Mark McKeever

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Mark McKeever
Personal information
Full name Mark McKeever
Date of birth (1978-11-16) 16 November 1978 (age 38)
Place of birth Derry, Northern Ireland
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Norwich City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1997 Peterborough 3 (0)
1997–2001 Sheffield Wednesday 5 (0)
1998–1999 Bristol Rovers (loan) 7 (0)
1999 Reading (loan) 7 (2)
2001 → Bristol Rovers (loan) 6 (0)
2001–2003 Bristol Rovers 30 (0)
2003–2006 Weston-super-Mare 132 (6)
2006 Gloucester City (loan) ? (?)
2006–2008 Bath City 49 (7)
2008 Mangotsfield United (loan) 6 (0)
2008–2009 Weston-super-Mare 6 (1)
National team
Republic of Ireland U19 12 (?)
Republic of Ireland U21 4 (?)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Mark McKeever (born 16 November 1978, Derry, Northern Ireland) is a former professional and semi-professional football player who last played for Conference South club Weston-super-Mare.

McKeever began his football career with Norwich City as a youth team player. He was eventually released and moved on to Peterborough United with ex-Canaries coach Kit Carson. McKeever became a trainee with the club, but after only 3 appearances he was transferred to Sheffield Wednesday in April 1997 with David Billington for £1,000,000.

McKeever made three appearances in the Premier League and was looking to break into the first team before a foot injury prematurely ended his season. He was subsequently sent on loan to Bristol Rovers and later Reading. During his stint with the Royals he looked like George Best in a 4–0 away victory over Stoke City.[1] However, over the following weeks, Stoke full-back Jason Kavanagh made a full catalogue of Division Two wingers look like Best at his peak.[2]

McKeever made his 6th appearance for Wednesday in an FA Cup tie against Bristol City in December 1999. A year later, Mark was linked with a return to Bristol Rovers after Rovers had supposedly tabled a £100,000 bid for him. But the permanent move did not materialise.

McKeever did move to Bristol Rovers on loan for two months in 2001. In March 2001, the move was made permanent, with McKeever moving south on a free transfer. He spent 2 years with Rovers before being released in May 2003. He then joined Weston-super-Mare in August 2003, for whom he played for a period of three years before signing for Bath City in May 2006. It was here that he won a Southern League winners medal in 2007.

Bath City sent Mark on loan in January 2008 to Mangotsfield United, but he was soon transferred to fellow Conference South club Weston-super-Mare in March 2008 for his second stint with the club.

On 18 August 2009 he was forced to retire following injury.

He has been capped by the Republic of Ireland at Under-18 level (12 caps) and by their Under-21s (4 caps). McKeever played for the Republic of Ireland national under-19 football team in the 1997 UEFA European Under-18 Football Championship finals in Iceland.

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