Post by Everton News. on Oct 24, 2023 16:07:52 GMT
Everton Football Club is in mourning following the death of Chairman Bill Kenwright CBE, who passed away peacefully last night aged 78, surrounded by his family and loved ones.
Everton’s longest serving chairman for more than a century, Bill Kenwright led the Club through a period of unprecedented change in English football.
A lifelong Evertonian, he became a board member on October 23, 1989, and then on Boxing Day 1999 his True Blue Holdings consortium acquired the Club. Initially vice-chairman, he succeeded his close friend Sir Philip Carter as Chair in 2004.
In his 19 seasons as Chairman, the Club secured 12 top eight finishes, including a top four finish in 2005, a run to the 2009 FA Cup final and European qualification on 6 separate occasions.
The club has lost a chairman, a leader, a friend, and an inspiration. The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Everton are with his partner Jenny Seagrove, his daughter Lucy Kenwright, grandchildren and everybody who knew and loved him.
Post by Everton News. on Oct 24, 2023 20:57:34 GMT
I am deeply saddened by the news of the passing of my great friend Bill.
Bill was a force of nature and he certainly changed my life nearly ten years ago when he first spoke to me about getting involved with the Club he adored. He told me about this incredible club, a club that not only has history and heritage but was also a beating heart of our community and for that I will always be grateful.
He was very persuasive and I invested both into that football club, and also into becoming part of it and joining a new family.
There can be no mistaking that Bill loved Everton Football Club. He spoke with an infectious enthusiasm about every aspect of Everton, from the legends of yesteryear to his unconditional support for everyone that wears the Blue shirt and represents the club. He admired the hard work, dedication and effort of every member of staff across the club and Everton in the Community but most of all he recognised and empathised with the passion, loyalty and support all the Everton teams have had from Evertonians be that at home, away or abroad.
Bill loved Goodison Park, a stadium that held so many special memories but he also shared in an incredible vision for our new stadium and when the Club moves in I don’t think anyone would have been prouder.
The new Everton Stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock will provide an iconic new home for the Club on the banks of the Royal Blue Mersey and will stand as a lasting legacy to his memory. He oversaw the process in his role as Chairman during a very challenging period for such a significant infrastructure project including the impact of the Covid pandemic.
On a personal level I will miss no longer hearing his voice on the end of a telephone many times each day, talking about players, plotting how the Club can do better and better.
Regardless of the natural unpredictability of our game and the associated ups and downs - my friendship with Bill has always remained strong.
He was a special soul, a man successful in so many different walks of life.
We will miss him but never forget him.
Our thoughts and best wishes go out to his family at this sad time.