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Hall of Fame – Gary Prophet

Gary Prophet is a one-man club.gary-prophet-hall-of-fame-inductee-2015-220x165

Since joining Kelsall FC in 1974 at the age of 14 he has played for, managed and held every role in the club without break for 41 years.

After being involved in youth football and playing in a youth team with Ian Rush, Gary joined his local team Kelsall FC. Kelsall joined the CDFL in 1974. In 1976 they played there first final the Cayzer shield, losing. It would take a further 29 years before Gary could add that trophy and complete his haul of winning every trophy available in the CDFL. In addition he has won the premier league 3 times as manager and 1 time as player, the challenge cup twice, TGMT twice, division one 6 times. Senior cup once and the league cup on several occasions amongst countless other triumphs. As a player his main position was centre midfield and as far as he was concerned the ball was there to be won until the whistle went. Anchoring a successful team and driving Kelsall forward, he was the engine room.

Captaining Kelsall FC as a player through its first successful period and then managing the club through recent triumphs notably the premier league 3 years in a row. Equally admirable is keeping the club going through the lean years in between, his commitment to the club has kept it in the CDFL for over 40 years alongside many others most notably Kevin Depuis.

Gary Played in a senior cup-tie against a Chester reserve team that turned up at dog lane managed by cliff sear. Within the team that day was a certain Lee Dixon whose career at arsenal and now the media we all know about. They succumbed to Kelsall and were left sitting on the grass at the end of the game getting an almighty rollocking off cliff sear. Gary epitomises the spirit of grassroots football and the quality of the competition in the CDFL which would not exist without his undying contribution and so many people like him that have made it an enduring successful league.

Entering the Hall of fame for 2015 —- Gary Prophet

(Picture shows Gary, Right, receiving his award from league president John Davies)