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ANDY TOWNSEND
Position: Midfield Andy Townsend

Height: 5ft 11in

Birthplace: Maidstone

Date Of Birth: July 27, 1963

Date Signed: August 29th 1997

Transfer Fee: £0.5 million

Previous Clubs: Welling United, Weymouth, Southampton, Norwich City, Chelsea, Aston Villa, Middlesbrough

Current Club West Bromwich Albion

International Honours: Nearly 70 caps for Republic of Ireland

Honours: Coca Cola Cup 1996

In One Word: Diehard

Man of the Match when Aston Villa beat Leeds 3-0 in the 1996 Coca Cola Cup final at Wembley. Andy is a player known for his energy and no lack of skill in midfield, not forgetting the ability to score the odd goal, his wealth of experience paid off for Boro, as he went on to fight-out the rest of the Division 1 promotion season with an enthusiasm that belied his years. Robbo saw fit to make Andy his new captain, following the retirement of Nigel Pearson at the end of the 97-98 season. Andy responded to the responsiblity placed on him by immediately called for "collective responsibility" from the squad for the coming season. He has expressed a desire to go into coaching or management in the next year or two and we wish him well. It would genuinely be a crime if all his talent, experience and energy was lost on the game he served so well for so long. As usual with the Boro, things happen quickly - news came on 17/09/1999 that Andy Townsend was leaving Boro for West Bromwich Albion for a fee of around £50,000 to take up a player / coaching role, which at 36 Andy will fit into nicely. Bryan Robson expressed regret at losing Andy, but felt that he only needs a chance to be a major player in management, and coaching is the first step in that direction.



Playing Career


   

League

Cups

Total

Club

Season

Apps

Goals

Apps

Goals

Apps

Goals

Southampton

84-85

5

0

0

0

5

0

Southampton

85-86

25(2)

1

5(5)

0

30(7)

1

Southampton

86-87

11(3)

1

2(1)

0

13(4)

1

Southampton

87-88

36(1)

3

5

0

41(3)

3

Norwich city

88-89

31(5)

5

7(1)

2

38(6)

7

Norwich city

89-90

35

3

9

0

44

3

Chelsea

90-91

34

2

11

3

45

5

Chelsea

91-92

35

6

10

1

45

7

Chelsea

92-93

41

4

7

3

48

7

Aston Villa

93-94

32

3

15

1

47

4

Aston Villa

94-95

32

1

8

1

40

2

Aston Villa

95-96

32(1)

2

12

1

44(1)

3

Aston Villa

96-97

34

2

7

0

41

2

Aston Villa

97-98

3

0

0

0

3

0

Middlesbrough

97-98

37(2)

2

6

0

43(2)

2

Middlesbrough

98-99

32

1

2

1

34

2

Middlesbrough

99-2000

3(3) 0 0 0 3(3) 0

Career Totals

 

356(17)

36

105(7)

13

451(24)

49



Transfer History


Club

Cost

Start

Seasons

Weymouth

Free

1982

2

Southampton

£35,000

1984

4

Norwich City

£300,000

1988

2

Chelsea

£1,200,000

1990

3

Aston Villa

£2,100,000

1993

4

Middlesbrough

£500,000

1997

3

West Bromwich Albion £50,000 1999 1




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