Tony Thorpe

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Tony Thorpe
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Personal information
Full nameAnthony Thorpe
Date of birth (1974-04-10) 10 April 1974 (age 46)
Place of birth Leicester, England
Position(s) Striker
Club information
Current team
Melton Town (manager)
Youth career
1990–1992 Leicester City
Senior career*
1992–1998 Luton Town 120 (48)
1998 Fulham 13 (3)
1998–2002 Bristol City 128 (51)
1998Reading (loan) 6 (1)
1998Luton Town (loan) 8 (4)
1999Luton Town (loan) 4 (1)
2002–2003 Luton Town 32 (15)
2003–2005 Queens Park Rangers 41 (10)
2005Rotherham United (loan) 5 (1)
2005–2006 Swindon Town 7 (1)
2006 Colchester United 14 (0)
2006–2007 Stevenage Borough 3 (0)
2006Grimsby Town (loan) 5 (0)
2007 Grimsby Town 1 (0)
2007 Tamworth 7 (1)
2007 Barton Rovers ?
2008 Woking 1 (0)
2008 Brackley Town 9 (4)
2008–2009 Stamford 12 (7)
2009–2011 Halesowen Town 0 (0)
2011 Hinckley
2011 Thurmaston Town 4 (2)
2012 Melton Town 16 (18)
Teams managed
2010–2011 Halesowen Town
2016– Melton Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 20:14, 18 December 2009 (UTC)

Anthony Thorpe (born 10 April 1974) is an English former professional footballer and manager of Melton Town


As a player he was a striker. He notably played for Luton Town, Bristol City and Queens Park Rangers. He also played in the Football League for Reading, Rotherham United, Swindon Town, Colchester United and Grimsby Town. In the Non-League game he has previously appeared for Stevenage Borough, Tamworth, Barton Rovers, Woking, Brackley Town, Stamford and Halesowen Town, where he also had a brief spell as player/manager.


Thorpe began his career at Leicester City, but he was transferred to Luton Town in August 1992. During his time at Luton he switched from attacking-midfielder to striker, with outstanding success. He scored 28 league goals in the 1996–97 season, and soon a move to Fulham was completed. His time at Craven Cottage was short and he joined Bristol City in the summer of 1998. He took time to adapt as Ashton Gate, and he was then sent out on loan to Reading and back to Luton twice. He eventually found form in Bristol, before he re-joined Luton on a Bosman free transfer in 2002.

After 13 goals in his first season back, Thorpe left the financially crippled club for Queens Park Rangers for a cut-price £50,000 fee, after Thorpe threatened to invoke a rule where he could move to QPR for free. Many Luton fans were outraged at Thorpe and have never forgiven the talented forward.[ citation needed ] He scored 10 goals in his first season at QPR, helping them win promotion to the newly formed Football League Championship, but the next season was loaned to relegation strugglers Rotherham United. He was then released by QPR, and joined Swindon Town, along with another ex-QPR striker, Jamie Cureton.

His time at Swindon was unsuccessful, and he was allowed to join fellow League One side Colchester United. After their promotion to the Championship, Thorpe was released and he move to Stevenage Borough in July 2006. However, he struggled to settle there, and he was sent to Grimsby Town on loan in September 2006, and he signed for the Mariners in January 2007.

Thorpe was released from Grimsby Town at the end of the 2006–07 season and went on to join Conference North team Tamworth, while signing on for Sunday league side Hockley Rangers in Leicester's Alliance League. [1]

On 1 November 2007 Thorpe left Tamworth by mutual consent, after an eye condition prevented him from playing. The eye was injured when he scratched the eye on a tile while working, and his vision deteriorated with little sign of improvement. [2] However, he went on to sign for Barton Rovers later in the month. [3]

He signed for Woking on 1 September 2008 but was released after just one game following the dismissal of the club's manager. On 4 September 2008 he signed for Brackley Town.

It was announced in late November 2008, that due to new job commitments, Brackley Town and Tony Thorpe came to a mutual agreement for him to move on, as he was unable to find the time commitment needed. He signed for Stamford in December 2008. He remained with Stamford until May 2009, where he then became a free agent until signing for Halesowen Town in December 2009. He was appointed player/manager of Halesowen in November 2010, [4] but resigned in January 2011. [5] He then resumed his playing career at Hinckley in the East Midlands Counties League. [6]


Queens Park Rangers

Runner-up, Football League Division 2 2003–2004 season

Colchester United


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  2. Clayton, Dave (1 November 2007). "Permant and temporary departures". Retrieved 1 November 2007.
  3. Former Hatters' teammates reunite at Barton
  4. Halesowen look for fresh start under Tony Thorpe and Sean Cunnington
  5. Tony Thorpe quits as Halesowen Town manager
  6. Hinckley F.C. Official Profile Archived 20 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine