Kevin Pooooole

Hats off to Burton Albion who will be hosting League football at their smart little Pirelli Stadium for the first time this season.
The ground lies just 5 miles from the Leicestershire border, making a small dent in City’s catchment area.
Watching highlights of their 5-1 League Cup drubbing at Reading this week I was amazed to see former-City keeper Kevin Poole playing in goal for the Brewers.
Kevin was one of Brian Little’s early signings in the summer of 1991, costing £40,000 from Middlesbrough. He made 181 appearances over six years at Filbert Street. He was a popular keeper, but due to a lack of height he was a little susceptible to well placed shots in the top corners.  
One of his most memorable moments was being substituted for Spider Kalac in the last minute of the 1996 Play Off Final against Palace in preparation for a penalty shoot-out that never happened due to Steve Claridge’s late winner.
What is incredible is that Kevin was on the books of Aston Villa when they won the European Cup 27 years ago. he was 28 when he moved to Leicester in 1991, which was 18 years ago, which makes him…. errrr…  forty six years old!

Best of Luck to Kevin and Burton this season.

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5 responses to “Kevin Pooooole

  1. Adumass

    it’s a bit sad when one of more memorable moments was being subbed !!!

  2. thefoxfanzine

    True.

    He also brought down Steve White for that penalty against Swindon in the 93 Play Off Final.
    Well he never touched him, but you know.

  3. LanguedocFox

    My best memory, apart from the playoff final, is when he was named in the team for the home match against Watford in November 1995. He replaced Spider Kalac, who’d had a ‘mare against West Brom the previous week, and the sense of relief all round Filbert Street was palpable. And we won.

    According to the Foxes Alphabet he was born on 21 July 1963 so, yes, he’s 46. Good for him – hope he gets a couple of League matches this season.

  4. LozF

    Two fond memories…

    1- that Banks-esque save to keep it 0-0 against Stoke in the play-off semi first leg in ’96, setting it up nicely for Garry Parker’s finest hour in the second leg

    2- him dropping and smashing the Player of the Year trophy whilst receiving it around the same time, which got onto the Radio One breakfast show sports news the following
    morning

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