Tony Spearing

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Tony Spearing
Personal information
Full nameAnthony Spearing [1]
Date of birth (1964-10-07) 7 October 1964 (age 56) [1]
Place of birth Romford, England [1]
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) [2]
Position(s) Defender
Youth career
1982–1984 Norwich City
Senior career*
1984–1988 Norwich City 69 (0)
1984Stoke City (loan) 9 (0)
1985Oxford United (loan) 5 (0)
1988–1991 Leicester City 73 (1)
1991–1993 Plymouth Argyle 35 (0)
1993–1997 Peterborough United 111 (2)
1997–2002 King's Lynn
2002–2003 A.F.C. Sudbury
2003–2004 Wisbech Town
2004–2005 Great Yarmouth Town
Teams managed
1998 King's Lynn
2000–2002 King's Lynn
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Anthony Spearing (born 7 October 1964) is an English former footballer who played in the Football League for Norwich City, Stoke City, Oxford United, Leicester City, Plymouth Argyle and Peterborough United. [1]


Playing career

Spearing was born in Romford and began his career with Norwich City and was a member of their youth team that won the 1983 FA Youth Cup, beating Everton in a replayed final. His first two seasons at Carrow Road saw Spearing in the reserves and also spent time out on loan in 1984–85 at Stoke City (making nine appearances) and Oxford United (making five appearances). [1]

Spearing played 10 times for Norwich in 1985–86 as they won the Second Division. Spearing was a regular under Dave Stringer in 1986–87 playing in 48 matches before losing his place to Mark Bowen and in 1988 he joined Leicester City for a fee of £100,000. He spent three seasons with the Foxes making 79 appearances scoring once before moving on to Plymouth Argyle. At Home Park Spearing made 45 appearances and the spent five seasons with Peterborough United making 132 appearances before dropping into non-league football with King's Lynn. He later played for A.F.C. Sudbury, Wisbech Town and Great Yarmouth Town.

Management career

Spearing became manager of King's Lynn in 1998 but quickly relinquished the position and returned to his playing duties, though he was re-appointed as manager in 2000 and remained in the position for a further two years. He went on to play for A.F.C. Sudbury, Wisbech and Great Yarmouth before taking up his position of assistant manager at Cambridge United in 2005. Spearing left the Abbey Stadium when Rob Newman was sacked in September 2006 after a defeat against Exeter left the U's second-bottom of the Conference. Spearing returned to Carrow Road to play in the centenary match against Harwich & Parkeston in September 2002.

Spearing was a member of the Leicester City masters side that beat Chelsea in 2005 to win the grand final of the Sky TV Masters indoor league. He became a Senior Scout For Blackburn Rovers, working within the Premiership and Europe, but, in March 2008, left Blackburn to take up an offer from West Bromwich Albion to become the Head of European recruitment. [3] After leaving The Hawthorns in January 2015, he was immediately appointed as Head of Scouting & Recruitment at Reading, teaming up once again with former Albion Head Coach, Steve Clarke.

On 8 April 2016 Spearing was announced as the newly appointed Head of Football Recruitment at his former club Norwich City.

Career statistics

Source: [4]

ClubSeasonLeagueFA CupLeague CupOther [A] Total
Norwich City 1983–84 First Division 4000000040
1984–85 First Division0010000010
1985–86 Second Division 80001010100
1986–87 First Division390304020480
1987–88 First Division180000000180
Stoke City (loan) 1984–85 First Division9000000090
Oxford United (loan) 1984–85 Second Division5000000050
Leicester City 1988–89 Second Division360102010400
1989–90 Second Division201001000211
1990–91 Second Division170000010180
Plymouth Argyle 1991–92 Second Division300102020350
1992–93 Division Two50004010100
Peterborough United 1992–93 Division One220000000220
1993–94 Division One341104020411
1994–95 Division Two330200030380
1995–96 Division Two91201010131
1996–97 Division Two130102020180
Career Total30231202101603513
A.  ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Anglo-Italian Cup, Football League Trophy, Full Members Cup and Screen Sport Super Cup.


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  2. Dunk, Peter, ed. (1987). Rothmans Football Yearbook 1987–88. London: Queen Anne Press. p.  262. ISBN   978-0-356-14354-5.
  3. "Spearing's Euro vision is helping to boost Baggies". Norwich Evening News 24. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
  4. Tony Spearing at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)