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Keith Walwyn mural unveiled at Spark:York

By Dan Simmonite | 15th April 2021

A mural of York City Football Club legend Keith Walwyn has been unveiled at Spark:York 18 years after his passing.

Local artist Keith Hopewell was commissioned for the piece by the enterprise on Piccadilly in York City Centre and is presented proudly within the boxpark.

Second in the club’s all-time scoring list, Keith Walwyn netted 140 goals in 291 League and Cup games over six magnificent years for City in the 1980s.

Born in Nevis in the West Indies on 17th February 1956, Keith was signed by City boss Barry Lyons from Chesterfield in June 1981 for the bargain fee of £4,000.

The big centre forward led the City attack with great success and was one of the most feared and respected strikers in the lower leagues.

In 1987 he moved to Blackpool for a tribunal-fixed fee of £35,000 and later played for Carlisle United and Kettering Town.

Keith sadly passed away in April 2003 at the early age of 47, but his name lives on in the hearts of every York City supporter.

Spark:York Co-Founders Tom McKenzie & Sam Leach said "With 18 years since Keith’s passing, we wanted to pay our respects to his contribution to York as a city and York City Football Club, as one of the most iconic players to ever grace Bootham Crescent.

“With the football club’s move to the new community stadium, nobody better embodied Keith as a symbol of the good times at Bootham Crescent and we wanted to pay tribute to his contribution. We have also located four seats from the Family Stand in front of his mural so fans can enjoy a moment of reflection and relaxation when viewing the work."

A York City spokesperson added: “Initiatives like this show how much the football club means to local residents in York, and it is fantastic that Spark are honouring a York City legend at their facility in the City Centre.

“We will also remember Keith Walwyn at the new LNER Community Stadium with a mural in the fanzone surrounded by supporter’s tiles.”

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