with Sir Philip. He had a big part to play in the successful times, no doubt."
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