Kyle Lightbourne

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Kyle Lightbourne
Personal information
Full name Kyle Lavince Lightbourne[1]
Date of birth (1968-09-29) 29 September 1968 (age 45)[1]
Place of birth Hamilton, Bermuda[1]
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Pembroke Hamilton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1992 PHC Zebras
1992–1993 Scarborough 19 (3)
1993–1997 Walsall 165 (65)
1997–1998 Coventry City 7 (0)
1998 Fulham (loan) 4 (2)
1998–2001 Stoke City 111 (21)
2001 Swindon Town (loan) 2 (0)
2001 Cardiff City (loan) 3 (0)
2001 IFK Norrköping 0 (0)
2001–2003 Macclesfield Town 73 (15)
2002 Hull City (loan) 4 (0)
2003–2007 PHC Zebras
2007–2009 Bermuda Hogges 12 (0)
2008 PHC Zebras (loan) 1 (1)
National team
1989–2004 Bermuda 40 (16)
Teams managed
Bermuda
2007–2009 Bermuda Hogges
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 October 2009.
† Appearances (Goals).

Kyle Lightbourne (born 29 September 1968) is a former Bermudian footballer who played for Scarborough, Walsall, Coventry City, Fulham, Stoke City, Swindon Town, Cardiff City, Macclesfield Town and Hull City.[1]

Football career[edit]

Lightbourne was born in Hamilton, Bermuda and played for PHC Zebras before moving to England to play for Scarborough at the age of 23. He played 21 times for Scarborough before joining Walsall in September 1993. Lightbourne soon struck up a partnership with Kevin Wilson and the pair became prolific goalscorers and earned Walsall some success. He scored nine goals in 41 appearances in 1993–94 before scoring 27 goals in 1994–95 as Walsall gained promotion. He scored 24 goals in 1995–96 and 25 in 1995–96.[2]

This earned him a lucrative move to Premier League side Coventry City for a fee of £500,000. However his chances at Highfield Road were limited and after making only seven appearances plus a loan spell at Fulham he moved to Stoke City in February 1998.[1] He didn't get off to the best of starts with Stoke as he struggled with illness and form as Stoke suffered relegation in 1997–98. He improved marginally in 1998–99 scoring eight goals in 38 matches.[1] In 1999–2000 Lightbourne scored 10 goals in 52 appearances as Stoke reached the play-offs where they lost to Gillingham. He played in the 2000 Football League Trophy Final as Stoke beat Bristol City 2–1.[1] In 2000–01 he found his chances of first team football restricted and made 28 appearances scoring five goals as well as spending time out on loan at Swindon Town and Cardiff City.[1]

He was released by Stoke in the summer of 2001 and after an unsuccessful spell in Sweden with IFK Norrköping he played two seasons with Macclesfield Town and had a short loan spell at Hull City before returning to Bermuda.

In 2007, Lightbourne joined Shaun Goater as part of the management team of USL team Bermuda Hogges playing 200 minutes, over 6 games, without scoring.

Cricket career[edit]

Lightbourne's international cricket career was less notable, consisting of 5 ICC Trophy games, during which he took 11 wickets at an average of 16.81.[3]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Scarborough 1993–93 19 3 0 0 1 0 1 0 21 3
Walsall 1993–94 35 7 4 2 0 0 2 0 41 9
1994–95 42 23 5 3 4 1 1 0 52 27
1995–96 43 15 5 3 2 0 3 6 53 24
1995–96 45 20 4 4 2 1 1 0 52 25
Coventry City 1997–98 7 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 10 0
Fulham (loan) 1997–98 4 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 2
Stoke City 1997–98 13 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 2
1998–99 35 7 1 1 1 0 1 0 38 8
1999–2000 40 7 1 0 3 0 8 3 52 10
2000–01 24 5 1 0 3 0 0 0 28 5
Swindon Town (loan) 2000–01 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Cardiff City (loan) 2000–01 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Macclesfield Town 2001–02 29 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 30 4
2002–03 44 10 3 2 2 1 1 0 50 13
Hull City (loan) 2002–03 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Career Total 386 105 24 15 22 4 18 10 450 126
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League play-offs, and Football League Trophy.

Honours[edit]

Walsall
Stoke City

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Lowe, Simon (2000). Stoke City The Modern Era – A Complete Record. Desert Island Books. ISBN 1-874287-39-2. 
  2. ^ "Kyle Lightbourne interview". Bescot Banter. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Cricinfo – Players and Officials – Kyle Lightbourne

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