Southend United Football Club database
Sammy Shrimper
Kevin Maher 1998 - 2008
Long serving midfielder Midfield
Fullname:Kevin Maher
Birthday:Sunday 17th October 1976
Height:5ft 11inWeight:13st 4lb
Honours + awards:Eire: U21: Player of the season 2001/02: PFA League 2 award 2004/05
Position, records and matches
Usual position: Midfield
First game:24th January 1998 away to Burnley lost 0-1

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

Southend United Career
YearsTotalsLeagueFA CupLeague CupOther Cup
Start Sub Goal StartSubGoalStartSubGoalStartSubGoalStartSubGoal
1998 - 2008 18 0 0 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1998-1999 40 0 6 34 0 5 1 0 0 4 0 0 1 0 1
1999-2000 19 6 0 18 6 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2000-2001 51 3 2 40 1 2 4 0 0 2 0 0 5 2 0
2001-2002 42 0 5 36 0 5 4 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
2002-2003 47 0 2 41 0 2 4 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
2003-2004 55 0 2 42 0 1 5 0 0 1 0 1 7 0 0
2004-2005 54 0 1 42 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 10 0 0
2005-2006 48 0 0 45 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
2006-2007 49 0 6 47 0 6 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
2007-2008 22 1 0 18 1 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Southend United Career
Start Sub Goal
Southend United Transfers
Date Team Fee Notes
Joined 1 January 1998 Tottenham Hotspur
Left 19 May 2008 Oldham Athletic

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My sincere thanks go to the many people who willingly or unwittingly have contributed to these pages especially Jeff Hughes who's excellent SUFC site was my initial inspiration, the members of the SUFC Mailing List past and present who provide me with most of the up to date news and perhaps mainly Dave Goody the Club's unofficial historian whose contribution to 'Southend United The Official History of the Blues', 'The Official PFA Factfile', 'Potted Shrimps', Endsleigh + Ultimate Football Year books + the Club's Programmes is truly brilliant + without whom I would be sunk.

Peter Miles, Keith Roe and Peter Mason have all produced books on the Shimpers that I constantly use for reference. Soccernet from ESPN, the tremendous reports and tweets from Chris Philips of the Evening Echo and the stunningly comprehensive information from Tony Brown and the team at ENFA are other excellent sources of information. Thanks must also go to John Walton for allowing me to publish his extremely descriptive match reports.

Finally, although the chances of this being read by any of the contributors to is virtually nil I still would like to place on record my debt to them when it comes to advice on the creation of this website.


A fan's story

My Dad was an Arsenal fan, but his boss supported Southend and sometimes offered him free stand tickets to Roots Hall, so on Saturday 11 March 1961 I was taken to watch Southend play QPR and saw a forgettable 0-0 draw. Two more 0-0 draws, two defeats and one win spread over the next three years did nothing to inspire so, with one exception which was also a defeat, I gave up all real interest in football for the next 7 years.

However on Friday 29 October 1971 encouraged by the Shrimpers good home form that season I went to watch them beat Barrow 1-0 with a Terry Johnson goal, next home game Exeter were beaten 3-0, then Villa 1-0 in the FA Cup and it was as simple as that, I was hooked.

Moving 100 miles from Roots Hall in 1988 did not stop me attending most matches home and away and I have seen 1,992 Southend first team matches and watched them play at 182 grounds since that Barrow win.

Inspired by other fans sites in the mid 90's I decided to produce a site primarily intended to provide statistical and historical information on the Shrimpers from 1971 to the present day. The first site went on line on 1 June 1997, three makeovers followed in reasonably quick succession, until in 2004 I decided to learn PHP web programming and write a bespoke interactive site which certainly went some way beyond the brief I originally set myself.

Although rather proud of my efforts the world of the internet and computers moved on rapidly. Mobile phones and tablets became a common way of accessing information and monitor screen sizes grew substantially wider than the 800 pixels common in 2005. Web technologies changed too so I decided in 2010 to rewrite the site's interface completely and at the same time check and update the database. Three years of quite intensive effort which included spending ages trying to fix things that just weren't working as well as they should produced this site which went live on 15 June 2013.


Known issues

Please note that this site is continually evolving and has new historic as well as current information added on a regular basis, but I try to ensure that everything published is correct and note if it is not complete.

I'm aware of the following errors / problems which I am working to resolve.

If you receive any error notices, find links don't work, or can help by providing photos / articles for the site I'd be really grateful. Please email me.

Robin Michel
January 2014