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Tony Kellow

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Full nameAnthony Kellow
Date of birth1 May 1952
Place of birthFalmouth, Cornwall, England
Date of death20 February 2011(age 58)
Place of deathTruro, Cornwall, England
Playing positionForward

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Anthony "Tony" Kellow (1 May 1952 20 February 2011) was an English-born professional footballer. He played as a forward and made over 400 Football League appearances in the 1970s and 1980s.

He was born in Budock Water, a village near Falmouth, and on leaving school in 1967 he found employment in Falmouth Docks as an apprentice electrician, later turning out for local non-league sides.

A centre-forward, his profesional career began when he signed for Exeter City from Falmouth Town in 1976, and was sold to Blackpool, in November 1978, for £125,000, which was Blackpool's record outlay at the time. He returned to Exeter in March 1980 for a second spell (his 25 goals for them in the 1980-81 season making him the highest scorer in any of the four Football League divisions) and joined Plymouth Argyle in 1983. Brief spells with Swansea City and Newport County followed before a return for a third spell with Exeter which ended in January 1988 when he retired from playing at the age of 35, drawing the curtain on a league career which had yielded 162 goals.

Kellow died on 20 February 2011, in Truro's Treliske Hopsital after being found unconscious at his nearby flat. He was 58 years old. His funeral service was held at St Budock Parish Church on 28 February 2011, and his body was then cremated at Truro's Penmount Crematorium.

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