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Player of the Day: William Keeton

by Stuart Vose

Inside-right a true multi-sport star.

Thirties inside-right William Keeton was notable for making appearances at professional level across two sports - football and cricket.

Born in Shirebrook, Derbyshire, he joined Sunderland from Grantham Town in October 1930, making his debut against Arsenal at Highbury the following January.

He made a total of 11 appearances for the Lads before moving on to Nottingham Forest for a fee of £450 in September 1932.

However, football was but one of William's sporting loves - he was a superb right-handed opening batsman and had made his first appearance at county level for Nottinghamshire in 1926.

Having exited professional football in 1933, Keeton made rapid progress in the cricketing world despite being injured when knocked down by a lorry in 1935.

He would play cricket until 1952, playing in two Tests for England and hitting 54 centuries at county level while reaching the 1,000-run mark in 12 seperate seasons.

Perhaps his most notable performance was 312 not out during a match against Middlesex in 1939.

After retiring he ran a sports shop and later worked for the National Coal Board.