Alan Kelly

Date of birth11 August 1968
Place of birthPreston
NationalityIrish
Weight90 kg
Height1.88 m
PositionGoalkeeper

Kelly started the 2002 World Cup qualifiers as Mick McCarthy's first choice between the Irish sticks having spent many years in the shadow of the legendary Packie Bonner. However, as he slipped down the pecking order at Blackburn Rovers, he later battled with Dean Kiely to cover Shay Given at international level.

Following in the footsteps of his famous goalkeeping father (Kelly Kelly senior), he began his career at Preston North End. He moved on to Sheffield United for £200,000 in 1992 before earning a £675,000 switch to Blackburn in 1999.

Kelly - whose brother Gary is also an excellent keeper, having notably served Bury and Oldham Athletic - was forced to retire due to a hand injury in March 2004.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
Preston North End 25 Sep 1985 24 Jul 1992
Sheffield United 24 Jul 1992 30 Jul 1999
Blackburn Rovers 30 Jul 1999 05 Mar 2004
Stockport County 03 Apr 2001 07 May 2001 L
Birmingham City 24 Aug 2001 11 Sep 2001 L

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Clean sheets Conceded Y R
1992-93 Sheffield United League Cup 1 3
1992-93 Sheffield United Premier League 32
1
9 35
1993-94 Sheffield United Premier League 29
1
1 45
1997-98 Sheffield United FA Cup 3 3
1998-99 Sheffield United FA Cup 1 2
1999-00 Blackburn Rovers FA Cup 1 2
1999-00 Blackburn Rovers League Cup 2 1 1
2000-01 Blackburn Rovers League Cup 2 3
2000-01 Blackburn Rovers League Division 1 7 2 9
2000-01 Stockport County League Division 1 2 2
2001-02 Birmingham City League Division 1 6 1 9
2001-02 Blackburn Rovers FA Cup 1 1
2001-02 Blackburn Rovers Premier League 2 1 4
2002-03 Blackburn Rovers League Cup 2 1 2
2002-03 Blackburn Rovers Premier League 1 3


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
02 Sep 1992 Tottenham Hotspur v Sheffield United L 2-0 Premier League
19 Sep 1992 Sheffield United v Arsenal D 1-1 Premier League
26 Sep 1992 Ipswich Town v Sheffield United D 0-0 Premier League
03 Oct 1992 Sheffield United v Southampton W 2-0 Premier League
17 Oct 1992 Leeds United v Sheffield United L 3-1 Premier League
08 Nov 1992 Sheffield United v Sheffield Wednesday D 1-1 Premier League
11 Nov 1992 Liverpool v Sheffield United L 3-0 League Cup 3rd round replay
21 Nov 1992 Norwich City v Sheffield United L 2-1 Premier League
28 Nov 1992 Sheffield United v Coventry City D 1-1 Premier League
05 Dec 1992 Crystal Palace v Sheffield United L 2-0 Premier League
12 Dec 1992 Sheffield United v Everton W 1-0 Premier League
19 Dec 1992 Blackburn Rovers v Sheffield United L 1-0 Premier League
26 Dec 1992 Manchester City v Sheffield United L 2-0 Premier League
09 Jan 1993 Arsenal v Sheffield United D 1-1 Premier League
16 Jan 1993 Sheffield United v Ipswich Town W 3-0 Premier League
27 Jan 1993 Aston Villa v Sheffield United L 3-1 Premier League
30 Jan 1993 Sheffield United v Queens Park Rangers L 1-2 Premier League
06 Feb 1993 Manchester United v Sheffield United L 2-1 Premier League
09 Feb 1993 Sheffield United v Middlesbrough W 2-0 Premier League
20 Feb 1993 Wimbledon v Sheffield United L 2-0 Premier League
22 Feb 1993 Sheffield United v Oldham Athletic W 2-0 Premier League
27 Feb 1993 Southampton v Sheffield United L 3-2 Premier League
02 Mar 1993 Sheffield United v Tottenham Hotspur W 6-0 Premier League
10 Mar 1993 Sheffield United v Norwich City L 0-1 Premier League
20 Mar 1993 Sheffield United v Crystal Palace L 0-1 Premier League
24 Mar 1993 Coventry City v Sheffield United W 1-3 Premier League
06 Apr 1993 Sheffield United v Leeds United W 2-1 Premier League
09 Apr 1993 Sheffield United v Manchester City D 1-1 Premier League
13 Apr 1993 Oldham Athletic v Sheffield United D 1-1 Premier League
17 Apr 1993 Sheffield United v Blackburn Rovers L 1-3 Premier League
21 Apr 1993 Sheffield Wednesday v Sheffield United D 1-1 Premier League
01 May 1993 Nottingham Forest v Sheffield United W 0-2 Premier League
04 May 1993 Everton v Sheffield United W 0-2 Premier League
08 May 1993 Sheffield United v Chelsea W 4-2 Premier League
14 Aug 1993 Sheffield United v Swindon Town W 3-1 Premier League
18 Aug 1993 Manchester United v Sheffield United L 3-0 Premier League
21 Aug 1993 Everton v Sheffield United L 4-2 Premier League
24 Aug 1993 Sheffield United v Wimbledon W 2-1 Premier League
28 Aug 1993 Sheffield United v Ipswich Town D 1-1 Premier League
01 Sep 1993 Queens Park Rangers v Sheffield United L 2-1 Premier League
11 Sep 1993 Sheffield United v Tottenham Hotspur D 2-2 Premier League
18 Sep 1993 Leeds United v Sheffield United L 2-1 Premier League
20 Nov 1993 Aston Villa v Sheffield United L 1-0 Premier League
24 Nov 1993 Newcastle United v Sheffield United L 4-0 Premier League
27 Nov 1993 Sheffield United v Chelsea W 1-0 Premier League
04 Dec 1993 Swindon Town v Sheffield United D 0-0 Premier League
07 Dec 1993 Sheffield United v Manchester United L 0-3 Premier League
11 Dec 1993 Sheffield United v Everton D 0-0 Premier League
18 Dec 1993 Wimbledon v Sheffield United L 2-0 Premier League
26 Dec 1993 Sheffield United v Liverpool D 0-0 Premier League
29 Dec 1993 Arsenal v Sheffield United L 3-0 Premier League
01 Jan 1994 Sheffield United v Oldham Athletic W 2-1 Premier League
03 Jan 1994 West Ham United v Sheffield United D 0-0 Premier League
15 Jan 1994 Sheffield United v Blackburn Rovers L 1-2 Premier League
22 Jan 1994 Sheffield Wednesday v Sheffield United L 3-1 Premier League
12 Feb 1994 Sheffield United v Coventry City D 0-0 Premier League
22 Feb 1994 Ipswich Town v Sheffield United L 3-2 Premier League
05 Mar 1994 Tottenham Hotspur v Sheffield United D 2-2 Premier League
13 Mar 1994 Sheffield United v Leeds United D 2-2 Premier League
16 Mar 1994 Sheffield United v Queens Park Rangers D 1-1 Premier League
19 Mar 1994 Manchester City v Sheffield United D 0-0 Premier League
26 Mar 1994 Sheffield United v Southampton D 0-0 Premier League
28 Mar 1994 Sheffield United v West Ham United W 3-2 Premier League
03 May 1994 Oldham Athletic v Sheffield United D 1-1 Premier League
07 Mar 1998 Coventry City v Sheffield United D 1-1 FA Cup Quarter-final
17 Mar 1998 Sheffield United v Coventry City W 1-1 (3-1) FA Cup Quarter-final replay
05 Apr 1998 Newcastle United v Sheffield United L 1-0 FA Cup Semi-final
23 Feb 1999 Arsenal v Sheffield United L 2-1 FA Cup 5th round


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Clean sheets Conceded Y R
1992-93 Republic of Ireland David OLeary Testimonial 1 4
1992-93 Republic of Ireland International Friendly
1
1993-94 Republic of Ireland International Friendly 1
1
1
1994-95 Republic of Ireland International Friendly 1 1
1994-95 Republic of Ireland UEFA European Championship 6 3 4
1995-96 Republic of Ireland UEFA European Championship 3 7
1996-97 Republic of Ireland FIFA World Cup 4 1 4
1997-98 Republic of Ireland FIFA World Cup 1 1
1997-98 Republic of Ireland International Friendly
1
1998-99 Republic of Ireland International Friendly
1
1998-99 Republic of Ireland UEFA European Championship 1 1
1999-00 Republic of Ireland International Friendly 2 4
1999-00 Republic of Ireland UEFA European Championship 5 6
1999-00 Republic of Ireland US Nike Cup 1 1
2000-01 Republic of Ireland FIFA World Cup 3 1 3
2001-02 Republic of Ireland International Friendly
1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
17 Feb 1993 Republic of Ireland v Wales W 2-1 International Friendly
29 May 1993 Republic of Ireland v Hungary L 2-4 David O'Leary Testimonial
23 Mar 1994 Republic of Ireland v Russia D 0-0 International Friendly
28 May 1994 Germany v Republic of Ireland W 0-2 International Friendly
07 Sep 1994 Latvia v Republic of Ireland W 0-3 UEFA European Championship Group 6
16 Nov 1994 Northern Ireland v Republic of Ireland W 0-4 UEFA European Championship Group 6
15 Feb 1995 Republic of Ireland v England D 0-0 International Friendly
29 Mar 1995 Republic of Ireland v Northern Ireland D 1-1 UEFA European Championship Group 6
26 Apr 1995 Republic of Ireland v Portugal W 1-0 UEFA European Championship Group 6
03 Jun 1995 Liechtenstein v Republic of Ireland D 0-0 UEFA European Championship Group 6
11 Jun 1995 Republic of Ireland v Austria L 1-3 UEFA European Championship Group 6
06 Sep 1995 Austria v Republic of Ireland L 3-1 UEFA European Championship Group 6
11 Oct 1995 Republic of Ireland v Latvia W 2-1 UEFA European Championship Group 6
15 Nov 1995 Portugal v Republic of Ireland L 3-0 UEFA European Championship Group 6
09 Oct 1996 Republic of Ireland v FYR Macedonia W 3-0 FIFA World Cup Group 8
10 Nov 1996 Republic of Ireland v Iceland D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Group 8
02 Apr 1997 FYR Macedonia v Republic of Ireland L 3-2 FIFA World Cup Group 8
30 Apr 1997 Romania v Republic of Ireland L 1-0 FIFA World Cup Group 8
11 Oct 1997 Republic of Ireland v Romania D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Group 8
22 Apr 1998 Republic of Ireland v Argentina L 0-2 International Friendly
10 Feb 1999 Republic of Ireland v Paraguay W 2-0 International Friendly
09 Jun 1999 Republic of Ireland v FYR Macedonia W 1-0 UEFA European Championship Group 8
01 Sep 1999 Republic of Ireland v Yugoslavia W 2-1 UEFA European Championship Group 8
04 Sep 1999 Croatia v Republic of Ireland L 1-0 UEFA European Championship Group 8
08 Sep 1999 Malta v Republic of Ireland W 2-3 UEFA European Championship Group 8
09 Oct 1999 FYR Macedonia v Republic of Ireland D 1-1 UEFA European Championship Group 8
13 Nov 1999 Republic of Ireland v Turkey D 1-1 UEFA European Championship Play-off 1st leg
23 Feb 2000 Republic of Ireland v Czech Republic W 3-2 International Friendly
30 May 2000 Republic of Ireland v Scotland L 1-2 International Friendly
06 Jun 2000 USA v Republic of Ireland D 1-1 US NIKE CUP
02 Sep 2000 Netherlands v Republic of Ireland D 2-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
07 Oct 2000 Portugal v Republic of Ireland D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
11 Oct 2000 Republic of Ireland v Estonia W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
15 Aug 2001 Republic of Ireland v Croatia D 2-2 International Friendly


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.