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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Additional Statements on The Death of Mike Keen

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Watford Official Statement - RIP MIKE KEEN
- WATFORD FC was saddened to hear of the death of former player and manager Mike Keen.
- Keen joined Watford from Luton Town and went on to manage the Hornets, aged just 33 from 1973 to 1977.
- He died aged 69 on Saturday evening following a short illness.
- The thoughts of the club are with his friends and family at this difficult time.
- Keen had joined Watford a year before taking over as manager following a free transfer from Luton Town.
- He had made his name at QPR as a midfielder. He was club skipper as the R's completed a double in 1967 as they won the League Cup at Wembley and the Third
- Keen's son Kevin was also a professional footballer and is First Team Coach at West Ham United. Watford

- Wycombe fans are mourning the death of Mike Keen, one of the club's most popular former managers, who has passed away at the age of 69 following a short illness.
- Mike was born and bred in High Wycombe and never severed his links with the town despite a playing career that took him to Queens Park Rangers, Watford and Luton.
- He captained the Q.P.R. team that won the League Cup and the old Third Division title in the mid-1960's and became player-manager of Watford a few years later.
- When his playing career ended, Mike opened a successful sports shop in Wycombe's town centre and in January 1980 he was appointed successor to former England amateur international Andy Williams as manager of his hometown club.
- Mike stayed in charge for the next four years and enjoyed considerable success including an Isthmian League title and an appearance in the semi-finals of the F.A. Trophy.
- He gave a debut to his own son Kevin who became the youngest ever Wycombe player when he played against Hendon at the age of 15. Kevin went on to forge a highly successful playing career with West Ham where he is now a respected member of the coaching staff.
- Wanderers head of media Alan Parry told wwfc.com: 'I had the privilege of knowing Mike Keen for over 25 years and I can honestly say he was one of the nicest guys I've ever met in football - or any other walk of life.
- 'Quiet, modest, courteous, always smiling and always ready to lend a helping hand, he was a gentle giant and a true gentleman. Mike will always have a special place in the history of our great club and although he didn't get down to Adams Park very often, he always followed our results. He would have loved to have seen us get promoted this season so let's make sure that we do it for him.' Wycombe

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