Jack Kelly (footballer)

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Jack Kelly
Personal information
Full name John Kelly
Date of birth (1913-03-02)2 March 1913
Place of birth Hetton-le-Hole, England
Date of death 2000 (aged 86–87)
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Centre forward / Inside forward
Youth career
Hetton Juniors
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1930–1933 Burnley 30 (12)
1933–1935 Newcastle United 5 (1)
1935–1938 Leeds United 59 (17)
1938–1939 Birmingham 12 (1)
1939–194? Bury[A] 3 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

John Kelly (2 March 1913 – 2000) was an English professional footballer who scored 32 goals from 109 appearances in the Football League playing for Burnley, Newcastle United, Leeds United, Birmingham and Bury.[1]


Kelly was born in Hetton-le-Hole, County Durham. He played for his local junior side before joining Burnley, initially as an amateur, in October 1930. He made his debut in the Football League for Burnley, and joined Newcastle United as part of a player exchange deal in April 1933. He rarely appeared for Newcastle's first team, and moved on to Leeds United in February 1935 for a fee of £1,150.[2] He was first choice at centre forward in the 1935–36 season, scoring 15 goals in 34 games in the First Division, but lost out the following season to Arthur Hydes. After a season and a half playing in the Central League with only occasional appearances for the first team,[3] Kelly joined Birmingham in January 1938.[2] He went straight into the starting eleven, but lost his place after eight games without a goal, and made only four appearances in the 1938–39 season.[4] In May 1939 he joined Bury,[2] but after three games and one goal the Football League was abandoned for the duration of the Second World War.[1]

Kelly retired from the game during the war. He was a butcher by trade, and also worked part-time as a magician.[2] He died in Hetton-le-Hole in 2000.[5]


A. ^ These appearances and goal are for the 1939–40 Football League season abandoned when the Second World War started.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData. p. 146. ISBN 978-1-899468-67-6. 
  2. ^ a b c d Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 103. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9. 
  3. ^ "Jack Kelly". leeds-fans.org. Retrieved 30 July 2015. 
  4. ^ Matthews, pp. 180–81.
  5. ^ "Kelly: John (Jack)". Leeds United F.C. History. Tony Hill. Retrieved 15 October 2010.