Alfred John "Jack" Kelsey (November
1992) was a
Kelsey spent most of his career at
after the club signed him from Welsh side
Winch Wen in 1949.
After two years in the reserves, Kelsey made his debut at
Charlton Athletic in February
1951 - his first
start was not an auspicious one, as Arsenal lost 5-2. He stayed in the reserves
for another year and a half after that. He returned to the side during the
season, sharing goalkeeping duties with
George Swindin, and made 29 appearances in a side that won the
With a rugged build and consistently solid catching, Kelsey was Arsenal's No.
1 for the next eight seasons; though he didn't win any major honours with
Arsenal, he was a runner-up in the first
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (precursor of the
final in 1958,
playing for a
London XI representative side against
Barcelona. He became a regular for
Wales as well, winning 41 caps. He was Wales's keeper in the
1958 World Cup, their only finals appearance to date, where they were
eventually knocked out 1-0 by winners
Brazil in the quarter-finals.
Kelsey's career was cut short after he sustained a back injury playing for
Wales in a friendly against Brazil in May
1962, whilst trying
to save at the feet of
Vavá; despite many attempts to rectify his injury, he was forced to retire a
year later. In all he played 352 times for Arsenal, the second-highest number of
appearances by a 'keeper for the club (bettered only by
Seaman). Kelsey later worked for Arsenal as the club's commercial manager.
He died in 1992, at
the age of 62.