Gerry Keenan

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Gerry Keenan
Personal information
Full name Gerard Patrick Keenan[1]
Date of birth (1954-07-25) 25 July 1954 (age 62)[1]
Place of birth Liverpool, England[1]
Playing position Right-back
Youth career
Liverpool
Skelmersdale United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975–1978 Bury 71 (3)
1978–1982 Port Vale 106 (7)
1982–1984 Rochdale 35 (1)
Accrington Stanley
Ashton United
Rossendale United
Rossendale United
Bacup Borough
St. Joseph's
Total 212+ (11+)
Teams managed
Accrington Stanley
Ashton United
Rossendale United
Rossendale United
Bacup Borough
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Gerard Patrick Keenan (born 25 July 1954) is an English former footballer who played 212 league games in the Football League for Bury, Port Vale, and Rochdale from 1975 to 1984.

Playing career[edit]

Keenan was a youth team player with Liverpool, but never played a first team game at Anfield. He played non-league football for Skelmersdale United, before joining Bobby Smith's Bury in April 1975. The "Shakers" finished 13th in the Third Division in 1975–76, before finishing seventh in 1976–77 and then 15th in 1977–78 under Bob Stokoe's stewardship. In his three years at Gigg Lane, Keenan scored three goals in 71 league games. Keenan signed with Dennis Butler's Port Vale in September 1978 for a £15,000 fee.[1] His first goal for the "Valiants" came in a 1–0 victory over Rochdale at Spotland on 11 November, and his second goal came on Boxing day in a 6–2 defeat to Barnsley at Oakwell.[1] He ended the 1978–79 season with 32 Fourth Division appearances to his name.[1] He played 44 league and cup games in the 1979–80 campaign, as Vale ended the season in 20th place under John McGrath's stewardship; he scored one goal against Torquay United at Plainmoor.[1] He began suffering with knee injuries from September 1980, and was limited to 13 appearances in the 1980–81 season, claiming two goals in a 4–2 win over Darlington at Vale Park on 20 September, and one goal in a 2–1 defeat at former club Bury seven days later.[1] He played 24 games in the 1981–82 season, and scored one goal in a 2–1 win at Rochdale on 19 September. Due to his knee troubles he was given a free transfer in May 1982.[1] He played for Rochdale before becoming the player-manager at Accrington Stanley.[1] After leaving this position he became player-assistant manager and then player-manager with Ashton United and had two spells as player-manager of Rossendale United before moving on to Bacup Borough and St. Joseph's (also in Rossendale).[1]

Post-retirement[edit]

Keenan was a matchday ambassador at Vale Park from 2002 to 2011, but quit the club in a row over access to parking.[2]

Statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Gerry Keenan profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season Division League FA Cup Other[A] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bury 1974–75 Third Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1975–76 Third Division 4 0 3 0 0 0 7 0
1976–77 Third Division 24 0 3 0 0 0 27 0
1977–78 Third Division 37 2 1 0 8 0 46 2
1978–79 Third Division 5 1 0 0 2 0 7 1
Total 71 3 0 7 0 10 88 3
Port Vale 1978–79 Fourth Division 32 2 1 0 0 0 33 1
1979–80 Fourth Division 41 1 1 0 2 0 44 1
1980–81 Fourth Division 12 3 0 0 0 0 12 3
1981–82 Fourth Division 21 1 0 0 3 0 24 1
Total 106 7 2 0 6 0 114 7
Rochdale 1982–83 Fourth Division 30 1 1 0 2 0 33 1
1983–84 Fourth Division 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Total 35 1 1 0 2 0 38 1
Career Total 212 11 10 0 18 0 240 11
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League Cup, Football League Trophy, Football League play-offs and Full Members Cup.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 159. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  2. ^ "Port Vale: Ex-skipper Keenan quits Vale duties". The Sentinel. 12 November 2011. Retrieved 12 November 2011.