Kingsley Black

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Kingsley Black
Personal information
Full name Kingsley Terence Black[1]
Date of birth (1968-06-22) 22 June 1968 (age 46)
Place of birth Luton, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfield
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1991 Luton Town 127 (26)
1991–1995 Nottingham Forest 98 (14)
1994 Sheffield United (loan) 11 (2)
1995 Millwall (loan) 3 (1)
1996–2001 Grimsby Town 141 (8)
2000 Lincoln City (loan) 5 (0)
2001–2002 Lincoln City 32 (5)
National team
1990 Northern Ireland U21 1 (0)
1989 Northern Ireland U23 1 (0)
1994–1999 Northern Ireland B 3 (0)
1988–1994 Northern Ireland 30 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:48, 26 June 2006 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:59, 17 November 2013 (UTC)

Kingsley Terence Black (born 22 June 1968) is an English-born Northern Ireland former professional footballer who played as a midfielder from 1987 until 2002[2] notably in the Premier League for Nottingham Forest, as well as earning 30 caps, scoring once for Northern Ireland.

He also notably had spells with Luton Town and Grimsby Town where he picked up honours for both clubs. He also appeared in the Football League for Sheffield United and Millwall before finishing his career with Lincoln City.

Career[edit]

Luton Town[edit]

Black started his career with his home town club of Luton Town where he notched up just under 150 appearances for the club in all competitions between 1987 and 1991.[3] He won the League Cup with Luton Town in 1988.

Nottingham Forest[edit]

Black was then signed for £1.5 million by Brian Clough for Nottingham Forest. While with Forest, he was loaned out twice, making appearances for Sheffield United and Millwall, he also played International football for Northern Ireland making 30 appearances and scoring one goal. Black managed over 100 appearances before his departure to Grimsby Town for £25,000.

Grimsby Town[edit]

Kingsley slotted into the Mariners midfield but was unable to stop the club losing their First Division status. Despite the relegation Black committed himself to the Mariners, even though the club strugged early in the 1997/1998 season, Town went on to finish 3rd in the league. Promotion was achieved via the play-offs after the club beat Fulham and Northampton Town. The Mariners also saw success in the Associate Members Cup in which they defeated Bournemouth at Wembley Stadium. Bournemouth led in the game before Black made the tie all square to send the game into extra time. Wayne Burnett scored the golden goal to send Grimsby home with the trophy. Kingsley went on to feature for Grimsby in the first division for the next three seasons. When manager Alan Buckley was sacked in September 2000, he was replaced by Lennie Lawrence who in turn brought in midfielders Menno Willems, Knut Anders Fostervold, Neil Murray and most notably Leicester City youngster Stuart Campbell. With this Kingsley found it hard to get a look in with the club, but avoided the chop unlike unfavoured utility man Adam Buckley. Black was instead put up for loan, and joined Lincoln City. The Imps would later appoint former Grimsby boss Alan Buckley as their new manager. Black returned to Blundell Park towards the end of the season and was deemed surplus to requirements by Lennie Lawrence. Despite being held in high regard by the clubs supporters, Black was released from the club.

Lincoln City[edit]

After his release from Grimsby, he joined other former Grimsby players Adam Buckley, Ian Hamilton and Andy Smith by joining Lincoln City. Black's spell at Lincoln was marred by the clubs overall poor performance, and the financial turmoil it was in, which would later see the club enter into administration towards the end of the season. Alan Buckley left the club by mutual consent, and in came another former Grimsby Town player Keith Alexander as the new manager. Financially, Lincoln were saved, and they escaped relegation to the Football Conference. Having featured only featured once in the 2002–2003 season, as a substitute in the 3–0 home victory over Macclesfield Town on 26 August 2002, Black agreed to leave the Imps by mutual consent, reaching a satisfactory agreement of a severance deal on 10 October 2002.[4] Kingsley decided to retire from the game at the age 34 despite being offered several contracts from other clubs.

Retirement[edit]

He returned to Grimsby to play in John McDermott's testimonial against Hull City in 2005 in which he was joined by the majority of his former team mates from the 1997/1998 season. In 2008 he played in an exhibition match with the players from the Luton League cup win in honour of the late David Preece. After retiring from the game, Black still lives in Luton with his daughter and son. Black also has a holiday home in Majorca, where he co-owns a small charcuterie selling cured local meats and sausages.

Honours[edit]

Luton Town[edit]

  • League Cup Winner: 1988
  • League Cup Runner Up: 1989

Nottingham Forest[edit]

Grimsby Town[edit]

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