|Full name||Anthony Joseph Ellis|
|Date of birth||20 October 1964|
|Place of birth||Salford, England|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Rochdale (Academy Manager)|
|1987–1989||Preston North End||86||(27)|
|1992–1994||Preston North End||72||(48)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Anthony Joseph Ellis (born 20 October 1964) is an English former professional footballer who commanded combined transfer fees of nearly £750,000 and scored 185 league goals in 518 league games during a sixteen-year Football League career.
Oldham Athletic and Preston North End
Born in Salford, Lancashire, Ellis began his playing career in local and non-league football, with Horwich RMI and Northwich Victoria and Poets F.C. in the Salford Sunday League. In August 1986 at the age of 21, Ellis was signed by Joe Royle for Oldham Athletic, for whom he played ten games. Ellis was spotted by Preston North End manager John McGrath scoring goals for Oldham's reserve team. McGrath paid £23,000 in October 1987 to take Ellis to Deepdale, where he scored a last-minute winner on his debut against Port Vale. In his first spell at Deepdale Ellis scored 32 goals in 106 games in a little over two seasons.
In 1989 Alan Ball at Stoke City tabled a £250,000 offer for Ellis. For Preston, the money was too good to turn down, and Ellis found himself leaving for the Victoria Ground in December 1989. His time at Stoke was disrupted by injury, but in two and a half years he scored 20 goals in 93 first-team appearances.
Back at Preston
In August 1992, Preston came back for him, paying Stoke £50,000 plus striker Graham Shaw. Stoke valued Ellis at £250,000 while Preston valued Shaw at £200,000. This deal therefore meant that Ellis became Preston's record signing at the time. His second spell at Preston was even more productive than his first: Ellis scored 56 goals in only 88 games and was named the club's official player of the year in 1992/93 and 1993/94. His final game for the Lilywhites was their 1994 play-off final defeat against Wycombe Wanderers at Wembley.
After a much-publicised fall out with Preston boss John Beck over a new contract and his role within the club, Ellis signed for arch-rivals Blackpool for £165,000 in 1994. However, in November 1995 Ellis handed in a transfer request fueling rumours of a return to Deepdale, by then managed by Gary Peters. Blackpool got around this problem by offering Ellis an extension to his contract. In three and a half years at Bloomfield Road, Ellis scored 65 goals in 173 games.
In December 1997, Ellis was on the move again, this time to Bury for £70,000. He scored twelve goals in 38 games at Gigg Lane. Then in 1999 he joined Stockport County for a fee of £25,000. He made 21 league appearances, scoring six goals before joining Rochdale on a free transfer later that year. He made a total of 68 appearance and scored 18 goals.
He was released by Rochdale at the end of the 2000–01 season, and found himself without a club and semi-retirement and a return to non-league football looked likely until Burnley boss Stan Ternent offered him a lifeline. In his only season at Turf Moor, Ellis played ten games, all as a substitute. At the age of 37 he scored the winner against Bradford City in a 3-2 win at Valley Parade, his only goal for the club. During his Football League career Ellis had scored 210 goals in 609 first team games.
In July 2007, Ellis left his position as assistant manager of Hyde United and coach of the youth teams at Turf Moor to join former teammate, Rochdale manager Keith Hill, as Head of Youth at Spotland.
Since May 2013, Ellis has been appointed as both Academy Manager and First Team Matchday Observational Coach, which will ensure a bridge between Dale's youth system and the first team.
Blackpool F.C. Hall of Fame
Ellis was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Bloomfield Road, when it was officially opened by former Blackpool player Jimmy Armfield in April 2006. Organised by the Blackpool Supporters Association, Blackpool fans around the world voted on their all-time heroes. Five players from each decade are inducted; Ellis is in the 1990s.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other[A]||Total|
|Oldham Athletic||1986–87||Second Division||5||0||0||0||1||0||1||0||7||0|
|Preston North End||1987–88||Third Division||24||4||1||0||0||0||6||2||31||6|
|Stoke City||1989–90||Second Division||24||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||24||6|
|Preston North End||1992–93||Second Division||35||22||2||1||2||1||1||1||40||25|
|Stockport County||1998–99||First Division||16||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||16||6|
- Mossley stats Archived 18 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine
- - "Rochdale bring in two ex-players" - BBC Sport
- "Legend is back" - RochdaleAFC.co.uk
- "Team Behind The Team" - RochdaleAFC.co.uk
- Singleton, Steve, ed. (2007). Legends: The great players of Blackpool FC (1 ed.). Blackpool: Blackpool Gazette. pp. 114–117. ISBN 978-1-84547-182-8.
- "The Hall Of Fame - 1980's". Blackpool Supporters Association. Archived from the original on 10 June 2010. Retrieved 2 December 2009.
- Tony Ellis at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
- Calley, Roy (20 October 1992). Blackpool: A Complete Record 1887–1992. Breedon Books Publishing Co Ltd. ISBN 1-873626-07-X.
- Singleton, Steve, ed. (2007). Legends: The great players of Blackpool FC (1 ed.). Blackpool: Blackpool Gazette. ISBN 978-1-84547-182-8.