Mark Kelly (footballer, born 1969)
|Date of birth||27 November 1969|
|Place of birth||Basingstoke, England|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|1988–1989||Republic of Ireland||4||(0)|
|1989–1990||Republic of Ireland U23||2||(0)|
|1989–1990||Republic of Ireland U21||3||(0)|
|1987||Republic of Ireland U19||1||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Portsmouth manager Alan Ball described the 18-year-old Kelly as "the next George Best" but despite some exciting performances a series of injuries prevented him from becoming fully established in the first team. He made his debut for Portsmouth as a substitute away to West Ham United in February 1988.
He never recovered from a serious knee injury sustained in 1991 and was forced to retire a year later, after a brief trial at Tottenham Hotspur in a bid to resurrect his career. Later he played part-time for Sligo Rovers and Farnborough Town.
Although born in Basingstoke, Mark played for the Republic of Ireland through the parentage rule after being recommended to manager Jack Charlton. His first cap came on 27 April 1988 in a 2-0 friendly win over Yugoslavia at Lansdowne Road . He won his first cap a month before he made his full debut at club level.
Kelly worked as head of youth development at his former club, Portsmouth before leaving the club in October 2009. He eventually returned to Pompey on 18 June 2014, being appointed Academy manager.
- "PORTSMOUTH : 1946/47 - 2008/09". Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Transfer Database. Retrieved 21 March 2010.
- Cooper, Mick. The Definitive PORTSMOUTH F.C.. Association of Football Statisticians, 1996, p. 70.
- Kelly is Solent's New Voice of Pompey Archived 14 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine., Portsmouth FC
- Portsmouth axe eight youth coaches - including Chamberlain Archived 14 July 2014 at the Wayback Machine.; TribalFootball, 24 October 2009
- Kelly appointed Academy manager; Portsmouth FC, 18 June 2014
- Mark Kelly SoccerScene.ie