Born: 9 November 1879, Comber
Died: 6 May 1940, Belfast
Representative Honours: Ireland: 2 Full Caps (1901-1902); Irish League: 3 Caps (1902-1903).
Club Honours: (with Glentoran) Co. Antrim Shield Winner 1901/02; Belfast Charity Cup Winner 1901/02.
Clubs..... --Seasons-- Signed Games
Glentoran. 00/01-02/03 ...... 73/52 (all competitions)
Distillery 03/04...... Nov-03 ??/10 (all competitions)
By kind permission of ForzaGlens:
Born in Comber on 9th November 1879, Hugh McKelvey played for both Glentoran and Distillery during his short but successful career. In his first season with the Glens, Hugh, a centre forward, played 20 games and scored 11 goals. His first goal came in an Irish League game against Belfast Celtic that the Glens won 3-1. He followed that up with 2 more the following week away to Linfield (W 3-1) and another brace a week later when Distillery were the visitors to the Dee Street Oval. Glentoran’s only trophy that season was the Co Antrim Shield but although McKelvey scored in both the semi-final and semi-final replay he missed out on the final victory against Cliftonville. In March 1901 Hugh McKelvey won his solitary cap against Wales in Belfast; a match won 1-0 by the visitors.
The following season Hugh scored at Solitude in both the Charity Cup final (2-0 v Linfield) and the final of the Co Antrim Shield (2-1 v Distillery) as the Glens picked up another two trophies. He scored a total of 23 goals in 25 matches that season and netted another 18 times in the following campaign (1902-03). McKelvey also won Inter-League honours in both the 1901-02 and 02-03 seasons. The last record of Hugh McKelvey’s career was the 1903-04 season when he turned out for Distillery.
He died in Belfast on 6th May 1940.
Ireland Cap Details:
23-03-1901 Wales... H L 0-1 BC
09-08-1902 Scotland H L 0-3 FR
Summary: 2/0. Won 0, Drew 0, Lost 2.