Kevin Kelbie

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Kevin Kelbie
Personal information
Date of birth (1985-02-24) 24 February 1985 (age 34)
Place of birth Stirling, Scotland
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Alloa Athletic 8 (0)
2004–2005 Northern Oklahoma College ? (?)
2005 Glentoran 0 (0)
2005–2010 Ballymena United 136 (56)
2010–2011 Greenock Morton 8 (0)
2011–2012 Glenavon 17 (1)
2012 Stirling Albion 14 (2)
2012–2014 Camelon Juniors ? (?)
2014–2017 Linlithgow Rose ? (?)
2017–2018 East Stirlingshire ? (?)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 November 2018

Kevin Kelbie (born 21 December 1984) is a former Scottish footballer.

He has previously played in the Scottish Football League for Greenock Morton and Stirling Albion.

He also had spells in Northern Ireland with Glentoran, Ballymena United and Glenavon.



Kelbie started his youth career at Celtic, before moving to rivals Rangers in a rare move between the Glasgow rivals. He studied for an HND in Sports Coaching at Falkirk College from 2001 – 2003. In his second year at the college, he was part of the 5-a-side team who won the college championship versus Stevie Grainger's team in the final. He played his first senior games at Clackmannanshire side Alloa Athletic, before heading to the United States for a sporting scholarship at Northern Oklahoma College.[1]

Northern Ireland[edit]

On his return to the United Kingdom, Kelbie signed with Northern Irish side Glentoran on a loan deal after impressing in a trial.[2] He was released by the Glens without making an appearance and manager Tommy Wright moved to sign him for fellow Northern Irish side Ballymena United.[3][4] Kelbie stayed at Ballymena for five seasons, with the club rejecting a transfer bid from league champions Linfield in 2008.[5]

Back to Scotland with Greenock Morton[edit]

From Ballymena, Kelbie returned to Scotland to join Greenock Morton. At Cappielow, he joined up with Allan Moore, who had been training him at Stirling Albion when he was in Scotland and flying over at the weekend for games in Northern Ireland.[6] Kelbie made his début for Morton against nearby Dumbarton in the Scottish Challenge Cup on 24 July 2010,[7] and scored his first goal at Victoria Park, Dingwall in a 1–3 defeat by Ross County, in the following.

Return to Northern Ireland[edit]

He joined Glenavon on a two-year contract at the end of May 2011.[8] He left the club by mutual consent in January 2012.

Back to Scotland[edit]

Kelbie joined Stirling Albion after being released from Glenavon.[9] He left the club in May 2012 and signed for Camelon Juniors two months later.[10] A prolific spell saw him top scorer in the 2013–14 Scottish Junior Cup and Kelbie moved on to Linilthgow Rose in the summer of 2014.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Where are they now?". Northern Oklahoma College. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Coyle snaps up midfielder Kelbie". BBC Sport. 19 July 2005. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Kelbie to make Ballymena switch". BBC Sport. 29 August 2005. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Terrible run is Oval at last!". Ballymena Times. 21 December 2005. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Linfield increase bid for Kelbie". BBC Sport. 29 July 2008. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  6. ^ Tait, Chris (2 June 2010). "New striker is going for the Kel". Greenock Telegraph. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Morton sink Dumbarton 4–3 on penalties after stalemate". BBC Sport. 24 July 2010. Retrieved 28 July 2010.
  8. ^ "Glenavon sign former Ballymena striker Kevin Kelbie". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 May 2011.
  9. ^ "Stirling add Kelbie". Scottish Football League. 8 February 2012. Archived from the original on 12 September 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
  10. ^ "Kelbie goes junior". Scottish Football League. 15 August 2012. Archived from the original on 2 February 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  11. ^ "Danny banks on Kevin to win trophies". Linlithgow Gazette. 4 July 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2014.

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