Keith Weller

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Keith Weller
Personal information
Full name Keith Weller
Date of birth (1946-06-11)11 June 1946
Place of birth Islington, London, England
Date of death 12 November 2004(2004-11-12) (aged 58)
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Midfielder / Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964–1967 Tottenham Hotspur 21 (1)
1967–1970 Millwall 121 (40)
1970–1971 Chelsea 38 (14)
1971–1978 Leicester City 262 (37)
1978–1980 New England Tea Men 72 (18)
1980–1983 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 64 (6)
1980-1981 Fort Lauderdale Strikers (indoor) 6 (5)
1983 Tulsa Roughnecks (loan) 4 (0)
1984 Fort Lauderdale Sun
National team
1973–1974 England 4 (1)
Teams managed
1984–1985 Fort Lauderdale Sun
1986 Houston Dynamo
1986–1988 Dallas Sidekicks (assistant)
1988–1989 San Diego Sockers (assistant)
1989–1992 Tacoma Stars (indoor)
1994–1997 Sacramento Knights (indoor)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 May 2008.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16:54, 5 January 2008 (UTC)

Keith Weller (11 June 1946 - 13 November 2004) was an English footballer. He is considered to be one of Leicester City's greatest ever players. Following seven operations for cancer, he died in the United States in 2004 aged 58.

England[edit]

A midfielder/striker who played during the 1960s and 1970s, Weller's clubs included Tottenham Hotspur, Millwall, Chelsea and Leicester City. He served his apprenticeship with Spurs before signing for Millwall in June 1967, making his debut against Blackburn Rovers on 19 August 1967. Playing just behind or alongside Derek Possee, Weller showed great skill on the ball, and possessed blistering pace which quickly established him as a fan favourite. Weller signed for Chelsea in 1970 for £100,000.

Weller signed for Leicester City in 1971, and played there for eight seasons. He won the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup with Chelsea in 1971 and won four caps for England, scoring one goal against Northern Ireland in the 1973–74 British Home Championship.[1]

United States[edit]

In 1978, Weller signed with the New England Tea Men of the North American Soccer League. In 1980 after eighteen games, the Tea Men traded Weller to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in exchange for Arnie Mausser.[2] On 4 February 1983, the Strikers loaned Weller to the Tulsa Roughnecks during the NASL indoor season.[3] He was back with the Strikers in April 1983 and played out the season with them. At the end of the season, the Strikers moved to Minnesota, but Weller remained in Florida.

On 2 April 1984, he became a player-coach with the Fort Lauderdale Sun of the second division United Soccer League (USL).[4] He returned to coach the team, now known as the South Florida Sun, during the 1985 season. However, the league collapsed six games into the season. In April 1986, he was hired to the independent Houston Dynamo.[5] In the fall of 1986, Weller became an assistant coach with the Dallas Sidekicks of the Major Indoor Soccer League. He spent two seasons with the Sidekicks before becoming an assistant coach with the San Diego Sockers in October 1988. In December 1989, the Tacoma Stars hired Weller to replace the recently fired Alan Hinton as head coach.[6] After the demise of the then named MSL in 1992, Weller did not coach again at the professional level until hire by the Sacramento Knights of the Continental Indoor Soccer League in January 1994.[7] He remained with the Knights through the 1997 season.

Following his retirement from coaching, he settled in Seattle, Washington where he owned a coffee shop and served as a news station broadcast van driver.

Honours[edit]

Chelsea

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Leicester legend Weller mourned". BBC Sport. 13 November 2004. Retrieved 2008-01-06. 
  2. ^ SPORTS LOG\ TEA MEN TRADE WELLER TO STRIKERS FOR MAUSSER Boston Globe - Tuesday, 15 July 1980
  3. ^ STRIKERS LET WELLER GO, THEN FALL Miami Herald, The (FL) - Saturday, 5 February 1983
  4. ^ EX-STRIKER WELLER NAMED SUN'S COACH The Miami Herald (FL) - Tuesday, 3 April 1984
  5. ^ WELLER FINDS TEAM, NOW NEEDS LEAGUE The Miami Herald (FL) - Friday, 25 April 1986
  6. ^ Weller leaves Sockers for hot seat in Tacoma Evening Tribune (San Diego, CA) - Wednesday, 6 December 1989
  7. ^ KNIGHTS KICK-START PLAYOFF HOPES BY HIRING NEW COACH SACRAMENTO BEE - Thursday, 20 January 1994

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