Former Charlton Athletic goalkeeper Dean Kiely has reached out on Twitter to reveal his pride at being voted into the South London club’s Hall of Fame.
Charlton announced yesterday that Kiely will be listed on the Hall of Fame board in the Charlton Museum, having been voted in alongside Sailor Brown and Mike Flanagan.
The 49-year-old won 66% of the vote for the period between 1981 and the present day, with John Humphrey and Scott Parker receiving the second and third-most votes respectively.
Having joined the Addicks from Bury in 1999, Kiely spent more than six years at the South London club – racking up nearly 250 appearances.
The Irishman helped Charlton win promotion to the Premier League as champions in his debut season at the club and then establish themselves in the top flight over the next few years.
A two-time player of the year, Kiely also won eight international caps during his time at the Valley.
Following the Hall of Fame announcement, the 49-year-old took to Twitter to reveal his pride and reminisce fondly about his time at the club.
Wow, what an honour, even to be mentioned in the same sentence as some true legends is very humbling. Feel lucky to have played with such great players, who were even better people. A truly golden era!👍🏻⚽️👏🏻
— Dean Kiely (@deankiely40) May 27, 2020
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Kiely was a fantastic servant to the club and an excellent goalkeeper for Charlton during the late 1990s/early 2000s, so you feel he is certainly deserving of this accolade.
The Irishman played a key role in helping them secure promotion to the Premier League in 1999 and in keeping them there over the next few seasons.
Judging from the response of the Addicks fans on Twitter, Kiely remains a popular figure among the Valley faithful, while his response shows that Charlton clearly holds a special place in his heart.