Tony Dinning

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Tony Dinning
Personal information
Full nameTony Dinning [1]
Date of birth (1975-04-12) 12 April 1975 (age 45)
Place of birth Wallsend, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) [2]
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
Wallsend Boys Club
1993–1994 Newcastle United
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1993Djurgårdens IF (loan) 2 (0)
1994–2000 Stockport County 191 (25)
2000–2001 Wolverhampton Wanderers 35 (6)
2001Wigan Athletic (loan) 1 (0)
2001–2004 Wigan Athletic 83 (12)
2002Stoke City (loan) 5 (0)
2003Walsall (loan) 7 (0)
2004Blackpool (loan) 10 (3)
2004Ipswich Town (loan) 7 (0)
2004Bristol City (loan) 5 (0)
2004–2005 Bristol City 14 (0)
2005Port Vale (loan) 7 (3)
2005–2006 Port Vale 35 (2)
2006–2007 Stockport County 32 (2)
2007–2009 Chester City 24 (2)
2009Grays Athletic (loan) 9 (2)
2009Gateshead (loan) 5 (0)
2009 Hednesford Town 6 (0)
2009–2010 Stafford Rangers
2010–2011 Bridgnorth Town 11 (0)
Total487(57)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Tony Dinning (born 12 April 1975) is an English former football midfielder who spent sixteen years of an eighteen-year career in the Football League, making 515 appearances in league and cup competitions.

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A former Newcastle United trainee, he made his name at Stockport County between 1994 and 2000, helping the club to win promotion, he played 219 games in league and cup. Following a £700,000 move to Wolverhampton Wanderers, he was sold on to Wigan Athletic for £750,000 in 2001. Helping Wigan to promotion, he also enjoyed loan spells out to Stoke City (who he also helped to win promotion), Walsall, Blackpool, and Ipswich Town, before he signed with Bristol City in 2004. He moved on to Port Vale the following year, taking up the captain's armband. He then returned to Stockport for one season, before signing with Chester City in 2007. In 2009, he was loaned out to Grays Athletic and Gateshead, before dropping out of the Football League permanently after signing with Stafford Rangers via Hednesford Town. He retired in 2011, after a spell with Bridgnorth Town.

Playing career

Early career and Stockport County

Dinning began his career at Newcastle United in 1993. [3] During his time at the club he was loaned out to the Swedish team Djurgården in a player exchange program, where his first game ended in him producing an own goal. Dinning failed to make an appearance for Newcastle before being released. Following his release he joined Stockport County in June 1994. He played twenty league games in County's Second Division promotion-winning 1996–97 campaign. He cemented his place in the Edgeley Park first eleven throughout their subsequent First Division campaigns, culminating in him picking up the player of the season award for the 1999–2000 season, [4] in what turned out to be his final season with the club. He played a total of 219 games for the club and scored 28 goals, 13 of which came in the 1999–2000 season.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

In September 2000, he moved to Wolverhampton Wanderers for £700,000. [5] However, he remained with the club for less than a year; ironically, it was his former Stockport manager Dave Jones who decided he had no future at Wolves and sold him to Paul Jewell's Wigan Athletic for £750,000. [6] [7]

Wigan Athletic

Finding his form at Wigan, [3] he was still soon loaned out to fellow Second Division side Stoke City for the closing months of the 2001–02 campaign, [8] where he played in their play-off final triumph over Brentford. He returned to his parent club the following season, and played 44 games, helping them to win promotion as champions. However, he found himself out of favour in Wigan's subsequent second tier seasons, leading to loan spells at Walsall, [9] Blackpool (who he captained [10] ), [11] Ipswich Town, [12] and finally, Bristol City, [13] whom he eventually joined on a free transfer. [14] At Blackpool he started the final as Blackpool won the 2003–04 Football League Trophy with a 2–0 victory over Southend United at the Millennium Stadium. [15]

Bristol City, Port Vale and return to Stockport

With just twenty appearances, his time with Bristol City proved short-lived, and he moved to Port Vale on loan at the end of the 2004–05 season, [16] signing permanently the following summer. [17] He played 41 games in the 2005–06 campaign, also taking up the captain's armband. [3] In May 2006, he agreed a deal to re-join former club Stockport County. [18] Manager Jim Gannon described Dinning as a "born leader", and utilized him in 32 league games. [3]

Chester City

In August 2007, Dinning had his contract with Stockport cancelled by mutual agreement, [19] due to lack of first-team opportunities. [20] After a month spent training with Chester City, he finally joined on 5 October 2007. [21] He made his debut two days later in a 3–1 win over Shrewsbury Town and scored his first goal for the club from the penalty spot in Chester's 1–0 win at Lincoln City the following month. Later in the season Dinning and teammate, Paul Butler, became embroiled in a dispute with the club and manager Simon Davies, [22] but they remained at the club into 2008–09. However, Dinning was restricted to just two appearances in the opening half of the campaign, including a sending off shortly after coming on in a 1–0 defeat at Bournemouth. [23] He was allowed to join Scottish Premier League side Inverness Caledonian Thistle on trial in January 2009. [24] He joined Conference National outfit, Grays Athletic on loan on 24 February 2009. [25] On 26 March 2009, Dinning joined Conference North side Gateshead on loan until the end of the season. [26]

Later career

After being released by Chester in May 2009, he joined Hednesford Town in the Southern Football League Premier Division, but soon left for Conference North club Stafford Rangers after Hednesford manager Dean Edwards left the club. [27] He got into a car accident in December, and was sidelined for a few weeks due to a whiplash injury he sustained. [28] Captaining the side for a handful of games when Nick Wellecomme was absent, [29] he fell out of favour by the end of the season, [30] after missing a penalty in an "embarrassing" ten men defeat to ten-man Ilkeston. [31] Dinning left the club in the summer after falling out with manager Mark Wright. [32]

In July 2010, he joined Midland Football Alliance club Bridgnorth Town as a player-coach, working under Lee Mills. [33] Making thirteen appearances for Bridgnorth, [34] at the end of their first season the pair quit the club, citing a wish to move on to a new challenge. [35]

Statistics

ClubSeasonDivisionLeague FA Cup League Cup OtherTotal
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Stockport County 1994–95 Second Division 401404000481
1995–96 Second Division101000000101
1996–97 [36] Second Division202204000262
1997–98 [37] First Division 304204100365
1998–99 [38] First Division415202000455
1999–2000 [39] First Division44121021004713
2000–01 [40] First Division6000110071
Total191251101730021928
Djurgården (loan) 1993 [41] Division 1 Norra 20000020
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2000–01 [40] First Division316100000326
2001–02 [42] First Division4000110051
Total356101100377
Wigan Athletic 2001–02 Second Division335100000345
2002–03 [43] Second Division387204000447
2003–04 [44] First Division130001000140
2004–05 [45] Championship 0000000000
Total84123050009212
Stoke City (loan) 2001–02 [42] Second Division5000003 [lower-alpha 1] 080
Walsall (loan) 2003–04 [44] First Division5000000050
Blackpool (loan) 2003–04 [44] Second Division10300003 [lower-alpha 2] 0133
Ipswich Town (loan) 2004–05 [45] Championship7000200090
Bristol City 2004–05 [45] League One 19000001 [lower-alpha 2] 0200
Port Vale 2004–05 [45] League One7300000073
2005–06 [46] League One35240101 [lower-alpha 2] 0412
Total425401010485
Stockport County 2006–07 [47] League Two 32230102 [lower-alpha 2] 0382
Chester City 2007–08 [48] League Two20210001 [lower-alpha 2] 0222
2008–09 [49] League Two4000000040
Total242100010262
Grays Athletic (loan) 2008–09 [49] Conference National 9200000092
Gateshead (loan) 2008–09 Conference North 5000000050
Hednesford Town 2009–10 Southern Premier Division 6000000060
Bridgnorth Town 2010–11 Midland Football Alliance 110200000130
Career total [lower-alpha 3] 4875725027011455061
  1. Appearance/s in the play-offs.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 Appearance/s in the EFL Trophy.
  3. Statistics for Stafford Rangers not recorded.

Honours

Individual
Stockport County
Stoke City
Wigan Athletic
Blackpool

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