20 January 2007

Pat Kelly

Name: Patrick Michael Kelly/
Born: 9 April 1918, Johannesburg (South Africa)
Died: 1985
Height: 6.00 ft
weight: 13.11 st
Position: Goalkeeper

Representative Honours: Ireland: 1 Full Cap (1949).

Club Career:

Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
Other
Bloemfontein Pirates
-
-
-
(South.Africa)
Aberdeen
38/39
c/s-38
-
4/0
-
-
Hamilton Academical
-
-
-
-
-
-
Barnsley
46/47-51/52
Oct-46
-
145/0
3/0
-
Crewe Alexandra
51/52-52/53
Feb-52
-
38/0
-
-
TOTALS
-
-
187/0
3/0
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Biography:
Johannesburg-born, but of Irish decent, Pat Kelly was "spotted" by Aberdeen when the Scottish side were on a tour of South Africa in the summer of 1938. He played just four Scottish League games before football was disrupted by the outbreak of the Second World War.

Shortly after the resumption of the Football League for the 1946/47 season Kelly was signed by Barnsley. His fearless displays saw him earn a reputation as one of the most competent goalkeepers playing outside the top-flight.

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 football's all-time greats, Kelly’s confidence and form suffered and he dropped away from the international reckoning.

Having lost his first team place in February 1951, Kelly requested to go on the transfer list at the end of that season. 
He was released in February 1952 and subsequently dropped from Division Two to Division Three (North) with Crewe Alexandra, but lasted a little over a season at Gresty Road before leaving professional football behind.

Kelly continued his world tour when in 1959 he emigrated to Australia with his family.

Ireland Cap Details:

01-10-1949 Scotland H L 2-8 WCQ/BC

Summary: 1/0. Won 0, Drew 0, Lost 1.

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