Keith Walwyn - Profile
Feature by Steve Jones
Updated Thursday, 26th November 2009
One of the most loved footballers ever to pull on the famous red shirt, Jamaican striker Keith Walwyn is the second most prolific goalscorer in the club's proud history.
Born February 17, 1956, at Jamaica, West Indies, legendary striker Walwyn surely rates as one of York City's best buys ever.
After playing just three games for Chesterfield and scoring twice, York manager Barry Lyons pounced with a cheeky offer of £4,500 and secured the signature of the lanky front-runner in July 1981.
In six years at Bootham Crescent, Walwyn became the club's second most prolific goalscorer (behind Norman Wilkinson) scoring 140 times in 291 appearances.
Apart from 1984-85 when he missed much of the season through injury, Walwyn scored more than 20 goals every season. He won Clubman of the Year trophies in 1981-82 and 1986-87.
York sold Walwyn to Blackpool at the end of the 1986-87 season and a tribunal set the fee at £35,000. In two years at Blackpool, he scored only 16 goals and ended his league career at Carlisle.
He finished his footballing career at Kettering Town in 1991 when heart problems forced his retirement.
Keith opened a sports shop in the Preston area, which became his new career over the next decade.
'Big Keith' tragically died in April 2003 when undergoing a heart operation. He was 47 years old.
But his memory will last forever.