Kevin Kelbie - Player Profile


Full Name:Kevin Kelbie
Born:February 24th, 1985 (Stirling)
Position:Forward
Signed:August 29th, 2005
First Manager:Tommy Wright
Left Club:May 4th, 2010
Career Stats: 181 appearances, 75 goals
Debut (as sub): August 30th, 2005 - Newry Town (City) 1 - 1 Ballymena United (League Cup - Group Stage)
Full Debut: September 10th, 2005 - Glenavon 1 - 2 Ballymena United (League Cup - Group Stage)
First Goal: September 10th, 2005 - Glenavon 1 - 2 Ballymena United (League Cup - Group Stage)
Also Played For:Alloa Athletic, Camelon Juniors, Celtic, East Stirlingshire, Glenavon, Glentoran, Greenock Morton, Linlithgow Rose, Rangers, Stirling Albion

 Season  League Apps Gls GtGR Yel Red W D L
 2009-2010  IFA Premiership 34 (3) 16 0.43 1 0 27.0% 27.0% 45.9%
 2008-2009  IFA Premiership 39 (1) 10 0.25 2 0 32.5% 17.5% 50.0%
 2007-2008  Irish Premier League 34 16 0.47 2 0 35.3% 26.5% 38.2%
 2006-2007  Irish Premier League 36 (3) 17 0.44 0 1 35.9% 23.1% 41.0%
 2005-2006  Irish Premier League 25 (6) 16 0.52 0 0 38.7% 25.8% 35.5%
168 (13) 75 0.41

 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals

 Most Recent 1st Team Starts:
 May 1st, 2010 League  (A)  vs. Glenavon 1 - 1
 Apr 24th, 2010 League  (H)  vs. (Lisburn) Distillery 1 - 2
 Apr 20th, 2010 League  (A)  vs. Newry Town (City) 0 - 1
 Apr 10th, 2010 Irish Cup  (N)  vs. Portadown 1 - 1
 Apr 3rd, 2010 League  (A)  vs. (Lisburn) Distillery 2 - 2
 
 Most Recent Goals:
 May 1st, 2010 League  (A)  vs. Glenavon 1 - 1
 Apr 3rd, 2010 League  (A)  vs. (Lisburn) Distillery 2 - 2
 Mar 6th, 2010 Irish Cup  (A)  vs. Glenavon 3 - 3
 Feb 16th, 2010 League  (H)  vs. Glenavon 1 - 0
 Feb 13th, 2010 Irish Cup  (H)  vs. Ballinamallard United 5 - 2

One of the most popular strikers of his era, Scottish forward Kevin Kelbie consistently scored goals for the Sky Blues over five years at the Showgrounds.

Born in Stirling, Kevin was spotted playing for his local youth team when he was signed by Glasgow Celtic as a schoolboy. Kevin spent nearly three years at the under-age teams of Parkhead. During the summer of 2002, he made a bold move after not being kept on by Celtic - by signing for Rangers! However his time in the youth team at Ibrox wasn't long spent before he was on the move again. In November 2002, he moved to Scottish First Division side, Alloa Athletic, then managed by Terry Christie.

Kevin had to wait until the following 2003/2004 season to make his senior debut at Recreation Park eventually making his bow in the opening game of the season against Clyde - starting in a 2-1 defeat in the Challenge Cup. The 18-year-old would make eight more first team appearances that season, all from the substitute’s bench. With slow progression at Alloa, Kevin decided to take a year out to move across the pond to the United States. He spent a season with Northern Oklahoma College in 2004.

In July 2005, Kevin moved to Northern Ireland to work and live with relatives after returning from America. Glentoran manager, Roy Coyle, was soon alerted and after impressing despite playing out of position on the left side of midfield in pre-season and earned a one-year contract at the Oval. Kevin initially struggled to make an impression in the early domestic games of the 2005/06 season - Glentoran accepted Ballymena United's offer to take the 20-year-old Scot to Warden Street in August 2005.

Kelbie made his Ballymena United debut away to Newry City in late August; and the following week he scored the winner in his full debut against Glenavon at Mourneview Park. However he was to struggle in his first few months at the Showgrounds. Niggling injuries and a uncovering a diagnosis of diabetes turned his form around as modified diet and training produced a revitalised striker in December 2005, as he came off the bench to score a dramatic last minute winner at the Oval against his former employers - Glentoran.

The goals just didn't stop flowing as Kelbie racked up 16 goals in little over half a season at the Braid - including a fantastic strike in the County Antrim Shield final defeatl against Linfield. His great form was rewarded with a new two-year contract at Ballymena and he even had Northern Ireland Under-21 manager, Roy Millar, checking his eligibility to transfer his allegiance to his new residence.

Kelbie had quickly become the talisman of Tommy Wright’s team and finished as top scorer in each of his first three seasons. However, Kevin dropped a bombshell on the club early in 2007 when he declared his intention to move back home to Scotland after suffering from homesickness. Thankfully, an arrangement was made to fly United's key asset over for games and whilst in Scotland he would train with his hometown club - Stirling Albion.

The chaotic summer of 2008 seen Wright resign to be replaced by Roy Walker, the former Crusaders manager’s first task was to fend off interest from David Jeffrey and Linfield who tabled multiple bids for the 23-year-old which eventually rose to £35,000 right up until the closing of the summer transfer window. The United board held firm, but the uncertainty affected both team and player as the Sky Blues were forced to pull themselves away from a relegation battle during the 2008/2009, which one of the few highlights included a Kelbie double in a 2-0 win against Linfield in October.

Kevin captained the side in the absence of the injured Gary Haveron, and was encouraged by Walker’s ambitious signing of Northern Ireland International Andy Smith to partner him as part of his new look United side. But the continual inconsistency of the side had left the Sky Blues languishing in the bottom half of the table. An Irish Cup semi-final defeat to Portadown in April 2010 proved to be a swansong for United’s leading scorer – who was surprisingly released by Walker at the end of the season. He had scored 75 goals in 181 for Ballymena United.

Despite interest from both Glenavon and Portadown, the striker was given an opportunity in the Scottish First Division, with Greenock Morton. Unfortunately he would only make 13 appearances (and scoring twice) for Allan Moore’s side.

In May 2011, Kelbie made a surprise return to the Irish League after agreeing a two-year with Marty Quinn’s Glenavon. But injury and loss of form meant that he couldn’t replicate his previous form with Ballymena at Mourneview Park, he was subsequently released in January 2012 following discussions with new boss Gary Hamilton. Ironically his only league goal for Glenavon came against Ballymena United in August 2011.

Kelbie returned home to sign for his hometown club, Stirling Albion in Scottish Second Division for the remainder of the 2011/2012 season but he couldn’t haul the club off the bottom of the league as the Binos were relegated to the fourth tier of Scottish football. Now 27, Kelbie took the decision to drop down into Scottish Junior football with Camelon Juniors ahead of the 2012/2013 season.

Honours
(with Ballymena United)
County Antrim Shield: (finalist) 2005/2006

Last updated: 21 August 2017

 Goals Scored
Sep 10th, 2005 League Cup  (A)  vs. Glenavon 2 - 1 (90')
Dec 13th, 2005 League  (A)  vs. Glentoran 2 - 1 (87')
Dec 17th, 2005 League  (H)  vs. Glenavon 2 - 3 (39')
Jan 21st, 2006 League  (A)  vs. Cliftonville 2 - 2 (31')
Jan 25th, 2006 County Antrim Shield  (A)  vs. Larne 3 - 0 (55')
Jan 25th, 2006 County Antrim Shield  (A)  vs. Larne 3 - 0 (47')
Jan 25th, 2006 County Antrim Shield  (A)  vs. Larne 3 - 0 (90')
Jan 28th, 2006 League  (H)  vs. Loughgall 3 - 2 (78')
Feb 4th, 2006 League  (H)  vs. Armagh City 3 - 0 (50')
Feb 4th, 2006 League  (H)  vs. Armagh City 3 - 0 (32')
Feb 7th, 2006 County Antrim Shield  (N)  vs. Linfield 1 - 2 (32')
Mar 25th, 2006 League  (A)  vs. Distillery 1 - 2 (24')
Apr 8th, 2006 League  (H)  vs. Portadown 2 - 3 (86')
Apr 15th, 2006 League  (H)  vs. Coleraine 1 - 0 (48')
Apr 18th, 2006 League  (A)  vs. Glenavon 2 - 2 (26')
Apr 29th, 2006 League  (A)  vs. Institute 1 - 0 (90')
Aug 19th, 2006 League Cup  (A)  vs. Portadown 1 - 3 (42')
Sep 16th, 2006 League Cup  (H)  vs. Limavady United 3 - 3 (70')
Sep 16th, 2006 League Cup  (H)  vs. Limavady United 3 - 3 (32')
Sep 23rd, 2006 League  (H)  vs. Glenavon 4 - 2 (72')
Oct 7th, 2006 League  (H)  vs. Crusaders 2 - 1 (75')
Oct 17th, 2006 County Antrim Shield  (H)  vs. Dundela 1 - 3 (73')
Jan 2nd, 2007 League  (H)  vs. Glentoran 3 - 2 (52')
Jan 2nd, 2007 League  (H)  vs. Glentoran 3 - 2 (73')
Jan 20th, 2007 League  (A)  vs. Crusaders 2 - 2 (3')
Feb 24th, 2007 League  (H)  vs. Dungannon Swifts 2 - 1 (70')
Mar 24th, 2007 League  (A)  vs. Distillery 1 - 3 (37')
Mar 31st, 2007 Irish Cup  (A)  vs. Linfield 2 - 4 (23')
Apr 7th, 2007 League  (H)  vs. Larne 3 - 0 (65')
Apr 7th, 2007 League  (H)  vs. Larne 3 - 0 (12')
Apr 7th, 2007 League  (H)  vs. Larne 3 - 0 (76')
Apr 21st, 2007 League  (H)  vs. Loughgall 4 - 1 (42')
Apr 21st, 2007 League  (H)  vs. Loughgall 4 - 1 (3')
Sep 22nd, 2007 League  (A)  vs. Glenavon 2 - 1 (16')
Oct 27th, 2007 League  (H)  vs. Portadown 2 - 1 (45')
Nov 10th, 2007 League  (H)  vs. Limavady United 3 - 0 (75')
Dec 7th, 2007 League  (H)  vs. Larne 3 - 0 (74')
Dec 18th, 2007 League  (A)  vs. Distillery 2 - 0 (50')
Dec 22nd, 2007 League  (H)  vs. Institute 2 - 1 (67')
Dec 22nd, 2007 League  (H)  vs. Institute 2 - 1 (45')
Dec 29th, 2007 League  (H)  vs. Newry Town (City) 2 - 1 (75')
Dec 29th, 2007 League  (H)  vs. Newry Town (City) 2 - 1 (49')
Jan 1st, 2008 League  (A)  vs. Glentoran 4 - 2 (90')
Jan 12th, 2008 Irish Cup  (A)  vs. Newry Town (City) 2 - 2 (48')
Jan 26th, 2008 League  (A)  vs. Cliftonville 2 - 3 (5')
Feb 1st, 2008 League  (A)  vs. Portadown 1 - 2 (30')
Mar 15th, 2008 League  (H)  vs. Armagh City 2 - 1 (84')
Mar 25th, 2008 League  (A)  vs. Larne 1 - 2 (59')
Apr 26th, 2008 League  (A)  vs. Newry Town (City) 2 - 2 (27')
Sep 6th, 2008 League  (A)  vs. Institute 1 - 1 (53')
Sep 23rd, 2008 League  (A)  vs. Glentoran 1 - 4 (64')
Oct 11th, 2008 League  (H)  vs. Linfield 2 - 0 (88')
Oct 11th, 2008 League  (H)  vs. Linfield 2 - 0 (30')
Oct 18th, 2008 League  (H)  vs. Glentoran 1 - 1 (58')
Dec 20th, 2008 League  (A)  vs. Glentoran 2 - 1 (90')
Dec 26th, 2008 League  (H)  vs. Coleraine 2 - 0 (70')
Jan 3rd, 2009 League  (H)  vs. Distillery 1 - 0 (61')
Feb 3rd, 2009 Irish Cup  (A)  vs. Ballyclare Com. 2 - 0 (18')
Mar 7th, 2009 League  (H)  vs. Glenavon 1 - 2 (8')
Aug 18th, 2009 League  (A)  vs. Coleraine 2 - 3 (61')
Aug 26th, 2009 League  (A)  vs. Glentoran 2 - 1 (82')
Aug 26th, 2009 League  (A)  vs. Glentoran 2 - 1 (66')
Sep 5th, 2009 League  (A)  vs. Institute 1 - 0 (14')
Sep 19th, 2009 League  (H)  vs. Portadown 2 - 1 (89')
Nov 14th, 2009 League  (H)  vs. Institute 1 - 1 (68')
Dec 19th, 2009 League  (H)  vs. Linfield 2 - 0 (45')
Jan 19th, 2010 Irish Cup  (H)  vs. Ards 1 - 0 (101')
Feb 9th, 2010 League  (H)  vs. Cliftonville 2 - 1 (2')
Feb 13th, 2010 Irish Cup  (H)  vs. Ballinamallard Utd 5 - 2 (57')
Feb 13th, 2010 Irish Cup  (H)  vs. Ballinamallard Utd 5 - 2 (33')
Feb 13th, 2010 Irish Cup  (H)  vs. Ballinamallard Utd 5 - 2 (62')
Feb 16th, 2010 League  (H)  vs. Glenavon 1 - 0 (90')
Mar 6th, 2010 Irish Cup  (A)  vs. Glenavon 3 - 3 (42')
Apr 3rd, 2010 League  (A)  vs. Distillery 2 - 2 (57')
May 1st, 2010 League  (A)  vs. Glenavon 1 - 1 (42')

 Hat-Tricks
Jan 25th, 2006 County Antrim Shield  (A)  vs. Larne 3 - 0 (3 goals)
Apr 7th, 2007 League  (H)  vs. Larne 3 - 0 (3 goals)
Feb 13th, 2010 Irish Cup  (H)  vs. Ballinamallard Utd 5 - 2 (3 goals)