Dean Keates

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Dean Keates
Personal information
Full name Dean Scott Keates
Date of birth (1978-06-30) 30 June 1978 (age 38)
Place of birth Walsall, England
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Wrexham (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–2002 Walsall 156 (12)
2002–2004 Hull City 50 (4)
2004–2005 Kidderminster Harriers 49 (7)
2005–2006 Lincoln City 21 (4)
2006–2007 Walsall 53 (15)
2007–2009 Peterborough United 84 (12)
2010 Wycombe Wanderers 13 (1)
2010–2015 Wrexham 153 (13)
2015–2016 Rhyl 22 (1)
2016 Rushall Olympic 0 (0)
Teams managed
2016 Wrexham (caretaker)
2016– Wrexham
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:02, 19 February 2016 (UTC).

Dean Scott Keates (born 30 June 1978 in Walsall, West Midlands) is an English former professional footballer who played as a midfielder. He is the manager of National League club Wrexham. He has won promotion six times with three clubs.



Beginning his career with his hometown club Walsall, Keates made his professional debut as a substitute in a 1–0 loss to Plymouth Argyle on 12 October 1996. He made his first start for the club on 25 January 1997, playing the full game in a 3–1 victory over Notts County.[1] He became a regular in the team the next season as, at the age of 19, he played in 48 games in all competitions, scoring his first goal for the club. Keates was a key member of the Saddlers' midfield in a successful 1998–99 season, playing in all but three games as Walsall won promotion to First Division as runners-up. Relegation followed the next year as Walsall struggled to adapt, though the club immediately won promotion back to Division One with a 3–2 play-off final victory over Reading at the end of the 2000–01 campaign, Keates playing for the full 120 minutes of the game, which ended in extra time.[1] He played 15 games in the 2001–02 season as Walsall survived in the division, though he was released in July 2002.[1]

Hull City[edit]

Keates subsequently moved to Third Division club Hull City, initially on a non-contract basis, in August 2002.[2] By the end of September, Keates' displays had earned him a two-year contract, awarded to him by then-Hull manager Jan Mølby. Despite new chairman Adam Pearson's money being pumped into the club on new players, Keates endured a lukewarm season at Hull, playing in 35 league games as they finished mid-table.[1] The next season, 2003–04, was more fruitful with Hull achieving promotion to the newly named League One as runners-up. Keates, however, played no part in the campaign after December 2003 – a knee injury that kept him sidelined proved his undoing, as he could not force his way back into the team.[citation needed]

Kidderminster Harriers[edit]

On 10 February 2004, Third Division club Kidderminster Harriers, now managed by former Hull boss Jan Mølby, signed Keates on a free transfer.[3] He played in eight games as the Harriers avoided relegation back to the Football Conference. Though he played 41 games the next season, Keates and Kidderminster were relegated.[1] He left the club at the end of the season, his contract having expired.

Lincoln City[edit]

On 1 July 2005, Keates signed for League Two club Lincoln City.[4] He played 24 games, scoring four times for Lincoln.

Walsall Return[edit]

On transfer deadline day 2006 Keates re-joined former club Walsall on a free transfer after his contract was cancelled at Lincoln by mutual consent.[5] Walsall were relegated to League Two at the end of the season. Richard Money was appointed as the Saddlers' new manager in May 2006, and under him, Keates was appointed captain. He played a key role in Walsall's promotion as champions back to League One in the 2006–07 season, scoring 13 goals. Keates was named in the PFA League Two Team of the Year for the 2006–07 season, as well as being named Walsall's Player of the Season.[6][7]

Peterborough United[edit]

Keates was signed by League Two club Peterborough United on a three-year deal on 14 May 2007, having refused the offer of a new contract from Walsall.[7] He played 78 league games, scoring 11 goals, as Peterborough achieved successive promotions to the Championship.[1] Keates was released by Peterborough United on 31 December 2009, having not played a minute of football under new Posh manager Mark Cooper, and managing just 6 games and 1 goal against Newcastle at St James Park in the 2009–10 season even before Cooper's arrival.[8]

Wycombe Wanderers[edit]

On 21 January 2010, Keates signed for League One club Wycombe Wanderers on a 6-month contract, ending speculation of a return to Walsall or a switch to League Two Torquay United. On 3 April 2010, he scored his first goal for the club against Huddersfield. He was released by Wycombe on 10 May 2010.[citation needed]


Keates signed for Conference Premier club Wrexham two days after being released by Wycombe. He was named captain for the season, and scored his first goal four games into the season with a 30-yard volley against Kidderminster Harriers. In 2010/2011 season captain Keates lead the team to a play-off semi-final against Luton Town but lost the 1st leg 3–0 and the 2nd 2–1.[9] In the 2011/2012 season Keates remained captain for the season and played in some major matches, including the FA Cup 3rd round match at Championship club Brighton & Hove Albion. A draw at the Albion's American Express Stadium meant a replay was to be played at The Racecourse which Wrexham lost 4–5 on penalties, the only missed penalty being the first taken by Keates.[10] Also that season he played in another play-off semi-finals in which Wrexham lost again to Luton Town. On 31 May 2012 Keates signed a new one-year deal alongside young striker Robert Ogleby.[11] Keates re-signed for Wrexham on a one-year deal on 8 May 2014,[12] which will be his fifth season at the club.Keates has become some what of a cult hero at Wrexham showing great commitment to the club on and off the pitch, He even carried on in a match after breaking his collar bone. He was released by Wrexham in May 2015 after making over 150 appearances for the team, as captain.[13]


Following his release, Keates joined Welsh Premier League club Rhyl.[citation needed]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played 21 March 2017
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record Ref
P W D L Win %
Wrexham 13 October 2016 Present 27 9 8 10 33.3 [14][15][16]
Total 27 9 8 10 33.3


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Dean Keates career statistics". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Hull's Keates hope". BBC Sport. 17 September 2002. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Harriers land Keates". BBC Sport. 10 February 2004. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Imps sign Mayo and midfield pair". BBC Sport. 1 July 2005. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Keates makes return to Saddlers". BBC Sport. 1 February 2006. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Ronaldo secures PFA awards double". BBC Sport. 22 April 2007. Retrieved 19 May 2007. 
  7. ^ a b "Peterborough snap up Walsall duo". BBC Sport. 14 May 2007. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  8. ^ "Peterborough cancel contract of midfielder Dean Keates". BBC Sport. 31 December 2009. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  9. ^ "Wrexham 0-3 Luton". BBC Sport. 5 May 2011. 
  10. ^ "Wrexham 1-1 Brighton (4-5 pens)". BBC Sport. 2012-01-18. Retrieved 2017-03-25. 
  11. ^ "Dean Keates and Rob Ogleby sign new Wrexham contracts". BBC Sport. 2012-05-31. Retrieved 2017-03-25. 
  12. ^ "Dean Keates: Wrexham skipper delighted to stay with club". BBC Sport. 2014-05-08. Retrieved 2017-03-25. 
  13. ^ "Dean Keates: Wrexham boss Gary Mills releases veteran captain". BBC Sport. 2015-05-12. Retrieved 2017-03-25. 
  14. ^ "Wrexham manager Gary Mills sacked by National League club". BBC Sport. 13 October 2016. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  15. ^ "Dean Keates: Former captain appointed Wrexham manager". BBC Sport. 25 October 2016. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  16. ^ "Wrexham: Results/matches: 2016/17". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 

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