For a man who plied his trade amongst non-League circles and in the lower reaches of the Football League, the reaction to the death of Keith Alexander was astounding. From the national team wearing black armbands in his honour, to the thousands, including some of the great and good in football, who attended his funeral at Lincoln Cathedral, to the hundreds of fulsome tributes from people in and out of the game – it was a measure of the impact he had on people he’d met and on those who knew of him.
There or Thereabouts tells the story of Keith’s journey playing, coaching and managing in his quest to gather more and more knowledge of the game he loved, and the impact he made by unearthing talented players and building teams that defied the odds.
Keith’s experiences include scoring in a Wembley Cup Final, taking Barnet to the brink of the Football League, promotion with Grimsby Town, a rollercoaster ride at little Ilkeston Town, success on the pitch but boardroom intrigue off it at Lincoln City and much more. More importantly, the book presents a portrait of a proud family man who could unite clubs and communities and engage with everyone he met by being
approachable and considerate, by being a charismatic leader and, most of all, by being himself.
Rob Bradley will be introducing the book to all City fans on the evening of Thursday 23 August 2012, in the Trust Suite at 7.30pm. Guests attending include Simon Yeo, Alan Marriott, Matt Alexander, Steve Thompson, Chris Moyses and Garry Birtles. There will be talks, interviews and a Football Q&A. Books available on the night, price £14.99.
The Publisher’s Launch will take place on Saturday 25 August 2012 (day of LCFC v Macclesfield Town), from 12.00pm to 1.00pm at WH Smiths on Cornhill in Lincoln.