Tony Philliskirk

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Tony Philliskirk
Personal information
Full name Anthony Philliskirk
Date of birth (1965-02-10) 10 February 1965 (age 54)
Place of birth Sunderland, County Durham, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1988 Sheffield United 80 (20)
1986Rotherham United (loan) 6 (1)
1988–1989 Oldham Athletic 10 (1)
1989 Preston North End 14 (6)
1989–1992 Bolton Wanderers 141 (51)
1992–1994 Peterborough United 43 (15)
1994–1995 Burnley 40 (9)
1995Carlisle United (loan) 3 (1)
1995–1998 Cardiff City 61 (5)
1997–1998Halifax Town (loan) 2 (3)
1998Macclesfield Town (loan) 10 (1)
1998 Oldham Athletic 0 (0)
1983–1998[1] Total 410 (113)
Teams managed
2005 Oldham Athletic (caretaker)
2013 Oldham Athletic (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Anthony Philliskirk (born 10 February 1965) is an English former footballer. He played as a striker for 11 different clubs between 1983 and 1998.

Playing career[edit]

Philliskirk turned professional at the age of 18, when he joined Sheffield United. He made his debut for the Blades in a pre-season friendly against Mansfield Town at Field Mill on 17 August 1983. He had to wait until 18 October 1983, before making his league debut for Sheffield United against Brentford at Griffin Park.

He scored his first goal for the club two weeks later at Plymouth Argyle. He scored eight goals in his first season with Sheffield United. Most of his time at Bramall Lane was spent as a partner of striker Keith Edwards.

He was part of the Sheffield United side which won promotion from the Third Division in season 1983–84. In total he made 80 league appearances (18 as a substitute) for Sheffield United scoring 20 goals.

After five years at Bramall Lane, he had brief spells with Oldham Athletic and Preston North End before joining Bolton Wanderers in the June 1989 for a fee of £50,000. He made his debut for Bolton on 19 August 1989 in a Third Division match against Cardiff City at Ninian Park, and he soon formed an effective striking partnership with David Reeves.

Philliskirk moved on to Peterborough United in October 1992, and then had spells with Burnley, Cardiff City, Halifax Town and Macclesfield Town before hanging up his boots in 1998.

Refereeing career[edit]

He also spent a couple of years as a referee towards the end of his playing days. Philliskirk was one of 15 players who accepted a training offer in 1996 as part of a PFA scheme to encourage more former professionals to take up the whistle. He progressed as far as the Northern Premier League.

Coaching career[edit]

In 1998, team manager Andy Ritchie offered him the youth coaching job at Oldham Athletic.

He became assistant manager at Oldham Athletic until December 2003, when his team manager Iain Dowie was tempted away by Crystal Palace. Dowie wanted to take his assistant with him, but Philliskirk turned down the offer for personal reasons.

During the 2004–05 season, Philliskirk was manager for one game but lost 2–1 to Huddersfield Town. He stayed at Boundary Park, where he is now Oldham's youth coach, a role he initially filled for four years before becoming Dowie's assistant in 2002.

Following the resignation of Paul Dickov at Oldham Athletic on 3 February 2013 Philliskirk was put in charge of the club once again on a temporary basis.

He was suspended from his role as academy manager in April 2018.[2] In October 2018, it was announced that Pete Wild had taken over the role on an interim basis.[3]

In December 2018, Philliskirk returned to Burnley FC where we had a short spell as player in the 1990's and was appointed the new head coach of the U18s team[4]

Personal life[edit]

Philliskirk's son Danny is also a professional footballer,[5] who plays for Blackpool F.C., after previously playing for Sheffield United, and Oldham Athletic his father's former clubs.[5]


  1. ^ "English National Football Archive". English National Football Archive. Retrieved 25 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Club Statement". Oldham Athletic F.C. 17 April 2018. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Oldham Athletic Academy Back On Track After 5-2 Cup Win". Oldham Athletic F.C. 8 October 2018. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
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  5. ^ a b "Dad pleased with Danny's move". Sheffield United F.C. 4 July 2011. Archived from the original on 7 July 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2011.

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