A blossoming soccer career marred by mishaps which drove him to disaster. Ruined by an addiction to gambling, Tony Kelly lost his career, his partner and all his money. Now he has written his story to “invite the public, family and friends into my secret hell of racism, despair, depression, stardom, gambling addiction and self-destruction”
Tony Kelly was football crazy from the age of seven. At sixteen Nyrere Anthony Kelly was the youngest ever player in the first team at Bristol City and in his twenties he went professional, playing for clubs such as Stoke City, Cardiff City, Leyton Orient and Bury in the second and third divisions of the Football League and starring in a Swedish side. But 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 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.
“A great read!”
Five Star Review on Amazon By lorraine
A good story of a fairly typical young boy achieves his dream. Book is very engaging and well worth a read!!! Thoroughly enjoyed it.
About the Author
Author, Tony Kelly is the Founder/Director of Red Card Gambling Support Project LTD, (For Non-Profit) and his book titled; ‘Red Card: The Soccer Star Who Lost It All To Gambling’ and Ex-professional Soccer player.
About The Author & Red Card Project:
Tony Kelly is an Ex-Professional Footballer,(Soccer Star) who played for 6 clubs and is now a recovering gambling addict. He has written and released his first book, “RED CARD, THE GLITTERING SOCCER CAREER KICKED INTO TOUCH BY AN ADDICTION TO GAMBLING” and now is the Director of Kelly’s RED CARD Consultancy, and the Founder/Director of ‘RED CARD GAMBLING SUPPORT PROJECT LTD’ who provides one-on-one personal therapy services for gambling addicts in the City of London, UK as well as educational, motivational talks, workshops, and presentations throughout the UK.
RED CARD GAMBLING SUPPORT PROJECT is all about promoting gambling awareness/prevention/education in our COMMUNITIES. We now know how serious gambling addiction is in the UK and how the numbers of addicts are increasing day by day, so we intend to work with all mental health/substance abuse/social impact projects in order to make a difference.
“I am from Coventry, but now reside in London. I suffered from gambling addiction in my 9-year pro soccer career and lost everything. I had to write my story in the hopes it will help others get help for this evil cunning addiction. My story is sad, tragic yet uplifting as it shows you can come out the other side.”
If you are interested in working with RED CARD or assisting in presentations, please get in touch for an informal discussion.
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