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Keane voted into the Premier League Hall of Fame

18 May 2021

Former Man Utd captain who lifted PL Trophy seven times joins Eric Cantona as an inductee

Roy Keane is the latest player to be inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame.

The Irishman was a dominant figure for Manchester United, helping to take them to seven Premier League titles during his 12 seasons at the club.

Keane joins inaugural inductees Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry, plus former team-mate Eric Cantona in receiving the highest individual honour given by the Premier League.

"I feel very lucky to be inducted but I’ve only been inducted because of the players I’ve played with," Keane said.

He is one of the six players from a 23-man shortlist to have received the most combined votes from the public and the Premier League panel. A further four will be announced this week. 

Keane's career in numbers
Category Roy Keane
Appearances 366
Goals 39
Assists 33
PL titles 7
Monthly awards 2

"Signing for Manchester United and walking into a brilliant dressing room [was the highlight of my career]," Keane said of his move from Nottingham Forest for a British-record fee in the summer of 1993.

'Clough was biggest influence'

But he reserved special praise for his manager at Forest, Brian Clough, who brought him from Cobh Ramblers in County Cork, Ireland, to the Premier League.

"Brian Clough [was my biggest influence] for signing and giving me my debut and his advice before my debut was telling me: control the ball, pass it to my team-mate and run," he said. "That was the foundation of my career." 

Eligibility for Hall of Fame

To be eligible for the Premier League Hall of Fame this year, players had to have been retired as of 1 August 2020, and only a player’s Premier League career was considered in his candidacy.

Each inductee will receive a personalised medallion, engraved with the year of their induction.

Follow @premierleague and #PLHallOfFame on social media for further details and news of the next inductees.

Also in this series

Part 1: Cantona inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame
Part 2: Cantona: The others are great, I am exceptional!
Part 4: Lampard enters the Premier League Hall of Fame
Part 5: Lampard: Brace at Bolton meant everything
Part 6: Bergkamp named Premier League Hall of Fame inductee
Part 7: Bergkamp: Leicester goal went perfectly to plan
Part 8: Gerrard chosen as Premier League Hall of Fame inductee
Part 9: Beckham voted into Premier League Hall of Fame
Part 10: Beckham: Ferguson was my inspiration

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