Kevin Russell (footballer)

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Kevin Russell
Personal information
Full name Kevin John Russell
Date of birth (1966-12-06) December 6, 1966 (age 47)
Place of birth Paulsgrove, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1982–1984 Brighton & Hove Albion
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1984 Brighton & Hove Albion 0 (0)
1984–1987 Portsmouth 4 (0)
1987–1989 Wrexham 84 (43)
1989–1992 Leicester City 43 (10)
1990 Peterborough United (loan) 7 (3)
1991 Cardiff City (loan) 3 (0)
1991 Hereford United (loan) 3 (1)
1992 Stoke City (loan) 5 (1)
1992–1993 Stoke City 40 (5)
1993–1994 Burnley 28 (6)
1994–1995 Bournemouth 30 (1)
1995 Notts County 11 (0)
1995–2002 Wrexham 198 (17)
Total 456 (87)
National team
1984–1985 England U18 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Kevin John Russell (born 6 December 1966) is an English former professional footballer who played as a striker for Brighton & Hove Albion, Portsmouth, Wrexham, Leicester City, Peterborough United, Cardiff City, Hereford United, Stoke City, Burnley, Bournemouth and Notts County.

Career[edit]

A former England Youth international,[1] Russell (nicknamed Rooster early in his career because of his quiff[2]); later to lose all his hair[3]) was a professional footballer who played for 11 clubs in a career spanning nearly 20 years. Released by Brighton after an apprenticeship Russell returned to his hometown club Portsmouth but appearances were limited[4] He then moved on to Wrexham during the 1987 close season. In the first of his two spells with the club he scored at a rate of just over a goal every two games.[5] In 1989 he joined Leicester City, but was loaned out four times.[6] However he fought his way into the first team at the end of the 1991–92 season and became a cult-hero, scoring several important late goals after coming off the bench as he helped fire Leicester to the play-off final, eventually losing to Blackburn Rovers. Despite this, he went to Stoke City at the end of the season. While at Stoke he became a key member of the first team as Stoke won the Second Division title in 1992–93.

After one season at Stoke City, he moved onto Burnley for a fee of £130,000.[7] Short spells with Bournemouth and Notts County followed before a move back to the Racecourse Ground. Here, at last, Russell found a permanent home – he was to play nearly 200 more league games for The Robins in a deeper role, eventually being rewarded with a testimonial against Manchester United.[8] In his second spell at Wrexham, he was best remembered for his winning goal against West Ham in an FA Cup third round replay in the 1996–97 season. With the tie goalless, Russell scored a 90th minute goal to dump West Ham out of the cup at Upton Park. He remained at the club until being sacked in January 2007. On 12 January 2011, he agreed to rejoin Peterborough United, with Darren Ferguson for a second spell.[9]

Honours[edit]

Stoke City
Burnley

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Portsmouth 1985–86 Second Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
1986–87 Second Division 3 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 6 0
Wrexham 1987–88 Fourth Division 38 21 2 0 2 1 0 0 42 22
1988–89 Fourth Division 46 22 2 0 2 0 10 3 60 25
Leicester City 1989–90 Second Division 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
1990–91 Second Division 13 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 5
1991–92 Second Division 20 5 0 0 1 0 5 2 26 7
Peterborough United (loan) 1990–91 Fourth Division 7 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 3
Cardiff City (loan) 1990–91 Fourth Division 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Hereford United (loan) 1991–92 Fourth Division 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 1
Stoke City (loan) 1991–92 Third Division 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Stoke City 1992–93 Second Division 40 5 2 0 3 0 5 1 50 6
Burnley 1993–94 Second Division 28 6 4 0 4 1 1 1 37 8
Bournemouth 1993–94 Second Division 17 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 1
1994–95 Second Division 13 0 2 1 3 1 0 0 18 2
Notts County 1994–95 First Division 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Wrexham 1995–96 Second Division 40 7 3 0 2 1 2 0 47 8
1996–97 Second Division 41 0 7 3 1 0 1 0 50 3
1997–98 Second Division 16 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 19 0
1998–99 Second Division 31 2 5 1 2 0 6 0 44 3
1999–2000 Second Division 33 4 5 0 1 0 0 0 39 4
2000–01 Second Division 26 4 1 0 0 0 1 0 28 4
2001–02 Second Division 10 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 12 1
2002–03 Third Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Career Total 456 87 37 5 24 5 35 8 552 105
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League Trophy, Football League play-offs and Full Members Cup.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Six u-18 caps in the 1984–85 season AFS DataBase
  2. ^ Portsmouth Sports Mail- “Russell to start against Hull”: article by Mike Neasom, 14 February 2007
  3. ^ humorous chant
  4. ^ ”Portsmouth, from Tindall to Ball” Farmery, C: Southend-on-Sea, Desert Island Books, 1999 ISBN 1-874287-25-2
  5. ^ “The PFA Premier League and Football League Players’ Records 1946–98” Hugman,B: Harpenden, Queen Anne Press, 1998 ISBN 1-85291-585-4
  6. ^ Loan details
  7. ^ "Sporting Digest: Football". The Independent (Independent Print Limited). 28 June 1993. Retrieved 7 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "Russell in awe of Utd youngsters". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 3 August 2005. Retrieved 7 April 2012. 
  9. ^ Sacked from Wrexham

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