SW Player Review 2018/19 – The Keepers

With just five matches of the season to go, it’s time for us to start looking down the list of players who have represented us and giving our assessment of their impact and performance.

We’re going to cover as many as possible, but only players who have made a Football League start for the club. It would be difficult to sum up the performances of the youth team coach who got ten minutes against Accrington and unfair to judge Jordan Adebayo-Smith who will surely be a big player for us in the future.

Whilst it would seem obvious to start with the keepers, that’s exactly what we’re going to do. Yesterday, I caught up with Andy Warrington our goal keeping coach and that’s spurred me on to get started with the player’s review. After all, we have a very clear indication now of exactly how the three of them have done and what their strengths and weaknesses are.

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Before I do though, I thought it would interest a few of you to hear about Andy Warrington’s York City debut in 1995, the short paragraph that didn’t make it into this week’s programme. It was quite a baptism of fire!

“I did make my debut against Manchester United was I was 19, facing Eric Cantona and Paul Scholes,” Andy told me.

“It was an unreal experience, it was the League Cup, back when it used to be two legs. We played them in the first leg at Old Trafford and they put out the reserves. We won 3-0 and Dean Kiely was in goal. He got injured on the Saturday away at Hull, he got a broken cheekbone and I went in. They had an unbelievable side out that night, we got beat 3-1 but still went through on aggregate. That was 1995 and it’s fair to say your career only goes one way after that.”

His career has gone up hill, surely? He’s now coaching a former Scotland international and is responsible for ensuring we’re competent in the sticks despite having three different first-choice stoppers this season. 

Here’s our assessment of those stoppers, in order of appearance.



  1. Well reviewed. The stop Gills made at Morecambe broke them, at least three of their players put there hands up high in recognition that they had scored only for Matt to push the ball away at the foot of the post.

    • Allegedly 10’000 odd MKDons fans did the same on Saturday from Anekes header at the death….

  2. Totally agree with views on Smith. Next season will be make or break for Vickers I think, but only regarding his fitness. Gilks has been inspirational.

  3. If we retain Gilks as number one choice for next season then it may be more prudent to loan out Vickers, so he s given ample game time and opportunity to prove his fitness. I believe Smith is good enough to provide us cover while Vickers would be on loan, with option to recall.

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