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Anthony Galvin (born 12 July 1956) is a former professional footballer who played as a winger. He played most successfully with Tottenham Hotspur, for whom he played 201 league games. He finished his league career with spells at Sheffield Wednesday and Swindon Town. He played for the Republic of Ireland, winning 29 caps including 3 in Euro 88.

Tony Galvin
Personal information
Full name Anthony Galvin[1]
Date of birth (1956-07-12) 12 July 1956 (age 63)[1]
Place of birth Huddersfield, England
Playing position Winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Goole Town
1978–87 Tottenham Hotspur 201 (20)
1987–89 Sheffield Wednesday 36 (1)
1989–90 Swindon Town 11 (0)
National team
England schools
1982–1989 Republic of Ireland 29 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only



Tottenham HotspurEdit

Galvin was born in Huddersfield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England.[1] He was bought by Tottenham Hotspur manager Keith Burkinshaw in 1978 from Northern Premier League side Goole Town on the recommendation of Tottenham's double winning manager Bill Nicholson. But it was not until 3 February 1979 before he made his debut in the 3–0 home defeat to Manchester City highlights of which was shown on The Big Match. His first goal coming at the Baseball Ground against Derby County. It wasn't until around 1981 before he became a regular with his strength in wing play being that he was difficult to knock off the ball and was able to put in accurate crosses. He was a member of the successful Spurs side of the early 80s, winning two successive FA Cups in 1981 & 1982, and also the UEFA Cup in 1984. In all he played 273 first team games and scored 31 goals including a hat trick against Southampton in May 1986.

Sheffield WednesdayEdit

He was sold by new Spurs manager David Pleat to Sheffield Wednesday in 1987, but his spell at Wednesday was hit by injury.

Swindon TownEdit

Galvin tried to make a fresh start at Swindon Town, where he was signed by former Spurs teammate Ossie Ardiles in 1989. He stayed as a player for the rest of the season where Swindon reached the Division 2 play-offs. He then went on to become Ardiles' assistant, before following him to Newcastle United where he took a similar position until Ardiles was sacked in 1992.

International careerEdit

Galvin won 29 caps for the Republic of Ireland, despite playing for England schools.[1] He made his debut for Ireland in the European Championships qualifier against The Netherlands in Rotterdam on 22 September 1982 and scored his only goal away to Luxembourg in a Euro 88 qualifier. He was named by Jack Charlton in Ireland's first ever finals squad at Euro 88, and started all 3 games against England, USSR and the Netherlands. Galvin was able to understand the USSR's tactical calls during a game in Euro 88 because he had a degree in Russian.

Outside of footballEdit

Before joining Spurs, Galvin gained a degree in Russian Studies at Hull University. He also studied teaching as a postgraduate at Trent Polytechnic. After his football career ended he returned to education teaching at a London College.

Playing honoursEdit


  • Game was a draw, both teams were awarded the shield

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2005). The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946–2005. Harpenden: Queen Anne Press. p. 227. ISBN 978-1-85291-665-7.

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