Mellor, a left-winger, began his career with Manchester City before moving to Norwich City in 1973 for a fee of £65,000. The Canaries were struggling against relegation in their first season in English football's top division when Mellor joined. He played in the last eleven league games of the season and played his part in helping the club stay up. He went on to score nine goals in 43 games for Norwich before playing for Brighton where he was known as "Spider". and then in February 1978 moving for £25,000 to Chester City, He helped Chester finish fifth in Division Three in his first season and was on target in a Football League Cup giantkilling against First Division side Coventry City early in 1978–79.
At the end of the season Mellor moved to Sheffield Wednesday,securing a place in Wednesday history by scoring in the 4–0 defeat of Sheffield United, in the famous 'Boxing Day Massacre', here he remained until joining Bradford City in June 1982. He spent two seasons with City before ending his professional career.
- Canary Citizens by Mike Davage, John Eastwood, Kevin Platt, published by Jarrold Publishing, (2001), ISBN 0-7117-2020-7
- Ian Mellor, Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Transfer Database
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