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Denis Kelleher

Full name: Denis Kelleher
Gender: Male
Born: November 20, 1918 in Dungarvan, Waterford, Ireland
Died: February 20, 2002
Affiliations: Barnet FC, Barnet (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Football


A Barnet footballer since 1936, Denis Kelleher served as a Lieutenant with the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve during World War Two and was captured at Tobruk, He then served in a German prisoner of war camp but, in 1944 escaped with a an RAF pilot and fellow captive. They walked for 22 days across Germany before catching a boat to Sweden and then back to England, before walking into their respective homes exhausted. Remarkably, three days after arriving home Kelleher played for Barnet and scored both goals in a 2-1 win over Grays Athletic. He was awarded the MBE for his wartime heroics. He scored a remarkable 286 goals in 358 games for Barnet in a career that lasted 16 years up to 1952 when injury cut short his playing days. He scored the crucial third goal in a 3-2 win over Bishop Auckland in the 1946 FA Amateur Cup as Barnet won the trophy for the first time. He won eight Irish amateur international caps and after the war was appointed captain. He played in Great Britain’s first three matches at the 1948 Olympic Games, scoring one goal in the 4-3 win over Netherlands. After his playing days he became a highly respected medical practitioner and retired in 1988.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 29 London Football Men's Football Great Britain GBR 4

Men's Football

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result G YC RC
1948 Summer 29 London Football Great Britain GBR Final Standings 4 1948-07-26 1 0 0
1948 Summer 29 London Football Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Match #2 2 1948-08-11 YUG 3, GBR 1 0
1948 Summer 29 London Football Great Britain GBR Quarter-Finals Match #4 1 1948-08-05 GBR 1, FRA 0 0
1948 Summer 29 London Football Great Britain GBR Round One Match #2 1 1948-07-31 GBR 4, NED 3 1
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