Stephen Kelly (footballer)
Stephen Kelly during a "welcome ceremony" for the Irish squad in Sopot before UEFA Euro 2012
|Full name||Stephen Michael David Kelly|
|Date of birth||6 September 1983|
|Place of birth||Dublin, Ireland|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Right back|
|2003||→ Southend United (loan)||10||(0)|
|2003||→ Queens Park Rangers (loan)||7||(0)|
|2003||→ Watford (loan)||13||(0)|
|2009||→ Stoke City (loan)||6||(0)|
|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||32||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:27, 4 May 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
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.
Club career 
Tottenham Hotspur 
Kelly was born in Dublin, where he played football for Belvedere before joining Tottenham Hotspur through their youth programme. 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 and Aston Villa.
Birmingham City 
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.
Stoke City (loan) 
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. Kelly made his Stoke debut in their next game, a 2–0 defeat to Sunderland, but picked up a hamstring injury while on international duty which kept him out of Stoke's next fixture.
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.
Kelly joined Reading on 11 January 2013 signing a two-and-a-half year contract. He made his début on 19 January in Reading's 2–1 away win over Newcastle United at St James' Park and made his home début at the Madejski Stadium on 26 January against Sheffield United in a 4–0 FA Cup win.
International career 
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.
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.
Career statistics 
- Correct up to and including match played 20 April 2013
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other||Total|
|Southend United (loan)||2002–03||10||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||10||0|
|Queens Park Rangers (loan)||2002–03||7||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||9||0|
|Stoke City (loan)||2008–09||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||6||0|
- As of match played 11 September 2012.
|Republic of Ireland national team|
- Birmingham City
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- "Past Players". Belvedere F.C. Retrieved 6 September 2012.
- "Birmingham 1–1 Tottenham". BBC Sport. 2 April 2005. Retrieved 14 September 2009.
- "Tottenham 5–1 Aston Villa". BBC Sport. 1 May 2005. Retrieved 14 September 2009.
- "Kelly completes Birmingham switch". BBC Sport. 28 June 2006. Retrieved 4 March 2007.
- "Opta stats: The Premier League season in numbers". The Guardian. 14 May 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2008.
- "Stoke complete Kelly loan switch". BBC Sport. 4 February 2009. Retrieved 7 February 2009.
- "Stoke City: Kelly's return delights Reid". The Sentinel. 9 February 2009. Retrieved 22 February 2009.
- "Stoke v Portsmouth preview". Sky Sports. 20 February 2009. Retrieved 22 February 2009.
- "Kelly Signs". Fulham F.C. 16 June 2009. Retrieved 16 June 2009.
- "Kelly signs". Reading F.C. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
- "Fulham's Stephen Kelly to captain Republic of Ireland against Uruguay". The Guardian. 29 March 2010. Retrieved 29 March 2011.
- "Stephen Kelly in management bust-up – reports". The Score. 15 October 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
- "Stephen Kelly". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 May 2013.
- "Kelly, Stephen". National-Football-Teams.com. Retrieved 10 February 2013.