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Keith Alexander the latest LNER Train of Fame Legend

11 May 2021

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Yesterday, the Imps announced that Percy Freeman would be the first legend on the LNER Train of Fame. We can now reveal the next City legend to get on board is former player and manager Keith Alexander.

Keith Alexander first joined the Imps in 1990 operating as a forward, making his club debut in December that year when City faced Hartlepool United in Division Four. He went on to make a further 22 appearances in the 1990/91 season, scoring three goals.

As his playing career headed towards an end, Keith was given a youth team coaching role with the Imps which would eventually turn into a caretaker manager position at the end of the 1992/93 season. Following a 2-0 home victory over Darlington in the final game of the season, Keith was given the manager role permanently. After 42 league games as City boss, Alexander was replaced by Sam Ellis. 

However, in July 2001, the former Imps' forward returned to the club as he overlooked all coaching from the Academy through to the first team, as well as being Alan Buckley's assistant manager.

Following a difficult period for the club, Buckley left as manager and on 3rd May 2002, Keith took over as City boss for the second time.

The 2002/03 season saw the Imps secure a play-off place as they finished 6th in the then-named Division Three. Lincoln would suffer heartbreak in the final with Bournemouth beating the Imps at the Millennium Stadium.

An illness kept Alexander away from the sidelines for part of the 2003/04 campaign, but he returned in February 2004 to secure a second play-off finish. The Imps would go on to be defeated by Huddersfield Town in the semi-finals. Keith led the club to two further play-off finishes before leaving City in May 2006.

Keith Alexander sadly passed away in March 2010, aged 53. 

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