Stephen Kelly (footballer)

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Stephen Kelly
Stephen Kelly 2012 Sopot.jpg
During a "welcome ceremony" for the Irish squad in Sopot before Euro 2012
Personal information
Full name Stephen Michael David Kelly[1]
Date of birth (1983-09-06) 6 September 1983 (age 31)[1]
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)[2]
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Reading
Number 3
Youth career
Belvedere
000?–2000 Tottenham Hotspur
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2006 Tottenham Hotspur 37 (2)
2003 Southend United (loan) 10 (0)
2003 Queens Park Rangers (loan) 7 (0)
2003 Watford (loan) 13 (0)
2006–2009 Birmingham City 79 (0)
2009 Stoke City (loan) 6 (0)
2009–2013 Fulham 44 (0)
2013– Reading 30 (1)
National team
1999-2000 Republic of Ireland U16 12 (1)
2002–2003 Republic of Ireland U20
2003–2005 Republic of Ireland U21 17 (0)
2006– Republic of Ireland 38 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:11, 26 March 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11:11, 26 March 2014 (UTC)

Stephen Michael David Kelly (born 6 September 1983) is an Irish footballer who plays for Reading. He plays as a defender, primarily at right back. He was part of the team that secured the Republic of Ireland's qualification for UEFA Euro 2012.

Kelly began his professional career at Tottenham Hotspur and also played for Southend United, Queens Park Rangers, Watford, Birmingham City, Stoke City and Fulham before joining Reading in 2013.

Club career[edit]

Tottenham Hotspur[edit]

Kelly was born in Dublin, where he played football for Belvedere before joining Tottenham Hotspur through their youth programme.[1][3] He was something of an understudy to Stephen Carr (who was subsequently transferred to Newcastle United) and then to Paul Stalteri. He made his Spurs first team debut in 2003 and then went on to make 37 Premier League appearances, scoring two league goals, against Birmingham City[4] and Aston Villa.[5]

Birmingham City[edit]

Birmingham City were believed to be winning the race to sign the defender in January 2006 only for Tottenham to pull the plug on the deal because they had an injury crisis in defence. Kelly did join Birmingham, however, on 28 June 2006 for an initial fee of £750,000, possibly rising to £1.25 million depending on his success with the club.[6]

Kelly was the only outfield player in the 2007–08 Premier League season to play every minute of every game for his club.[7]

Stoke City (loan)[edit]

On 4 February 2009, Kelly joined Stoke City on loan from Birmingham City until the end of the 2008–09 season. Stoke City had to wait for 36 hours after the January transfer window shut for confirmation of the deal.[8] Kelly made his Stoke debut in their next game, a 2–0 defeat to Sunderland,[9] but picked up a hamstring injury while on international duty which kept him out of Stoke's next fixture.[10]

Fulham[edit]

On 16 June 2009, Kelly signed a three-year contract with Fulham, making him the club's first signing of the 2009 summer window. Kelly said he was delighted to join the Cottagers and was looking forward to representing the club in both the Premier League and Europa League.[11]

Reading[edit]

Kelly joined Reading on 11 January 2013 signing a two-and-a-half year contract.[12] He made his début on 19 January in Reading's 2–1 away win over Newcastle United at St James' Park, made his home début a week later against Sheffield United in a 4–0 FA Cup win, and soon afterwards, stated that "regardless of what happens now and for the rest of the season, coming here is the best decision I've made in football".[13] Kelly started every game in what remained of the season, and the team were relegated to the Championship.

He was allocated squad number 3 for the 2013–14 season.[14] Kelly scored his first goal for Reading on 1 January 2014, a 95th-minute header from Royston Drenthe's free kick that gave his side a draw at home to Nottingham Forest.[15]

International career[edit]

Kelly won Irish caps at junior levels and is now a first team member of the Irish national squad, making his debut versus Chile. He represented the Republic of Ireland Under-16 team at the 2000 UEFA European Under-16 Football Championship and the Under-20 team at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship.

On 29 March 2011, Kelly was named as Ireland captain for the friendly against Uruguay at the Aviva Stadium.[16]

He was a squad member at UEFA Euro 2012 but saw no game time. Then, despite injuries to Richard Dunne and Sean St Ledger, manager Giovanni Trapattoni left him on the bench for the 6-1 home defeat to Germany in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group C. Days later, Kelly had a training ground row with assistant manager Marco Tardelli, and was left so upset by the incident that he did not want to board the plane for the game against the Faroe Islands.[17]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Kelly with Fulham in 2009
As of match played 25 March 2014
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Tottenham Hotspur 2002–03[18] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003–04[19] Premier League 11 0 0 0 11 0
2004–05[20] Premier League 17 2 5 0 1 0 23 2
2005–06[21] Premier League 9 0 1 0 0 0 10 0
Tottenham Hotspur total 37 2 6 0 1 0 44 2
Southend United (loan) 2002–03[18] Division Three 10 0 10 0
Queens Park Rangers (loan) 2002–03[18] Division Two 7 0 2[a] 0 9 0
Watford (loan) 2003–04[19] Division One 13 0 13 0
Birmingham City 2006–07[22] Championship 36 0 1 0 4 0 41 0
2007–08[23] Premier League 38 0 1 0 1 0 40 0
2008–09[24] Championship 5 0 1 0 1 0 7 0
Birmingham City total 79 0 3 0 6 0 88 0
Stoke City (loan) 2008–09[24] Premier League 6 0 6 0
Fulham 2009–10[25] Premier League 8 0 3 0 1 0 10[b] 0 22 0
2010–11[26] Premier League 10 0 0 0 2 0 12 0
2011–12[27] Premier League 24 0 2 0 1 0 7[b] 0 34 0
2012–13[28] Premier League 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
Fulham total 44 0 5 0 5 0 17 0 71 0
Reading 2012–13[28] Premier League 16 0 2 0 18 0
2013–14[29] Championship 14 1 1 0 0 0 15 1
Reading total 30 1 3 0 0 0 33 1
Career total 226 3 17 0 12 0 19 0 274 3
  1. ^ Appearances in Football League play-offs
  2. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Europa League

International[edit]

As of match played 19 November 2013.[30]
Republic of Ireland national team
Year Apps Goals
2006 3 0
2007 6 0
2008 3 0
2009 3 0
2010 5 0
2011 9 0
2012 3 0
2013 5 0
Total 37 0

Honours[edit]

Birmingham City

Fulham

International

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2009). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009–10. Mainstream. p. 231. ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0. 
  2. ^ "Player profile: Stephen Kelly". Reading F.C. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Past Players". Belvedere F.C. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Birmingham 1–1 Tottenham". BBC Sport. 2 April 2005. Retrieved 14 September 2009. 
  5. ^ "Tottenham 5–1 Aston Villa". BBC Sport. 1 May 2005. Retrieved 14 September 2009. 
  6. ^ "Kelly completes Birmingham switch". BBC Sport. 28 June 2006. Retrieved 4 March 2007. 
  7. ^ "Opta stats: The Premier League season in numbers". The Guardian. 14 May 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2008. 
  8. ^ "Stoke complete Kelly loan switch". BBC Sport. 4 February 2009. Retrieved 7 February 2009. 
  9. ^ "Stoke City: Kelly's return delights Reid". The Sentinel. 9 February 2009. Retrieved 22 February 2009. 
  10. ^ "Stoke v Portsmouth preview". Sky Sports. 20 February 2009. Retrieved 22 February 2009. 
  11. ^ "Kelly Signs". Fulham F.C. 16 June 2009. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "Kelly signs". Reading F.C. 11 January 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  13. ^ Rostron-Pike, Nick (4 February 2013). "Stephen Kelly: Move from Fulham to Reading was best decision of my career". Talksport. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  14. ^ "Squad Numbers Submitted". Reading F.C. 25 July 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  15. ^ "Reading 1–1 Nottingham Forest". BBC Sport. 1 January 2013. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "Fulham's Stephen Kelly to captain Republic of Ireland against Uruguay". The Guardian. 29 March 2010. Retrieved 29 March 2011. 
  17. ^ "Stephen Kelly in management bust-up – reports". The Score. 15 October 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  18. ^ a b c "Games played by Stephen Kelly in 2002/2003". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  19. ^ a b "Games played by Stephen Kelly in 2003/2004". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  20. ^ "Games played by Stephen Kelly in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  21. ^ "Games played by Stephen Kelly in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  22. ^ "Games played by Stephen Kelly in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  23. ^ "Games played by Stephen Kelly in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  24. ^ a b "Games played by Stephen Kelly in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  25. ^ "Games played by Stephen Kelly in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  26. ^ "Games played by Stephen Kelly in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  27. ^ "Games played by Stephen Kelly in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  28. ^ a b "Games played by Stephen Kelly in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  29. ^ "Games played by Stephen Kelly in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  30. ^ "Kelly, Stephen". National Football Teams. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 

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