Anton Otulakowski

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Anton Otulakowski
Personal information
Full name Anton Otulakowski
Date of birth (1956-01-29) 29 January 1956 (age 61)
Place of birth Dewsbury, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Ossett Town
1975–1976 Barnsley 42 (2)
1976–1979 West Ham United 17 (0)
1979–1983 Southend United 163 (8)
1983–1986 Millwall 114 (14)
1986–1987 Crystal Palace 12 (1)
Hastings Town
Total 348 (25)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Anton Otulakowski (born 29 January 1956) is an English former footballer who played in The Football League for Barnsley, Crystal Palace, Millwall, Southend United and West Ham United.[1]

Otulakowski was born in Dewsbury, and started his League career at Barnsley in Division Four, making his League debut against Hartlepool United in April 1975. He combined his time at Barnsley with working for the Gas Board. In October 1976, he joined West Ham United for £60,000 and made his debut at Old Trafford against Manchester United with The Hammers winning 2-0.

He then joined Southend United in March 1979, where he made 163 League appearances before George Graham signed him for Millwall for a combined total of £60,000 in March 1983, which also included Dave Cusack making the same journey. He won promotion from Division Three in 1985, and was named Player of the Year in 1986.

After a successful spell with Millwall, he signed for Crystal Palace for £19,000 paid for from Palace's Lifeline appeal. Unfortunately, after only 12 games, Otulakowski was forced to retire from the professional game due to a persistent knee injury

Personal life[edit]

Otulakowski's father is from Poland and moved to England after World War II.[2]

His uncle, Arthur Thompson played for Huddersfield Town between 1946-1949