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Sandy Kennon

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Full nameNeil Sandlands Kennon
Date of birth28 November 1933(age 82)
Place of birthJohannesburg, South Africa
Playing positionGoalkeeper

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Neil Sandilands "Sandy" Kennon (born 28 November 1933 near Johannesburg, South Africa) is a former professional footballer and amateur cricketer. His position was goalkeeper. He made 367 appearances in the Football League playing for Huddersfield Town, Norwich City and Colchester United.

After beginning his career in his native South Africa where he played for Umbilo FC, Berea Park and Queen's Park, he was spotted by Huddersfield Town while playing for Rhodesia. He signed for the Terriers in 1956 and stayed there for three years before joining Norwich City in early 1959. Kennon was a member of the legendary Norwich team that reached the FA Cup semi-finals in 1959 as a Third Division team and he played in both of the semi-final matches against Luton Town, having replaced the injured Ken Nethercott after the 6th round tie against Sheffield United. The following season, he played a key role as Norwich won promotion to the Second Division of the Football League.

Kennon went on to play for Colchester United and Lowestoft Town before retiring. He was a bookmaker for many years after he stopped playing and also, for a while, had his own band called 'Sandy Kennon and the Blazers'.

Kennon is a member of the Norwich City F.C. Hall of Fame.

Outside of football, Kennon played cricket for Norfolk as a right-handed batsman and right-arm medium pace bowler. Kennon made three appearances for the county in the 1970 Minor Counties Championship.

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