Southend United are saddened to learn of the passing of former midfielder Bobby Kellard at the age of 77.
Born in North London on 1 March 1943, Kellard came through the ranks at the club and made his debut on 29 September 1959 at the age of 16.
He made over 100 appearances in just under four years, scoring 17 goals and creating many chances for the likes of Roy Hollis, Bud Houghton, Duggie Price and Sammy McCrory, before leaving for Crystal Palace for £9,500.
Kellard went on to play for Ipswich Town, Portsmouth Bristol City and Leicester City, where he won a Second Division winners medal in 1970/71.
In the latter stages of his career he went abroad to South Africa before returning to England in 1975 with Torquay and then Chelmsford City, where he later became manager, bringing down a colourful career that spanned over 500 League appearances.
A member of the Southend United Ex-Players Association, Kellard will be remembered as a mercurial midfielder who gave his all for the many teams he played for.
The club sends its condolences to Bobby’s family and friends at this sad time.
We are saddened to learn of the passing of SUEPA member and our former midfielder Bobby Kellard (starting out with us making over 100 apps 1960-63 & going on to have a great career in the game). Our sincere condolences go to his family. RIP Bob. @shrimperstrust pic.twitter.com/eZ9uj5E1ea— Southend United Ex-Players Association (@SUEPAssoc) January 10, 2021
Sad to hear of the passing of Bobby Kellard at the age of 77. Made Blues debut at 16 in 1959. The former Fairfax pupil is still the youngest player to make 100 appearances for #Southend. He left Southend for Crystal Palace for £9,500 in 1963. Played 500+ League games. RIP Bobby. pic.twitter.com/4ptSfT5iQh— SUFC_History (@SUFC_History) January 10, 2021