Darren Kelly

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Darren Kelly
Darren Kelly 25-08-2008 1.jpg
Kelly training with York City in 2008
Personal information
Full name Darren Kelly[1]
Date of birth (1979-06-30) 30 June 1979 (age 35)[1]
Place of birth Derry, Northern Ireland
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Scarborough Athletic
Youth career
Trojans
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2002 Derry City 140 (6)
2002–2004 Carlisle United 42 (2)
2004–2006 Portadown 52 (10)
2006–2007 Derry City 29 (2)
2007–2009 York City 36 (2)
2009–2011 Portadown ? (?)
2011 Stalybridge Celtic 0 (0)
2011–2013 Garforth Town ? (?)
2013– Scarborough Athletic ? (?)
National team
2000–2001 Northern Ireland U21 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:55, 5 January 2013 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:55, 5 January 2013 (UTC)

Darren Kelly (born 30 June 1979) is a Northern Irish footballer who plays for Scarborough Athletic as a defender. He is also a coach with York City.

Kelly began his career at home-town club Derry City and made 140 league appearances for the team before moving to English Football League side Carlisle United, following financial difficulties at Derry. He spent two seasons with the club, which included an appearance in the 2003 Football League Trophy Final, after which he was released and returned to Northern Ireland with Portadown. He captained the side and eventually left after his contract expired in 2006, when he rejoined Derry for a second spell. He featured for the side in the UEFA Cup and UEFA Champions League and attracted the attention of several Scottish Premier League clubs, before eventually joining York City in the Conference Premier in 2007. After leaving York in 2009 he rejoined Portadown, who released him in 2011. Kelly then resumed his career in English non-League football, playing for Stalybridge Celtic, Garforth Town and Scarborough Athletic.

Club career[edit]

Kelly was born in Derry, County Londonderry,[1] and grew up close to Derry City's ground, the Brandywell Stadium.[2] Having played with Trojans in the Derry and District League as a youth, he progressed through the Derry City youth system and made his first team debut at home to Sligo Rovers on 18 February 1996.[citation needed]

Newspaper reports in October 2001 claimed Kelly had joined Third Division side Carlisle United, which were denied by Derry, who had rejected Carlisle's £100,000 bid for him.[3] He featured for Derry in the League of Ireland Cup Final in April 2002, and scored in the penalty shoot-out, which the team lost 3–2.[4] After making 140 league appearances for Derry he eventually became one of many League of Ireland players who joined Carlisle under the management of Roddy Collins in August 2002 for a fee believed to be around £100,000.[5] He made his Carlisle debut in a 2–0 defeat to Darlington on 27 August.[6] He featured for Carlisle in the 2003 Football League Trophy Final on 6 April 2003, which they lost 2–0 to Bristol City.[7] His first goal for Carlisle came as the equaliser in a 1–1 draw against York City and he finished the 2002–03 season with 42 appearances.[8][9] Derry revealed they were interested in re-signing Kelly in December 2003, having been transfer-listed by Carlisle.[10] Following the end of the 2003–04 season, Carlisle manager Paul Simpson told Kelly he needed to get fit if he wanted to stay at the club.[11]

He was one of three players released by Carlisle,[12] after which he signed a two-year contract for Portadown in August 2004.[13] Kelly became Portadown captain for the 2005–06 season and by December 2005 was being linked with a move away from the club, with his contract expiring in the summer.[14] He won the Harp player of the month award for February 2006.[15] He launched a stinging attack on the "prima donnas" at the club and felt some of his teammates lacked "ambition and determination".[16]

Kelly looked set to join League Two side Stockport County on a two-year contract in April 2006,[17] but a day later he said he was yet to decided whether to join them.[18] Having made 52 league appeaances for Portadown he rejected a new contract with Portadown with the aim of returning to professional football.[19][20] He eventually chose to return to his old club Derry City for the third time in May.[21] He played in all of Derry's six game in the 2006–07 UEFA Cup campaign,[citation needed] which included a goal in the 5–1 victory over Gretna.[22] He was chosen as the eircom/Soccer Writer's Association of Ireland Player of the Month in September 2006.[23] He was named in the Professional Footballer Association of Ireland's team of the year in December 2006.[2] He featured for Derry in the first qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League in the 2007–08 season, playing in the 2–0 defeat to FC Pyunik.[24] He made 29 league appearances in his second spell as a Derry player.[19]

Kelly playing for York City in 2008

Kelly trialled at Kilmarnock of the Scottish Premier League in July 2007,[25] while Gretna were also interested in signing him, but refused to pay the £50,000 Derry wanted for him.[26] Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Dundee United had also made inquiries about signing Kelly,[27] although Inverness were only interested in loan terms.[25] Kelly instead signed for Conference Premier side York City on a two-year contract on 29 August for an undisclosed five-figure fee, with family reasons being his motivation for moving to a British club.[27][28][29] A day after signing for the club, he made his debut against Rushden & Diamonds and scored a late own goal, meaning his new side lost 3–2.[30] He was ruled out for at least a month with a suspected torn hamstring in January 2008, which was picked up in training,[31] and returned to the side in their 2–0 defeat against Cambridge United on 1 March 2008, after coming on as a 53rd-minute substitute for Darren Craddock.[32] He finished the 2007–08 season with 33 appearances and two goals for York.[33] Kelly drew praise from York manager Colin Walker following York's 2–0 victory against Woking in October, which was his first start of the 2008–09 season.[34] Following this, he admitted fears over his future at York after struggling to feature in the team, having only made two starts since April.[35] It was confirmed in March 2009 that he would leave York at the end of the 2008–09 season.[36]

Kelly in 2012

Kelly returned to Northern Ireland after re-signing for Portadown on a three-year contract in May.[37] After being released by the club in January 2011 because of work commitments he signed for Conference North side Stalybridge Celtic on 25 January.[38][39] He left the club in February having made no appearances and signed for Northern Premier League Division One North club Garforth Town, making his debut in a 1–1 draw with Ossett Albion on 22 February 2011.[40][41] He joined former club York as a community coach and an under-14 Centre of Excellence coach in March.[42]

Kelly signed for Northern Counties East Football League Premier Division side Scarborough Athletic in January 2013.[43]

International career[edit]

Kelly was capped 11 times by Northern Ireland at under-21 level from 2000 to 2001.[44]

Personal life[edit]

Kelly married his fiancée on 26 July 2008.[45]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 20 January 2009.
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Carlisle United 2002–03[9] Third Division 32 1 2 0 1 0 7[a] 0 42 1
2003–04[46] Third Division 10 1 0 0 1 0 1[a] 0 12 1
Total 42 2 2 0 2 0 8 0 54 2
York City 2007–08[33] Conference Premier 27 2 2 0 4[b] 0 33 2
2008–09[47] Conference Premier 9 0 1 0 2[c] 0 12 0
Total 36 2 3 0 6 0 45 2
Stalybridge Celtic 2010–11[40] Conference North 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 78 4 5 0 2 0 14 0 99 4
  1. ^ a b Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ 3 appearance in FA Trophy, 1 in Conference League Cup
  3. ^ 1 appearance in FA Trophy, 1 in Conference League Cup

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Ó Raghallaigh, Ciaran (3 December 2006). "Football: Kelly has Brandy in his veins". Find Articles (taken from Daily Mirror). Retrieved 13 March 2009. 
  3. ^ "Derry deny Kelly move". BBC Sport. 22 October 2001. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Derry suffer shoot-out agony". BBC Sport. 11 April 2002. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Kelly finally moves to Carlisle". BBC Sport. 21 August 2002. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Darlington 2–0 Carlisle". BBC Sport. 27 August 2002. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Bristol City sink Carlisle". BBC Sport. 6 April 2003. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Carlisle 1–1 York". BBC Sport. 15 April 2003. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Games played by Darren Kelly in 2002/2003". Soccerbase. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Derry hope for Kelly return". BBC Sport. 22 December 2003. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  11. ^ "Kelly told to get fit". BBC Sport. 4 June 2004. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  12. ^ "Carlisle release trio". BBC Sport. 27 July 2004. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  13. ^ "Kelly signs for Portadown". BBC Sport. 17 August 2004. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  14. ^ Fullerton, Darren (13 December 2005). "Football: Rumours rattling skipper Kelly; unsettled defender just wants to play.(Sport)". HighBeam Research (taken from Daily Mirror). Retrieved 2 November 2008. 
  15. ^ "Kelly claims monthly player award". BBC Sport. 9 March 2006. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  16. ^ "Kelly blasts Ports 'Prima Donnas'". BBC Sport. 12 February 2006. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  17. ^ "Kelly poised for Stockport switch". BBC Sport. 24 April 2006. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  18. ^ "Kelly mulls over Stockport offer". BBC Sport. 25 April 2006. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  19. ^ a b "Darren Kelly". Playerhistory. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  20. ^ "Kelly targets full-time position". BBC Sport. 3 May 2006. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  21. ^ "Defender Kelly back at Derry City". BBC Sport. 18 May 2006. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  22. ^ "Gretna 1–5 Derry City". BBC Sport. 10 August 2006. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  23. ^ "Longford Town v Derry City (Sat)". BBC Sport. 13 October 2006. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  24. ^ "Pyunik 2 – 0 Derry". UEFA. Retrieved 27 May 2008. 
  25. ^ a b "Killie give Derry's Kelly a trial". BBC Sport. 1 August 2007. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  26. ^ Lindsay, Clive (27 July 2007). "Red tape holds up keeper decision". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  27. ^ a b "Kelly seals transfer to York City". BBC Sport. 29 August 2007. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
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  30. ^ "York 2–3 Rushden & Diamonds". BBC Sport. 30 August 2007. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
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  32. ^ "Cambridge Utd 2–0 York". BBC Sport. 1 March 2008. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
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  34. ^ Flett, Dave (13 October 2008). "Walker laps up Ben and Kelly's treat". The Press (York). Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  35. ^ Flett, Dave (15 October 2008). "Worst fears lead to recalled Kelly's sigh of relief". The Press (York). Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  36. ^ Flett, Dave (13 March 2009). "Centre-back Darren Kelly heads for York City exit". The Press (York). Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  37. ^ "Ports make double transfer swoop". BBC Sport. 11 May 2009. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  38. ^ "Defender Darren Kelly is released by Portadown". BBC Sport. 13 January 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  39. ^ "Kelly Says Aye". Stalybridge Celtic F.C. 25 January 2011. Retrieved 26 January 2011. 
  40. ^ a b "Darren Kelly". Stalybridge Celtic F.C. Retrieved 26 January 2011. 
  41. ^ Snee, Tom (19 February 2011). "First Division North Signings". Northern Premier League. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  42. ^ Flett, Dave (12 March 2011). "Darren Kelly wants to see York City shirts displacing those of Premier League teams". The Press (York). Retrieved 20 May 2011. 
  43. ^ "Darren Kelly Signs". Scarborough Athletic F.C. 5 January 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  44. ^ Dewart, Jonny, ed. (22 February 2009). "Darren Kelly". NIFG. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 
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  46. ^ "Games played by Darren Kelly in 2003/2004". Soccerbase. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  47. ^ Williams, Tony; Wright, James, eds. (2009). Non-League Club Directory 2010. Tony Williams Publications. pp. 162–163. ISBN 978-1-869833-66-4. 

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