25 Nov 1965
Republic of Ireland
Arguably one of the most important strikers in Newcastle United's history!
That's quite a statement when you consider he was only at the club for two years and both of those in the second tier of English football (the latter in what had just been named the First Division, with the creation of the Premier League that same season).
But it's that very timing, the saving of Newcastle form relegation to the 3rd tier in 1991-92 and the goals he scored in 1992-93 to guide the Magpies to promotion to the new promised land of the Premier League with all its riches which makes David such an important figure in our history.
A goal every other game in the league. A winning goal against Sunderland in his first season. Club top scorer with 28 in the league under Keegan as United charged to promotion. A hat-trick in his final game at St James Park, in a game that also saw Andrew Cole hit three of his own, in a 7-1 win.
Kelly would be moved out of the club during the summer as Keegan brought in Peter Beardsley to help Cole up front (and we all know how that worked out). As brutal as not allowing David his chance in the Premier with Newcastle was, hindsight would show Keegan got it right.
But David is still fondly remembered by all those who were lucky enough to see him play during his time at the club. So much so that when he returned to St James in the colours of Sunderland he received a standing ovation.
A pivotal player at a pivotal time in the clubs great history. Many would argue a 'club legend' and I'm not going to argue with that!
(David played 26 times for Ireland, scoring 9 goals)