Kernick, Dudley

Birth Date

24th August 1921


Camelford, England



Biographical Text

Dudley Kernick made 8 appearances and scored 5 goals as a guest player for Exeter City in 1945-46. His debut was in a 5-3 win at Aldershot in September 1945, netting one of the goals.

He had been playing local football with Tintagel, and was the son of a local Blacksmith. Tintagel became the first junior side to win the Cornish Senior Cup and Dudley had offers from both Exeter City and Torquay United.

He signed as a professional for Torquay United in January 1939, where he scored 7 goals in 38 league starts. He was to also play a few wartime matches as a guest for Birmingham City.

After leaving Torquay he signed for Northampton Town for a fee of £3,000, but he quickly moved on to sign for Birmingham City in 1947 in a player exchange deal for Archie Garrett.

However, in a two year stay at St Andrews, Dudley never played a first team game.

In 1949 he signed for then Midland League side, Shrewsbury Town, whilst jointly owning a restaurant and coffee bar business with Birmingham City and England goalkeeper Gil Merrick in Birmingham. He left after one year at Shrewsbury and joined Kettering for the 1950/51 season. He later became manager of Hinckley Athletic in 1959. He was appointed manager of Nuneaton Borough in 1967, staying there for three years. He then became Commercial Manager for Stoke City staying there until 1985.

Dudley wrote a book about his life in football called: ‘Who The Hell is Dudley Kernick?’

In 2010 he was living in Jupiter, Florida in the United States, where he co-owned the Queen Mary English pub restaurant.

Dudley sadly died at the age of 98 on the 15th of December 2019







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