Anthony Elding

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Anthony Elding
Elding at Ferencvárosi TC 2010
Personal information
Full name Anthony Lee Elding
Date of birth (1982-04-16) 16 April 1982 (age 34)
Place of birth Boston, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Free Agent
Youth career
1993–1994 Nottingham Forest
1994–1995 Lincoln City
1996–1997 Grimsby Town
1998–2001 Boston United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2003 Boston United 37 (6)
2001–2002 Bedford Town (loan) 4 (1)
2002–2003 Gainsborough Trinity (loan) 1 (0)
2003–2006 Stevenage Borough 109 (50)
2006 Kettering Town 15 (4)
2006–2007 Boston United 19 (5)
2007–2008 Stockport County 45 (24)
2008 Leeds United 9 (1)
2008–2010 Crewe Alexandra 26 (10)
2009 Lincoln City (loan) 15 (3)
2009 Kettering Town (loan) 8 (3)
2010 Ferencvárosi TC 15 (8)
2010–2011 Rochdale A.F.C 17 (3)
2011 Stockport County (loan) 21 (3)
2011–2013 Grimsby Town 59 (18)
2012–2013 Preston North End (loan) 5 (0)
2013 Sligo Rovers 24 (19)
2014 Cork City 5 (2)
2014–2015 Ballinamallard United 17 (3)
2015 Derry City 9 (2)
2015–2016 Sligo Rovers 8 (2)
2016 Manulla F.C 22 (30)
National team
2003–2005 England C 6 (2)
Teams managed
2016– Manulla FC
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 August 2015 (UTC).

Anthony Lee Elding (born 16 April 1982) is an English professional footballer who is currently a Free Agent.

Born in Boston, Lincolnshire, Elding played for the a host of different clubs at youth level before signing for his hometown team Boston United in 2001. After two seasons with United that saw loan spells with Bedford Town and Gainsborough Trinity he moved on to Stevenage Borough where he scored 50 league goals in 106 league appearances. In 2006 he had a brief spell with Kettering Town before re-signing with Boston. He later moved on to Stockport County before joining Leeds United in 2008. His stay at Elland Road was brief and he moved on to Crewe Alexandra. Whilst with Crewe he was vice captain. He spent time on loan at Lincoln City and back with Kettering. In the summer of 2010 he joined Hungarian Premier League side Ferencváros before returning to England to sign with Rochdale. Whilst with Dale he spent time back on loan with Stockport County before joining Grimsby Town in July 2010. Elding played one and a half seasons with The Mariners where he was vice captain but following a loan spell with Preston North End he left by mutual consent in February 2013. He spent the next two years in Ireland playing with both Sligo Rovers and Cork City. From Cork Elding made the move across the border to Northern Irish premier side Ballinamallard United signing a 1-year deal. In February 2015 Derry City confirmed the signing of Elding.

Between 2003 and 2005 Elding was capped 6 times by the England C team, to play, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, where he scored twice, once v Holland and Republic of Ireland.

Anthony was called up to the County Mayo squad for the EA Sports Cup match v Galway United on 21 March 2017.

Club career[edit]

Boston United[edit]

Having been a member of Nottingham Forest's Centre of Excellence and enjoying run-outs with the academy teams at Lincoln City and Grimsby Town, Elding joined hometown club Boston United's academy at the end of the 1998–99 season. Elding had his first taste of first team football as an unused substitute in the 1–1 Southern Football League draw at Atherstone United on 11 December 1999 but his senior debut did not come until 16 September 2000 when he appeared as a substitute for the final three minutes of the 2–1 home Football Conference victory over Morecambe. Four days later he marked his first start for the club with a goal after just 32 seconds in the 5–1 home defeat to Nuneaton Borough in the Conference League Cup,[1] and he remained a regular presence around the first team squad for the remainder of the season.

In September 2001, to gain experience, he joined Bedford Town on loan making a goalscoring debut in the 1–1 away draw with Heybridge Swifts on 18 September 2001.[2] Returning to Boston, he scored his first Conference goal for the club in the 1–1 draw at Margate on 1 December 2001 and three further goals in his next two games saw him attract the attention of Premier League scouts. In January 2002, he trialled with Tottenham Hotspur,[3] appearing for the reserves in their 1–0 defeat at Nottingham Forest's reserves on 14 January 2002.[4] The following week he trialled with Bolton Wanderers scoring twice for the reserves in their 2–1 home victory over Aston Villa's reserves on 22 January 2002.[5] However, no move materialised and Elding remained with Boston, completing the season with six league goals from twelve starts at the Pilgrims secured the Football Conference title and promotion to the Football League.

Elding made his Football League debut in Boston's inaugural game at home to Bournemouth on 10 August 2002 but was stretchered off with an ankle injury. Returning to fitness he made only sporadic appearances for the first team and in February 2003 he joined Gainsborough Trinity on loan, debuting in the 1–0 home defeat to Gateshead on 8 February 2003.[6] However, his loan was cut short as he returned to York Street to complete a permanent move to Stevenage Borough.[7]

He rejoined Boston in 2006 for his second spell at the club signing from Kettering Town, who he had previously joined for a fee of £40,000. He also had a successful spell at Stevenage Borough.

Stevenage Boro[edit]

Elding was at his most prolific during his time with Stevenage and was a favourite of the fans. He was put on the transfer list as a result of an argument with manager Graham Westley.[8]

Stockport County[edit]

Elding signed for an undisclosed five figure sum for fellow League Two team Stockport County at the start of 2007.[9]

Elding made his debut in Stockport County's 2–0 win over his former-team Boston United at Edgeley Park. This was the first win of the famous Football League record, winning nine consecutive games without conceding a goal with Elding contributing by scoring seven goals during this. By the end of the season he had scored 11 league goals in 20 league games, which put him top of the County goalscoring charts for the season, his efforts were also recognised by the club as he became the first player to win back to back player of the month awards during the season.

At the start of the 2007–08 season, Stockport were inconsistent and it took until the third game for Elding to open his account, but six more were to follow in league and cup. However, on 16 October 2007, Elding was suspended by Stockport, for a potential breach of contract, and potential breach of Football League rule 66.4 which prevents a player from approaching another club with a view to instigating a move.[10] However, the suspension was lifted on 19 October, with Elding stating "I know why the club took the action they did, and I'm now looking forward to proving to everyone that I'm committed to County".[11]

Elding scored a few more before a lean spell left him on the sidelines, but he managed to score five goals in five league games between the end of December and the end of January, which put him fifth in the League Two goalscoring charts. Two bids were rejected by Stockport from Hartlepool United, before a bid from Leeds United was accepted.

During his 13-month period at County he scored 26 goals in 52 games in all competitions.

Leeds United[edit]

On 31 January 2008, Leeds United had an offer accepted by Stockport County for an undisclosed amount for Elding with a view to a permanent transfer.[12] He travelled to the club's Thorp Arch training ground and completed the deal the same day. The deal was confirmed just before the transfer deadline.

He scored his first competitive goal for Leeds in the 2–1 defeat to Cheltenham Town after coming on as a second half sub for Tresor Kandol. He then said to the media that his goals could rebolster Leeds' playoff hopes. Elding never got a regular run of games at Leeds, scoring just one goal, he was deemed surplus to requirements by Gary McAllister and sold to Crewe.[13]

Crewe Alexandra[edit]

He signed for Crewe Alexandra in July 2008.[14] Elding made his debut as a substitute for Shaun Miller against Brighton in the opening fixture on 9 August 2008. He made his first start against Barnsley in the League cup First Round and scored his first goal during this game on 12 August 2008. Elding joined Lincoln City on loan for three months in January.[15] He came back to Crewe on the same day as teammate Michael O'Connor. Elding had stated that he would wish to return to Lincoln if he was not in the first team plans but manager Gudjon Thordarson stated otherwise, saying that he was in the first team picture.[16] He was later told that he was free to leave Crewe.[17] He received interest from Burton Albion, Bradford City, Gillingham, Brentford, Port Vale, Crawley Town and Altrincham.[18]

Return to Kettering[edit]

Elding re-signed for Kettering Town on loan on 3 November 2009 after rejecting loan moves to Port Vale, Rushden & Diamonds and Darlington, and made his second Poppies debut against Wrexham the same day, scoring the first goal of the match.[19] Elding started the FA Cup 1–1 draw against his former club Leeds United, then in the replay at Elland Road he headed in the equalising goal for 1–1 in normal time, with Leeds winning 5–1 after extra time.


After Elding left Kettering Town, Craig Short called him to Ferencváros and subsequently joined the club.[20] He scored 8 goals in 15 matches to become their top scorer for the season.


On 27 July 2010, Elding signed for League One promoted side Rochdale on a two–year contract.[21] He scored his first goal for dale in the League Cup First Round at Barnsley and this helped dale progress in the cup. The game ended 1–0.

Return to Stockport[edit]

On 7 January 2011, he re-joined former club Stockport County for the rest of the season,[22] and was given the number 9 shirt.[23] After joining the club, Elding says joining the club as 'nice to feel wanted again'.[24] He made his second club debut on 8 January in a 5–1 home defeat to Gillingham.[25] In his second game back at Edgeley Park, Elding missed a penalty, but set up two in a 3–3 draw with Rotherham United. On 12 February, Elding scored his first goal since returning to County in a 2–1 win over Bury.

Grimsby Town[edit]

On 25 July 2011, Elding signed for Grimsby Town on a one–year contract with an option for an additional year.[26] During the 2011–12 season Elding scored 12 times in 43 league appearances as he partnered Liam Hearn as the club's favoured strike force. Elding was previously linked with League One side Plymouth; but turned down the move in favour of joining Grimsby Town.[27] In February 2012, Elding signed a new contract that would see him remain at Grimsby until the end of the 2013–14 campaign.[28] On Transfer deadline day, speculation was made to whether Elding would leave after reports were revealed that Football League One side Preston North End were interested, however Preston boss Graham Westley commented saying that he would not be making an offer.[29] On 4 September it was announced that Preston had made an offer for Elding that was turned down by Grimsby, in turn Elding admitted he wanted to leave after becoming unsettled having fallen behind Andy Cook, Greg Pearson and Dayle Southwell in the forward pecking order, despite Liam Hearn being out with a lengthy injury.[30] On 5 September 2012, Elding came off the bench to score a brace that rescued a point in a 2–2 draw with Barrow. On 24 September 2012, Elding handed in a transfer request.[31] On 12 November 2012 having fallen out of contention in the club's first team plans Elding was told he was able to leave the club on a free transfer if he was able to find a new club.[32]

On 15 November, Preston North End then confirmed that they had signed the striker on loan until 1 January 2013 with Elding linking up with his former boss from Stevenage Graham Westley.[33] Elding played five league games for Preston during his loan spell, failing to score and returned to Grimsby on 1 January 2013. On 4 January 2013 Preston expressed an interest in taking Elding back on loan with a view to a permanent deal.[34] On 7 January Grimsby manager Rob Scott said despite the interest from Preston he was struggling to get hold of the club in order for the deal to progress.[35] Elding left Town on mutual consent on 8 February 2013.[36]

Sligo Rovers[edit]

After initially being linked to Sligo Rovers,[36] Grimsby Town had initially revealed upon Elding's release that he was bound to make a move to an unnamed League of Ireland side, but not Sligo as first thought.[36] The following week it was announced that he would be signing a contract with Limerick but after flying to Ireland, Elding did a u-turn and joined Sligo.[37] He has made a superb start to his career with the Bit o' Red, scoring six goals in five games.[38] Having scored six goals in five appearances, including scoring his first goal on his debut, Elding was named the Airtricity/Soccer Writers Association of Ireland Player of the Month for March 2013.[39]

Cork City[edit]

On 16 November 2013, Cork City announced that Anthony Elding had signed for City from Sligo Rovers until the end of the 2014 season. He became new manager John Caulfields second signing after taking charge, his first being Darren Murphy. He scored his first competitive goals for the club when he netted two against Waterford United in the Munster Senior Cup.[40]

Ballinamallard United[edit]

On 23 May 2014 Elding moved to Northern Ireland signing with IFA Premiership side Ballinamallard United.[41]

Manulla FC[edit]

On January 24, 2016 Anthony signed for Manulla Football Club as a player/coach. This signing came after Anthony had spent over two months working within Manulla Football Club's coaching team structure, helping to develop training processes and standards across all age groups from U11 up to U17. During this time Anthony was building his coaching experience while helping Manulla Football Club to develop their clubs coaching standards and best practices. Anthony's role within the club is as a player/coach on the clubs senior team. In his role as player/coach Anthony is responsible for the planning and execution of two training sessions each week, including all aspects of each training sessions including (But not limited to) training schedule, Pitch and facilities, pool sessions and all training session logistics and equipment and session setup.

Anthony's impact to the super league in a short period of time was widely recognised when he was awarded the Super League play of the month for March 2016.

In addition to his role at Manulla FC, Anthony has also taken up a position on the management team of Mayo's County Football team. This Mayo youth team is a part of Emerging Talent Program (ETP) within Mayo. This team is handpicked from hundreds of players with the aim of developing the best talent in the county.

Anthony has continued to develop his skills during his time with Manulla FC, successfully completing his UEFA B License on the 27th of May in Belfast. Following on from this Anthony also successfully completed his UEFA A (Part 1) License on 3 June also in Belfast.

Manulla successfully retained the westaro cup with a 1-0 win over local rivals ballyglass at the county ground milebush. Anthony scored the winning goal of the game. Making that 2 cup finals in Ireland in the space of 3 years, one for Sligo Rovers at the aviva stadium in Dublin, the home of Republic of Ireland, and one for manulla at milebush. Anthony scoring the winning goal in both games.

International career[edit]

Elding played six times for the England C team and scored two goals, one was against the Netherlands and the other was against Ireland. He played against the two countries mentioned and against Italy, Wales, Scotland and Belgium and was part of the England C team which won the Quadrangular Four Nations Tournament which was held in Ireland.[42] The goal he got against Ireland came in that tournament as England beat Ireland 1–0 in Turner's Cross.[43]

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance
Club Season League Level League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Boston United 2000–01 Conference National 5 10 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 11 1
2001–02 Conference National 5 19 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 6
2002–03 League Two 4 8 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 10 0
Stevenage 2002–03 Conference National 5 13 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 11
2003–04 Conference National 5 35 17 2 1 0 0 1 0 38 22
2004–05 Conference National 5 44 19 1 0 0 0 1 1 46 24
2005–06 Conference National 5 17 7 3 2 0 0 1 0 22 13
Boston United 2006–07 League Two 5 19 5 1 0 0 0 1 0 21 5
Stockport County 2006–07 League Two 4 20 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 11
2007–08 League Two 4 25 13 2 0 2 1 3 1 32 15
Leeds United 2007–08 League One 3 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 1
Crewe Alexandra 2008–09 League One 3 16 8 0 0 3 2 2 0 21 10
Lincoln City (loan) 2008–09 League Two 4 15 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 3
Crewe Alexandra 2009–10 League Two 4 10 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 12 0
Kettering Town (loan) 2009–10 Conference National 5 8 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 11 4
Ferencváros 2009–10 Nemzeti Bajnokság I 1 10 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 6
Rochdale 2010–11 League One 3 17 3 1 1 2 1 1 0 21 0
Stockport County (loan) 2010–11 League Two 4 21 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 3
Grimsby Town 2011–12 Conference National 5 43 12 4 0 0 0 3 4 50 16
2012–13 Conference National 5 16 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 2
Preston North End (loan) 2012–13 League One 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Silgo Rovers 2013 Premier Division 1 24 12 3 2 2 3 5 1 34 18
Cork City 2014 Premier Division 1 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 2 5 2
Ballinamallard United 2014–15 NIFL Premiership 1 17 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 18 4
Derry City 2015 Premier Division 1 9 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 11 2
Sligo Rovers 2015 Premier Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


Boston United
Grimsby Town
England C
Sligo Rovers
  • FAI Cup (1): 2013
  • UFEA - Union of European Football Associations
  • UFEA B License May 27, 2016
  • UFEA A License Part 1, 3 June 2016
  • Manulla Fc

Westaro Cup (1) 2016-17


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