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11 January 2021

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.


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