Tony Kellow: Photography

Tony Kellow's career began in 1976, when Exeter City manager John Newham signedhim from Western League side Falmouth Town. The move proved to be one of Exeter City's most astute signings, as the talismanic strikers 22goals in 49 appearances helped the club to secure promotion to the old division 3. Kellow's prowess in front of goal led Blackpool to pay what was then a club record fee (recieved) of £105,000 to take the player to the North West. In 1980 another record fee of £65,000 was this time paid back to Blackpool, in order to bring Kellow back to St James Park. During the 1980-81 season Kellow hit the back of the net 33 times in all competitions to earn himself the Golden Boot as English footballs top scorer. Perhaps hismost stunning performance that season came at home against Leicester City in an FA Cup 4th round replay. Kellow bagged a hat trick in that game to help the Grecians to a 3-1 victory. Kellow's goals played a huge role in one of Exeter's mostmemorable campaign in the worlds oldest domestic cup competition. A remarkable run which was eventually halted at the quarter final stage by Tottenham Hostspur at White Hart Lane. The following season Kellow was once again ECFC's top scorer with 21 goals; however the next campaign was less successful, andfollowing a return of only 10 goals in a struggling side, Kellow was sold by manager Gerry Francis. Brief spells at Plymouth Argyle, Swansea City and Newport County followed but in 1985 the frontman returned for a third and final spell at the club, ending his playing days in January 1988.

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“Tony Kellow: Photography,” The Grecian Archive, accessed June 25, 2017, http://grecianarchive.exeter.ac.uk/items/show/224.

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