Tony Barton (footballer)

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Tony Barton
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Personal information
Full name Anthony Edward Barton
Date of birth (1937-04-08)8 April 1937
Place of birth Sutton, Surrey, England
Date of death 20 August 1993(1993-08-20) (aged 56)
Position(s) Outside-right
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1954–1959 Fulham 49 (8)
1959–1961 Nottingham Forest 22 (1)
1961–1967 Portsmouth 130 (34)
Total 201 (43)
Teams managed
1982–1984 Aston Villa
1984–1985 Northampton Town
1991 Portsmouth (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Anthony Edward Barton (8 April 1937 – 20 August 1993) was an English footballer, playing as an outside right, and football manager. He was born in Sutton, Surrey and managed Aston Villa to success in the 1982 European Cup, three months after taking charge.[1] He followed this up by beating Barcelona in the 1982 European Super Cup.

Playing career[edit]

Tony Barton won England Schoolboy (1 cap) and Youth (5 caps) honours before beginning his football career with Fulham who he joined as a junior. After a spell on loan to Sutton United, he turned professional with Fulham in May 1954. He went on to score 8 times in 49 games for Fulham.

He moved to Nottingham Forest in December 1959 and after never really establishing himself at Forest, making only 22 appearances (scoring once), moved to Portsmouth in December 1961, where he subsequently became player-coach. After retiring as a player, after 130 games and 34 goals for Portsmouth, he remained on the club's coaching staff.

Coaching and managerial career[edit]

He subsequently joined the coaching staff at Aston Villa, becoming assistant manager to Ron Saunders in 1980. Villa won the League Championship in 1981 (their first league title in 71 years) and Barton was promoted to the manager's seat in February 1982 after Saunders resigned.

He guided Villa to victory over Bayern Munich in the 1982 European Cup Final and followed this up with the 1982 European Super Cup the following season, but their league form (sixth in 1983 and tenth in 1984) did not match their success in Europe and he was sacked in May 1984.

In July 1984, he took over as manager of Northampton Town but left in April 1985 after suffering a heart attack. In September that year he became assistant manager of Southampton under Chris Nicholl, remaining at The Dell until May 1988. He later became assistant manager of Portsmouth and in February 1991 took over as caretaker manager after the sacking of Frank Burrows.

After leaving Portsmouth he was a talent scout for several clubs. Shortly before Barton's death he was offered the first manager's job at Wessex League new boys Petersfield Town.

On 20 August 1993, Barton died of a heart attack at the age of 56.[2]


As a manager[edit]

Aston Villa


  1. ^ "1980s - Aston Villa - History - Former Managers - Former Managers 1980s". Archived from the original on 14 September 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2009.
  2. ^ [1]


  • Mike Neasom, Mick Cooper & Doug Robinson (1984). Pompey: The History of Portsmouth Football Club. Milestone Publications. ISBN 0-903852-50-0.

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