Today we look back on one of our finest midfielders. Trevor Keogh played 208 games and booted 196 goals in a career that spanned 12 seasons.
Another from our Bendigo gold mine, Keogh was first brought to the club in 1968, having been spotted by legendary recruiter Newton Chandler. However Keogh found it extremely hard to adjust to city life and the fact Ron Barassi thought he was too small and returned to Bendigo.
He would again return in 1969 but again homesickness kicked in.
Finally in 1970 the Blues decided to sign him up on a 6 game permit of which his final two appearances were first two senior games.
In 1971 he fully committed to the Blues and in one of his earliest appearance booted 5 goals v Footscray in a season he played 16 senior games.
The following season he had elevated himself as a prime midfielder and would finish 3rd in the B&F in a Premiership year. However on Grand Final day he was part of John Nicholls master plan of putting his best players up forward. Keogh would kick 3 goals and diminish Kevin Sheedy’s influence as the Blues piled on their record 28.9 scoreline.
In 1973, Keogh would have to watch from the sidelines on Grand Final due to injury. His and Barry Armstrong’s absence robbed the Blues their best two midfielders. Keogh would finish 9th in the B&F. This was followed by an impressive 3rd in 1974. Keogh’s greatest strength was his ability to find space and link up defence to attack with his precision kicking.
A solid 1975 was followed by his best season of his career as he represented Victoria and win the first of two B&F awards as well as earning Best Clubman in 1976. His form reflected that of the team in 1977 in that he endured some periods of inconsistencies.
However he bounced back in 1978 as the Blues surged up the ladder under Alex Jesaulenko. Keogh would once again represent Victoria and go onto to win his second B&F.
In 1979, he alongside Barry Armstrong were the senior members of a mosquito fleet that was emerging. Never one to flinch in a contest or back down in a fight, Keogh left his mark on the 1979 Grand Final. Two important things happened in the 2nd term of that game. Wayne Harmes was moved to the centre and Keogh belted ex teammate Russell Ohlsen who was relishing the muddy conditions. Perhaps that’s what won Keogh his 2nd Best Clubman. The Grand Final was Keogh’s 199th game. Sadly he would play just nine more senior games.
A knee injury sustained in the 1980 pre season saw him miss half the year, restricting him to 8 senior games. Keogh played on in 1981 but such was the strength of the midfield, he played just the one senior game in a season in which he won the Reserves B&F.
Upon retirement Keogh was appointed U/19s coach, a role he filled for 3 years. Then in 1986 under former teammate Robert Walls, he became the club runner. A role he did for 5 seasons under Walls and Jesaulenko.