Keith Boanas

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Keith Boanas
Personal information
Full name Keith Robert Boanas[1]
Date of birth (1959-04-22) 22 April 1959 (age 59)
Place of birth England
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–1999 Tooting & Mitcham United
Teams managed
1998–2001 Tooting & Mitcham United
2000–2007 Charlton Athletic L.F.C.
2008–2009 Millwall Lionesses L.F.C.
2009–2016 Estonia Women
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Keith Robert Boanas (born 22 April 1959) is an English football manager.

Playing career[edit]

Boanas has played and coached on the semi-professional circuit,[2] Boanas made three substitute appearances for Tooting & Mitcham United after being appointed manager in 1998–99.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

Boanas is currently the president of Surrey Coaches Association UK, replacing the late Sir Bobby Robson.[citation needed]

Prior to taking the Tooting & Mitcham United head coach position in 1998, he had become The County Coach in England's Surrey County Football Association. He also served as director of Margate FC's centre of excellence.[4]

Boanas has worked with and assisted in the development of many senior England women internationals such as current captain Casey Stoney and Enila Aluko. He has also assisted his wife, Pauline Cope-Boanas and Marieanne Spacey, the former assistant England national coach whom he tutored for the English FA Level 2, UEFA B. Boanas has also worked with many figures from the men's game including Chris Powell, the current head coach at Charlton Athletic and former PFA president. His career has included working with former Premier league goalkeeper Dean Kiely, now a coach at West Bromwich Albion, and Simon Mcmenmy, who was a national manager of the Philippines national team, and in player development, Leroy Lita who played for Swansea City, and Jason Euel who played for Charlton Athletic.[citation needed]

In November 2000, Boanas took over as manager of Charlton Athletic Ladies, while still managing Tooting & Mitcham United FC.[5] In August 2001, Boanas furthered his role with Charlton Athletic Ladies, resigning from his role at Tooting & Mitcham.[6]

With Charlton Ladies, Boanas alongside his assistant Matt Beard reached three successive FA Women's Cup finals, winning the 2005 trophy after defeats to Fulham in 2003 and Arsenal in 2004. He reached the final once again in 2007. He also guided Charlton Ladies to further cup success in the FA Women's Premier League Cup in 2004 and 2006.[citation needed]

Despite the success of Charlton Ladies team, 2007 saw the Charlton Athletic men's team relegated from the Premier League and they scrapped their entire women's section as a result.[4][7]

Boanas continued his work with the Surrey FA as The County Coach, and was then approached for the position of assistant director of the David Beckham Academy.[4] He currently holds an honorary position as the English national university and colleges head coach.[citation needed]

Boanas returned to the women's game in June 2008, being appointed manager of Millwall Lionesses.[8]

In January 2009, he was appointed as manager of the Estonia women's national football team and further tasked with re-structuring youth development and coach education in a developing football nation.[9]

In September 2012 after achieving all his senior coaching qualifications in the UK, Boanas elected to achieve his UEFA Pro Licence in Europe, under Dutch tutor Arno Pijpers.[10]

In November 2012, Boanas reportedly agreed a three-year contract to take over as manager of Lincoln Ladies, to begin in January 2013. However Boanas decided not to take up the position offered at Lincoln.[11]

Boanas is the author of three youth development manuals for coaches and delivers coach education courses and clinics worldwide and also academy training workshops for Surrey coaches with Fulham FC youth academy players.[12]

Boanas was named head coach of Watford FC Ladies on 7 February 2017, before leaving in December 2017.[13]

Boanas is currently the head coach of Barking Abbey Girl's Football Academy at Barking Abbey School.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Boanas is married to former England and Charlton Athletic goalkeeper Pauline Cope and has two children Sonny and Kari Boanas.[15]





Nationwide Coach of the Year


Ryman League Coach of the Year

2003–04, 2005–06



2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 Seniors 4 x Winners Annual Baltic Cup Tournament

2009, 2012 U19s 2 x Winners Youth Baltic Cup

2010, 2012, 2013 U17s 3 x Winners Youth Baltic Cup

2010 Voted Estonian FA JALKA Magazine Coach of the year

2010 Seniors Winners UEFA Mini Tournament Armenia


  1. ^ "MATCH REPORT" (PDF). Universiade Shenzhen 2011. 21 August 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 June 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2011.
  2. ^ Keith Boanas (25 January 2010). "Keith Boanas / Estonian women's national team / English colleges". She Kicks. Retrieved 4 January 2011.
  3. ^ "Tooting & Mitcham United FC Archive". Archived from the original on 4 March 2014.
  4. ^ a b c Steve Wilson (16 October 2009). "Keith Boanas Q & A". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 January 2011.
  5. ^ Thearle, Sue (5 February 2001). "Charlton's Bonus chance". BBC Sport.
  6. ^ "Boanas quits Tooting to manage women's team". Wandsworth Guardian. 16 August 2001. Retrieved 4 January 2011.
  7. ^ Tony Leighton (23 June 2007). "Charlton shut down women's team". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 January 2011.
  8. ^ "Lionesses make key appointment". Millwall FC. 25 June 2008. Archived from the original on 5 September 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2011.
  9. ^ Tony Leighton (26 January 2009). "Boanas leaves Millwall to take charge of Estonia". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 January 2011.
  10. ^ "Keith Boanas Gains UEFA Pro Coaching License". She Kicks. 3 September 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
  11. ^ "Lincoln Ladies: Keith Boanas appointed as manager". BBC Sport. 16 November 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
  12. ^ "Better Soccer Coaching – Team". Retrieved 18 July 2014.
  13. ^ "Keith Boanas: Watford Ladies name former Charlton boss as new head coach". BBC Sport. 7 February 2017. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  14. ^ "Keith Boanas". Barking Abbey School. January 2018. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  15. ^ Keith Boanas (1 November 2010). "Keith Boanas / Estonian women's national team / English colleges". She Kicks. Retrieved 4 January 2011.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Juri Saar
Estonia women's national football team

Succeeded by