597 Keith Parkinson

Biography

Centre back Keith Parkinson joined Hull City on a month’s loan in November 1981 and managed only one appearance when he came on as substitute for the last eleven minutes of an away game at Bury that finished a 2-0 victory for the Tigers courtesy of goals from Steve McClaren and Garreth Roberts. City manager Mike Smith allowed Parkinson to return to his parent club, Leeds United, at the end of the loan spell.

Keith James Parkinson was born in Preston, as a youngster his footballing skills and height combined to attract the attention of First Division giants Leeds United, who introduced him to their youth system in the early 1970s as a striker. By the time Parkinson was awarded his first professional contract in February 1973 he had converted to a centre back. However it wasn’t until February 1976 when Parkinson managed to find a way into the Leeds first team when he replaced Peter Lorimer after 20 minutes of a First Division home match against Middlesbrough that the Whites lost 0-2. He started three consecutive League games in April 1976 then had to wait for another 18 months for his next senior appearance in October 1977 against Liverpool when he replaced Arthur Graham, the brother of ex-Tiger Jimmy Graham.

Keith made 12 senior appearances in the 1977/78 season that included the first leg of the League Cup Semi Final against Nottingham Forest. After six appearances in 1978/79 Parkinson managed 13 appearances in the following season including two UEFA Cup appearances against Maltese side Valetta and Romanian side Universitatea Craiova. Now 24 years of age, this was make or break time for Keith, but unfortunately in 1980/81 season he was used only three times in March 1981. By the time Parkinson had his loan spell in November 1981, Leeds were trying to off-load the big defender.

Parkinson had his Leeds United contract paid up in December 1981 having made 38 senior appearances in eight years. In January 1982 he joined Doncaster Rovers, who were managed by ex-Leeds star (and ex-Tiger) Billy Bremner. After five appearances in January and February 1982 Keith was not able to retain a first team shirt and his contract was cancelled in December 1982. He retired from professional football and joined the West Yorkshire Police force, where he worked for over 25 years.

Details

Nationality: England
Date/Place of Birth: 28 January 1956, Preston
Hull City First Game: 28 November 1981, Bury A (Division Four), 25 years, 304 days old
Hull City Final Game: 28 November 1981, Bury A (Division Four), 25 years, 304 days old

Clubs

Leeds United (1973-1981), Hull City (1981, loan), Doncaster Rovers (1982)

Hull City Record

Career: 1 apps, 0 goals

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