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Tony Coleman

Personal information
Full nameAnthony George Coleman
Place of birthLiverpool, England
Playing positionWinger

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Anthony "Tony" Coleman (born 2 May 1945 in Ellesmere Port) is an English former footballer who made 250 appearances in the Football League playing for Tranmere Rovers, Preston North End, Doncaster Rovers, Manchester City, Sheffield Wednesday, Blackpool, Southport and Stockport County. He played on the left wing.

He started his career at Stoke City, where he failed to make the grade and moved into non-league playing for Ellesmere Port Town. Whilst there, local league club Tranmere Rovers noticed him and signed him in October 1962 and after only eight games in two seasons, moved up two divisions to sign for Preston North End. He did not stay long at Deepdale before moving back into non-league with Welsh side Bangor City in the Cheshire County League. But again did not dwell in non-league for too long before being signed by Fourth Division Doncaster Rovers in November 1965, where he became an important member of their Championship winning side.

Joe Mercer signed him for Manchester City in March 1967 and consequently Doncaster suffered as a result and spiralled back down to Division Four. Whilst at Maine Road, Coleman won League Championship and FA Cup winners medals, before moving to Sheffield Wednesday in October 1969, which was less than successful as Wednesday were relegated to start their downfall to Division Three. This was followed by a spell at Blackpool, before Coleman emigrated to South Africa and then to return to England to see out his playing days at Southport, Stockport County and Macclesfield Town.

In November 2009, an interview with Coleman was broadcast on Manchester City football show Blue Tuesday on BBC Manchester in which he spoke about his life in Australia and revealed that he intended to raise money by selling his football medals.

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