Stuart Kelly (footballer)
|Date of birth||1 August 1981|
|Place of birth||Glasgow, Scotland|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Playing position||Center Midfield|
|Current club||Canterbury United|
|–||Hearts of Midlothian FC|
|–||Blackburn Rovers FC|
|2008||Oakleigh Cannons FC||14||(3)|
|2008–2009||South Melbourne FC||10||(2)|
|2010–2011||Auckland City FC||26||(10)|
|→ Oulun Palloseura (loan)||3||(0)|
|→ Pallo-Kerho 37 (loan)||10||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
He has played for eleven clubs in Scotland, Australia, New Zealand,Thailand and Finland and was a youth International for Scotland competing at various age groups.
Kelly started his career as a striker but at age 21 started to play center midfield, he has played box to box or as an attacking and defensive midfielder and second striker. He is best known for his range of passing,game understanding,fitness endurance and scoring goals.
At 14 he made his début for the Rangers youth team and made his reserve team début aged 16.
In 1996, aged 15 he had offers to sign for Heart of Midlothian, Blackburn Rovers, Manchester United, French club RC Strasbourg and Rangers. Kelly signed with Rangers.
Kelly was part of the youth and reserve teams until the age of 20 and took part in first team testimonial and friendly matches. This was Rangers most successful period in history winning 9 league titles in a row and financially one of Europe's richest clubs.
In August 2001 Kelly's contract was not renewed at Rangers. Contracts at Hibernian, St. Mirren and Los Angeles Galaxy (work permit), were not successful and eventually signed a one-year contract to play non-league football at Shettleston before the summer transfer window closed in August 2001, where he played alongside former Celtic F.C. and Republic of Ireland international Tommy Coyne. Kellys goals helped Shettleston win the league and cup double.
East Stirling FC
Kelly joined East Stirling after 1 year at Shettleston on a free tranfer,as agreed in his contract. Despite East Stirlingshire's poor performances, Kelly scored goals consistently in what was the clubs poorest run of form in their club history. At the end of the 2004 season Kelly had interest from several clubs but chose a new challenge,signing for 2 years with Canterbury United in New Zealand.
Kelly played from 2004 to 2007 for Canterbury United. The New Zealand Knights in 2004 asked Kelly to test and despite an impressive showing he was injured for 4 months and was not offered a contract. In the 2005/06 season Canterbury reached the New Zealand Football Championship grand final, with Kelly scoring two goals in the 90 minutes against Auckland City FC. The game finished 3–3 after extra time and, despite Kelly scoring a penalty, Canterbury were defeated in a sudden death shoot out.
Kelly was also Canterbury United captain for the 2007/08 season before departing for Australia.
Oakleigh Cannons and South Melbourne FC
In 2008 Kelly signed for Australian Club Oakleigh Cannons, playing under former Glasgow Rangers and Scotland player Stuart Munro. Inside conflict at the club led to Kelly's departure and he signed with South Melbourne FC as a defensive midfielder,where he was a fan favourite. His time at South Melbourne FC was cut short when he suffered a broken leg during a freak training ground collision.
Australian A-League clubs were monitoring his good performances but he returned to New Zealand for rehabilitation.
In September 2008 Kelly returned to the New Zealand Football Championship signing 1-year with Otago United with ex-Chelsea, Manchester City, Everton and Republic of Ireland International Terry Phelan as his coach.
Otago United narrowly missed out on the play-offs in season 2009/10, just missing out on goal difference with Kellys performances helping the team.
Auckland City FC
Kelly returned to New Zealand, signing for 1 season with Auckland City FC in September 2010. Auckland City FC won the Oceania Champions League 2011 and were closely beaten in the 2010/11 New Zealand Football Championship grand final going down 3–2 to Waitakere United to an injury time winning goal.
Kelly was a main stay in the Auckland City FC starting eleven but was unable to be part of Auckland City FC's FIFA World Club Cup appearance in December 2011 with the Thailand Premier League season being extended to February 2012.
In January 2011 Kelly signed a pre contract agreement with Thai Premier League club Khonkaen F.C., this was a 2-year contract running from April 2011 and ending April 2013. The signing came around through former England assistant coach John Gorman. Kelly made his début against BEC Tero just five days after winning the 2010–11 OFC Champions League with Auckland City FC.
Ayeyawady United F.C. of the Myanmar Premier League and playing AFC Cup 2012 spoke to Kelly in March 2012 to sign him for only the AFC Cup, but thought he was an Asian visa player. This mistake prevented Kelly signing as no more foreign player places were open on the team.
OPS and PK-37 Loan
Unhappy at Khonkaen Kelly went to Finland looking to play games,with a short spell at OPS then with PK-37 until the end of August as a defensive midfielder. Kelly's contract was extended to the end of the season but he did not re-sign for the 2013 season returning to Khonkaen to see out his contract.
January 2013,Kelly had agreed to sign for Nakhon Pathom United for the Thailand 2013 season,but when the head coach quit the contract was cancelled. A brief trial at Thai Premier League club Army United ended with the club needing an Asian visa player instead.
Kelly did not sign for another club after the passing of both parents in Scotland,March 2013 missing the transfer windows in Asia and returned to New Zealand.
Kelly signed for Cashmere Technical for the New Zealand winter season,playing his part in the club winning the Mainland Premier League and the New Zealand FA Chatham Cup,scoring in the final.
In October 2013 Kelly signed for Canterbury United for the 2013/14 New Zealand ASB Premiership
Following a 1–1 draw with holders Spain, 0–0 against the eventual winners the Republic of Ireland and a 2–0 defeat to Finland, Scotland were eliminated from the tournament.
Kelly also played in qualifying rounds for the 2000 World Cup and friendly games.
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