Keith left us for Peterborough in 2006, but he didn’t get to return to the Bank with his new club; he was sacked on January 15th 2007, just 12 days before Mark Stallard gave us a 1-0 win at the Bank. Oddly, 11 days before he was appointed Macclesfield manager, we played the Silkmen at the Bank, winning 3-1.
His first game back at the Bank came in March 2009, when we beat his Macclesfield side 1-0 thanks to an Adrian Patulea goal. I confess I can’t remember the game, but there was plenty of build-up in the match programme, with peter Jackson welcoming him back, and John Vickers calling him one of football’s nice guys in the team pen pics.
The crowd wasn’t exactly thrilled at the narrative back then; only 2478 watched the Tuesday evening game, in which we went ahead on 27 minutes. The Silkmen, featuring Simon Yeo and Paul Morgan, could have levelled twice through Gareth Evans, but Rob Burch kept him at bay. Dany N’Guessan had a late chance saved for us, whilst Yeo almost snatched a point, only for Burch to stop his effort late on. Oddly, our next home opponents were Luton Town, then managed by another Imps legend, Mick Harford.
Sadly, Keith wouldn’t make the same fixture the season later; they came on the final day of the 2009/10 season, three months after his tragic passing.