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Goalkeeping Coach

Alan Kelly

First Team Management



Date of birth





Republic of Ireland

Son of Preston North End legend Alan Kelly Snr, and prominent Lilywhites shot stopper in his own right, Alan Kelly Jnr was appointed goalkeeping coach at Deepdale in April 2013.

Kelly made 142 appearances for North End during a seven year stint with the Club between 1985 and 1992, before moving onto Sheffield United, and, later, Blackburn Rovers.

The former Republic of Ireland international made 34 appearances for his country, although, despite being named part of both 1994 and 2002 World Cup squads, he never made an appearance in the competition.

He did however find success with Lancashire neighbours Blackburn, securing the League Cup in 2002 under the management of Graham Souness.

The Preston-born ‘keeper spent another couple of seasons with Rovers after the victory before finally hanging up his gloves in 2004, ending his Club career with over 400 appearances in all competitions.

Following his retirement, Kelly Jr entertained the idea of coaching, and, in the summer of 2006, the Irishman made his way to America to coach young goalkeepers at soccer academy camps in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania.

There, Kelly caught the coaching bug, and he was later snapped up by his country to teach ‘keepers at international level.

Then, in 2011, Phil Brown was dismissed as manager of the Lilywhites, leaving Graham Alexander and David Unsworth to take temporary charge.

That meant Kelly Jr, who had spent 18 months with the club’s Academy, was promoted to the first team goalkeeping coach on a temporary basis - before being replaced when Graham Westley was appointed first team manager.

However, following the appointment of Simon Grayson, Kelly Jr was appointed in the role on a permanent basis ahead of the 2013/14 campaign.

Kelly continues to nurture and educate the current crop of goalkeepers at North End.