Kevin Kent

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Kevin Kent
Personal information
Full name Kevin Joseph Kent[1]
Date of birth (1965-03-19) 19 March 1965 (age 52)[1]
Place of birth Stoke-on-Trent, England[1]
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Winger
Youth career
1981–1983 West Bromwich Albion
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1984 West Bromwich Albion 2 (0)
1984–1985 Newport County 33 (1)
1985–1991 Mansfield Town 229 (36)
1991–1996 Port Vale 115 (7)
Total 379 (44)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Kevin Joseph Kent (born 19 March 1965) is an English former professional football winger, now working as a football coach.

Starting his career at West Bromwich Albion in 1983, he began playing regular football with Newport County the following year. He then made his name playing for Mansfield Town over a six-year period from 1985 to 1991. He then transferred to Port Vale, where he finished his career following a five-year spell. Over a thirteen-year professional career he played 455 games, scoring 53 goals (claiming 45 goals in 378 appearances in the Football League[2]). He won the Football League Trophy both with Mansfield (1987) and Port Vale (1993), and helped the "Stags" to win promotion out of the Fourth Division (1985–86) and the "Valiants" to win promotion out of the Second Division (1993–94).

Playing career[edit]

Kent began his career at West Bromwich Albion, and made two First Division appearances under Ron Wylie and Johnny Giles in the 1983–84 campaign. He then left The Hawthorns and signed for Newport County of the Third Division. He played 33 league games for Colin Addison's "Exiles" in 1984–85, before leaving Rodney Parade to join Mansfield Town. He helped Ian Greaves's side to win promotion out of the Fourth Division with a third-place finish in 1985–86. In 1986–87 he scored ten goals in 57 games, and wrote his name in the club's history books on 24 May 1987, when he became the first (and to date, the only) player in Mansfield's history to score at Wembley when the "Stags" won the Football League Trophy after beating Bristol City on penalties following a 1–1 draw (he also successfully converted his penalty). He scored fifteen goals in 58 games in the 1987–88 campaign. Mansfield posted a 15th-place finish in 1988–89, before new boss George Foster led the club to another 15th-place finish in 1989–90. They were demoted back into the basement division after a last place finish in 1990–91. In total, Kent played 276 first-team games and scored 47 goals in his six seasons at Field Mill.

In March 1991, Kent joined Port Vale in exchange for Gary Ford and £80,000.[1] He featured in 11 Second Division games at the end of the 1990–91 season, but featured just 25 times in the 1991–92 campaign, as the "Valiants" suffered relegation with a last place finish.[1] He played 28 Third Division (renamed the Second Division due to the creation of the Premier League) games in the 1992–93 season; he did though play 40 games in total throughout the campaign, as he helped the Vale to win the TNT Tournament, the Football League Trophy, and to reach the play-off final.[1] They beat Stockport County in the Football League Trophy Final, but lost 3–0 to West Bromwich Albion in the play-off final.[1] Manager John Rudge ensured his side made up for their failure to win the play-offs by leading them to promotion as the division's runners-up in 1993–94.[1] However, injuries soon brought Kent's career to a halt; he fractured his hand in October 1994 and his kneecap the following February and was hospitalised in May 1995 with a back injury; this final injury brought about his early retirement at the end of the 1995–96 season.[1] On his retirement he became a coaching assistant at Vale Park.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Whilst at his final club, Port Vale, Kent began working as a coach at the club's Centre of Excellence from 1993 to 1996 and 2004 to 2006 under Mark Grew, Brian Horton and Martin Foyle.[3] Before this he gained experience at Mansfield Town's Centre of Excellence under Ian Greaves.[3] From 2005 to 2007 he worked at Stoke City's academy, before beginning a short coaching stint at Manchester United after obtaining his UEFA A Licence.[3] Between 2009 and 2011 he worked as the Indonesian Football Association's National Academy Director.[4] He also worked as a manager at Barclays Bank Sports Facilities and Events department between 1997 and 2009.[3]

Statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Kevin Kent profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season Division League FA Cup Other[A] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
West Bromwich Albion 1983–84 First Division 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Newport County 1984–85 Third Division 33 1 1 0 5 1 39 2
Mansfield Town 1985–86 Fourth Division 34 8 2 0 4 0 40 8
1986–87 Third Division 46 7 1 0 10 4 57 11
1987–88 Third Division 45 10 5 3 8 3 58 16
1988–89 Third Division 39 5 2 1 2 0 43 6
1989–90 Third Division 38 3 1 0 4 0 43 3
1990–91 Third Division 27 4 2 0 5 0 34 4
Total 239 37 13 4 33 7 285 48
Port Vale 1990–91 Second Division 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
1991–92 Second Division 23 0 0 0 3 0 26 0
1992–93 Second Division 27 1 0 0 10 0 37 1
1993–94 Second Division 30 4 2 0 4 0 36 4
1994–95 First Division 23 2 0 0 4 0 27 2
1995–96 First Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 115 7 2 0 21 0 138 0
Career Total 379 45 16 4 59 8 454 57
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League Cup, Football League Trophy, Football League play-offs and Full Members Cup.

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. 162. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  2. ^ "Stats". neilbrown.newcastlefans.com. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Coachs [sic] and Staff". indonesiafootballacademy.com. Archived from the original on 21 March 2011. Retrieved 3 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Our Philosophy". indonesiafootballacademy.com. Archived from the original on 20 March 2011. Retrieved 2 June 2011. 
  5. ^ Kent, Jeff (1993). The Port Vale Record 1879–1993. Witan Books. p. 236. ISBN 0-9508981-9-8. 

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