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Tony Kay

Sheffield Wednesday FC, Everton FC

1 appearance, 1 debut goal

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 8: A 1
100% successful


disciplined: none
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  Anthony Herbert Kay
Birth 13 May 1937 in Attercliffe, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire [registered in Sheffield, June 1937].
Marriage to Marina Platts [registered in Sheffield, September 1957].
Height/Weight 5' 7½", 12st. 0lbs [1963].


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & FindMyPast.com

Club Career

Club(s) Played junior football around Sheffield before earning a trial with Sheffield Wednesday FC, becoming part of the groundstaff in 1952, turning professional in May 1954. After 179 League appearances, and ten goals, Kay became Britain's most expensive footballer when he moved to Everton FC on 27 in December 1962 for £60,000. He remained until April 1964, he never played football again after The Sunday People revealed his match-fixing involvement on 12 April 1964. Sentenced to prison in January 1965. He completed 57 Toffee league appearances, scoring four times.
Club honours Football League Division Two winners 1958-59; Football League Champions 1962-63;
Individual honours Football League (seven appearances)
Distinctions None


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number 823rd player to appear for England.
Position(s) Right-half
Only match No. 371, 5 June 1963, Switzerland 1 England 8, an end-of season tour at Sankt Jakob Stadium, Basel, aged 26 years 23 days.
Major tournaments World Cup Finals 1962 (provisional squad)
Team honours None
Individual honours England U23 (seven appearances, 1959-60)
Distinctions None

England Disgrace

While at Sheffield Wednesday FC, he and two team-mates placed a bet on a match in 1962 against Ipswich Town FC, which eventually led to jail terms and life bans from the game.
Also spent twelve years in Spain after selling a diamond that turned out to be a fake. - The Observer Sport

Beyond England

His football career came to an abrupt end when he was sent to prison in January 1965 for four months, of which he served ten weeks in an open prison in Leeds. The Football Association banned him for life from football, but this was rescinded after seven years. Kay never returned to football, but in fact ended up in Spain and then South London. - Daily Telegraph

The Numbers
parties Appearances unused/
minutes Goals captain
4 1 1 90 0 none
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.
1 1 0 0 8 1 +7 0 0 8 1 100 +1
His only match was played at an away venue, in a white shirt and was a friendly match

Match History

 Club: Sheffield Wednesday F.C. - no full appearances manager: Walter Winterbottom - one full appearance (90 min)x

Age 21 under 23  
four appearances - Italy & West Germany May 1959; Scotland & Netherlands March 1960.
Age 22    
three appearances - GDR, Poland & Israel May 1960.

Age 23
Tony Kay was a member of the last of the Winter 1960 get-togethers, at Upton Park on 13-15 March 1961.

Age 24    
FIFA set a deadline of April 10 1962 for preliminary lists of forty players to be submitted. England's selectors produced theirs, two days early. Following England's defeat by Scotland at Hampden Park, the squad was whittled down to 22 names on April 15, with 18 names excluded including Tony Kay.

 Club: Everton F.C. - one full appearance (90 min)  

apps match pic match details comp res. rundown shirt

Age 26
369 29 May 1963 - Czechoslovakia 2 England 4, Tehelné pole, Bratislava
AW party/reserve
370 2 June 1963 - GDR 1 England 2, Zentralstadion, Leipzig AW
1 371 5 June 1963 - Switzerland 1 England 8
Sankt Jakob Stadium, Basel
AW 75 4
373 23 October 1963 - England 2 Rest of the World 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HW reserve