Tony Ackerman

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Football biography

Tony Charles George Ackerman (born 20 February 1948) is an English former professional footballer who played as a wing half in the Football League for Orient.

Life and career

Ackerman was born in Islington, London.[1] He was on the books of West Ham United as an amateur, and moved on to Orient.[1] After a couple of appearances for the reserve team, Ackerman signed a professional contract on 28 October 1966. His manager, Dick Graham, said "Tony has impressed me with his enthusiasm, and his height could give our defence that little something extra."[2] He went straight into the team for the following day's Third Division match against Watford, playing at wing half alongside a number of other teenagers including the 17-year-old Paul Went; the match was drawn.[2][3][4]

Ackerman made three league appearances during the 1966–67 season,[3] and his fourth was as a winger in a goalless draw with Swindon Town in September 1967.[5] He joined Southern League Premier Division club Corby Town on loan; after Orient suffered a number of injuries in October, he was recalled,[6] but his services were not used, and he did not play for the first team again.[1]

Notes

  • The English National Football Archive gives Anthony Alan as the player's given namesTemplate:Sndthe details are behind a paywall, but the free-to-access database index shows initials of AA.[7]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Template:Hugman
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Tony is set for another big step up to-day". Daily Mirror (London): p. 23. 29 October 1966. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Dick Graham – manager, Leyton Orient 1966–7". Keith Emmerson. http://www.emmerson.talktalk.net/history.htm. Retrieved 1 August 2017. 
  4. "Quote". Daily Express (London): p. 11. 31 October 1966. 
  5. "Orient – Swindon Town, Saturday, September 9, 1967". http://www.swindon-town-fc.co.uk/MatchCentre.asp?MatchID=19680105. Retrieved 1 August 2017. 
  6. Williams, Alan (30 October 1967). "Howshall joins Norwich". Daily Express (London): p. 16. 
  7. "Players". http://www.enfa.co.uk/playersearch.php. Retrieved 1 August 2017. 

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