Red Card Book
This is the tragic story of Tony Kelly’s battle with a gambling addiction and how he won that battle.

Tony Kelly's Story 'Red Card'


Nyrere Anthony Kelly was football crazy from the age of seven. At sixteen he was the youngest ever player in the first team at Bristol City. In his twenties, Tony turned professional and went on to play for clubs such as Stoke City, Cardiff City, Leyton Orient and Bury in the second and third divisions of the Football League. He also enjoyed a spell playing for a team in Sweden.

Unfortunately, his blossoming soccer career was marred by a series of mishaps and misdeeds which drove him to disaster. Ruined by an addiction to gambling, he lost his job, his career, his partner and all of his money.

Now he has written his story. As Kelly puts it, to “invite the public, my family and my friends into my secret hell of racism, despair, depression, stardom, gambling addiction and ultimately self-destruction”.

Red Card is a tragic yet uplifting story of a sportsman’s battle with his demons, on and off the pitch. He talks about his problem gambling and the book here in this interview on 6 Towns Radio.

Interview 6 Towns Radio

The PFA support Tony’s book, Red Card: The Soccer Star Who Lost It All To Gambling, as well as the work Tony Kelly does to promote AWARENESS, EDUCATION AND PREVENTION of problem gambling.

Mereo New Book: Press Release

A professional footballer’s true-life revelations about the gambling hell which destroyed his career, damaged his relationships and left him with debts in excess of £100K
This frank, shocking and powerfully-moving account is supported by a grant from the Professional Footballer’s Association. (PUBLICATION DATE: MONDAY 2 SEPTEMBER 2013)


Tony’s book is available from Amazon or you can order it from your local book shop – ISBN-13: 978-1492256366

Amazon Reviews

An incredibly honest account of a talented footballer ruined by his gambling addiction. The scrapes and problems he gets into. The highs and the lows. I couldn't put it down.

Amazon Customer

Tony Kelly pulls no punches in his refreshingly honest account of a dream realised and then lost. Although this is the story of his descent into gambling addiction it is also a tale of hope as he comes out the other side determined to prevent others from going down the same path.

Amazon Customer

A fantastic read. A good blend of humour and serious issues. Hoping it inspires our young people who have gambling problems to face them head on and get help. Well done Tony and wish you well for the future.

Amazon Customer

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