Keith Walker

Brought up in the Granton district of Edinburgh, Keith Cameron Walker was born on 17 April 1966 and graduated from his school team to play for Leith District county team.

During his time playing for Inch Boys Club, he was coached by Hearts player Eamonn Bannon and at Under 16 level was asked to join Rangers in a tournament in Belgium.

He then joined ICI Juveniles at Under 18 level and on his return had trials with Hearts, Falkirk and Hibs.

After winning a number of competitions at Under 18 level, he received an offer from Stirling Albion in the Scottish Second Division.

Under the management of Alex Smith, Walker trained on a Tuesday and Thursday night and combined his day job as an apprentice fitter at the local iron foundry.

Playing in the Stirling Albion first team at the age of 18, he was then transferred on a full-time professional contract to St Mirren for a £50,000 transfer fee in 1987.

At the end of the season, St Mirren won the Scottish Cup with Walker unable to play because he was cup tied playing in the previous round with Stirling Albion.

Despite struggling in the league, Walker had experienced European football for the first time, going up against Tromso and Mechelen, and in the opening match of the season made his debut for the club scoring in a 2-0 victory.

Starting season 1989/90 in the first team of St Mirren, and scoring the only goal of the game against Celtic, it came as a surprise when he was told the club had agreed a transfer fee with the Swans and he was on his way to South Wales, part of the triple transfer with Paul Chalmers and John Hughes.

Keith Walker
Keith Walker

For his Swans debut he was part of the defeat against Cardiff City at the Vetch Field, but in November 1997 he would gain revenge over the Bluebirds by scoring the only goal of the game at Ninian Park against the Swans bitter rivals.

An inspirational figure in defence, Walker became known as ‘Sky’ to the Vetch Field faithful.

Sadly he was also dogged by groin and hernia problems, having to miss out on the Autoglass Trophy final victory over Huddersfield Town at Wembley in 1994.

His best season, as far as number of appearances are concerned, came during season 1992/93, when he missed just four games and saw the club lose to West Bromwich Albion in the Second Division play-off semi-final.

Following relegation to the Third Division in 1996, despite turning down a new contract, offers from other clubs, and following off field drama of the takeover of the club by the Silver Shield Consortium, he was finally persuaded to sign a new contract and appointed captain of the club for 1996/97 season by player manager Jan Molby.

By the end of the season, he led the club to Wembley for the Third Division play-off final against Northampton Town, only to be devastated by a last minute winner for The Cobblers.

The 1998/99 season saw Sky miss the start because of the pre-season training injury, and after just one appearance saw his season come to an end thanks to a stress fracture in his leg, and a broken bone in his ankle.

During his 11 year stint at the Vetch Field, the popular defender had made 270 appearances for the club, scoring nine goals in all competitions.

In September 1999, Sky secured a loan transfer to Dr Martens side Merthyr Tydfil, in late January 2000 announced his retirement from the professional game.

On Saturday 22 January 2000, almost 250 people turned up, ironically at Swansea Rugby club, to pay homage to the man the Jack Army fondly knew as Sky.

The Swans granted Sky a Testimonial game and on 9 May 2000 entertained Aston Villa at the Vetch Field.

After returning to his native Scotland, he joined the police force and after completing his probationary period, is now based in Strathclyde.

Keith Walker Wall of Fame

The Robbie James Wall of Fame was unveiled at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday 22 September 2012, with Sky being one of the twenty players to receive the accolade from the Swansea City Supporters’ Trust.

The ‘Swansea Town/City Players A-Y’ book written by Colin Jones was an excellent reference guide for the information contained on this page. The information was reproduced with the kind permission of Colin.