Tony Kellow's Golden Boot.
The trophy cabinet at SJP is not one in which we would automatically expect to find awards more familiar at the top end of the football spectrum. There is however, sitting pride of place amongst our silverware, a prize which is only ever given to the very best each year for doing what is perhaps the most important job in football…scoring goals! In the 1980-81 season Grecian forward, Tony Kellow, hit the back of the net 33 times in all competitions to earn himself the Golden Boot as the top scorer in each of England’s four professional divisions…a figure which outstripped even the winner of the more illustrious European Golden Shoe, Bulgarian, Georgi Slavkov, who scored just 31 goals in comparison. For many, Kellow’s most impressive performance that season came at home against Leicester City in an FA Cup 4th round replay, where he bagged a hat trick to help the Grecians to a 3-1 victory. His goals played a vital role, not only in that game, but also over the course of a memorable cup run, which was halted only by Tottenham Hotspurs at White Hart Lane in the quarter-finals. In three spells at the club between 1976 and 1988, Exeter’s favourite Cornishman made 332 appearances, and during this time he would break the clubs records for both transfers received (then £105,000) and paid (then £65,000), whilst his total of 150 goals, makes him one of only 3 players (including also Alan Banks and Darren Rowbotham) to exceed the century mark for the Grecians.
“Tony Kellow's Golden Boot.,” The Grecian Archive, accessed April 30, 2017, http://grecianarchive.exeter.ac.uk/items/show/204.
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