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James Keene
Personal information
Date of birth December 26, 1985 (1985-12-26) (age 24)
Place of birth    Wells, England
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10+12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Elfsborg
Number 15
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Kidderminster (loan)
Bournemouth (loan)
Boston Utd (loan)
GAIS (loan)
002 0(0)
005 0(0)
011 0(2)
006 0(1)
022 (10)
033 0(7)   

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 10 December 2008.
* Appearances (Goals)

James Keene (born December 26, 1985) is an English football player, who currently plays for IF Elfsborg in the Swedish Allsvenskan.


Club career


Early career

Keene is a product of the Portsmouth youth scheme. After making his way through the ranks he was loaned to Football League Two club Kidderminster Harriers F.C, making his debut in a 2-0 defeat to Bristol Rovers. Keene was the Man of the Match for the visitors. He played five more games for Kidderminster, excelling during his loan period.

He was rewarded upon his return to Fratton Park with his first professional contract, to run until the summer of 2007.

Following his loan he broke into the first team squad, and played in the final two games of the 2004/05 season. He then played on loan in the 2005/06 season at League 1 side Bournemouth and then with League 2 side Boston United. He scored his first league goal on 15 October 2005, as Bournemouth beat Colchester away from home by the single goal.

GAIS and Elfsborg

He was loaned in March 2006 to GAIS for the Swedish 2006 Allsvenskan. James scored the first goal of the season for GAIS in the Allsvenskan in the Gothenburg derby against Örgryte. He finished the season as the club's top scorer with 10 goals in 22 league appearances, and following his success he was at the end of the season transferred to the Swedish champions IF Elfsborg, signing a five-year contract with them.


Keene became famous during his time at Portsmouth when he miskicked a ball and hit Harry Redknapp, who was in the midst of a televised interview. Redknapp turned around and launched an obscenity-laced tirade at Keene, recorded on camera. Redknapp then made a memorable remark about Keene to the camera: "No wonder he's still in the f***ing reserves" [1]

There are, however, specualations regarding this matter. According to many sources, the player was Scottish striker Marc Burchill and not academy product Keene. Burchill played for Portsmouth between 2001-2005. This interview was made in the autumn of 2002, when James Keene was 15-years old playing for the U18 side. Redknapp recently had taken charge over Portsmouth, and as a result of that Burchill was placed on the transfer-list and was playing reserve football.

External links


  1. ^ "Harry Redknapp". Retrieved 2008-12-24.  


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