Dick Keith

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Dick Keith
Personal information
Full name Richard Matthewson Keith
Date of birth (1933-05-15)15 May 1933
Place of birth Belfast, Northern Ireland
Date of death 28 February 1967(1967-02-28) (aged 33)
Place of death Bournemouth, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Right Back
Youth career
33rd Old Boys
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1950–1957 Linfield
1957–1964 Newcastle United 223 (2)
1964–1966 Bournemouth 52 (0)
1966–1967 Weymouth
National team
1957–1962 Northern Ireland 23 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).

Richard "Dick" M. Keith (15 May 1933 – 28 February 1967) was a footballer who played at right-back for Newcastle United between 1956 and 1964. He played 233 games and scored 2 goals.

Known as "Dick" to his team mates, he was a popular player with the Geordies and was made club captain in 1962.

His career saw him play for Linfield F.C., Newcastle United, A.F.C. Bournemouth and Weymouth F.C..

He was also part of the great Northern Ireland team that played in the 1958 FIFA World Cup. He made 23 appearances for his country,[1] and also won the Irish Player of the Year 1954 and the Irish Cup in 1953.

He played for Weymouth up until his death in 1967; he died in an accident at a builders yard, aged only 33, when an automatic garage door he was dismantling collapsed on top of him at a builders yard.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dick Keith at National-Football-Teams.com
  • Paul Joannou. A Complete Who's Who of Newcastle United. 
  • Paul Joannou, Tommy Canning and Patrick Canning. Haway The Lads, The Illustrated Story of Newcastle United.