Tommy Langley

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Tommy Langley
Personal information
Full nameThomas William Langley [1]
Date of birth (1958-02-08) 8 February 1958 (age 62) [1]
Place of birth Elephant & Castle, London, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) [2]
Playing position(s) Striker
Youth career
Chelsea
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1974–1980 Chelsea 142 (40)
1980–1981 Queens Park Rangers 25 (8)
1981–1983 Crystal Palace 59 (8)
1983–1984 AEK Athens 5 (0)
1983–1984 Coventry City 2 (0)
1984–1985 Wolverhampton Wanderers 23 (4)
1984–1985 Aldershot 16 (4)
1985–1986 South China ? (?)
1986–1988 Aldershot 81 (21)
1988–1989 Exeter City 21 (2)
1989 Tampa Bay Rowdies 5 (1)
1989–1991 Slough Town 56 (19)
1991 Aylesbury United 2 (1)
1991 St Albans City 5 (1)
1992 Basingstoke Town
1992 Staines Town
1992–1993 Wokingham Town
National team
1978 England U21 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Thomas William Langley (born 8 February 1958) is an English retired footballer who played in the 1970s and 1980s as a striker. He is currently one of the hosts of Matchnight Live on Chelsea TV.

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Club career

Chelsea

Langley began his career as an apprentice with Chelsea, making his debut in 1975 against Leicester City, when aged 16 [3] years and 9 months. The club were relegated the same season and for the remainder of Langley's time there they bounced between the top two divisions. He first established himself in the side during Chelsea's first season back in the First Division in 1977–78, during which he scored 13 goals, making him the club's top scorer. The following year, Chelsea were near the bottom of the league all season and relegated by March, with Langley's 16 goals – more than three times the total managed by any of his teammates – a rare bright spot, for which he was voted club player of the year. During his career with Chelsea, he scored 43 goals in 152 games.

Queens Park Rangers

After Chelsea's failure to gain instant promotion in 1979–80, Langley joined Queens Park Rangers for £400,000 in August 1980. During his stint with QPR, he appeared in 25 games and scored 8 goals. including scoring against his old team mates on his debut, just two weeks after he switched from Chelsea and Scoring Qpr's fastest league goal, after 12 seconds against Bolton on 11 October 1980.

Crystal Palace

Following his brief stay at QPR, Langley joined Crystal Palace in March 1981, for £200,000. [4] where he played until 1983. During his time at Crystal Palace he appeared in 59 league games and scored 8 goals (71 and 10 in all competitions). [4] [5]

AEK Athens and Coventry City

In 1983, [4] Langley left English football for a spell with AEK Athens. Langley only appeared in five matches for the Greek club and returned to England to play for Coventry City halfway into the season. Langley appeared in two games for Coventry. During his seven combined appearances with the two sides during the 1983–84 season, he did not score any goals.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

After a somewhat disappointing 1983–84 season, Langley joined Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1984 where he scored four goals in 23 appearances. He finished the 1984–85 season at Aldershot Town where he scored another four goals in 16 games.

South China AA

After his stint with the Wanderers and Aldershot, Langley left Europe in 1985 to play for Hong Kong-based South China.

Aldershot F.C.

After spending a year in Asia, Langley returned to England and rejoined Aldershot in 1986. He spent two more years with the club appearing in 81 matches and scoring 21 goals.

Exeter City

Langley then went on to finish his English career with Exeter City where he appeared in 21 matches scoring two goals during the 1988–89 season with the club.

Tampa Bay Rowdies

He left Europe for the second time in 1989 this time going to the United States to play for the now defunct Tampa Bay Rowdies in the American Soccer League. [6]

International career

Langley won England Honours at Schoolboy, Under-21 and 'B' levels. [7]

After football

After Langley's playing days were over, he has still been a part of the game with a career in sport media. He took on his first presenting role as a commentator on Chelsea Radio in 1997. After the radio show, Langley went on to his role as Football Reporter on Channel 5's Breakfast News. Langley joined Chelsea TV when it launched, as a regular guest on the Live From Stamford Bridge phone-in show. He is currently one of the semi-regular presenters on the show, Matchnight Live. [8] He is also used as a co-commentator for Chelsea TV and is known to celebrate when Chelsea score important goals live on air. One such noted time was in Chelsea's 4–4 draw with Tottenham Hotspur, when Chelsea got the goal that gave them a 4–3 lead with three minutes to go, Langley let out a loud "YES". But when Spurs got the equaliser in stoppage time, a loud "NO" could be heard.

Immediately after leaving football, he joined Nashua in Bracknell where he was in dealer sales for copiers and fax machines. His colleague was his ex Aldershot teammate, Graham Cox.

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References

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  2. Dunk, Peter, ed. (1987). Rothmans Football Yearbook 1987–88. London: Queen Anne Press. p.  42. ISBN   978-0-356-14354-5.
  3. Chelsea Football Club The Full Statistical Story 1905-1986 by Scott Cheshire and Ron Hockings ISBN   0-9511640-0-7
  4. 1 2 3 Mike Purkiss & Nigel Sands. Crystal Palace: A Complete Record 1905–1989. p. 332. ISBN   0907969542.
  5. Purkiss, Mike; Sands, Nigel. Crystal Palace: A Complete Record 1905–1989. The Breedon Books Publishing Company. pp. 256–9. ISBN   0907969542.
  6. 1989 American Soccer League. A-leaguearchive.tripod.com (27 January 2007). Retrieved on 9 January 2012.
  7. Chelsea Football Club The Full Statistical Story by Scott Cheshire and Ron Hockings ISBN   0-9511640-0-7
  8. Tommy Langley. chelseafc.com