Lance Key

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Lance Key
Personal information
Full name Lance William Key[1]
Date of birth (1968-05-13) 13 May 1968 (age 49)
Place of birth Kettering, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
000?–1990 Histon
1990–1996 Sheffield Wednesday 0 (0)
1993 Oldham Athletic (loan) 2 (0)
1995 Oxford United (loan) 6 (0)
1995 Lincoln City (loan) 5 (0)
1995 Hartlepool United (loan) 1 (0)
1996 Rochdale (loan) 14 (0)
1996–1997 Dundee United 3 (0)
1997 Sheffield United 0 (0)
1997–1999 Rochdale 19 (0)
1998–2001 Northwich Victoria 51 (0)
2000 Altrincham (loan) 15 (0)
2001–2004 Kingstonian 136 (0)
2004–2008 Histon 124 (0)
2008 Wivenhoe Town 0 (0)
2010–2011 Rushden & Diamonds 0 (0)
Total 376 (0)
Teams managed
2016– Histon
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Lance William Key (born 13 May 1968) is an English former footballer, who played as a goalkeeper. His elder brother Richard was also a professional goalkeeper principally for Exeter City and Cambridge United.

Key is also a football coach; he is currently employed as the manager of Histon.


Born in Kettering, Northamptonshire, Key began his professional career in April 1990 when he joined Sheffield Wednesday from non-league Histon for a fee of £10,000. He spent six years with Wednesday, but made just one appearance, as a substitute in the FA Cup at Gillingham. This followed the sending off of Kevin Pressman. Key's first touch was to pick the ball out of the net following the penalty which led to the sending off.

Loan spells with Oldham Athletic, Oxford United, Lincoln City, Hartlepool United and Rochdale followed before a free transfer move to Dundee United in July 1996.

At Tannadice, Key was understudy to regular keeper Ally Maxwell and made his debut on 2 November 1996 in a 3–1 win away to Motherwell. He played twice more later that month, but returned to England in March 1997 without making any further first team appearances, joining Sheffield United on a free transfer.

In August 1997 he joined Rochdale on a free transfer. He moved to Northwich Victoria on loan in December 1998, with the move being made permanent in February 1999.

He moved to Kingstonian in June 2001 and rejoined Histon in September 2004,[2] where he helped the team to Southern League and Conference South championships. He left Histon in September 2008 and joined Wivenhoe Town,[3] but left the club after just one FA Vase appearance. In July 2010 he joined Rushden & Diamonds as goalkeeping coach.[4] He was released by the club in May 2011.[5]


  1. ^ "Lance Key". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 2 April 2017. 
  2. ^ Histon sign three
  3. ^ "Lance Key signs from Histon". Wivenhoe Town F.C. Archived from the original on 17 September 2008. Retrieved 29 September 2008. 
  4. ^ "Lance Key joins R&DFC". Rushden & Diamonds F.C. 15 July 2010. Retrieved 13 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "Lance Key". Rushden & Diamonds F.C. 17 June 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2011. 

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