Dean Kelly

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Dean Kelly
Personal information
Full name Dean Kelly
Date of birth (1985-09-18) 18 September 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Longford Town
Number 25
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Tolka Rovers
2009–2010 Crumlin United
2010–2011 Oldham Athletic 13 (1)
2011 Shamrock Rovers 11 (1)
2012 St Patrick's Athletic 13 (2)
2013 Shelbourne 26 (9)
2014 Shamrock Rovers 15 (4)
2014 Shamrock Rovers B 1 (0)
2015 Bohemians 16 (5)
2015– Longford Town 0 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 July 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

Dean Kelly (born 18 September 1985 in Dublin), is an Irish footballer who currently plays for Longford Town. He has previously played for Oldham Athletic, Shamrock Rovers, St Patrick's Athletic, Shelbourne and Bohemians.


Early career[edit]

Kelly played youth football for WFTA FC[1] in Finglas reaching the SFAI finals at under 13 and 15 levels and scoring in a Play-off to win the under 16 Premier League in the DDSL. He played for Tolka Rovers in the Leinster Senior League before joining Crumlin United for the 2009–10 season.[2] It was a successful season in which his team won the Intermediate Cup, the Charlie Cahill and the Metropolitan, as well as the Leinster League Premier Division. Despite missing 14 weeks with a knee injury, Kelly finished top scorer with 35 goals.[1]

Whilst playing as an amateur he worked as a builder for Dublin City Council.[1]

Oldham Athletic[edit]

On 30 July 2010 he signed on a 6-month contract for the English side Oldham Athletic after impressing manager Paul Dickov in a trial period.[3][4] He scored his first and only Football League goal on 30 October 2010 in 4–2 victory over Plymouth Argyle.[5] He was released on 13 January 2011 after his short-term contract was completed[6] having made fifteen appearances.

Shamrock Rovers[edit]

On 31 January 2011 Kelly signed for defending League of Ireland Champions Shamrock Rovers.[7] He made his League of Ireland debut as a substitute for the Hoops in the opening night win over Dundalk on 4 March 2011.[8] His first goal for the club came on his full debut on 14 March as the club beat Lisburn Distillery 3–0 in the first leg quarter-final match of the Setanta Sports Cup.[9] In October 2011 Kelly scored a late goal against UCD to clinch the 2011 league title for Shamrock Rovers.[10] In January 2012 he signed a new one-year contract with the club.[11]

Kelly was released by mutual agreement in February 2012.[12] He had scored 4 times in 4 competitions in a total of 21 appearances.

St. Patricks Athletic[edit]

Kelly signed for League of Ireland club St Patrick's Athletic for the 2012 season.[13] He scored his first goal for the club on his debut against Bray Wanderers on the opening day of the season in a 1–0 win at Richmond Park.[14] Kelly followed this up with an assist for Stephen O'Flynn away to Dundalk at Oriel Park.[15] The following Friday Kelly scored again at home against Monaghan United,[16] but he was sent-off before half time.[17]


In December 2012 he signed for Shelbourne[18] and appeared 31 times for the club, scoring 13 goals.

Shamrock Rovers[edit]

Kelly re-joined Rovers in February 2014.[19] He was released at the end of the season.


Kelly joined Bohs ahead of the 2015 season meaning that he lined out for the 4 main Dublin League of Ireland clubs in successive years. His stint was short lived however, as he left the Gypsies in July 2015 despite having netted 5 times in 16 appearances.

Longford Town[edit]

Following his release from Bohs, Kelly immediately signed for midland's club Longford Town.

International career[edit]

Kelly represented the Republic of Ireland in the Amateur European Championships, where he scored a hat trick to help the Irish qualify for the finals.[20] In his next match for the team in April 2009 he then scored 4 goals as the Irish team beat Sardinian team Calinganis 5–1.[21] In the UEFA Regions Finals in Croatia in 2009 he appeared in all three matches, against Spain, Bosnia[22] and Belgium, where he scored a last minute goal.[23]

In May 2010 he played against the Republic of Ireland national football team.[24]


League of Ireland
Setanta Cup
FAI Intermediate Cup
Leinster Senior League
Cahill Cup
Metro Cup


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Ryan, Seán (2 January 2011). "Career break with a difference sees Kelly move smoothly into professional ranks". 
  2. ^ "Crumlin set for FAI Umbro Intermediate Cup showdown". Football Association of Ireland. 4 May 2010. 
  3. ^ Richardson, Kevin (30 July 2010). "Athletic swoop on striker". Oldham Evening Chronicle. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Kelly signs for Latics". Oldham Athletic Official Website. Retrieved 30 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Oldham 4–2 Plymouth". BBC Sport. 30 October 2010. Retrieved 30 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "Oldham Athletic release Dean Kelly and Jason Jarrett". BBC Sport. 13 January 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  7. ^ "Hoops sign Dean Kelly". Shamrock Rovers Football Club. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "Rovers 3–1 Dundalk". Shamrock Rovers Football Club. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 17 March 2011. 
  9. ^ "Lisburn Distillery 0:3 Rovers". Shamrock Rovers Football Club. 14 March 2011. Retrieved 17 March 2011. 
  10. ^ Malone, Emmet (26 October 2011). "Kelly secures 17th title for Rovers". Irish Times. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  11. ^ "Hoops re sign Trio". Shamrock Rovers FC. 10 January 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  12. ^ "Greene & Winn sign". Shamrock Rovers FC. 20 February 2012. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  13. ^ "Saints Confirm More Signings". St Patrick's Athletic FC. 25 February 2012. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  14. ^
  15. ^ "Match Report: Dundalk 0 – St Patrick's Athletic 2". St Patrick's Athletic FC. 3 March 2012. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  16. ^
  17. ^ "10 Man Saints Earn Point". St Patrick's Athletic FC. 16 March 2012. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  18. ^ "Shelbourne add three to squad for 2013". (Shelbourne F.C.). 3 December 2012. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  19. ^ "Kelly & Bayly return to Shamrock Rovers".]]. 17 February 2014. Retrieved 20 July 2014. 
  20. ^ "Irish amateurs qualify for UEFA Regions Cup Finals". Football Association of Ireland. 21 October 2008. 
  21. ^ "Irish Amateurs put five past Calinganis". Football Association of Ireland. 22 April 2009. 
  22. ^ "Republic of Ireland 3 – 0 Bosnia". Football Association of Ireland. 24 June 2009. 
  23. ^ "Belgium 2 – 1 Republic of Ireland". Football Association of Ireland. 16 June 2009. 
  24. ^ "Second half goals overcome Amateurs". Football Association of Ireland. 21 May 2010. 

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