James McKeown

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James McKeown
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McKeown playing for Grimsby Town in 2011
Personal information
Full name James Karl McKeown[1]
Date of birth (1989-07-24) 24 July 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[2]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Grimsby Town
Number 1
Youth career
2004–2005 Walsall
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Walsall 0 (0)
2007–2011 Peterborough United 6 (0)
2007 Kettering Town (loan) 2 (0)
2007 Worcester City (loan) 1 (0)
2010–2011 Boston United (loan) 17 (0)
2011 RKSV Leonidas 0 (0)
2011– Grimsby Town 153 (0)
National team
2007–2008 Republic of Ireland U19 ? (?)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:09 3 May 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

James Karl McKeown (born 24 July 1989) is a professional footballer who plays for Grimsby Town as a goalkeeper.

He has previously played for Walsall, Peterborough United, Kettering Town, Worcester City, Boston United and RSKV Leonidas.

Club career[edit]

Walsall[edit]

McKeown started his career with the Walsall youth system in 2004.[3] He was promoted to the first team squad in 2005, but failed to make a first team appearances before his departure in 2007.

Peterborough United[edit]

McKeown was signed by Peterborough United. He joined Conference North team Kettering Town on loan in August 2007[4] and made just one game on loan for Worcester City in October,[5] in a 0–5 defeat against Hucknall Town, after being brought in on a month's loan as cover for Danny McDonnell.[6]

On 9 February 2008 Mckeown made his first appearance for Peterborough United in League Two, coming on as a 76th minute substitute for the injured Joe Lewis who was stretchered off following a nasty aerial collision.[7] Mckeown signed a two-and-a-half year contract extension on 16 March 2009.[8] The following season in League One he made one appearance on 2 May 2009 where he came off the bench in the 77th minute as Joe Lewis made way in the 2–2 draw with Swindon Town.[9] During his time at Peterborough United he gained back to back promotions with the posh although McKeown was to make just four appearances in the Championship.[10][11][12][13] His last appearance for the Posh was in the final game of the season though despite a 0–1 defeat against Blackpool he was named man of the match.Of special note during the game his best save was leaping spectacularly to keep out DJ Campbell's sharp overhead kick at close range though he saw the same player spring from the ground to head in the rebound.[14]

Mckeown joined Boston United in August 2010 on loan until January 2011.[15][16] He played a key role in Boston's excellent start to the season with 10 successive league clean sheets[17] and had a total of 14 clean sheets in 18 games. On New Year's Day he played his last game and received a fantastic reception and farewell from the Boston United supporters. However, despite his remarkable record of clean sheets and fantastic form whilst on loan at Boston Peterborough United came to an agreement with James that he should seek pastures new.[18] McKeown spent a week at Lincoln City on trial[19] and a one-off appearance for Boston United in the FA Trophy due to their keeper Dan Haystead being cup tied,[20] he then signed for Dutch Rotterdam based semi-professional side RSKV Leonidas.

Grimsby Town[edit]

On Friday 23 June 2011 Grimsby Town announced they were in discussions to sign McKeown,[21] following the clubs announcement to bring in a second choice keeper to challenge number one Kenny Arthur after Town had heavily relied upon Goalkeeping Coach Steve Croudson in the previous season.[22]

On 2 July 2011 he signed a one year contract with Town.[23] McKeown was initially brought to the club as a back up keeper to challenge Kenny Arthur, but following an impressive pre-season he became the clubs first choice keeper. He made his league debut for Grimsby Town on 13 August 2011 in the 0–2 defeat against Fleetwood.[24] A week later he saved what became a crucial penalty against Newport taken by Craig McAllister to earn his side a 0–0 draw.[25][26] During the 2011–12 campaign McKeown picked up 3 yellow cards, each for time wasting.[27][28][29] McKeown was also ever-present during the 2011–12 season helping Grimsby Town produce 18 clean sheets in 55 games.[30] On 24 April 2012 McKeown picked up four awards for Player of the Year at the club's annual presentation.[31] On 30 April 2012 McKeown agreed to a new two-year contract with the club.[32][33]

McKeown retained the Supporters Player of the Season award when he scooped the prize again once more for his part during the 2013-14 season.[34]

International career[edit]

Mckeown has been capped at under 19s with the Republic of Ireland U19[35] and was selected in the 2009-2010 squad for the European championships for the Republic of Ireland U21[36] on the substitute bench in November 2009 against Georgia[37] and Armenia.[38]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 28 April 2013.[39][40]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup FA Trophy Play-offs Total
App. Clean App. Clean App. Clean App. Clean App. Clean App. Clean Goals A Goals/Games
Kettering Town (loan) 2007–08 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 1.00
Worcester City (loan) 2007–08[6] 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 5.00
Peterborough United[41]
2007–08[42] 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.00
2008–09[43] 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 2.00
2009–10[44] 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 14 2.80
Boston United (loan) 2010–11[45] 17 13 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 19 14 13 0.68
Grimsby Town[46]
2011–12[47] 46 13 5 4 0 0 4 2 0 0 55 19 65 1.18
2012–13[48] 43 16 1 0 0 0 7 5 2 2 53 23 46 0.87
Total 115 44 6 4 1 0 13 8 2 2 137 58 147 1.07

Honours[edit]

Peterborough United

Grimsby Town

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Player Profile". Grimsby Town F.C. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Career History". UpThePosh!. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Kettering bring in two more". Confguide. 14 August 2007. Retrieved 15 August 2007. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Posh keeper loaned to Worcester". BBC Sport. 23 October 2007. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "McKeown returns to Peterborough". Worcester News. 7 November 2007. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Peterborough 0–0 Wrexham". BBC Sport. 9 February 2008. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  8. ^ "McKeown Signs Contract Extension". Peterborough United Football Club. 16 March 2009. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  9. ^ "Match Report: Peterborough 2–2 Swindon Town". Peterborough United Football Club. 2 May 2009. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  10. ^ "Peterborough 1–2 Nottingham Forest". BBC Sport. 3 October 2009. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  11. ^ "Peterborough 4–4 Cardiff". BBC Sport. 28 December 2009. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  12. ^ "Barnsley 2 - 2 Peterborough". BBC Sport. 5 April 2010. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  13. ^ "Peterborough 0 - 1 Blackpool". BBC Sport. 24 April 2010. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  14. ^ "Blackpool's odyssey leads to a play-off place from beating Peterborough". The Guardian. 26 April 2010. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  15. ^ "Boston United sign Peterborough keeper James McKeown". BBC Sport. 13 August 2010. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  16. ^ "Duo leave on loan". Yahoo! Sport. 12 August 2010. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  17. ^ "McKeown is proving a big star at Boston". Peterborough Telegraph. 13 November 2010. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  18. ^ "McKeown Leaves Posh". Peterborough United. 2 January 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  19. ^ "McKeown set to play for Lincoln City Reserves". Lincolnshire Telegraph. 12 January 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  20. ^ "McKeown heads to Holland following spells with Imps and Pilgrims". Lincolnshire Telegraph. 17 January 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  21. ^ "Grimsby Town: Disley in talks over move to Blundell Park". Grimsby Telegraph. 23 June 2011. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  22. ^ "Grimsby Town: McKeown will provide number one competition - Scott". Grimsby Telegraph. 12 June 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  23. ^ "Keeper Signs". Grimsby Town Football Club. 4 July 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  24. ^ "Grimsby Town: Stopper McKeown keen to step it up a gear". Grimsby Telegraph. 15 August 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  25. ^ "Grimsby Town: No spot of bother for penalty star McKeown". Grimsby Telegraph. 22 August 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  26. ^ "Newport County 0-0 Grimsby Town". BBC Sport. 20 August 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  27. ^ "Kettering 1 - 2 Grimsby". BBC Sport. 26 November 2011. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  28. ^ "Lincoln 1 - 2 Grimsby". BBC Sport. 26 December 2011. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  29. ^ "Alfreton 2 - 5 Grimsby". BBC Sport. 7 January 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  30. ^ "Grimsby Town: 'Bosses had faith in me' - McKeown". Grimsby Telegraph. 7 May 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  31. ^ "Grimsby Town: 'To win approval from supporters means so much' - McKeown". Grimsby Telegraph. 26 April 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  32. ^ "Grimsby Town duo agree new contracts". BBC Sport. 3 May 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  33. ^ "Grimsby Town: McKeown agrees two-year deal". Grimsby Telegraph. 30 April 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  34. ^ http://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/Grimsby-Town-keeper-James-McKeown-targets/story-21005122-detail/story.html
  35. ^ "McKeown Called Up By Ireland". Peterborough United Football Club. 17 October 2007. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  36. ^ "McKeown Selected In Under 21 Squad". Peterborough United Football Club. 24 August 2009. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  37. ^ "Under-21s held by Georgia". Football Association of Ireland. 14 November 2009. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  38. ^ "U21s fall to defeat in Armenia". Football Association of Ireland. 17 November 2009. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  39. ^ James McKeown career stats at Soccerbase
  40. ^ James McKeown profile at Soccerway
  41. ^ "Fixtures & Results". Peterborough United Football Club. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  42. ^ "Games played by James McKeown in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  43. ^ "Games played by James McKeown in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  44. ^ "Games played by James McKeown in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  45. ^ "Games played by James McKeown in 2010/2011". Soccerway. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  46. ^ "Fixtures & Results". Grimsby Town Football Club. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  47. ^ "Games played by James McKeown in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  48. ^ "Games played by James McKeown in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 

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