Rangers remember Wembley hero Keen
PUBLISHED: 13:15 15 April 2009 | UPDATED: 13:31 24 August 2010
By Ben Kosky PLAYERS and fans paid tribute to former QPR captain Mike Keen with a minute s applause at Loftus Road just before kick-off on Monday. Keen, who led Rangers to victory over West Brom in the 1967 League Cup final, is still the only player in th
By Ben Kosky
PLAYERS and fans paid tribute to former QPR captain Mike Keen with a minute's applause at Loftus Road just before kick-off on Monday.
Keen, who led Rangers to victory over West Brom in the 1967 League Cup final, is still the only player in the club's history to lift a major trophy.
He died on Saturday evening following a short illness and his sons Mike Jr and Kevin - the former West Ham midfielder - both attended the Sheffield Wednesday game, in which players on both sides wore black armbands.
Keen was a regular at wing-half in the Rs' first team for almost a decade, skippering the side to their Division Three and League Cup double and then promotion to Division One for the first time in the club's history a year later.
Ron Springett, the goalkeeper who played alongside Keen in the team that finished runners-up in Division Two, learned of his former team-mate's passing from another member of the side, Mark Lazarus.
"I last saw him about a year ago and I was certainly shocked when Mark rang me up and told me the news," Springett, whose late brother Peter kept goal for Rangers in the League Cup final, told the Times.
"Mike was a bit shy, but on the field he was a different character, he was like two different people. He was a very good captain, always looking out for me and calling 'yours, Ron!'
"The team spirit was tremendous when we went up - our manager, Alec Stock, was a father figure and no-one could take liberties with him. He demanded 100 per cent on the field and he got that from Mike."
Keen, who was 69, also played for Luton and Watford after leaving Loftus Road in 1969 and managed the Hornets, as well as Northampton Town and hometown club Wycombe Wanderers.