Leeds United Air Crash Memories

Gary Kelly

Life in 1998

In March 1998, Gary was Leeds United’s 23 year old Captain.

Gary and his wife Julieanne had a three year old daughter Laura and were eagerly awaiting the imminent arrival of their second child.


The last 25 years

Gary and Julieanne’s baby son Lee was born on the day of the presentation to the aircrew held at Elland Road on 8th April 1998, just eight days after the crash. Baby Lee is now 25 years old!

In 2010 the couple had a third child, Katie who is now 13


Gary played his entire professional career at Leeds United, totalling an amazing 531 appearances for the club.

He also won 52 International caps playing for the Republic of Ireland.




The Gary Kelly Cancer Support Centre

Sadly in 1998, tragedy struck Gary’s family when they lost his sister Mandy to breast cancer aged only 35 years old.

In 2004 the Gary Kelly Cancer Support Centre in Drogheda was opened. It provides support for people living with cancer, their families and those who care for them.

Gary donated the million pound plus proceeds of his testimonial match to his charity.



Click on the link below to find out more about The Gary Kelly Cancer Support Centre, including how to make a donation