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Keith Alexander

Since his recent death many have said Keith Alexander should have managed at a higher level. Perhaps prejudice against his skin-colour held him back. Or maybe his lack of a top-flight playing career. But we celebrate his heroic life in the real football world of Grimsby, Lincoln City he managed the mighty Imps twice Barnet, Stamford and his last club as manager, Macclesfield. In all he played for or managed more than 20 teams both league and non-league, and even won three caps for Saint Lucia in spite of being born in Nottingham! A big bustling centre forward he became an astute manager and coach, coping with the crises and enjoying the successes. And as the first black manager appointed on a full-time basis in Britain he has his place in history.

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