Darren Kenton

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Darren Kenton
Personal information
Full name Darren Edward Kenton
Date of birth (1978-09-13) 13 September 1978 (age 40)
Place of birth Wandsworth, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2003 Norwich City 158 (9)
2003–2006 Southampton 29 (0)
2005 Leicester City (loan) 10 (0)
2006–2008 Leicester City 33 (2)
2008 Leeds United (loan) 4 (0)
2008 Leeds United 12 (0)
2008–2009 Cheltenham Town 13 (1)
2009–2010 Rochester Rhinos 14 (1)
Total 273 (13)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Darren Edward Kenton (born 13 September 1978) is an English former professional footballer who last played for Rochester Rhinos in the USL First Division.


Norwich City

Kenton was born in Wandsworth and started his career at Norwich City in 1997. He played 158 league games and scored nine goals for the Canaries in the old Football League First Division.

Southampton/Leicester City

Kenton signed for Southampton in 2003 on a free transfer. Kenton scored his only goal for Southampton in an FA Cup match against MK Dons on 7 January 2006.[1]

Having been released by Southampton in May 2006, he joined Leicester City on 27 June 2006, a team for which he had previously had a loan spell in 2005.

He started the 2006–07 Championship season as a first-team regular, despite scoring an own goal against West Bromwich Albion in his sixth game for the club. He struggled with injury towards the end of the season. On 31 March 2007 he scored his first goal for the club in a 4–2 defeat away to Stoke City[2] and got his second of the season in a 2–1 loss against Norwich City on 14 April 2007.[3]

On 19 June 2007 Kenton was placed on the transfer list by then manager Martin Allen.[4] However, the injury of Stephen Clemence and James Wesolowski on 23 October 2007 saw a recall into the senior squad, playing in midfield position. He was regularly involved in the first team in November and December 2007.

Leeds United

On 10 January 2008, Kenton joined League One side Leeds United on a one-month loan deal[5] He then had his Leicester contract terminated by mutual consent on 31 January 2008 and he joined Leeds permanently on the same day.[6] He played 12 games for the club as they finished sixth, but he did not play in their play-off campaign and he was released at the end of the season.[7]

Cheltenham Town

On 2 October 2008, Kenton joined Cheltenham Town, he signed at the same time as former Leicester teammate James Wesolowski and linked up with former Leicester manager Martin Allen.[8] He made 13 league appearances before turning down an extended contract and consequently left the club on 6 January 2009.[9] He scored once for Cheltenham, in a 4–3 win over Colchester United.[10]

Rochester Rhinos

After an unsuccessful trial with Toronto FC in February 2009,[11] Kenton joined Rochester Rhinos on a one-year contract on 9 April.[12]


  1. ^ "Southampton 4–3 MK Dons". BBC. 7 January 2006. Retrieved 2 September 2009.
  2. ^ "Stoke 4–2 Leicester". BBC. 31 March 2007. Retrieved 2 September 2009.
  3. ^ "Leicester 1–2 Norwich". BBC. 14 April 2007. Retrieved 2 September 2009.
  4. ^ Kenton On The List Archived 26 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine., Leicester City 20 June 2007.
  5. ^ "Kents on the move". Leicester City FC. 10 January 2008. Archived from the original on 11 January 2008. Retrieved 10 January 2008.
  6. ^ "Leeds land Michalik and Foxes duo". BBC Sport. 31 January 2008. Retrieved 31 January 2008.
  7. ^ "Pair offered new deals by Leeds". BBC Sport. 28 May 2008. Retrieved 28 May 2008.
  8. ^ "Two New Players Arrive". CheltenhamTownFC.co.uk. 2 October 2008. Archived from the original on 3 October 2008. Retrieved 2 October 2008.
  9. ^ "Two in and one out for Cheltenham". BBC Sport. 6 January 2009. Retrieved 6 January 2009.
  10. ^ "Cheltenham 4–3 Colchester". BBC. 11 October 2008. Retrieved 4 November 2009.
  11. ^ "Reds beat U.S. U20s". Toronto FC. 9 February 2009. Retrieved 10 February 2009. [permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "Rhinos Sign Defender Kenton". Toronto FC. 9 April 2009. Retrieved 25 April 2009. [permanent dead link]

External links

  • Rochester Rhinos bio
  • Darren Kenton at Soccerbase
  • Career information at ex-canaries.co.uk
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