|Debut:||19-Oct-69, League, (h) Bohemians, 3-1|
Right-full back John Keogh had been a permanent member of the Shamrock Rovers defence from the early 1960s, collecting five FAI Cup winner’s medals, his first in 1962. He was on the League-Cup Double winne’rs squad of 1963-64, the beginning of Rovers 6-in-a-row FAI Cup victories, winning his next four FAI Cup honours in the first four years of this sequence.
An international cap in 1966, 4 Inter League honours and success in every League of Ireland competition completed a full hand for John before he transferred to Cork Celtic. With 8 minutes remaining in the 1969 FAI Cup he had his hand on another winner’s Cup medal, until he turned a Paddy Mulligan header into his own net. Cup specialists, his old club Shamrock Rovers, made no mistake in the replay.
The arrival of Amby Fogarty at Cork Celtic early in the 1969-70 season saw John on the move to Dundalk, enticed by his old teammate Liam Tuohy, who was looking for a bit of experience while dealing with a growing injury list and trying to extend an opening undefeated run in the League. Top of the table at the half-way stage was followed by a poor December, which included a 6-2 hammering from newcomers Finn Harps, and put paid to League prospects.
A strong tackler and always keen to move forward to help in attack, John missed just 2 games from his mid-October debut. The form of Sean Kelly early in the following season saw John’s Dundalk stay come to an end at Christmas.