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Phil Kelso

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Full namePhilip Wade Kelso
Date of birth26 May 1871
Place of birthLargs, Scotland
Date of death13 February 1935(age 63)
Place of deathLondon, England

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Phil Wade Kelso (26 May 1871 13 February 1935), born in Largs on the Firth of Clyde, Scotland, was a Scottish football manager.

Kelso was manager of Hibernian for one season, before taking over as manager of newly-promoted Woolwich Arsenal in 1904. He managed the club for four years, during which time he took the side to the FA Cup semi-finals two seasons in a row; however, his best in the league was only seventh (in 1906-07).

With the club starting to run into financial trouble and with results declining, Kelso resigned in 1908 to returned to Scotland to manage a hotel; but was tempted back down south to become manager of Fulham in 1909. He stayed with the Cottagers for 15 years, making him their longest-serving manager. After retiring from football he ran a couple of pubs in the Hammersmith area and was chairman of the Football League Managers and Secretaries Association.

Kelso died in London, in 1935, aged 64.

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