Tony Agana

Patrick Anthony " Tony" Agana ( born October 2, 1963 in Bromley ) is a former English footballer. As a striker, he had his most successful period as an offensive partner of Brian Deane for Sheffield United. Short term, he helped in 1992 at Leeds United, who was on his way to winning the championship, and an additional protection needed after the failure of Lee Chapman. Until 1997, he finally acted yet at Notts County and won there in 1995 the Anglo- Italian Cup.

Sports career

Aganas career began initially below the full professional leagues at Welling United, where took him in March 1984 for FC Weymouth - the same way at the same time struck by the way of the future Irish international Andy Townsend. In more than three years Agana ran in 180 appearances for the " Terra " on, in which he scored 48 goals ( 35 of them were in a total of 137 league games ). During this time he completed this one match for a semi-professional English selection, which is also called "C- national ".

Less than two months before his 24th birthday, he found himself then still in the höherklassigeren football. The goal was the first division side FC Watford, for the Agana on August 15, 1987 against FC Wimbledon (1-0 ) made ​​his debut. Until February 1988, he completed 14 more league games; his only goal was there a goal for a 1-1 draw on 28 December 1987 compared to Portsmouth. Shortly after Watford's coach Dave Bassett had been dismissed, Agana followed him to his successor and second-division club Sheffield United, where the transfer was an exchange transaction with Martin Kuhl basis, who went the other way in exchange.

On his debut for the " Blades" Agana already his first goal in a 1-0 win against Barnsley FC and although the club could no longer avert relegation to the third division, the newcomer was achieved in the 1988/89 season of sporting breakthrough. Together with fellow striker Brian Deane Agana formed a powerful Offensivduo, shot himself 24 league goals and led Sheffield first back in the Second Division and only a year later in the highest English league. There he completed his first match against defending champions Liverpool FC (1:3), but remained well without its own gate, as shown in the following years - with the exception of the last game of the season 1990/91, when he faced both goals in a 2-1 victory Norwich City scored. Nevertheless, in November 1991, the fresh Erstligaaufsteiger Notts County was willing to invest the then club record fee of 750,000 pounds internal Agana.

Already in February 1992, his new employer lent him for the remaining games of the 1991/92 season off at the mitspielende to the Championship Leeds United. There was coach Howard Wilkinson searching for additional protection after the short-term failure of Lee Chapman was, and Agana helped in this function in two games against Luton Town and Aston Villa - What formal but not enough after winning the title for its own champion medal. In the summer of 1992 he returned to Notts County, which was now relegated from the English elite class again and so Agana was only in the Second Division for goals. The former hit rate - especially from his time with Deane - he did not reach back, for which injuries were responsible. The sporting highlight of the season 1994/95, which in turn overall was disappointing with a renewed descent, the victory in the Anglo- Italian Cup, in its final Agana was the decisive goal in a 2-1 victory against Ascoli Calcio beisteuerte.Auch in the third division he found less frequently from now on his way into the starting lineup, where he later zugutekam in the 1995/96 season that he meantime the migrated Andy Legg represented on the left winger position. Here he played himself in a good shape. completed three playoff games and although this did not end with the desired return to the First Division, Agana had the winning goal in the semi-final second leg against prepared Crewe Alexandra and his team, thus paving the road to Wembley. As then in the 1996/97 season was Notts County on the way down in the fourth-rate Third Division, to Agana adopted by again 23 league games in March 1997 in the direction of the fourth division Hereford United. There he shot in the final phase in five games again scored two goals, but could not prevent Hereford adopted as Table from the Association of Football League.

Last stations in Aganas active career were from Northern Ireland, Cliftonville FC; later followed by other smaller clubs such as Leek Town FC Guiseley and Alfreton Town. During this time he also took over coach duties and after a first interim activity for Leek Town he was at FC Guiseley player-coach. Following the resignation at the beginning of the 2000s Agana was reinforced by his academic interests, he studied computer science in the area of ​​Sheffield Hallam University and graduated from the College in 2004. He later worked in this industry for the University of Manchester and a software development company.

Title / Awards

  • English- Italian Cup ( 1): 1995