Died 5 November 2012
Keith, a wing half, played for Posh for two seasons (1960/61 to 1961/62) making a total of 82 Football League appearances scoring 12 goals, 11 FA Cup appearances scoring 2 goals and 1 League Cup appearance.
Signed from Mansfield Town in July 1960 by Posh manager Jimmy Hagan, along with Norman Rigby and Jim Rayner, Keith formed a formidable half back trio dubbed the three R’s which played a significant part in the winning of the 4th Division Championship.
Keith made his Posh debut on the 7th September 1960 in Posh’s 2-0 win at Crystal Palace and retained a regular place in the team for the remainder of that season and the 1961/62 season.
His physical presence enabled him to dominate in the air and brush aside most challenges. More than just a ‘stopper’ Keith scored some vital goals for the Posh including one in the 2-1 3rd Round FA Cup win at Portsmouth on the 7th January 1961.
Before the Posh, Keith played for Mansfield Town where he made 31 appearances scoring 5 goals and prior to Mansfield he played for Leeds United where he made 67 appearances scoring 15 goals and Norwich City where he made 12 appearances scoring 6 goals.
After leaving Posh Keith joined Doncaster Rovers where he played a further 128 Football League games scoring 7 goals. Keith Ripley passed away on Monday 5th November 2012 at 10.00am in Snydale care home Normanton after a long illness with a very rare disease called “Myasthenia gravis”, aged 77.
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