Kevin Ellison (footballer)
Kevin Ellison (born 23 February 1979) is an English professional footballer who plays for Morecambe. A winger, he has represented thirteen clubs during his career, making in excess of 550 appearances in the Football League and playing once in the Premier League. Since October 2019, Ellison has been joint caretaker manager for Morecambe.
Ellison in 2010
|Full name||Kevin Ellison|
|Date of birth||23 February 1979|
|Place of birth||Liverpool, England|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|2004||→ Lincoln City (loan)||11||(0)|
|2011||→ Bradford City (loan)||7||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:00, 28 September 2019 (UTC)|
Born in Liverpool, Ellison started his career in non-league football, playing for Southport, Chorley, Conwy United and Altrincham. In February 2001 he joined Leicester City for a £50,000 fee. At Leicester he made his only appearance as a late substitute against Manchester United at Old Trafford. He later joined Stockport County. In 2004, he was loaned out to Lincoln City. In August 2004 he was transferred to Chester City.
Ellison signed for Hull City in January 2005 for a £100,000 fee. Despite a solid work rate often struggled for form and was regularly in the shadow of Stuart Elliott, the Tigers most outstanding left winger of recent times. Ellison did however score a stunning individual goal away at Southampton in a 1–1 draw and was part of the 2004–05 team that gained promotion from the third tier to the Championship. In June 2006 Hull accepted a £100,000 for the player from Scunthorpe United, though Ellison refused the move. Instead he joined Tranmere Rovers for an undisclosed fee. In June 2007 he moved on to Chester City for £150,000, signing a three-year contract.
His first league game back at Chester was a goalless draw with Chesterfield on 11 August 2007. In January 2008 Wrexham put in a five-figure offer for the player, though he did not make the move. Stockport County also attempted to win his signature, but were also unsuccessful.
In the 2008–09 Football League Two campaign, Ellison scored a hat-trick for Chester in a 3–1 victory over Grimsby Town on 13 September 2008. He scored 12 other league goals during the season, which still ended with the club being relegated from The Football League. On 11 August 2009 he scored the winning goal as Rotherham upset Championship side Derby County 2–1 in the first round of the Football League Cup.
In February 2011, Ellison was loaned to Rotherham's fellow League Two side Bradford City, with Omar Daley moving in the opposite direction. He scored the only goal of a 1–0 win against Wycombe Wanderers in his Bradford debut.
He signed a new one-year contract with Morecambe in June 2019. Following Jim Bentley's departure as manager in October 2019, Ellison assumed the role of caretaker player-manager, alongside Barry Roche.
- As of match played 1 January 2020
|Chester City||2007–08||Football League Two||36||11||1||0||1||0||1[a]||0||39||11|
|2008–09||Football League Two||39||8||1||0||0||0||0||0||40||8|
|Rotherham United||2009–10||Football League Two||42||9||2||1||2||1||0||0||46||11|
|2010–11||Football League Two||23||3||1||0||1||0||2[a]||1||27||4|
|Bradford City (loan)||2010–11||Football League Two||7||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||7||1|
|Morecambe||2011–12||Football League Two||34||15||1||0||2||1||1[a]||1||38||17|
|2012–13||Football League Two||40||11||3||1||2||0||1[a]||1||46||13|
|2013–14||Football League Two||42||10||1||0||1||0||1[a]||0||45||10|
|2014–15||Football League Two||43||11||1||0||1||0||0||0||45||11|
|2015–16||Football League Two||44||9||2||0||1||0||3[a]||0||50||9|
|2016–17||EFL League Two||45||8||1||0||2||1||2[a]||0||50||9|
|2017–18||EFL League Two||37||9||1||1||1||0||2[a]||0||41||10|
|2018–19||EFL League Two||43||7||2||0||1||0||3[a]||0||49||7|
|2019–20||EFL League Two||21||1||0||0||1||0||2[a]||1||24||2|
- Appearances in Football League Trophy
- Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2009). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009–10. Mainstream Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0.
- "Kevin Ellison - Football Stats - Morecambe - Season 2000/2001 - Soccer Base". www.soccerbase.com.
- "CLUB STATEMENT". www.morecambefc.com. Retrieved 28 October 2019.
- "Foxes capture Ellison". BBC Sport. 6 February 2001. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
- "Manchester United v Leicester". Premier League. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
- "Imps extend Ellison loan". BBC Sport. 14 April 2004. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
- "Ellison joins Chester". BBC Sport. 2 August 2004. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
- "Ellison agrees switch to Tigers". BBC Sport. 12 January 2005. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
- "Hull accept Iron's Ellison offer". BBC Sport. 7 June 2006. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
- "Ellison rejects Scunthorpe move". BBC Sport. 13 June 2006. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
- "Ellison and Stockdale join Rovers". BBC Sport. 22 June 2006. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
- "Chester sign Tranmere's Ellison". BBC Sport. 26 June 2007. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
- "Wrexham bid for Chester's Ellison". BBC Sport. 29 January 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
- "Ellison set for Stockport return". BBC Sport. 4 February 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
- Parker, Simon (10 February 2011). "Bradford City winger Daley completes Rotherham switch as Ellison arrives at Valley Parade". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 10 February 2011.
- Ley, Tom. "Jolly Old Soccer Man Sets The Record Straight About His FIFA Ratings". Deadspin.
- "Kevin Ellison: Morecambe forward, 40, signs new one-year deal". BBC Sport. 18 June 2019.
- Kevin Ellison at Soccerway. Retrieved 25 February 2018.