Tony Cousins

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Tony Cousins
Personal information
Full name Anthony Cousins
Date of birth (1969-08-25) 25 August 1969 (age 45)
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Longford Town (Manager)
Youth career
1985–1987 Chelsea
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988 Middlesbrough 0 (0)
1988–1990 Dundalk ? (20)
1990–1993 Liverpool 0 (0)
1992–1993 Hereford United 3 (0)
1993–1996 Bohemians 82 (21)
1996–2002 Shamrock Rovers 145 (46)
2002–2003 Bray Wanderers 0 (0)
National team
1988 Republic of Ireland U19 1 (0)
1989–1992 Republic of Ireland U21 6 (4)
1997–1999 League of Ireland XI 2 (1)
Teams managed
2006–2008 Galway United
2008 Kildare County
2009– Longford Town

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).

Tony Cousins (born 25 August 1969 in The Liberties) is a former Irish footballer and the current manager of League of Ireland club, Longford Town. He is the first cousin of Tommy Dunne.

Cousins has been involved in full-time football since the age of sixteen when he joined English club Chelsea, where he spent two years. Throughout his career he played for Dundalk, Liverpool, Hereford United, Middlesbrough, Bohemians, Shamrock Rovers and Bray Wanderers.

Playing career[edit]

He made his League of Ireland debut for Dundalk at Waterford on 25 September 1988. After two years at Oriel Park, during which he shared the PFAI Young Player of the Year Award in 1989/90, he signed for Liverpool. Due to injury he failed to make a single first team appearance before getting a free transfer to Middlesbrough at the end of the 1992/93 season. After 3 appearances for Hereford he came home to sign for Bohemians where he scored 22 goals in 83 league games over three seasons.

He signed for Shamrock Rovers in the summer of 1996, making his debut in a preseason friendly against Heart of Midlothian. His first of many goals for the Hoops came in a friendly win against Crewe Alexandra. Three weeks later, he scored his first competitive goal in a 2–2 draw against Shelbourne in the League Cup. His first league goal came against Bray Wanderers on 13 September 1996.

In his first season with Shamrock Rovers he was the joint top goalscorer in the League of Ireland,[1] winning Player of the Month in February 1997. The following season, he was the team's top goalscorer with 15 league goals. During the six years he played with Rovers he scored 46 goals in 145 league appearances and a total of 65 goals in 190 appearances, including one goal in two appearances in European competition.[2]

Having completed his time with Shamrock Rovers, he spent one season with Bray Wanderers before retiring. Cousins was capped six times by the Irish Under 21 team at the start of his career, scoring four goals.

Coaching career[edit]

Tony Cousins was appointed U-21 coach at Shamrock Rovers before becoming assistant to Liam Buckley in 2003. In February 2005, he was appointed assistant coach at Drogheda United. He became coach of Galway United in 2006, where he stayed for two seasons. He was removed from his position in March 2008, following a home defeat to Shamrock Rovers.[3] He replaced John Ryan as coach of Kildare County on 24 October 2008 for the remainder of the 2008 season.[4]

Tony Cousins was appointed Longford Town manager in December 2009. As of 2014, Cousins is the longest serving manager at a single club in the League of Ireland.



  1. ^ "Ireland – List of Topscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 16 September 2007. 
  2. ^ "European Results 1957 – date". Shamrock Rovers Football Club. Retrieved 3 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "Galway sack manager Cousins". RTÉ. 31 March 2008. Retrieved 6 October 2009. 
  4. ^ "Cousins replaces Ryan as Kildare County manager". Irish Independent. 26 October 2008. Retrieved 18 November 2008.