Billy Kee

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Billy Kee
Personal information
Full name Billy Rodney Kee[1]
Date of birth (1990-12-01) 1 December 1990 (age 25)[2]
Place of birth Loughborough, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[2]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Accrington Stanley
Number 29
Youth career
2007–2009 Leicester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Leicester City 0 (0)
2009–2010 Accrington Stanley (loan) 37 (9)
2010–2011 Torquay United 44 (9)
2011–2014 Burton Albion 99 (39)
2014–2015 Scunthorpe United 12 (0)
2015 Mansfield Town (loan) 13 (2)
2015– Accrington Stanley 47 (17)
National team
2008–2009 Northern Ireland U19 8 (4)
2009–2011 Northern Ireland U21 10 (3)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:22, 21 August 2016 (UTC).


Billy Rodney Kee (born 1 December 1990) is a footballer who plays as a striker for League 2 side Accrington Stanley. He has also represented Northern Ireland at Under 19 and Under 21 level.

Playing style[edit]

Kee is a stocky forward whose game is based on power and aerial ability. He has quite good technical skills too.

Club career[edit]

Leicester City[edit]

Born in Loughborough, Kee grew up in Leicester and joined Leicester City in 2007 after the club spotted him, playing for Allexton & New Parks Juniors.[3] He started to this season's[when?] Academy League by scoring 14 goals in 5 games for the club. Kee's biggest game in a Leicester shirt was against Crystal Palace Under 19s in the FA Youth Cup where he was on the score sheet and was Man of the Match, beating Swedish Under-19s goalkeeper Robin Mattsson with a strike.

On 17 July 2009, it was announced that Kee had agreed his first professional contract at Leicester after considering leaving the club.[4][5] On the same day, a six-month loan deal at Accrington Stanley was also announced.[6] Kee made his League debut for Accrington, playing 84 minutes before being replaced by Michael Symes as Stanley lost 1–0 to Rotherham United.[7] On 11 September 2010, Kee scored his first Accrington Stanley goal, scoring a winning goal in the 84th minutes, a 2–1 win over Darlington.[8] His three goals and nineteen appearance led Accrington Stanley extending Kee's loan spell with the club until the end of the season.[9] Kee went on to make eighteen more appearance and scoring six more goals for the club, including a brace, in a 2–0 win over Chesterfield on 1 May 2010.[10]

On 17 May 2010, Kee was released by Leicester along with Stephen Clemence, Levi Porter, Robbie Burns, Carl Pentney, Astrit Ajdarevic and Alex Cisak.[11] Following this, Kee expressed his disappointment to be released by the club.[12]

Torquay United[edit]

On 3 June 2010, it was announced Kee had signed a two-year contract with League Two club Torquay United.[13] Kee was linked with a move to Accrington Stanley[14] and Exeter City.[15]

Kee started the season by scoring eight goals in six pre-season fixtures including four against Tiverton Town in a 8–0 win[16] and a hat-trick against Weymouth in a 5–1 win.[17] At the start of the season Kee was given the no. 8 shirt formerly worn by the departing Tim Sills.

Kee made his debut in the first game of the 2010–11 season in a 3–0 win over Northampton, coming on as a 63rd-minute substitute replacing another new signing of that summer, Martin Gritton.[18] Despite being in great goal-scoring form in pre-season, Kee did not get his first competitive Gulls' goal until the 2 November 2010, scoring the second goal in a 2–0 victory against newly promoted Oxford.[19] He then scored his only goal outside the last twenty minutes of any game with a forty-first-minute goal from the penalty spot in the second round of the FA Cup against League One Walsall.[20]

Kee had to wait another five weeks before his next goal. He scored against Oxford United for the second time in the season.[21] He scored just 12 days later in 2–1 defeat to Morecambe. After this, the goals began to flow due to the departure of United's main Striker Elliot Benyon.[22] His comments came after the club's manager Paul Buckle believed Kee could be a replacement for Benyon as a key player.[23] Kee scored in a win over Stockport on 5 February 2011,[24] followed up with another win against Barnet on 12 February 2011.[25] Seven days later on 19 February 2011, Kee scored, in a 1–1 draw against Southend United.[26] Kee then scored two more goals of the season against Northampton Town[27] and Bradford City between 25 March and 9 April 2011.[28] On 25 April 2011, Kee scored in a 3–3 draw with Burton Albion, side-footing the ball in from 20 yards out.[29] Kee went on to make forty appearance and scoring nine goals, having missed six games due to ankle injury.[30]

At the beginning of the 2011–12 season, Kee found himself out of favour at Torquay, new manager Martin Ling preferring to use new signings Taiwo Atieno and Rene Howe as his first-choice pairing, often leaving Kee on the bench. Kee expressed leaving the club was over closer to be his home at Leicester[31] Ironically, Ling was impressed with Kee's display when he scored a hat-trick for Northern Ireland U21, in a 4–0 win over Faroe Islands U21.[32]

Burton Albion[edit]

Kee joined Burton Albion on 26 August 2011, for a fee believed to be £20,000.[31][33]

Throughout the first half of the season, Kee scored his first goal in a 2–0 victory over Swindon Town on 17 September 2011,[34] which followed up by scoring the next two goals against Gillingham[35] and Bradford City.[36] On 29 October 2011, Kee scored his first hat-trick against Barnet in a 6–3 victory for Burton.[37] Due to his goalscoring form for Burton Albion, Kee was named League Two Player of the Month for November.[38] Despite rejecting a move to Crawley Town in the winter transfer window,[39] Kee continued to score goals with twelve until he suffered a groin problems three times season, which the last one saw him miss out the entire season.[40][41][42] Kee, nevertheless, became the joint the club's top-scorer, along with Calvin Zola in the league.

After scoring once in the first third match to the start of the season, which saw him make a return, Kee signed a three-year contract with the club on 30 August 2012.[43] Kee would later score two braces of the season against Rotherham United[44] and another against Morecambe.[45] Kee would score thirteen league goals in forty appearance, missing out six games due to ankle injury.[46]

In 2013–14 season, Kee made a good start to the season when he scored his first goal of the season, in a 2–2 draw against Cheltenham Town[47] before suffering a thigh injury that kept him out for weeks.[48] Kee made his return to training to maintain his fitness[49] and then scored the first two games from his return against Scunthorpe United[50] and a brace against Wycombe Wanderers.[51] Kee would later added ten more goals to the season, including a brace against Accrington Stanley, in thirty-seven league appearance.[52]

In 2014–15 season, Kee played for the first two matches, including a brace, in a 2–1 win over Dagenham & Redbridge on 16 August 2014.[53] Those brace came when he came on as a substitute during the match.[54]

Scunthorpe United[edit]

After three years at Burton Albion, Kee joined Scunthorpe United on a two-year contract for an undisclosed fee, having one-year contract left at The Brewers.[55] Upon joining the club, Kee stated he was motivated for new challenges at the club.[56] Kee made his Scunthorpe United, coming on as a substitute for Paddy Madden in the 75th minutes, in a 2–0 loss against Fleetwood Town on 19 August 2014.[57]

On 5 January 2015, it announced that Kee was loaned out to Mansfield Town on a three-month deal.[58] Kee made his Mansfield Town debut against his former club, Burton Albion, in a 2–1 loss on 10 January 2015.[59] Kee scored his first Mansfield Town goal in the next game, in a 3–2 loss against Exeter City.[60] Kee's second goal for Mansfield Town soon came on 7 March 2015, in a 1–1 draw against Cheltenham Town.[61] On 7 April 2015, Kee returned to the club after a three-month spell there.[62]

After making twelve appearance for the club and failing to score a goal, it announced on 1 May 2015 that Kee was released by the club.[63]

Accrington Stanley[edit]

After being released by Scunthorpe United, Kee re-joined Accrington Stanley on an initial 12 months contract, having already been on loan at the club in the 2009–10 season.[64]

International career[edit]

Kee was called up by Northern Ireland U19 in 2008 and scored three goals in three appearance in the final of Milk Cup, including a 2–0 win over against Denmark U19.[65]

On 6 September 2009, Kee, whilst on loan to League Two side Accrington Stanley, was called up to the senior Northern Ireland squad for the first time, replacing the injured Kyle Lafferty.[66][67]

Following this, Kee was called up by Northern Ireland U21 in November 2009.[68]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 23 February 2016.
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Accrington Stanley (loan) 2009–10[69] League Two 37 9 3 0 2 0 2[a] 0 44 9
Torquay United 2010–11[70] League Two 40 9 4 1 1 0 5[b] 0 50 10
2011–12[71] League Two 4 0 0 0 4 0
Total 44 9 4 1 1 0 5 0 54 10
Burton Albion 2011–12[71] League Two 20 12 0 0 0 0 20 12
2012–13[72] League Two 40 13 3 0 3 1 3[c] 0 49 14
2013–14[73] League Two 37 12 4 2 1 0 3[d] 0 45 14
2014–15[74] League Two 2 2 1 0 3 2
Total 99 39 7 2 5 1 6 0 117 42
Scunthorpe United 2014–15[74] League One 12 0 2 0 2[a] 0 16 0
Mansfield Town (loan) 2014–15[74] League Two 13 2 13 2
Accrington Stanley 2015–16[75] League Two 30 13 2 0 1 0 1[a] 0 34 13
Career total 235 72 18 3 9 1 16 0 278 76
  1. ^ a b c Appearances in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Three appearances in League Two play-offs, two in Football League Trophy
  3. ^ Two appearances in League Two play-offs, one in Football League Trophy
  4. ^ Appearances in League Two play-offs

Personal life[edit]

In May 2014, Kee became a father when his wife gave birth to a baby boy.[76]

References[edit]

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