Ken Monkou

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Ken Monkou
Kenneth Monkou (1985).jpg
Personal information
Full name Kenneth John Monkou
Date of birth (1964-11-29) 29 November 1964 (age 52)
Place of birth Nickerie, Suriname
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1988 Feyenoord 43 (2)
1989–1992 Chelsea 94 (2)
1992–1999 Southampton 198 (10)
1999–2001 Huddersfield Town 21 (1)
Total 356 (15)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:45, 7 January 2009.

Kenneth John Monkou (born 29 November 1964) is a Dutch footballer who played in a defensive role.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Nickerie in Suriname and was raised in the Netherlands. He became passionate about football as a child in The Hague, where he played at RK-VVP.

Football career[edit]

Monkou's first major side was Feyenoord Rotterdam. He moved to England in May 1989 to play for newly promoted Chelsea for £100,000. He was their first player from outside the Commonwealth of Nations since Petar Borota in 1982. He was voted club player of the year in his first season – the first black player to do so for Chelsea – as the team finished 5th in the First Division and won the Full Members Cup. He remained with Chelsea until 1992, when he was traded to Southampton for £750,000 3 months after signing a new 5-year contract with Chelsea.

Southampton faced regular battles for Premier League survival, though the club was never relegated. In the 1993–94 season he scored a last minute winner in a 5–4 defeat of Norwich City from a Matt Le Tissier corner that helped the club stay in the Premier League.

He stayed on the South Coast until 1999, when he joined Huddersfield Town on a free transfer, scoring once against Yorkshire rivals Barnsley.[1] However, disagreements with Huddersfield manager Steve Bruce ensured his time with the club was short-lived. Monkou made a return to Chelsea during the 2002–2003 season, before finally retiring from the game

Later career[edit]

Monkou ran a pannekoek house in the Dutch city of Delft (2009), and is actively involved in Dutch media and on Chelsea TV.

Personal life[edit]

Monkou's cousin is Arsenio Halfhuid who currently plays for OFC Oostzaan in the Hoofdklasse.


  1. ^ "Barnstorming". The Guardian. 25 September 1999. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 

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