Tony Battersby

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Tony Battersby
Personal information
Full name Anthony Battersby
Date of birth (1975-08-30) 30 August 1975 (age 41)
Place of birth Doncaster, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Spalding United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1996 Sheffield United 10 (1)
1994–1995 Southend United (loan) 8 (1)
1995 BK-IFK (loan) 18 (24)
1995–1997 Notts County 39 (8)
1996–1998 Bury 48 (8)
1998–2003 Lincoln City 130 (21)
1999–2000 Northampton Town (loan) 3 (1)
2002–2003 Boston United 11 (1)
2002–2003 Hucknall Town 1 (1)
2002–2003 Rushden & Diamonds 5 (0)
2002–2004 Stevenage Borough 19 (6)
2003–2004 Gravesend & Northfleet 1 (0)
2003–2004 Cambridge City 6 (1)
2004–2005 King's Lynn 12 (4)
2004–2006 Grays Athletic 34 (9)
2005–2006 AFC Wimbledon 7 (1)
2006–2007 Chelmsford City 9 (0)
2006–2007 Welling United (loan) 13 (2)
2007–2008 Stamford ? (?)
2008 Corby Town
2008 Bourne Town (loan)
2008–2010 Bedford Town
2009–2011 Stamford
2010–201 St Albans City
2011 Deeping Rangers
2011–2012 Grantham Town
2012–2013 Spalding United
2013 Wisbech Town
2015– Boston Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:13, 5 May 2007 (UTC).

Tony Battersby (born 30 August 1975) is a footballer who plays as a striker for Boston Town. Battersby is one of football's journeymen and has played for many clubs both The Football League and non-League.

Battersby started his career at Sheffield United, later moving to Notts County, Bury and Lincoln City, before dropping into non-League football.

In the summer of 1995 Battersby joined Finnish second division club BK-IFK on loan, scoring 24 goals in just 18 appearances for the Vasa club. He attracted the attention of the Premier League-team VPS Vaasa with his performances with the city rivals BK-IFK, but no deal was ever to be as Battersby returned to Sheffield United in the autumn.

Lincoln City[edit]

In the summer of 2001, Battersby agreed a new three-year contract with Lincoln City.[1]

Non-League career[edit]

2002–03 season[edit]

In October 2002, Lincoln announced that a severance package had been agreed with Battersby and he duly left the club,[2] quickly linking up with neighbours Boston United on a three-month contract.[3] He scored on his Boston debut in the 4–2 Football League Trophy home victory over Yeovil Town on 23 October 2002 before marking his league debut with another goal in the 3–1 victory over Rochdale at York Street just three days later. However, he failed to score in his next ten league games for the club and departed at the end of his contract. In January 2003, Battersby linked up with Hucknall Town, scoring a penalty on his debut in the 2–0 away victory over Lincoln United in the UniBond chairman's Cup quarter-final on 25 January 2003.[4] After impressing in two reserve team games, he agreed to join Rushden & Diamonds on a non-contract basis, debuting in the 2–2 draw at Darlington on 8 February 2003.[5] With Rushden having a free Saturday, Battersby returned to Hucknall to play in their 1–1 home draw with Wakefield & Emley on 15 February 2003 before turning out a further four times for Rushden before being released.[6] He moved onto Football Conference side Stevenage Borough,[7] scoring on his debut in a 2–0 home victory over Kettering Town on 25 March 2003. He scored twice more in four further appearances but his season ended early due to suspension following his sending-off in the 3–1 home victory over Leigh RMI on 5 April 2003.

2003–04 season[edit]

Battersby began the season well, scoring five times, four in an eight-minute spell, in an 11–0 pre-season victory over Metropolitan Police.[8] In February 2004, having seen a move to Crawley Town for a club record £10,000 fall through,[9] Battersby left Stevenage to join Gravesend & Northfleet.[10] His spell with the Fleet would be short as having come on to make his debut as a 63rd-minute substitute in the 6–0 home victory over Morecambe on 28 February 2004, a groin injury saw him forced off the field just twenty minutes later and Battersby was released from his contract.[11] Returning to fitness, Battersby saw out the remainder of the season with Cambridge City.[12]

2004–05 season[edit]

In May 2004, Battersby agreed a deal to join King's Lynn.[13] In October 2004, he joined Grays Athletic,[14] debuting in a 4–2 home victory over Welling United on 9 October 2004. Battersby would make 20 league appearances, scoring six times, as Grays went on to claim the Football Conference South title. Grays, with Battersby in the starting eleven, capped the season by claiming the FA Trophy with a victory, on penalties, over Hucknall Town at Villa Park on 22 May 2005.

2005–06 season[edit]

Grays began their inaugural season in the Football Conference in fine form, enjoying a run of fifteen games without defeat. Battersby also began the season well, scoring Grays's first ever goal in the conference in the 1–1 away draw to Burton Albion on 13 August 2005 and netting twice more in his next four games. However, he sustained an injury in the 2–2 home draw with Kidderminster Harriers on 10 September 2005 and would be sidelined for three months. Returning to fitness, he failed to fing the net and in March 2006 he moved on, joining AFC Wimbledon.[15] He made his Dons debut in the 2–1 away victory over Harrow Borough on 21 March 2008 and scored his solitary goal for the club in the return fixture against Harrow Borough on 22 April 2088 which also resulted in a 2–1 victory. However, Wimbledon's dreams of promotion from the Isthmian League ended when Fisher Athletic defeated them 2–1 in the promotion play-off on 2 May 2006; the game would be Battersby's last for the club.

2006–07 season[edit]

Battersby began the season with Chelmsford City, making his debut as a final minute substitute in the 1–1 home draw with Bromley on 19 August 2006. He struggled to make an impression with Chelmsford: making just three league starts with a further six from the bench and failing to find the net. He moved on to join Welling United[16] debuting as a late substitute in the 1–0 away victory over Cambridge City on 9 December 2006. Battersby was forced to miss the final ten league games of the season to undergo tests on a heart complaint. The Welling manager Adrian Pennock was quoted in the Bexley Times as saying "Everyone at the club has got their fingers crossed for Tony and that everything works out for him. He has an enlarged heart muscle and it is better to be safe than sorry." Fortunately, Battersby was able to resume his football career though his time with Welling was at an end.

2007–08 season[edit]

In July 2007, Battersby returned to Lincolnshire to link up with Stamford.[17] In February 2008, Stamford's manager Graham Drury departed to manage Corby Town and Battersby was one of seven Stamford players to follow him to the Northamptonshire club.[18][19]

2008–09 season[edit]

In August, Battersby moved to Bourne Town on loan, debuting in the 2–0 home defeat to Deeping Rangers on 19 August 2008.[20] In November, Battersby moved on to join Bedford Town,[21] debuting in the goalless draw at home to Clevedon Town on 22 November 2008.[22]

2009–10 season[edit]

Battersby commenced the season with Bedford Town but, after 37 appearances for the club in all competitions in which he scored nine goals, he rejoined Stamford,[23] debuting in the 2–0 away victory over Cammell Laird on 31 October 2009.

In March 2011 he departed Stamford to join St Albans City.[24] In June 2011 he was appointed player-coach at Deeping Rangers.[25] In late November 2011, Battersby linked up with Northern Premier League Division One South club Grantham Town.


  1. ^ "Batts signs new contract". Lincoln City F.C. official website. 14 May 2001. Retrieved 20 November 2008. 
  2. ^ "Battersby leaves the Imps". Lincoln City F.C. official website. 18 October 2002. Retrieved 20 November 2008. 
  3. ^ "Batts links up with Boston". Lincoln City F.C. official website. 23 October 2002. Retrieved 20 November 2008. 
  4. ^ "Battersby becomes latest former pro at Hucknall". 27 January 2003. Retrieved 20 November 2008. 
  5. ^ "Darlington vs Rushden & Diamonds match report". Rushden & Diamonds F.C. official website. 8 February 2003. Retrieved 20 November 2008. 
  6. ^ "Striker released by Diamonds". Rushden & Diamonds F.C. official website. 21 March 2003. Retrieved 20 November 2008. 
  7. ^ "Boro add yet another forward to squad". 24 March 2003. Retrieved 20 November 2008. 
  8. ^ "Battersby and Boro go goal-crazy". 19 July 2003. Retrieved 20 November 2008. 
  9. ^ "Crawley set to smash transfer record". 19 February 2004. Retrieved 20 November 2008. 
  10. ^ "Now Fleet sign Battersby". 27 February 2004. Retrieved 20 November 2008. 
  11. ^ "Batterby's deal with Fleet ends after 20 minutes football". 20 March 2004. Retrieved 20 November 2008. 
  12. ^ "Experienced duo join City". 2 April 2004. Retrieved 20 November 2008. 
  13. ^ "Now Battersby joins Lynn". 28 May 2004. Retrieved 20 November 2008. 
  14. ^ "Three out – one in at Grays". 15 October 2004. Retrieved 20 November 2008. 
  15. ^ "Dons do double deal". 22 March 2006. Retrieved 20 November 2008. 
  16. ^ "King signs Clarke again". 11 December 2006. Retrieved 20 November 2008. 
  17. ^ "Double coup for Daniels". 30 June 2007. Retrieved 20 November 2008. 
  18. ^ "Keast facing exodus". 5 February 2008. Retrieved 20 November 2008. 
  19. ^ "Rivals rapped for player raid". Rutland & Stamford Mercury. 9 May 2008. Retrieved 20 November 2008. 
  20. ^ "Bourne to boost attacking options". Rutland & Stamford Mercury. 21 August 2008. Retrieved 20 November 2008. 
  21. ^ "Battersby becomes an Eagle". 20 November 2008. Retrieved 20 November 2008. 
  22. ^ "Eagles share goalless draw with Clevedon". Bedford Times and Citizen. 22 November 2008. Retrieved 13 May 2009. 
  23. ^ "Tony Battersby leaves Bedford". Bedford Times and Citizen. 30 October 2009. Retrieved 2 November 2009. 
  24. ^ "Battersby joins Saints". 4 March 2011. Retrieved 4 March 2011. 
  25. ^ "Korkmaz makes triple swoop". 7 June 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 

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