Tony Ackerman

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Tony Ackerman
Personal information
Full nameTony Charles George Ackerman [1]
Date of birth (1948-02-20) 20 February 1948 (age 72) [1]
Place of birth Islington, England
Playing position(s) Wing half
Youth career
1965–1966 West Ham United
Senior career*
1966–1968 Orient 4 (0)
1967Corby Town (loan)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Tony Charles George Ackerman (born 20 February 1948) is an English former professional footballer who played as a wing half in the Football League for Orient.


Life and career

Ackerman was born in Islington, London. [2] He was on the books of West Ham United as an amateur, and moved on to Orient. [2] After a couple of appearances for the reserve team, Ackerman signed a professional contract on 28 October 1966. His manager, Dick Graham, said "Tony has impressed me with his enthusiasm, and his height could give our defence that little something extra." [3] He went straight into the team for the following day's Third Division match against Watford, playing at wing half alongside a number of other teenagers including the 17-year-old Paul Went; the match was drawn. [3] [4] [5]

Ackerman made three league appearances during the 1966–67 season, [4] and his fourth was as a winger in a goalless draw with Swindon Town in September 1967. [6] He joined Southern League Premier Division club Corby Town on loan; after Orient suffered a number of injuries in October, he was recalled, [7] but his services were not used, and he did not play for the first team again. [2]


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