Tony Collins


A master of the game of English football ...

First black manager in the English football league ...

Known throughout the game as the 'Master Spy' ...

 


A startling career as a player ...

A highly successful career as a manager and assistant manager ...

An International career as a sought after scout ...

 

When a football playing talent with a complex ethnic background returns to London’s notorious Portobello Road in 1946, there is only one way forward for a man with ambition, determination and a courage that would leave its mark on some of the most famous club names in English soccer. Tony Collins not only fought his way up from the bottom, facing prejudice and scorn from some but praise and well received assistance from others he became a name that regularly filled the sporting headlines of all the major National newspapers. He was referred to by them as ‘The Teacher’ and English football’s ‘Master Spy’ discovering and nurturing some of the greatest names in football history. Having his battles with the likes of Alex Ferguson at Manchester United and Brian Clough, during his famous 44 days at Leeds United, were more than made for up by his close relationship with kings of the sport such as Don Revie and ‘Big Ron’ Atkinson. This is the so far untold story about the remarkable man that was the real ‘Mr. Football’ for more than fifty years ... and the first black manger in the English Football League.

 

Published by Book Guild Ltd. in paperback and available on Amazon in Kindle.