RIP Noel Kinsey

RIP Noel Kinsey

Birmingham City FC is saddened to learn that former player Noel Kinsey has passed away at the age of 91.

The Wales international played for Blues for five years between 1953 and 1958, where he made a total of  173 appearances and scored an impressive 56 goals.

One of those goals (pictured below) came during the 1956 FA Cup Final at Wembley against Manchester City, which Blues lost 3-1. He was also a key member of the Blues side that won the 1954-55 Second Division title.

Born in Treorchy in Wales, Kinsey played predominantly as an inside forward, but could also stand in as a wing-half if required.

He began his professional career with Norwich City in 1947, where he went on to clock up 243 appearances and score 65 times for the Canaries, before making the switch to St. Andrew's.

After leaving Blues, he saw out his professional career with Port Vale, before moving into non-league football with King's Lynn and then later becoming a player-coach at Lowestoft Town.

Following his retirement from the game he ran a pub, before working in insurance and then settling in Norwich.

RIP Noel Kinsey
24 December 1925 - 24 May 2017