Manchester City defender Tony Vaughan joined Norwich on trial
on 24th January 2000. Tony, who can play as a centre-back or left-back,
began his career with Ipswich and made 67 league appearances for
them before a £1.35million move to Maine Road in 1997. Tony fell
out of Joe Royle's plans for Man City
and spent 3 months in 1999 on loan to Cardiff. A £150,000 move
was agreed but Tony could not agree personal terms.
Bruce Rioch was keen on signing Vaughan
but his £350,000 fee put Norwich off as they would prefer to spend
that money on a number of cheaper signings in the summer. On 7th
February 2000, it was announced that Tony was joining Nottingham
Forest on loan prior to a potential permanent move. Injuries and
a sending off against Wolves (an incident involving Ade
Akinbiyi) saw Tony return to Manchester City in early March
2000. He made the journey back to the City ground on 23rd March
2000 signing for Forest for £350,000 on transfer deadline day.
New Forest boss Paul Hart transfer-listed his entire first team
in August 2001 in a search for revenue. Tony left Forest at the
end of March 2002, signing for Scunthorpe on loan until the end
of the 2001/02 season. Another loan spell came in October 2002
when Vaughan joined Second Division strugglers Mansfield. Injuries
saw him return early to the City Ground in November 2002. He embarked
on a trial with Scottish side Motherwell in mid January 2003.
On his return to Nottingham at the end of the season, he was
released from his contract. In July 2003, he rejoined Mansfield
albeit on a two week trial in the hope of winning a contract with
the Keith Curle's Nottinghamshire side. This approach worked and
Tony played a key role as Mansfield reached the Division Three
play-off finals. However their defeat to Huddersfield meant that
Curle needed to reduce and revamp his playing squad and Vaughan
was one of nine players released.
On June 11th, he signed for Barnsley, re-uniting with his former
Notts Forest manager Paul Hart.
On 26th August 2005 Tony joined Stockport County on a three-month
loan with view to a permanent move. Returning to Barnsley, he
was released at the end of the 2005/6 season. During the summer
of 2006, he was linked with a move to Swindon but instead joined
Rochdale on trial in July 2006. Unfortunately he was injured in
a pre-season friendly against Oldham.
Retired from the professional game due to injury, Tony signed
for Conference North side Hucknall Town in January 2007.
Now retired from football, Tony now works for Audi in the company's
sale room in Lincoln.