Bobby Kellard

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Robert Sydney William 'Bobby' Kellard (born 1 March 1943 in Edmonton, London) is an English former professional footballer. He represented England at Youth level.

Early league career[edit]

Kellard, a much-travelled midfielder,[1] began his career as a junior with Southend United and became Southend's youngest ever league player (at the age of 16 years and 208 days[2]) in September 1959 when he started the game at Bradford City. He turned professional in May 1960 and went on to score 15 times in 106 games for the Shrimpers before earning a £9,000 move to Crystal Palace in September 1963. After 6 goals in 77 games he moved to Ipswich Town, but played only 13 times[3] before moving to Portsmouth in March 1966[4]

Mid career[edit]

In July 1966, after 91 games for Portsmouth in which he scored eight times, he moved to Bristol City for a fee of £30,000[5] where he scored six times in 77 games before moving to Leicester City in August 1970 for a fee of £50,000. He helped Leicester to promotion in 1971, but left in September 1971 to rejoin Crystal Palace for a fee of £50,000, having scored eight goals in 49 games for the Foxes.[6] He was signed by Palace as a replacement for Steve Kember who they had sold to Chelsea for £170,000, and he fitted in so well that by November he had been made captain. On 2 September 1972, Kellard's "horrendous"[7] tackle on Newcastle United's Tony Green ended the Scot's career at the age of 25,[8] 33 games and three goals into his Magpies career; he had suffered a cartilage injury, and was never to play professionally again. Kellard lost the captaincy and immediately asked for a transfer, soon after which he was dropped from the team.

Later career[edit]

In December 1972 he moved back to Portsmouth,[9] having scored four times in 46 games for Palace. At Portsmouth he gained the unwanted honour of being the first player sent off on a Sunday when he was dismissed against Orient in January 1974.[10] The following January he joined Hereford United on loan, and later in 1975 left to play in South Africa for Durban City F.C., having scored six times in 62 games for Pompey. He moved to Cape Town City, but returned to England in September 1975, joining Torquay United, but played only twice for Malcolm Musgrove's side, the first being a 7-1 defeat away to Tranmere Rovers and the last against Hartlepool,[11] before leaving league football to join Chelmsford City.

After league career finished[edit]

In January 1976 he was appointed player-manager of Chelmsford City,[12] a position he held until the May 1977. He later played for Grays Athletic. He later spent several years running a taxi business in Southend, but in 1999 was trading as an antiques dealer.[13] More recently he had a spell as joint-manager of Harlow Town along with former Leicester City player Len Glover.

In July 2004, the Evening Echo[14] reported that Kellard was living in Spain.


  1. ^ The PFA & Premier League Complete Players Record Hugman,B: London, Q.A.P, 1998 ISBN 1-85291-585-4
  2. ^ Southend United Football Club- the official history of the Blues Goody,D/Mason,P: Harefield, Yore, 1993 ISBN 1-874427-20-8
  3. ^ Details of short stay
  4. ^ "Portsmouth Football Club-an A to Z" Hayes,D:Seaford, S.B., 1997 ISBN 1-85770-148-8
  5. ^ Top earner on £120 pw!
  6. ^ "Listed as CP legend". Crystal Palace F.C. Archived from the original on 15 April 2012. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  7. ^ Gillatt, Peter (30 November 2009). Blackpool FC on This Day: History, Facts and Figures from Every Day of the Year. Pitch Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-905411-50-2. 
  8. ^ "Legend: Tony Green", Blackpool Gazette
  9. ^ Headline The pocket battleship returns by Reg Betts in Portsmouth Evening News dated 6 December 1974
  10. ^ Headline Stalemate again (It was already a replay) Sub-heading "Kellard off as Pompey and Orient draw blank"- Article in Portsmouth Evening News (Ibid) by Mike Neasom Monday 29 January 1974
  11. ^ "Bobby Kellard". In The Mad Crowd - a Hartlepool United Resource. Archived from the original on 7 February 2012. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  12. ^ List of CCFC Managers
  13. ^ Post career employment
  14. ^ "Packed farewell for Scott". Evening Echo. 20 July 2004. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
Preceded by
Dave Edwards
Harlow Town Manager (with Len Glover)
Succeeded by
Dave Green