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Robert Kelly

Full name: Robert Anthony Kelly
Birthdate: 21.12.1964
Birthplace: Birmingham
Position: Midfielder
Joined from: Local
Nationality: England
First game: Sunderland, 12.05.1984
Last game: West Ham United, 01.01.1987
Games: 27 (18 starts + 9 subs)
Goals: 1
Player Profile

Kelly started his playing career with City but will be remembered more for his stint as assistant manager and then permanent manager when he succeeded Craig Levein as boss in January 2006 first on a caretaker basis before being offered the role permanently.

Birmingham-born Kelly turned professional with the Foxes in December 1982 but didn’t make his first senior appearance until May 1984 in a home match against Sunderland. A midfielder, that proved to be his sole first-team outing before being sent out to Tranmere Rovers on loan.

The following season he made Gordon Milne’s opening day starting line-up and things looked up for Kelly, but he was limited to only 17 league starts and seven more appearances from the bench. His only goal came against Manchester United but it wasn’t enough to stop City accepting a bit from Wolves for his services.

Kelly enjoyed more success at Molineux, helping Wolves to the play-offs just after joining the club, but a serious back injury kept him on the sidelines for much of the following two campaigns, both of which Wanderers enjoyed promotion. The injury eventually ruled Kelly out of professional football as a player and he instead turned his attentions to journalism before getting the call from Wolves to run their youth academy.

That led to more youth roles with Blackburn Rovers and Watford and his coaching reputation grew, ultimately seeing him become assistant to Levein at City, the club where it all began. When the Scot was sacked in January 2006 Kelly took over on an interim basis but his turnaround of City’s fortunes saw him awarded the role permanently.

The success didn’t last, with owner Milan Mandatic relieving Kelly of his duties early in the following campaign after a bad run of results. His coaching continued with roles as assistant manager to Alan Irvine at both Preston North End and giants Sheffield Wednesday.

Seasons League FA Cup League Cup Europe OtherTotal
Year Division Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls
1983-84Division One (old)1---------1-
1983_396_
1985-86Division One (old)9---1-----10-
1985_396_
1986-87Division One (old)141--2-----161
1986_396_
Total241--3-----27 1
_396_

Appearances

DateResultOppositionCompetitionStartSubGoals
1 12.05.1984 0 - 2 Sunderland (H) Division One (old)
2 17.08.1985 3 - 1 Everton (H) Division One (old)
3 21.08.1985 1 - 1 Manchester City (A) Division One (old)
4 24.08.1985 0 - 5 Oxford United (A) Division One (old)
5 31.08.1985 0 - 1 Arsenal (A) Division One (old)
6 14.09.1985 0 - 3 West Ham United (A) Division One (old)
7 21.09.1985 1 - 2 Birmingham City (A) Division One (old)
8 25.09.1985 0 - 2 Derby County (A) League Cup 2 leg 1
9 31.03.1986 0 - 1 Aston Villa (A) Division One (old)
10 30.04.1986 0 - 2 Liverpool (H) Division One (old)
11 03.05.1986 2 - 0 Newcastle United (H) Division One (old)
12 30.08.1986 0 - 1 Wimbledon (A) Division One (old)
13 03.09.1986 2 - 1 Liverpool (H) Division One (old)
14 06.09.1986 1 - 1 Manchester United (H) Division One (old) 1
15 13.09.1986 2 - 2 Sheffield Wednesday (A) Division One (old)
16 17.09.1986 1 - 2 Norwich City (A) Division One (old)
17 20.09.1986 1 - 2 Tottenham Hotspur (H) Division One (old)
18 23.09.1986 2 - 0 Swansea City (A) League Cup 2 leg 1
19 18.10.1986 0 - 2 Charlton Athletic (A) Division One (old)
20 29.10.1986 1 - 4 Liverpool (A) League Cup 3
21 08.11.1986 1 - 1 Newcastle United (H) Division One (old)
22 15.11.1986 0 - 2 Everton (H) Division One (old)
23 22.11.1986 1 - 5 Watford (A) Division One (old)
24 20.12.1986 0 - 2 Manchester United (A) Division One (old)
25 26.12.1986 1 - 1 Arsenal (H) Division One (old)
26 28.12.1986 1 - 5 Everton (A) Division One (old)
27 01.01.1987 1 - 4 West Ham United (A) Division One (old)

Transfers

Club Fee Date
IN Local Youth October 1981
OUT  Tranmere Rovers On loan December 1984
OUT  Wolverhampton Wanderers £30,000 February 1987
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