|Full name||Kevin Levi Austin|
|Date of birth||12 February 1973|
|Place of birth||Hackney, England|
|Date of death||23 November 2018(aged 45)|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|1992–1993||Saffron Walden Town||8||(0)|
|2000–2000||→ Brentford (loan)||3||(0)|
|2011||→ Boston United (loan)||14||(0)|
|2000–20??||Trinidad & Tobago||7||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Kevin Levi Austin (12 February 1973 – 23 November 2018) was an English professional footballer and coach.
As a player he was a defender from 1992 until 2012. He notably played over 100 league matches each for Leyton Orient, Lincoln City and Swansea City. He also played in the Football League for Barnsley, Brentford, Cambridge United, Bristol Rovers and Chesterfield. He also played Non-League football for Saffron Walden Town, Kettering Town, Darlington and Boston United.
He moved to Lincoln City in July 1996 for a fee of £30,000, making 146 appearances. A firm favourite during his time at Sincil Bank, Kevin was voted number 56 in Lincoln's 100 league legends in June 2007.
Austin moved to Barnsley in July 1999 on a Bosman free transfer but, in only his fifth match for Barnsley and ironically against Lincoln in the League Cup, he suffered a serious Achilles tendon injury that kept him out of action for the remainder of the season. He only made one further appearance for Barnsley; in a League Cup tie against Rotherham United in August 2000. Returning to fitness, Austin was loaned to Brentford and also linked up with Trinidad and Tobago, making his one and only appearance for the Warriors in a 1–0 2002 World Cup qualifying win over Panama in Port of Spain in November 2000. However, he was then sidelined by a recurrence of his Achilles tendon injury picked up on international duty in the Cayman Islands. A proposed move to Oxford United fell through when he failed a medical and he was released by Barnsley in the summer of 2001.
In the summer of 2002, Bristol Rovers appointed John Still as their assistant manager and Still, who had worked with Austin at Lincoln, invited him for pre-season training. Austin impressed sufficiently to earn a contract and he returned to both full fitness and regular first-team football, making a total of 61 appearances.
In June 2004, he moved across the Severn Bridge to Swansea City. Austin missed making his home début game for Swansea against Cheltenham on 21 August 2004 when he was caught in a traffic jam on the M4 while travelling from his Bristol home. In all competitions, to the end of the 2007/08 season, Austin made 139 appearances for Swansea City (with a further eleven as substitute).
He went on loan to Conference North club Boston United, until the end of the season 2010–11. He joined Boston on a permanent deal after being released by Darlington following the end of the season. He left the club at the end of the season.
Style of play
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