Wednesday, 27 October 2010
173 Kevin Dearden
Played : 1991-92 (on loan from Tottenham)
Appearances : 2
Goals : 0
We now go into the 1991-92 season , the real start of the Sutton era and our first serious challenge for the play-offs (albeit helped by Aldershot's demise; we lost one pont when their record was expunged, some of our rivals lost six). It was certainly now Sutton's team after a mass clear out and some experienced new signings funded by the sale of Keith Welch to Bristol City.
The first one to consider is Kevin, a loan signing from Tottenham after new keeper Gareth Gray was injured in pre-season. As third choice keeper at White Hart Lane, Kevin had already been loaned out to six other clubs before he came to us. He was relatively short for a keeper but was very chirpy and confident and didn't do anything wrong. Unfortunately he was recalled by Spurs due to an injury to Eric Thorsvedt after only two games and we had to look elsewhere.
Kevin eventually made his debut for Spurs coming on as a sub in 1993 but that was his only game for them. He was released in the summer of 1993 and joined Brentford becoming their first choice keeper for five seasons. He joined Huddersfield in 1999 but failed to make an appearance for them and joined Wrexham just months later. He made 81 appearances over two seasons there then joined Torquay where he played 100 games over four seasons while moving into coaching. He had to retire through injury in March 2005 and is now goalkeeping coach and chief scout at Leyton Orient.