Tony Macedo

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Tony Macedo
Personal information
Full nameElliot Macedo
Date of birth (1938-02-22) 22 February 1938 (age 82)
Place of birth Gibraltar
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Youth career
1955–1957 Fulham
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1955–1968 Fulham 346 (0)
1961Montreal Concordia (loan)
1968–1969 Colchester United 38 (0)
1969–1971 Durban City 35 (0)
1971–1973 Highlands Power 59 (0)
National team
1959–1961 England U23 10 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Elliot "Tony" Macedo (born 22 February 1938) is a former professional association football goalkeeper who spent nearly his whole career at Fulham. He played 346 league games and a total of 391 matches in all competitions. He ended his career in 1968 after suffering a string of injuries. [1] Born in Gibraltar, he represented the England U23s.

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Career

He was born in Gibraltar in 1938 of British Gibraltarian parents. Macedo joined Fulham as a youth team player in 1955. He made his debut for the first team in a match against Bristol City in December 1957. Following his debut he went on to establish himself as the club's number one goalkeeper. He was part of the side that reached the semi-final of the FA Cup in 1958 and 1962. In 1958, he played a crucial role in Fulham's successful promotion to the First Division. He played in each of Fulham's nine successive seasons in the First Division. A series of injuries - including a backpass from Tosh Chamberlain breaking his ribs - reduced his appearances towards the end of the decade. [1] [2] He spent one season at Colchester United, making 38 appearances, before retiring at the premature age of 31. He emigrated to South Africa, where he has lived ever since. [3] [4] He was considered the "finest 'keeper never to win a full England cap", [5] if it was not for his ineligibility having been born in Gibraltar, which did not become members of UEFA until 2013 [6] and remained unrecognised territory by FIFA until the 13th May 2016. [7]

He is remembered as being part a series of great Fulham sides which included individuals such as George Cohen, Jim Langley, Alan Mullery, Bobby Robson, Rodney Marsh and Bedford Jezzard, as well as Fulham's greatest ever player Johnny Haynes. [8]

Honours

Club

Fulham [9]

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