Keith Kettleborough

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Keith Frank Kettleborough
Personal information
Date of birth (1935-06-29)29 June 1935
Place of birth Rotherham, England
Date of death 2 November 2009(2009-11-02) (aged 74)
Playing position(s) Inside forward
Youth career
Rotherham YMCA
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1955–1960 Rotherham United 118 (40)
1960–1965 Sheffield United 154 (65)
1965–1966 Newcastle United 30 (17)
1966–1967 Doncaster Rovers[1] 35 (21)
1967–1968 Chesterfield 66 (20)
Total 403 (163)
Teams managed
1966–1967 Doncaster Rovers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Keith Frank Kettleborough (29 June 1935 – 2 November 2009) was an English professional footballer born in Rotherham, Yorkshire, who made more than 400 appearances in the Football League playing for Rotherham United, Sheffield United, Newcastle United, Doncaster Rovers and Chesterfield.[1][2]

Kettleborough started his football career with Rotherham Y.M.C.A. and after a trial with Grimsby Town he turned professional with his home town club of Rotherham United, for whom he made his debut during the 1955–56 season. It took him two years to win a regular place at inside forward.

Sheffield United signed him in December 1960, but it was not until the following season that he earned a regular place in the first team. In five years with the Blades in the First Division he made 154 league appearances and scored 17 goals. In December 1965, he signed for Newcastle United, but only made 30 starts for the Magpies before transferring to Doncaster Rovers a year later, where he spent a short time as manager.[3] In November 1967, he joined Chesterfield where he completed his Football League career. Grandfather of Jacob Kettleborough.

Kettleborough died on 2 November 2009 in Rotherham.[4] A minute's applause was observed before that day's match between Sheffield United and Newcastle United.[5]


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  4. ^ Ponting, Ivan (7 November 2009). "Keith Kettleborough: Midfielder whose artistry and industriousness put him on the fringes of the 1966 England football squad". The Independent. Retrieved 7 November 2009.
  5. ^ Payne, Les (5 November 2009). "Tributes paid to Lane star Keith". Sheffield Star. Retrieved 7 November 2009.