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Keith Houchen

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Full nameKeith Morton Houchen
Date of birth25 July 1960(age 56)
Place of birthMiddlesbrough, England
Height6 ft 1 in
Playing positionForward

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Keith Morton Houchen (born 25 July 1960) is an English former footballer and football manager. A forward, he score 162 goals in 509 league games.

He started his career at Hartlepool United in 1978, having previously been a youth team player at Chesterfield. He made 170 league appearances for Hartlepool in a four year stay, before he transferred to Leyton Orient in 1982. Two years later he moved on to York City. In 1986 he signed with Coventry City via Scunthorpe United. He moved to Scotland in 1989, having signed a contract with Hibernian. Two years later he returned to the Football League with Port Vale. He made his return to Hartlepool in 1993, and in 1995 he was became the club's player-manager. He retired from the game in 1996.

Other than his many years with Hartlepool, he is best remembered for his time with Coventry. He played in the club's FA Cup final victory in 1987, and also appeared in the 1987 FA Charity Shield. He scored a diving header in the final itself, which earned him Match of the Day's Goal of the Season Award for 1986 87.

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