Walsall Born Walsall Player 1 Dean Keates.

Walsall player 1. Dean Keates Footballer
Originally Posted on January 25, 2015

I am republishing this due to the fact that many of you may well have missed it, but it was the one that set me on the way, so thought that it was worth putting it out there again!

First of all i have to say that i cannot find any information on where Dean played his football as a talented schoolboy. The grown up lads, from his schoolboy times, remember him playing on the green, but that’s it, so if anyone who knows anything of the young boy please contact me, via the blog and i will update it!

Dean Scott Keates (born 30 June 1978 in Walsall, West Midlands) is an English footballer, who currently plays as a midfielder, for Welsh side Wrexham. He has won promotion six times with three different clubs. Dean was bought up on The Beechdale Estate, Walsall, where he had a normal upbringing, Like any other boy Dean enjoyed playing football with his friends. Never dreaming that he would make it as a professional Football, he worked hard at learning the skills that he would require to make it at his chosen sport. He would play for his home town club and others (listed below) during his career. I am sure that he will give his current club the same commitment he gave to Walsall as a young lad getting into the first team; He always did that at Walsall.


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Beginning his career with his hometown club Walsall, Keates made his professional debut as a substitute in a 1–0 loss to Plymouth Argyle on 12 October 1996. He made his first start for the club on 25 January 1997, playing the full game in a 3–1 victory over Notts County. He became a regular in the side the next season as, at the age of 19; he played in 48 games in all competitions, scoring his first goal for the club. Keates was a key member of the Saddlers’ midfield in a successful 1998–99 season, playing in all but three games as Walsall won promotion to Division One as runners-up. Relegation followed the next year as Walsall struggled to adapt, though the club immediately won promotion back to Division One with a 3–2 play-off final victory over Reading at the end of the 2000–01 campaign, Keates playing for the full 120 minutes of the game, which ended in extra time. He played 15 games in the 2001–02 season as Walsall survived in the division, though he was released in July 2002.
Keates subsequently moved to Division Three side Hull City, initially on a non-contract basis, in August 2002. By the end of September, Keates’ displays had earned him a two-year contract, awarded to him by then-Hull manager Jan Mølby. Despite new chairman Adam Pearson’s money being pumped into the club on new players, Keates endured a lukewarm season at Hull, playing in 35 league games as they finished mid-table. The next season, 2003–04, was more fruitful with Hull achieving promotion to the newly named League One as runners-up. Keates, however, played no part in the campaign after December 2003 – a knee injury that kept him sidelined proved his undoing, as he could not force his way back into the team.
On 10 February 2004, Division Three side Kidderminster Harriers, now managed by former Hull boss Jan Mølby, signed Keates on a free transfer. He played in eight games as the Harriers avoided relegation back to the Football Conference. Though he played 41 games the next season, Keates and Kidderminster were relegated. He left the club at the end of the season, his contract having expired.
On 1 July 2005, Keates signed for League Two side Lincoln City. He played 24 games, scoring four times for Lincoln.
On transfer deadline day 2006 Keates re-joined former club Walsall on a free transfer after his contract was cancelled at Lincoln by mutual consent. Walsall were relegated to League Two at the end of the season. Richard Money was appointed as the Saddlers’ new manager in May 2006, and under him, Keates was appointed captain. He played a key role in Walsall’s promotion as champions back to League One in the 2006–07 season, scoring 13 goals. Keates was named in the PFA League Two Team of the Year for the 2006–07 season, as well as being named Walsall’s Player of the Season. He was to leave at the end of that season along with stalwart defender Chris Westwood.
Keates was signed by League Two side Peterborough United on a three-year deal on 14 May 2007, having refused the offer of a new contract from Walsall. He played 78 league games, scoring 11 goals, as Peterborough achieved successive promotions to the Championship. Keates was released by Peterborough United on 31 December 2009, having not played a minute of football under new Posh manager Mark Cooper, and managing just 6 games and 1 goal against Newcastle at St James Park in the 2009–10 season even before Cooper’s arrival.
On 21 January 2010, Keates signed for League One side Wycombe Wanderers on a 6-month contract, ending speculation of a return to Walsall or a switch to League Two Torquay United. On 3 April 2010, he scored his first goal for the club against Huddersfield. He was released by Wycombe on 10 May 2010.
Keates signed for Conference National side Wrexham two days after being released by Wycombe. He was named captain for the season, and scored his first goal four games into the season with a 30-yard volley against Kidderminster Harriers. In 2010/2011 season captain Keates lead the side to a play-off semi-final against Luton Town but lost the 1st leg 3–0 and the 2nd 2–1. In the 2011/2012 season Keates remained captain for the season and played in some major matches, including the FA Cup 3rd round match at Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion. A draw at the Albion’s American Express Stadium meant a replay was to be played at The Racecourse which Wrexham lost 4–5 on penalties, the only missed penalty being the first taken by Keates. Also that season he played in another play-off semi-final in which Wrexham lost again to Luton Town. On 31 May 2012 Keates signed a new one-year deal alongside young striker Robert Ogleby.

• 1998–99: Division Two runner-up (promotion to Division One)
• 2000–01: Division Two play-off winner (promotion to Division One)
• 2006–07: League Two champion (promotion to League One)
Hull City
• 2003–04: Division Three runner-up (promotion to Division Two)
Peterborough United
• 2007–08: League Two runner-up (promotion to League One)
• 2008–09: League One runner-up (promotion to The Championship)
Wrexham F.C.
• 2012–13: F.A. Trophy Winner

Rhyl FC

2015   signed for Rhyl as player coach.

Dean Keates
Personal information

Full name
Dean Scott Keates

Date of birth
30 June 1978 (age 37)

Place of birth
Walsall, England

5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)

Playing position

Club information

Current team

Senior career
Years                               Team                                             Apps (Gls)

1995–2002                     Walsall                                            156   (12)

2002–2004                    Hull City                                           50   (4)

2004–2005                    Kidderminster Harriers               49   (7)

2005–2006                    Lincoln City                                     21   (4)

2006–2007                   Walsall                                               53   (15)

2007–2009                   Peterborough United                    84   (12)

2010                               Wycombe Wanderers                     13    (1)

2010–2015                    Wrexham                                          153   (13)

2015–                             Rhyl                                                      22    (1)

Thanks to follower Tony who pointed me in the direction of Cresswell Wanders, Deans Junior club.

These are exciting times at Cresswell Wanderers F.C, the club has been in existence for over 20 years co-ordinating youth football. Who would have believed back then from our humble beginnings with just two teams, we would now be coaching and managing no fewer than twenty teams from Under 7’s and Under 18’s.
Through our web site we were able to arrange a friendly match against a youth team from Vancouver in Canada, Boston in the USA, Bangor in N.Ireland, France and Germany.
There are currently over 250 registered players with Cresswell Wanderers.
Cresswell Wanderers is possibly the largest junior youth football club in both Walsall and the West Midlands. The development plans, aims and objectives for the future is to increase it’s growth, membership, facilities and support to junior youth football in the area.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the parents / guardians that have supported our teams and the club throughout the season. Not forgetting our managers who give so much of their own time voluntarily to make all this possible.

Cresswell Wanderers are affiliated to the Staffs FA and are members of the following leagues:

Walsall Junior Youth League (including Mini-Soccer)
tCode of Conduct

Promote the positive aspects of sport (e.g fair play)
Coaches/Managers to consistently display high standards of behaviour and be a role model for players, parents and spectators
At all times respect should be shown to the facilities and opposition
Respect the rights & dignity of each player
Adhere to guidelines laid down in the constitution
Place the well being and safety of every player above all other considerations
To encourage & guide players
Over the years, the club has enjoyed its fair share of success winning many honours and in the process launched a number of professional careers.
Andy Thompson (Wolves)
Dean Keats (Walsall)


If your interested in junior football then it’s worth a visit, and you never know you may wish to join in with them, Like all kids teams today, I am sure they could do with help both actual and monetary.


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