Craig Kelly (footballer)
Craig Kelly (born 16 June 1966) is a former Australian rules football player with Collingwood Football Club and served as a successful player manager. He is the grandson of famous free marketeer and former Government Minister, C.R. "Bert" Kelly.
|Date of birth||16 June 1966|
|Original team(s)||Norwood (SANFL)|
|Draft||No. 34, 1986 national draft|
|Height||190 cm (6 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||140 kg (309 lb)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1996.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Kelly made his debut in 1989 and became a tough defender. He played a crucial role in the low scoring 1990 Grand Final, which Collingwood went on to win.
The barrel chested Kelly was known for being a tough and hot headed footballer. He had many appearances to the tribunal for rough play. One incident occurred in 1992 when playing against Sydney, Kelly charged at Sydney's Ben Doolan, causing many of Doolan's teeth to fall out.
Craig Kelly is also famous for pinching opposition players to niggle them such as Richmond's Stephen Jurica, Hawthorn's Jason Dunstall and Geelong duo David Mensch and Gary Ablett, which Ablett stated in his new biography (2007).
After his retirement, Craig founded Elite Sports Properties with Rob Woodhouse - now TLA Worldwide. The company deals mainly with sports management and marketing. Kelly is a player manager to many top current AFL stars.
He also unsuccessfully attempted to introduce the ‘Bandit Method’ into Australian golf. A theory that requires its students to exclusively chip one handed from inside 20 metres of the green. Craig named his school after the method ‘One Armed Bandits’ however it recently closed due to a lack of students.