Tony Ellis

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Tony Ellis
Personal information
Full name Anthony Joseph Ellis
Date of birth (1964-10-20) 20 October 1964 (age 49)
Place of birth Salford, England
Height 5'11"
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Rochdale (Academy Manager)
Youth career
Barr Hill
19??-1985 Northwich Victoria
1985–1986 Horwich RMI
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1987 Oldham Athletic 8 (0)
1987–1989 Preston North End 86 (27)
1989–1992 Stoke City 77 (19)
1992–1994 Preston North End 72 (48)
1994–1997 Blackpool 147 (55)
1997–1999 Bury 38 (12)
1999 Stockport County 21 (6)
1999–2001 Rochdale 59 (17)
2001–2002 Burnley 10 (1)
2002–2003 Leigh RMI
2003 Mossley 6 (4)
2003–2006 Hyde United 33 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Anthony Joseph "Tony" Ellis (born 20 October 1964) is an English former professional footballer who commanded combined transfer fees of nearly £750,000 and scored 185 league goals in 518 league games during a sixteen-year Football League career.

Playing career[edit]

Oldham Athletic and Preston North End[edit]

Borin in Salford, Lancashire, began his playing career in non-league football, with Horwich RMI and Northwich Victoria. In August 1986 at the age of 21, Ellis was signed by Joe Royle for Oldham Athletic, for whom he played ten games. Ellis was spotted by Preston North End manager John McGrath banging in the goals for Oldham's reserve team. McGrath paid £23,000 in October 1987 to take Ellis to Deepdale, where he scored a last-minute winner on his debut against Port Vale. In his first spell at Deepdale Ellis scored 32 goals in 106 games in a little over two seasons

Stoke City[edit]

In 1989 Alan Ball at Stoke City tabled a £250,000 offer for Ellis. For Preston, the money was too good to turn down, and Ellis found himself leaving for the Victoria Ground in December 1989. His time at Stoke was disrupted by injury, but in two and a half years he scored 20 goals in 93 first-team appearances.

Back at Preston[edit]

In August 1992, Preston came back for him, paying Stoke £50,000 plus striker Graham Shaw. Stoke valued Ellis at £250,000 while Preston valued Shaw at £200,000. This deal therefore meant that Ellis became Preston's record signing at the time. His second spell at Preston was even more productive than his first: Ellis scored 56 goals in only 88 games and was named the club's official player of the year in 1992/93 and 1993/94. His final game for the Lilywhites was their 1994 play-off final defeat against Wycombe Wanderers at Wembley.

Blackpool[edit]

After a much-publicised fall out with Preston boss John Beck over a new contract and his role within the club, Ellis signed for arch-rivals Blackpool for £165,000 in 1994. However in November 1995 Ellis handed in a transfer request fueling rumours of a return to Deepdale, by then managed by Gary Peters. Blackpool got around this problem by offering Ellis an extension to his contract. In three and a half years at Bloomfield Road, Ellis scored 65 goals in 173 games.

Latter career[edit]

In December 1997, Ellis was on the move again, this time to Bury for £70,000. He scored twelve goals in 38 games at Gigg Lane. Then in 1999 he joined Stockport County for a fee of £25,000. He made 21 league appearances, scoring six goals before joining Rochdale on a free transfer later that year. He made a total of 68 appearance and scored 18 goals.

He was released by Rochdale at the end of the 2000–01 season, and found himself without a club and semi-retirement and a return to non-league football looked likely until Burnley boss Stan Ternent offered him a lifeline. In his only season at Turf Moor, Ellis played ten games, all as a substitute. At the age of 37 he scored the winner against Bradford City in a 3-2 win at Valley Parade, his only goal for the club. During his Football League career Ellis had scored 210 goals in 609 first team games.

Non-League[edit]

After leaving Burnley at the end of the 2001–02 season, Ellis joined Football Conference side Leigh RMI. In 2003 he joined Northern Premier League side Mossley.[1]

In 2003–04 he became player/assistant manager of Conference North club Hyde United and also took on the role of coaching the Burnley under-15s at the Turf Moor club's Centre of Excellence.

Coaching career[edit]

In July 2007, Ellis left his position as assistant manager of Hyde United and coach of the youth teams at Turf Moor to join former teammate, Rochdale manager Keith Hill as Head of Youth.[2][3]

Since May 2013, Ellis has been appointed as both Academy Manager and First Team Matchday Observational Coach, which will ensure a bridge between Dale’s youth system and the first team [4]

Blackpool F.C. Hall of Fame[edit]

Ellis was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Bloomfield Road, when it was officially opened by former Blackpool player Jimmy Armfield in April 2006.[5] Organised by the Blackpool Supporters Association, Blackpool fans around the world voted on their all-time heroes. Five players from each decade are inducted; Ellis is in the 1990s.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Oldham Athletic 1986–87 Second Division 5 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 7 0
1987–88 Second Division 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 8 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 10 0
Preston North End 1987–88 Third Division 24 4 1 0 0 0 6 2 31 6
1988–89 Third Division 45 20 2 0 3 0 4 0 54 20
1989–90 Third Division 17 3 2 0 0 0 2 3 21 6
Total 86 27 5 0 3 0 12 5 106 32
Stoke City 1989–90 Second Division 24 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 6
1990–91 Third Division 38 9 3 0 3 0 2 0 46 9
1991–92 Third Division 15 4 2 0 3 1 3 0 23 5
Total 77 19 5 0 6 1 5 0 93 20
Preston North End 1992–93 Second Division 35 22 2 1 2 1 1 1 40 25
1993–94 Third Division 37 26 4 2 2 1 5 2 48 31
Total 72 48 6 3 4 2 6 3 88 56
Blackpool 1994–95 Second Division 40 17 1 0 2 1 1 0 44 18
1995–96 Second Division 43 14 3 0 2 2 5 1 53 17
1996–97 Second Division 45 15 1 0 4 3 2 2 52 20
1997–98 Second Division 18 8 2 1 3 0 0 0 23 9
Total 146 54 7 1 11 6 8 3 172 64
Bury 1997–98 First Division 22 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 22 6
1997–98 First Division 16 2 0 0 4 0 0 0 20 2
Total 38 8 0 0 4 0 0 0 42 8
Stockport County 1998–99 First Division 16 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 6
1999–2000 First Division 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 6 0
Total 20 6 0 0 2 0 0 0 22 6
Rochdale 1999–2000 Third Division 31 11 1 0 0 0 5 0 37 11
2000–01 Third Division 28 6 1 0 1 1 1 0 31 7
Total 59 17 2 0 1 1 6 0 68 18
Burnley 2001–02 First Division 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 1
Total 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 1
Career Total 517 180 25 4 32 10 38 11 612 205
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League play-offs, Football League Trophy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mossley stats
  2. ^ - "Rochdale bring in two ex-players" - BBC Sport
  3. ^ "Legend is back" - RochdaleAFC.co.uk
  4. ^ "Team Behind The Team" - RochdaleAFC.co.uk
  5. ^ Singleton, Steve, ed. (2007). Legends: The great players of Blackpool FC (1 ed.). Blackpool: Blackpool Gazette. pp. 114–117. ISBN 978-1-84547-182-8. 
  6. ^ "The Hall Of Fame - 1980's". Blackpool Supporters Association. Retrieved 2 December 2009. 

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