Former All White Captain Tony Sibley has been around the Club for a few years now and this year will be no different as he adds his expertise to the Senior Mens squad. His playing and coaching career has seen numerous success. Having played 84 times for New Zealand A and B internationals, the defender captained the side on 36 occasions.
In 1978 Tony was named The New Zealand Soccer Player of the Year. At club level, Tony played for a very successful Mount Wellington side. In his time there, his side won 4 League Titles and they played in 8 Chatham Cup Finals (Tony one of only two players to play in the Cup that number of times), lifting the cup 4 times. His first representative appearance was for the Franklin Under 19 team in 1968, selected whilst playing for Papatoetoe AFC. He then went on to play 46 times for Auckland at senior level also having spells as captain and eventually co-coaching the side for a season.
Tony then began coaching, sitting the NZFA Senior Coaching course and gaining his certificate in 1983. He first coached Mount Wellington Reserves, winning the championship and taking the Under 19 team to Napier. A new challenge followed with Mangere Town, with the side finishing 4th and 3rd in his two seasons at the club. Eastern Suburbs was next, finishing 4th and 5th in his two seasons there, as well as taking the Under 19s to Napier, being knocked out in the Quarter Finals. Tony then had the privilege of coaching the New Zealand Under 19 team that had World Cup Qualifiers in the Solomon Islands, Fiji and Syria. More recently Tony has taken the Franklin Under 19 and 17 team both winning Championships.
On Tony Sibley being part of the staff, Mark Holt said, “As soon as I was offered the job I knew I needed to talk to Tony, firstly to talk about the vision and to hear his thoughts. Having someone like Tony in the area we are truly lucky.
“He has so much experience in the game and the way he connects with the players when coaching is valuable for everyone involved. He adds a lot of knowledge to the group and that is invaluable when as a staff we need to make decisions. We are extremely fortunate to have his expertise on board.”