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David Kelly

Full name: David Thomas Kelly
Birthdate: 25.11.1965
Birthplace: Birmingham
Position: Striker
Joined from: West Ham United
Signed by: David Pleat
Nationality: Ireland
First game: Plymouth Argyle, 24.03.1990
Last game: Port Vale, 23.11.1991
Games: 75 (72 starts + 3 subs)
Goals: 25
Player Profile

Brummie striker Kelly enjoyed his sole full season as a Fox, regaining his scoring touch following a tough spell at West Ham and finishing as a top-scorer before falling out with incoming manager Brian Little and swiftly moving to Newcastle United.

The Birmingham-born marksman battled disability to become a professional footballer but was given his big chance by Walsall while working in the Cadbury’s factory in the West Midlands, his form with the Saddlers attracting the interest of the Hammers, who paid big money for his services.

Things didn’t work out in the capital and Leicester took a chance on him in March 1990, signing him on deadline day. It was a move that suited both parties, with Kelly rediscovering his scoring touch to finish as top-scorer for City in his only full campaign, eventually netting 25 goals in total.

His improved form saw him called up for Ireland seven times whilst a Fox but he did not get a chance in the 1990 World Cup in Italy.

Kelly’s spell in the blue and white was short-lived, however, A falling out with new boss Little saw the striker transfer listed and Newcastle United snapped him up just days later. Kelly went on to spearhead Newcastle’s Division One championship, including a hat-trick in a 7-1 thrashing of City.

That was his last game for the Geordies, however, with a move back to the Midlands with Wolverhampton Wanderers soon following. Moves to Sunderland, Tranmere and Sheffield United followed before Kelly spent his latter years as a professional with Motherwell and Mansfield Town.

Seasons League FA Cup League Cup Europe OtherTotal
Year Division Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls
1989-90Division Two (old)107--------107
1989_330_
1990-91Division Two (old)44141-21--1-4815
1990_330_
1991-92Division Two (old)121--41--11173
1991_330_
Total66221-62--2175 25
_330_

Appearances

DateResultOppositionCompetitionStartSubGoals
1 24.03.1990 1 - 1 Plymouth Argyle (H) Division Two (old)
2 31.03.1990 1 - 1 Swindon Town (A) Division Two (old) 1
3 03.04.1990 3 - 0 Oldham Athletic (H) Division Two (old) 2
4 07.04.1990 2 - 2 Barnsley (H) Division Two (old) 2
5 10.04.1990 0 - 5 Wolverhampton Wanderers (A) Division Two (old)
6 14.04.1990 1 - 1 Portsmouth (H) Division Two (old)
7 21.04.1990 2 - 1 Middlesbrough (H) Division Two (old) 2
8 28.04.1990 1 - 2 Leeds United (A) Division Two (old)
9 02.05.1990 1 - 3 West Ham United (A) Division Two (old)
10 05.05.1990 2 - 5 Sheffield United (H) Division Two (old)
11 25.08.1990 3 - 2 Bristol Rovers (H) Division Two (old) 1
12 28.08.1990 0 - 2 Oldham Athletic (A) Division Two (old)
13 01.09.1990 0 - 2 Port Vale (A) Division Two (old)
14 08.09.1990 1 - 2 West Ham United (H) Division Two (old)
15 15.09.1990 0 - 2 Plymouth Argyle (A) Division Two (old)
16 18.09.1990 1 - 4 Blackburn Rovers (A) Division Two (old)
17 22.09.1990 2 - 4 Sheffield Wednesday (H) Division Two (old) 1
18 26.09.1990 1 - 0 Leeds United (H) League Cup 2 leg 1 1
19 29.09.1990 0 - 6 Middlesbrough (A) Division Two (old)
20 03.10.1990 3 - 0 Bristol City (H) Division Two (old) 2
21 06.10.1990 2 - 1 Notts County (H) Division Two (old) 1
22 10.10.1990 0 - 3 Leeds United (A) League Cup 2 leg 2
23 13.10.1990 2 - 1 Charlton Athletic (A) Division Two (old)
24 20.10.1990 1 - 3 Portsmouth (A) Division Two (old)
25 24.10.1990 2 - 2 Swindon Town (H) Division Two (old)
26 27.10.1990 1 - 2 Ipswich Town (H) Division Two (old) 1
27 03.11.1990 2 - 2 Oxford United (A) Division Two (old) 1
28 10.11.1990 1 - 1 Barnsley (A) Division Two (old)
29 17.11.1990 1 - 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers (H) Division Two (old) 1
30 23.11.1990 2 - 5 Hull City (A) Division Two (old)
31 27.11.1990 0 - 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers (H) Members Cup 1
32 01.12.1990 5 - 4 Newcastle United (H) Division Two (old) 3
33 15.12.1990 0 - 0 Bristol Rovers (A) Division Two (old)
34 23.12.1990 0 - 0 Watford (H) Division Two (old)
35 26.12.1990 1 - 2 Millwall (A) Division Two (old)
36 01.01.1991 2 - 1 West Bromwich Albion (H) Division Two (old)
37 05.01.1991 1 - 2 Millwall (A) FA Cup 3
38 12.01.1991 1 - 1 Port Vale (H) Division Two (old)
39 19.01.1991 0 - 1 West Ham United (A) Division Two (old)
40 26.01.1991 1 - 3 Blackburn Rovers (H) Division Two (old) 1
41 02.02.1991 3 - 1 Plymouth Argyle (H) Division Two (old) 1
42 20.02.1991 0 - 3 Brighton & Hove Albion (A) Division Two (old)
43 23.02.1991 2 - 1 Barnsley (H) Division Two (old)
44 02.03.1991 1 - 2 Newcastle United (A) Division Two (old)
45 05.03.1991 1 - 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers (A) Division Two (old)
46 09.03.1991 0 - 1 Hull City (H) Division Two (old)
47 12.03.1991 0 - 1 Bristol City (A) Division Two (old)
48 23.03.1991 2 - 0 Notts County (A) Division Two (old)
49 30.03.1991 1 - 2 Millwall (H) Division Two (old) 1
50 01.04.1991 0 - 1 Watford (A) Division Two (old)
51 06.04.1991 3 - 0 Brighton & Hove Albion (H) Division Two (old)
52 10.04.1991 0 - 0 Oldham Athletic (H) Division Two (old)
53 13.04.1991 1 - 2 West Bromwich Albion (A) Division Two (old)
54 20.04.1991 2 - 1 Portsmouth (H) Division Two (old)
55 24.04.1991 0 - 0 Sheffield Wednesday (A) Division Two (old)
56 27.04.1991 2 - 5 Swindon Town (A) Division Two (old)
57 04.05.1991 2 - 3 Ipswich Town (A) Division Two (old)
58 11.05.1991 1 - 0 Oxford United (H) Division Two (old)
59 17.08.1991 0 - 0 Swindon Town (A) Division Two (old)
60 21.08.1991 3 - 0 Maidstone United (H) League Cup 1 leg 1 1
61 24.08.1991 2 - 0 Plymouth Argyle (H) Division Two (old)
62 28.08.1991 1 - 0 Maidstone United (A) League Cup 1 leg 2
63 31.08.1991 2 - 1 Southend United (A) Division Two (old)
64 04.09.1991 2 - 0 Grimsby Town (H) Division Two (old)
65 07.09.1991 2 - 1 Bristol City (H) Division Two (old)
66 14.09.1991 0 - 3 Middlesbrough (A) Division Two (old)
67 17.09.1991 1 - 3 Barnsley (A) Division Two (old) 1
68 21.09.1991 3 - 0 Blackburn Rovers (H) Division Two (old)
69 25.09.1991 1 - 1 Arsenal (H) League Cup 2 leg 1
70 29.09.1991 1 - 5 Cambridge United (A) Division Two (old)
71 02.10.1991 4 - 3 Barnsley (H) Members Cup 1 1
72 05.10.1991 0 - 2 Charlton Athletic (H) Division Two (old)
73 08.10.1991 0 - 2 Arsenal (A) League Cup 2 leg 2
74 12.10.1991 0 - 2 Newcastle United (A) Division Two (old)
75 23.11.1991 0 - 1 Port Vale (H) Division Two (old)

Transfers

Club Fee Date
IN  West Ham United £300,000 22.03.1990
OUT  Newcastle United £250,000 04.12.1991
Player 546 of 1145 ordered a-z

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