Tony Morley started his highly successful career on the wing at Preston North End, playing alongside World Cup Winners Bobby Charlton and Nobby Styles, before being transferred to Burnley for £100,000 in 1976.
(Tony Morley is pictured above, standing far left, lining up for the Aston Villa Home team in 2007)
However it was to be at Villa Park where he sensationally fulfilled his early potential. An ever present on the left wing for the hugely successful team of the early eighties, Tony helped the club win the 1980-81 Division 1 title in only his 2nd season, scoring the Goal of the Season along the way. Even greater success was to follow in 1981-82, when the club lifted the European Cup at the 1st attempt. Morley was to play a vital part in the Final, his typically pacy run and left footed cross setting up Peter Withe to score the winner against the much fancied Bayern Munich. Playing the best football of his career, Morley went on to make 170 appearances for the West Midlands giants, scoring 34 times. He also won a Super Cup medal with the team in 1982.
During this period Morley earned six caps for England, making his debut in the crucial World Cup qualifier against Hungary at Wembley in 1981 and was perhaps unlucky not to earn a call up for the Finals in Spain the following year.
After leaving Villa Park in 1983 Morley played for a number of clubs, both home and abroad, including local rivals West Brom and Birmingham City.
The ‘flying blond winger' is now a prominent member of the Aston Villa Former Players Association and a regular player in the 'Aston Villa Old Stars' team. He has also provided match commentary for radio broadcasts on the Official Aston Villa Website.
Tony has been a regular feature in our games in recent years, both Managing and Playing in the games and was delighted to be appointed our Aston Villa Club Ambassador in 2007.