1. James McKeown


Brief info


187 cm


Republic of Ireland

James McKeown originally made the move to Blundell Park in the summer of 2011 and has been an integral part of the side during his stay at the club, consequently winning the club’s Player of the Year award on no less than four occasions.

The Birmingham born stopper began his career in the Youth team at Walsall before heading to Peterborough United.

After loan spells at Kettering Town and Worcester City, he made his Posh debut in February 2008 as a substitute in the League Two game against Wrexham and went on to make six appearances for the club, four of those in the Championship.

James joined Boston United on loan from Peterborough in August 2010, which was where he first came to the attention of former manager Rob Scott and current boss Paul Hurst. He kept a terrific 14 clean sheets in the 18 games he played during that spell.

Following a short spell in Dutch football with RSKV Leonidas, James was reunited with Scott and Hurst when he joined Town on a one year deal on 23 June 2011 as competition for then number one Kenny Arthur. However, he forced his way into the starting eleven during pre-season with and hasn’t looked back since.

He made his debut against Fleetwood Town on 13 August 2011 and was an ever-present in his first season, earning himself a two-year contract extension as a result.

After another terrific season in 2012-2013, where the club reached the play-offs and a Wembley final in the FA Trophy, James won the Player of the Year award. He then went on to retain that award the following year as the club reached the playoffs for the second year running.

The experienced goalkeeper has been an ever-present in the squad in recent times, finally achieving promotion in the 15/16 season with a 3-1 victory over Forest Green Rovers at Wembley. James signed a two-year contract extension this year up until the end of the 17/18 season. Despite suffering an injury on Boxing Day 2017 in a 1-1 draw against Mansfield Town, James went on to make 39 appearances in the 2017/18 season, helping secure the club’s Football League status. In May 2018, James signed a new three-year deal with the club, which will take him into his 10th year with The Mariners.