We look back at the career of the man who famously scored 73 goals in one season…
By Luke Thompson - 25/04/2017
Posted 3 years ago
Kim Casey was widely known as a ‘devastating finisher’, and one of the best in the club’s history.
He also just so happens to hold an outrageous club record for goals scored in a single season, one that has unsurprisingly stood for the over 30 years and will surely not be beaten for a very long time.
The previous record of 64 was held by Billy Boswell, and had stood since the 1935/36 season before Casey burst onto the Aggborough scene, finding the back of the net a total of 73 times in 68 matches during the 1985/86 season.
Birmingham-born Casey began his career in 1981 with Sutton Coldfield, before playing for A.P Leamington and Gloucester City. He also picked up three caps for England at U18 level. Getting well involved in goal scoring terms earned him a move to Aggborough in July 1985, Harriers investing £2,500 to secure the services of the then 24 year old, and this would pay dividends immediately.
The 1985/86 season marked the centenary for Harriers, and Casey’s exploits on the pitch helped add to the celebrations. During his first season in red and white, Casey formed one third of an infamous attacking trio alongside Paul Davies and Mick Tuohy, renowned as one of the deadliest front lines around at the time.
Casey’s 73, Davies’ 44 and Tuohy’s 22 summed to a total of 139 goals in a single season, which was borderline grotesque! This led to Casey and Davies being called up to play for England’s semi-professional team in March 1986 against Wales, which was in fact the first time Harriers has representatives at international level since 1905.
In his second season at Aggborough, Casey’s tally was in comparison far less, but at 43 goals, the number would still be a resounding success for any other striker. Regardless, Casey’s goals contributed to what was a particularly memorable season for the club as Harriers were crowned as FA Trophy winners after beating Burton Albion 2-1 in the final replay.
Casey continued to be an instrumental figure in the Harriers team for a further three seasons, before signing for Cheltenham Town in 1990 for £25,000.
He would then spend 18 months with The Robins before switching to Wycombe Wanderers followed by Solihull Borough, but would return to Aggborough for one final season in July 1995, netting 17 goals.
A total of 176 goals in 247 appearances was his final number for Harriers, an incredible record for a man that is regarded as one of the greatest strikers in the club’s history.
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