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Anthony Parks (born 26 January 1963) is an English football coach and former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. In a career spanning over 20 years, he was on the books of 15 different clubs, making more than 250 league appearances and won the 1983–84 UEFA Cup with Tottenham Hotspur.[3][2] After retiring as a player he had two spells as joint caretaker manager of Halifax Town.[4][5]

Tony Parks
Personal information
Full name Anthony Parks[1]
Date of birth (1963-01-26) 26 January 1963 (age 56)
Place of birth Hackney, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[2]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Tottenham Hotspur
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1988 Tottenham Hotspur 37 (0)
1986Oxford United (loan) 5 (0)
1987Gillingham (loan) 2 (0)
1988–1990 Brentford 71 (0)
1990Queens Park Rangers (loan) 0 (0)
1990–1991 Fulham 2 (0)
1991–1992 West Ham United 6 (0)
1992 Stoke City 2 (0)
1992–1996 Falkirk 112 (0)
1996–1997 Blackpool 0 (0)
1997–1998 Burnley 0 (0)
1998Doncaster Rovers (loan) 6 (0)
1998–1999 Barrow
1999 Scarborough 15 (0)
1999–2002 Halifax Town 6 (0)
Teams managed
2000 Halifax Town (caretaker manager)
2001 Halifax Town (caretaker manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

CareerEdit

Parks was born in Hackney, London, and began his football career with Tottenham Hotspur.[3] Though never a first-team regular, he was on the winning side in the 1984 UEFA Cup Final, in which he saved the final penalty from Anderlecht's Arnór Guðjohnsen in the penalty shootout.[6] While still at Tottenham he had loan spells at fellow First Division club Oxford United and third-tier Gillingham.

Following his departure from Spurs in 1988 he signed for Third Division side Brentford, for whom he played 71 league games. In the 1990–91 season he was loaned to Queens Park Rangers in the First Division and subsequently joined third-tier side Fulham. Spells at West Ham United and Stoke City followed before he started a four-season spell at Scottish side Falkirk. After leaving them in 1996, his career concluded with spells at Blackpool, Burnley, Doncaster Rovers, Barrow, Scarborough and Halifax Town.[2]

After his playing career ended, Parks went on to work as a goalkeeping coach. He held roles at several clubs and also worked with the England youth teams for the Football Association.[6] In November 2008, he returned to Tottenham, succeeding Hans Leitert as goalkeeping coach.[7]

On 4 June 2016, Parks was released from his position of goalkeeping coach by Aston Villa.[8] Prior to the 2018–19 season, Parks was employed as Head of Academy Goalkeeping at Watford.[9] However, he left the club in September 2018 to set up “Tony Parks Goalkeeping” offering private coaching and Coach Education.

Career statisticsEdit

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Tottenham Hotspur 1981–82[10] First Division 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
1982–83[10] 1 0 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 2 0
1983–84[10] 16 0 3 0 0 0 5[b] 0 24 0
1984–85[10] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1985–86[10] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1986–87[10] 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
1987–88[10] 16 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 19 0
Total 37 0 5 0 1 0 6 0 49 0
Oxford United (loan) 1986–87[2] First Division 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Gillingham (loan) 1987–88[2] Third Division 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Brentford 1988–89[11] Third Division 33 0 7 0 3 0 2[c] 0 45 0
1989–90[11] 37 0 1 0 4 0 3[c] 0 45 0
1990–91[12] 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 71 0 8 0 7 0 5 0 91 0
Queens Park Rangers (loan) 1990–91[2] First Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Fulham 1990–91[2] Third Division 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
West Ham United 1991–92[2] First Division 6 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Stoke City 1992–93[2] Second Division 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
Blackpool 1996–97[13] Second Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Burnley 1997–98[14] Second Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1998–99[15] Second Division 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
Total 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
Doncaster Rovers (loan) 1997–98[14] Third Division 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Scarborough 1998–99[15] Third Division 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
Halifax Town 1999–2000[16] Third Division 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0
2000–01[17] Third Division 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 0
Total 6 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 9 0
Career total 152 0 16 0 14 0 11 0 193 0
  1. ^ Appearance in European Cup Winners' Cup
  2. ^ Appearance in UEFA Cup
  3. ^ a b Appearances in Football League Trophy

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Tottenham Hotspur;
Falkirk

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Tony Parks". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Tony Parks at Soccerbase
  3. ^ a b Tony Parks at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database
  4. ^ Nixon, Alan (4 October 2000). "Bracewell given task of rescuing Halifax". The Independent. Retrieved 5 December 2009.
  5. ^ Wilson, Scott (3 April 2002). "Halifax count cost of Bracewell's exit". The Independent. Retrieved 5 December 2009.
  6. ^ a b Staves, Russell (11 October 2007). "Parks' life". The Football Association. Archived from the original on 3 February 2013. Retrieved 5 December 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  7. ^ "Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp appoints Tony Parks to help Heurelho Gomes". The Daily Telegraph. 21 November 2009. Retrieved 5 December 2009.
  8. ^ "Aston-Villa release goalkeeping coach Tony Parks following Roberto Di Matteo's arrival". Daily Mail. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Sarll: "I'm Eager To Get My Teeth Into It"". Watford F.C. 7 August 2018. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h "Tony Parks". 11v11.com. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  11. ^ a b Croxford, Mark; Lane, David; Waterman, Greville (2011). The Big Brentford Book of the Eighties. Sunbury, Middlesex: Legends Publishing. pp. 430–431. ISBN 978-1906796716.
  12. ^ Croxford, Mark; Lane, David; Waterman, Greville (2013). The Big Brentford Book Of The Nineties. Sunbury, Middlesex: Legends Publishing. p. 476. ISBN 9781906796723.
  13. ^ "Games played by Tony Parks in 1996/1997". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  14. ^ a b "Games played by Tony Parks in 1997/1998". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  15. ^ a b "Games played by Tony Parks in 1998/1999". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  16. ^ "Games played by Tony Parks in 1999/2000". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  17. ^ "Games played by Tony Parks in 2000/2001". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  18. ^ McKinney, David (13 December 1993). "Football: Falkirk find their fire". The Independent. London. Retrieved 21 March 2015.

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