Keith Lindsey

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Keith Lindsey
Personal information
Full name Keith Lindsey[1]
Date of birth (1946-11-25)25 November 1946[1]
Place of birth Scunthorpe, England[1]
Date of death 12 February 2003(2003-02-12) (aged 56)
Playing position Right-back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1966 Scunthorpe United 15 (0)
1966–1967 Doncaster Rovers 18 (1)
1967–1969 Cambridge United
1969–1971 Southend United 91 (4)
1971–1972 Port Vale 24 (0)
1972–1975 Gillingham 73 (5)
Dartford
Total 221+ (10+)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Keith Lindsey (25 November 1946 – 12 February 2003) was an English professional football player who played at right-back for Scunthorpe United, Doncaster Rovers, Cambridge United, Southend United, Port Vale, Gillingham, and Dartford. He was promoted out of the Fourth Division with Gillingham in 1973–74. His professional career lasted from between 1964 and 1975 as he made 221 league appearances in the Football League. His brother Barry was also a footballer and played alongside him at Scunthorpe United. He was the father of Scott Lindsey,[2] and was the first cousin twice removed of Jack Bowers.[3][4]

Playing career[edit]

Lindsey started his career as an apprentice at Scunthorpe United, making 15 Third Division appearances in the 1965–66 season. His stay at the Old Showground was brief, as he moved on to Doncaster Rovers. "Donny" were relegated out of the Third Division in 1966–67, with Lindsey playing 18 matches at Belle Vue. He dropped into Southern League football with Bill Leivers's Cambridge United. His non-league stint at the Abbey Stadium was to last only the one season as in January 1969 he signed with Southend United. The "Shrimpers" finished seventh in the Fourth Division in 1968–69, and then 17th in 1969–70 and then 18th in 1970–71 under Arthur Rowley's stewardship. Lindsey scored four goals in 91 league games in his three years at Roots Hall. In December 1971, Port Vale manager Gordon Lee paid a "small fee" to secure his services.[1] After making his debut in a 3–1 defeat by Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park on 22 January, he enjoyed regular football until the end of the 1971–72 season with 16 Third Division appearances to his name.[1] However, after nine appearances in the 1972–73 season, he lost his first team place at Vale Park in October.[1] He was loaned to Andy Nelson's Gillingham in December 1972, and was signed permanently the following month for a £500 fee.[5] He scored four goals in 39 appearances in the 1973–74 campaign as the "Gills" won promotion out of the Fourth Division in second place. New boss Len Ashurst then led the club to a tenth-place finish in the league above in 1974–75. He scored five goals in 73 league games during his time at Priestfield. He then moved back into the Southern League with Dartford.

Statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Keith Lindsey 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
Scunthorpe United 1965–66 Third Division 15 0 1 0 1 0 17 0
Doncaster Rovers 1966–67 Third Division 18 1 0 0 1 0 19 1
Southend United 1968–69 Fourth Division 18 1 0 0 0 0 18 1
1969–70 Fourth Division 33 1 2 0 3 0 38 1
1970–71 Fourth Division 35 1 3 0 1 0 39 1
1971–72 Fourth Division 5 1 0 0 2 0 7 1
Total 91 4 5 0 6 0 102 4
Port Vale 1971–72 Third Division 16 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
1972–73 Third Division 8 0 0 0 1 0 9 0
Total 24 0 0 0 1 0 25 0
Gillingham 1972–73 Fourth Division 25 0 0 0 0 0 25 0
1973–74 Fourth Division 37 4 0 0 2 0 39 4
1974–75 Third Division 11 1 0 0 0 0 11 1
Total 73 5 0 0 2 0 75 5
Career Total 221 10 6 0 11 0 238 10

Honours[edit]

with Gillingham

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 172. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  2. ^ Memorial
  3. ^ Eliza Hiltons Family Tree
  4. ^ Obituary
  5. ^ Triggs, Roger (2001). The Men Who Made Gillingham Football Club. Tempus Publishing Ltd. p. 200. ISBN 0-7524-2243-X.