Keith Leonard

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Keith Leonard
Personal information
Full name Keith Andrew Leonard[1]
Date of birth (1950-11-10) 10 November 1950 (age 66)[1]
Place of birth Birmingham, England[1]
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Kidderminster Harriers
Darlaston
Highgate United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1976 Aston Villa[2] 38 (11)
1973–1974 Port Vale (loan) 13 (1)
Total 51 (12)
Teams managed
1986 Birmingham City (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Keith Andrew Leonard (born 10 November 1950) is an English former footballer who played for Aston Villa as a striker. He also played on loan at Port Vale, and previously played non-league football for Kidderminster Harriers, Darlaston, and Highgate United. He won the League Cup with Villa in 1975, and was also promoted out of the Second Division. He later became a coach, and led the Aston Villa youth players to FA Youth Cup victory in 1980; he later served Birmingham City as caretaker manager in 1986.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Birmingham, after playing non-league football with Highgate United, Leonard joined Aston Villa in April 1972.[3] He made a few appearances before breaking his right leg in two places in a road accident. After recovering from his injuries he spent a few months on loan to Port Vale to regain fitness.[1] Arriving at Vale Park in November 1973, he scored once in 13 Third Division appearances, and his performances persuaded the club to offer Villa £5,000 for his services on a permanent basis.[1] The bid failed and he returned to Villa Park in February 1974.[1] "Valiants" manager Roy Sproson doubled the offer in September 1974, but was again rebuffed.[1]

On his return he played alongside Brian Little in their 1974–75 Second Division promotion campaign and in the 1975 League Cup final 1–0 victory over Norwich City at Wembley. A knee injury forced his retirement in 1976 and prompted manager Ron Saunders to sign Andy Gray from Dundee United as his replacement.[4]

Coaching career[edit]

Leonard took up coaching under Saunders at Aston Villa, and led the youth team to victory in the FA Youth Cup in 1980. When Saunders joined Birmingham City in 1982, he appointed Leonard as first-team coach.[5]

After Saunders' resignation in 1986 Leonard acted as Birmingham's caretaker manager for one game before being dismissed when John Bond was appointed as Saunders' permanent successor.[6] He went on to coach at West Bromwich Albion before leaving football to work at the Solihull Land Rover plant.[7]

Statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Keith Leonard profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season Division League FA Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Port Vale (loan) 1973–74 Third Division 13 1 0 0 0 0 13 1
Aston Villa 1972–73 Second Division 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
1973–74 Second Division 7 1 0 0 0 0 7 1
1974–75 Second Division 22 7 3 2 5 3 30 12
1975–76 First Division 7 3 0 0 1 1 8 4
Total 38 11 3 2 6 4 47 17

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 172. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  2. ^ "ASTON VILLA : 1946/47 – 2007/08". Neil Brown stat site. Retrieved 9 June 2009. 
  3. ^ "Leonard, Keith Andrew". Aston Villa Player Database. Retrieved 9 June 2009. 
  4. ^ "On This Day: November 10". Aston Villa F.C. Retrieved 27 November 2007. 
  5. ^ "Roeber returns to Germany". The Times (Times Digital Archive 1785–1985). 9 July 1982. p. 20. 
  6. ^ "Bond favourite for Birmingham job". The Times. 23 January 1986. Retrieved 27 November 2007. 
  7. ^ Struthers, Greg (17 October 2004). "Caught in Time: Aston Villa win the League Cup, 1975". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 27 November 2007.