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Tony Sealy

Tony Sealy
Personal information
Full name Anthony John Sealy
Date of birth (1959-05-07) 7 May 1959 [1]
Place of birth Hackney, London, UK[1]
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Forward[1]
Youth career
Wallsend Boys Club
1975–1977 Southampton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1979 Southampton[2] 7 (0)
1979–1981 Crystal Palace[2] 24 (5)
1980 Port Vale (loan)[2] 17 (6)
1981–1983 Queens Park Rangers[2] 63 (18)
1982 Port Vale (loan)[2] 6 (4)
1983 Fulham (loan)[2] 5 (1)
1984–1985 Fulham[2] 20 (10)
1985–1987 Leicester City[2] 39 (7)
1987 Bournemouth (loan)[2] 13 (2)
1987–1988 Sporting Lisbon[2] 29 (9)
1988 S.C. Braga[2] 4 (0)
1988–1989 Brentford[2] 12 (4)
1989 Swindon Town[2] 0 (0)
1989–1991 Bristol Rovers[2] 37 (7)
1991 MYPA[2] 7 (0)
1991–1992 Brentford[2] 18 (0)
1992–1993 Michelotti[2] (10)
1993–1994 Eastern (5)
1994–1996 Hong Kong FC
Total 301+ (88+)
Teams managed
1995– Hong Kong FC

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Anthony John "Tony" Sealy (born 7 May 1959) is an English former football forward, who is now manager at Hong Kong First Division League club Hong Kong FC.

He graduated from Wallsend Boys Club to Southampton, and appeared for the "Saints" in the 1979 Football League Cup Final after helping the club win promotion out of the Second Division in 1977–78. He joined Crystal Palace in 1979, before moving on to Queens Park Rangers two years later. After a loan spell at Port Vale, he helped QPR to top the Second Division 1982–83. He signed with Fulham in 1984, before ending up at Leicester City a year later. In 1987 he was loaned out to Bournemouth, before moving to Portugal to sign with Sporting Lisbon and later S.C. Braga. He returned to England in 1988, spending brief periods at Brentford, Swindon Town, and Bristol Rovers. He won Third Division championship medals with Bristol Rovers in 1989–90 and with Brentford in 1991–92. In 1991 he played for Finnish side MYPA, before returning to Brentford. He then moved to Hong Kong, playing for Michelotti, Eastern, and Hong Kong FC.

He was appointed manager at Hong Kong FC in 1995. Under his management the club won the Second Division in 1997–98, 1998–99, 2000–01, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2009–10, and won promotion in 2013–14, but failed to establish themselves in the First Division as of yet.

Contents

  • Playing career 1
  • Management career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Honours 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Playing career

Sealy was born in Hackney, London, but signed his first professional contract with Lawrie McMenemy's Southampton in 1977. He was the second black player to play for Southampton after Alf Charles in 1937.[3] The "Saints" won promotion to the First Division as Second Division runners-up in 1977–78. He appeared as a substitute in the 1979 League Cup final at Wembley, replacing Austin Hayes after 83 minutes; Nottingham Forest won the game 3–2.

Sealy signed with top-flight rivals Crystal Palace in 1979, then managed by Terry Venables. Whilst at Palace he was sent on loan to John McGrath's Port Vale in February 1980; after impressing at Vale Park with six goals in 17 Fourth Division games, he returned to Selhurst Park in May of that year. Palace were relegated in 1980–81, and Sealy followed Venables to Second Division Queens Park Rangers for a fee of £80,000.[1]

Sealy made his QPR debut in the 3–1 win over Derby County in March 1981 and went on to play 63 league games, scoring 18 goals. In February 1982, he was once more loaned out to Port Vale, once again impressing with four goals in six games; but the club could not afford to secure his services permanently and he returned to Rangers the following month.[4] In 1982–83, he finished as QPR's top scorer with 16 goals (ahead of Clive Allen and Simon Stainrod), and Rangers topped the Second Division, finishing ten points ahead of Wolverhampton Wanderers.

After a loan spell with Fulham, he moved to Craven Cottage permanently in 1984. Following a ninth-place finish in the Second Division in 1984–85, he again switched clubs, this time settling with Leicester City. He helped Gordon Milne's side to avoid relegation out of the top-flight by a single point in 1985–86, however the "Foxes" were relegated in 1986–87. Following a loan spell with Harry Redknapp's Bournemouth, Sealy then left the UK and played for Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon, scoring four goals in the 1987–88 Cup Winners' Cup. He played both legs of the 1987 Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira final victory over Benfica. Lisbon finished fourth in the Primeira Liga in 1987–88, and Sealy moved on to mid-table side S.C. Braga.

He then returned to London to play for Brentford in the Third Division; Steve Perryman's "Bees" missed out on the play-offs by four points in 1988–89, and Sealy moved to Bristol Rovers via Swindon Town. Rovers topped the Third Division in 1989–90 under manager Gerry Francis, two points ahead of rivals City. After the 1990–91 campaign, Sealy moved to Finland with MYPA, returning to Brentford in 1991. Brentford won the Third Division in 1991–92, after which Sealy moved to Hong Kong the next year with Michelotti, Eastern AA and Hong Kong FC.

Management career

He became manager of Hong Kong FC in 1995, a position he maintained until 2002, when he was promoted to Operations Manager.[5] HKFC became a classic "yo-yo" club,[5] winning promotion as Second Division champions in 1997–98, they actually refused promotion to the First Division, and so again topped the Second Division in 1998–99. After winning the division again in 2000–01, they this time accepted promotion, but only managed four points from twelve games in 2001–02, but were not relegated despite finishing in last place. They finished bottom again in 2002–03, but won the Second Division again in 2004–05 and 2005–06. They finished ninth in the ten team First Division in 2006–07, and were again relegated. They won promotion as Second Division champions in 2009–10, but picked up just five points from 18 games in 2010–11, and so were again relegated. The club finished third in 2011–12, finishing one point behind promoted Southern District RSA. After a fifth-place finish in 2012–13, promotion was secured with a third-place finish in 2013–14.

Personal life

His son, Jack, is also a football player; he is currently at First Division side South China AA and is eligible to represent Hong Kong at international level.

Honours

Southampton
Queens Park Rangers
Sporting Lisbon
Bristol Rovers
Brentford
Hong Kong FC

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Profile". holmesdale.net. Retrieved 5 February 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "Profile". neilbrown.newcastlefans.com. Retrieved 5 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Alf paved the way for Saints' black roll of honour". The Daily Echo. Retrieved 26 December 2007. 
  4. ^ Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 261.  
  5. ^ a b "Brits Abroad: Tony Sealy on life in Hong Kong". talksport.co.uk. Retrieved 5 February 2012. 

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