Kevin Shoemake

Kevin Shoemake

Born 28 January 1965 (Age 27 at debut)

Position: Goalkeeper

(Diamonds player #1)

Total appearances 50

(28 League, 7 FA Cup, 5 FA Vase, 9 League Cup, 1 Hillier Senior Cup)

Debut:

22 August 1992 (Home Bilston Town)

Final game:

6 November 1993 (Home Hinckley Town)

Born in Wickford, Essex, Kevin has had a long career, mainly with non-league sides, although he started out as a young 18 years keeper with Leyton Orient. During the 1983/1984 season, he made four appearances for the O’s, before having spells with Harlow Town, Chelmsford City and Welling United. In September 1986, Peterborough United offered him a return to League football and after an early chance to impress, he become the Posh’s first choice keeper. A change of manager during the following season saw him leave Peterborough after 47 appearances, and he joined Kettering Town in 1988. He spent some three seasons with the Poppies before returning to Essex with Redbridge Forest in the summer of 1991. Kevin arrived at Nene Park in late-July 1992 after a long term injury to Roger Ashby’s No.1 Kevin Fox left only youngster Darren Watts available for selection. Watts’ experience was somewhat limited and Kevin went straight into the side for the inaugural game against Bilston on 22 August 1992.

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He played in Diamonds opening 25 games of the season before a sending off against Barri on 14 November after handling outside the penalty area led to a one match suspension. Kevin Fox’s return to fitness in February 1993 saw him lose his place in the side. The following season, Fox’s injury at Grantham Town in September 1993 saw Kevin return to first team action, and he played a further 12 games that season before Fox’s return.

Kevin Shoemake

He left at the end of that season, and after a short period at Chelmsford City, returned to Kettering Town where he spent a further three seasons. He even had a role as assistant caretaker manager following Gary Johnson dismissal from Kettering in the 1996/97 season. In 1998, he joined Nuneaton Borough as player/coach, a role he kept for three years. He played a couple of games for Borough during his stay there due to suspensions and injuries, but it was mainly as a coach to the first team keepers. He also signed briefly for Boston United in March 2000 after injury to Paul Bastock. Kevin remained a very popular figure around Nene Park during the latter days of Rushden & Diamonds FC, helping with goalkeeper coaching, combining this with his full time career as a Head of Business Development at the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Corby, as well as providing the BBC live-text on match days. On 1 February 2011, it was announced that he was to become the Chief Executive Officer of the Northamptonshire FA with effect from 21 February. After several successful years there he move to become the CEO of Birmingham FA in 2016.

Appearances

1992/1993

BHM

22.8.92

Bilston Town (H)

BHM

25.8.92

Redditch Utd (A)

FACp

29.8.92

Desborough (H)

BHM

31.8.92

Grantham Tn (A)

BHM

5.9.92

Bridgnorth Tn (H)

BHM

9.9.92

Hinckley Town(A)

FAC1q

12.9.92

Long Buckby (A)

BHM

19.9.92

Weston-s-Mare(A)

FAC2q

26.9.92

Hednesford Tn (A)

FAVp

3.10.92

AnsteyNomads(H)

CSC1/1

6.10.92

Atherstone Utd(H)

BHM

10.10.92

Bridgnorth Tn (A)

HSC1

13.10.92

Brackley Town (H)

BHM

17.10.92

Yate Town (H)

CSC1/2

20.10.92

Atherstone Utd(A)

BHM

24.10.92

Forest Green (A)

BHM

27.10.92

Redditch Utd (H

FAV1

31.10.92

Halesowen Hrs(H)

FAV1r

3.11.92

Halesowen Hrs(A)

BHM

7.11.92

Sutton Coldf’ld (A)

CSC2

10.11.92

Buckingham Tn(H)

BHM

14.11.92

Barri (H)

BHM

17.11.92

GranthamTn (H)

FAV2

21.11.92

Gresley Rvrs (H)

FAV2r

24.11.92

Gresley Rvrs (A)

BHM

5.12.92

Dudley Town (A)

BHM

12.12.92

Newport AFC (H)

BHM

19.12.92

Gresley Rvrs (A)

BHM

28.12.92

Kings Lynn (H)

BHM

2.1.93

Bilston Town (A)

BHM

9.1.93

Stourbridge (H)

CSC3

12.1.93

Gresley Rvrs (H)

BHM

16.1.93

Nuneaton Boro(A)

BHM

19.1.93

Hinckley Town (H)

BHM

23.1.93

Bedworth Utd (H)

CSCQ

26.1.93

Stourbridge (A)

BHM

30.1.93

Tamworth (A)

CSCQr

2.2.93

Stourbridge (H)

1993/1994

FAC1q

11.9.93

Sutton Coldf’ld (H)

BHM

14.9.93

Kings Lynn (H)

BHM

18.9.93

Bridgnorth Tn (A)

DMCp/2

21.9.93

Grantham Tn (H)

FAC2q

25.9.93

Rothwell Town (H)

FAC2qr

28.9.93

Rothwell Town (A)

BHM

2.10.93

Dudley Town (A)

DMC1/1

19.10.93

Bedworth Utd (H)

FAC4q

23.10.93

BromsgroveRvrs(H)

DMC1/2

26.10.93

Bedworth Utd (A)

BHM

30.10.93

Redditch Utd (A)

BHM

6.11.93

Hinckley Town (H)

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