êMaryhill, Glasgow born right or centre half Willie Kelly was a stalwart for St Mirren in the mid/late 1930’s having joined the Paisley club from Maryhill Juniors in 1934, and remained at Love Street throughout the War years off and on while serving in the Royal Navy. During his most prominent years, he had been mentioned several times for a Scotland cap. He scored 19 goals in 272 appearances for The Buddies, being described at the time as a “strong, forcing player. Not a stylist, but highly effective”.
In August 1945 he signed for Dundee United in what was a then record fee for the Tannadice club, He missed very few games in the first half of the 1945-46 campaign for United but failed to settle in Dundee and he requested a transfer in late January 1946. Within a few weeks he moved to Greenock Morton after 20 appearances for United. Later that year, however, Kelly was served with the first post-war sin die suspension for “rough play”, which saw him banned from the game. His ban was eventually lifted in September 1950.