Phil Kellow

Phil, (younger brother of Tony, also from Budock Water) made his debut for Exeter City against Bath City in the South West and Wales Youth League in late September 1977, he scored twice in the game playing at Centre-forward.

In 2017, Phil was interviewed for the Exeter City Football programme, "The Grecian", in an article about his eldest brother.

"THE GRECIAN: Am I right in thinking you also had a trial at Exeter City while Tony was there. What was that experience like?

PHIL: Yes, that is right. I was very lucky. I had just started out – I was 15 at the time and playing at Penzance. I was quite quick, so I played on the wing and I got invited up to Exeter City by Bobby Saxton who was manager then. The trial came about because we played Tiverton Town in the preliminary round of the FA Cup and drew with them 2-2 down at Penzance. So we went for a replay the following week at Ladysmead and Bobby came down and watched the match. He invited me up for the week and I stayed with my brother. I was lucky enough to play one game – another was cancelled because of wet weather – in the Wales & West League against Cardiff at St James Park under the lights. It was a great experience for me to play where my brother played and I was lucky enough to score a couple of goals and we won 3-2. However, unluckily for me, it was one of those seasons where – in that type of division where Bobby Saxton was in charge – they needed big, physical players. That was the style and they thought, at the time, that the smaller players wouldn’t fit in. So, I wasn’t take on and Tony was a little bit upset. However, the manager at the time knew what he was doing and he put the club first. It was good though and enjoyed my week there. I trained with the team every day, at the Cliff Hill training ground, with people like John Delve. They were superb with me and made me feel welcome. It was a special time for me."

In 2015 Phil Kellow was confirmed as Porthleven's manager.

He had formerly managed at  Perranwell, St Agnes, Falmouth Athletic and Penryn Athletic Reserves.

Phil had played a number of games at Penzance.



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