Vic Keeble passes away aged 87.

By Gursimran Hans

Former West Ham striker Vic Keeble has sadly passed away at the age of 87, following a short illness.

Born in Colchester on the 25th June 1930, Keeble began his career at local club Colchester United, being signed by future West Ham manager Ted Fenton, he scored 78 league goals in 114 games for the club, including 23 in 46 Football League matches. He won the Southern League Cup in 1950.

In 1952, he signed for Newcastle United, where he would win the FA Cup in 1955. He was the last surviving member of the side. He had a street named after him in Durham due to his exploits. After five seasons and 56 league goals in 104 games, Keeble joined West Ham under former boss Fenton.

The opening  to I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles (Closing Time) by Looking For A Rainbow, the last track of the Forever Blowing Bubbles Compilation CD features audio announcing Keeble’s signing. He would score 23 goals in his first season as West Ham returned to the First Division and 20 the following season as The Hammers finished sixth. A back injury sustained against Fulham eventually lead to a premature retirement.

After retiring, Keeble remained a popular figure and performed administrative roles for Chelmsford City and Colchester United in his native Essex.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family at this time.

 

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