Tony Bentley

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Tony Bentley
Personal information
Full nameAnthony Bentley [1]
Date of birth (1939-12-20) 20 December 1939 (age 80) [1]
Place of birth Stoke-on-Trent, England [1]
Playing position(s) Full back / Forward
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1958–1961 Stoke City 44 (15)
1961–1971 Southend United 381 (14)
1971–1973 Folkestone Town
1973–1974 Ashford Town (Kent)
Total424(29)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Anthony Bentley (born 20 December 1939) is an English footballer who played in the Football League for Stoke City and Southend United. [1]

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Career

Bentley was born in Trent Vale, Stoke-on-Trent, [2] and began his career with local side Stoke City making his senior debut in the 1958–59 season. [1] He played as a forward in 1959–60 scoring nine goals in 13 matches. Under new manager Tony Waddington in 1960–61 he scored six goals in 35 matches but Waddington was seemingly unimpressed by Bentley and he was sold to Third Division side Southend United in July 1961. [1]

The "Shrimpers" manager Ted Fenton converted Bentley into a full-back and he became a consistent performer for the Roots Hall side in the 1960s playing ten seasons for the club racking up 419 appearances. He was given a testimonial match against his old club Stoke in 1966. [1] After his time at Southend he played non-League football with Folkestone Town and Ashford Town (Kent), with whom he made 34 league appearances during season 1974–75, before emigrating to Canada.

Career statistics

Source: [3]

ClubSeasonLeagueFA CupLeague CupTotal
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Stoke City 1958–59 Second Division 200020
1959–60 Second Division13900139
1960–61 Second Division2866010356
Total441560105115
Southend United 1961–62 Third Division 4121010432
1962–63 Third Division4612010491
1963–64 Third Division4502010480
1964–65 Third Division4220041461
1965–66 Third Division4613230523
1966–67 Fourth Division 4641010484
1967–68 Fourth Division3411020371
1968–69 Fourth Division4534020513
1969–70 Fourth Division700060130
1970–71 Fourth Division2902010320
Total3811415223141917
Career total4242921224146932

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN   0-9524151-0-0.
  2. Maurice Golesworth (1965). Soccer Who's Who. The Sportsmans Book Club.
  3. Tony Bentley at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)