Kelly, Tom

Birth Date

28th March 1964

Birthplace

Bellshill, Scotland

Occupation

Defender

Biographical Text

Kelly began his professional career when he joined Hibernian from Scottish non-league side Gartcosh United.

He subsequently moved on to Partick Thistle and Queen of the South before joining Hartlepool United on a free transfer in August 1985.

He played 15 times the following season, but was released and joined Torquay United in July 1986.

Kelly played 120 times for the Gulls before moving to York City on a free transfer in June 1989. He immediately became a regular in the York side, but in March 1990 moved back to Devon, joining Exeter City for a fee of £15,000.

A member of Exeter City’s Fourth Division championship winning squad of 1989-90, he made his debut for the club against Rochdale.

Despite being a fairly regular member of the City team, Kelly returned to Torquay United for a second spell there when signing on a free transfer in January 1993.

He remained at Plainmoor until the end of the 1995-96 season when he moved to Weymouth.

Kelly then played for Teignmouth and Ilfracombe Town, before joining Taunton Town in November 1997, eventually becoming player-coach.

He played for Taunton in the FA Vase Final of 2001 when they defeated Berkhamsted Town at Villa Park.

In January 2004, age 39, Kelly moved to Bideford, and remained there until the summer of 2006 when he joined Bridgewater Town, where he played alongside his son Cameron, a midfielder.

In March 2007, Kelly joined Devon League side Stoke Gabriel and in 2009-10 was playing for Bovey Tracey. He was living in Torquay in 2010.

Appearances

76

Appearances as Substitute

12

Goals

9

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