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.
name: Anthony Eugene Cunningham
born: Jamaica, West Indies
birth date: 12 November 1957
Rovers debut: 14 August 1993
League Division Three
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