Len Cantello

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Len Cantello
Personal information
Date of birth (1951-09-11) 11 September 1951 (age 68)
Place of birth Manchester, England
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1968–1979 West Bromwich Albion 301 (13)
1979–1982 Bolton Wanderers 90 (3)
1981Dallas Tornado (loan) 19 (1)
1982 Hereford United 1 (0)
1982–1983 Bury 9 (1)
1983–1985 SC Cambuur 33 (1)
1985–86 Eastern AA ? (?)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Len Cantello (born 11 September 1951 in Manchester, England) is a former football Midfielder.


West Bromwich Albion: 1967–1979[edit]

Cantello joined West Bromwich Albion as an apprentice in 1967. Aged 18, Cantello played in the 1970 League Cup Final. Cantello scored ITV's goal of the season in December 1978, playing against Manchester United at Old Trafford. During his 12-year stays at the Hawthorns, Cantello made 371 appearances.

Although signing for Bolton Wanderers in the summer of 1979 for a fee of £350,000, Cantello was awarded a testimonial match by West Bromwich Albion that saw a team of white players play against a team of black players.[1]

Bolton Wanderers: 1979–1982[edit]

In 1979, he moved to Bolton Wanderers, spending three years with them.

Later career: 1982–1986[edit]

In 1982, Cantello moved two divisions down on loan to Hereford United. He made just one appearance and then moved again on loan to Bury. In 1981, he went on loan to the Dallas Tornado of the North American Soccer League. In 1983, he was transferred to Dutch side SC Cambuur, before finishing with two seasons at Eastern AA.

Post-playing career[edit]

After retiring for professional sport, Cantello became the UK managing Director of FieldTurf, then a Canadian-based brand of artificial turf playing surface. He currently resides in his home town of Manchester.[2]


  1. ^ Adrian Chiles (17 November 2016). "The match that pitted white players against black players". BBC. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  2. ^ http://www.oldbaggies.com/len-cantello/

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