Kevin Finney

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Kevin Finney
Personal information
Full name Kevin Finney[1]
Date of birth (1969-10-19) 19 October 1969 (age 47)[1]
Place of birth Newcastle-under-Lyme, England[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Port Vale
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1991 Port Vale 37 (1)
1991–1993 Lincoln City 37 (2)
1993–1994 Leek Town 18 (2)
Stafford Rangers
Total 92+ (5+)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Kevin Finney (born 19 October 1969) is an English former footballer who played as a midfielder for Port Vale, Lincoln City, Leek Town, and Stafford Rangers.

Playing career[edit]

Finney came up through the Port Vale youth team to sign as a professional in May 1987.[1] He featured 22 times in the 1987–88 campaign, and scored the only goal of the game against Macclesfield Town to book the "Valiants" an FA Cup tie with First Division giants Tottenham Hotspur.[1] This goal was reported to have kept manager John Rudge in his job, who went on to become the club's most successful ever manager.[2] However, Rudge used Finney mainly as a substitute in 17 games in the 1988–89 season.[1] He scored his first league goal on the last day of the Third Division season: a 2–1 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage on 13 May.[1] He appeared as a substitute for Andy Porter in the 1–0 win over Bristol Rovers at Vale Park on 3 June, in the second leg of the play-off final.[1] However his first team opportunities became more limited in the Second Division, and he featured just nine times in the 1989–90 season.[1] He appeared just once, in the League Cup, in the 1990–91 campaign, and was handed a free transfer to Steve Thompson's Lincoln City in May 1991.[1] The "Imps" posted a tenth-place finish in the Fourth Division in 1991–92, before finishing outside the play-offs on goal difference in 1992–93. He scored two goals in 37 league appearances during his two seasons at Sincil Bank. Finney then moved into non-league football, and featured in the Northern Premier League with Leek Town and in the Conference with Stafford Rangers.

Statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Kevin Finney profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season Division League FA Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Port Vale 1987–88 Third Division 15 0 4 1 3 0 22 1
1988–89 Third Division 14 1 0 0 3 0 17 1
1989–90 Second Division 8 0 0 0 1 0 9 0
1990–91 Second Division 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Total 37 1 4 1 8 0 49 2
Lincoln City 1991–92 Fourth Division 23 2 1 0 5 0 29 2
1992–93 Third Division 14 0 0 0 4 1 18 1
Total 37 2 1 0 9 1 47 3

Honours[edit]

with Port Vale

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 101. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  2. ^ Baggaley, Mike (6 November 2016). "Port Vale COMMENT: Remie Streete goal may buy Bruno Ribeiro time". Stoke Sentinel. Retrieved 7 November 2016. 
  3. ^ Kent, Jeff (1989). Port Vale Promotion Chronicle 1988-1989: Back to Where We Once Belonged!. Witan Books. ISBN 0-9508981-3-9.