Kevin Brock (footballer)

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Kevin Brock
Personal information
Date of birth (1962-09-09) 9 September 1962 (age 54)
Place of birth Bicester, England
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Ardley United (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1987 Oxford United 246 (26)
1987–1989 Queens Park Rangers 40 (2)
1989–1994 Newcastle United 145 (14)
1994 Cardiff City (loan) 14 (2)
1996–1998 Oxford City 54 (1)
1998 Banbury United
1998–1999 Bicester Town
1999–???? Banbury United
National team
1984–1986 England U21 4 (0)
Teams managed
1997–1998 Oxford City
1999–2007 Banbury United
2008–2015 Ardley United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Kevin Brock (born 9 September 1962 in Bicester, Oxfordshire) is an English former footballer who played in the Football League as a midfielder for Oxford United, Queens Park Rangers, Newcastle United and Cardiff City.[1] He was capped for England at under-21[2][3] and B international level.[4] After his playing career ended, he managed a series of non-league clubs in Oxfordshire, most recently Hellenic League Premier Division club Ardley United.

Playing career[edit]

Brock signed professional forms for Oxford United in 1979 and spent eight years at the club, scoring 26 goals from 246 League games. He was with Oxford as they rose through the divisions, enjoyed two years in the First Division with the club,[5] and played in the team who defeated Queens Park Rangers in the 1986 League Cup Final.[6] Brock holds a special place in Everton's supporters' folklore. In a League Cup tie between Oxford United and Everton at the Manor Ground in January 1984, Brock's back pass was intercepted by Everton's Adrian Heath who scored a late equaliser; Everton won the replay, and this is viewed as the moment when their fortunes began to improve.[7]

He was part of the England under-21 team that won the European championships in 1984.[2]

In August 1987, fellow First Division club Queens Park Rangers bought him for £260,000. He played 40 League matches scoring two goals in his one-and-a-half-year period at the club. Shortly after leaving Loftus Road to manage Newcastle United, Jim Smith then paid £300,000 for the midfielder on 8 December 1988 to take him to Tyneside.

In a six-year period, he played 145 matches and scored 15 goals. He was unable to stop them from sliding out of the First Division in 1988–89, but remained a regular player in the Newcastle midfield until the arrival of Robert Lee in the autumn of 1992, meaning that he played little part in Newcastle's promotion-winning side that season and didn't play a single first team game the following season, when Newcastle appeared in the FA Premier League. Brock's most memorable contribution during the promotion campaign came as a deputy goalkeeper. Stepping in for the injured Tommy Wright, he did an admirable job in a 3–2 victory at Birmingham City in November.

He finished his Football League playing career with 14 matches and two goals while on loan to Cardiff City in the 1993–94 season.[8]

Managerial career[edit]

Brock was sacked as player-manager of Oxford City after seven months in charge, as the club were relegated from the Isthmian League Premier Division at the end of the 1997–1998 season.[9] He then briefly joined Banbury United as a player,[10] and then Bicester Town,[11] before returning to Banbury before the 1999–2000 season as player-manager.[12][13] In his first season, he led the team to the Hellenic League Premier Division championship,[14] followed by promotion to the Southern Football League Premier Division four years later. After three seasons at that level, Brock resigned because of budget cuts.[15]

He temporarily took an assistant manager role at Woodford United,[16] before agreeing to take over as manager of Hellenic League Premier Division club Ardley United from the end of the 2008–09 season, before resigning in early September 2015.[17] His league record at Ardley over his spell in charge of the club was played 286, won 169, drew 45 and lost 72. The team never finished lower than 8th in the table with a best of 2nd in the 2013–14 season, in addition to which they won the Hellenic Premier League Cup twice, the Floodlit Cup once and most memorably the Oxfordshire Senior Cup in the 2013–14 season.[18]


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  2. ^ a b Courtney, Barrie (10 January 2004). "England – U-21 International Results 1976–1985 – Details". RSSSF. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  3. ^ Courtney, Barrie (10 January 2004). "England – U-21 International Results 1986–1995 – Details". RSSSF. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  4. ^ Courtney, Barrie (21 March 2004). "England – International Results B-Team – Details". RSSSF. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Kevin Brock Oxford United FC". Football Heroes. Sporting Heroes Collections. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  6. ^ Struthers, Greg (11 January 2004). "Caught in Time: Oxford United win the League Cup, 1986". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "Everton Cup Draw Gives U's Chance For Revenge". Oxford Mail. 30 August 1999. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  8. ^ "Kevin Brock Newcastle United FC". Football Heroes. Sporting Heroes Collections. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  9. ^ "Oxford City Sack Boss Brock". Oxford Mail. 19 May 1998. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  10. ^ "Brock Blasts Banbury Boss". Oxford Mail. 3 October 1998. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  11. ^ "OFA Slap 184-Day Ban on Owens". Oxford Mail. 17 March 1999. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  12. ^ "Merriman To Don Keeper's Gloves!". Oxford Mail. 24 August 1999. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  13. ^ "Tregurtha And Joe Lift Thame". Oxford Mail. 17 September 1999. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  14. ^ "Football: The Champagne Flows At Banbury". Oxford Mail. 27 April 2000. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  15. ^ Farrant, Nick (31 May 2007). "Brock quits Banbury". Oxford Mail. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  16. ^ "Brock in to Help Woodford". NonLeague Daily. 7 January 2008. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  17. ^ Pritchard, David (10 September 2015). "FOOTBALL: Recruitment struggles behind Brock's exit at Ardley United". Oxford Mail. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  18. ^ Sawyer, Tom (September 2015). "The end of a golden era". Ardley United F.C. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 

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