Lance Key Player Profile

Player Details

Playing History

Season Win % Draw % Loss %
1996-97 4 0 0 0 25.0% 50.0% 25.0%
Totals: 4 (0) 0

 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 Cln = Clean Sheets | CtGR = Clean Sheets to Games Ratio | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals

 Recent First Team Starts
 30/11/96 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H) 1 - 1
 23/11/96 Premier Division vs. Raith Rovers (H) 1 - 2
 16/11/96 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 3 - 3
 02/11/96 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A) 3 - 1

 Recent First Team Goals

 List of Goals Scored

 List of Games Played (click to expand)
 30/11/96 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H)  1 - 1
 23/11/96 Premier Division vs. Raith Rovers (H)  1 - 2
 16/11/96 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  3 - 3
 02/11/96 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  3 - 1


Lance began his professional career when he signed for Sheffield Wednesday from non-league Histon for £10,000 in 1990. He made just one first team appearance in six seasons at Hillsborough, when he came on as a substitute in an FA Cup tie. Loan spells with Oldham Athletic, Oxford United, Lincoln City, Hartlepool United and Rochdale followed before United manager Billy Kirkwood brought him to Tannadice on a free transfer after the Club's promotion back to the top-flight.

After originally coming in as a trialist, he made an appearance in the pre-season tour of Denmark and signed shortly after. He arrived as understudy to Ally Maxwell, but after the first-choice keeper was injured Lance made his debut alongside new signing Lars Zetterlund at Motherwell in October 1996.

However, after just four matches his chances of regular first team football evaporated with the arrival of Sieb Dijkstra. After a short spell on loan at Tranmere Rovers, Lance was released and joined Sheffield United in March 1997. He later played for Rochdale and several non-league clubs in England before going into coaching, eventually returning to his first club Histon as manager in 2016.

Last updated on Wednesday, April 20th, 2022 by B Orr.


November 2nd, 1996
Motherwell 1 - 3 Dundee United

League (Premier Division)


  • Date of Birth

    Lance was born on this date in Kettering, England.

  • First Non-Competitive Appearance (Friendly)

    AGF Aarhus 1 - 2 Dundee United

    Given Scotland's poor record in Europe, particularly away from home this was an impressive start against the Danish Cup holders and European Cup Winner's Cup representatives. Remember too that the Dan

  • Signed For Dundee United

  • First Team Debut

    Motherwell 1 - 3 Dundee United
    League (Premier Division)

    It was debut day for two players as Lance Key in goal and Lars Zetterlund made their debuts. The Swedes presence in midfield meant United had three Scandinavians in their ranks for the first time sinc

  • Last Appearance

    Dundee United 1 - 1 Dunfermline
    League (Premier Division)

    Conceding goals late on in matches have proved costly this season and this was another example. Making it even more galling was the fact that the match could have been wrapped up even although Robbie

  • Left the Club