Kevin Ellison (footballer)

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Kevin Ellison
Ellison, Kevin.jpg
Ellison in 2010
Personal information
Full name Kevin Ellison[1]
Date of birth (1979-02-23) 23 February 1979 (age 42)[2]
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[2]
Position(s) Winger
Club information
Current team
Newport County
Number 22
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996 Southport 4 (0)
1997 Chorley 0 (0)
1997–1999 Conwy United 37 (7)
1999–2001 Altrincham 51 (23)
2001 Leicester City 1 (0)
2001–2004 Stockport County 48 (2)
2004Lincoln City (loan) 13 (0)
2004–2005 Chester City 24 (9)
2005–2006 Hull City 39 (2)
2006–2007 Tranmere Rovers 34 (4)
2007–2009 Chester City 75 (19)
2009–2011 Rotherham United 65 (12)
2011Bradford City (loan) 7 (1)
2011–2020 Morecambe 352 (81)
2020– Newport County 23 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:43, 28 April 2021 (UTC)

Kevin Ellison (born 23 February 1979) is an English professional footballer who plays as a winger for League Two side Newport County.

He has represented fourteen clubs during his career, making in excess of 550 appearances in the Football League; including 350 games for Morecambe. Ellison also played once in the Premier League.[3] During the 2019–20 season, Ellison briefly acted as a coach for Morecambe.[4]

Career[edit]

Born in Liverpool, Ellison started his career in non-league football, playing for Southport, Chorley, Conwy United and Altrincham. In February 2001 he joined Leicester City for a £50,000 fee.[5] At Leicester he made his only appearance as a late substitute against Manchester United at Old Trafford.[6] He later joined Stockport County. In 2004, he was loaned out to Lincoln City.[7] In August 2004 he was transferred to Chester City.[8]

Ellison signed for Hull City in January 2005 for a £100,000 fee.[9] Despite a solid work rate he often struggled for form and was regularly in the shadow of Stuart Elliott, the Tigers' most outstanding left winger of recent times. Ellison did score an individual goal away at Southampton in a 1–1 draw and was part of the 2004–05 team that gained promotion from the third tier to the Championship. In June 2006, Hull accepted £100,000 for the player from Scunthorpe United,[10] though Ellison refused the move.[11] Instead he joined Tranmere Rovers for an undisclosed fee.[12] In June 2007 he moved on to Chester City for £150,000, signing a three-year contract.[13]

His first league game back at Chester was a goalless draw with Chesterfield on 11 August 2007. In January 2008 Wrexham put in a five-figure offer for the player,[14] though he did not make the move. Stockport County also attempted to win his signature,[15] but were also unsuccessful.

In the 2008–09 Football League Two campaign, Ellison scored a hat-trick for Chester in a 3–1 victory over Grimsby Town on 13 September 2008. He scored 12 other league goals during the season, which still ended with the club being relegated from The Football League.[16] On 11 August 2009, he scored the winning goal as Rotherham upset Championship side Derby County 2–1 in the first round of the Football League Cup.

In February 2011, Ellison was loaned to Rotherham's fellow League Two side Bradford City, with Omar Daley moving in the opposite direction.[17] He scored the only goal of a 1–0 win against Wycombe Wanderers in his Bradford debut.

Ellison was released by Rotherham at the end of the 2010–2011 season. On 31 May 2011, Ellison signed for Jim Bentley's Morecambe on a one-year contract.

On 1 January 2012, Ellison signed an extension to his Morecambe contract, which would keep him at the Globe Arena for a further 18 months.[18]

In June 2018 Ellison publicly talked about his struggles with depression, giving advice to fellow professionals.[19] In November 2018, a club-released YouTube video featuring Ellison challenging his online gaming speed stat gained notoriety when it was featured on the sports website Deadspin.[20]

He signed a new one-year contract with Morecambe in June 2019.[21] Following Jim Bentley's departure as manager on 28 October 2019, Ellison assumed the role of caretaker player-manager, alongside Barry Roche.[4] Ellison's only match in charge was the 1–0 home win against Leyton Orient in League Two on 2 November 2019.[22] Derek Adams was appointed Morecambe team manager on 7 November 2019.[23] In June 2020, Ellison was released by Morecambe after 352 league appearances during nine years with the club.[24]

On 4 September 2020, Ellison joined fellow League Two side Newport County on a one-year deal.[25] For the 2020–21 season, Newport County appointed Ellison as their 'mental health ambassador'.[26] He made his debut for Newport on 6 October 2020 in the starting line up for the 5–0 EFL Trophy defeat against Norwich City Under 21s.[27] His first goal for Newport was the 96th minute winner in a 1–0 League Two win against Port Vale on 21 November 2020.[28]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 2 January 2021[29]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Leicester City 2000–01 Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2001–02 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Stockport County 2001–02 First Division 11 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
2002–03 Second Division 23 1 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 24 1
2003–04 Second Division 14 1 0 0 1 0 1[a] 0 16 1
Total 48 2 1 0 1 0 2 0 52 2
Lincoln City (loan) 2003–04 Third Division 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
Chester City 2004–05 League Two 24 9 3 1 1 0 1[a] 1 29 11
Hull City 2004–05 League One 16 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 1
2005–06 Championship 23 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 25 1
Total 39 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 41 2
Tranmere Rovers 2006–07 League One 34 4 1 0 1 0 2[a] 0 38 4
Chester City 2007–08 League Two 36 11 1 0 1 0 1[a] 0 39 11
2008–09 League Two 39 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 40 8
Total 75 19 2 0 1 0 1 0 79 19
Rotherham United 2009–10 League Two 42 9 2 1 2 1 0 0 46 11
2010–11 League Two 23 3 1 0 1 0 2[a] 1 27 4
Total 65 12 3 1 3 1 2 1 73 15
Bradford City (loan) 2010–11 League Two 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
Morecambe 2011–12 League Two 34 15 1 0 2 1 1[a] 1 38 17
2012–13 League Two 40 11 3 1 2 0 1[a] 1 46 13
2013–14 League Two 42 10 1 0 1 0 1[a] 0 45 10
2014–15 League Two 43 11 1 0 1 0 0 0 45 11
2015–16 League Two 44 9 2 0 1 0 3[a] 0 50 9
2016–17 League Two 45 8 1 0 2 1 2[a] 0 50 9
2017–18 League Two 37 9 1 1 1 0 2[a] 0 41 10
2018–19 League Two 43 7 2 0 1 0 3[a] 0 49 7
2019–20 League Two 21 1 0 0 1 0 2[a] 1 24 2
Total 349 81 12 2 12 2 15 3 388 88
Newport County 2020–21 League Two 10 1 2 0 0 0 2[a] 0 14 1
Career total 622 123 23 4 19 3 22 5 686 136
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Appearances in Football League Trophy

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Notification of shirt numbers: Newport County" (PDF). English Football League. p. 45. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  2. ^ a b Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2009). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009–10. Mainstream Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0.
  3. ^ "Kevin Ellison - Football Stats - Morecambe - Season 2000/2001 - Soccer Base". www.soccerbase.com.
  4. ^ a b "CLUB STATEMENT". www.morecambefc.com. Retrieved 28 October 2019.
  5. ^ "Foxes capture Ellison". BBC Sport. 6 February 2001. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
  6. ^ "Manchester United v Leicester". Premier League. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Imps extend Ellison loan". BBC Sport. 14 April 2004. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
  8. ^ "Ellison joins Chester". BBC Sport. 2 August 2004. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
  9. ^ "Ellison agrees switch to Tigers". BBC Sport. 12 January 2005. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
  10. ^ "Hull accept Iron's Ellison offer". BBC Sport. 7 June 2006. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
  11. ^ "Ellison rejects Scunthorpe move". BBC Sport. 13 June 2006. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
  12. ^ "Ellison and Stockdale join Rovers". BBC Sport. 22 June 2006. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
  13. ^ "Chester sign Tranmere's Ellison". BBC Sport. 26 June 2007. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
  14. ^ "Wrexham bid for Chester's Ellison". BBC Sport. 29 January 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
  15. ^ "Ellison set for Stockport return". BBC Sport. 4 February 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
  16. ^ www.rotherhamunited-mad.co.uk http://www.rotherhamunited-mad.co.uk/news/loadnews.asp?cid=TMNW&id=447489. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  17. ^ Parker, Simon (10 February 2011). "Bradford City winger Daley completes Rotherham switch as Ellison arrives at Valley Parade". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 10 February 2011.
  18. ^ http://www.morecambefc.com/page/NewsDetail/0,,10866~2562880,00.html
  19. ^ "Morecambe winger offers depression help" – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  20. ^ Ley, Tom. "Jolly Old Soccer Man Sets The Record Straight About His FIFA Ratings". Deadspin.
  21. ^ "Kevin Ellison: Morecambe forward, 40, signs new one-year deal". BBC Sport. 18 June 2019.
  22. ^ "Morecambe 1-0 Leyton Orient" – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  23. ^ "DEREK ADAMS NAMED AS NEW SHRIMPS MANAGER". www.morecambefc.com.
  24. ^ "Shrimps release veteran Ellison - at 41" – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  25. ^ "DONE DEAL | Kevin Ellison joins Exiles on one-year deal". www.newport-county.co.uk. 4 September 2020. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
  26. ^ "Ellison keen to talk mental health" – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  27. ^ "EFL Trophy (Sky Sports)". Sky Sports.
  28. ^ "Newport County 1-0 Port Vale". Retrieved 10 December 2020 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  29. ^ Kevin Ellison at Soccerway. Retrieved 25 February 2018.

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