Tony McPhee (footballer)

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Tony McPhee
Personal information
Full name Magnus McPhee[1]
Date of birth April 1914[1]
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland[1]
Date of death 1960 (aged 46)[1]
Playing position Centre-forward[1]
Youth career
1929–1930 Belfast Celtic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1930–1936 Workington
1936–1937 Bradford Park Avenue
1937–1938 Coventry City
1938–1949 Reading
Teams managed
1951 Walsall
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Magnus "Tony" McPhee (April 1914 – 1960) was a Scottish footballer and football manager. He played as a forward for Belfast Celtic, Workington, Bradford Park Avenue, Coventry City, and Reading; and briefly managed Walsall.


McPhee was a "tall, commanding player" who had "deft footwork and could unleash a thunderous shot".[1] He started his career with Belfast Celtic in Northern Ireland, before switching to Workington of the North Eastern League in 1930.[1] He joined David Steele's Second Division Bradford Park Avenue in July 1936, and his seventeen goals in thirty games won him a move to Harry Storer's Coventry City in May 1937.[1] He hit six goals in his first three games, before losing his form. He left Highfield Road for Reading in June 1938, who then were in the Third Division South and led by Billy Butler.[1] Scoring on his debut against Queens Park Rangers, he hit 26 goals in 1938–39.[1]

Prolific for Reading during World War II, he scored 160 goals in 226 games between 1939 and 1946.[1] He retired in May 1949, and spent the next two years as manager Ted Drake's assistant.[1] He was appointed manager of Walsall in July 1951.[1] The "Saddlers" form dipped following a good start to 1951–52, and McPhee resigned, lamenting the lack of money available for new players and citing "problems finding a house in the area".[1] He then kept the George Hotel in Basingstoke, and died in 1960, aged just 46.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Past Managers". Archived from the original on 1 June 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2011.