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Eamon Gerrard O`Keefe

9

D.O.B.

October 13th 1953

Birthplace

Manchester

Height

5' 6

Weight

10st 11

Nickname

Eamon

Position

Forward

Signed

1981

Fee

60.000

Former Clubs

Mosseley, Everton

International

Rep. of Ireland

Pen Pic

- Forward
O`Keefe was signed for the Latics from Everton by then manager Larry Lloyd in 1981, a fee reported to be around 60,000 was to be paid in instalments and we had got ourselves one gem of a signing.
To put in to context it was a bit like Jason Roberts or Darren Bent signing for Rochdale today!
O`Keefe wasn`t exactly first choice at Everton but he had played 40 times for the Goodison Park club in two seasons and was a current Republic of Ireland international.

Lloyd said that he signed O`Keefe to get Wigan promoted and sure enough the little Mancunian Irishmans goals did exactly that, he scored a hat trick in the last game of the season at Springfield Park against Mansfield to guarantee promotion to Division 3

O`Keefe was a bit of a character to say the least and he was extremely fiery on the pitch but his wages were a big drain on Latics resources and he was sold to Port Vale in 1983

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