Keith Rowland

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Keith Rowland
Personal information
Date of birth (1971-09-01) 1 September 1971 (age 46)
Place of birth Portadown, Northern Ireland
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Wingate & Finchley (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1993 Bournemouth 72 (2)
1990 Farnborough Town (loan) 1 (0)
1993 Coventry (loan) 2 (0)
1993–1998 West Ham United 80 (1)
1998–2001 Queens Park Rangers 56 (3)
2001 Luton Town (loan) 12 (2)
2001–2002 Chesterfield 12 (0)
2003 Barnet 8 (0)
2003 Hornchurch 0 (0)
2004 Dublin City ? (1)
2005–2006 Redbridge 36 (0)
2006–2007 Welling United 0 (0)
Total 279 (9)
National team
1993–1999 Northern Ireland 19 (1)
Teams managed
2016– Wingate & Finchley
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:56, 3 December 2009 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16:56, 3 December 2009 (UTC)

Keith Rowland (born Portadown, Northern Ireland, 1 September 1971) is a former footballer who played as a defender with Bournemouth, Coventry City, West Ham United, Queens Park Rangers, Luton Town, Chesterfield Barnet, Hornchurch, Redbridge and Welling United.

He also represented Northern Ireland, winning 19 caps.[1] He currently manages Wingate & Finchley.

Club career[edit]


Rowland was signed by Bournemouth manager Harry Redknapp making his league debut appearance against Darlington on 17 August 1991. He had two loan spells away from The Cherries at Farnborough Town and at Coventry City where he made two substitute appearances.

West Ham United[edit]

In the summer of 1993, with Redknapp now assistant manager to Billy Bonds at West Ham, Rowland, was signed for £110,000 alongside midfielder Paul Mitchell.[2] Rowland played 91 games in all competitions for West Ham, scoring only one goal, in a 1–1 away draw against Newcastle United in November 1996.[3] He found his first team opportunities limited in his time at West Ham due to injury and the form of first team regulars Julian Dicks and David Burrows.[2]

Queens Park Rangers[edit]

In January 1998 Rowland moved to Queens Park Rangers (QPR) along with Iain Dowie as part of the deal which saw Trevor Sinclair move to Upton Park.[3] Rowland made his QPR debut in January 1998 against Stockport County and went on to make 56 league appearances, scoring three goals.


He stayed at the QPR until August 2001, which included a period on loan, at Luton Town, before moving to Chesterfield on a free transfer.


He made only 12 appearances for Chesterfield before signing for Barnet in March 2003. The summer of 2003 saw Rowland's final Football League appearance before he made his move into non-League football.

Coaching career[edit]

After coaching at Aveley, Rowland followed manager Rod Stringer to Braintree Town in May 2010 where he was first-team coach.[4] After managerial contract negotiations failed, he left the club with Stringer in May 2011.[citation needed] On 14 June 2011, Rowland returned to Braintree as Assistant Manager to Alan Devonshire.[citation needed]

International career[edit]

Rowland gained 19 caps for Northern Ireland scoring one goal in a 1–0 win against Finland on 10 October 1998. He was first capped whilst with West Ham making his international debut on 8 September 1993 against Latvia. His final game came on 9 May 1999 in a 1–0 win against Ireland.[1]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Northern Ireland's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Scored
1 10 October 1998 Windsor Park, Belfast  Finland 1–0 1–0 UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying 1


  1. ^ a b jcd (11 September 2007). "Keith Rowland". Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  2. ^ a b West Ham United Who's Who – A player by player guide to West Ham United F.C. London: Independent UK Sports Publications. 1995. p. 181. ISBN 1-899429-01-8. 
  3. ^ a b "Welcome to the Wonderful World of West Ham United Statistics Keith Rowland". 1 September 1971. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Braintree Town appoint Rod Stringer as manager". BBC News. 16 May 2010. Retrieved 18 May 2010. 

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