Robbie O’Keefe came to serve Boro’ in numerous ways over the years; first arriving as a midfielder during September 1989. Back then, he had a high level of experience and it was hoped that O’Keefe would be the man to help guide us back up to Isthmian League Division One. Like all the best players, he had an immediate impact with a goal on debut away to Basildon United. Overall, he’d chip in with seven goals as his appearance count hit the 40 mark. Just one full season is all we got from him, however, as he left us in the early stages of the 1990-1 campaign.
Robbie O’Keefe: After Boro’
To be fair, we mean after being a Boro’ player. O’Keefe moved into management after his playing days and had a big hand in Hitchin Town‘s resurgence during the 1990s. But his association with us wasn’t over; returning in a coaching capacity, albeit on a short-term basis. Hitchin Town also came calling once more in January 2009, with O’Keefe now taking up the role of director of youth football. It’d be in a similar role that he’d link back up with Boro’.
Such was his standing at the club that he even spent some time as caretaker manager in 2021. He did a good job too. But talk of a permanent appointment was swiftly dampened. He returned to his academy role – combining it with the hotseat at Biggleswade Town in 2022. Unfortunately, the time came later that year for O’Keefe to leave us for good. A business opportunity called him away; one that returned him to his core love of coaching.