25th November 1998
Kevin was signed by Alvin Martin from Tottenham in January 1998 after he impressed in a reserve game between West Ham + Spurs (played at Roots Hall). The original idea was to take him on loan, but when Mike Marsh announced his retirement Kevin was offered an 18 month contract which he accepted even though he had been offered a contract at Spurs.
Although involved in the 1st team squad more than 15 times at Spurs he never made it onto the pitch for a league or cup match, but played in 8 pre-season friendlies. His honours include Republic of Ireland caps at u16 u18 u21 + B International level. He captained the Tottenham youth team to Youth Cup final against Man Utd (losing on penalties) + was the youth team Player of the Year that year.
He had an excellent debut match at Burnley for the Blues + two other man of the match performances at home against Bournemouth + Gillingham. He likes to keep the ball on the floor + when on form can pass the ball well. He appeared 18 times in the relegation season 1997/98, received 3 yellow cards + scored one goal at home to Plymouth. Few players that season were outstanding, so the fans are no doubt looking forward to seeing Kevin in a successful team. He trained intensely during the summer months and spent two weeks in Spain doing altitude work + lost 7lbs in weight .
Not outstanding in the 1998 pre-season matches, he appeared regularly during the first part of the 1998/99 season, initially in midfield alongside Mark Beard + Mick Gooding. A tackle, that from the stands appeared to be one of the worst even committed by a Southend player, after the final whistle at Swansea earned him a three match suspension. Upon his return he teamed up with the ever improving Simon Livett.
Scored two impressive goals + seems to have an eye for a chance, but rarely outstanding + may need a change of club to bring out the best in him.
Article by Robin
15th March 2004
Throughout the rest of the 1998/99 and 1999/00 seasons Kevin played regularly, but was generally thought to be ineffective. The claim was that he never passed forward, always backwards or sideways.
However things changed in the 2000/01 season when he was just sensational, easily winning the Player-of-the-Season award for his positive passing and midfield domination.
He continues to play well and is now such a fixture in midfield it is difficult to remember the days he was vilified. He turned down an opportunity to move to Orient on a reported improved package and has remained loyal to the Shrimpers.
Tough tackling, ball winning and commanding in the midfield he has had an outstanding first 7 months of the 2003/04 campaign. Two minor criticisms would be that he is perhaps not vocal enough to be club captain, albeit there is no other outstanding candidate, and he argues too much with referees and therefore gets many, many unnecessary yellow cards.
Article by Robin
10th June 2005
The promotion season of 2004/05 saw Kevin a virtual fixture in the team only missing out when his sending off or bookings resulted in suspension. As club captain he accepted the playoff final cup at Cardiff (on the day he was due to be his brothers best man) and no-one should begrudge him the success.
He was honoured by his fellow professions by being voted into the League 2 team of the season and deservedly so for his fine, determined, dominating performances over the course of the season.
On the downside his style of play still sees him arguing too much with referees and therefore getting far to many yellow cards.
Article by Robin
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