Ken Armstrong (footballer, born 1959)

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Ken Armstrong
Personal information
Full name Kenneth Charles Armstrong[1]
Date of birth (1959-01-31) 31 January 1959 (age 60)
Place of birth Bridgnorth, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Centre half
Youth career
Beith Juniors
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Beith Juniors
1977–1983 Kilmarnock 88 (3)
1983–1984 Southampton 26 (0)
1984Notts County (loan) 10 (0)
1984–1986 Birmingham City 58 (1)
1986 Walsall 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Kenneth Charles Armstrong (born 31 January 1959) is a former professional footballer who played as a centre half. Of Scottish parentage, Armstrong was born in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, while his father was working in the area.[2] Spotted while playing for Beith Juniors, he made 88 appearances and scored three goals in the Scottish Football League playing for Kilmarnock, and made 94 appearances, scoring once, in the English Football League playing for Southampton, Notts County and Birmingham City.[3] He signed for Walsall in February 1986 for a fee of £10,000, broke his ankle in his first training session, and nine months later, still only 27 years of age, retired from football because of the injury without ever playing for the club. He went on to become a social worker.[2]

Most recently Armstrong has worked in the NHS. He was a Business Manager with Monklands and Bellshill Hospital NHS Trust from 1993 before moving in 1996 to The Freeman Group of Hospitals NHS Trust which became the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust in 1998 where he worked as a General Manager, until 1999 when he moved to NHS Tayside as Director of Operations.[4][5]




  1. ^ "Ken Armstrong". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 68. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9.
  3. ^ "Ken Armstrong". Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Transfer Database. Neil Brown. Retrieved 16 April 2008.
  4. ^ Chalk, Gary; Holley, Duncan; Bull, David (2013). All the Saints: A Complete Players' Who's Who of Southampton FC. Southampton: Hagiology Publishing. p. 237. ISBN 978-0-9926-8640-6.
  5. ^ "Ninewells Hospital staff furious over NHS Tayside probe into missing cash". The Courier. Dundee. 7 August 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2017.

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