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Ken Shellito
Personal information
Date of birth April 18, 1940 (1940-04-18) (age 69)
Place of birth    East Ham, London, England
Playing position Full-back
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1959-69 Chelsea 123 (2)   
National team
1963 England 1 (0)
Teams managed
Cambridge United
Kuala Lumpur FA
Perak FA
Sabah FA

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Kenneth John Shellito (born 18 April 1940 in East Ham, London) is a former English football player and manager who now works in a coaching role for the Asian Football Confederation, based in Kuala Lumpur. He is also a Malaysian Permanent Resident.


Professional career



Shellito spent his entire playing career at Chelsea, signing for the club from Chelsea Juniors at the age of 17 and making his professional debut two years later against Nottingham Forest. He featured in Tommy Docherty's re-built Chelsea side of the early 1960s as an attacking full-back, helping the club win promotion from the Second Division in 1962-63. However, as the side began to challenge for honors Shellito suffered a serious knee injury and despite several attempted comebacks, was forced to retire prematurely.

International career

Shellito made one appearance for England, against Czechoslovakia in 1963. He also played in the England vs the Rest of the World XI match in 1963, arranged to celebrate the centenary of The Football Association.

Managerial career


Upon his retirement, Shellito joined the Chelsea coaching staff and took charge of the club's youth academy in 1968. In the summer of 1977, he was appointed manager of Chelsea, succeeding his former partner at full-back, Eddie McCreadie. He managed to keep Chelsea in the First Division in 1977-78, but the highlight of his tenure was a shock 4-2 win over reigning European champions Liverpool in the FA Cup. He left the club less than a year later, with the side at the bottom of the First Division and facing relegation.

Cambridge United

He was later manager of Cambridge United, before becoming a coach in Malaysia.


External links

  • Ken Shellito on the Chelsea in America Celebrity Podcast (2009).


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