Kevin Keelan

Kevin Keelan
Personal information
Full name Kevin Damien Keelan
Date of birth (1941-01-05) 5 January 1941
Place of birth Calcutta, Bengal Province, British India
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1956–1958 Kidderminster Harriers
1958–1960 Aston Villa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1960–1961 Aston Villa 5 (0)
1961 Stockport County 3 (0)
1961–1962 Kidderminster Harriers
1962–1963 Wrexham 68 (0)
1963–1980 Norwich City 571 (0)
1978–1979New England Tea Men (loan) 54 (0)
1980 New England Tea Men 29 (0)
1980–81 Jacksonville Tea Men (indoor) 13 (0)
1981 Tampa Bay Rowdies 18 (0)
Teams managed
1981–1982 Tampa Bay Rowdies (assistant)
1982 Tampa Bay Rowdies (interim)
1991- University of Tampa (assistant)
1997 Tampa Bay Mutiny (assistant)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Kevin Damien Keelan MBE (born 5 January 1941) is an English former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He spent the majority of his career with Norwich City, though he also played for Stockport County, Wrexham, New England Tea Men and Tampa Bay Rowdies.

Playing career

In both 1978 and 1979, Norwich City sent Keelan on loan to the New England Tea Men of the North American Soccer League for the summer season. He was 1978 First Team All League.[1]

Coaching career

While playing for the Tampa Bay Rowdies in 1981, Keelan also served as an assistant manager, a position he retained in 1982. In July 1982, he also served as the interim manager when Gordon Jago resigned.[2] In June 1991, the University of Tampa hired Keelan as the goalkeeper coach for the men's soccer team.[3] In February 1997, he replaced Peter Mellor as the goalkeeper coach for the Tampa Bay Mutiny of Major League Soccer.[4]

In an interview for the Norwich City matchday programme on 30 April 2006, Keelan confirmed that he runs goalkeeping schools in Cape Coral and Tampa Florida and coaches "pretty much every night". He also stated that for 20 years he has worked for a company that manufactures contact lenses and distributes them all over the world, but plans to retire at the end of 2006 to concentrate on his coaching. He is also a staff coach with the Florida Soccer Club.[5]


  1. NASL All League Teams
  2. ROWDIES' COACH STEPS DOWN Miami Herald, The (FL) - Friday, 9 July 1982
  3. UT names Keelan as assistant coach The Tampa Tribune - Sunday, 9 June 1991
  4. Mutiny gets start on season at camp St. Petersburg Times - Tuesday, 18 February 1997
  5. Florida Soccer Club


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