Tony Villars

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Tony Villars
Personal information
Full name Anthony Keith Villars
Date of birth (1952-01-24) 24 January 1952 (age 66)
Place of birth Pontypool, Wales
Playing position Winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1976 Cardiff City 73 (4)
1976–1977 Newport County 29 (1)
National team
1974 Wales 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Anthony Keith "Tony" Villars (born 24 January 1952) is a Welsh former international footballer.

Career[edit]

Born in Pontypool, Villars was a member of the youth set-up and groundstaff at Newport County but quit the job because the pay was so poor. Moving into the Welsh league he signed for Pontnewydd. His time at the club was short after the entire team was signed by Panteg after a number of impressive performances. Working as an apprentice electrician, it was here that he was spotted by Cardiff City who offered him a professional contract in the summer of 1971. Villars soon established himself in the first team, making his debut in a 4-3 defeat to Fulham in November 1971 with an impressive performance that lead team mate Ian Gibson to comment Tony's got the lot, speed, balance and control. He's going to be some player.".[1]

Often an inconsistent player, Villars also scored several crucial goals for the club, including one against Crytsal Palace during a 1-1 draw to keep Cardiff in Division Two in April 1974. It was during his time at Cardiff that Villars earned all of his three caps for Wales, playing in three matches during the 1974 British Home Championship against England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.[2] His debut in the opening match against England led Villars to become the 500th player to play for Wales.[3] Persistent injury problems meant that he lost his place in the side and he moved to Newport County in June 1976, reuniting with his former Cardiff manager Jimmy Scoular..

He failed to reproduce the form he showed in his days at Cardiff and just under two years into his spell at the club his contract was cancelled. Incredibly just two and a half years after winning his three caps for Wales, Villars left league football never to return at the age of just 25. He later turned out for Welsh League side Blaenavon Blues before retiring.[1]

After football[edit]

Following his retirement, Villars worked as a milkman for 17 years. He now works as a delivery driver for DHL Express.[1]

References[edit]

  • Hayes, Dean (2006). The Who's Who of Cardiff City. Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-462-0. 
  1. ^ a b c "Milkman proved to be cream of the crop". Wales Online. 29 March 2013. Retrieved 17 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "Tony Villars". EUFootball. Retrieved 17 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "History project - Births and Deaths of Welsh International Footballers". FAW. Retrieved 17 April 2016.