Reg Keating

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Reg Keating
Personal information
Date of birth (1904-05-14)14 May 1904
Place of birth Halton, Leeds, England
Date of death 13 October 1961(1961-10-13) (aged 57)
Place of death Northumberland, England
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1925–1926 Annfield Plain
1926 Scotswood United
1926–1927 Newcastle United 0 (0)
1927–1928 Lincoln City 2 (0)
1928–1929 Gainsborough Trinity
1929–1930 Scarborough
1930–1931 Stockport County 5 (0)
1931–1932 Birmingham 5 (1)
1932–1933 Norwich City 2 (0)
1933 North Shields
1933–1934 Bath City
1934–1936 Cardiff City 70 (35)
1936 Doncaster Rovers 3 (0)
1936–1937 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 11 (5)
1937–1939 Carlisle United 5 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Reginald E. Keating (14 May 1904 – 13 October 1961) was an English professional footballer who scored 42 goals in 103 appearances in the Football League.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Keating was born in Halton, Leeds. He began his playing career in local football in the Newcastle upon Tyne area before joining Newcastle United, his first professional club, in October 1926.[2] He was released in 1927 without playing for the first team, and embarked on a tour of league and non-league clubs: Lincoln City, where he made his debut in the Football League, Gainsborough Trinity, Scarborough, Stockport County, Birmingham, where he scored his first Football League goal, Norwich City, where he was one of five new forwards signed in the 1932 close season to add to the six already on the club's books,[3] North Shields, and Bath City, eventually, at the age of 30, settling at Cardiff City.[1]

In two-and-a-half seasons at Ninian Park, Keating, a pacy right-sided or centre forward,[2] scored 35 league goals at a rate of one every other game,[1] and was their leading goalscorer in each of his full seasons with the club.[4] He went on to play for Doncaster Rovers, Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic and Carlisle United, and retired in 1939.[2]

He later acted as a scout for Preston North End, in which role he was instrumental in Howard Kendall joining the club.[5]

Keating, the younger brother of Bristol City and Cardiff City (among others) forward Albert Keating, died in Northumberland in 1961 at the age of 57.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData. p. 145. ISBN 978-1-899468-67-6. 
  2. ^ a b c d Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 103. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9. 
  3. ^ "Norwich F.C's 10 new players". Daily Mirror. 30 July 1932. p. 21. Keeling, inside right from Swindon, and T. Scott, inside left from Preston North End, are the best known of the five latest Canaries who can operate in the attack. ... Pegg (Bradford City), Keating (Birmingham) and Spencer (Port Vale) are the other forward acquisitions, while Burditt, Bell, Brown, Hunt, Blakemore and Murphy are still with the club. 
  4. ^ Hayes, Dean (2006). The Who's Who of Cardiff City. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 107. ISBN 1-85983-462-0. 
  5. ^ "The Big Interview: Howard Kendall". Lancashire Evening Post. 3 November 2003. Retrieved 27 April 2009.