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Kit Symons
Personal information
Full name Christopher Jeremiah Symons
Date of birth 8 March 1971 (1971-03-08) (age 39)
Place of birth Basingstoke, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Portsmouth
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1995 Portsmouth 160 (10)
1995–1998 Manchester City 124 0(4)
1998–2001 Fulham 102 (13)
2001–2005 Crystal Palace 049 0(0)
National team
1992–2004 Wales 036 0(2)
Teams managed
2003 Crystal Palace (caretaker)
2007 Crystal Palace (caretaker)
2008 Colchester United (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Christopher "Kit" Jeremiah Symons (born March 8, 1971, in Basingstoke, Hampshire, England) is a former Welsh international footballer.

A defender, Symons began his career at Portsmouth, spending seven years at the south coast club, making 160 appearances. He helped Portsmouth to the 1992 FA Cup semi final, but was the only Pompey player successful from the spot as they lost on a penalty shootout to Liverpool. In the summer of 1995 he transferred to Manchester City for a £1.2 million fee. He played for The Citizens until 1998 when he moved to London club Fulham, on a free transfer, having made 124 appearances. He played for Fulham until 2001, when he was signed by Crystal Palace for £400,000, the club at which he finished his playing career after 49 appearances. During his playing career he also won 36 caps for the Wales national football team, scoring twice.[1][2]

Symons spent some of his time at Crystal Palace as a player-coach, and after retiring from playing became a full-time member of the coaching staff. He became caretaker player-manager for a short while in 2003, and following the subsequent appointment of Iain Dowie he combined the roles of player and assistant manager.

For the 2005–06 season, Symons was replaced by Neil McDonald as assistant manager, and was instead given the task of managing Crystal Palace's reserve team, who played in the Premiership Reserve Southern League until the end of the 2005–06 season (The side will play in the Pontin's Holiday Combination League for the 2006–07 season, following changes that meant only Premier League teams can have a reserve team in the Premiership Reserve League).

Following the departure of both Iain Dowie and Neil McDonald in the summer of 2006, Symons was named First-Team Coach under new manager Peter Taylor. The title of Assistant Manager was not given to anyone, but it was instead seen that Symons had the role closest to assistant.

After Taylor was dismissed from the Eagles on October 8, 2007, Symons was confirmed as Caretaker Manager until the appointment of Neil Warnock three days later (Palace did not play during this time). Following Warnock's appointment, Symons stepped down from his position of Assistant Manager and left the club on October 16, 2007.[3]

Kit joined Colchester United on January 16, 2008 following Micky Adams' resignation as assistant the previous week.[4] He was appointed as Colchester's caretaker-manager in September 2008 after the departure of Geraint Williams.[5] He also occasionally gives lectures on non-dualism and game theory in his spare time.

In May 2009 it was revealed that Symons had applied for the then vacant managerial seat at Port Vale.

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup Total
1988-89 Portsmouth Second Division 2 0
1989-90 1 0
1990-91 1 0
1991-92 46 1
1992-93 First Division 41 2
1993-94 29 3
1994-95 40 4
1995-96 1 0
1995-96 Manchester City Premier League 38 2
1996-97 First Division 44 0
1997-98 42 2
1998-99 Fulham Second Division 45 11
1999-00 First Division 29 2
2000-01 24 0
2001-02 Premier League 4 0
2001-02 Crystal Palace First Division 9 0
2002-03 25 0
2003-04 15 0
2004-05 Premier League 0 0
Total England 436 27
Career Total 436 27

References

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Paul Walsh
Portsmouth F.C. Fans' Player of the Year
1993–1994
Succeeded by
Alan Knight
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Simple English

Kit Symons
Personal information
Full name Christopher Jeremiah Symons
Date of birth 8 March 1971 (1971-03-08) (age 39)
Place of birth    Basingstoke, England
Playing position Defender (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1988-1995
1995-1998
1998-2001
2001-2005
Portsmouth
Manchester City
Fulham
Crystal Palace
National team
1992-2004 Wales
Teams managed
2003
2007
2008-
Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace
Colchester United

Kit Symons is a former English football player. He has played for Wales national team.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
EnglandLeague
1988-89PortsmouthSecond Division20
1989-9010
1990-9110
1991-92461
1992-93First Division412
1993-94293
1994-95404
1995-9610
1995-96Manchester CityPremier League382
1996-97First Division440
1997-98422
1998-99FulhamSecond Division4511
1999-00First Division292
2000-01240
2001-02Premier League40
2001-02Crystal PalaceFirst Division90
2002-03250
2003-04150
2004-05Premier League00
CountryEngland 43627
Total 43627

International career statistics

[1]

Wales national team
YearAppsGoals
199270
199360
199420
199551
199640
199730
199831
199910
200010
200140
200200
200300
200410
Total372

References

  1. http://www.national-football-teams.com/v2/player.php?id=7451

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