Bob Kelso (footballer)
|Full name||Robert Robison Kelso|
|Date of birth||2 October 1865|
|Place of birth||Cardross, Dunbartonshire, Scotland|
|Date of death||19 November 1950(aged 85)|
|1888||Newcastle West End|
|1889–1891||Preston North End||38||(0)|
|1898||Scottish League XI||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Robert Robison Kelso (2 October 1865 – 19 November 1950) was a Scottish footballer who played for Renton, Newcastle West End, Preston North End, Everton, Dundee, Bedminster and the Scotland national team.
Kelso was described as a player, difficult to get past, he caught the eye with his powerful and timely tackling, always clearing the ball well while specialising in long-range dipping shots at goal.
Kelso, a defender, was born in Cardross, Dunbartonshire, and began his football career with Renton where he won the Scottish Cup in 1885 and 1888 and played in the unsuccessful 1886 final. He also won the Champions of the World title in 1888 when Scottish Cup winners Renton defeated English FA Cup winners West Bromwich Albion.
He moved to Newcastle West End in 1888 and then to Everton the following year. He made his Everton and Football League debut on 19 January 1889 at Anfield, Liverpool against "The Invincibles", Preston North End. Jimmy Weir, the Everton right-half was injured and so Bob Kelso got his chance to play. In front of 15,000 fans Everton had an excellent first half and had it not been for some poor finishing and good defending by Preston Everton would've had the lead. In the second-half Everton continued to press but Preston got stronger and scored two goals and looked the better side at the end of the game. Kelso must have made a good impression on his opponents as he left Everton for Preston in May 1889.
With Preston he won the English league championship in 1889-90 before moving back to Everton in 1891 where he played in the 1893 FA Cup Final. He returned to his native Scotland in 1896 with Dundee, where he earned selection for the Scottish League representative team, before ending his career with a brief spell in the Southern League at Bedminster in 1898-99.
His nephew, Tommy Kelso, was also a Scotland international footballer, who played for Manchester City, Dundee and Rangers. Bob's brother James Kelso played for Renton, and once appeared for Liverpool.
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