James Keene (footballer)

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James Keene
James Keene (2013, cropped).jpg
Personal information
Full name James Keene
Date of birth (1985-12-26) 26 December 1985 (age 31)[1]
Place of birth Wells, England
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Bidvest Wits
Number 28
Youth career
Wells City
Portsmouth
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Portsmouth 2 (0)
2004 Newbury (loan)
2004–2005 Kidderminster (loan) 5 (0)
2005 Bournemouth (loan) 11 (2)
2006 Boston United (loan) 6 (1)
2006 GAIS (loan) 24 (10)
2007–2013 IF Elfsborg 123 (25)
2011 Fredrikstad FK (loan) 9 (2)
2012 Djurgårdens IF (loan) 26 (6)
2013 Portsmouth (loan) 9 (1)
2014 Bnei Yehuda 14 (2)
2014 NorthEast United 10 (0)
2015 Halmstad 22 (4)
2016– Bidvest Wits 10 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 April 2016.

James Keene (born 26 December 1985) is an English footballer who plays as a striker for Bidvest Wits.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Keene is a product of the Portsmouth youth scheme. After making his way through the ranks – including a successful 'work experience' loan at A.F.C. Newbury[2] – he was loaned to Football League Two club Kidderminster Harriers, making his debut in a 2–0 defeat to Bristol Rovers. Keene was the Man of the Match for the visitors. He played five more games for Kidderminster, excelling during his loan period.

He was rewarded upon his return to Fratton Park with his first professional contract, to run until the summer of 2007.

Following his loan he broke into the first team squad, and played in the final two games of the 2004–05 season, making his debut against Bolton Wanderers in a 1–1 draw as a 60th-minute substitute.[3] He started his next game against West Bromwich Albion.[4] He then had two loans spells in the 2005–06 season. First he joined League 1 side Bournemouth. It was there he scored his first career goal on 15 October 2005, a last minute winner as Bournemouth beat Colchester away from home by the single goal.[5] Three days later he scored twice in a 4-1 win over Aldershot Town in the Football League Trophy.[6] His fourth and final goal for the club came in a 2-0 league victory against Brentford.[7] He then joined League 2 side Boston United, where he scored his first and only goal for the club in a 1-1 draw with Rochdale.[8]

Sweden[edit]

He was loaned in March 2006 to GAIS for the Swedish 2006 Allsvenskan. Keene scored the first goal of the season for GAIS in the Allsvenskan in the Gothenburg derby against Örgryte IS. He finished the season as the club's top scorer with 10 goals in 22 league appearances, and following his success he was at the end of the season transferred to the Swedish champions IF Elfsborg, signing a five-year contract with them. James has been an integral member of the club's Champions League Campaigns.[9]

He was on loan to the Norwegian Tippeligaen team Fredrikstad FK during the latter part of the 2011 season. He then returned to Elfsborg, and was loaned to Djurgårdens IF for 2012 season.

Return to Portsmouth[edit]

On 10 January 2013, Keene signed a one-month loan deal with Portsmouth, his former club.[10] He made his debut on 26 January, against Hartlepool United.[11] He scored his first Pompey goal on 2 February, against Colchester United.[12] He returned to Elfsborg on 2 March, after the game against Crewe Alexandra, in which Portsmouth managed to get a win.[13]

Return to Sweden[edit]

On 24 April 2015, Keene joined Allsvenskan side Halmstad.[14]

Bidvest Wits[edit]

On 1 January 2016, Bidvest Wits of the South African Premier Division announced that Keene had signed for them.[15]

International career[edit]

Uncapped by England, Keene has expressed his interest in playing for the Swedish national football team when he becomes eligible in 2012.[16][17]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 1 April 2016[18][19][20]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Portsmouth 2004–05 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - 0 0
2005–06[21] 2 0 0 0 0 0 - - 2 0
Total 2 0 0 0 0 0 - - - - 2 0
Kidderminster Harriers (loan) 2004–05[21] League Two 5 0 1 0 0 0 - - 6 0
Bournemouth (loan) 2005–06[22] League One 11 2 1 0 1 0 - 1 2 14 4
Boston United (loan) 2005–06[22] League Two 6 1 0 0 0 0 - - 6 1
GAIS (loan) 2006 Allsvenskan 24 10 - - - 24 10
IF Elfsborg 2007 Allsvenskan 24 4 - 6 0 - 24 4
2008 9 3 - 1 0 - 9 3
2009 27 8 2 0 - 4 2 - 29 8
2010 25 4 2 0 - 6 2 - 27 4
2011 14 1 2 0 - 4 1 - 16 1
2012 0 0 0 0 - - - 0 0
2013 24 5 0 0 - 9 1 - 24 5
Total 123 25 - - 30 6 - - 99 20
Fredrikstad (loan) 2011 Tippeligaen 9 2 1 0 - - - 10 2
Djurgårdens (loan) 2012 Allsvenskan 26 6 1 0 - - - 27 6
Portsmouth (loan) 2012–13[23] League One 9 1 0 0 0 0 - - 9 1
Bnei Yehuda 2013–14 Ligat HaAl 15 2 0 0 0 0 - - 15 2
NorthEast United 2014 Indian Super League 10 0 - - - - 10 0
Halmstads 2015 Allsvenskan 22 4 0 0 - - - 22 4
Bidvest Wits 2015–16 Premier Soccer League 10 7 2 1 0 0 - - 12 8
Career total 272 60 1 0 30 6 1 2 304 68

Honours[edit]

Individual[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UEFA Europa League". http://www.uefa.com.  External link in |journal= (help)
  2. ^ http://www.nonleaguedaily.com/news/index.php?&newsmode=FULL&nid=15194
  3. ^ http://www.bwfc.co.uk/page/MatchReport/0,,1004~27918,00.html
  4. ^ "West Brom 2–0 Portsmouth". BBC News. 15 May 2005. 
  5. ^ "Colchester 0-1 Bournemouth". BBC. 15 October 2005. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "Bournemouth 4-1 Aldershot". BBC. 18 October 2005. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Brentford 0-2 Bournemouth". BBC. 29 October 2005. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Rochdale 1-1 Boston Utd". BBC. 28 January 2006. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "North East United FC Squad James Keene". http://www.indiansuperleague.com. Archived from the original on 17 October 2014.  External link in |journal= (help)
  10. ^ Keene Makes Portsmouth Return; Portsmouth F.C., 10 January 2013.
  11. ^ Portsmouth 1–3 Hartlepool; BBC Sport, 29 January 2013.
  12. ^ Portsmouth 2–3 Colchester; BBC Sport, 2 February 2013.
  13. ^ Going Out On A High; Portsmouth F.C., 2 March 2013.
  14. ^ "James Keene Förstärker HBK" (in Swedish). Halmstads BK. 23 April 2015. Archived from the original on 27 April 2015. 
  15. ^ "Bidvest Wits sign James Keene". Bidvest Wits F.C. 1 January 2016. 
  16. ^ "I'd love to play for Sweden". thelocal.se. 12 May 2008. Archived from the original on 4 January 2011. 
  17. ^ "James Keene interview". Blågul Fotboll. 24 July 2011. 
  18. ^ "James Keene – svenskfotboll.se". SvFF. 7 January 2013. 
  19. ^ "Eliteprospects.com – James Keene". Eliteprospects.com. 2 March 2013. Archived from the original on 19 September 2012. 
  20. ^ "James Keene". http://www.worldfootball.net.  External link in |journal= (help)
  21. ^ a b "Games played by James Keene in 2004/2005". soccerbase.com. Soccerbase. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  22. ^ a b "Games played by James Keene in 2005/2006". soccerbase.com. Soccerbase. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  23. ^ "Games played by James Keene in 2012/2013". soccerbase.com. Soccerbase. Retrieved 7 April 2016.