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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
    Season 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

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

    Club Fee Date
    IN  West Ham United £300,000 22.03.1990
    OUT  Newcastle United £250,000 04.12.1991
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