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Place of Birth :Salford, England
Dean Lawrence Kiely is an English-born Irish goalkeeper, currently playing for West Bromwich Albion.
He has won numerous caps for the Republic of Ireland,(See below) but has more often than not been on the bench as their substitute goalkeeper.
He retired from international football in 2003 but returned to the Irish squad four years later in 2008 under Giovanni Trapattoni. Kiely has a career record of 234 clean sheets in his 725 club appearances as of 21 January 2008.
As a schoolboy he trained with West Bromwich Albion before being accepted into the FA School of Excellence at Lilleshall.
After Albion he was signed by Coventry City. After failing to break into the first team at either Coventry or Ipswich Town, Kiely's career really started at York City.
He made 210 league appearances for them between 1990 and 1996, and played in their shock 30 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford in the League Cup. Three seasons at Bury followed, making 137 league appearances in the process. He was instrumental in Bury winning the Division 2 (Now League 1) title in the 1996/97 season most notably with an 88th minute penalty save in the penultimate match of the season against Watford. Bury requiring a point to guarantee a second automatic promotion in as many seasons had Kiely to thank after he kept the scoreline at 0-0 in a memorable day at Vicarage Road.
Kiely moved to Charlton Athletic for £1m in May 1999 and made his debut on 7 August 1999 against Barnsley.He was Charlton's regular keeper from 1999 to 2005, and was popular with the club's fans as well as having a majestic "shut out" rate. Having been signed from a lower-division club he was seen as an example of Alan Curbishley's ability to spot talent in unheralded players. Kiely made a point-blank save from Birmingham City player Christophe Dugarry in a match at St Andrews on 3 November 2003; Charlton went on to win the game 21 and Kiely later named the save as the favourite one of his career.
He signed for Portsmouth in January 2006,and played a large part in their escape from relegation that same season. His Pompey debut was in the F.A Cup against Liverpool at Fratton Park in a 21 defeat. Following David James signing for Portsmouth on August 11, he voiced his frustration at having to compete with a top goalkeeper for the Number 1 spot, and with Jamie Ashdown also on their books, he opted to leave Portsmouth in the autumn.
In November 2006 he signed a loan deal for Luton Town, making his debut in the 21 away defeat at Southampton. He then signed for West Bromwich Albion during the January transfer window, signing an 18 month contract. Kiely made his Albion debut in a 21 win over Plymouth Argyle on 31 January 2007. On 28 April 2007, at an away match against Coventry City, West Brom supporters showed their appreciation of both Kiely and Paul McShane (both Irish internationals), by adopting an Irish theme for their traditional last-away-game party.
Kiely reached the milestone of 700 senior career appearances on 1 September 2007, and recorded a clean sheet as Albion beat Barnsley 20.
He signed a new deal with West Brom in January 2008, which would expire in the summer of 2009.Kiely's clean sheet in the 30 home win against Plymouth Argyle on 1 March 2008 saw him named in the Championship Team of the Week. Later that month however, he was the subject of criticism and booing from his team's own fans during Albion's 43 victory over Colchester United, but retained his starting place.
He nonetheless kept 18 clean sheets in all competitions to win the Championship Golden Glove award, while Albion won promotion to the Premiership as champions and reached the FA Cup semi-final.
English-born Kiely was called up to the England under-17 squad, but later went on to represent the Republic of Ireland at full international level.
He retired from international football in February 2003,but in April 2008
Ireland's assistant manager Liam Brady suggested that Kiely could make a return to the squad. The rumours were then confirmed when he returned to the Ireland squad in Giovanni Trapattoni's first squad as manager in May 2008.
He won his first cap in five years when he appeared in the Republic's 11 draw with Serbia that month, playing the full 90 minutes.
Dean Kiely's full debut
17.11.1999 at 20:00
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