Andy Townsend

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Andy Townsend
Andy Townsend Villa Wembley 2010.jpg
Townsend signing an autograph at the 2010 FA Cup Semifinal.
Personal information
Full name Andrew David Townsend
Date of birth (1963-07-23) 23 July 1963 (age 50)
Place of birth Maidstone, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Welling United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1984 Welling United 105 (n/a)
1984–1985 Weymouth 40 (16)
1985–1988 Southampton 83 (5)
1988–1990 Norwich City 71 (8)
1990–1993 Chelsea 110 (12)
1993–1997 Aston Villa 134 (8)
1997–1999 Middlesbrough 77 (3)
1999–2000 West Bromwich Albion 18 (0)
Total 638 (52)
National team
1994 Republic of Ireland B 1 (0)
1989–1997 Republic of Ireland 70 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Andrew "Andy" David Townsend (born 23 July 1963) is a retired footballer who played in two World Cups for the Republic of Ireland and is now a television and radio pundit.

Starting his career at Welling United and then Weymouth, Townsend came to prominence at age 21 when he signed with Southampton. In 1988 he moved on to Norwich City, before joining Chelsea two years later. In 1993 he signed with Aston Villa and enjoyed four successful years before his transfer to Middlesbrough. His final club was West Bromwich Albion, where he retired in 2000.

Following his retirement as a player he became a football pundit, most notably with ITV Sport.

Club career[edit]

Townsend was born in Maidstone, Kent, but grew up in Bexley, where he attended Upton Primary School in Bexleyheath, followed by Bexleyheath School.

He began his playing career in August 1980 with Welling United in the Athenian League, while working as a computer operator for Greenwich Borough Council in south-east London.[1] After making 105 appearances for Welling, he was signed by Weymouth in March 1984 for £13,500.[2]

In January 1985, he was signed by Lawrie McMenemy at Southampton for £35,000[1] and made his professional debut at home to Aston Villa on 20 April 1985 as Southampton qualified for Europe, only to be banned in the aftermath of the Heysel Stadium disaster.[2]

Over the next season, he was in and out of the team (then managed by Chris Nicholl) but broke his leg in a pre-season friendly against his old club Weymouth in August 1986.[1] He fought his way back to fitness and rejoined the side the following January.

In the 1987–88 he was a virtual ever-present, playing alongside Jimmy Case and Glenn Cockerill in the Southampton midfield. He was a hard-tackling, hard-working midfielder with an eye for goal. It was a shock, therefore, when Nicholl sold him to First Division rivals Norwich City in August 1988, for a fee of £300,000.[1]

He made his debut as a substitute against Middlesbrough on 3 September 1988, before replacing the suspended Trevor Putney for his first full appearance in a 3–1 win over Spurs on 22 October.[2] He retained his place in the Norwich midfield and ended the season with 36 league appearances (5 as substitute) with five goals.[2] He also made six FA Cup appearances with two goals against Port Vale in the Third Round on 7 January 1989. Under manager Dave Stringer, he was a member of the Canaries' 1988–89 side that finished fourth in the top flight and reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup. At the season's end, Townsend was shortlisted for the PFA Players' Player of the Year award, which was won by Mark Hughes.

Norwich made a handsome profit when they let Townsend join Chelsea for £1,200,000 in July 1990.[2]

After making a total of 138 appearances for Chelsea, scoring 12 goals but winning no trophies (they never finished higher than 11th in the league while he was there), he transferred to Aston Villa in July 1993 for £2.1million.[2]

He finally won some silverware when Villa won the 1994 League Cup, beating Manchester United 3–1. He captained Villa when they reclaimed the trophy in 1996 with a 3–0 victory over Leeds United.

In August 1997, just after the start of the 1997–98 season, he transferred to Bryan Robson's Middlesbrough for £500,000 having made 134 league appearances for the Villans, scoring eight league goals.[2]

He made 37 appearances in his first season on Teesside, scoring twice as Boro' won promotion to the Premier League. In the 1998–99 season, he formed a useful partnership with Paul Gascoigne as Middlesbrough finished comfortably in mid-table in their first season back in the Premiership.[2]

In the following season, he found it harder to get into the first team and on 17 September 1999 he moved down a division to West Bromwich Albion for £50,000. Townsend's high wage demands prevented a move back to Norwich or a loan spell with non-league Boston United.[2]

In his one season at West Bromwich Albion he only made 17 league appearances before a recurrent knee injury forced his retirement in July 2000, after a season in which Albion narrowly avoided relegation to Division Two.[3]

"I was very flattered by Albion's offer. I thought long and hard about it but I just felt that if I am going to go down the road of management I am going to have to do things my own way."

—Townsend rejects Albion manager Gary Megson's offer of a coaching role at the club.[3]

International career[edit]

His awful contribution to Norwich's abysmal season saw Andy left at home for what was set to be his début against France in February 1989. He qualified for Ireland due to his Irish grandmother.[4]

He played in the next year's World Cup, in Italy, where he played in all five of Ireland's matches. They reached the quarter-finals, the country's strongest ever campaign. The Irish drew their three group matches – against England, Egypt and Netherlands. Scoring a penalty in the shoot-out with Romania, his country were eventually sunk by a Salvatore Schillaci goal for the hosts. They had conceded just three goals in those five games.

He was captain of the Ireland squad for the 1994 World Cup. All four teams of Group E finished on four points, they got their revenge on the Italians, but were defeated by Mexico and drew with Norway. Ireland lost 2–0 to the Dutch at the Citrus Bowl in the knock-out stage.[5]

Broadcasting career[edit]

He can currently be seen as part of ITV Sport's live coverage alongside Clive Tyldesley for the channel's Champions League and FA Cup coverage. He co-hosted Talksport's Weekend Sports Breakfast on Sundays with Mike Parry, and hosted the station's drive-time show on Fridays. He also hosted the mid morning discussion on talkSPORT from 10am to 1pm from Monday to Friday, having replaced Jon Gaunt, who was sacked for calling a guest a Nazi.[6] He has left the station because he no longer wants to commute from his Midlands home to the London studio.[citation needed]

He also hosts ITV1's regional programme Soccer Night, alongside Peter Beagrie. He has also presented BBC Radio 5 Live and written columns for the Daily Mail. He has also been the commentator on several EA football games, including 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa and most recently FIFA 12.,[7] FIFA 13 and "FIFA 14"

Townsend was part of ITV's coverage of the Premiership after they won the rights from the BBC to show top flight football on Saturday evening. The coverage was heavily criticized, particularly a segment called "Townsend's tactics truck" where Townsend reviewed highlights of games with a player that had been involved from an outside broadcast truck.[8]

Personal life[edit]

He is the son of former Charlton Athletic and Crystal Palace defender Don Townsend.[9]

In May 1999, the press reported that he and Middlesbrough teammate Paul Gascoigne had been stopped by police on suspicion of using an air-rifle to shoot at wild animals on a "hunting expedition".[2]

Business interests[edit]

Townsend is a consultant for Harlequin Property, where he helps set up soccer schools at their Caribbean resorts.[10] The company's proposed investment into Port Vale had set in motion plans for him to become a football advisor at the club,[11] though nothing was to come of these talks.

Charitable activities[edit]

He is patron of the George Coller Memorial Fund. He ran in the Great North Run in 2007, finishing in a time of 2 hours and 20 minutes.[12]

Statistics[edit]

International caps[edit]

Scores and results list Republic of Ireland's goal tally first.
Caps Date Venue Opponent Result Competition Scored Location
01 (00) 1989-02-07 Dalymount Park, Dublin  France 0–0 Friendly 0 Republic of Ireland
02 (00) 1989-04-26 Lansdowne Road, Dublin  Spain 1–0 1990 World Cup Qualifier 0 Republic of Ireland
03 (00) 1989-05-28 Lansdowne Road, Dublin  Malta 2–0 1990 World Cup Qualifier 0 Republic of Ireland
04 (00) 1989-06-04 Lansdowne Road, Dublin  Hungary 2–0 1990 World Cup Qualifier 0 Republic of Ireland
05 (00) 1989-09-06 Lansdowne Road, Dublin  Germany 1–1 Friendly 0 Republic of Ireland
06 (00) 1989-10-11 Lansdowne Road, Dublin  Northern Ireland 3–0 World Cup Qualifier 0 Republic of Ireland
07 (00) 1989-11-15 Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali  Malta 2–0 World Cup Qualifier 0 Malta
08 (00) 1990-03-28 Lansdowne Road, Dublin  Wales 1–0 Friendly 0 Republic of Ireland
09 (00) 1990-04-25 Lansdowne Road, Dublin  Soviet Union 1–0 Friendly 0 Republic of Ireland
10 (00) 1990-05-16 Lansdowne Road, Dublin  Finland 1–1 Friendly 0 Republic of Ireland
11 (00) 1990-05-27 Atatürk Olympic Stadium, İzmir  Turkey 0–0 Friendly 0 Turkey
12 (01) 1990-06-02 Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali  Malta 3–0 Friendly 1 Malta
13 (01) 1990-06-11 Stadio Sant'Elia, Cagliari  England 1–1 1990 World Cup 0 Italy
14 (01) 1990-06-17 Stadio La Favorita, Palermo  Egypt 0–0 1990 World Cup 0 Italy
15 (01) 1990-06-21 Stadio La Favorita, Palermo  Netherlands 1–1 1990 World Cup 0 Italy
16 (01) 1990-06-25 Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genoa  Romania 0–0 1990 World Cup 0 Italy
17 (01) 1990-06-30 Stadio Olimpico, Rome  Italy 0–1 1990 World Cup 0 Italy
18 (01) 1990-09-12 Dalymount Park, Dublin  Morocco 1–0 Friendly 0 Republic of Ireland
19 (01) 1990-10-17 Lansdowne Road, Dublin  Turkey 5–0 Euro 1992 Qualifier 0 Republic of Ireland
20 (01) 1990-11-14 Lansdowne Road, Dublin  England 1–1 Euro 1992 Qualifier 0 Republic of Ireland
21 (01) 1991-02-06 Racecourse Ground, Wrexham  Wales 3–0 Friendly 0 Wales
22 (01) 1991-03-27 Wembley Stadium, London  England 1–1 Euro 1992 Qualifier 0 England
23 (01) 1991-05-01 Lansdowne Road, Dublin  Poland 0–0 Euro 1992 Qualifier 0 Republic of Ireland
24 (01) 1991-05-22 Lansdowne Road, Dublin  Chile 1–1 Friendly 0 Republic of Ireland
25 (01) 1991-06-01 Foxboro Stadium, Foxborough  United States 1–1 Friendly 0 United States
26 (02) 1991-10-16 Stadion Miejski, Poznań  Poland 3–3 Euro 1992 Qualifier 1 Poland
27 (02) 1992-02-19 Royal Dublin Society, Dublin  Wales 0–1 Friendly 0 Republic of Ireland
28 (03) 1992-04-29 Lansdowne Road, Dublin  United States 4–1 Friendly 1 Republic of Ireland
29 (03) 1992-05-26 Lansdowne Road, Dublin  Albania 2–0 1994 World Cup Qualifier 0 Republic of Ireland
30 (03) 1992-05-30 RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.  United States 1–3 1992 U.S. Cup 0 United States
31 (03) 1992-06-04 Foxboro Stadium, Foxborough  Italy 0–2 1992 U.S. Cup 0 United States
32 (03) 1992-09-09 Lansdowne Road, Dublin  Latvia 4–0 1994 World Cup Qualifier 0 Republic of Ireland
33 (03) 1992-10-14 Parken Stadium, Copenhagen  Denmark 0–0 1994 World Cup Qualifier 0 Denmark
34 (03) 1992-11-18 Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville  Spain 0–0 1994 World Cup Qualifier 0 Spain
35 (04) 1993-03-31 Lansdowne Road, Dublin  Northern Ireland 3–0 1994 World Cup Qualifier 1 Republic of Ireland
36 (04) 1993-04-28 Lansdowne Road, Dublin  Denmark 1–1 1994 World Cup Qualifier 0 Republic of Ireland
37 (04) 1993-05-26 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana  Albania 2–1 1994 World Cup Qualifier 0 Albania
38 (04) 1993-06-09 Daugava Stadium, Riga  Latvia 2–0 1994 World Cup Qualifier 0 Latvia
39 (04) 1993-06-16 Žalgiris Stadium, Vilnius  Lithuania 1–0 1994 World Cup Qualifier 0 Lithuania
40 (04) 1993-09-08 Lansdowne Road, Dublin  Lithuania 2–0 1994 World Cup Qualifier 0 Republic of Ireland
41 (04) 1993-11-17 Windsor Park, Belfast  Northern Ireland 1–1 1994 World Cup Qualifier 0 Northern Ireland
42 (04) 1994-04-20 Koning Willem II Stadion, Tilburg  Netherlands 1–0 Friendly 0 Netherlands
43 (04) 1994-05-24 Lansdowne Road, Dublin  Bolivia 1–0 Friendly 0 Republic of Ireland
44 (04) 1994-05-29 AWD-Arena, Hanover  Germany 2–0 Friendly 0 Germany
45 (05) 1994-06-05 Lansdowne Road, Dublin  Czech Republic 1–3 Friendly 1 Republic of Ireland
46 (05) 1994-06-18 Giants Stadium, East Rutherford  Italy 1–0 1994 World Cup 0 United States
47 (05) 1994-06-24 Citrus Bowl, Orlando  Mexico 1–2 1994 World Cup 0 United States
48 (05) 1994-06-28 Giants Stadium, East Rutherford  Norway 0–0 1994 World Cup 0 United States
49 (05) 1994-07-04 Citrus Bowl, Orlando  Netherlands 0–2 1994 World Cup 0 United States
50 (05) 1994-09-07 Daugava Stadium, Riga  Latvia 3–0 Euro 1996 Qualifier 0 Latvia
51 (06) 1994-11-16 Windsor Park, Belfast  Northern Ireland 4–0 Euro 1996 Qualifier 1 Northern Ireland
52 (06) 1995-02-15 Lansdowne Road, Dublin  England 1–0 Friendly 0 Republic of Ireland
53 (06) 1995-03-29 Lansdowne Road, Dublin  Northern Ireland 1–1 Euro 1996 Qualifier 0 Republic of Ireland
54 (06) 1995-04-26 Lansdowne Road, Dublin  Portugal 1–0 Euro 1996 Qualifier 0 Republic of Ireland
55 (06) 1995-09-06 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna  Austria 1–3 Euro 1996 Qualifier 0 Austria
56 (06) 1995-10-11 Lansdowne Road, Dublin  Latvia 2–1 Euro 1996 Qualifier 0 Republic of Ireland
57 (06) 1995-12-13 Anfield, Liverpool  Netherlands 0–2 Euro 1996 Qualifier 0 England
58 (06) 1996-03-27 Lansdowne Road, Dublin  Russia 0–2 Friendly 0 Republic of Ireland
59 (06) 1996-04-24 Stadion Evžena Rošického, Prague  Czech Republic 0–2 Friendly 0 Czech Republic
60 (06) 1996-05-29 Lansdowne Road, Dublin  Portugal 0–1 Friendly 0 Republic of Ireland
61 (07) 1996-08-31 Sportpark Eschen-Mauren, Eschen  Liechtenstein 5–0 1998 World Cup Qualifier 1 Liechtenstein
62 (07) 1996-10-09 Lansdowne Road, Dublin  Macedonia 3–0 1998 World Cup Qualifier 0 Republic of Ireland
63 (07) 1996-11-10 Lansdowne Road, Dublin  Iceland 0–0 1998 World Cup Qualifier 0 Republic of Ireland
64 (07) 1997-04-02 Philip II Arena, Skopje  Macedonia 2–3 1998 World Cup Qualifier 0 Republic of Macedonia
65 (07) 1997-04-30 Stadionul Steaua, Bucharest  Romania 0–1 1998 World Cup Qualifier 0 Romania
66 (07) 1997-05-21 Lansdowne Road, Dublin  Liechtenstein 5–0 1998 World Cup Qualifier 0 Republic of Ireland
67 (07) 1997-08-20/ Lansdowne Road, Dublin  Lithuania 0–0 1998 World Cup Qualifier 0 Republic of Ireland
68 (07) 1997-09-06 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík  Iceland 4–2 1998 World Cup Qualifier 0 Iceland
69 (07) 1997-10-29 Lansdowne Road, Dublin  Belgium 1–1 1998 World Cup Qualifier 0 Republic of Ireland
70 (07) 1997-11-15 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels  Belgium 1–2 1998 World Cup Qualifier 0 Belgium

Honours[edit]

Aston Villa
Middlesbrough
Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Duncan Holley & Gary Chalk (2003). In That Number – A post-war chronicle of Southampton FC. Hagiology. p. 589. ISBN 0-9534474-3-X. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Andy Townsend". ex-canaries.co.uk. Archived from the original on 30 October 2009. Retrieved 21 October 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Townsend retires". BBC Sport. 7 July 2000. Retrieved 21 October 2009. 
  4. ^ Dunphy, Eamonn (22 May 1994). "Football: Why Charlton's men are the guardians of Irish identity.". The Independent. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "Netherlands – Republic of Ireland". fifa.com. Retrieved 20 October 2009. 
  6. ^ Oliver Luft. "Townsend and Parry to replace Jon Gaunt on TalkSport". Guardian. Retrieved 2012-04-17. 
  7. ^ Trapara, Nemanja (30 June 2011). "FIFA 12 Broadcast Announcers Revealed". EA Sports. Electronic Arts. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  8. ^ Jonathan Rendall. "OSM: What makes a perfect pundit". Guardian. Retrieved 2012-04-17. 
  9. ^ "Townsend brings Irish career to a well-timed close". Independent. 7 March 2008. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  10. ^ Shaw, Steve (19 October 2009). "Port Vale: Townsend no threat to Adams, says Ames". The Sentinel. Archived from the original on 22 October 2009. Retrieved 19 October 2009. 
  11. ^ "Townsend set for Port Vale role". BBC Sport. 19 October 2009. Archived from the original on 22 October 2009. Retrieved 19 October 2009. 
  12. ^ George Coller Memorial Fund patrons[dead link]

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kevin Richardson
Aston Villa captain
1995 - 1997
Succeeded by
Gareth Southgate
Preceded by
Nigel Pearson
Middlesbrough captain
1998 - 1999
Succeeded by
Paul Ince