Tony Collins: Football Master Spy

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  • Author Name: Quentin Cope & Sarita Collins
  • Publication Date: 27/10/2016
  • Format: Paperback

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This is the story of the English football league’s first black manager. Tony Collins was a young man, born into disadvantaged circumstances, in a time period between two world wars where nothing was certain, except the kind of reception a black man would receive when attempting to move into a slightly brutal but reserved world of top class white sportsmen. After becoming the very first Black English Football League manager in history, Tony went on to be one of the most influential ‘backroom boys’ the game has ever seen, being labelled ‘The Teacher’ and football’s ‘Master Spy’ by the National Press. The story falls naturally into three distinct parts:

Part I: His early life as a child in London, his schooling and army life in Italy.
Part II: His career as a football player and time as a manager.
Part III: His time as a chief scout for the top teams of the day and the England side under well-known names as Revie and Atkinson.

5 reviews for Tony Collins: Football Master Spy

  1. Jean McDonald

    I am loving it! What an interesting book it is.

  2. Helen Hargreaves

    I am inspired by his true commitment to the world of football!

  3. Denis Munday

    “A fascinating read, written with love, pride and respect for someone who broke down numerous barriers in sport and life. A man who influenced more well-known people within the game of football and someone who was years ahead of his time, tactically. An excellent account of a man whose achievements deserve a wider audience. I am ashamed to say I was ignorant of this man’s life….not any more. Thank you for introducing him to me.”

  4. Claire Prudom

    Enjoying this book, I can’t put it down very interesting.

  5. S Collins

    ‘The book is a fascinating read, jointly authored by Quentin Cope and Tony’s daughter Sarita Collins, and as well as covering Tony’s career in football, it includes his opinions on many of the famous managers he was involved with, and scouting reports on individual players and on opposing teams. His views on Don Revie, Sir Alex Ferguson and Brain Clough are worth the entrance fee alone. Add to these his scouting assessments on Gary Lineker, David Seaman and Chris Waddle to name but three, plus dossiers on opposing teams, in the form of match reports.’ –The Croydon Citizen

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