Patrick Kelly (footballer)

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Patrick Kelly
Personal information
Full name Patrick Michael Kelly
Date of birth (1918-04-09)9 April 1918
Place of birth Johannesburg, South Africa
Date of death 7 September 1985(1985-09-07) (aged 67)
Place of death Rochdale, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Pirates (Bloemfontein)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1939 Aberdeen 4 (0)
1941–1942 Dumbarton (wartime guest) 10 (0)
1946–1952 Barnsley[1] 145 (0)
1952–1953 Crewe Alexandra[2] 38 (0)
National team
1949 Ireland 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Patrick Michael Kelly (9 April 1918 – 7 September 1985)[3] was an Irish professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper, spending most of his career with Barnsley and making one international appearance for Ireland.

Football career[edit]

Kelly was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and played his youth football with the Pirates club in Bloemfontein before moving to Scotland to join Aberdeen.[4]

At the end of the Second World War he joined Barnsley of the Football League Second Division where he was to remain for the next six years, making over 150 appearances.[1]

Kelly made his solitary international appearance in a World Cup qualifier against Scotland on 1 October 1949; another international débutante in that match was his Barnsley team-mate, Danny Blanchflower.[4] With just over half an hour played, the Scots were five goals up and although the Irish managed to score twice in the second half (through Sammy Smyth), the final score was 8–2 to Scotland.[5] Kelly was never selected for Northern Ireland again, with his namesake, Hugh Kelly of Fulham replacing him, only to concede nine goals against England in the next match.[6]

Kelly was released by Barnsley in February 1952, and dropped into Division Three (North) with Crewe Alexandra. He stayed for a little over a season at Gresty Road before retiring from professional football.[2][4]


  1. ^ a b Brown, Neil. "Barnsley: 1946/47–2009/10". Player statistics. Retrieved 16 October 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Brown, Neil. "Crewe Alexandra: 1946/47–2009/10". Player statistics. Retrieved 16 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Patrick Kelly". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c "Pat Kelly". Northern Ireland Footballing Greats. Retrieved 16 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "Northern Ireland 2 Scotland 8". Scotland international results. London Hearts. 1 Oct 1949. Retrieved 16 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "England 9 Ireland 2". England international football results. 16 November 1949. Retrieved 16 October 2010. 

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