Friday, 22 October 2010
168 Kevin Rose
Position : Goalkeeper
Played : 1990-91 (on loan from Bolton Wanderers) ; 1991-92 to 1992-93
Appearances : (first spell) 3 (second spell) 68
Goals : 0
It was a strange sight to see Kevin running onto the pitch at Carlisle on 15. 2.91 after Keith Welch's four-year unbroken run in the side was ended by his sending-off at Hereford in January. Kevin was brought in on loan from Bolton to cover the suspension. Kevin started in non-league football and was signed by Lincoln from Ledbury Town in 1979 for £10,000 (which paid for their floodlights). In 1980 he went back there after failing to make the grade and started working as a carpenter but two years later got another crack at League football with Hereford. He still holds the record for most consecutive League appearances there at 253. In 1989 he was bought by Bolton as understudy to Dave Felgate. When we signed him he had made more appearances on loan to Carlisle than in the Wanderers's first team and the three games he played for us in 1991 (doing a decent job) represented his only League action that season.
The following season he got another chance at Burnden Park but unfortunately made a few howlers in his four games. When we came calling in November after Gareth Gray had proved unequal to the task of replacing Welchy they were happy to sell him on for £25,000.
Kevin was one of the nicest , most approachable blokes to play for Dale but he was a pretty average Fourth Division keeper. He had good and bad games and adapted well when the backpass rule was introduced during his tenure. He is best remembered for the Freight Rover game at Bury when he came up for a last minute corner after we'd had a man sent off. There is a legend that he scored but the referee disallowed it. That isn't true. He did get his head to the first corner but it was easily cleared with no one suggesting it had crossed the line. What is true is that his presence unsettled their defenders and undoubtedly assisted in Andy Thackeray's scrambled equaliser.
Towards the end of 1992-93 there were mutterings that Kevin wasn't quite up to it anymore and a particularly poor performance at Walsall may have sealed his fate. He got a free transfer and went to Kidderminster where he garnered some attention during their FA Cup run the following season.