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RIP: Kevin Randall

29 March 2019

Club News

RIP: Kevin Randall

29 March 2019

The club was saddened to learn of the death of former striker Kevin Randall, who passed away last night. He was 73.

Kevin was born in Ashton under Lyne on August 20, 1945.

After trials with Manchester United he joined Droylsden as a semi-professional, before turning professional with Bury in October 1965.

Less than a year later he moved to Chesterfield, where he stayed for six years, winning the Fourth Division Championship on the way.

In 1972 he signed for Notts County where, in his first season, the Magpies won promotion to the old Second Division.

Dave Smith then signed Kevin for the Stags in November 1975.

He was Mansfield’s leading goal scorer in the 1976-77 campaign as Stags won the Third Division title. He was largely ignored by manager Peter Morris the following season and was surprisingly transferred to York City in October 1977.

After three years as a player, it was with York City where he started his coaching career, first as their youth team coach, then assistant manager and caretaker manager before leaving to take the manager's job at Alfreton Town.

He returned to the Spireites as assistant manager to John Duncan.

When Duncan left for Ipswich Kevin took over the reins but these were not happy times for Chesterfield, and short of money, they started to struggle.

He then returned to Mansfield and for four years was youth development officer before Duncan lured him back to Saltergate as his assistant manager.

They were both dismissed when the team dropped to the foot of the table and were relegated back to the bottom tier in 2000. He later worked as a scout for Neil Warnock at Sheffield United, Crystal Palace, QPR and Leeds United.

Mansfield Town sends its sincere condolences to Kevin’s family at this sad time and thank him for his service whilst at the Stags.


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