Name: Patrick Michael Kelly
Born: 9 April 1918, Johannesburg (South Africa)
Height: 6.00 ft
weight: 13.11 st
Representative Honours: Ireland: 1 Full Cap (1949).
Teams.......... --Seasons-- Signed League FACup
Pirates (Bloemfontein, South Africa)
Aberdeen............................ 0/ 0
Barnsley....... 46/47-50/51 Oct-46 145/ 0 .3/ 0
Crewe Alexandra 51/52-52/53 Feb-52 .38/ 0
Another player who’s career was severely limited by the Second World War, Pat Kelly emerged as a one of the most competent goalkeepers outside the top-flight with Barnsley, for whom he signed in October 1946.
Kelly was joined at Oakwell by Danny Blanchflower in 1949, and the pair made their international debuts in the same match. It came against Scotland at Windsor Park in October 1949, a match that ended in a crushing 8-2 defeat. Both players were severely deflated by the result and their own performances, but whilst Blanchflower grew into one of the all-time greats, Kelly’s confidence and form suffered and he dropped away from the international reckoning.
Released by Barnsley in February 1952, Kelly dropped from Division Two to Division Three (North) with Crewe Alexandra. He lasted a little over a season at Gresty Road before leaving professional football behind.
Ireland Cap Details:
01-10-1949 Scotland H L 2-8 WCQ/BC
Summary: 1/0. Won 0, Drew 0, Lost 1.