Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Hicks Retires After 50 Years In Football


Former Hereford United player Keith Hicks has retired after 50 years in football.

After ending his playing career, Hicks joined Rochdale as their Sports Trust manager and stayed in the same job for 33years.

Now 66, the central defender has been looking back at his career in which he said he had 'done alright from the game' although he was never paid more than £160 per week whilst playing.

He played against some of the best known footballers including Bobby Moore and Kevin Keegan but missed out playing against George Best because of injury.

In 1972 he joined Hereford United where he stayed for five years.

He later admitted he hated hearing about Hereford knocking Newcastle out of the FA Cup.

"All you would hear about when Hereford was mentioned was that game," he said. 

Nevertheless Hicks was in the Hereford team that drew 1-1 against Arsenal in the third round of the FA Cup. 

"Mick Carter missed a great chance for us in the last minute as we drew 1-1.

"We lost the replay 7-2 but I was thinking it could have been us.

"At least I got to play at Highbury."

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