Tony Cunningham
striker
1993-1994

A rumbustuous centre forward, Tony Cunningham played for a total of eleven League clubs in a career that saw him net 116 League goals. He joined Lincoln City from non-League Stourbridge in May 1979 and in 1980-81 he helped Lincoln earn promotion (along with Rovers) to Division Three. An 80,000 move to Barnsley followed in 1981 and after a useful season at Oakwell he joined First Division Sheffield Wednesday. Although not a great success at Hillsborough, he moved on to Manchester City in 1984 and six months later he signed for First Division strugglers Newcastle United. He scored only four times in over 40 games for the Geordies, but subsequent moves to Blackpool, Bury, Bolton and Rotherham United were more fruitful.
Cunningham scored 24 goals in two seasons at Millmoor, and great things were expected of him when he joined Rovers in the summer of 1993. Unfortunately Cunningham was a big disappointment, finding the net only once in 25 League outings.
He did have a spell in charge of team affairs following the departure of Steve Beaglehole in December 1993, but Rovers took only one point from the four games he was in charge, and he was pleased to hand over the reins to Ian Atkins. In March 1994 he joined Football League new boys Wycombe Wanderers but he was soon on the move again to Gainsborough Trinity. An intelligent and personable character, Cunningham took a Business Studies degree and then trained to be a solicitor. He now works for Andrew Jay & Co. in Gainsborough, specialising in criminal law.

 

full name: Anthony Eugene Cunningham
born: Jamaica, West Indies
birth date: 12 November 1957

Rovers debut: 14 August 1993
League Division Three
Rovers 1 Chester City 0
(Moss)
Attendance: 2,752

Rovers career record
LEAGUE
F A CUP
LEAGUE CUP
Season
Division
Apps
sub
goals
Apps
sub
goals
Apps
sub
goals
1993-1994
3
19
0
1
2
0
0
0
0
0

Career details  
Team
Season
Apps
sub
goals
Stourbridge
to May 1979
-
-
-
Lincoln City
1979-1983
111
12
32
Barnsley
1982-1984
40
2
11
Sheffield Wednesday
1983-1984
26
2
5
Manchester City
1984-1985
16
2
1
Newcastle United
1984-1987
37
10
4
Blackpool
1987-1989
71
0
17
Bury
1989-1991
55
3
17
Bolton Wanderers
1990-1991
9
0
4
Rotherham United
1991-1993
65
4
24
DONCASTER ROVERS
1993-1994
19
6
1
Wycombe Wanderers
1993-1994
4
1
0
CAREER TOTAL
-
453
42
116