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Former Blues Midfielder Kellard Dies
Tuesday, 12th Jan 2021 20:50

Former Town midfielder Bobby Kellard died on Sunday, aged 77.

Edmonton-born Kellard joined the Blues from Crystal Palace in November 1965 but moved on to Portsmouth, coincidentally the opponents in his final game for Town, just over four months later in March 1966 having made 15 appearances, scoring three goals.

A former England youth international, Kellard came through the youth system at Southend and became their youngest ever player aged 16 years and 208 days in September 1959. He moved on from the Shrimpers in 1963 when he joined Palace.

Following a two-year stint with Pompey, Kellard subsequently played for Bristol City, Leicester, both the Eagles and then Portsmouth for second spells, Hereford (loan), Cape Town City, Torquay United, Chelmsford City and Grays Athletic.

Having been player-manager at Chelmsford, playing alongside Jimmy Greaves, he was later assistant boss at Harlow Town and subsequently ran an antiques business and art gallery in Essex.

Kellard, who had had a stroke in February 2020, was diagnosed with pneumonia soon after Christmas and suffered a seizure last Tuesday.

Photo: Matchday Images

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floridablue added 21:24 - Jan 12
I'm a 11/12 year old kid pestering the heck out of Town players for their autographs, be it during training days down at the old Portman Road mid week pitch or match days. I must have collected a hundred plus Bobby Kellard autographs during his short stay and every one were the perfect straight easy to read signatures... well that's what i remember of Bobby.

itfchorry added 21:24 - Jan 12
Further Bad News -

Remember watching him play for Leicester City-

Stylish and Class Player

Farmerpiles added 21:41 - Jan 12
RIP Bobby. Condolences to family.🙏

dangerous30 added 23:21 - Jan 12
R.I.P. thoughts with the family

martin587 added 07:50 - Jan 13
I live in Southend and during my early school days I was fortunate enough to play with Bobby for Southend youths.He was an extremely lovely lad and we had many a laugh in those days.I was also fortunate enough to also play with a guy called Martin Brit who went on the play for West Ham and Blackburn.
I would like to send my sincere best wishes to Bobbies family at this very sad time.He was a very very good friend to me in our early footballing years.

tractorman9 added 08:19 - Jan 13
Unforgotten RIP

Radlett_blue added 09:45 - Jan 13
Kellard played for Town before my time, but he was there for so short a spell that I can only imagine there was a falling out with Bill McGarry. I remember him playing for other teams & he was quite a hard little nut on the pitch. I used to watch Chelmsford City on Monday nights & Kellard was a spectacularly unsuccessful player manager, although by all accounts he was popular with the players.

Linkboy13 added 11:02 - Jan 13
Remember Bobby very well chunky little midfielder who kept the game very simple RIP .

dirtydingusmagee added 12:48 - Jan 13
his time as a town player came to an end just after i became a supporter, a long time ago now. RIP Bobby

jonju11 added 14:16 - Jan 13
I remember Bobby very well when I used to watch Pompey when I lived in that area. He was a whole hearted player who never let you down. Regrettably I never saw him play for Ipswich but as a season ticket holder for over 25 years @ ITFC I wish he played for us now!
RIP Bobby, a true gent.

therein61 added 16:38 - Jan 13
R.I.P Bobby i remember him as an honest pro who put in a decent shift and never let the side down, but he appeared for whatever reason to have itchy feet for pastures new throughout his career

bayblue added 18:59 - Jan 13
The paragraph on his time at Ipswich is most enlightening : https://pompeychimes.webs.com/bobbykellard.htm

Nobbysnuts added 07:54 - Jan 14
Never heard of him

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