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Tony Lormor

Norwich Career: 1988 (Loan from Newcastle)
Current Club: Chesterfield (kit man)
Date of Birth: 29/10/1970
Nationality: English

Biography

Tony's appearance in yellow and green came whilst he was on Newcastle's books, joining the Canaries on loan in 1988 but failing to make a first team appearance. Since leaving Newcastle, Tony clocked up 100 league appearances for Lincoln (30 goals) and five for Peterborough before joining Chesterfield. 1996-97 was a particularly successful season for Tony Lormor whose Chesterfield side reached the semi-final of the FA Cup with victories over Bolton, Nottingham Forest and Wrexham. Tony scored 8 goals in 36 appearances. Tony was linked with a move to Mansfield in the summer of 1997 but retained his place in the Chesterfield attack.

He was sold to Preston in early November 1997 and scored on his debut against Luton on 8th November. However he didn't fit in despite scoring 3 goals in 12 appearances. In February 1998, Tony joined Notts County on loan. As transfer deadline day approached, Yahoo's Teamtalk service linked Tony with a return to Lincoln City. In the end, Tony joined Mansfield in July 1998 for £15,000 to replace Oldham-bound goalscorer Steve Whitehall who had scored over 20 goals for Mansfield in the 1997/98 season.

Tony joined Hartlepool United for 30,000 in August 2000. The Sun reported on 14th October 2000 that Tony was training to become a referee and had passed his grade one exams. He refereed Sunday morning leagues in Lincoln and has run the line in the Unibond and Central Midlands Leagues

In February 2002 Tony joined Shrewsbury Town on loan. Returning to Hartlepool, he was given a free transfer on 9th May 2002. He was immediately linked with a move to Swansea. Two months later it was alleged that Scarborough manager Russell Slade was considering adding Lormor to the Seadogs. Other Conference sides also showed an interest in Tony and in the first pre-season games of July 2002,he appeared for both Kettering (against Wolves) and Halifax. He was also approached by Kings Lynn but signed a one year deal with fellow Conference side Telford United in August 2002.

Following a struggle with an Achilles injury whilst at Telford, Lormor announced his retirement in January 2003 having made just 3 starts for the Conference side. He opted to combine his day time job as a salesman and develop his career as a referee. Currently at level 4 standard, Tony was aware that he needed to referee more games, and at a higher standard, if he was to progress to Premiership standard. This would require his taking charge of more matches on Saturdays.

Within weeks though, he had signed for Sutton Town in the Central Midlands League and accompanied former Tamworth striker Lee Wilson as Sutton aimed for promotion into the Northern Counties East League. Promotion was indeed won and Lormor signed a 2 year deal in June 2003. He combines this with employment as the club's commerical manager. He added the role of first team coach in December 2003

Tony moved to Heanor Town of the Buckingham Insurance Central Midlands League Supreme Division in December 2005.

Tony gave up refereeing and became commerical manager at Mansfield. He then moved to Derby in 2008 as part of their pro-active group ticket sales team. In June 2013, he rejoined Chesterfield as their kit man.


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