Kevin Ellison (footballer)
Ellison in 2010
|Full name||Kevin Ellison|
|Date of birth||23 February 1979|
|Place of birth||Liverpool, England|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|2004||→ Lincoln City (loan)||13||(0)|
|2011||→ Bradford City (loan)||7||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:43, 28 April 2021 (UTC)|
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. During the 2019–20 season, Ellison briefly acted as a coach for Morecambe.
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. At Leicester he made his only appearance as a late substitute against Manchester United at Old Trafford. He later joined Stockport County. In 2004, he was loaned out to Lincoln City. In August 2004 he was transferred to Chester City.
Ellison signed for Hull City in January 2005 for a £100,000 fee. 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, though Ellison refused the move. Instead he joined Tranmere Rovers for an undisclosed fee. In June 2007 he moved on to Chester City for £150,000, signing a three-year contract.
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, though he did not make the move. Stockport County also attempted to win his signature, 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. 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. He scored the only goal of a 1–0 win against Wycombe Wanderers in his Bradford debut.
In June 2018 Ellison publicly talked about his struggles with depression, giving advice to fellow professionals. 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.
He signed a new one-year contract with Morecambe in June 2019. Following Jim Bentley's departure as manager on 28 October 2019, Ellison assumed the role of caretaker player-manager, alongside Barry Roche. Ellison's only match in charge was the 1–0 home win against Leyton Orient in League Two on 2 November 2019. Derek Adams was appointed Morecambe team manager on 7 November 2019. In June 2020, Ellison was released by Morecambe after 352 league appearances during nine years with the club.
On 4 September 2020, Ellison joined fellow League Two side Newport County on a one-year deal. For the 2020–21 season, Newport County appointed Ellison as their 'mental health ambassador'. 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. His first goal for Newport was the 96th minute winner in a 1–0 League Two win against Port Vale on 21 November 2020.
- As of match played 2 January 2021
|Leicester City||2000–01||Premier League||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|
|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|
|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|
|Rotherham United||2009–10||League Two||42||9||2||1||2||1||0||0||46||11|
|Bradford City (loan)||2010–11||League Two||7||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||7||1|
|Newport County||2020–21||League Two||10||1||2||0||0||0||2[a]||0||14||1|
- Appearances in Football League Trophy
- "Notification of shirt numbers: Newport County" (PDF). English Football League. p. 45. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
- Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2009). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009–10. Mainstream Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0.
- "Kevin Ellison - Football Stats - Morecambe - Season 2000/2001 - Soccer Base". www.soccerbase.com.
- "CLUB STATEMENT". www.morecambefc.com. Retrieved 28 October 2019.
- "Foxes capture Ellison". BBC Sport. 6 February 2001. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
- "Manchester United v Leicester". Premier League. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
- "Imps extend Ellison loan". BBC Sport. 14 April 2004. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
- "Ellison joins Chester". BBC Sport. 2 August 2004. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
- "Ellison agrees switch to Tigers". BBC Sport. 12 January 2005. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
- "Hull accept Iron's Ellison offer". BBC Sport. 7 June 2006. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
- "Ellison rejects Scunthorpe move". BBC Sport. 13 June 2006. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
- "Ellison and Stockdale join Rovers". BBC Sport. 22 June 2006. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
- "Chester sign Tranmere's Ellison". BBC Sport. 26 June 2007. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
- "Wrexham bid for Chester's Ellison". BBC Sport. 29 January 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
- "Ellison set for Stockport return". BBC Sport. 4 February 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
- www.rotherhamunited-mad.co.uk http://www.rotherhamunited-mad.co.uk/news/loadnews.asp?cid=TMNW&id=447489. Missing or empty
- Parker, Simon (10 February 2011). "Bradford City winger Daley completes Rotherham switch as Ellison arrives at Valley Parade". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 10 February 2011.
- "Morecambe winger offers depression help" – via www.bbc.co.uk.
- Ley, Tom. "Jolly Old Soccer Man Sets The Record Straight About His FIFA Ratings". Deadspin.
- "Kevin Ellison: Morecambe forward, 40, signs new one-year deal". BBC Sport. 18 June 2019.
- "Morecambe 1-0 Leyton Orient" – via www.bbc.co.uk.
- "DEREK ADAMS NAMED AS NEW SHRIMPS MANAGER". www.morecambefc.com.
- "Shrimps release veteran Ellison - at 41" – via www.bbc.co.uk.
- "DONE DEAL | Kevin Ellison joins Exiles on one-year deal". www.newport-county.co.uk. 4 September 2020. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
- "Ellison keen to talk mental health" – via www.bbc.co.uk.
- "EFL Trophy (Sky Sports)". Sky Sports.
- "Newport County 1-0 Port Vale". Retrieved 10 December 2020 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
- Kevin Ellison at Soccerway. Retrieved 25 February 2018.