Kevin began his career as an apprentice with Middlesbrough but
was released after one season. Working in a lumber factory and
for a paper mill, he thought the highest level of his footballing
career would be with Durham City but Newcastle manager Jack Charlton
had spotted him and signed him. He played in the Newcastle side
that won the FA Youth Cup in 1985 alongisde Paul Gascoigne, Joe
Allon, Ian Bogie and Gary Kelly.
Kevin spent 10 years at St James Park making 227 league appearances
for the Magpies before Tottenham signed him for £800,000
in 1994. However injuries and changes of managers limited his
opportunities at White Hart Lane to just 18 league appearances
(1 goal). Loan spells with Port Vale (17 games, 1 goal) and Charlton
(4 games) preceded a loan spell at Carrow Road which resulted
in a £250,000 transfer in February 1997. Hie Norwich debut
was against Stoke in January 1997.
After Mike Walker's departure, Kevin
did not fit into Bruce Rioch's plans and
was been granted a free transfer in January 1999 to assist him
in his aim of returning to the North East. He joined David
Hodgson's Darlington on loan at the end of January.
A reoccurrence of his knee injury limited his chances at Darlington
with Hodgson unwilling to invest in a player with problems whom
he has not had a chance to fully test.
His contract at Carrow Road was canceled on 11th May 1999 so he
could return to his native North-East. According to the "Life
After The Lane" article in the July 2000 edition of Spurs Monthly,
Kevin was playing for non-league side Guisborough. He joined Crook
Town in November 2001
He then worked as a coach at the Middlesbrough FC academy and
had coached Lee Cattermole, Adam Johnson and Stewart Downing to
the professional game.
As of December 2011, he was working as a driving instructor with
Loxley driver training.