Norwich City Hall of Famer Sandy Kennon dies

Norwich City Hall of Famer Sandy Kennon has passed away. Picture: Archant

Norwich City Hall of Famer Sandy Kennon has passed away. Picture: Archant - Credit: Archant

Former Norwich City goalkeeper Sandy Kennon has died at the age of 81.

The Norwich City Hall of Fame member played 255 games for the Canaries between 1959 and 1964.

After two and a half years with Huddersfield Town, Kennon joined City in February 1959 and played his part in the club's famous run to the semi-finals of the FA Cup as a Third Division team in the same year.

He replaced the injured Ken Nethercott after the first leg of the sixth round 1-1 draw with Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, in which Nethercott had played on for the final half an hour with a dislocated right shoulder.

Kennon then made his debut in front of more than 38,000 supporters in the replay at Carrow Road, a 3-2 win.

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He then continued in the semi-final against Luton Town, a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane in front of 63,500 people and then the replay at St Andrews in Birmingham, which Luton won 1-0.

Kennon was quoted in the build up to the semi-final, with the prospect of Wembley looming, as saying: 'Of course I'd like to play there but let me have the glory, give Ken Nethercott the medal. He deserves it.'

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The South African keeper also continued to cover for Nethercott in the league, playing 17 times as the Canaries finished fourth in Division Three.

Nethercott went to play for Wisbech Town, with 416 City appearances to his name, and Kennon became the number one goalkeeper at Carrow Road.

He played all but one of City's league games the following season, as the Canaries were promoted to the Second Division and played every match as City won the League Cup in 1962.

He continued as a regular with the Canaries until midway through the 1964-65 season, when Kevin Keelan came to the fore.

Kennon went on to play for Colchester United and Lowestoft Town before retiring in 1970, aged 36, before making three appearances for Norfolk Cricket Club in the Minor Counties Championship in the same year.

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