James Kelly (Scottish footballer)

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James Kelly
Personal information
Full name James Kelly
Date of birth 15 August 1865
Place of birth Renton, Scotland
Date of death 20 February 1932(1932-02-20) (aged 66)
Playing position Centre-half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
–1888 Renton
1888-1897 Celtic 103 (3)
National team
1888–1893 Scotland 8 (1)
1893–1897 Scottish League XI 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 October 2012.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 September 2012

James Kelly (15 October 1865 – 20 February 1932) was a Scottish footballer who mainly played for Celtic after being signed from Renton where he had won the Scottish Cup twice. He was a Centre-half and was the first team captain of the Club and played in the Club's first ever match a 5-2 win against Rangers. He was capped 8 times by Scotland and scored 1 goal.[1][2] He also appeared seven times for the Scottish League XI.[3] After retiring as a player, Kelly became a director of Celtic, serving as chairman between 1909 and 1914.[2] His descendants Michael Kelly and Kevin Kelly also became Celtic directors.[2]


  1. ^ "James Kelly". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c [1], James Kelly - The Celtic Wiki
  3. ^ "James Kelly". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 9 June 2013.