Frank Kelly (I)

Born in Glasgow on the 8th December 1892, Frank Kelly was an outside right who was a fine dribbler, quick and possessed accurate crossing ability.

He actually had a connection to Celtic as he was the eldest son of legendary centre half James Kelly, his mother Margaret was of course the daughter of one of the club’s founders and most notably his younger brother Sir Robert Kelly would serve as chairman for many years. A number of his brothers were also footballers who played for Queen’s Park.

Frank joined Motherwell in 1915 from Junior outfit Blantyre Vics, in four years at Fir Park he played in 83 league games scoring 16 goals, he also had a loan spell with both Hamilton Academical and Celtic, but his career had been somewhat interrupted by the ongoing conflicts of World War One.

Francis David Kelly had served the Cameronians as private 53182 throughout the war years, but tragically he would lose his life in post war France where on the 5th May 1919 in Montagris he was involved in a accident, he was running to catch a moving train and while trying to jump onto it he missed and landed under it and the injuries he sustained were just to great. He was only 27 years old.

Francis David Kelly
Date of Birth:
8th December 1892
Place of Birth:

Football Career:

Blantyre Vics 1912 1915
Motherwell 1915 1919
Hamilton Accies (Loan) 1915 1916
Celtic (Loan) 1917 1918

Well Career:

Apps Goals
83 16
Scottish Cup:
League Cup:
83 16