Tony Collins (footballer)

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Tony Collins
Personal information
Full name Anthony Norman Collins
Date of birth (1926-03-19) 19 March 1926 (age 88)
Place of birth Kensington, London, England
Playing position Left winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Acton United
1947–1949 Sheffield Wednesday 0 (0)
1949–1950 York City 10 (1)
1950–1953 Watford 90 (8)
1953–1955 Norwich City 29 (2)
1955–1957 Torquay United 89 (17)
1957 Watford 17 (1)
1957–1959 Crystal Palace 55 (14)
1959–1961 Rochdale 47 (5)
Teams managed
1960–1967 Rochdale A.F.C.
1980 Bristol City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only. † Appearances (Goals).

Tony Collins was the first black manager in the English Football League, taking charge at Rochdale A.F.C. from June 1960 until September 1967.[1] He led Rochdale to their only League Cup final in 1962. He was also Crystal Palace's first black player. He then became assistant manager to Alan Dicks at Bristol City from 1967-1980. He was briefly Bristol City manager in 1980.

Management record[edit]

Club From To P W D L Win %
Rochdale 1 June 1960 30 September 1967 355 129 82 144 36.34

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