Kiely with the Republic of Ireland national team in 2008.
|Full name||Dean Laurence Kiely|
|Date of birth||10 October 1970|
|Place of birth||Salford, England|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Current club||West Bromwich Albion (goalkeeping coach)|
|West Bromwich Albion|
|1989||→ Ipswich Town (loan)||0||(0)|
|1990||→ York City (loan)||0||(0)|
|2006–2007||→ Luton Town (loan)||11||(0)|
|2007–2011||West Bromwich Albion||69||(0)|
|Republic of Ireland B||1||(0)|
|1999–2008||Republic of Ireland||11||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Dean Laurence Kiely (born 10 October 1970) is a former footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He is currently goalkeeping coach at West Bromwich Albion. He has won 11 caps for the Republic of Ireland, but has more often than not been on the bench as their substitute goalkeeper. He retired from international football in 2003 but returned to the Irish squad five years later in 2008 under Giovanni Trapattoni. Kiely has a career record of 234 clean sheets in his 725 club appearances as of 21 January 2008.
Born in Salford, Greater Manchester, Kiely trained with the West Bromwich Albion youth system as a schoolboy before being accepted into the FA School of Excellence at Lilleshall. After Albion he progressed through the Coventry City youth system as a trainee before signing a professional contract on 30 October 1987. He went to Ipswich Town on loan in November 1989 but failed to make any league appearances. Kiely joined York City on loan on 9 March 1990 before joining permanently in May, where he was given his first chance at regular first team football. He made 210 league appearances for them between 1990 and 1996, and played in their 3–0 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford in the League Cup.
Following a trial with Plymouth Argyle, Kiely signed for Bury on 15 August 1996 for a tribunal-decided fee of £125,000. He spent three seasons at Bury, making 137 league appearances in the process. He was instrumental in Bury winning the Second Division title in the 1996–97 season, most notably with an 88th minute penalty save in the penultimate game of the season against Watford. Bury requiring a point to guarantee a second automatic promotion in as many seasons had Kiely to thank after he kept the scoreline at 0–0 in a memorable day at Vicarage Road.
Kiely moved to Charlton Athletic for a fee of £1 million on 26 May 1999 and made his debut on 7 August against Barnsley. He was Charlton's regular keeper from 1999 to 2005, and was popular with the club's fans as well as having a majestic "shut out" rate. Having been signed from a lower-division club he was seen as an example of Alan Curbishley's ability to spot talent in unheralded players. Kiely made a point-blank save from Birmingham City player Christophe Dugarry in a game at St Andrews on 3 November 2003; Charlton went on to win the game 2–1 and Kiely later named the save as the favourite one of his career.
He signed for Portsmouth for an undisclosed fee on 25 January 2006, and played a large part in their escape from relegation that same season. His Pompey debut was in the FA Cup against Liverpool at Fratton Park in a 2–1 defeat. After David James signed for Portsmouth on 11 August, he voiced his frustration at having to compete with a top goalkeeper for the No. 1 spot, and with Jamie Ashdown also on their books, he opted to leave Portsmouth in the autumn.
He signed for Championship club Luton Town on a one-month loan on 23 November 2006, making his debut in the 2–1 away defeat at Southampton on 25 November. He then joined Championship side West Bromwich Albion on 30 January 2007, signing a one-and-a-half-year contract, as a replacement for Russell Hoult. Kiely made his Albion debut in a 2–1 win over Plymouth Argyle the following day.
Kiely reached the milestone of 700 senior career appearances on 1 September 2007, and recorded a clean sheet as Albion beat Barnsley 2–0. He signed a new deal with West Brom in January 2008, which would expire in June 2009. Kiely's clean sheet in the 3–0 home win against Plymouth Argyle on 1 March 2008 saw him named in the Championship Team of the Week. Later that month however, he was the subject of criticism and booing from his team's own fans during Albion's 4–3 victory over Colchester United, but retained his starting place. He nonetheless kept 18 clean sheets in all competitions to win the Championship Golden Glove award, while Albion won promotion to the Premier League as champions and reached the FA Cup semi-final. Since then, Kiely had to play second fiddle to England international Scott Carson. In spite of that, he was awarded a one-year extension at the club as a 'reward' from boss Tony Mowbray for his professionalism. And following an injury to Carson in training, Kiely was handed his first Premier League start against Wigan Athletic on 9 May 2009, producing some fine saves as the Baggies won 3–1 to keep their survival hopes alive, earning praise from Mowbray in the process. Mowbray was also quick to hail Kiely's professionalism throughout the season in handling his situation with dignity. That performance ensured that he kept his place for the club's final two games of the season, although he was unable to prevent relegation following a 2–0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool. On 24 May 2009 he kept a clean sheet in the club's final game against Blackburn Rovers as the match finished in a 0–0 stalemate. Since relegation to the Championship Kiely has once again had to be content playing second fiddle to Carson, who was named the new club captain by new manager Roberto Di Matteo, but on 8 December 2009 he made his first Championship appearance of the season as a replacement, coming on the sent-off Carson and saving a penalty in a 2–0 home defeat to Cardiff City. He went on to play a run of three games while Carson sat through a suspension following his headbutting of Cardiff striker Michael Chopra, against QPR (2–2), Peterborough United (2–0), and Scunthorpe United (3–1). Kiely hd also been performing the duties of goalkeeping coach following the retirement of former trainer Joe Corrigan, and in April 2010 was officially named goalkeeping coach of the club. On 18 April 2010, Kiely made his fifth appearance of the season as a half-time substitute for the injured Carson in a 2–0 home win over Middlesbrough. He retired as a player at the end of the 2010–11 season after West Brom opted against extending his contract, however will remain at the club as a coach.
English-born Kiely played for England at under-15 (13 caps), under-16 (13 caps) and under-17 (four caps) levels. After breaking into the Republic of Ireland B team and making one appearance for them, he went on to represent the Republic of Ireland at full international level, earning his first cap as a substitute in a UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying play-off against Turkey in November 1999. He retired from international football in February 2003, but in April 2008 Ireland's assistant manager Liam Brady suggested that Kiely could make a return to the squad. The rumours were then confirmed when he returned to the Ireland squad in Giovanni Trapattoni's first squad as manager in May 2008. He won his first cap in five years when he appeared in the Republic's 1–1 draw with Serbia that month, playing the full 90 minutes. On 28 May 2009, he walked out of the Ireland squad after Trapattoni informed him that he would be replacing Shay Given with Keiren Westwood for the second half of the friendly International against Nigeria at Craven Cottage on 29 May. He was capped 11 times by the Republic of Ireland, last appearing in 2008.
|Club||Season||League[A]||FA Cup||League Cup||Other[B]||Total|
|Ipswich Town (loan)||1989–90||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|York City (loan)||1989–90||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Luton Town (loan)||2006–07||11||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||11||0|
|West Bromwich Albion||2006–07||17||0||2||0||0||0||3||0||22||0|
|Republic of Ireland||1999||2||0|
Away from football, Kiely made a guest appearance on Bravo's Saved by the Ball lifestyle makeover programme in 2006, and has also worked as a match summariser for BBC Radio 5 Live. He plays golf and is interested in horse racing, and is friends with WBA fan & ITV presenter Adrian Chiles. Kiely married Tracey in Las Vegas in May 1999. The couple have three children; Chris, Millie and Mason. Chris is a former professional goalkeeper.
- A. ^ The "League" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the Premier League and Football League.
- B. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the Football League Trophy and play-offs.
- York City
- Charlton Athletic
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