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Pompey Mourn Bobby Kellard

Former Blues midfielder passes away

11 January 2021

Bobby Kellard

Pompey are mourning the death of Bobby Kellard, who has passed away at the age of 77.

The former Blues midfielder passed away peacefully on Sunday, having suffered a stroke last February.

He netted 18 goals in 176 appearances during two spells for the club and his combative display made him a firm favourite of the Fratton faithful.

Bobby began his career with hometown club Southend and earned England Youth honours before moving on to appear for Crystal Palace and Ipswich.

Pompey boss George Smith had already tried to sign him twice and a fee of £15,000 ensured it was third time lucky in March 1966.

After going off injured in a defeat to Birmingham on his debut, Kellard quickly proved to be a bargain buy with a series of consistent displays.

He left for Bristol City just over two years later, then won promotion to the top-flight with Leicester before heading back to Palace.

Bobby returned to Pompey for a record fee of £42,000 in December 1972 and helped them climb away from the bottom of Division Two.

He was part of the side that played Fratton Park’s first Sunday fixture against Orient and, a week later, also became the first player to be sent off on that day of the week in a clash with West Brom.

Kellard departed for a second time at the beginning of 1975 and finished his career with short spells at Cape Town City and Torquay.

He later managed Chelmsford and entered the antiques business, while also enjoying painting in his spare time.

The thoughts of everyone at Portsmouth Football Club are with Bobby’s family and friends at this sad time.


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