Keith Robinson

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Keith Robinson

Appearances: 11 Goals: 0

Date / Year of birth: 8th November 1948

Position: Midfielder

Season of first appearance: 1980/81

Season of last appearance: 1980/81

Also played for: Deal Town, Herne Bay, Dover, Dartford, Gravesend & Northfleet, Folkestone & Shepway, Maidstone United, Ashford Town and Ramsgate

Classy midfielder born in Folkestone who started his career at Deal, making his debut for them on 11.9.65 in a Southern League game at home to Stevenage. Keith was only 16 at the time and went on to play for Deal for several more seasons. On 30.9.67 he got Deal's consolation goal as they lost 4-1 at home to Margate in an FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round tie.

After leaving Deal Keith had a short spell with Herne Bay during the 1970/71 campaign before moving on to Dover towards the end of that season.

Keith scored four goals for Dover before the end of 1970/71 and during the 1971/72 campaign he found the net on 11 occasions. After scoring 22 further goals, including 15 during 1972/73, Keith left Dover to join Dartford in November 1973. The Darts paid £2,000 for him - a huge amount of money for a non-league transfer at the time.

The highlight of Keith's Dartford career came when he played as they lost 2-1 to Morecambe in the 1974 FA Trophy Final at Wembley and although Margate tried to sign him in the summer of 1975 he remained with the Darts. However Keith did have a loan spell at Gravesend & Northfleet during 1975/76, making two appearances for the Fleet.

After over four years at Dartford, during which he made 173 appearances and scored 42 goals, Keith joined Folkestone & Shepway for the 1977/78 season. He then became their player-manager in the summer of 1978 but resigned at the end of the 1978/79 campaign due to work commitments, he'd scored 11 goals during the season.

Keith then returned to Dover where he spent the 1979/80 season, scoring four goals. He started the 1980/81 campaign at Crabble too and chipped in with two further goals before moving to Maidstone. After a short spell with them Keith signed for Margate in March 1981.

He made his debut in a 2-0 win over Fareham at Hartsdown on 14.3.81 and was described by the Thanet Times as being "a wily midfield stalwart". On 28.3.81 Keith was said to have been "a tower of strength" in a 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Dunstable and he went on to make a total of 11 appearances before the end of the season. However he left the club at the end of the campaign and returned to Deal for a second spell.

Keith spent three more seasons with Deal, adding 103 appearances to his career tally for the club and scoring 28 goals in the process. He then joined Ashford for the 1984/85 campaign.

Keith scored directly from a corner for them in a 3-2 defeat away to Thanet United on 13.10.84 and the Thanet Times took the opportunity to describe him as "a wily campaigner". He made a total of 12 Southern League appearances for the Nuts & Bolts.

In the summer of 1985 he signed for Ramsgate and Keith stayed with the Rams until he retired at the end of the 1988/89 season aged 40 having been a very popular player at Southwood.

Keith worked as a motor mechanic and his favourite player was George Best. In 2002 he was still living in Deal.










1980/81 (MFC)

11 (58)