Kevin Austin: Former Swansea City defender dies aged 45

Kevin Austin: Former Swansea City defender dies aged 45

Former Swansea City defender Kevin Austin dies aged 45

Former Swansea City defender Kevin Austin has died at the age of 45 after a battle against pancreatic cancer.

Playing at centre-back or left-back, Austin made 150 appearances for the Welsh club between 2004 and 2008 and won seven caps for Trinidad & Tobago.

Former Swansea City player Kevin Austin has died aged just 45

Austin helped Swansea win promotion from League Two in 2005, lift the 2008 League One title and the 2006 Football League Trophy.

Former Bristol Rovers and Swansea City star Kevin Austin dies aged 45

Swansea City said in a statement: “The Swans have been in touch with Kevins family, who wished to convey that the club always had a special place in his heart.

“They wanted to thank everyone for their kind words and support, but have requested that their privacy is respected at this sad time.”

Austin began his Football League career with Leyton Orient, having moved from non-League side Saffron Walden Town in 1993.

He made more than 100 appearances for both the Os and Lincoln, who he joined in 1996 and helped win promotion from the Third Division.

Austin spent time at Barnsley, Brentford, Cambridge and Bristol Rovers but it was at Swansea where he had his most successful period after signing in 2004, winning two promotions in four years as well as the Football League Trophy.

Hackney-born Austin left Swansea for Chesterfield in 2008 and also played for Darlington and Boston before retiring in 2012.

Along with Swansea, Austins other former clubs have expressed their sadness at his passing and offered their condolences to his family.

Austin had been involved in coaching after his playing days, including a role in Scunthorpe Uniteds academy.

Former Swansea City defender Kevin Austin has died at the age of 45 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

The Scunthorpe United youth coach, who played as a central defender or at left-back, was a rock in the Swans defence when he played for them between 2004 and 2008.

In a statement on the club website, it read: “The Swans have been in touch with Kevins family, who wished to convey that the club always had a special place in his heart.

“They wanted to thank everyone for their kind words and support, but have requested that their privacy is respected at this sad time.”

Austin helped the club win promotion from League Two in their final year at Vetch Field during the 2004/05 season.

He was also part of the squad that lifted the League One title under Roberto Martinez in 2007/08 as well as the 2006 Football League Trophy.

We are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of our former defender Super Kevin Austin.Taken from us far too soon. May you Rest in Peace, Kev.❤️ pic.twitter.com/GkSfPbPsHj

In total, Austin made 150 appearances during his four-year spell with Swansea and also gained seven international caps for Trinidad and Tobago.

The London-born player also played for Leyton Orient, Lincoln City, Barnsley, Brentford, Cambridge United, Bristol Rovers and Darlington.

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