12 Facts About Dean Austin

1. At the age of 12, Dean Austin managed to get on the Watford books and played for Sunday League side Forest United.

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2. Dean Austin scored his first goal for the club on 4 September 1990 in the Rumblelows Cup against Aldershot.

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3. Dean Austin ended up being signed by Tottenham Hotspur, the club he supported as a child by manager Terry Venables for £375,000.

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4. Dean Austin made his debut on 22 August 1992 coming on as a sub for Terry Fenwick in a Premier League match against Crystal Palace.

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5. Dean Austin saw out his contract and was reunited with Terry Venables at Crystal Palace under the Bosman ruling.

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6. Dean Austin linked up with former manager Terry Venables at Crystal Palace, although Venables only stayed for six months.

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7. Dean Austin accepted a massive pay cut, and he marked his return to the team by scoring the winner against Norwich City.

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8. Dean Austin was appointed club captain by Cockerill as the club narrowly avoided relegation from the Football Conference on his 33rd birthday and Austin decided then and there to call time on his playing career and retired from playing.

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9. Dean Austin was an integral part of Southend winning two successive promotions from League Two into the Championship and was responsible for developing young players such as Michael Kightly, Stuart O'Keefe and Gary Hooper.

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10. Dean Austin decided to take a break from football at this time.

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11. From January 2012 until February 2013, Dean Austin was a regional scout for Bolton Wanderers but left his position to join Chris Kiwomya at Notts County as assistant manager.

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12. In September 2017, Dean Austin was appointed assistant coach of Northampton Town working alongside the newly appointed Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

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