Tony Stokes

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Tony Stokes
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Personal information
Full name Anthony Ronald Stokes
Date of birth (1987-01-07) 7 January 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth London, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Concord Rangers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2009 West Ham United 0 (0)
2006 Rushden & Diamonds (loan) 19 (0)
2006 Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 6 (0)
2007–2008 Stevenage Borough (loan) 3 (1)
2009 Újpest FC (loan) 13 (0)
2009–2010 Újpest FC 11 (0)
2010– Concord Rangers 124 (78)
2013 Canvey Island (loan) 4 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 07:02, 15 May 2011 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Anthony Ronald "Tony" Stokes (born 7 January 1987) is an English footballer who currently plays as a central midfielder for Concord Rangers in the Conference South league.

Club career[edit]

Stokes came up through the famous West Ham United academy along with Mark Noble and Kyel Reid. He made his first team debut and only appearance for West Ham at the age of 18 in September 2005 as a replacement for Tomáš Řepka in the League Cup match against Sheffield Wednesday.[1][2]

During the 2005–06 season, Stokes was loaned to Conference National side Rushden & Diamonds,[3] where he made 19 appearances.[2] He joined Football League One side Brighton & Hove Albion in a one month loan deal in August 2006,[4] which was extended for a second month but Stokes decided to return to West Ham after finding first-team opportunities at Brighton difficult. He made seven appearances in all competitions for Brighton.[2] Stokes joined Stevenage Borough on a two-month loan in November 2007.[5] He scored his first career goal in the 3–1 win over Salisbury City in December 2007.[6] He was named reserve team captain when Jack Collison was promoted to the first team for the 2008–09 season. However, he found first team football hard to come by as Collison, Valon Behrami, Scott Parker and Mark Noble were the preferred starters and did not even make the bench on most occasions.

On 19 February 2009, Stokes joined Újpest FC on loan until the end of the 2008–09 season.[7] He made his competitive debut for Ujpest on 7 March 2009 in a 2–0 home win against Siófok.[8] He was released by West Ham on 3 June 2009,[9] and signed for Újpest FC in July 2009 ahead of the 2009–10 Hungarian NB1 season.

Stokes requested that his two-year contract be terminated early and he returned to the UK in May 2010.[10] In July 2010, Stokes signed for Isthmian League Premier Division side, Concord Rangers.[11] Stokes was a key part of Concord Rangers start in the Isthmian League Premier Division, contributing 20 goals from 41 league appearances in his first season, and was made captain for the 2012–13 season.[12] In 2012, he gained promotion with Concord to the Conference South, scoring the winning goal in extra time in the play-off semi-final against Wealdstone.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sheff Wed 2–4 West Ham". BBC Sport. 20 September 2005. Retrieved 2 July 2007. 
  2. ^ a b c "Soccerbase: Tony Stokes". Racing Post. Retrieved 2 July 2007. 
  3. ^ "Hunter encouraged by new signings". BBC Sport. 8 January 2006. Retrieved 2 July 2007. 
  4. ^ "Hammers prospect joins Brighton". BBC Sport. 3 August 2006. Retrieved 2 July 2007. 
  5. ^ "Stevenage recruit three loanees". BBC Sport. 22 November 2007. Retrieved 12 January 2007. 
  6. ^ "Stevenage 3–1 Salisbury". BBC Sport. 7 December 2007. Retrieved 26 February 2008. 
  7. ^ "Stokes stays in Hungary | West Ham United". West Ham United F.C. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  8. ^ "Busy weekend for loanees | West Ham United". West Ham United F.C. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  9. ^ "Summer squad latest | West Ham United". West Ham United F.C. Retrieved 7 June 2010. 
  10. ^ "Stokes happy to be back". West Ham United F.C. Retrieved 7 June 2010. 
  11. ^ Non League Daily. 20 July 2010 http://www.nonleaguedaily.com/news/index.php?&newsmode=FULL&nid=68410 |url= missing title (help). Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  12. ^ "Concord Rangers Football Club First Team Appearances / Goals 010-11". concordrangers.co.uk. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  13. ^ http://www.echo-news.co.uk/sport/10393519.Wealdstone_1__Concord_Rangers_2__after_extra_time_/