Tony Cunningham (footballer)

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Tony Cunningham
Personal information
Full nameAnthony Eugene Cunningham [1]
Date of birth (1957-11-12) 12 November 1957 (age 63) [1]
Place of birth Kingston, [1] Jamaica
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) [2]
Playing position(s) Striker
Senior career*
Kidderminster Harriers ? (?)
197?–1979 Stourbridge ? (?)
1979–1982 Lincoln City 123 (32)
1982–1984 Barnsley 42 (11)
1984 Sheffield Wednesday 28 (5)
1984–1985 Manchester City 18 (1)
1985–1987 Newcastle United 47 (4)
1987–1989 Blackpool 71 (17)
1989–1991 Bury 58 (17)
1991 Bolton Wanderers 9 (4)
1991–1993 Rotherham United 69 (24)
1993 Doncaster Rovers 25 (1)
1993–1994 Wycombe Wanderers 5 (0)
Gainsborough Trinity ? (?)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 25 June 2007

Anthony Eugene Cunningham (born 12 November 1957) is a Jamaican former professional footballer.

Cunningham, a striker, began his professional career with Lincoln City in 1979. In three years with the Imps, he made 123 league appearances and scored 32 goals.

Barnsley came in for his services in 1982, and he went on to make 42 appearances for the South Yorkshire club, scoring eleven goals.

After leaving Oakwell, Cunningham remained in the White Rose county, making 28 appearances and scoring five goals for Sheffield Wednesday.

In 1984 Cunningham had a short spell with Manchester City before moving to the North East to join Jack Charlton's Newcastle United. He spent two years on Tyneside, making just short of 50 appearances for the Magpies, scoring four goals. He was commonly known to his friends while at Newcastle as 'Slug'.

Cunningham traded the North East for the North West in July 1987 when he signed for Sam Ellis' Blackpool for a tribunal-set fee of £25,000. He made his debut for the Seasiders in the opening day of the 1987–88 season, a draw at Gillingham.

What started as a promising Blackpool career became a disappointing one. As the team struggled, Cunningham was made a scapegoat, and at the end of the 1988–89, he rejoined Ellis, who had become manager of Bury.

On his return to Bloomfield Road with the Shakers, on 31 October 1989, Cunningham was sent off in the first half. The visitors, however, won the game by a single goal.

After Bury, Cunningham played for Bolton Wanderers, Rotherham United, Doncaster Rovers and Wycombe Wanderers. After almost 500 league games and over one hundred goals, he ended his career with non-league Gainsborough Trinity.


Cunningham now lives and works in Lincoln as a solicitor.

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  2. Dunk, Peter, ed. (1987). Rothmans Football Yearbook 1987–88. London: Queen Anne Press. p.  250. ISBN   978-0-356-14354-5.