Kevin Rapley, from Notts County, had a short spell on loan at St James’ Park. He later appeared for Colchester and Chester.
Kevin began his career with Brentford as an apprentice signing his first full contract in July 1996. He went on to make 51 league appearances for the West London club scoring 12 goals in addition to spending time on loan at Southend United and Notts County.
Kevin then switched to Notts County on a permanent basis at the end of his loan stint with the Meadow Lane club paying £50,000 for his services in February 1999. Scoring four goals in 52 league outings, Kevin was still making first-team appearances - usually from the bench - when he was loaned to Exeter City in November 2000.
Appearing first for the Grecians at Halifax Town on 4 November, Kevin made another half-a-dozen league appearances during his St James’ Park stint as well as appearing in the FA Cup and Football League Trophy which suggested Notts were amenable to the arrangement becoming permanent. However, with Kevin failing to score during his Grecians career, he returned to County only to see the season out on loan at Scunthorpe.
Kevin moved to Colchester United in August 2001, for whom he fared much better, before agreeing terms with Chester City in July 2003 where he was part of the squad that won the Conference in 2003/04. Kevin continued to feature in League Two games for Chester until January 2005 prior to finishing the campaign on loan at Forest Green Rovers for whom he made his debut against Exeter City.
Remaining in the Chester area, Kevin later played for Droylsden, Leigh RMI, Barrow, Vauxhall Motors (loan) and Witton Albion.
League 7; Cups 2 (9)