Saturday, 25 September 2010
148 Kevin Stonehouse
Played : 1989-90
Appearances : 14
Goals : 2
Kevin was signed on a free transfer from just-relegated Darlington. The ginger Geordie's career began with non-league Shildon from whom Blackburn signed him in 1980. He was a steady scorer there with 27 goals in 75 appearances but had to be sold to Huddersfield for £30,000 in 1983 to appease creditors. He spent a year at Leeds Road notching 4 in 22 appearances before moving to Blackpool. He scored 19 in 55 appearances before a serious injury meant he missed the whole of 1986-7 and was released. He went to Darlington who played him in a wider role and he scored 20 in 72 appearances though he fell out of favour towards the end of his second season and was loaned out to Carlisle.
Dolan restored him to a centre forward position and and alongside Dean Walling he constituted what must surely have been the most impotent strike force we ever fielded. Injury had robbed Kevin of any pace he might have had and he didn't have any guile to compensate. His most memorable contribution was the goal against Marine that set up our FA Cup run and that was a lunge rather than a clean finish. As Dolan brought in more strikers Kevin faded from view and didn't appear at all in the new year.
His departure from the club was very low key. He wasn't on the released list but at the start of the new season he wasn't in the squad photo. I got a mention in the programme for being apparently the only person to spot this and it was revealed that he'd gone to Bishop Auckland FC. Kevin is now the Football In The Community Officer at Darlington.