One of football's most experienced, innovative and respected goalkeeper coaches...
There are few people within the world of goalkeeping that haven't come across Tony in one way or another through his years in the game. Whether it be a player for Cardiff City or a goalkeeper coach for the England Futsal squad his never-say-die attitude and determined spirit, coupled with an intuitive ability to connect with those around him, has left Tony at the very pinnacle of international sport. His roles have spanned five different formats of the game (futsal, men's football, blind football, cerebral palsy football, women's football) and within each of these Tony has made a pledge and commitment to life-long learning, making a difference to the athletes he's working with and, ultimately, producing the best outcomes possible from any given situation.
His career started as a schoolboy with Birmingham City, from where he was selected to join the Lilleshall National School Programme in 1984. In a playing career that spanned more than 10 years, Tony played at a variety of clubs such as Cardiff City, Carlisle United and Huddersfield Town, before a recurring injury ended his career prematurely. From there, Tony began to do some light coaching with various County FA's, as well as taking on some assistant managerial positions at clubs such as Workington Reds. Combined with his own, personal, goalkeeping schools, Tony soon built a reputation as a goalkeeper coach, leading to further work with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City among others, where his first opportunity to enter the international frame of the game was discovered. Tony was approached to come on-board as the goalkeeper coach for the England Futsal squad in 2007, a position that he held for more than nine years. Within this time, his experience was also sought for the Blind and Cerebral Palsy squads, where Tony's role was as much advisory around the growth of the sports as a whole as it was dedicated to improving the goalkeepers on the field.
Following large successes from the Blind, CP and Futsal squads (culminating with his trip to Rio in 2016 with the CP squad), Tony is now working within the Women's game, as head of international youth development for goalkeeping at The FA. This role continues to challenge and probe Tony to discover more about the requirements of the modern-day goalkeeper, in addition to helping him grow his knowledge and experience upon yet another format of the game.