A biography of Keith Alexander is set to go on sale this weekend, with the launch date set for Saturday, when the Silkmen face Lincoln City at Sincil Bank. The official launch will take place at WH Smiths, Cornhill, Lincoln, and of course all visiting Silkmen supporters will be welcome at the event.
For a man who plied his trade amongst non-league circles and in the lower reaches of the Football League, the reaction to the death of Keith Alexander was astounding. From the national team wearing black armbands in his honour, to the thousands, including some of the great and good in football, who attended his funeral at Lincoln Cathedral, to the hundreds of fulsome tributes from people in and out of the game – it was a measure of the impact he had on people he’d met and on those who knew of him.
There or Thereabouts tells the story of Keith’s journey playing, coaching and managing in his quest to gather more and more knowledge of the game he loved. And the impact he made by unearthing talented players and building teams that defied the odds.
Keith’s experiences include scoring in a Wembley Cup Final, taking Barnet to the brink of the Football League, promotion with Grimsby Town, a rollercoaster ride at little Ilkeston Town, success on the pitch but boardroom intrigue at Lincoln City and much more.
More importantly, the book presents a portrait of a proud family man who could unite clubs and communities and engage with everyone he met by being approachable and considerate, by being a charismatic leader and, most of all, by being himself.