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Tom Kelly

Victorian Football Association
Career: 1877 - 1879


"Hercules" Kelly.

The Referee newspaper in Sydney April 28 1925, printed a letter from a reader who mentioned Tom Kelly who played for Carlton in the days of O. T. L. "Lanty" O'Brien.

Kelly came to Carlton from the Fawkner club in 1877.
1877 A muscular and active follower, and not to be denied in a charge, a host in himself, and always doing useful work.
(The Footballer 1877 p35)

1878 Still to the fore, a robust,
a sturdy 'un, plays a good manly game.
(The Footballer 1878 p31)

Played in both Carlton-Waratah games (Rugby and Australian Football) at the M.C.G. June 29 and July 1 1878

1879 T. Kelly - Plays a really hard and good honest game, now and again holds the ball too much, which slightly mars his spirited and manly efforts.
(The Footballer 1879. p29)

1879 T. Kelly scored one goal for Carlton during the season.
(The Footballer 1879. p71)

Retired before the 1880 season.
(Carlton Story. H.Buggy and H.Bell p48)

Footnote

THOMAS KELLY

There was a Thomas Joseph Dart Kelly who played cricket for Carlton,* Victoria and Australia. However, this Kelly was born in Waterford, Ireland on May 03 1844 and emigrated at the age of 19. One would presume he would have been too old to play football the age of 32 or 33.
He is the first Australian cricketer to wear a blazer - one that he designed himself. ( Cricinfo and CricketEurope Ireland websites)
He passed away at Hawthorn, July 20 1893 aged 44.
Australian Test Cricketer No. 12
-* the Cricketeurope Ireland site said he joined Thomas Horan in the same cricket side in Melbourne.
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