Keenen Meakin-Richards | manager

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Birmingham

18.1.1989

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PLAYER BIO

Former Hednesford defender who was appointed as the club's new first-team manager in October 2020 after a successful spell as interim manager

A former trainee at Walsall, Meakin-Richards came through the Saddlers' youth system before being released in the summer of 2006 without making a first-team appearance at the Bescot Stadium. He made the short switch to Keys Park in the summer of 2006 to join Hednesford, initially playing for the team's reserve side under Phil Starbuck before he was handed his first team-debut later on in the campaign

2007-2008 saw Meakin-Richards get more game time under his belt for the club under Starbuck, making seven starts before electing to leave the club to join Conference North high-flyers Staffrod Rangers on a deal until the end of the season

After leaving Marston Road in the summer of 2008, Meakin-Richards linked up with fallen Conference giants Bromsgrove Rovers, now plying their trade at step four of the non-league pyramid in the Southern League Western. He became a consistent influence in the Rovers side over the next two seasons before Rovers were wound up as a club due to off-the-field issues in the summer of 2010

After a spell away from football, Meakin-Richards returned to the sport in the summer of 2011 with a trial period at Halesowen Town, signing a deal with the Yeltz for the forthcoming campaign. However, he left the Grove without making a first-team appearance to join Conference North side Hinckley United before a ball was kicked in the 2011-2012 season 

His spell at the Knitters was similarly brief - one start for Hinckley - before he linked up with Evo-Stik Division One side Romulus until the end of the season. Another break from football followed as he concentrated in business interests away from the sport before joining Bedworth United in July 2014. After four months at the Oval, Meakin-Richards returned to Sutton Coldfield to join Boldmere St. Michaels until the end of the 2014-2015 season

A season in the Midland Football League Division One followed in 2015-2016 as Meakin-Richards joined Lichfield City side, where he was a virtual ever-present in a side that finished seventh in the table

In July 2016, Meakin-Richards returned to the Victoria ground to join Bromsgrove Sporting - formed following Rovers' folding in 2010 and playing in Lichfield's league. Sporting walked away with the league by nearly twenty points, with Meakin-Richards playing mainly as a midfielder for the Rouslers in a consistent campaign that saw the crowd flocking back to the old ground

A brief spell at Sporting Khalsa followed during the 2017-2018 pre-season before he joined the Hednesford old boy's club at Walsall Wood back at step six. Keenen was once again part of a side that dominated the league as a well-backed Wood stormed their way to the title with triple-figure points total. He remained at Oak Park for the following season and was once again an ever-present as Wood missed out on back-to-back promotions on the last day of the season by Ilkeston Town, who beat Wood to promotion on goal difference

A move to Coleshill Town came about in the summer of 2019 alongside an appointment as Hednesford's new academy manager, responsible for the Pitmen's youth teams across all age ranges. After a handful of appearances at Coleshill, Meakin-Richards joined league rivals, Sporting Khalsa, once more for a short spell before returning to Walsall Wood in December 2019

With the 2019-2020 season curtailed due to the coronavirus, Meakin-Richards was handed a more in-depth role by Hednesford in the summer of 2020 as they significantly expanded their youth system under their new owners

In October 2020, first-team manager Andy Morrell left the club after only six games in charge of the club, with the Pitmen turning to Meakin-Richards to take charge on an interim basis. After winning three out of five games and playing an attractive brand of attacking football, Meakin-Richards and his assistant Graham Deakin were handed the job on a permanent basis

* Denotes playing records removed after 2019-2020 season was voided due to coronavirus pandemic

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