Ben Kennedy Player Profile
Debut: Oxford United (H, 0-2), 31/01/2015
Ben Kennedy arrived at Stevenage as a fresh-faced Northern Irish midfielder; going onto make a striking impact on his first team debut too. A long injury list at the Lamex saw Graham Westley turn to his younger squad members; Kennedy being one of a handful that made their way onto the League Two teamsheet during the 2014-5 season.
With his ability to play in a more advanced role too, Kennedy’s flexibility was an obvious advantage in the eyes of Westley. It’s no shock, seeing as GW is a manager known for liking players who could put their minds to roles that were not necessarily familiar. And Kennedy went on to underline just how well he can adapt with some seriously impressive first appearances in a Boro’ shirt.
After Westley came Sheringham, Sarll and Maamria. He kept up his goalscoring form for all three gaffers, but something didn’t seem to be quite right under the latter. And midway through the 2018-9 season, Kenners – somewhat out of the blue – was loaned to fellow League Two playoff chasers Newport County. Unfortunately, injury would affect his time with the Exiles. He didn’t play much as the Welsh side got into the playoffs – and at our expense too!