Walsall player 42. Kevin Summerfield


Kevin Summerfield
Born Walsall 7 January 1959
School Alma Street and Joseph Leckie
Youth football
Walsall Town Boys
West Bromwich Albion
Senior Football
1977-82 West Bromwich Albion 9 4
1982-83 Birmingham City 5 1
1983-84 Walsall 54 17
1984 Cardiff City 10 1
1984-1990 Plymouth Argyle 139 26
1990 Exeter City (loan) 4 0
1990-1996 Shrewsbury Town 203 21
He began his career with West Bromwich Albion as a forward, making his first team debut in 1977, before joining Birmingham City five years later. A few months later, he signed for his hometown club Walsall and enjoyed a successful 18 months there, scoring 17 league goals, which led to a transfer to Cardiff City in 1984. He was signed by Dave Smith for Plymouth Argyle six months later, where was converted into a midfielder, and was an important member of the squad for the next five years. A broken leg sustained in January 1989 led to a year on the sidelines, and after regaining full fitness he spent time on loan with Exeter City. He ended his playing career with Shrewsbury Town.
He returned to Plymouth Argyle in 1997 as the club’s youth team coach, and was appointed caretaker manager three years later. He became the club’s assistant manager after the arrival of Paul Sturrock and led the club to the brink of promotion to the Football League Championship before joining Sturrock at Southampton. He gained promotion two more times with Sturrock, at Sheffield Wednesday in 2005, and Swindon Town in 2007, before returning to Plymouth Argyle once again. He then spent two years as Assistant Boss at Tranmere Rovers, before moving to Burton Albion to take up the same role. When Rowett joined Birmingham City as manager he took Summerfield with him as his assistant.

Gary Rowett

18 May 2012 Last updated at 14:20

Burton Albion appoint Kevin Summerfield as assistant boss

Burton Albion manager Gary Rowett has named Tranmere Rovers assistant boss Kevin Summerfield as his number two.

The 53-year-old has previously worked as assistant at Sheffield Wednesday, Plymouth Argyle and Swindon Town, achieving promotion at all three clubs.

He leaves Tranmere after spending two years with the League One side.

Rowett, who was appointed full-time Brewers boss last week, told BBC Radio Derby:“Kevin is a very experienced guy and a nice guy.”

He added: “What I think I had to do with this appointment was not go down the route of bringing in someone who was a mate of mine that perhaps couldn’t do the job well.

“The crucial thing we needed to add to the team was experience, someone who has experience at this level and at higher levels and has a good idea of what it takes to get promotion.

“He’s a good guy to have in the office. He’s good fun, he’s got a really nice character about him. And he’s got the experience and success as an assistant.”

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