Martin Kelly

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Martin Kelly
Kelly playing for Liverpool in 2010
Personal information
Full name Martin Ronald Kelly[1]
Date of birth (1990-04-27) 27 April 1990 (age 25)
Place of birth Whiston, England[2]
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)[3]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Crystal Palace
Number 34
Youth career
1997–2007 Liverpool
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2014 Liverpool 33 (0)
2009 Huddersfield Town (loan) 7 (1)
2014– Crystal Palace 39 (0)
National team
2009 England U19 5 (0)
2009 England U20 4 (0)
2010–2012 England U21 8 (3)
2012 England 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:01, 8 November 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:34, 10 September 2012 (UTC)

Martin Ronald Kelly (born 27 April 1990) is an English footballer who plays as a defender for Premier League club Crystal Palace.



Born in Whiston, Merseyside[2] and raised in Newton-le-Willows by his parents where he attended St Mary's Primary and then St Aelred's Catholic Technology College, Kelly joined Liverpool at the age of seven and came through Academy ranks.[4]


Kelly was promoted to Melwood from the club's academy in the summer of 2007. In an interview for Liverpool's official website he spoke about his delight at making the step up despite missing roughly two years of football for the youth team due to back problems.[5] Kelly broke into Gary Ablett's title winning reserves team during 2007–08. He scored the second goal in Liverpool's 3–0 win over UANL Tigres in the Dallas Cup 2008 final on 23 March 2008.[6]


Ahead of the 2008–09 season he received a first team squad number.[7] He earned his first call up to the senior team in November 2008 when he was an unused substitute in Liverpool's Champions League group stage match against Marseille.[8] Not long after, he debuted as a substitute for Jamie Carragher in the same competition against PSV Eindhoven on 9 December 2008.[9]

Loan to Huddersfield Town[edit]

On 26 March 2009, as the loan transfer window closed, Kelly joined Football League One side Huddersfield Town on loan until the end of the season.[10] He made his debut for the Terriers as a left-back in the 2–1 win over Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium on 31 March 2009, and received praise for his composed performance. On 18 April, he scored his first goal in professional football, scoring the winner in Huddersfield's 3–2 win over Walsall at the Bescot Stadium.[11]


Rafael Benítez suggested that the departure of Sami Hyypiä from Liverpool could open a window for Kelly into the first team, with his progress expected to be monitored closely in pre-season.[12] Kelly made his first competitive start for Liverpool as a right back against Olympique Lyon in the UEFA Champions League on 20 October 2009, in which he walked off injured in the 74th minute.[13] He was named man of the match by Liverpool's official website after a highly impressive performance.[14] Kelly was also called "a small sensation" by Norwegian magazine Kopite.[citation needed] He was then sidelined with a groin injury. He completed his comeback from injury on 25 February 2010, coming on as a substitute against FC Unirea Urziceni in the Europa League. He then made his Premier League debut replacing Glen Johnson in the 4–1 win over Portsmouth at Anfield.[citation needed]


Kelly started in Liverpool's UEFA Europa League qualifiers against Rabotnicki Skopje, the play-offs against Trabzonspor, and Liverpool's opening two group games, defeating Steaua București and drawing with FC Utrecht. On 22 September, he played in the shock League Cup third round exit to Northampton Town, Liverpool losing 4–2 on penalties after a 2–2 draw. On 21 October, he played the full 90 minutes in the Reds' 0–0 UEFA Europa League draw against Napoli. Kelly made his first Premiership start of the season as an emergency replacement for Sotirios Kyrgiakos on 7 November against Chelsea in a match which Liverpool won 2–0. He started Liverpool's 1–1 Premier League draw with Wigan Athletic on 10 November. He also started and played the full 90 minutes in the Reds' 1–1 UEFA Europa League draw with Steaua București on 2 December. The next day, he signed a three-year contract extension which will keep him at the club until 30 June 2014. On 15 December, he played the return Europa League group game against FC Utrecht, ending in a 0–0 draw. The result meant Liverpool qualified top of Group K. On 9 January 2011, he started in Liverpool's FA Cup third round tie away to Manchester United with Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish praising his performance afterwards saying; "He was as good as anyone on the pitch today". This performance led to him being named Man of the Match by Liverpool voters.[citation needed]

He subsequently started against Blackpool on 12 January 2011 and in the Merseyside Derby on 16 January, forcing Liverpool's first choice Glen Johnson to play left back. He won the journalist's Man of the Match Award for his performance against Everton. Jamie Carragher complemented his talents by saying "I was in the stand against Everton and when he made that run past Leighton Baines, I thought it was Thierry Henry against me all those years ago. It was turbo charged."[15] Kelly started the next game against Stoke City where Liverpool won 2–0, again he gave a solid performance making him the first choice right back. He played the full match in both fixtures as Liverpool completed their double over Chelsea with a 1–0 win at Stamford Bridge on 6 February. His performance was praised by former Liverpool midfielder Ray Houghton, who stated that Kelly was one of the key players in the win over Chelsea at The Bridge.[citation needed]

However, he suffered a hamstring injury in the 3–1 defeat to West Ham United. On 8 March 2011, he won the Liverpool February player of the month award. On 21 March, it was announced on the official Liverpool website that Kelly was back in full training and would be back in action for April. Unfortunately for Kelly he played no further part in the 2010–11 season. Although he spent the remainder of the 2010–11 season on the sidelines, he slowly came back to full match fitness during the Asia tour friendly against Malaysia and China, and also the training in Singapore.[citation needed]


On 20 August, Kelly played for the whole match away to Arsenal and helped Liverpool keep a clean sheet in a 2–0 victory.[16] He nearly scored in the second half, as his shot from 15 yards hit the outside of the post. England manager, Fabio Capello, was present at the match and applauded his performance.[17] On 27 August 2011, Kelly limped off the field due to hamstring strain in the match against Bolton Wanderers.

However he made a quick recovery from the hamstring strain. On 21 September 2011, he was back in the lineup and played 86 minutes against Brighton & Hove Albion.[18] Later in the week, on 24 September 2011, he played the whole match against Wolverhampton Wanderers.[19] He continued against Manchester United in a 1–1 draw at Anfield on 15 October 2011.[20] On 29 November he scored a header against Chelsea as Liverpool won 2–0 at Stamford Bridge, sending them through to the semi-finals of the League Cup.[21]


He made his first appearance of the season in the UEFA Europa League, coming on as a half-time substitute for Glen Johnson in a 1–0 win away to FC Gomel on 2 August.[22] He started the first league game of the season against West Brom, starting the game at right back while regular right back Glen Johnson moved to left back.[23] On 23 September, he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament against Manchester United and was ruled out of action for approximately six months.[24]


On the 25th of September, Martin Kelly made his first competitive appearance, after a year since his ACL injury against Manchester United, in the 3rd round of Capital one cup against Manchester United themselves in a 1–0 win for the hosts. The England right back came on for Lucas Leiva in the midway of the second half. Brendan Rodgers insisted that the latter would get his chance fully as current first-choice right-back, Glen Johnson was currently out for 1 month.[25] Kelly did not start a single match for Liverpool throughout the season and replaced Jon Flanagan at right back during the home fixture against Cardiff. On 14 May 2014 he scored Liverpool's third goal against Shamrock Rovers in a post season friendly.[citation needed]

Crystal Palace[edit]

On 14 August 2014, Kelly joined Crystal Palace on three-year deal, moving for a reported fee of £2 million.[26][27]

International career[edit]

England Under-19[edit]

Kelly was called up in early 2009 for the England U-19 squad that played Spain U-19s on 10 February.[28][29] Kelly went on to make 5 appearances for the Under-19s with his last coming in a 2–1 win over Scotland U-19s on 1 June 2009.[citation needed]

England Under-20's[edit]

In August 2009, Kelly was called up to the England U-20 squad for the match against Serbia and made his debut in the 5–0 victory. He subsequently played all three matches for the side in the Under-20 World Cup finals in Egypt that year.[citation needed]

Kelly made his debut for the England Under-20 team in a 5–0 win over Montenegro U-20s in a pre 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup friendly. He also played at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt as England finished bottom of Group D. Kelly has made 4 appearances for the Under-20 side.

England Under-21[edit]

On 5 August 2010, Kelly received his first call-up to the England Under-21 squad, along with Aston Villa's Marc Albrighton and future club team mate Jordan Henderson. On 10 August 2010 he made his debut, coming on as a substitute and scoring England's second goal as they beat Uzbekistan at Ashton Gate.[30] He scored again for England as they beat Iceland 5–0 on 11 November 2011.[31] He scored his third under-21 goal in only his fifth appearance on 14 November away to Belgium.[32]

Senior team[edit]

On 22 May 2012, Kelly received his first call-up to the senior England squad, to face Norway on 26 May 2012 during an international friendly. He made his debut coming on as a substitute in the 87th minute, replacing Phil Jones as right back.[33] Having played just two minutes, Kelly's international career is the shortest ever for an England player.

On 3 June 2012, Kelly was called up to the UEFA Euro 2012 squad to replace Gary Cahill, who had fractured his jaw during a 1–0 friendly win against Belgium.[34] He was not used during the championship.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 8 November 2015[35][36]
Season Club Division League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2008–09 Liverpool Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2008–09 Huddersfield Town (loan) Championship 7 1 0 0 0 0 7 1
2009–10 Liverpool Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 0
2010–11 11 0 1 0 1 0 10 0 23 0
2011–12 12 0 3 0 5 1 0 0 20 1
2012–13 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 7 0
2013–14 5 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 8 0
2014–15 Crystal Palace Premier League 31 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 34 0
2015–16 Crystal Palace Premier League 8 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 11 0
Career Total 79 1 10 0 10 1 15 0 114 2



Liverpool Reserves



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  32. ^ "Belgium U21 2–1 U21 England". BBC Sport (BBC). 14 November 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
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