Kelvin Langmead

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Kelvin Langmead
Personal information
Full name Kelvin Steven Langmead[1]
Date of birth (1985-03-23) 23 March 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Coventry, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Northampton Town
Number 5
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Preston North End 1 (0)
2003 Tamworth (loan) 2 (0)
2004 Carlisle United (loan) 11 (1)
2004 Kidderminster Harriers (loan) 10 (1)
2004 Shrewsbury Town (loan) 3 (1)
2004–2010 Shrewsbury Town 231 (18)
2010–2012 Peterborough United 32 (3)
2011–2012 Northampton Town (loan) 20 (1)
2012– Northampton Town 59 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:23, 16 March 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Kelvin Steven Langmead (born 23 March 1985 in Coventry) is an English professional footballer who currently plays for English League Two club Northampton Town. He began his career as a striker, but since September 2006 has been employed rather successfully as a central defender.

Career[edit]

Preston North End[edit]

Langmead began his career as a trainee at Preston North End. He spent a month on loan to Tamworth in the Football Conference, where he played two matches in September 2003.

Later in the same season Preston loaned him to then Division 3 club Carlisle. He played 11 matches, with his league début coming in a 4–1 defeat at Torquay on 6 March 2004. His first goal was at Mansfield in a 3–2 win on 24 April.

In September 2004 Langmead was again sent out on loan, this time to Kidderminster Harriers in the newly named League Two. He played 11 matches for the Harriers and scored one goal. He returned to Preston to make his only appearance for the club, coming on as a substitute in the Championship game against Millwall (1–1, 13 November 2004).

Shrewsbury Town[edit]

Two weeks after his Preston début, he debuted for Shrewsbury, shortly after the appointment of former Preston manager and youth development chief Gary Peters as Shrews manager. Langmead played just three matches for the Shropshire club (scoring one goal) before making the move a permanent one, signing on a free transfer.

Langmead then made more than 80 appearances in League Two for Shrewsbury as a striker, and although far from prolific, he improved his scoring rate. In September 2006, after noticing his aerial ability when defending corners, Gary Peters trialled him at centre-back in a reserve fixture. He was then utilised in this position for the first team, and was recognised in the League Two team of the week for his performance against Macclesfield Town on 6 October 2006.[2] Langmead's success in this position saw him play out the rest of the season at centre-back, as Shrewsbury reached the League Two play-off final. Langmead also earned the Player of the Season award as voted for by both players and fans, for his consistency that term.

The following season, Salop's first at the New Meadow was not quite as successful for Langmead. With frequent changes of central defensive partner, his form suffered somewhat. He missed the final seven games of the season due to an operation on an injured knee, but returned to fitness in time for the start of pre-season training.[3]

At the start of the 2008–09 season, Langmead struggled to gain a place in the first team, as Paul Simpson preferred a central defensive partnership of Mike Jackson and Graham Coughlan. However, in the latter half of the campaign he regained a regular place, playing alongside Coughlan at the heart of the defence. The season ended in heartache for Langmead as Shrewsbury lost in the League Two play-off final for the second time in three years. In June 2009 he signed a new two-year contract.[4]

Peterborough United[edit]

On 24 June 2010, he was sold to Peterborough United on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.[5] On 7 August 2010, he made his debut in a convincing 3–0 home win over Bristol Rovers.[6] He was virtually ever present for Peterborough United under Gary Johnson, however he fell out of favour under new manager Darren Ferguson, who preferred to partner Ryan Bennett and Gabriel Zakuani at centre-back.

Northampton Town[edit]

On 9 August 2011, he rejoined former Peterborough United manager Gary Johnson at League Two club Northampton Town on a one-month loan.[7] Later that day, he made his debut for Northampton Town in a shock 2–1 win over Championship side Ipswich Town at Portman Road in the League Cup first round. He came off the bench to replace Bas Savage in stoppage time.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Search 1837 to 2006 – Birth, Marriage and Death indexes". Findmypast.com. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Team of the Week 09/10/2006". football-league.premiumtv.co.uk. Retrieved 16 November 2006. 
  3. ^ "Langmead recovering from injury". BBC Sport. 10 June 2008. Retrieved 17 June 2008. 
  4. ^ "Langmead commits future to Shrews". BBC Sport. 26 June 2009. Retrieved 11 July 2009. 
  5. ^ "Shrewsbury's Langmead makes Peterborough move". BBC Sport. 24 June 2010. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Peterborough 3 – 0 Bristol Rovers". BBC Sport. 7 August 2010. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  7. ^ "Northampton Town sign defender Kelvin Langmead". BBC Sport. 9 August 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "Ipswich 1–2 Northampton". BBC Sport. 9 August 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 

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