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Kevin Dillon
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Personal information
Full name Kevin Paul Dillon
Date of birth 18 December 1959 (1959-12-18) (age 50)
Place of birth Sunderland, England
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Aldershot Town (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1983 Birmingham City 186 (15)
1983–1989 Portsmouth 215 (45)
1989–1991 Newcastle United 62 (0)
1991–1993 Reading 101 (4)
1993–1995 Stevenage Borough
National team
1980 England U21 1 (0)
Teams managed
2003 Reading (caretaker manager)
2009– Aldershot Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Kevin Paul Dillon (born 18 December 1959) is an English former professional footballer born in Sunderland. He played in the Football League for Birmingham City, Portsmouth, Newcastle United and Reading, and was capped once for England under-21. In November 2009 he was appointed as the first team manager of League Two side Aldershot Town.

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Playing career

Dillon began his football career as an apprentice at Birmingham City and signed pro forms in July 1977. He made his debut 4 months later against Leicester City, when he was the last player to be given a debut by the late Sir Alf Ramsey.[1] In the 1980-81 season Dillon made his only England under-21 appearance against Romania.

After 186 league appearances, he left St Andrew’s in March 1983 and joined Division 3 side Portsmouth. He was involved in Portsmouth’s Division 3 title run-in that season and was also played his part, as Portsmouth went on to finish fourth in Division 2 in both the 1984-85 and 1985-86 seasons. Portsmouth were finally promoted to Division 1 in the 1986-87 season, when they finished as runners-up to Derby County. Unfortunatley Pompey only stayed in the top flight for one season, as they finished 19th and were relegated. Dillon had made 206 league appearances for Portsmouth before leaving Fratton Park in July 1989.

Dillon joined Newcastle United and in his first season there, they finished 3rd in Division 2, before losing out to Sunderland in the play-off semi-finals.

In the summer of 1991, Dillon joined Reading on a free transfer. He would spend 3 years at Elm Park and won the Division 2 title in the 1993-94 season before joining Stevenage Borough.[2] He was also both the youth and reserve team manager whilst at Stevenage Borough. He then joined Yeovil Town and finally had a brief spell at Fareham Town at the end of the 1996-97 season.

Management career

Dillon returned to Reading in 1995 and held a number of roles within Reading’s academy. He was also reserve team manager before he replaced Martin Allen as Alan Pardew’s assistant in November 2001. Under the guidance of the management duo, the Royals were promoted to Division 1 after finishing as runners-up to Brighton & Hove Albion in the 2001-02 season. Pardew resigned in September 2003 and Dillon stepped in as the caretaker manager, until Steve Coppell was appointed in October 2003.[3] At this point Dillon reverted back to his role as the number two. Dillon passed his UEFA Pro Licence in 2004 and in the 2005–06 season Reading won the Championship with a record of 106 points. In their first season in the Premier League Reading finished 8th. In May 2007, Dillon followed Coppell's lead in committing himself to Reading for a further two seasons.[4] Unfortunately they were relegated back to the Championship the next season and in May 2009 following the resignation of Coppell, Dillon alongside other first-team coach Wally Downes, left Reading following the team's failure to gain promotion back to the Premier League.[5]

On 9 November 2009, Dillon was confirmed as the new manager of Aldershot Town, succeeding Wycombe Wanderers bound Gary Waddock. Dillon's contract is until the end of the 2010–11 season.[6]

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