Keith Nelson (footballer) is confirmed dead at the age of 77.
Keith was best known as a Scottish-born New Zealand footballer (national team).
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Keith Nelson
Personal information
Full nameKeith Robert Nelson
Date of birth(1947-02-18)18 February 1947
Place of birthRenfrew, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Date of death29 January 2020(2020-01-29) (aged 72)
Playing positionStriker
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1974–1978Hamilton88(116)
1979–1984Mount Wellington127(65)
National team
1977–1983New Zealand20(16)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Keith Robert Nelson (18 February 1947 – 29 January 2020) was an association football player who represented New Zealand at international level.
Born in Renfrew, Scotland, on 18 February 1947, Nelson became a naturalised New Zealand citizen in December 1976. He made his full All Whites debut in a 3–0 win over New Caledonia on 5 March 1977 and ended his international playing career with 20 A-international caps and 16 goals to his credit, including two hat-tricks against Chinese Taipei and Fiji. He gained his final cap gained in a 2–0 win over Ghana on 7 June 1983.
Nelson won New Zealand Player of the Year in 1976 and again in 1982 despite failing to make the final 23-man squad for New Zealand's first appearance at the World Cup finals that year.
Nelson died on 29 January 2020.
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