Paddy Kenny

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Paddy Kenny
Personal information
Full name Patrick Joseph Kenny
Date of birth (1978-05-17) 17 May 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth Halifax, England
Height 1 ft 1 in (0.33 m)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Bradford Park Avenue
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1998 Bradford Park Avenue
1998–2002 Bury 133 (0)
1999 Whitby Town (loan) 0 (0)
2002 Sheffield United (loan) 12 (0)
2002–2010 Sheffield United 266 (0)
2010–2012 Queens Park Rangers 77 (0)
2012–2014 Leeds United 75 (0)
National team
2004–2006 Republic of Ireland 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 04:27, 11 February 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Patrick Joseph "Paddy" Kenny (born 17 May 1978) is a professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper currently without a club.

Born in Halifax, West Yorkshire, Kenny began his career with Bradford Park Avenue before turning professional in the summer of 1998 upon signing for Neil Warnock's Bury. He was reunited with Warnock in 2002 after he joined Sheffield United where he spent much of his career and enjoyed notable success; performing in League Cup and FA Cup Semi-Finals, two Play-Off Finals, a promotion and the Blades' subsequent first Premier League campaign for twelve years in 2006.

Kenny would later sign for Warnock once again in 2010, joining Queens Park Rangers after his time at Sheffield United ended on a sour note when he spent much of his final season on the sidelines after failing a drugs test the previous summer. During his first season at the Rs, he would achieve his second promotion to the Premier League, picking up Players' and Fans' Player of the Year awards and a Championship winners medal on the way. He remained as first choice goalkeeper the next season as QPR beat relegation on the final day of the season and was reunited with Warnock for the fourth time when he signed for Leeds in 2012.

Upon his return to Leeds for pre-season training for the 2014/15 season it has emerged that Kenny has fallen out of favour with new owner Massimo Cellino. Kenny has reportedly been left out of Leeds' pre-season training camp in Italy and has been replaced in the squad by former Arsenal and Aston Villa goalkeeper Stuart Taylor.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Kenny started his career at Bradford Park Avenue, but left to join Neil Warnock at Bury in August 1998. To gain some first team experience, he was loaned to Whitby Town in the Northern Premier League in March 1999. In 2002, after making 145 appearances in league and cup competitions, he left Bury to join Sheffield United.

Sheffield United[edit]

Kenny initially joined the Blades on loan as cover for injured keeper Simon Tracey. He made his debut for the Blades in a 2–1 defeat away at Coventry City in August 2002,[2] and subsequently went on to become first choice goalkeeper.

Kenny was voted United supporters' player of the season in 2003 and played every minute of United's promotion campaign to the Premiership in 2005/06, saving four out of five penalties which helped Sheffield United reach the Premiership. He continued to be a key member of the Blades team in their season in the top flight but despite a number of impressive displays he was unable to help prevent the Blades from being relegated on the final day of the season.

Back in the Championship he maintained his position of being the club's number one keeper. With the team struggling Kenny maintained fine form with the only low point coming in February. Despite making several excellent saves, he mistakenly knocked the ball into his own net in extra time in a sixth round FA Cup replay against Middlesbrough, a goal which knocked Sheffield United out of the cup.[3] Kenny was almost ever present for the Blades for the next 12 months but began to voice disquiet over his contract situation at the end of 2008,[4] despite manager Kevin Blackwell insisting that the club were set to open talks on a new deal.[5] Despite this Kenny was dropped for the Boxing Day game against Wolverhampton Wanderers after being late for training[6] and he was placed on the transfer list a few days later.[7] Kenny returned to the first team after sitting out two league games and was again ever present until the end of the season including an appearance at Wembley Stadium in the Championship play off Final. Although the Blades missed out on promotion Kenny agreed a contract extension a few days later, effectively signalling his removal from the transfer list.[8]

Only a few weeks after signing a contract extension it was reported that Kenny had failed a drug test after the previous season's Championship play-off semi final. Kenny tested positive for ephedrine, a banned substance, believed to have been contained in a cough medicine he bought over the counter.[9] Following an FA hearing in September 2009, Kenny was banned from all professional football for nine months.[10] Despite an unsuccessful appeal against his ban, the Blades still opted to agree a new contract extension with Kenny during his enforced absence from first team football.[11]

Queens Park Rangers[edit]

Despite having only recently signed an extended deal with the Blades, Kenny controversially opted to sign a three-year contract for former boss Neil Warnock's side Queens Park Rangers in June 2010. Although Sheffield United did not wish to part with him, Kenny activated a clause that had been inserted into his contract allowing him to leave should another club table a £750,000 bid for his services.[12] At the end of his first season with the club Kenny was voted both players' player of the season and fans' player of the season.[13]

Kenny continued to remain Rangers number one keeper in their first season back in the Premier League making 33 starts and keeping 7 clean sheets. QPR retained their Premier League place on the final day of the season, despite Kenny conceding an injury time goal to lose the deciding game against Manchester City.[14][15]

Despite Kenny's good form during the previous season, new Rangers manager Mark Hughes decided to sign England keeper Robert Green from West Ham United before the 2012–13 campaign began, effectively ensuring that Kenny would lose his place in the first team, and as such Kenny was subsequently made available for a transfer.[16]

Leeds United[edit]

Kenny signed for Leeds United on a three-year contract for £500,000 in July 2012, linking up with manager Neil Warnock for a fourth time in his career.[17] Having been allocated the number one shirt for the 2012–13 season,[18] Kenny made his competitive début for Leeds in the first game of the season against Shrewsbury Town in the League Cup.[19] Playing regularly for his new side, Kenny made his 500th senior career appearance on 23 October against Charlton Athletic.[20] The 2012–13 season ended with Kenny being United's only ever present in the Championship, playing 90 minutes of each 46 League games.

On 22 February 2014, Kenny missed his first league game since signing for Leeds, due to an ongoing injury he picked up against Nottingham Forest earlier in the season. Leeds signed Jack Butland on loan who went straight into the first team and made his debut in a 0–0 draw with Middlesbrough, where he received the man of the match award.[21]

Kenny wasn't named in a matchday squad after the signing of Jack Butland, with goalkeeper Alex Cairns favoured ahead of Kenny as the club's second choice goalkeeper. On 25 April, after speculation regarding his non selection's. Kenny's agents brought out a statement confirming that Kenny was fit and available for selection despite his absence from the matchday squads.[22] Kenny was believed to be considering his future at the club at the end of the season.[23] Leeds were linked with a move for Southend United goalkeeper Daniel Bentley as a potential replacement.[24]

On 30 June 2014, Kenny was left out of Leeds' two week pre-season training camp to Santa Cristina in Italy.[25] On 3 July, the Professional Footballers' Association investigated alleged media reports that Kenny had been dropped due to his birthdate falling on the 17th of a month,[26] with owner Massimo Cellino having a deep superstition of the number 17.[27] However, Kenny's agent Paul Masterton, laughed off the claims that Kenny had been dropped due to his birthdate falling on the 17th of a month.[28] On the same day, Leeds signed goalkeeper Stuart Taylor increasing speculation about Kenny's long term future at the club.[29] On 8 July, Leeds signed Italian Goalkeeper Marco Silvestri.[30]

On 1 August 2014, Kenny wasn't assigned a Leeds squad number for the 2014–15 season, with Marco Silvestri taking over Kenny's previous 1 squad number.[31]

On 18 August, Kenny left Leeds by mutual consent.[32]

International career[edit]

Although born in England, Kenny qualifies to play for the Republic of Ireland as both his parents are of Irish descent. He was called up by manager Brian Kerr and made his debut in 2004 in a 1–0 friendly victory over Jamaica.[33] Kenny won seven caps for the Republic of Ireland before deciding to retire from international football in 2007, asking then manager Steve Staunton not to consider him for selection to allow him to sort out personal issues.[34] In 2008 however, Kenny intimated that he would like to return to international competition, but was consistently overlooked as Shay Given of Aston Villa the preferred number one goalkeeper.[35] In 2010, Kenny once more confirmed that he was looking to make himself available again for the national side but did not receive a further call up .[35]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 11 February 2014.[36]
Season Club Division League FA Cup League Cup FL Trophy Play-offs Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1997–98 Bradford Park Avenue Northern Premier League
1998–99
Bradford Park Avenue Total 42 0
1998–99 Bury Division One 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
1999–2000 Division Two 46 0 4 0 2 0 1 0 53 0
2000–01 46 0 2 0 2 0 3 0 53 0
2001–02 41 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 44 0
Bury Total 133 0 7 0 6 0 5 0 151 0
2002–03 Sheffield United (loan) Division One 12 0 2 0 14 0
2002–03 Sheffield United 33 0 4 0 5 0 3 0 45 0
2003–04 27 0 4 0 1 0 32 0
2004–05 Championship 40 0 5 0 3 0 48 0
2005–06 46 0 0 0 0 0 46 0
2006–07 Premier League 34 0 0 0 0 0 34 0
2007–08 Championship 40 0 4 0 3 0 47 0
2008–09 44 0 2 0 1 0 3 0 50 0
2009–10 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Sheffield United Total 278 0 19 0 15 0 6 0 318 0
2010–11 Queens Park Rangers Championship 44 0 1 0 1 0 46 0
2011–12 Premier League 33 0 2 0 0 0 35 0
Queens Park Rangers Total 77 0 3 0 1 0 81 0
2012–13 Leeds United Championship 46 0 0 0 1 0 47 0
2013–14 29 0 1 0 3 0 33 0
Leeds United Total 75 0 1 0 4 0 80 0
Career total 584 0 28 0 26 0 5 0 6 0 649 0

Personal life and discipline issues[edit]

In November 2006, despite being told by club manager Neil Warnock to keep a low profile, Kenny went for a night out in Halifax. He became involved in a drunken brawl outside a curry house with a former friend, who admitted to having an affair with Kenny's wife. The fight ended with Kenny having his eyebrow bitten off and requiring 12 stitches.[37][38] In September 2009, Kenny was banned from all professional football for nine months after failing a drugs test.[10]

In August 2012 Kenny's former club QPR wrote a formal letter of complaint to Leeds United over abusive texts allegedly sent by Kenny to their technical director Mike Rigg and chairman Tony Fernandes. The texts were reported to have mocked the club's poor first result of the 2012–13 season and, in particular, the performance of goalkeeper Rob Green, brought in to replace Kenny over the summer. Kenny subsequently had his Twitter account deleted.[39]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Sheffield United
Queens Park Rangers

References[edit]

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  39. ^ "Paddy Kenny: QPR will take no action over text messages". BBC Sport. 24 August 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 

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