John Paul Kelly
|Full name||John Paul Kelly|
|Date of birth||16 June 1987|
|Place of birth||Dublin, Ireland|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Republic of Ireland U19|
|Republic of Ireland U21|
|Republic of Ireland U23|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
"Joxer" as he is commonly known, played at youth level for Lourdes Celtic before moving to the Liverpool academy in 2003 under the guidance of Steve Heighway. He made quick progression at Liverpool and before long was a regular in the reserves. However he was later released by Liverpool and returned home to Dublin where he took step backwards in his career and joined the amateur League of Ireland side Bohemians.
He made his league of Ireland debut on April 1, 2005 in a 1-0 defeat by Derry City and soon became an integral part of the side. An exciting and skilful player, Kelly played a part in Bohs' Double winning 2008 season picking up his first domestic medals of his career.
However when his contract ended at the finish of the 2008 season, Joxer was released by Bohemians. He signed for Drogheda United in time for the beginning of the 2009 season. He then left Drogheda 12 games into the 2009 season and then retired from football.
"Joxer" has represented the Republic of Ireland at many underage levels and was voted Under-19 Player of the Year at FAI Awards in 2006.