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Keith Scott

Keith Scott
Norwich Career: 1995-1997 (29 appearances, 5 goals)
Current Club: Windsor FC (Combined Counties League) (Manager)
Date of Birth: 09/06/1967
Nationality: English

Biography

Although never a crowd favourite during his 18 month spell at Carrow Road, I personally feel that Keith's efforts were never truly appreciated. With only Fleck and Eadie up front, Norwich needed a strong, traditional centre-forward strong in the air. However Mike Walker deemed that Keith was not the man to fulfill this role. Keith came to Norwich from Stoke City in November 1995 in a swap for Mike Sheron. He started his Norwich career with two goals in two games but lost favour after Martin O'Neill's departure. He even spent a month on loan to Bournemouth (8 games, 1 goal) later that same season. Despite a goalscoring ratio of five goals in 14 starts in the 1996-97 season and the departure of fellow strikers Akinbiyi and Cureton, Scott was still unable to make himself a Carrow Road regular. He spent time on loan to Watford (6 games, 2 goals) before rejoining Wycombe Wanderers on loan in March 1997. 9 games for the Wanderers generated 3 goals and convinced manager John Gregory to pay £55,000 for his services on a permanent basis in July 1997.

Keith was a late entrant to professional football, playing only Sunday league football in Leicester until the age of 19. He then joined Hinckley Athletic before moving into the Southern league with Bedworth. After returning to Hinckley, he joined Leicester United at the age of 22. This won him the attention of Lincoln City but a poor year (16 games, 2 goals) saw him drift back into non-league football with Martin O'Neill's Wycombe Wanderers. His goals were a major contribution to Wycombe's GM Vauxhall Conference championship and resultant promotion into the Football League. He joined Swindon for £300,000 and made 51 Premiership and Division One appearances scoring 12 goals. Joining Stoke, he made 25 appearances for the Staffordshire side scoring three goals.

Keith left Wycombe to join Reading on March 25th 1999 (Transfer Deadline Day) for an undisclosed fee although reports on The UnOfficial Football Transfer Website in April 2000 suggested Keith is being lined up for a return to Wycombe in a move valued at 50,000. However both Rushden & Diamonds and Leyton Orient expressed an interest according to Teamtalk. Keith eventually joined Colchester on loan in mid October 2000. Starting well, Keith's progress was hampered by a serious knee injury. When he did recover (February 2001) Colchester were keen to sign him but the two sides were unable to agree personal terms. By mid-March, the deal appeared to be on again with Sport First reporting on 18th March 2001 that Keith was training with Colchester again. Keith finally signed for Colchester the following day until the end of the season.

Colchester decided not to sign Keith permanently and so spent the summer of 2001 looking for a new club. Despite interest from Telford, he eventually signed for Conference side Dover in the week preceding the kick off of the new season. March 2002 saw rumours that he was to join Ryman League side Aldershot. In July 2002, the Non League Paper's website reported that Scarborough's manager Russell Slade had signed Scott for the Seadogs assault on the Conference.

Scarborough's financial perils almost certainly played a part in Scott's transfer to rivals Leigh RMI in February 2003, along with fellow striker Neil Campbell. Leigh manager Mark Patterson had been Assistant Manager at Scarborough and so knew Scott and Campbell's potential. Five months later and Scott made a shock move to Conference big guns Dagenham and Redbridge on 14th July 2003 where he will form a new striking partnership with Alex Meechan. However he was loaned out to Tamworth within days of arriving at Dagenham as the Daggers did not need him at the time. Keith revealed to the Non-League Paper that he had applied for the manager's positions at Shrewsbury and Telford that summer and had also sought a youth team coach role with a league club. In preparation for a move into management, Keith has been coaching QPR's youngsters.

In early September, Keith was recalled from his loan at Tamworth to be released by Dagenham so he could sign for Ryman Leaguers Windsor & Eton, for whom he made his debut on 6th September 2003 at Banstead. The 2004/5 season saw him mkae only a handful of starts for Windsor and it was thus nurprise when the Royalists let him go in early June 2005. By the end of the month, he had signed for Southern League side Northwood as player-coach.

After a spell coaching for Chesham, Kevin was appointed manager of British Gas Business Southern League Division One Midlands club Leighton Town in mid-October 2006. Kevin holds UEFA ‘A’ & ‘B’ coach licences. Leighton chairman Iain McGregor welcomed the appointment of the highest profile manager in the club`s history. He said: “We are all excited about this and are looking forward to the future with great confidence!”

A shortage of players forced Scott to take to field against Dunstable Town in January 2007 in the unusual position of goalkeeper, a position he had never previously occupied. Scott met with success at Leighton. They were eleven points from safety at the bottom of the Southern League Division One Midlands when he was appointed but he led them to safety and also to victory in the Buckingham Senior Charity Cup Final in May 2007. In the 2007-2008 season, he steered the club to their most successful campaign in the FA Cup, reaching the Fourth Qualifying Round where they were defeated by Havant & Waterlooville. In December 2007, Scott resigned his post to take up the managerial reigns at Windsor & Eton.

Despite winning the Southern League South & West division in 2009/10, Keith was sacked from his position in May 2010 and replaced by David Mudge.

On 21st June 2011, Keith and Jim Melvin were named as the new bosses of Windsor FC. Financial irregularities eventually saw the historic club go into administration, with Windsor FC being formed in its place and taking a spot in the Combined Counties League.



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