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Luton – The Legends Series – Mike Keen

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For the latest in our ongoing series covering those who have achieved legendary status among the support, we feature another former player who became a fans favourite.

Following on from those already covered – John Moore, David Preece, Mal Donaghy, Brian Lewis, Bruce Rioch, Fred Jardine, Brian Horton, Kevin Nicholls, Tony Read and Steve Foster

The latest Hatter to be featured is Mike Keen, as suggested by Chris Winter.

Keen signed for Luton Town in 1969 after playing for Queens Park Rangers, where he made his name, for over a decade.

While at Loftus Road, Keen made a colossal 393 league games and scoring 39 goals for the West London club.

Keen was only to remain at Kenilworth Road until 1972, but the cultured midfielder brought something different to a Luton Town team that were rising through the divisions.

Although, when it comes to physique, he wasn’t the bulkiest of players, he didn’t shirk challenges and had the ability to push Luton forward with some pinpoint passing.

The side, managed by Alec Sock, also benefitted from his natural leadership abilities and the Hatters finished second in the Division 3 table, behind Orient, to secure promotion.

However, after 144 league appearances, Keen was to move on joining Watford, a club he was also, later in his career, to manage.

During his time at Kenilworth Road, Keen scored 11 league goals, can anyone recall any of them?

Sadly, Mike Keen passed away, after a short illness, in April 2009 aged 69.

Mike Keen – Mini Fact File

Name – Michael Thomas Keen

Date of Birth – 19-March-1940

Place of Birth – High Wycombe, England

Position – Midfielder

Career – Queens Park Rangers, Luton Town, Watford

Managerial Career – Watford, Northampton Town, Wycombe Wanderers, Marlow

If you feel able to share any of your thoughts or memories on the Hatters career of Mike Keen, please feel free to do so in the comment facility beneath this article.

If you can think of anyone who deserves nominating for coverage in this ongoing series, please drop their name into the comment facility beneath this article.

My thanks go to those who have already nominated faces from the past, they will all be covered, in time.

Next up in the series will be – Ian Buxton suggested by Philip Carter


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