Tony Grant (English footballer)

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Tony Grant
Personal information
Full nameAnthony James Grant
Date of birth (1974-11-14) 14 November 1974 (age 45)
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
East Bengal FC (assistant coach)
Senior career*
1993–1999 Everton 94 (2)
1996Swindon Town (loan) 3 (1)
1999Tranmere Rovers (loan) 9 (0)
1999–2001 Manchester City 31 (0)
2000–2001West Bromwich Albion (loan) 5 (0)
2001–2005 Burnley 141 (3)
2005–2006 Bristol City 0 (0)
2006–2007 Crewe Alexandra 14 (0)
2007 Accrington Stanley 6 (0)
2007–2008 Chester City 19 (1)
National team
England U21 1 (0)
Teams managed
2019 Blackpool (assistant)
2019 Brisbane Roar (assistant)
2020- East Bengal FC (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 17:39, 24 February 2010 (UTC)

Anthony James Grant (born 14 November 1974, Liverpool, England) is an English former professional footballer and the current assistant coach of East Bengal FC in the Indian Super League.


As a player, he was a Midfielder from 1993 until 2008, notably spending time in the Premier League with Everton and Manchester City. He also played in the Football League for Swindon Town, Tranmere Rovers, West Bromwich Albion, Burnley, Crewe Alexandra, Accrington Stanley and Chester City. He was capped once by England U21 in his career.

Playing career


Tony Grant signed as a trainee for Everton. He made his debut for 'The Toffees' two years later in a 1–0 defeat at Manchester City in December 1993. He started as Everton won the 1995 FA Charity Shield. [1] He bagged his first league goal at Middlesbrough in March 1996. [2] In January 1996, Grant signed for Swindon Town on loan, where he played three games for 'The Robins', scoring one goal. Three years later, Grant was loaned out again, this time to Tranmere Rovers where he played eight games for them and scored one goal. His goal came in Tranmere's 2–0 win over Oxford in the League Cup (Steve Yates getting the opener for Rovers). [3] Tranmere would go on to reach the final of the League Cup that season, by which time Grant had returned to Everton. Grant's second and final league goal for Everton came in a 2–2 draw at Barnsley in February 1998. [4]

Manchester City

On Christmas Eve, December 1999, Tony Grant signed for Manchester City for a fee of £450,000. Grant made his debut for City in the 2–0 win over West Brom, but during his time at City he never scored. Grant was then loaned out to West Bromwich Albion in December 2000, where he played five games for 'The Baggies'.

Later career

In October 2001, Grant moved to Burnley signing for a fee of £250,000. Grant soon became regarded as an excellent signing by Stan Ternent and went on to play 141 games for 'The Clarets', scoring three goals. During his time at Burnley he was most frequently played in the defensive-midfield role, which enabled him to display his range of passing and game-reading ability. Grant became an important member of the team, but was released on a free-transfer at the end of the 2005 season after refusing a new contract offer.

He then moved to Bristol City on a free transfer, but only played one game for them; Bristol City's 4–2 League Cup defeat to Barnet. In January 2006, after injury problems, Grant signed for Gradi's Crewe Alexandra, and made ten appearances before the end of the 2005–06 season, but failed to rescue Crewe from relegation to the English League One. He signed a new one-year deal to play for Crewe on 1 June 2006.

On 31 January 2007, Grant joined Accrington Stanley as player–coach. He left the club at the end of the season. On 27 July 2007, Grant completed a move to Chester City, signing a one-year contract under new manager Bobby Williamson. He scored his only goal for the club in a 2–1 win at Rochdale on 18 August 2007. [5] He left the club at the end of the season. [6]

Coaching career

Tony became player coach at Crewe Alexander 2006–2007, working closely with Dario Gradi at Championship and League One level. Tony then moved on to Accrington Stanley and Chester City 2007-2009 as first team player coach at League Two level. Tony joined Blackburn Rovers U18 as coach in 2010 to 2012, here he brought new ideas to the club with the emphasis on development. Here they Won the Academy Elite league, finalists in the FA Youth Cup and also the Premiere League cup, a feat unrivalled in English Academy system to date. Tony then moved to the First team coach role for Blackburn Rovers from 2012 to 2015, here they survived relegation, reached the FA cup quarter final losing by the odd goal to Liverpool, they finished the League in position 7th just missing out on the playoffs. Tony returned to Everton as a first team European scout in October 2016 to present. Named Blackpool's assistant manager on 14 March 2019.

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