Kevin Wilkin

Kevin Wilkin

Born 1 October 1967 (Age 27 at debut)

Position: Forward

(Diamonds player #44)

Total appearances 95 – 43 goals

(69 League, 11 FA Cup, 2 FA Trophy, 6 League Cup, 6 Hiller Senior Cup, 1 Conference Shield)

Debut:

18 February 1995 (Away Atherstone United)

Final game:

31 March 1997 (Home Hayes)

Kevin began his career with his local side Histon while they were still competing in the Eastern Counties League. His goalscoring abilities led to the short move to Southern League side Cambridge City. In 1990, he was offered a contract with Northampton Town, just relegated into Divison 4. In some four years with the Cobblers however, he made just 78 appearances, scoring 11 goals, before joining Diamonds on loan in February 1995. His return to non-league football was an instant success scoring 12 goals in 15 games as they narrowly missed promotion to the Conference. His debut had come in the 7-1 win at Atherstone United, where he scored one of the Diamonds goals. During the close season, he signed for Diamonds on a permanent basis. Kevin’s goalscoring record demonstrates his value to the Diamonds in a Nene Park career that was troubled with injury. Despite this, he still managed nearly one goal every two games. In December 1996, he was still struggling with injury, and only managed three more appearances that season – all as substitute annihilation of Atherstone cae while on loan from Northampton Town. The last, as a substitute in the Easter Monday draw with Hayes. His 43 goals came from just 66 starts and included 4 against Gravesend and Sandwell Borough, and a hat-trick against VS Rugby. With fellow striker Darren Collins and Dale Watkins, he contributed to a prolific front line which was awesome at Beazer Homes League level. He left Diamonds at the end of Diamonds first season in the Conference, and joined Nuneaton Borough before moving back to Cambridge City in 2001.

Kevin went into management following his stint with Cambridge City, and he became assistant player/manager to Roger Ashby at Grantham Town in July 2002. When Ashby left to take up an appointment with Nuneaton Borough, he followed as his assistant. Ashby resigned in December 2006 however, and it allowed Kevin to take over as caretaker manager, before getting the job on a permant basis. The club suffered financial difficulties however, resulting in the liquidation of the club at the end of the 2007/2008 season, but Kevin remained in charge as the club reformed as Nuneaton Town for the following season in the Southern League Division One Midland. After guiding them to promotion to the Southern League Premier Division via the play-offs in 2009, he gained a further promotion the following season to the Conference North, again via the Play-Offs. They made the Play-Offs again the following season, but this time lost out. A fourth consecutive place in the League Play-Offs followed the following season, and this time, they gained promotion to the Conference. After stabilising the club in the Conference on a limited budget, he left on 20 March 2014 to become manager of fellow Conference side Wrexham.

Appearances

1994/1995

BHP

18.2.95

Atherstone Utd(A)

1 goal

BHP

25.2.95

Gresley Rvrs (H)

 

DMCS/1

28.2.95

Leek Town (H)

 

DMCS/2

7.3.95

Leek Town (A)

as sub

BHP

11.3.95

Corby Town (H)

as sub

HSCSF

14.3.95

Rothwell Town (A)

1 goal

BHP

18.3.95

Gloucester City(A)

 

BHP

30.3.95

Gravesend&Nflt(H)

4 goals

BHP

1.4.95

Atherstone Utd (H)

1 goal

BHP

3.4.95

Hednesford Tn (A)

1 goal

BHP

11.4.95

Hednesford Tn (H)

1 goal

BHP

17.4.95

Cambridge City(H)

2 goals

BHP

22.4.95

Solihull Boro (A)

 

BHP

23.4.95

Hastings Town(H)

 

BHP

24.4.95

Chelmsford City(A)

1 goal

1995/1996

HSCF

29.7.95

Kettering Town(H)

1 goal

HSCFr

31.7.95

Kettering Town(A)

1 goal

BHP

19.8.95

Salisbury City (H)

1 goal

BHP

21.8.95

Chelmsford City(A)

 

BHP

26.8.95

Crawley Town (H)

 

BHP

28.8.95

Burton Albion (A)

 

BHP

2.9.95

Hastings Town(A)

as sub

NHP

5.9.95

VS Rugby (H)

1 goal

FAC1q

9.9.95

Grantham Town(H)

1 goal

BHP

16.9.95

Worcester City(A)

 

BHP

19.9.95

Chelmsford City(H)

 

FAC2q

23.9.95

EastwoodHnly(H)

 

BHP

30.9.95

Cheltenham Tn(A)

as sub

FAC3q

7.10.95

Sandwell Boro (A)

4 goals

BHP

14.10.95

Gresley Rvrs (A)

 

FAC4

21.10.95

Purfleet (A)

 

FAC4r

24.10.95

Purfleet (H)

1 goal

BHP

28.10.95

Merthyr Tydfil (A)

 

BHP

4.11.95

Stafford Rgrs (H)

2 goals

HSCQF

7.11.95

Long Buckby (H)

as sub

FAC1

11.11.95

Cardiff City (H)

 

BHP

15.11.95

VS Rugby (A)

3 goals

BHP

18.11.95

Gravesend&Nflt(A)

1 goal

BHP

21.11.95

Burton Albion (H)

1 goal

BHP

25.11.95

Atherstone Utd(H)

 

BHP

28.11.95

Baldock Town (H)

1 goal

BHP

2.12.95

Crawley Town (A)

 

DMC1/2

5.12.95

Kings Lynn (A)

as sub

BHP

9.12.95

Dorchester Tn(A)

1 goal

BHP

12.12.95

Gloucester City(H)

 

BHP

16.12.95

Hastings Town(H)

 

BHP

23.12.95

Ilkeston Town (H)

1 goal

BHP

13.1.96

Atherstone Utd(A)

1 goal

FAT1

20.1.96

Purfleet (H)

 

HSCSF

30.1.96

Raunds Town (H)

 

BHP

10.2.96

Gravesend&Nflt(H)

as sub

BHP

17.2.96

Cheltenham Tn(H)

as sub

1 goal

BHP

24.2.96

Newport (A)

as sub

BHP

5.3.96

Sudbury Town (H)

as sub

BHP

16.3.96

Cambridge City(A)

as sub

BHP

19.3.96

Halesowen Tn (A)

as sub

BHP

23.3.96

Ilkeston Town (A)

as sub

HSCF

26.3.96

Rothwell Town (A)

 

BHP

30.3.96

Halesowen Tn (H)

as sub

BHP

4.4.96

Dorchester Tn (H)

 

BHP

6.4.96

Cambridge City(H)

as sub

BHP

8.4.96

Sudbury Town (A)

as sub

BHP

24.4.96

Salisbury City (A)

as sub

BHP

27.4.96

Stafford Rgrs (A)

as sub

1996/1997

SLCS

10.8.96

Nuneaton Boro (H)

 

Conf

17.8.96

Altrincham (A)

 

Conf

20.8.96

Slough Town (A)

 

Conf

24.8.96

Northwich Vic (H)

as sub

Conf

31.8.96

Stalybridge Cltc(H)

as sub

Conf

3.9.96

Macclesfield Tn(H)

1 goal

Conf

7.9.96

Halifax Town (A)

 

Conf

9.9.96

Northwich Vic (A)

 

FAC1q

14.9.96

Westfields (A)

1 goal

Conf

17.9.96

Farnborough (H)

 

Conf

21.9.96

Woking (A)

1 goal

Conf

24.9.96

Stevenage Boro(H)

 

FAC2q

28.9.96

Gresley Rvrs (H)

 

Conf

30.9.96

Hednesford Tn (A)

 

Conf

5.10.96

Welling Utd (H)

as sub

SC1

8.10.96

Dover Athletic (A)

2 goals

FAC3q

12.10.96

Bilston Town (H)

 

Conf

14.10.96

Kidderminster (A)

 

Conf

19.10.96

Gateshead (H)

as sub

Conf

2.11.96

Southport (A)

as sub

FAC1

16.11.96

Boreham Wood(A)

as sub

SC1

19.11.96

Stevenage Boro(H)

as sub

Conf

23.11.96

Morecambe (A)

as sub

FAC1r

26.11.96

Boreham Wood(H)

1 goal

Conf

30.11.96

Bath City (H)

2 goals

Conf

7.12.96

Telford Utd (A)

 

Conf

14.12.96

BromsgroveRvrs(H)

 

SC3

16.12.96

Kidderminster (A)

 

FAT1

18.1.97

Farnborough Tn(H)

as sub

1 goal

Conf

15.2.97

Macclesfield Tn(A)

as sub

Conf

31.3.97

Hayes (H)

as sub

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