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Tony Dorigo

Tony Dorigo
Personal information
Full name Anthony Robert Dorigo
Date of birth (1965-12-31) 31 December 1965
Place of birth Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1987 Aston Villa 111 (2)
1987–1991 Chelsea 146 (11)
1991–1997 Leeds United 171 (5)
1997–1998 Torino 30 (2)
1998–2000 Derby County 41 (1)
2000–2001 Stoke City 36 (0)
Total 535 (20)
National team
1986–1988 England U21 11 (0)
1989–1993 England 15 (0)
1989–1992 England B 7 (0)

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

† Appearances (goals)

Anthony Robert "Tony" Dorigo (born 31 December 1965) is an Australian-born English former professional footballer who played as a defender from 1983 to 2001.

He played for Aston Villa, Chelsea, Leeds United and the England national side.,[1] as well as Torino, Derby County and Stoke City.

Contents

  • Club career 1
  • International career 2
  • Media career 3
  • Honours 4
  • Career statistics 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Club career

As a teenager, Dorigo wrote to 14 top flight clubs in England and asked for a trial. Aston Villa were the first club to respond and offered Dorigo a four-day trial. He was successful.[2]

He made his league debut for Aston Villa against Ipswich in 1984 as an 18-year-old and would go on to win the clubs player of the year award during his time at Villa Park.

He signed for Chelsea from Aston Villa for £475,000 and he won the club's player of the year award in his first season, though they were also relegated. He helped the club win promotion back to the First Division at the first attempt. He left Chelsea in somewhat acrimonious circumstances in the summer of 1991, having made and then withdrawn a transfer request, and then seemingly fallen out with manager Bobby Campbell after being dropped from the side due to declining a new contract. He was sold to Leeds for £1.3m. He made 180 appearances for Chelsea, scoring 11 goals.

Dorigo won the First Division with Leeds in his first season at the club as well as winning the Fans Player of the Year award for the same year. He stayed with the club until 1997, when he joined Italian side Torino. At Torino he helped the side reach the promotion play-offs as well as being awarded the club's player of the year, although he missed a penalty in the play off final.

Due to financial reasons Torino were forced let him go, with Dorigo closing his career with two years at Derby County. He scored three goals during his spell at Derby, with one in the league against Nottingham Forest[3] and two in the FA Cup against Huddersfield Town, one in the original tie[4] and again in the replay.[5] He spent a final season at Stoke City, where he was made club captain, before retiring in 2001 at the age of 35. In his final season he was playing in Division Two (the third tier of the English senior leagues).

International career

Dorigo was initially called up by Australia for the 1986 World Cup qualifying campaign. However Aston Villa manager Tony Barton refused Dorigo permission to travel.[2] Barton felt that playing for Australia would be a waste of time for Dorigo as their opponents were generally weaker opposition from Oceania.[2]

The Football Association approached Dorigo to represent England: “England came along and asked me to play for them if I hung around for another year and got my British citizenship,” says Dorigo. “My father was Italian and my mother was Australian, so I have no English parentage at all. What I say to my English friends today is that ‘you lot were so bad you needed an Aussie to come and play for you!’ It was very different back then to what it is now – the players in the Premier League today fly all over the world to play for their countries. They just did not allow that to happen in my day.”[2]

Dorigo later made 7 appearances for the England B team and 11 for the England under-21s before going to win 15 England caps. He made his debut in 1989 against Yugoslavia. A year earlier he was a surprise inclusion in the squad for the European Championships as cover for Kenny Sansom, after regular deputy Stuart Pearce withdrew through injury. Dorigo was also part of the 1990 World Cup squad. He played in the third place play-off defeat to Italy, crossing for David Platt to score an equaliser for 1-1. England lost 2-1.

Media career

Since retiring he has been a football pundit with various TV and Radio networks starting with ITV Digital covering the Championship in 2001/02. He has since worked with Radio Aire covering Leeds United's Premier League campaign as well as TV punditry for Eurosport, Bravo, Channel 5, ESPN and Sky amongst others. He appeared on the James Corden Show on 16 June prior to the England and Germany second round match of the World Cup 2010.

His regular TV work includes La Liga, Serie A and Internationals for Al Jazeera as well as commentating for ESPN. He also commentates for Absolute Radio as part of their live Barclays Premier League coverage as well as appearing a number of times on BBC Radio 5 Live show Fighting Talk.

Honours

Chelsea
Leeds United
Awards

Career statistics

  • Sourced from Tony Dorigo profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Aston Villa 1983–84 First Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1984–85 First Division 31 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 34 0
1985–86 First Division 38 1 4 0 8 0 0 0 50 1
1986–87 First Division 41 1 2 0 5 0 2 0 50 1
Total 111 2 7 0 15 0 2 0 135 2
Chelsea 1987–88 First Division 40 0 2 0 2 0 6 0 50 0
1988–89 Second Division 40 6 1 0 1 0 3 0 45 6
1989–90 First Division 35 3 1 0 1 0 5 1 42 4
1990–91 First Division 31 2 0 0 8 0 2 0 41 2
Total 146 11 4 0 12 0 16 1 178 12
Leeds United 1991–92 First Division 38 3 1 0 5 0 1 0 45 3
1992–93 Premier League 33 1 4 0 1 0 5 0 43 1
1993–94 Premier League 37 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 42 0
1994–95 Premier League 28 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 30 0
1995–96 Premier League 17 1 3 0 4 0 2 0 26 1
1996–97 Premier League 18 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 22 0
Total 171 5 16 0 13 0 8 1 208 5
Torino 1997–98 Serie B 30 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 30 2
Total 30 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 30 2
Derby County 1998–99 Premier League 18 1 3 2 1 0 0 0 22 3
1999–2000 Premier League 23 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 27 0
Total 41 1 4 2 4 0 0 0 49 3
Stoke City 2000–01 Second Division 36 0 1 0 3 0 1 0 41 0
Total 36 0 1 0 3 0 1 0 41 0
Career Total 535 21 32 2 49 0 27 2 641 24
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Full Members Cup, Football League play-offs, and Football League Trophy.

References

  1. ^ OzFootball Profile
  2. ^ a b c d "Made In Australia: Tony Dorigo". FourFourTwo. 16 December 2011. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Shaw, Phil (16 November 1998). "Carbonari cancels out Dutch delight". London:  
  4. ^ Turnbull, Simon (13 February 1999). "Derby penalty evens the score for Smith". London:  
  5. ^ Shaw, Phil (24 February 1999). "Baiano stokes Smith's dream". London:  

External links

  • Tony Dorigo at National-Football-Teams.com
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