Ken Shellito

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Ken Shellito
Personal information
Date of birth (1940-04-18)18 April 1940
Place of birth East Ham, London, England
Date of death 31 October 2018(2018-10-31) (aged 78)
Place of death Inanam, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Playing position Full-back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1959–1965 Chelsea 123 (2)
National team
1963 England 1 (0)
Teams managed
1977–1978 Chelsea
1985 Cambridge United
1994 Kuala Lumpur FA
1995 Perak FA
1998 Sabah FA
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Kenneth John Shellito (18 April 1940 – 31 October 2018) was an English footballer and manager who played for Chelsea from 1959–1965, and subsequently managed the club from 1977–1978. He worked in a coaching role for the Asian Football Confederation, based in Kuala Lumpur, before spending his later life in Inanam of Sabah as a permanent resident.[1][2][3]

Professional career[edit]


Shellito spent his entire playing career at Chelsea, signing for the club from Chelsea Juniors at the age of 17 and making his professional debut two years later against Nottingham Forest.[4] He featured in Tommy Docherty's re-built Chelsea side of the early 1960s as an attacking full-back, helping the club win promotion from the Second Division in 1962–63. However, as the side began to challenge for honours Shellito suffered a serious knee injury and despite several attempted comebacks, was forced to retire prematurely.[5]

International career[edit]

Shellito made one appearance for England, against Czechoslovakia in 1963.[4]

Managerial career[edit]


Upon his retirement, Shellito joined the Chelsea coaching staff and took charge of the club's youth academy in 1968. In the summer of 1977, he was appointed manager of Chelsea, succeeding his former partner at full-back, Eddie McCreadie.[4] He managed to keep Chelsea in the First Division in 1977–78, but the highlight of his tenure was a shock 4–2 win over reigning European champions Liverpool in the FA Cup. He left the club less than a year later, with the side at the bottom of the First Division and facing relegation.

Cambridge United[edit]

He was later manager of Cambridge United, before becoming a coach in Malaysia.[3][4]

Personal life[edit]

Shellito is married to a Sabahan native, Jeany Dison and have two daughters.[6] One of the daughter is through his previous marriage in England.[3]

Illness and death[edit]

In late 2018, Shellito was hospitalised at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kota Kinabalu due to lung infection and kidney complications. He was later discharged on 30 October to die at his home in Kampung Minintod, Inanam on 31 October.[1][2][3]


  1. ^ a b Norasikin Daineh (31 October 2018). "Ex-Sabah coach Ken Shellito passes away". New Straits Times. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b Joshua Jones (31 October 2018). "Former Chelsea player and manager Ken Shellito – who bossed Blues in the First Division in the 70s – dies aged 78". The Sun. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d Jason Dasey (9 November 2018). "Shellito true to Chelsea roots as he passes away in Sabah". The Borneo Post. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d "Ken Shellito 1940–2018". Chelsea F.C. 31 October 2018. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  5. ^ John Rowlinson (7 April 2016). The Boys of ’66 - The Unseen Story Behind England’s World Cup Glory. Ebury Publishing. pp. 123–. ISBN 978-0-7535-5186-8.
  6. ^ "The Blues Great who fell in love with Sabah". The Malay Mail. 1 November 2018. Archived from the original on 21 January 2019. Retrieved 21 January 2019. Shellito, 78, leaves behind wife Jeany and two daughters.

External links[edit]

  • Ken Shellito on the Chelsea in America Celebrity Podcast (2009).