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Tony Kelly 2 weeks 12 hours ago #158853

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There is an article on the latics website about the retro kit from when Martinez, Diaz and Seba were here. In the middle of these three on the photo is Tony Kelly. Kelly was gifted, a player with a great touch and a fantastic free kick. It is however remarkable looking back at the relative conditioning of players now versus then. Check out the photo, you just don't see players built like that any more!
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Tony Kelly 2 weeks 11 hours ago #158854

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Aye! Kelly was uniwue.
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Tony Kelly 2 weeks 11 hours ago #158855

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I still maintain that selling TK when we did cost us dearly that season.
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Tony Kelly 2 weeks 10 hours ago #158857

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Also known as Tony's Belly!
Took a cracking free kick though.
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Tony Kelly 2 weeks 4 hours ago #158876

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I did see this one dnr and smile, he always carried extra wood did Kelly.
Kelly was good and could pick a pass. I've often compared him to modern day footballers in that now its all about running for 90mins. Kelly had some quality into his game, more than some of these modern day footballers do.
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Tony Kelly 2 weeks 1 hour ago #158877

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He is always one of the first Latics Legends that I remember ! Zico, Zico !
Today is the first day of the rest of the season !
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Tony Kelly 1 week 6 days ago #158889

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One of my all time favourites.... highly gifted, if he'd liked training as much as he liked lager he'd have played at the highest level....brilliant player

"He's fat, he's round, he's worth a million pound ...Tony K Tony K

(That fantasy fee dates him a bit !)
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Tony Kelly 1 week 6 days ago #158891

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I went to the first friendly after the Amigos signed away at Lancaster City.
None of them played but Tony Kelly did - I wasn't a Latics fan when he'd originally played & only remembered him for a spectacular own goal he scored for us at burnden Park whilst playing for Bolton.
I couldn't believe that we'd signed someone so fat & clearly unfit. I don't think he left the centre circle that day & he still looked 10 seconds from a heart attack when he came off the pitch
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It's a shame u didn't see him fist time round, of that era he was the most gifted we had.
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Tony Kelly 1 week 6 days ago #158894

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Tyldesley, that was 10 years beyond his first spell.....I was gutted when he left for Stoke, then WBA I think, then ended up at Shrewsbury before Bolton signed him and I was
Equally gutted that he featured in Boltons great FA Cup wins at both Highbury and Anfield ....he ran the game at Arsenal and I think he scored one of his
Trademark free kicks.
In fairness he always carried weight but couldn't get away with it when he was the wrong side of 30..... had he bin a couple of stones lighter he may well have lit up Goodson
as he was a die hard Evertonian.... tragedy is he's a cult figure at Bolton now !
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Right, somewhere in my memory bank is these facts. We sold TK to Stoke after the then transfer deadline day which was allowed back then. The rules im sure were that coz he had signed after the deadline he could only play in games not affecting promotion or relegation so only appeared in a few games. We blew promotion ourselves after he left. Now if I'm wrong ill hold my hands up but I'm sure that's how it panned out. Someone will probably be able to trace the stats from that season. It was a long time ago.
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Tony Kelly 1 week 5 days ago #158914

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Nuneatonlatic wrote:
Right, somewhere in my memory bank is these facts. We sold TK to Stoke after the then transfer deadline day which was allowed back then. The rules im sure were that coz he had signed after the deadline he could only play in games not affecting promotion or relegation so only appeared in a few games. We blew promotion ourselves after he left. Now if I'm wrong ill hold my hands up but I'm sure that's how it panned out. Someone will probably be able to trace the stats from that season. It was a long time ago.

LIke I said, it was before my Latics time but I've done a bit of research & it appears that he signed before the old deadline day in March of 1986 but almost immediately fell out with Stoke's manager who ordered him to lose weight & he only played in 1 game that season after he'd joined.

Under the old system you could sign players after deadline day but they couldn't play until the next season - it happened to us when Roy Carroll was signed from Hull

EDIT - & apparently he is Joey Barton's cousin
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Tony Kelly 1 week 5 days ago #158917

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Nuneaton is on the money in that we did indeed blow promotion "....and in so doing around March time in a home game which I believe we lost1-0 .....Tony Kelly snatched the ball from Warren Aspinall I think when we were awarded a penalty.... and he then fluffed it .....there seemed to be something amiss on the field between the players before and after that incident and after that game TK was shipped out to Stoke in a hurry.
After being sold on by Stoke to WBA he got involved in a scrap during a pre season trip to Spain or somewhere like that with Don Goodman ....( who pops up commentating presenting on Sky now and again these days ) and that was the end of him there .... off to Shrewsbury for a good while until Bolton took him on and he had his biggest successes there (sadly)
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Again summat is telling me that our last six games involved us playing the bottom four sides and two others and we ballsed it up.
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Tony Kelly,s last game was in a 2-1 defeat to Donny Rovers.
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Tony Kelly 1 week 4 days ago #158928

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Nuneaton, was that a home game ? .....Tony Kelly left us (for the first time) towards the end of the 85/86 season and we certainly blew a great promotion chance the season after we'd won
The Freight Rover at Wembley the previous June
5th April 1986 we lost at home to Doncaster 0-1......Whether that was the game he missed the Penalty or not I can't be certain .....I'm sure he was shipped out immediately afterwards as there was obviously something going on behind the scenes with other players and/or the Manager. The old transfer deadline was in March but I think someone covered earlier that this transfer was somehow fiddled after the deadline.
Any road over 30 years and about 'five stones' ago for me so can't be exact about everything.....he was still a blinder though !
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Tony Kelly 1 week 4 days ago #158933

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Zeb2 wrote:
Nuneaton, was that a home game ? .....Tony Kelly left us (for the first time) towards the end of the 85/86 season and we certainly blew a great promotion chance the season after we'd won
The Freight Rover at Wembley the previous June
5th April 1986 we lost at home to Doncaster 0-1......Whether that was the game he missed the Penalty or not I can't be certain .....I'm sure he was shipped out immediately afterwards as there was obviously something going on behind the scenes with other players and/or the Manager. The old transfer deadline was in March but I think someone covered earlier that this transfer was somehow fiddled after the deadline.
Any road over 30 years and about 'five stones' ago for me so can't be exact about everything.....he was still a blinder though !

I'm with you zeb I'm sure he went after the deadline and we didn't pick up too many points after. I think we missed out to Derby but I maybe wrong Donny was away I think.
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Tony Kelly 1 week 3 days ago #158956

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He was a superb player and always enjoyed watching him. If I remember right he had a serious alcohol and gambling problem, Alex Cribley helped him out of it.
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