Tony Rodwell

Tony Rodwell
Personal information
Full name Anthony Rodwell
Date of birth (1962-08-26) 26 August 1962
Place of birth Southport, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Right wing
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Southport ? (?)
Buxton ? (?)
Runcorn ? (?)
–1990 Colne Dynamoes ? (?)
1990–1994 Blackpool 142 (17)
1994–1995 Scarborough 8 (1)
1995Wigan Athletic (loan) 5 (1)
Witton Albion
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Anthony "Tony" Rodwell (born 26 August 1962) is an English former professional footballer. His preferred position was on the right wing.

Prior to turning professional, Southport-born Rodwell played for his hometown club, Buxton, Runcorn, and Colne Dynamoes. His most successful period came under the guidance of Billy Ayre at Blackpool, where, in May 1992, he won promotion to the new Division Two after a penalty shoot-out win over Scunthorpe in the Division Four play-off final at Wembley (after losing out to Torquay at the same venue twelve months earlier). He followed Ayre to Scarborough when the latter became manager at the McCain Stadium in 1994.


Rodwell joined Graham Carr's Blackpool from Colne Dynamoes in the summer of 1990. He appeared in 49 of Blackpool's 51 league and cup games in his debut 1990–91 season, as well is in their three play-off ties (scoring Blackpool's goal in their semi-final, first leg draw at Scunthorpe United, a goal he has named his favourite),[1] making the number-7 shirt his own. He scored on his full debut, in a 4–1 victory over Wrexham at Bloomfield Road on 15 September, after deputising for the injured on-loan Phil Stant in the forward line.[1] He went on to score a further six league goals during the campaign, the majority of which came under the managership of Graham Carr's assistant, Billy Ayre, who took over the reins when Carr was fired.[2]

In 1991–92, Rodwell scored eleven goals in 42 league appearances, including a hat-trick in Blackpool's 5–2 win at Aldershot on 5 November 1991; however, all records against Aldershot that season were expunged when, at the end of the campaign, the club went bankrupt.[2]

Rodwell made a further 57 league appearances and scored two goals in his final three seasons with Blackpool.

After a short spell at Scarborough (which included a loan stint at Wigan Athletic), he finished his playing career with non-League Witton Albion.


In January 2003, Rodwell returned to his hometown of Southport to become an assistant to Mike Walsh (formerly a coach at Blackpool)[3] and, later, Programme for Academic and Sporting Excellence (PASE)/reserve-team coach. In September 2004 he left the role as reserve-team manager and later the role of PASE team Head Coach to become the Press Association's statistical floor manager at Old Trafford and the Eithad.[4] He regularly provides stats on Manchester United and Southport, when they are at home.

Personal life

Rodwell is married to Pauline.[5] His daughter, Stacey, played for California State University, Los Angeles' women's team.[5] He is an uncle of Sunderland and England midfielder Jack Rodwell.[6]




  1. 1 2 "My Career At Blackpool: Tony Rodwell" - Blackpool F.C.'s official website, 4 November 2014
  2. 1 2 Calley, Roy. Blackpool: A Complete Record 1887-1992. Breedon Books Sport. ISBN 1-873626-07-X.
  3. Southport appoint Walsh – BBC Sport
  4. "Southport Visiter: Port's derby double". Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2004.
  5. 1 2 2009 Women's Soccer Roster
  6. "Moyes vows to protect Rodwell and Gosling from over-exposure". The Guardian. 2009-02-19. Retrieved 2009-02-20.
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