Norm Kelly


In every sport there is always one player who seems to stand out above the rest during a particular decade. Norm Kelly started his soccer carrier in 1955 and soon showed people his abilities. There is no question to the people of St. Lawrence, the Burin Peninsula and the rest of Newfoundland and Labrador that he was the most outstanding soccer player of the 1960's.

Norm was a member of the very first Newfoundland team to participate in the Challenge Cup in 1966. It was during this tournament that the Laurentians beat the Sydney Ramblers of Nova Scotia. The greatest experience of his carrier was in 1967 when he traveled to Toronto for his first game outside of the province. Despite a 3-2 loss to the Toronto Ballymen, Kelly scored one of the teams goals and played with extreme determination.

During his illustrious carrier, Norm Kelly was a member of a team which won the Burin Peninsula Soccer Championship a total of six times. While playing for the Laurentians, Norm was voted most valuable player 4 times and was the acting captain from 1963-1968.

Norm Kelly was also a valuable member of the All Newfoundland Championship teams from 1965- 1968 and was voted M.V.P in 1966 and 1968.

In 1966, while still an active athlete, Norm Kelly assumed the role of vice president of the Burin Peninsula Soccer association. His dedication to the survival and promotion of the sport was surpassed only by his desire to play.

When Norm retired from playing Soccer he committed his time to the enhancement of the sport. Serving as both the assistant coach and coach, Norm dedicated 4 years to the sport. In 1982 he was finally inducted into the St. Lawrence Hall of Fame for his accomplishments.

As an Athlete, Norm took part in other sports in the town. In 1964 he was voted the Intertown league M.V.P and was also the winner of the scoring title for that year.

Representing Newflour curling club, Norm Kelly was a member of the 1975 and 1976 championship teams in the Intertown League. This team in turn played in the British Consul Zone play downs in St. Johns. In his spare time he also coached curling and promoted it throughout the town.


Norm was inducted into the St. Lawrence Soccer Hall of Fame in 1982 and the Burin Peninsula Soccer Hall of Fame in 1989 and the Newfoundland Soccer Hall of Fame in 1989.