Kyle Lightbourne

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Kyle Lightbourne
Personal information
Full name Kyle Lavince Lightbourne[1]
Date of birth (1968-09-29) 29 September 1968 (age 48)[1]
Place of birth Hamilton, Bermuda[1]
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Robin Hood (manager)
Youth career
Pembroke Hamilton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1992 PHC Zebras
1992–1993 Scarborough 19 (3)
1993–1997 Walsall 165 (65)
1997–1998 Coventry City 7 (0)
1998 Fulham (loan) 4 (2)
1998–2001 Stoke City 111 (21)
2001 Swindon Town (loan) 2 (0)
2001 Cardiff City (loan) 3 (0)
2001 IFK Norrköping 0 (0)
2001–2003 Macclesfield Town 73 (15)
2002 Hull City (loan) 4 (0)
2003–2007 PHC Zebras
2007–2009 Bermuda Hogges 12 (0)
2008 PHC Zebras (loan) 1 (1)
National team
1989–2004 Bermuda 40 (16)
Teams managed
Bermuda
2007–2009 Bermuda Hogges
2007–2011 PHC Zebras
2012– Robin Hood
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Kyle Lightbourne (born 29 September 1968) is a former Bermudian footballer who played for Scarborough, Walsall, Coventry City, Fulham, Stoke City, Swindon Town, Cardiff City, Macclesfield Town and Hull City.[1]

Football career[edit]

Club[edit]

Lightbourne was born in Hamilton, Bermuda and played for PHC Zebras before moving to England to play for Scarborough at the age of 23. He played 21 times for Scarborough before joining Walsall in September 1993. Lightbourne soon struck up a partnership with Kevin Wilson and the pair became prolific goalscorers and earned Walsall some success. He scored 9 goals in 41 appearances in 1993–94 before scoring 27 goals in 1994–95 as Walsall gained promotion. He scored 24 goals in 1995–96 and 25 in 1996–97.[2]

This earned him a lucrative move to Premier League side Coventry City for a fee of £500,000. However his chances at Highfield Road were limited and after making only 7 appearances plus a loan spell at Fulham he moved to Stoke City in February 1998.[1] He didn't get off to the best of starts with Stoke as he struggled with illness and form as Stoke suffered relegation from the First Division in 1997–98. He improved in 1998–99, netting eight goals.[1] In 1999–2000 Lightbourne scored 10 goals in 52 appearances as Stoke reached the play-offs where they lost to Gillingham. He played in the 2000 Football League Trophy Final at Wembley as Stoke beat Bristol City 2–1.[1] In 2000–01 he found his chances of first team football more restricted but still managed five goals in 28 appearances. In the latter part of the season he spent spells on loan at Swindon Town and Cardiff City.[1]

He was released by Stoke in the summer of 2001 and after a brief unsuccessful spell in Sweden with IFK Norrköping he played two seasons with Macclesfield Town and had a short loan spell at Hull City before returning to Bermuda.

In 2007, Lightbourne joined Shaun Goater as part of the management team of USL side Bermuda Hogges, making 12 appearances for the team. He officially retired from football in 2009.

International[edit]

He made his debut for Bermuda in 1989 and represented his country in 11 FIFA World Cup qualification matches.[3]

His final international match was a June 2004 World Cup qualification match against El Salvador.

Managerial[edit]

He was coach at PHC Zebras before resigning in summer 2011.[4] In June 2012, Lightbourne was named manager of local side Robin Hood.[5] He missed out on a place at the Walsall bench in 2013.[6]

Cricket career[edit]

Lightbourne was a member of the ICC Associates squad at the inaugural 1988 Youth Cricket World Cup. He played five games for Bermuda at the 1990 ICC Trophy, during which he took 11 wickets at an average of 16.81. He was part of a Bermuda side that played the touring Australians in 1991.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Kyle Lightbourne profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Scarborough 1992–93 Third Division 19 3 0 0 1 0 1 0 21 3
Walsall 1993–94 Third Division 35 7 4 2 0 0 2 0 41 9
1994–95 Third Division 42 23 5 3 4 1 1 0 52 27
1995–96 Second Division 43 15 5 3 2 0 3 6 53 24
1996–97 Second Division 45 20 4 4 2 1 1 0 52 25
Total 165 65 18 12 9 2 8 6 200 85
Coventry City 1997–98 Premier League 7 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 10 0
Fulham (loan) 1997–98 Second Division 4 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 2
Stoke City 1997–98 First Division 13 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 2
1998–99 Second Division 35 7 1 1 1 0 1 0 38 8
1999–2000 Second Division 40 7 1 0 3 0 8 3 52 10
2000–01 Second Division 24 5 1 0 3 0 0 0 28 5
Total 112 21 3 1 7 0 9 3 131 25
Swindon Town (loan) 2000–01 Second Division 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Cardiff City (loan) 2000–01 Third Division 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Macclesfield Town 2001–02 Third Division 29 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 30 4
2002–03 Third Division 44 10 3 2 2 1 1 0 50 13
Hull City (loan) 2002–03 Third Division 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Bermuda Hogges 2007 USL Second Division 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
2008 USL Second Division 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2009 USL Second Division 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Career Total 398 105 24 15 22 4 18 10 462 126
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League play-offs, and Football League Trophy.

Honours[edit]

Walsall
Stoke City

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Lowe, Simon (2000). Stoke City: The Modern Era – A Complete Record. Desert Island Books. ISBN 1-874287-39-2. 
  2. ^ "Kyle Lightbourne interview". Bescot Banter. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Kyle LightbourneFIFA competition record
  4. ^ Colin Thompson (18 August 2011). "Anderson new man in charge at Zebras". The Royal Gazette. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 
  5. ^ Stephen Wright (30 June 2012). "Hood turn to Lightbourne as new coach". Royal Gazette. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 
  6. ^ Stephen Wright (15 May 2013). "Lightbourne overlooked for Walsall number two job". Royal Gazette. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 
  7. ^ "Kyle Lightbourne". CricketArchive. Archived from the original on 20 December 2015. Retrieved 19 March 2017. 

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