MARTIN KELLY - 100 GAMES
If selected against Calders on Thursday night Martin Kelly will make his 100th appearance for the Club.
Affectionately known as “Safehands”, for no apparent reason, he will become the third regular goalkeeper to reach the milestone after Kevin Devine and Martin Harvey.
Martin’s career has been full of highs and lows with the highs generally resulting in the ball going over his head for another goal conceded, the most famous of which was at Holyrood when a clearance from hand by Willie Fernie the Ormond Saints keeper sailed over Safehands head as he rushed off his line to gather it.
However, Martin has also performed superbly in goals at times, particularly in a thrilling three all draw against Clyde, a three one defeat against a strong Tain Thistle team and an away shut out at McDiarmid Park against Perth Hotspurs. In fact only the double act of Devine and Harvey have more shut outs than our Martin (7).
It was never easy for Martin to keep is place in goals in the early days but he fought off all the competition in the shape of Raymondo Martinez, Graham “The Cat” Carmalt, Abu Hamza and Dougie “The Flying Coo” Lyden.
There has also been the odd foray out of goals and Martin, thanks to his long hair at the time, scored a last minute headed equaliser against Posh Youth a couple of years ago. He also showed his outfield skills against Montrose recently, but sadly on this occasion, to no effect.
Since the start of the season Martin has taken on the role of Assistant Head Coach and his cry of “Come On Queen’s” has turned many a defeat into victory. He has also been in sole charge of the team once and inspired an 8-3 victory over Scottish Power.
Due to his off field duties Martin hasn’t played many games this season but he was called into action last Thursday against the Southside All Stars and played his part in a 3-2 victory. A late high shot headed for the top corner but Safehands leapt like a salmon and plucked the ball out of the air much to his team mates delight, and astonishment.
Since his debut in 2009 Martin has been a regular with the team home and away, and enjoyed our annual trip to London , which he is once again going on this year. Plus he is always willing to spend plenty of time in the pub after games listening to long boring stories from Club Legends which makes him a delight to have around the squad.