|Full name||Anthony Spearing|
|Date of birth||7 October 1964|
|Place of birth||Romford, England|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|1984||→ Stoke City (loan)||9||(0)|
|1985||→ Oxford United (loan)||5||(0)|
|2004–2005||Great Yarmouth Town|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Anthony "Tony" Spearing (born 7 October 1964) is a former English footballer who played in the Football League for Norwich City, Stoke City, Oxford United, Leicester City, Plymouth Argyle and Peterborough United.
Spearing was born in Romford and began his career with Norwich City and was a member of their youth team that won the 1983 FA Youth Cup, beating Everton in a replayed final. His first two seasons at Carrow Road saw Spearing in the reserves and also spent time out on loan in 1984–85 at Stoke City (making nine appearances) and Oxford United (making five appearances).
Spearing played 10 times for Norwich in 1985–86 as they won the Second Division. Spearing was a regular under Dave Stringer in 1986–87 playing in 48 matches before losing his place to Mark Bowen and in 1988 he joined Leicester City for a fee of £100,000. He spent three seasons with the Foxes making 79 appearances scoring once before moving on to Plymouth Argyle. At Home Park Spearing made 45 appearances and the spent five seasons with Peterborough United making 132 appearances before dropping into non-league football with King's Lynn. He later played for A.F.C. Sudbury, Wisbech Town and Great Yarmouth Town.
Spearing became manager of King's Lynn in 1998 but quickly relinquished the position and returned to his playing duties, though he was re-appointed as manager in 2000 and remained in the position for a further two years. He went on to play for A.F.C. Sudbury, Wisbech and Great Yarmouth before taking up his position of assistant manager at Cambridge United in 2005. Spearing left the Abbey Stadium when Rob Newman was sacked in September 2006 after a defeat against Exeter left the U's second-bottom of the Conference. Spearing returned to Carrow Road to play in the centenary match against Harwich & Parkeston in September 2002.
Spearing was a member of the Leicester City masters side that beat Chelsea in 2005 to win the grand final of the Sky TV Masters indoor league. He became a Senior Scout For Blackburn Rover, working within the Premiership and Europe, but, in March 2008, left Blackburn to take up an offer from West Bromwich Albion to become the Head of European recruitment.
- Sourced from The English National Football Archive
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other[A]||Total|
|Norwich City||1983–84||First Division||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4||0|
|Stoke City (loan)||1984–85||First Division||9||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||9||0|
|Oxford United (loan)||1984–85||Second Division||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||5||0|
|Leicester City||1988–89||Second Division||36||0||1||0||2||0||1||0||40||0|
|Plymouth Argyle||1991–92||Second Division||30||0||1||0||2||0||2||0||35||0|
|Peterborough United||1992–93||Division One||22||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||22||0|
- A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Anglo-Italian Cup, Football League Trophy, Full Members Cup and Screen Sport Super Cup.
- Norwich City
- Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0.
- "Spearing's Euro vision is helping to boost Baggies". Norwich Evening News 24. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
- Canary Citizens by Mark Davage, John Eastwood, Kevin Platt, published by Jarrold Publishing, (2001), ISBN 0-7117-2020-7