Tony Macken

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Tony Macken
Personal information
Full nameAnthony Macken
Date of birth (1950-07-30) 30 July 1950 (age 70)
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Position(s) Right back
Youth career
Home Farm
Senior career*
1968–1972 Glentoran ? (9)
1972–1974 Waterford 49 (10)
1974–1977 Derby County 23 (1)
1975Portsmouth (loan) 5 (0)
1976Portsmouth (loan) 5 (1)
1976Washington Diplomats (loan) 21 (5)
1977Washington Diplomats (loan) 15 (1)
1977Dallas Tornado (loan) 10 (1)
1977–1982 Walsall 190 (1)
1982–1985 Drogheda United 73 (0)
1985–1987 Waterford United 37 (3)
1987–1988 Home Farm
National team
1977 Republic of Ireland 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Anthony "Tony" Macken (born 30 July 1950) is an Irish former professional footballer. He was born in Dublin.



Macken was a right back or midfielder who played for Home Farm, Glentoran (1968–1972) and Waterford United F.C. in Ireland before moving to Derby County F.C. in August 1974 for a fee of £30,000. Manager Dave Mackay left Macken in the reserves for the whole of the 1974/75 season.

After a spell on loan at Portsmouth, Macken finally made his league debut on Saturday, 27 December 1975 in a 2–0 win at home to Aston Villa. He again went on loan to Portsmouth in February 1976. His only other appearance for Derby in the season was in a 1–0 loss again against Villa. In all competitions, he made thirty-seven appearances for the Rams, including eight as a substitute before moving to play in America in 1977.

After spells with Washington and Dallas, he returned to England with Walsall in October 1977. He starred in Walsall 1979/80 promotion team and scored once for them in 190 games before returning home to Ireland in June 1982 where he played for Waterford United and Drogheda United. He managed Drogheda United to the League Cup winners in 1983/84. And was assistant manager to Ray Treacy when Shamrock Rovers won the League Championship in 1993/94.

He won his single Republic of Ireland cap – a 1–0 defeat at home to Spain on 9 February 1977.


As a player

with Walsall

As a manager

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