Kerrea Gilbert

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Kerrea Gilbert
Kerrea Gilbert.jpg
Gilbert playing for Leicester City in 2008
Personal information
Full name Kerrea Kuche Gilbert[1]
Date of birth (1987-02-28) 28 February 1987 (age 32)[1]
Place of birth Willesden, England
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)[1]
Playing position Right back
Youth career
2003–2005 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2010 Arsenal 2 (0)
2006–2007Cardiff City (loan) 24 (0)
2007–2008Southend United (loan) 5 (0)
2008–2009Leicester City (loan) 34 (1)
2010Peterborough United (loan) 10 (0)
2011–2012 Yeovil Town 8 (0)
2012 Shamrock Rovers 15 (0)
2013 Maidenhead United 0 (0)
2014 St Albans City 15 (2)
Total 113 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:45, 29 June 2018 (UTC)

Kerrea Kuche Gilbert (/ˈkɛri/; born 28 February 1987) is an English footballer.



Gilbert was born in Willesden, London,[1] and until the 2005–06 season he usually played in Arsenal's youth and reserve teams. However, after injuries to various members of Arsenal's defence, Gilbert was drafted in as cover, he made his first team debut on 29 November 2005 against Reading in the League Cup,[2] and on 7 December he played in a UEFA Champions League match against Ajax Amsterdam, coming on as a substitute at left back for the injured Lauren.[3]

With Arsenal's injury problems continuing, he started in Arsenal's FA Cup win over Cardiff City on 7 January 2006[4] in which he was noted for his pace, which was the start of a six-match run of appearances, he made his Premier League debut on 21 January 2006 in a 1–0 away loss at Everton[5] and played in both legs of Arsenal's League Cup semi-final against Wigan Athletic, in which he contributed to the first Arsenal goal by crossing to Thierry Henry, who headed home; Arsenal lost the tie on away goals after drawing 2–2.

However, Gilbert was himself injured in Arsenal's 3–2 home defeat to West Ham United on 1 February 2006, and was ruled out for two months, ending his run in the team.

On 21 July 2006, Gilbert was loaned to Championship team Cardiff City for the 2006–07 season.[6] Gilbert began the season as the club's first choice right back and was a regular in the team until December. However, he suffered a minor injury which kept him out for several games, he was replaced by Chris Gunter and was unable to force his way back into the starting line-up, meaning he did not feature as much during the second half of the season. Gilbert made 26 appearances for Cardiff, as they narrowly missed out on the play-offs.

He joined Southend United on a six-month loan deal on 30 July 2007,[7] he made six appearances for Southend before falling out of favour with manager Steve Tilson. He returned to Arsenal on 3 January 2008.[8]

On 10 July 2008, Gilbert joined Leicester City on a season-long loan deal for 2008–09,[9] he scored his first league goal for Leicester in a 1–1 draw with Stockport County.[10]

For the 2009–10 season, Gilbert returned to Arsenal, he appeared in Arsenal's 2–0 win over West Bromwich Albion in the League Cup, playing the full 90 minutes. Kerrea also appeared in the 2–1 League Cup win over Liverpool, he also started in his first European game for four years, in an away fixture to Olympiakos, in what was the youngest ever team to play in the Champions League with an average age of 21, beating the previous record held by Ajax.

On 15 January 2010, Gilbert joined Championship side Peterborough United on loan until the end of the season.

Portland Timbers[edit]

On 13 December 2010, Gilbert signed with the Portland Timbers, of Major League Soccer;[11] however, as of March 2011, visa issues prohibited him from obtaining a work permit in the United States and his future with the club remained in question;[12] the Timbers announced on 18 March 2011 that Gilbert's P-1 visa had been denied and that they had given up trying to bring the defender to Portland.[13]

Gilbert had a successful trial period with SPL club Inverness Caledonian Thistle, partaking in a number of matches as a trialist. Manager Terry Butcher was concerned over an injury, and said he would offer Gilbert a deal after a few weeks rest. However, Gilbert instead played as a trialist for the Milton Keynes Dons, and Butcher immediately removed the contract offer.

Yeovil Town[edit]

Gilbert was offered a 6-month deal at Football League One side, Yeovil Town, after impressing manager Terry Skiverton during pre-season, despite only appearing once in this time. Gilbert's signing came after a long period of time due to the contract confusions with Portland Timbers. Gilbert made his first League appearance for the Glovers on 13 August, during their 3-1 victory over Oldham Athletic, in which Gilbert played 76 minutes before being substituted off. Gilbert was released at the end of his contract in January 2012 after 9 matches for Yeovil Town.[14]

Later career[edit]

On 1 February 2012, Gilbert signed for League of Ireland champions Shamrock Rovers for the 2012 season.[15]

On 21 March 2013, he signed for Conference South side Maidenhead United along with ex-QPR trainee Romone Rose.[16]

Gilbert signed for St Albans City on 10 January 2014,[17] and helped them earn promotion to Conference South, before leaving the Saints by mutual consent at the end of the season.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Gilbert is the cousin of Queens Park Rangers midfielder Jordan Cousins,[19] he is gaining the necessary qualifications to become a personal trainer.[20]


Leicester City

Shamrock Rovers


  1. ^ a b c d e Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing. p. 167. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0.
  2. ^ "Arsenal 3-0 Reading". BBC. 29 November 2005. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Arsenal 0-0 Ajax". BBC. 7 December 2005. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Arsenal 2-1 Cardiff". BBC. 7 January 2006. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  5. ^ "Everton 1-0 Arsenal". BBC. 21 January 2006. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  6. ^ "Cardiff sign Glombard and Gilbert". BBC Sport. 21 July 2006. Retrieved 4 May 2009.
  7. ^ "Arsenal's Gilbert joins Southend". BBC Sport. 30 July 2007. Retrieved 29 September 2007.
  8. ^ "Shrimpers bid Gilbert farewell". Yahoo! Sports. 3 January 2008. Archived from the original on 6 October 2008. Retrieved 4 May 2009.
  9. ^ "Leicester sign Arsenal's Gilbert". BBC Sport. 10 July 2008. Retrieved 4 May 2009.
  10. ^ "Leicester 1–1 Stockport". BBC. 3 March 2009. Retrieved 17 August 2009.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 13 December 2010.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ Rosano, Nick. "Former Arsenal Defender Kerrea Gilbert's Transfer To Portland Timbers In Doubt". Retrieved 17 March 2011.
  13. ^ Arnold, Geoffrey C. (18 March 2011). "Portland Timbers abandon pursuit of Kerrea Gilbert". The Oregonian. Portland. Retrieved 18 March 2011.
  14. ^ "Yeovil Town release four but re-sign Watford's Gavin Massey". BBC Sport. 4 January 2012.
  15. ^ "Hoops sign Kerrea Gilbert". Shamrock Rovers FC. 1 February 2012. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015.
  16. ^ Watts, Charles (27 March 2013). "Maidenhead United swoop for former Arsenal star". Maidenhead Advertiser. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  17. ^ Defender and striker become Saints
  18. ^ "Saints agree new deal with Corcoran". St Albans & Harpenden Review. 17 June 2014. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
  19. ^ "Jordan Cousins reveals former Arsenal starlet Kerrea Gilbert keeps him focused". The Sun. 28 November 2015. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  20. ^ "Encouraging footballers to think about the future". Westminster News Online. 28 October 2013. Archived from the original on 3 January 2014.

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