Matty Kennedy

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Matty Kennedy
Matthew Kennedy.jpg
Kennedy in December 2013 at Everton's training ground.
Personal information
Full name Matthew Kennedy[1]
Date of birth (1994-11-01) 1 November 1994 (age 23)
Place of birth Irvine, Scotland
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
St Johnstone
Number 33
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2012 Kilmarnock 14 (0)
2012–2015 Everton 0 (0)
2014Tranmere Rovers (loan) 8 (0)
2014Milton Keynes Dons (loan) 7 (1)
2014–2015Hibernian (loan) 16 (1)
2015–2018 Cardiff City 18 (0)
2016Port Vale (loan) 12 (0)
2017Plymouth Argyle (loan) 17 (5)
2017–2018Portsmouth (loan) 29 (3)
2018– St Johnstone 0 (0)
National team
2009 Scotland U15 1 (0)
2009–2010 Scotland U16 6 (3)
2010–2012 Scotland U17 15 (5)
2012 Scotland U18 2 (0)
2012 Scotland U19 10 (1)
2012 Scotland U21 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:23, 28 July 2018 (UTC)

Matthew Kennedy (born 1 November 1994) is a Scottish footballer who plays as a winger for Scottish Premiership club St Johnstone.

He began his career at Kilmarnock, and represented Scotland at all youth international levels. He was sold to Everton in August 2012, and was loaned out to Tranmere Rovers, Milton Keynes Dons, and Hibernian, before being sold on to Cardiff City in February 2015. Initially a first team regular at Cardiff, he was dropped in the 2015–16 season and joined Port Vale on loan in January 2016, and then Plymouth Argyle on loan in January 2017. He helped Plymouth to achieve promotion out of EFL League Two at the end of the 2016–17 season. He joined Portsmouth on loan for the 2017–18 season, before he signed with Scottish Premiership club St Johnstone in July 2018.

Career[edit]

Kilmarnock[edit]

Kennedy had the opportunity to join the Celtic and Rangers youth academies, but chose to join Kilmarnock as the club were closer to his home and he felt played a style of football that suited him.[2] On 19 November 2011, aged 17, Kennedy made his first team debut as a substitute in a 1–1 draw with Hibernian at Easter Road.[3] He started his first game for "Killie" in a 2–1 win over St Mirren at Rugby Park on 2 January 2012.[4] He ended the 2011–12 campaign with 11 Scottish Premier League appearances. He played three games at the start of the 2012–13 season before leaving the club; manager Kenny Shiels expressed his concern that Kennedy had left Kilmarnock too soon and he had missed out on seeing Kennedy's "proper development" at the club.[5]

Everton[edit]

On 31 August 2012, the final day of the summer transfer window, Kennedy signed for English Premier League side Everton for a "nominal fee".[6] The fee was later revealed to be £225,000.[7]

On 9 January 2014, Kennedy signed on loan for League One side Tranmere Rovers.[8] Manager Ronnie Moore extended the loan spell for a further month after being impressed by his first six appearances at Prenton Park.[9] On 26 March 2014, Kennedy joined Milton Keynes Dons, also of League One, on a youth loan until the end of the 2013–14 season.[10] Manager Karl Robinson stated that Kennedy would bring "pace, trickery and excitement" to Stadium mk.[11] He scored his first goal in the English Football League for the "Dons" in a 2–2 draw at Rotherham United on 26 April.[12]

On 8 August 2014, Kennedy joined Scottish Championship side Hibernian on a six-month loan deal after being signed by his former Everton under-21 manager Alan Stubbs.[13] He initially found himself on the bench at Easter Road, though Stubbs was keen to extend the loan deal until the end of the 2014–15 season.[14] On 29 October, he scored his second senior goal to help secure a 3–3 draw with Dundee United in the Scottish League Cup quarter-finals, however he missed his penalty in the resulting shoot-out.[15] He said that he was "devastated" by his miss, which eliminated "Hibs" from the competition.[16] He returned to Goodison Park on 5 January.[17]

Cardiff City[edit]

Kennedy playing for Cardiff City in 2015.

On 2 February 2015, Kennedy signed for Championship side Cardiff City on a three-and-a-half year contract for an undisclosed fee.[18] He made his full debut for the "Bluebirds" 15 days later in a 1–1 draw with Blackburn Rovers at Cardiff City Stadium, playing the full 90 minutes and producing a Man of the Match performance.[19] He settled in well at the club, and was touted as one of manager Russell Slade's best signings for the club.[20] He made a total of 14 league appearances in the second half of the 2014–15 season.

Kennedy was described as a "forgotten man" after playing just one league game in the first half of the 2015–16 season.[21] On 25 January 2016, he joined League One side Port Vale on a one-month loan.[22] He said that he was attracted to the "Valiants" by manager Rob Page, who Cardiff coaches told him was the best man to bring out his best qualities.[23] He began his time at Vale Park in good form, and was hopeful of extending his stay further than the initial month.[24] After late negotiations, Cardiff agreed to extend to loan until 26 April.[25] However, he returned to Cardiff on 7 April after being demoted from the first eleven to a place on the bench.[26] Page said that "to go from under-21s football to playing week-in, week-out, two games a week at League One level caught up with him".[27]

On 31 January 2017, he joined EFL League Two club Plymouth Argyle on loan until the end of the 2016–17 season.[28] Cardiff manager Neil Warnock predicted that Kennedy would "set the league alight" for the "Pilgrims", and his words were vindicated early on as Kennedy picked up two man of the match awards as he scored in three consecutive games – including an "outstanding" goal in a victory over West Country derby rivals Exeter City at Home Park.[29] He went on to be nominated for the EFL League Two Player of the Month award for February.[30] He scored five goals in 17 games to help Argyle to win promotion as runners-up of League Two.[31][32]

On 31 August 2017, Kennedy joined Cardiff teammate Stuart O'Keefe on loan at League One side Portsmouth for the 2017–18 season.[33] He had impressed "Pompey" manager Kenny Jackett playing against the club in the EFL Cup earlier in the month.[34] He scored his first goal for the club in a 3–1 defeat at Northampton Town on 12 September.[35] After a good start to his time at Fratton Park he suffered a dip in form and ended up becoming a bit-part player, which assistant manager Joe Gallen blamed on Kennedy over-thinking his play.[36] At the end of the 2017–18 season, Kennedy was released by Cardiff upon the expiration of his contract on 30 June.[37]

St Johnstone[edit]

On 21 July 2018, Kennedy signed a two-year deal with Scottish Premiership club St Johnstone.[38] Manager Tommy Wright said that it was a "real coup for us" to sign the winger.[39]

International career[edit]

Kennedy has represented Scotland at under-15, under-16, under-17 and under-19 level.[40] He was selected by under-21 interim coach Ricky Sbragia to play Portugal under-21 at Estádio do Bonfim, Setúbal on 14 November 2012; he came on for Callum Paterson 66 minutes into a 3–2 defeat, in what was his only under-21 cap.[41]

Style of play[edit]

Able to play on either wing, Kennedy was described by Tranmere Rovers manager Ronnie Moore as "quick, [he] likes to take on defenders and [is someone] will create chances for his team-mates".[42]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 28 July 2018
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Kilmarnock 2011–12[43] Scottish Premier League 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
2012–13[44] Scottish Premier League 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
Everton 2012–13[44] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14[45] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014–15[46] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tranmere Rovers (loan) 2013–14[45] League One 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
MK Dons (loan) 2013–14[45] League One 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
Hibernian (loan) 2014–15[46] Scottish Championship 13 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 16 1
Cardiff City 2014–15[46] Championship 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
2015–16[47] Championship 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2016–17[32] Championship 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
2017–18[48] Championship 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0
Total 18 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 22 0
Port Vale (loan) 2015–16[47] League One 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
Plymouth Argyle (loan) 2016–17[32] League Two 17 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 5
Portsmouth (loan) 2017–18[48] League One 29 3 1 0 0 0 3[a] 0 33 3
St Johnstone 2018–19[49] Scottish Premiership 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 2 1
Career total 118 9 3 0 6 2 3 0 130 11
  1. ^ Appearance/s in the EFL Trophy.

Honours[edit]

Plymouth Argyle

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Phillips, Terry (20 February 2015). "Who is Cardiff City starlet Matthew Kennedy? The story of the boyhood Glasgow Rangers fan who signed from Everton". Wales Online. Retrieved 26 January 2016. 
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  4. ^ "Kilmarnock 2 - 1 St Mirren". BBC Sport. 2 January 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2016. 
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  12. ^ "Rotherham 2 - 2 MK Dons". BBC Sport. 26 April 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2016. 
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  15. ^ "Hibernian 3 - 3 Dundee Utd". BBC Sport. 29 October 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2016. 
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  40. ^ "Matthew Kennedy SFA Profile". Scottish Football Association. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  41. ^ "International Challenge Match". scottishfa.co.uk. Retrieved 26 January 2016. 
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  44. ^ a b "Games played by Matty Kennedy in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
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  46. ^ a b c "Games played by Matty Kennedy in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  47. ^ a b "Games played by Matty Kennedy in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  48. ^ a b "Games played by Matty Kennedy in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  49. ^ "Games played by Matty Kennedy in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 

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