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Ken Jelly

Ken was another local lad who progressed through our Colts, A Team and Reserves making his First Team debut in season 1965-66. He would be the club’s top scorer for four successive seasons later in his United career before departing to near neighbours Sutton United in March 1971.


There was a proud moment for the Club when Ken won an England Amateur International Cap playing against Trinidad at Port of Spain in July 1969. The only honour he won with Tooting & Mitcham United, was the1969-70 South Thames Cup Final which was played the following season when we defeated Kingstonian on their own patch 2-0 Ken with one of the goals. He was also on target in our joint record victory against Hounslow Town which we won 11-0 in the Premier Midweek Floodlight League at old home Sandy Lane in May 1969.


Ken played in the region of 264 games for the club netting 162 goals a superb scoring return for such a talented forward. In one of his early games he got a hat-trick against old rivals Dulwich Hamlet and repeated the feat against them in October 1969. Both games in the league and both away, later in his career he would sign for Dulwich.  Ken would go one better against Clapton scoring four times at the Old Spotted Dog in a 5-1 league victory in August 1969. One of his final games for the club was our worst ever Isthmian League home defeat at the hands of St Albans City who hammered us 7-0 in February 1971. Most of the seasons he was with us we were in the top half of the table but never challenging for honours.


Ken like so many others attended the former players reunion at Imperial Fields in October 2022.

Article written by Ian Bullock TMUFC Members Club Vice President

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