Mention the name David Kelly to anybody who was around in the early 90s and their eyes will light up.
A talented player and one of those the supporters really identified with.
Phenomenal workrate, scored goals, and was clearly somebody who loved playing for Newcastle United.
He was there at the very start of the Kevin Keegan revolution, signed by Ossie Ardiles and scoring 11 goals in 25 second tier games to help save Newcastle from relegation. Kevin Keegan had arrived in February 1992 to try and save us and Kelly’s late winner in the key game against Portsmouth, is a goal that many Newcastle fans still count as their favourite ever goal.
Top scorer in the 1992/93 promotion season but David Kelly was sold on at the end of the season, Kevin Keegan showing his ruthless/brave side, as he sold the three strikers who had been top scorers the past three seasons – Kelly, Peacock and Quinn.
KK put Andy Cole and Peter Beardsley together and the rest, as they say, is history.
However, the fans never forgot David Kelly, incredible scenes when later coming back with Sunderland, Newcastle supporters gave Kelly a standing ovation when he came off the bench. Quite amazing considering he was now playing for the Mackems.
Neither as David Kelly forgot Newcastle United and he feels it is unforgivable what Mike Ashley is doing to the club he cares about so much.
He can’t believe the lack of backing from the owner to the manager (and fans), leaving Newcastle battling relegation instead of what he sees as their rightful place competing at the top.
David Kelly ‘got’ Newcastle United over 25 years ago and he ‘gets’ them now, none of should forget what the club is capable of and the one man who is to blame for the state the club is now in.
David Kelly speaking to The Star:
“I agree with Rafa 100%, it saddens me to see Newcastle struggling but it doesn’t surprise me…
“Of course they have had a tough run of fixtures, but the problems go back to the transfer business done, or rather not done, in the summer.
“With all due respect to Joselu or Rondon, neither of them are going to score 18 goals this season, and that’s what you need.
“Leicester aren’t one of the top, top teams but there are goals in their side, so it will be tough (on Saturday).
“Rafa quite correctly talks about the teams Newcastle have to compete with if they are to survive but worryingly, the likes of Cardiff, Burnley, Palace and Fulham have all spent more money.
“And Wolves, who I see quite a bit of these days, are reaping the rewards of investing heavily.
“It’s not rocket science.
“The harsh reality is that Rafa has not been backed and for the club to stay up, there has to be huge backing in January.
“When I left, Newcastle were on their way up and became one of the biggest clubs in the country.
“They should still be there. I mean no disrespect to the likes of Burnley, Palace and Fulham, but Newcastle are in a different league.
“Instead, they’re the ones they are competing with just to stay up and in terms of ambition, they’re lagging behind all of them.”