Anton Rogan

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Anton Rogan
Personal information
Full name Anthony Gerard Patrick Rogan[1]
Date of birth (1966-03-25) 25 March 1966 (age 54)
Place of birth Belfast, Northern Ireland
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position(s) Defender
Youth career
[Red Star] [St Oliver Plunkett FC]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1991 Celtic 127 (3)
1991–1993 Sunderland 46 (1)
1993–1995 Oxford United 58 (3)
1995–1997 Millwall 36 (8)
1997–1999 Blackpool 15 (0)
National team
1987–1996 Northern Ireland 18 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Anton Rogan (born 25 March 1966) is a former professional footballer. His playing career included spells at Lisburn Distillery, Celtic, Sunderland, Oxford United, Millwall and Blackpool. Rogan also played 18 times for the Northern Ireland national team between 1987 and 1996.


Rogan was born in Lenadoon, west Belfast, Northern Ireland. In his youth he had played junior football for St Oliver Plunkett FC and Gaelic football for St Paul's. He began his professional career playing for Distillery before achieving his boyhood dream of signing for Celtic in 1986. Rogan made his first-team debut on 3 January 1987 due to Roy Aitken and Paul McGugan being suspended[2] and Pierce O'Leary being injured. It proved to be a successful start for Rogan as Celtic thrashed Hamilton Accies 8-3.[3] He usually played at left full back or occasionally as a left-side centre half. In 1988, he was part of Celtic's Centenary side that won the League and Cup Double.

He transferred to Sunderland in 1991 for two years. He played for Sunderland in the 1992 FA Cup Final defeat to Liverpool.[4] The following season, he moved to Oxford United - again for two years. In 1997, he transferred to Millwall and left them for Blackpool in 1999.

The latter part of his career was hampered by hamstring injuries and it was discovered that two broken leg injuries early in his career (initially suffered as a teenager before heading to Celtic) were the root cause of these setbacks.

Anton Rogan's most famous goal was the opener in the 3-0 demolition of city rivals Rangers in 1991,[5] having been a part of the team the previous week that dumped Rangers out of the Scottish Cup.[6] Another of his goals achieved renown for the wrong reasons, when he opened the scoring in the December 1988 World Cup qualifying match in Spain. Rogan's was an own goal, contributing to the hosts' 4-0 victory over Northern Ireland.[7]


He now lives in Oxford, with his wife and two sons Liam and Conal, has retired from football. He did, however, make an appearance in central defence for Abingdon Town on 19 July 2008 in Luke Beauchamp's testimonial alongside Ian 'Gudge' Smith against Oxford United.[citation needed] Anton has appeared in numerous testimonials and currently runs a taxi and tour company, Townhouse Executive Travel, with his wife in Woodstock Oxfordshire


  1. ^ "Anton Rogan". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  2. ^ The Glasgow Herald, 3 January 1987, A quick turnaround as Rangers become league favourites
  3. ^ The Glasgow Herald, 5 January 1987, p12, McClair top man for eight goal Celts
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 26 April 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  6. ^ The Independent, 26 February 1990, p32, Coyne keeps Celtic afloat
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