Bill Kenwright


It’s not October without a casual or theme team getting a unique hit off 2024 shortlist fodder. Bill Kenwright was one of those fabled instances of “Ben Carson syndrome” – a figure widely known in two fields yet practically Jekyll-and-Hyde for how diametrically opposite their respective talents were. In theatre, he was one of Britain’s best, earning acclaim for productions like Blood Brothers and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and launching the careers of many of West End’s current leading forces. Indeed he spanned the gamut of entertainment with a music side career and a stint as Gordon Clegg on Coronation Street.

Seemingly capable of doing no wrong, he tried his hand at football ownership and took the helm of Everton in 2004. His high-flying ambition was to recapture the glory not seen for the Blues since the 1995 FA Cup – the end result is instead a club that struggles to fend off relegation. He was 78 and a cult DDP pick back in 2016 due to previous health rumours, before being relegated to zero picks the next year. He would’ve been more popular next year thanks to a recent liver cancer diagnosis but The Cobbles Toll for Thee brought him back in the nick of time for unique points.

Bill Kenwright
4 September 1945 – 23 October 2023, aged 78
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