Jason Kennedy (footballer)
|Full name||Jason Brian Kennedy|
|Date of birth||11 September 1986|
|Place of birth||Roseworth, County Durham, England|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Playing position||Centre Midfielder|
|2006–2007||→ Boston United (loan)||13||(1)|
|2007||→ Bury (loan)||12||(0)|
|2007–2008||→ Livingston (loan)||18||(2)|
|2008||→ Darlington (loan)||13||(2)|
|2014||→ Rochdale (loan)||7||(0)|
|2015||→ Carlisle United (loan)||11||(3)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:26, 15 April 2015 (UTC).
In his 12-year-long playing career, Kennedy spent most of his career with Rochdale with whom he signed in 2009, going on to appear in 177 official games. Apart from Rochdale, Kennedy has previously played for Middlesbrough, Darlington, and has had loan spells with Boston United, and Bury. In 2013, he signed for Bradford City.
Kennedy started his career at Middlesbrough. He made his debut for the North East of England club in the 2004–05 season, in a game against Fulham. He made six appearances, four of which were as substitute, in 2005–06, and participated in Middlesbrough's UEFA Cup run in the season against Litex Lovech, playing the full game.
He made another loan move in 2008, this time to League Two side Darlington. On 10 May 2008, Kennedy scored the first goal in the League Two play-off semi-final first leg between Darlington and Rochdale. Darlington went on to win the match 2–1. However, in the second leg he missed his kick in a penalty shoot-out, sending Rochdale through to the play-off final. On 30 May 2008 Kennedy signed a two-year permanent deal with Darlington.
On 20 May 2009 Kennedy signed a two-year deal with Rochdale. He scored his first goal for the club on 28 August 2010 in a 3–1 win against Brentford, but was sent-off as celebrating his goal with the fans earned him a second yellow card. He followed these up with goals against MK Dons, Huddersfield Town and Charlton Athletic and ended the season with 4 goals. He played his final game for the club on 27 April 2013, helping Rochdale to a 1–0 win against Plymouth Argyle. He left having made over 200 appearances for the club during a four-year spell and was part of the 2009–10 promotion winning team.
On 2 July 2013, Kennedy signed for Bradford City on a free transfer following the expiry of his contract, on a two-year deal. He had almost signed for the club during the previous transfer window, and rejected the chance to stay at Rochdale as well as an offer from Hartlepool United to sign with The Bantams. He made his league debut on 5 October in a 2–0 win away to Walsall.
Carlisle United (loan)
On 12 March 2015, Kennedy completed a one-month loan deal to League Two club Carlisle United. He made a bright start to his Carlisle career, scoring his first goal on his second start for the Blues, a 2–0 away victory over Northampton.
Family in sport
- "Livingston add new pair to squad". BBC Sport. 4 August 2007.
- "Kennedy completes Quakers switch". BBC Sport. 30 May 2008. Retrieved 30 May 2008.
- "Brentford 1–3 Rochdale" BBC Sport. 28 August 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
- "MK Dons 1–1 Rochdale" BBC Sport. 18 September 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
- "Rochdale 3–0 Huddersfield" BBC Sport. 28 September 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
- "Rochdale 2–0 Charlton" BBC Sport. 29 March 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
- "Rochdale 1–0 Plymouth" BBC Sport. 27 April 2013. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
- "Kennedy joins The Bantams" Rochdale AFC. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
- "Bradford City make first signing", Telegraph & Argus, accessed 2 July 2013
- "Bradford City: Jason Kennedy thrilled to be back alongside midfield 'mentor' Gary Jones" The Telegraph and Argus. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
- "Walsall 0–2 Bradford City" BBC Sport. 5 October 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
- "Jason Kennedy: Carlisle United sign Bradford City man on loan". BBC Sport. 12 March 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
- Simon Parker (17 May 2015). "Kennedy says "thanks for the memories" to Bradford City". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
- Andy Hall (19 May 2015). "Popular Midfielder Seals two year deal". Carlisle FC website.