Anthony Peter Kelly

Anthony Peter Kelly

Age: 29

A beloved only child of parents Tony and Betty, Anthony Kelly made the trip to Sheffield by coach with friends, all of whom survived the disaster. 

The father of three from Birkenhead, who served in the Armed Forces, was remembered by his mother Betty as 'a grand lad'. She told the inquests: "I miss him so much."

Portrait by his mother Betty Almond

Anthony Peter Kelly was born on August 12, 1959. He was aged 29 when he died.

I gave birth to a baby boy prematurely on August 12, 1959. He was very small, weighing less than two pounds.

He was christened straight away. He was named Anthony Peter Kelly.

He was a very sickly baby, but he pulled through everything that hit him.

Finally, he was well enough to come home; it was a day we thought we would never see.

Tony and I were so happy. Anthony grew into a grand lad.

He went to school and was so happy to be with other boys and girls. He had a lot of friends.

Anthony's dad was a big motorbike fan. Anthony would help him and soon learned which spanner to use for different things.

He made a bicycle for himself out of spare parts from a scrap yard.

He played football at school. He also had a flair for cartoons. He was very good at drawing them.

When he was 18, he went into the army. We were so proud of our son.

When he came out of the army, he did various jobs. He liked playing darts. He also loved music and football, of course.

I miss him so much. Anthony was our only child. Hillsborough should never have happened.

You'll Never Walk Alone

Rest in Peace