Ken Shellito

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Ken Shellito
Personal information
Date of birth (1940-04-18) 18 April 1940 (age 77)
Place of birth East Ham, London, England
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 (born 18 April 1940) is an English retired footballer and manager who now works in a coaching role for the Asian Football Confederation, based in Kuala Lumpur. He is also a Malaysian Permanent Resident.

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. 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 honors Shellito suffered a serious knee injury and despite several attempted comebacks, was forced to retire prematurely.

International career[edit]

Shellito made one appearance for England, against Czechoslovakia in 1963. He also played in the England vs the Rest of the World XI match in 1963, arranged to celebrate the centenary of The Football Association.

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. 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.


External links[edit]

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