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If my memory serves me well the reason the 85-86 side missed out on promotion was due to us selling Tony Kelly to Stoke. Im pretty sure he went after the then deadline day so could not play in any of Stokes remaing few games against teams that were either involved in promotion or relegation.We however had to play 4 sides out of the bottom six and fluffed it.I dont think many at the time could understand why we sold him so near the seasons end.I honestly believe that had he stayed promotion would have been a shoe-in.

I don’t think he got on with Hamilton. I seem to remember him missing a penalty at Springfield Park, and I don’t think he played much after that. Stories reverberated around town of him throwing his boots at Hamilton. We spoke to him before the Plymouth game, I’m pretty sure he’d been dropped. His transfer to Stoke (who were playing a division higher)wasn’t long after. I have to agree, If we could have kept Tony Kelly, (and don’t forget Newell went to Luton before christmas, Aspinall had signed for Everton and was loaned back for the remainder of the season) we could of achieved promotion quite easily.