Liam Kelly (footballer born 1990)
King playing for Bristol City in 2013
|Full name||Liam Mark Kelly|
|Date of birth||10 February 1990|
|Place of birth||Milton Keynes, England|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Current club||Bristol City|
|?–2008||Milton Keynes Dons|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:40, 20 May 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Milton Keynes Dons
Kelly began his career at Milton Keynes Dons. At the end of the 2007–08 season, he left the club with a number of other young players when a promised one-year contract was withdrawn, as the club could no longer afford them.
He signed for Kilmarnock eventually making his debut as a sub away to Hamilton Accies in a 0–0 draw on 26 January 2010, followed by his first start in a 4–4 draw with Dundee United at Rugby Park four days later. On 6 February, he scored his first professional goal in a 3–0 Scottish Cup fifth round win against Inverness Caledonian Thistle. On 24 March 2010, Kelly provide his first assist to let Chris Maguire to score the only goal for Kilmarnock in the match as they lost 2–1 to Hamilton Academical. On 5 May 2010, Kelly scored his first professional league goal on a 69th minutes in a 2–1 victory over Aberdeen. Since at Kilmarnock, Kelly became a key member of the club and established himserlf in the starting eleven under managers like Jimmy Calderwood, Mixu Paatelainen and Kenny Shiels. Kelly also help players by developing assists to players to score.
In 2010–11 season, Kelly provided his first assist of the season for David Silva to score in a 2–1 loss Hibernian. Kelly scored his first goal of the season and second league goal of his career in a 3–0 win over St. Johnstone on 6 November 2010. On 18 December 2010, Kelly celebrated his new contract with a first-half brace as Kilmarnock went fifth in the SPL following a 2–1 win over Hibs at Rugby Park which the club gained their revenge after losing to them in the first half of the season. The midfielder, who signed a two-and-a-half-year deal on Friday 17 December 2010 which will keep him until 2013, finished off assists from Ben Gordon with either foot to continue Kilmarnock's impressive form. Following the victory over Hibernain, Manager Mixu Paatelainen praise Kelly performance as "excellent work rate and willingness". Later in 2010–11 season, Paatelainen later left the club to manage Finland National Football Team. On 29 December 2010, Kelly scored his fourth goal of the season and fifth league goal of his career in a 3–1 win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle. On 3 January 2011, Kelly scored his fifth goal of the season and sixth league goal of his career in a 2–0 win over St. Mirren. On 19 March 2011, Kelly scored his sixth goal of the season and seventh league goal of his career in a 3–1 win over against Motherwell. On 9 April 2011, Kelly scored his sixth goal of the season and seventh league goal of his career in a 1–1 draw against Inverness. In his full break-out season of 2010–11 season, Kelly made league 32 appearance along with 7 goals and provided 4 assists.
In 2011–12 season, Manager Shiels put Kelly into the various position in midfield. On 18 March, Kelly played in the 2012 Scottish League Cup Final which Kilmarnock won after beating Celtic 1–0. Shortly before Kilmarnock were due to celebrate lifting the cup, Kelly's father suffered a heart attack next to the Kilmarnock dugout and the player left the ground to go to hospital with him. Kelly's father later died in hospital and his teammates, who had not been informed of the situation celebrated winning the trophy. They were informed as they presented the trophy to the fans in an open-top bus parade. Several players commented that this news had taken a lot of the joy of winining the cup final away, and that because they were a close group of players they all felt the effect of Kelly's loss. Manager Kenny Shiels was visibly upset and said "I'm sounding a bit sombre because I’ve gone from one emotional high to a low. ‘It's tough to go from one of the best moments of our lives to this. The dressing-room is very despondent. We are really thinking more about Liam than our triumphalism. That's how we feel at the moment. Shiels revealed he and the entire Kilmarnock squad would attend the funeral of Kelly's Dad Jack, in Milton Keynes, England the following week, where Kelly was born. Since the death of his dad, Kelly hadn't played a game. While not playing, many Kilmarnock players including Paul Heffernan, Gary Harkins and Dieter Van Tornhout wore a shirts saying "We Are All With You" in support of team-mate Kelly ahead of Kilmarnock's match against Motherwell which they won 2–0 thanks to a brace from Heffernman. Kelly made his return for Kilmarnock in a match against St. Mirren coming on as a substitute for James Fowler in the 87th minute. Following this, both sets of fans gave Kelly a standing ovation given and both sets of fans were praised by Shiels. Kelly provided assist for Kenny Shiels's son Dean Shiels to score in a 89th minutes as Kilmarnock lost to St. Mirren 4–2. After the match, St Mirren manager Danny Lennon expressed condolence for Kelly. On the final day of the season, Kelly scored his first goal of the season in a 2–1 win over Dunfermline Athletic.
The following season, Kelly maintained first team status in the first half of the season, having played all twenty two matches for Kilmarnock until leaving for Bristol City. Kelly, along with newly signed Cillian Sheridan, were on target as Kilmarnock won at Celtic Park for the first time since 1955, on 27 October 2012. After the match, Shiels praised Kelly performance's. Kelly, himself, says his team-mates helped him to coped with his father death. Kelly soon added five more goals to his tally this season, including a brace in a 2–0 win over Aberdeen and a 1–0 win over Hearts. Kelly made his last appearance when he scored in a 1–1 draw against St. Mirren on 2 January 2013. In December, Kelly had attracted attention from clubs in English and Scottish clubs like West Ham United, Norwich City, Celtic and Derby County, as his contract is expiring at the end of the season.
It was announced on 10 January 2013 that Kelly had signed a three-and-a-half-year contract for an undisclosed fee with Bristol City. The manager who signed him, Derek McInnes, was sacked just two days later following Kelly's debut, a 4–0 home defeat to Leicester City.
He was selected for the Scotland national under-21 football team to play against Belgium on Thursday 24 March 2011. Midfielder Liam Kelly received his first senior Scotland squad call-up for the friendly in Luxembourg on 07/11/2012 after being included by national interim boss Billy Stark and was also joined by Killie No1 Cammy Bell in the Scotland squad. Kelly would eventually made his debut, coming on for Charlie Mulgrew early in a second half, in a 2–1 win over Luxembourg.
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