David Kemp (footballer)

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Dave Kemp
Personal information
Full name David Michael Kemp
Date of birth (1953-02-20) 20 February 1953 (age 64)
Place of birth Harrow, London, England
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Harrow Borough
Maidenhead United
1973–1975 Slough Town 50 (41)
1975–1976 Crystal Palace 35 (10)
1976–1978 Portsmouth 64 (32)
1978–1979 Carlisle United 61 (22)
1979–1982 Plymouth Argyle 84 (39)
1981 Gillingham (loan) 9 (2)
1982 Brentford (loan) 3 (1)
1982 Edmonton Drillers 16 (7)
1983 Seattle Sounders 20 (9)
1983–1984 Tulsa Roughnecks (indoor) 17 (6)
1984 Chicago Sting (indoor) 8 (0)
1984 Oklahoma City Stampede 28 (24)
1984 Wimbledon 0 (0)
Total 345 (126)
Teams managed
1985 Norrköping
1990–1992 Plymouth Argyle
1992–1993 Slough Town
2000–2001 Oxford United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

David Michael "Dave" Kemp (born 20 February 1953) is an English former professional footballer and manager. He is currently assistant manager to Tony Pulis at West Bromwich Albion.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Kemp began his career with Harrow Borough, subsequently playing for Maidenhead United and Slough Town before joining Crystal Palace in April 1975. He moved to Portsmouth in November 1976 and was their leading goalscorer in both the 1976–77 and 1977–78 seasons, despite not playing a full season for the club. A hugely popular player whilst at the club he even featured in Roy of the Rovers magazine photographed alongside his fictional goalscoring counterpart[2]

During the time he played for Pompey, a song was sung in his honour, to the tune of Lily The Pink. It is a song that is still sung today (2016). Kemp's reputation as a fans' favourite was further enhanced when he was inducted into the Portsmouth Hall of Fame in April, 2016 [3]

He moved to Carlisle United in March 1978, moving to Plymouth Argyle in September 1979 for a then club record fee of £75,000. He had loan spells with Gillingham (December 1981) and Brentford (March 1982) before joining NASL side Edmonton Drillers in June 1982. He spent the 1983 NASL season with Seattle Sounders and also played for San José Earthquakes before leaving the sinking ship of the NASL in 1984 for the Oklahoma City Stampede of the short-lived United Soccer League (he accrued the 2nd-highest points total in the league).

Management career[edit]

He then managed Swedish side Norrköping. He returned to England in 1986, joining the coaching staff at Wimbledon. He was first team coach when Wimbledon won the FA Cup in 1988.[4] He later took over as manager at Plymouth Argyle in March 1990.

In July 1992 he took over as manager of Conference side Slough Town. He guided Slough to 5th place in the Conference, their highest-ever finish, but left at the end of his first season to become assistant manager at Crystal Palace under new manager Alan Smith where they won the 1993/94 League Championship (and with it promotion to the Premier League), and reached the semi-finals of the League Cup and FA Cup in the 1994/95 season.[5]

He was appointed as assistant manager of Wycombe Wanderers, again under Alan Smith, at the start of the 1995–96 season, leaving along with Smith after a poor start to the 1996–97 season.

He then became Assistant Manager under John Docherty at Millwall and was later first-team coach at Wimbledon under Joe Kinnear until the summer of 1999 when he returned to Millwall as first-team coach. In December 1999, Kemp was appointed first-team coach at Portsmouth under new manager Tony Pulis.

In October 2000, he was appointed as manager of Oxford United, with Joe Kinnear as Director of Football.[6] Kinnear left to manage Luton Town in February 2001[7] and Kemp was dismissed two months later following relegation and protests by the Oxford fans.[8] In December 2001 he was appointed as Chief Scout for Leicester City.[9] Later that month he was named as one of the best 101 players to have played for Plymouth Argyle[10] before joining Stoke City as first-team coach in August 2004, again working under Tony Pulis. Kemp left Stoke in June 2005 when Pulis was dismissed.

In September 2005, Pulis took over as manager of Plymouth Argyle and again appointed Kemp as his assistant. Kemp remained in this post under new manager Ian Holloway until August 2006.[11] In October 2006 he rejoined Stoke City as Assistant Manager, but became a Chief Scout when Peter Reid was appointed as Assistant Manager. In July 2010 Reid left Stoke to become manager at Plymouth and Pulis again appointed Kemp as his assistant.[12] Kemp remained as assistant to Pulis as Stoke earned automatic promotion to the Premier League in 2008.[13] Stoke established themselves as a Premier League outfit during Kemp's time as assistant and finished as runners-up in the 2011 FA Cup.[14] He left Stoke at the end of the 2012–13 season.[15] He followed Pulis to Crystal Palace in January 2014 and then West Bromwich Albion in January 2015.[16][17]

Career statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from David Kemp profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Crystal Palace 1974–75 Third Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1975–76 Third Division 30 9 4 2 3 2 0 0 37 14
1976–77 Third Division 4 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 6 2
Total 35 10 4 2 5 4 0 0 44 16
Portsmouth 1976–77 Third Division 31 16 2 1 0 0 0 0 33 17
1977–78 Third Division 33 16 3 2 5 3 0 0 41 21
Total 64 32 5 3 5 3 0 0 74 38
Carlisle United 1977–78 Third Division 13 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 4
1978–79 Third Division 45 18 3 2 2 1 0 0 50 21
1979–80 Third Division 3 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 5 1
Total 61 22 3 2 4 2 0 0 68 26
Plymouth Argyle 1979–80 Third Division 29 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 29 15
1980–81 Third Division 46 24 3 3 2 1 0 0 51 28
1981–82 Third Division 9 0 0 0 3 1 3 1 15 2
Total 84 39 3 3 5 2 3 1 95 45
Gillingham (loan) 1981–82 Third Division 9 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 11 3
Brentford (loan) 1981–82 Third Division 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
Edmonton Drillers 1982 NASL 16 7 16 7
Seattle Sounders 1983 NASL 20 9 20 9
Wimbledon 1984–85 Second Division 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Career Total 292 122 17 11 20 11 3 1 332 145
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League Group Cup.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.wba.co.uk/club/whos_who/
  2. ^ Cult Heroes-David Kemp Article by Johnny Moore in The Official Portsmouth magazine "Pompey"
  3. ^ http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/sport/football/pompey/pompey-heroes-hall-of-fame-honour-1-7308256
  4. ^ http://www.expressandstar.com/sport/west-bromwich-albion-fc/2016/01/07/dave-kemp-give-fa-cup-winners-a-champions-league-place/
  5. ^ http://www.soccerbase.com/teams/team.sd?team_id=646&comp_id=1&teamTabs=results
  6. ^ "BBC SPORT – ENGLISH DIVISION 2 – Kinnear joins Oxford team". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  7. ^ "BBC SPORT – OXFORD UTD – Kinnear leaves Oxford United". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "BBC SPORT – OXFORD UTD – Fans oust Oxford boss". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  9. ^ "BBC SPORT – LEICESTER CITY – Foxes fill backroom posts". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "Devon". BBC News. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "BBC SPORT – Football – My Club – Plymouth Argyle – Kemp parts company with Pilgrims". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  12. ^ "A Familiar Face Is Back". stokecityfc.com. Archived from the original on 2010-07-11. Retrieved 8 July 2010. 
  13. ^ http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/Dave-Kemp-Stoke-City-s-young-players-blossom/story-19001253-detail/story.html
  14. ^ http://www.expressandstar.com/sport/west-bromwich-albion-fc/2016/01/08/dave-kemp-is-always-up-for-the-fa-cup/
  15. ^ "Dave Kevan heads list of departures from the Britannia". The Sentinel. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  16. ^ "Premier League: Crystal Palace appoint David Kemp as Technical Coach". Sky Sports. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  17. ^ "West Brom: Paul Jewell and Dave Kemp join Tony Pulis at club". BBC Sport. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 

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