andy king - fact file

1967 - 1971        midfield

Born on 14th August 1956 in Luton, Bedfordshire, England.

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Andy King had a spell on the books at Tottenham as a junior from the age of 11 to 15, but never made it beyond that level, as he was not retained as an apprentice.

Working as a sheet metal operative and played Sunday football, Andy eventually joined Luton Town in July 1974 and his performances attracted interest from bigger clubs, with Everton moving quickest to sign him up for 35,000.

King stayed on Merseyside for five years at Goodison Park and his time was remembered for a cracking goal in a derby game with Liverpool on "Match of the Day".  While at Everton, he was called up to the England squad, but failed to make the breakthrough into the team, despite a number of less-able players being selected to win caps at the time.

In September 1980, the midfielder moved to QPR, who were then managed by Tommy Docherty,  for a fee of 425,000, but a change in manager, with Terry Venables coming in, also changed his role at the club.  Nonetheless, he did score the first League goal on artificial turf at Loftus Road, but he was not destined to stay there long and moved on to West Bromwich Albion as an intended replacement for Manchester United bound Bryan Robson.

King never settled at the Hawthorns and made a return to Everton when he was swapped for striker Peter Eastoe.

The player left Goodison for a spell with Cambuur Leeuwarden in Holland, then back to England with Wolverhampton Wanderers and his spiritual home of Luton Town.   Aldershot boss Len Walker managed to persuade King to drop down the divisions to sign for the Shots in August 1986 and while injuries restricted the number of games he could play, he helped the club to promotion through the play-offs, but departed at the end of the next season having only made one appearance in that campaign. 

On leaving the playing side of the game, Andy took on a management role at Waterford United, combining it with a playing role too in January 1989, but he lasted only seven weeks, leaving to sign on as a player for Cobh Ramblers.

He had to wait until August 1993 for another crack at management, this time coming with Mansfield Town, taking them to a promotion play-off semi-final in 1995, but after dropping down the table the following season, he left the club in July 1996.

Andy worked as a coach and a scout for Sunderland, before taking over as assistant manager at Swindon Town in the summer of 2000 and then, when manager Colin Todd left for a post at Derby County in November 2000, King became the Robins' manager.  Saving the club from the drop that season was not enough to secure his position and he was sacked in June 2001.  It was only a temporary departure, as his replacement, Roy Evans, only lasted a few months and King was back in charge in December 2001, when new owners reinstated him.

Once more he reached the play-off semi-final and again without luck to get through to the final.  After four years in charge, he was sacked in September 2005, taking his career to scouting before getting the manager's job at non-league Grays Athletic in November 2006.  His stay there lasted only a couple of months, as he left for personal reasons in January 2007.

Since then, he has been working as a scout for Everton and Plymouth Argyle.

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Career Record
 
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (junior) ?? - - - -
Luton Town ?? ?? ??  33 9
Everton July 1974 35,000 ??  151 38
QPR September 1980 450,000 v Sheffield Wednesday 30 9
West Bromwich Albion September 1981 400,000 ??  ?? ??
Everton July 1982 Swap for Peter Eastoe ??  ?? ??
Cambuur Leeuwarden (Holland) ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
Wolverhampton Wanderers January 1985 ?? ??  ?? ??
Luton Town December 1985 ?? ??  ?? ??
Aldershot August 1986 ?? ??  ?? ??
Watford United (Republic of Ireland) January 1989 ?? ??  2 ??
Cobh Ramblers (Republic of Ireland) March 1989 ?? ??  ?? ??

Honours
England international
- full caps;  - goals
Under-21 caps; goals
- Cup winners medal 19---

Milestones
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