Cray Wanderers appoint an ex-Gillingham, AFC Wimbledon, Ebbsfleet United player in Danny Kedwell as their new first team manager.
The well-travelled League Two winner will take charge of the Isthmian League Premier Division side for the start of the 2021/22 season, and will also play for them when needed.
Kedwell takes up his first managerial role, coming in to replace Tony Russell, who quit Cray after six years as boss last month due to personal reasons.
BREAKING NEWS! Cray Wanderers are delighted to announce that Danny Kedwell has been appointed as new first team manager for the 2021-22 season. MORE INFO HERE – https://t.co/EtwoQc4FUt pic.twitter.com/ZsiurfjjqI
— Cray Wanderers FC (@OfficialWands) April 10, 2021
Cray Wanderers are delighted to announce that Danny Kedwell has been appointed as new first team manager for the 2021-22 season.
Danny has an extensive playing career and will be registered as a player for the new season but also has a UEFA A Level coaching qualification and great credentials for the exciting post of Cray Wanderers manager.
Danny who was last playing for Havant & Waterlooville is a prolific forward with 249 career goals and played for a few clubs in Kent before signing for Maidstone United then on to Herne Bay where he scored 28 goals in 2004-05 and then on to Welling United where he scored 38 goals in two seasons before a year at Grays Athletic.
He transferred to AFC Wimbledon in 2008 and over three seasons scored 67 goals and helped take the Dons into the Conference and in 2011 scored the winning penalty in the Conference playoff final vs Luton Town to earn promotion to the Football League.
This alerted his home town club Gillingham to sign him before the start of the 2011-12 season and spent four seasons with the Gills scoring 40 goals in 119 appearances.
He then went on to Ebbsfleet United in January 2015 and served the Fleet well with four seasons in the National League and then finally on to Havant & Waterlooville and a short spell at local club Hollands & Blair.
This promises to be an exciting era for Cray Wanderers and for Danny Kedwell and we welcome him to the club and his plans to take London’s Oldest Football Club forward.
2001–2002 – Chatham Town
2002 – Tonbridge Angels
2002–2003 – Fisher Athletic
2003 – Lordswood
2003–2004 – Maidstone United
2004–2005 – Herne Bay
2005–2007 – Welling United – 70 games (38 goals)
2007–2008 – Grays Athletic – 50 games (13 goals)
2008–2011 – AFC Wimbledon – 118 games (58 goals)
2011–2015 – Gillingham – 119 games (40 goals)
2015–2019 – Ebbsfleet United – 174 games (57 goals)
2019–2020 – Havant & Waterlooville – 26 games (11 goals)
2020 – Hollands & Blair – 11 games (4 goals)
2020–2021 – Havant & Waterlooville – 8 games (1 goal)
Total – 666 games (250 goals)
Kedwell joined Havant & Waterlooville for the 2019–20 season, scoring 11 goals in 26 league appearances before the season was halted in March due to the Covid pandemic.
He was released as a free agent in July 2020 and now looks set for his first spell as manager whilst also continuing to play, hoping to chip in with some goals as cray eye promotion to the National League South division next season.
AFC Wimbledon – Conference Premier play-offs: 2010–11
Gillingham – Football League Two: 2012–13
Ebbsfleet United – National League South play-offs: 2016–17
Fans reacted as Cray Wanderers appoint the ex-Gillingham, Wimbledon, Ebbsfleet player as manager…
@educatedleft: Congratulations on the appointment, Danny. Look forward to getting back to watching some football. Up the Wands
@H_Deaconmedia: No doubt going to be great in this role, absolutely first class professional and great with the media and other responsibilities he held as captain. Good luck Keds. @DKedwell!!
@stone_craig: Love it @DKedwell congrats mate! Hope it’s a big success
@jfoote4: Congratulations @DKedwell. All the best wishes mate
@ElmslieEnder: Let’s hope the burger bar is well stocked.
@ChipieSian: Good luck Danny from everyone @PUFC_Gravesend
@STIFFORDBLUE: What a good appointment and a @GraysAthleticFC Legend what a pre season friendly it would be
@ian_obee: All the best @DKedwell 👏👏👏
@royscumminator: Good luck Danny we will all miss you at West Leigh park.
@Dyer1Adam: Congratulations @DKedwell!
@ReeceBoast: Yes @DKedwell good luck fella!
@ForeverAYellow: I remember watching his score that penalty to secure Wimbledon’s place back in the EFL, what a moment, what a guy
@cookieonscreen: Wow! What a place to start your management journey!
@DKedwell will do amazing things at this club! Born winner and leader of men right here!!!
@wonnacott_m: Great news @DKedwell, good luck #eufc
@FisherWomble94: Great appointment, best of luck Danny
@JosephGargaro: Good luck keds
@SteveR29128994: Onwards and upwards. COYW
@funkyboyroy: Good luck @DKedwell 👍🏻🦅
@GaryLomas17: He can still play too surely good asset as a player/manager.
@jindibanwait: Best of luck @DKedwell
@EddyEdwards75: @DKedwell congratulations on the appointment pal…
@PehaugheyPaul: Didn’t see that appointment coming. Being a @bromleyfcsupporter I’m obviously not a Danny Kedwell fan. Really wish him all the best at @OfficialWands Could be a fantastic future for a club on the up.