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Craig Kelly

Craig Kelly

1989-1996
23

122 CFC Games Played

43 CFC Goals

Date of Birth
16 June 1966
Recruited From
Norwood
Collingwood Debut
Round 4, 1989
Height:
190cm
Weight:
95kg

Biography

A strong and tough defender who quickly become a fan favourite during his stay at Victoria Park, highlighted by his key role in the 1990 premiership.

Kelly, universally known as ‘Ned’, was recruited from South Australian club Norwood and was a recognised leader around the club during his 122-game career, often playing above his height in the back pocket.

His father, Kim, played 50 games for the Port Adelaide Magpies and his mother was a swimmer of international standard.

With Norwood, he played at centre half-forward as well as in defence and learned his football in 121 games under the coaching of Neil Balme.

He delayed moving to Victoria for two years after being drafted, initially because Balme didn’t consider he was ready for League football and later because he had surgery on both groins.

His straight-ahead play at centre half-back was a key factor in the airtight defence of Collingwood’s premiership team in 1990, and he was one of the several players reported during the infamous quarter-time brawl in the decider against the Bombers.

In mid-1992, Kelly tore the hamstring from the bone and damaged anterior, posterior and lateral ligaments in his knee. Those injuries put him out of the game for 10 months.

It was also in 1992 that Kelly drew ire for his collision with Sydney’s Ben Doolan, an action that caused many of Doolan’s teeth to fall out.

He was the subject of controversy in 1994 when he pinched Hawthorn full forward Jason Dunstall as a defensive tactic during a game. The action had been in response to teammate Sav Rocca saying in a team meeting that Kelly had lost his “edge”. Kelly promptly tried the tactic on Rocca in a match-practice session during the week at Victoria Park and realised it would be irritating to opposition forwards.

“Ned” was a popular figure throughout his career at Victoria Park and retired in a blaze of glory alongside Alan Richardson, with the pair bowing out in front of the adoring Victoria Park crowd in a 49-point win over the Brisbane Bears in round 22, 1996.

Once retired, Kelly became a highly respected player agent, as well as acting as a guest panelist during the early years of The Footy Show.

His son, Jake, would play a handful of games for the club’s VFL team in 2013 before being added to Adelaide’s rookie list.

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Statistics

CFC Career Stats

Season played Games Goals Finals Win %
1989-1996 122 43 6 54%

CFC Season by Season Stats

Season GP GL B K H T D Guernsey No.
1989 17 17 9 94 102 24 196 23

1989 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 4 St Kilda W 2 1 6 4 1 10 23 View match >
Round 5 Sydney L 8 9 3 17 23 View match >
Round 6 Melbourne W 4 2 10 6 16 23 View match >
Round 7 Western Bulldogs W 9 11 20 23 View match >
Round 8 Carlton W 1 5 9 1 14 23 View match >
Round 9 Essendon L 1 8 7 4 15 23 View match >
Round 10 Geelong L 1 1 7 10 2 17 23 View match >
Round 11 West Coast W 1 2 7 1 9 23 View match >
Round 12 Richmond W 1 3 5 1 8 23 View match >
Round 13 North Melbourne W 5 4 1 9 23 View match >
Round 14 Western Bulldogs L 5 3 2 8 23 View match >
Round 15 Carlton L 4 7 5 1 12 23 View match >
Round 16 Hawthorn L 2 4 5 9 23 View match >
Round 17 Geelong W 3 4 4 7 23 View match >
Round 18 Sydney L 1 3 6 1 9 23 View match >
Round 19 North Melbourne L 2 4 3 1 7 23 View match >
Elimination Final Melbourne L 2 0 5 4 1 9 23 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1990 23 1 3 177 155 32 332 23

1990 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 West Coast L 11 7 3 18 23 View match >
Round 2 Carlton W 8 6 2 14 23 View match >
Round 3 Sydney W 8 4 12 23 View match >
Round 6 Essendon L 6 5 11 23 View match >
Round 7 Hawthorn L 2 2 1 4 23 View match >
Round 9 North Melbourne W 7 7 2 14 23 View match >
Round 10 Melbourne W 7 11 18 23 View match >
Round 11 Brisbane W 8 5 2 13 23 View match >
Round 12 Geelong W 3 10 2 13 23 View match >
Round 13 Richmond W 8 13 3 21 23 View match >
Round 14 West Coast W 6 10 16 23 View match >
Round 15 Carlton W 9 9 18 23 View match >
Round 16 Sydney W 12 6 1 18 23 View match >
Round 17 Western Bulldogs L 4 7 1 11 23 View match >
Round 18 St Kilda W 2 13 10 23 23 View match >
Round 19 Essendon L 5 4 4 9 23 View match >
Round 20 Hawthorn L 9 4 1 13 23 View match >
Round 21 Fitzroy W 9 6 3 15 23 View match >
Round 22 North Melbourne W 12 6 3 18 23 View match >
Qualifying Final West Coast D 0 0 7 12 1 19 23 View match >
Qualifying Final West Coast W 1 1 5 2 7 23 View match >
Semi Final Essendon W 0 0 7 6 3 13 23 View match >
Grand Final Essendon W 0 0 11 3 14 23 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1991 19 5 7 136 127 20 263 23

1991 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Western Bulldogs W 1 2 4 6 1 10 23 View match >
Round 2 West Coast L 0 2 7 2 9 23 View match >
Round 3 Fitzroy W 5 4 1 9 23 View match >
Round 4 St Kilda D 6 5 11 23 View match >
Round 5 Brisbane W 2 1 2 23 View match >
Round 8 Richmond L 1 4 2 6 23 View match >
Round 9 Geelong L 3 2 9 2 2 11 23 View match >
Round 12 Carlton L 4 8 12 23 View match >
Round 13 Essendon W 8 6 1 14 23 View match >
Round 14 Sydney W 12 10 2 22 23 View match >
Round 15 Adelaide W 8 9 2 17 23 View match >
Round 16 Western Bulldogs W 3 10 1 13 23 View match >
Round 17 West Coast L 13 11 1 24 23 View match >
Round 18 Fitzroy W 5 7 1 12 23 View match >
Round 19 St Kilda W 10 4 14 23 View match >
Round 20 Brisbane W 6 15 2 21 23 View match >
Round 21 Melbourne W 1 12 11 3 23 23 View match >
Round 23 Richmond W 9 5 14 23 View match >
Round 24 Geelong L 11 8 2 19 23 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1992 7 5 3 54 51 13 105 23

1992 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 2 Brisbane W 2 0 6 4 1 10 23 View match >
Round 3 Sydney W 3 3 10 2 12 23 View match >
Round 9 Adelaide W 0 0 10 16 3 26 23 View match >
Round 10 Geelong W 0 0 6 9 4 15 23 View match >
Round 11 Fitzroy L 0 0 9 9 2 18 23 View match >
Round 12 St Kilda L 0 0 7 6 3 13 23 View match >
Round 13 West Coast W 0 0 6 5 11 23 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1993 13 9 9 87 69 18 156 23

1993 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 6 Carlton W 2 1 5 1 6 23 View match >
Round 7 Adelaide W 2 2 8 5 2 13 23 View match >
Round 8 Hawthorn W 2 1 14 9 23 23 View match >
Round 12 Brisbane W 2 8 8 16 23 View match >
Round 13 West Coast L 9 1 3 10 23 View match >
Round 14 Richmond W 2 1 3 6 2 9 23 View match >
Round 15 Sydney W 1 2 11 6 3 17 23 View match >
Round 16 Western Bulldogs W 4 6 2 10 23 View match >
Round 17 Geelong L 2 8 1 10 23 View match >
Round 18 Essendon L 4 2 6 23 View match >
Round 19 St Kilda W 5 7 3 12 23 View match >
Round 21 Carlton L 3 1 3 23 View match >
Round 22 Adelaide L 11 10 1 21 23 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1994 16 6 1 80 107 33 187 23

1994 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 6 Melbourne L 1 5 4 3 9 23 View match >
Round 7 Geelong L 1 12 4 1 16 23 View match >
Round 8 St Kilda W 3 9 2 4 11 23 View match >
Round 10 Hawthorn W 4 8 2 12 23 View match >
Round 11 Adelaide W 1 1 23 View match >
Round 14 Brisbane L 2 6 2 8 23 View match >
Round 15 Sydney W 3 5 2 8 23 View match >
Round 16 Fitzroy W 1 4 7 1 11 23 View match >
Round 17 Carlton L 1 8 13 2 21 23 View match >
Round 18 Western Bulldogs L 4 6 5 10 23 View match >
Round 20 Essendon W 3 4 4 7 23 View match >
Round 21 Melbourne W 6 15 3 21 23 View match >
Round 22 Geelong W 2 10 2 12 23 View match >
Round 23 St Kilda L 5 6 1 11 23 View match >
Round 24 North Melbourne L 6 10 1 16 23 View match >
Qualifying Final West Coast L 0 0 7 6 13 23 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1995 15 0 0 61 79 11 140 23

1995 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Carlton L 0 0 5 8 1 13 23 View match >
Round 2 West Coast L 0 0 5 4 1 9 23 View match >
Round 3 Geelong L 0 0 6 7 1 13 23 View match >
Round 4 Essendon D 0 0 8 9 17 23 View match >
Round 5 Hawthorn L 0 0 7 3 2 10 23 View match >
Round 6 Richmond L 0 0 4 11 1 15 23 View match >
Round 7 Sydney W 0 0 3 6 1 9 23 View match >
Round 8 Fremantle W 0 0 2 4 6 23 View match >
Round 9 Melbourne L 0 0 0 23 View match >
Round 13 Adelaide W 0 0 1 4 5 23 View match >
Round 18 Geelong W 7 2 1 9 23 View match >
Round 19 Essendon L 3 4 7 23 View match >
Round 20 Hawthorn W 0 0 4 1 2 5 23 View match >
Round 21 Richmond L 0 0 6 6 12 23 View match >
Round 22 Sydney L 0 0 10 1 10 23 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1996 12 0 0 49 56 12 105 23

1996 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Carlton L 4 3 1 7 23 View match >
Round 2 Melbourne W 1 5 1 6 23 View match >
Round 3 Sydney L 5 7 2 12 23 View match >
Round 4 Fremantle W 3 6 2 9 23 View match >
Round 5 Essendon W 0 0 8 5 2 13 23 View match >
Round 6 Adelaide W 7 11 1 18 23 View match >
Round 7 St Kilda L 6 1 1 7 23 View match >
Round 8 Brisbane L 8 7 15 23 View match >
Round 9 Geelong L 3 8 11 23 View match >
Round 10 Melbourne L 0 23 View match >
Round 19 Fremantle L 1 2 3 23 View match >
Round 22 Brisbane W 3 1 2 4 23 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
Totals 122 43 32 738 746 163 1484
Avg/Game   0.35 0.26 6.05 6.11 1.34 12.16
Legend
  • GPGames Played
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • TTackles
  • DDisposals

Key Facts

CFC Debut Number

917

Draft
1986 National AFL Draft by Collingwood
Total AFL Games
122
Total AFL Goals
43
CFC Debut
Round 4, 1989
CFC Last Game
Round 22, 1996
Recruited From
Norwood
Full Name
Craig Kelly
Nickname
Ned

Awards

  • Life Members
    2003
  • Best Clubman (Darren Millane Memorial Trophy)
    1990
  • Premiership
    1990
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