Mike Kelly (footballer, born 1942)

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Mike Kelly
Personal information
Full name Michael John Kelly
Date of birth (1942-10-18) 18 October 1942 (age 72)
Place of birth Northampton, England
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1958–1966 Wimbledon 139 (0)
1966–1970 Queens Park Rangers 54 (0)
1970–1976 Birmingham City 62 (0)
1976 Minnesota Kicks 1 (0)
National team
England (amateur) 3 (0)
Teams managed
1977–1978 Plymouth Argyle
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Michael John "Mike" Kelly (born 18 October 1942) is an English former professional footballer and coach who played as a goalkeeper. He made 116 appearances in the Football League playing for Queens Park Rangers and Birmingham City. He went on to managerial positions, including nine months as manager of Plymouth Argyle, before concentrating on coaching.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Northampton, Kelly started his football career as a junior with Chelsea, but after two seasons (1959/60 and 1960/1), he was released and joined Wimbledon in the Isthmian League, as an amateur player. He was in the Wimbledon teams which beat Sutton United in the final of the FA Amateur Cup in 1963, won the championship of the Isthmian League in two consecutive seasons, and finished runners-up in the Southern League First Division.[1] During this period he was capped three times for the England national amateur football team.

In 1966 he turned professional with Queens Park Rangers, spending four seasons with the club. He then moved on to Birmingham City, where he spent six years, followed by one season as player-coach of the Minnesota Kicks in the NASL, before returning to England to start a career in coaching.

Coaching career[edit]

On his return to England Kelly was appointed reserve team manager of Plymouth Argyle. When manager Tony Waiters resigned, Kelly took his place, himself resigning after nine months with the team seemingly heading for relegation.[2] He went on to assistant manager roles at Fulham, Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion.[3]

He was England goalkeeping coach from 1984 to 1990 and worked with the team in two World Cups, then performed a similar role with the Switzerland national football team until the 1994 World Cup.[3] At club level he worked with many clubs in England and abroad, and in December 2007 he joined Fulham F.C. as goalkeeping coach and assistant manager under Roy Hodgson, with whom he had worked at club and national level.[4] In 2010, he followed Hodgson to Liverpool.[5] He left following Hodgson's departure.


  1. ^ "1960 to 1969". historicaldons.com. Retrieved 16 April 2008. 
  2. ^ "Argyle managers Mike Kelly". Greens on Screen. Retrieved 16 April 2008. 
  3. ^ a b "Mike Kelly – Assistant Manager/Goalkeeper Coach". Fulham F.C. Archived from the original on 11 June 2008. Retrieved 16 April 2008. 
  4. ^ "Fulham can survive, says Hodgson". BBC Sport. 31 December 2007. Retrieved 16 April 2008. 
  5. ^ "First Team Coach". Liverpool F.C. Archived from the original on 5 December 2010. Retrieved 19 October 2010. 

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