Former Holwell skipper Dave Saddington leads player tributes to Graham Keast

Graham Keast goes toe-to-toe with his opposite number EMN-150320-094552002
Graham Keast goes toe-to-toe with his opposite number EMN-150320-094552002

Graham Keast’s former captain Dave Saddington led the testimonials from his Holwell Sports team-mates.

The central defender was, like Keast, another loyal Holwell servant, having led the side for the best part of a decade before he, too, was forced to retire four years ago after developing rheumatoid arthritis.

He said: “I had the great pleasure of playing with Keasty for many years. In my mind he is probably one of the best players to have pulled on the green and gold Holwell shirt.

“Technically he was one of the most gifted players at Welby Road. Keasty had that ability to pull a moment of magic from nowhere.

“He could glide by two or three players like they weren’t there before laying an inch-perfect pass for a team-mate, or just stick one in the top corner from 30 yards.

“Keasty had what you can’t teach, you’re either born with that ability or you’re not.

“He was brilliant to have in the changing rooms and on the training ground, his attitude and dedication was second to none.

“He’ll be a great loss to Holwell and to the non-league scene.”

While Keast was admired by supporters and fellow players for his creativity and skills, team-mate Aaron Ridout believes his legacy goes beyond that.

He said: “Keasty is a great role model to all footballers young or old.

“He approaches every game with a professional attitude – he’s so professional he hasn’t once been fined for dirty boots in the years I’ve played with him!

“He will be greatly missed in the changing rooms and will leave a massive pair of size sixes to fill out on the football field.”