Summerfield, Kevin

Birth Date

7th January 1959


Walsall, Staffordshire



Biographical Text

Kevin Summerfield, on loan from Plymouth Argyle, made four appearances for Exeter City during the club’s 1989/90 Division Four title-winning season. In a 384-game Football League career he also played for West Bromwich Albion, Birmingham City, Walsall, Cardiff City and Shrewsbury Town before embarking on a similarly-lengthy coaching and management career.

Kevin began his career as an apprentice with West Bromwich Albion in 1975 and, making his first team debut in 1977, played nine league games before joining Birmingham City in May 1982. Staying for just seven months he then signed for his home town club Walsall where he enjoyed a successful eighteen months scoring 17 league goals ahead of a transfer to Cardiff City in July 1984. Moving on to Plymouth Argyle six months later, Kevin was to remain at Home Park for six years making 139 league appearances (26 goals) whilst also suffering a badly-broken leg in January 1989.

Recovering full fitness Kevin’s opportunities at Argyle were increasingly limited and consequently, in March 1990, he arrived at St James’ Park on loan just as the Grecians were closing in on promotion and ultimately the divisional title. Appearing first against Rochdale on 24 March 1990, Kevin also featured against Scunthorpe, Hereford and Stockport before his brief loan period was over.

After a few months back at Home Park, Kevin moved to Shrewsbury Town in October 1990 where he played 163 league games (21 goals) ahead of returning to Argyle in 1997 as youth team coach and - over the years - caretaker-manager and assistant manager to Paul Sturrock during a successful period for the club. He then followed Sturrock to Southampton, Sheffield Wednesday and Swindon Town before the duo returned to Argyle. Kevin subsequently took on a role at Tranmere before working with Gary Rowett at Burton Albion, Birmingham City and Derby County. 

Kevin’s son Luke became a professional footballer primarily with Plymouth Argyle, Cheltenham Town, Shrewsbury Town, York City, Grimsby Town, Wrexham and FC Halifax Town.





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