James Keene (footballer)

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James Keene
James Keene (2013, cropped).jpg
Personal information
Full name James Keene
Date of birth (1985-12-26) 26 December 1985 (age 29)[1]
Place of birth Wells, England
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
NorthEast United FC
Number 9
Youth career
Wells City
Portsmouth
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Portsmouth 2 (0)
2004 Newbury (loan)
2004–2005 Kidderminster (loan) 6 (0)
2005 Bournemouth (loan) 11 (2)
2006 Boston United (loan) 6 (1)
2006 GAIS (loan) 24 (10)
2007–2013 IF Elfsborg 123 (25)
2011 Fredrikstad FK (loan) 9 (2)
2012 Djurgårdens IF (loan) 26 (6)
2013 Portsmouth (loan) 9 (1)
2014 Bnei Yehuda 14 (2)
2014- NorthEast United FC 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 February 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

James Keene (born 26 December 1985) is an English footballer who currently plays for NorthEast United FC in the Indian Super League as a striker.[2]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Keene is a product of the Portsmouth youth scheme. After making his way through the ranks – including a successful 'work experience' loan at A.F.C. Newbury[3] – he was loaned to Football League Two club Kidderminster Harriers, making his debut in a 2–0 defeat to Bristol Rovers. Keene was the Man of the Match for the visitors. He played five more games for Kidderminster, excelling during his loan period.

He was rewarded upon his return to Fratton Park with his first professional contract, to run until the summer of 2007.

Following his loan he broke into the first team squad, and played in the final two games of the 2004–05 season, making his debut against Bolton Wanderers in a 1–1 draw as a 60th minute substitute.[4] He started his next game against West Bromwich Albion.[5] He then had two loans spells in the 2005–06 season. First he joined League 1 side Bournemouth. It was there he scored his first career goal on 15 October 2005, a last minute winner as Bournemouth beat Colchester away from home by the single goal.[6] Three days later he scored twice in a 4-1 win over Aldershot Town in the Football League Trophy.[7] His fourth and final goal for the club came in a 2-0 league victory against Brentford.[8] He then joined League 2 side Boston United, where he scored his first and only goal for the club in a 1-1 draw with Rochdale.[9]

Sweden[edit]

He was loaned in March 2006 to GAIS for the Swedish 2006 Allsvenskan. Keene scored the first goal of the season for GAIS in the Allsvenskan in the Gothenburg derby against Örgryte IS. He finished the season as the club's top scorer with 10 goals in 22 league appearances, and following his success he was at the end of the season transferred to the Swedish champions IF Elfsborg, signing a five-year contract with them. James has been an integral member of the club's Champions League Campaigns.[10]

He was on loan to he Norwegian Tippeligaen team Fredrikstad FK during the latter part of the 2011 season. He then returned to Elfsborg, and was loaned to Djurgårdens IF for 2012 season.

Return to Portsmouth[edit]

On 10 January 2013, Keene signed a one-month loan deal with Portsmouth, his former club.[11] He made his debut on the 26th, against Hartlepool.[12] He scored his first Pompey goal on 2 February, against Colchester United.[13] He returned to Elfsborg on 2 March, after the game against Crewe, in which Portsmouth managed to get a win.[14]

Career statistics[edit]

[15][16][17]

Season Club Division League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2004–05 Portsmouth F.C. Premier League 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Kidderminster Harriers F.C. League Two 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2005–06 A.F.C. Bournemouth League One 11 2 2 0 0 0 13 2
Boston United F.C. League Two 6 1 0 0 0 0 6 1
2006 GAIS Allsvenskan 24 10 0 0 0 0 24 10
2007 IF Elfsborg 24 4 0 0 6 2 30 6
2008 9 3 0 0 0 0 9 3
2009 27 8 2 1 0 0 29 9
2010 25 4 1 0 0 0 26 4
2011 14 1 2 0 0 0 16 1
2011 Fredrikstad FK Tippeligaen 8 2 1 0 0 0 9 1
2012 Djurgårdens IF Allsvenskan 26 6 0 0 0 0 26 6
2012–13 Portsmouth League One 9 1 0 0 0 0 9 1
2013 IF Elfsborg Allsvenskan 19 5 0 0 2 1 21 6
2014 NorthEast United FC Indian Super League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 209 47 8 1 8 3 225 51

International career[edit]

Uncapped by England, Keene has expressed his interest in playing for the Swedish national football team when he becomes eligible in 2012.[18][19]

Honours[edit]

Individual[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UEFA Europa League". http://www.uefa.com. 
  2. ^ "ISL franchise NorthEast United FC sign English striker James Keene". http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com. 12 September 2014. 
  3. ^ http://www.nonleaguedaily.com/news/index.php?&newsmode=FULL&nid=15194
  4. ^ http://www.bwfc.co.uk/page/MatchReport/0,,1004~27918,00.html
  5. ^ "West Brom 2–0 Portsmouth". BBC News. 15 May 2005. 
  6. ^ "Colchester 0-1 Bournemouth". BBC. 15 October 2005. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Bournemouth 4-1 Aldershot". BBC. 18 October 2005. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Brentford 0-2 Bournemouth". BBC. 29 October 2005. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "Rochdale 1-1 Boston Utd". BBC. 28 January 2006. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "North East United FC Squad James Keene". http://www.indiansuperleague.com. 
  11. ^ Keene Makes Portsmouth Return; Portsmouth F.C., 10 January 2013.
  12. ^ Portsmouth 1–3 Hartlepool; BBC Sport, 29 January 2013.
  13. ^ Portsmouth 2–3 Colchester; BBC Sport, 2 February 2013.
  14. ^ Going Out On A High; Portsmouth FC, 2 March 2013.
  15. ^ "James Keene – svenskfotboll.se". SvFF. 7 January 2013. 
  16. ^ "Eliteprospects.com – James Keene". Eliteprospects.com. 2 March 2013. 
  17. ^ "James Keene". http://www.worldfootball.net. 
  18. ^ "I'd love to play for Sweden". thelocal.se. 12 May 2008. 
  19. ^ "James Keene interview". Blågul Fotboll. 24 July 2011.